No Back Up Needed

No Back Up Needed[Download] ➵ No Back Up Needed By James J. Kavanaugh – Oaklandjobs.co.uk It didn t seem possible the largest city in the US could go bankrupt, but in that s exactly what happened NYC went bust In what was called The Layoff Period, younger officers were sent home, their ca It didn t seem possible the largest city in the US could go bankrupt, but inthat s exactly what happened NYC went bust In what was called The Layoff Period, younger officers were sent home, their careers on hold, while NYPD veterans went back to patrol the streets Meanwhile, with the thin blue line stretched No Back PDF \ to the breaking point, life as usual went on in the Big Apple, and Police Officers Jimmy Kavanaugh and Tommy McInerney, th Precinct, Gramercy Park, Manhattan, saw it all Here, with sardonic humor he recounts the mix of tragedy and comedy, life and death, the bizarre and the mundane of life in New York city, and how its police personnel coped. Great book Tis a very w ell written book and put you right in the front seat of that squad car As Working police , officer I Have a great respect for lAst enforcement men and women THis book should be read by all civilians so they can learn to appreciate what law officers do all over this great country A cop s eye view of realityAs a cop in a poverty stricken ghetto, I felt as if I was sitting next to Lt as his partner and I was listening to his war stories as we patrolled our beat Thank you for your service.Officer St Byrne 271City of Chester PA Police Department Absolutely loved this book It s gritty, authentic, and funny as hell. Set in New York City in the infamous summer of 1975 when the city went broke, No Back up Needed appears at first glance to be a work of non fiction told by James Jimmy Kavanaugh, who is both the narrator and the eponymous author But Kavanaugh is himself a creation the real author wishes to remain anonymous and his tale, although delivered in the form of a memoir, is identified by author in the preface to be a work of fiction.Despite the obvious irony of a fictitious author telling us the Set in New York City in the infamous summer of 1975 when the city went broke, No Back up Needed appears at first glance to be a work of non fiction told by James Jimmy Kavanaugh, who is both the narrator and the eponymous author But Kavanaugh is himself a creation the real author wishes to remain anonymous and his tale, although delivered in the form of a memoir, is identified by author in the preface to be a work of fiction.Despite the obvious irony of a fictitious author telling us the book is a work of fiction, No Back up Needed is most likely autobiographical fiction also known as CYA memoir cover your ass memoir concerning the real author s real experience as a New York City police officer in the summer of 1975 when New York City teetered on financial abyss.The story is told episodically through the eyes of Kavanaugh who at the beginning of the novel is an instructor for new recruits in the city s Police Academy, and then is later transferred to patrol in the 13th precinct New York City is on the brink of total financial collapse and rumor has it, big changes are coming to the NYPD in fact, some 5,000 police officers are among the thousands of the city employees to be laid off that summer Veteran cops working in specialized details are transferred to street patrol to mitigate the diminished force From the outset Kavanaugh s narration is brilliant His unabashed terse character sketches of the brass and the drones are insightful and amusing, recalling the straightforward style of Pileggi s Henry Hill in Wise Guys and the street grit of Wambaugh s atavistic beat officers.Kavanaugh s tome is richly infused with 70s cop vernacular which in today s politically correct climate has mostly disappeared Kavanaugh introduces a host of palpable characters who struggle both physically and psychologically Among the memorable characters there s Terry Malloy, dubbed Angel Face because of his 1950s pompadour haircut, who s married to Angelina Langellotti, a Bensonhurst bombshell with anger management issues the union delegate, Loud Lenny Lantini and Neil Numbnuts Noonan who refuses to retire Freddie Zarullo, a Lucky Strike smoking, Fedora hat wearing caricature of a Hollywood detective who s better at posing than policing There s the scotch drinking, street cop turned PBA lawyer, Melvin Weinberg, whose services Kavanaugh requires early in the novel There s Kieran McNally, a mean drunk and the reason why the Farm an upstate cop rehab is on speed dial at the precinct Freddie the Wizard Davidovich who can fix anything electronic Wayne Harrison, a deeply religious black man from Queens who had a habit of preaching to prisoners Lieutenant Carl Cantorwicz who could have been a Catskill comedian and was so well liked in the precinct that the men called him Uncle Carl since he reminded every cop of their favorite uncle Arnold the nerd Levine who goes from being a nervous chemist in the Police Laboratory to a street wise cop after a summer on patrol.Also striding self importantly across the pages is the despised Chief Van Der Steig, known to keep petty grudges and use his rank to settle scores the uppity Long Island cops who form a clique and rub Kavanaugh the wrong way But no character ismenacing than Captain the Viking Nordstrom Kavanaugh is vexed when Nordstrom humiliates a group of veteran cops new to the unit during a roll call Along with a few other sympathizers he hatches a plan, dubbed Operation Swordsman, to get revenge which resolves comically in the story s denouement.The action begins when Kavanaugh is assigned to the 13th precinct, a sector that spans the East Side His first partner, Ben Harrigan, is a rookie and a former student at the Academy, a good looking Irish kid who lived with his widowed mother in Bay Ridge Brooklyn and a former stock broker Each story begins with the dispatcher s call, signaling the complaint and location Our nerves jangle as Kavanaugh and Harrigan barrel up and down the avenues and streets dubbed Bedpan Alley for all its hospitals answering calls from seedy hotels to luxury high rises The confrontations, car chases, knife fights, and interrupted burglaries are sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious.By today s standards most of the confrontations would have ended in gun fire, except this was the 70 s and the cops that populate Kavanaugh s story are resourceful and imaginative In one story they use a bed mattress to stave off a lunatic with a knife, in another they lure a violent kidnapper out of his apartment by pretending to be the supervisor warning the occupants of a gas leak in the building With the exception of one tale, no firearm is ever used or even drawn by an officer in the story The cocabola night stick isoften than not the weapon that takes down an attacker or disables a rapist There is no machismo, no cavalry coming with guns blazing, and no breaking down doors though Kavanaugh does enjoy a good fight scene where the good guys win by sheer ingenuity or a stroke of lucky timing.But sequences of confrontations with drunks, lunatics, junkies, kidnappers, child abusers, prostitutes, bikers, and all other form of miscreant merely support a larger andcompelling story the battle to hold back an avalanche of crime with a greatly reduced police force while also struggling to survive financially As the sweltering summer progresses and remember, this is 1975 when there was no air conditioning in cars and the city supervisors bicker over how to pay bills, officers are also forced to take a pay cut, leaving many without the means to support their families Some are forced to take second jobs, moonlighting as landscapers, security guards and doing other menial work When Kavanaugh learns his newly pregnant wife will lose hours from her nursing job, he is forced to moonlight as a process server which comes with its own set of risks that Kavanaugh comically draws Personal hardship is in full force, with several officers dealing with divorce, alcoholism, and dysfunctional home lives Sometimes showing up to work at all was nothing short of heroic.Relief typically comes in the form of gatherings at the local bar, the Anawanda, where officers share cold rounds, exchange gossip, hatch hilarious revenge schemes against insufferable higher ups, and celebrate promotions But the Anawanda was not just a watering hole, it was also the bank Imagine a time when the city is so broke that commercial banks are reluctant to honor state written checks Fortunately, Mr McSorley, the proprietor of the Anawanda and an old school Democrat, devises a way to get the checks cashed it was a win win situation of course and the Anawanda became the 13th precinct s temple of libation, especially every other Thursday.Kavanaugh s own personal emotional crises comes when he discovers his mentally handicapped brother at one of the city shelters He is bruised, beaten, robbed and disoriented The scene is wretchedly sad Kavanaugh the tough talking, score settling cop is overwhelmed with emotion Upon seeing my brother I broke down in my car, banging the steering wheel and cursing God for doing this to Frank He reaches a breaking point and loses his faith in God Later he meets a sympathizing Irish priest who gives him the spiritual support he needs.In spite of his direct engagement with dark material, Kavanaugh is never heavy handed His observations come with witticisms and insight and are delivered with relentless honesty Part of his evolution may be attributed to his willingness to seek out mentors and seize opportunities for reflection Typically, these follow a harrowing encounter, a scene he wishes he could unsee Police work can grind a man down, mentally,than physically I sensed that it is because of the hours of tedium and boredom, interrupted by moments of sheer terror In one scene late in the novel, having narrowly escaped death, he reflects on why he shows up for a job that pays so little and causes so much anguish He concludes that the adrenaline rushes of police work and the deep comradery he has with his fellow officers are in his blood It s the only job he could ever enjoy But later he will be haunted by the words of one of his early mentors when he was a rookie Don t love the job kid The Job is a whore, and she won t love you back At times, Kavanaugh s narration veers into political territory where he can t resist expressing disgust for the city administrators responsible for the city s insolvency Their dereliction includes propping up the poverty industry by encouraging immigration of out of state indigents, bodies to keep the Social Services budget high But most of his vitriol is reserved for NYPD leadership who bank on numbers policing also known as quotas Reliance on numbers as a measure of success of the police mission is the crutch of the dim witted, incompetent, unimaginative police commander In theory, the purpose of giving out summonses is to achieve voluntary compliance with the law However, it has deteriorated into a revenue generating scam for the City of New York, with the higher ups complicit in the self destructive debacle Once the public starts complying with the law, the police should then back off and leave them alone, lest they be seen as an oppressive force, rather than a helping hand If that sounds relevant to the cries of today s mistrusting public, it is.Kavanaugh berates the quota practice further and his observations are eerily prescient Somehow, the police brass cannot see this, and continue to ordersummonses given out to acompliant, law abiding population The public resentment caused by this over enforcement damages the reputation of the police department People who have received petty, picayune summonses, and lost a day s pay because some cop needed a number, are not going to cooperate with the police in other things, like providing information about criminals This logic is lost on those in charge at One Police Plaza, many of whom lack actual patrol experience This book is certainly not for everyone there is plenty of offense to go around, but for anyone with thick skin, a strong stomach and an open mind there is wisdom tucked in among the barbs Kavanaugh leaves a great testament to the officers who defended the city of New York that storied summer Set in New York City in the infamous summer of 1975 when the city went broke, No Back up Needed appears at first glance to be a work of non fiction told by James Jimmy Kavanaugh, who is both the narrator and the eponymous author But Kavanaugh is himself a creation the real author wishes to remain anonymous and his tale, although delivered in the form of a memoir, is identified by author in the preface to be a work of fiction.Despite the obvious irony of a fictitious author telling us the Set in New York City in the infamous summer of 1975 when the city went broke, No Back up Needed appears at first glance to be a work of non fiction told by James Jimmy Kavanaugh, who is both the narrator and the eponymous author But Kavanaugh is himself a creation the real author wishes to remain anonymous and his tale, although delivered in the form of a memoir, is identified by author in the preface to be a work of fiction.Despite the obvious irony of a fictitious author telling us the book is a work of fiction, No Back up Needed is most likely autobiographical fiction also known as CYA memoir cover your ass memoir concerning the real author s real experience as a New York City police officer in the summer of 1975 when New York City teetered on financial abyss.The story is told episodically through the eyes of Kavanaugh who at the beginning of the novel is an instructor for new recruits in the city s Police Academy, and then is later transferred to patrol in the 13th precinct New York City is on the brink of total financial collapse and rumor has it, big changes are coming to the NYPD in fact, some 5,000 police officers are among the thousands of the city employees to be laid off that summer Veteran cops working in specialized details are transferred to street patrol to mitigate the diminished force From the outset Kavanaugh s narration is brilliant His unabashed terse character sketches of the brass and the drones are insightful and amusing, recalling the straightforward style of Pileggi s Henry Hill in Wise Guys and the street grit of Wambaugh s atavistic beat officers.Kavanaugh s tome is richly infused with 70s cop vernacular which in today s politically correct climate has mostly disappeared Kavanaugh introduces a host of palpable characters who struggle both physically and psychologically Among the memorable characters there s Terry Malloy, dubbed Angel Face because of his 1950s pompadour haircut, who s married to Angelina Langellotti, a Bensonhurst bombshell with anger management issues the union delegate, Loud Lenny Lantini and Neil Numbnuts Noonan who refuses to retire Freddie Zarullo, a Lucky Strike smoking, Fedora hat wearing caricature of a Hollywood detective who s better at posing than policing There s the scotch drinking, street cop turned PBA lawyer, Melvin Weinberg, whose services Kavanaugh requires early in the novel There s Kieran McNally, a mean drunk and the reason why the Farm an upstate cop rehab is on speed dial at the precinct Freddie the Wizard Davidovich who can fix anything electronic Wayne Harrison, a deeply religious black man from Queens who had a habit of preaching to prisoners Lieutenant Carl Cantorwicz who could have been a Catskill comedian and was so well liked in the precinct that the men called him Uncle Carl since he reminded every cop of their favorite uncle Arnold the nerd Levine who goes from being a nervous chemist in the Police Laboratory to a street wise cop after a summer on patrol.Also striding self importantly across the pages is the despised Chief Van Der Steig, known to keep petty grudges and use his rank to settle scores the uppity Long Island cops who form a clique and rub Kavanaugh the wrong way But no character ismenacing than Captain the Viking Nordstrom Kavanaugh is vexed when Nordstrom humiliates a group of veteran cops new to the unit during a roll call Along with a few other sympathizers he hatches a plan, dubbed Operation Swordsman, to get revenge which resolves comically in the story s denouement.The action begins when Kavanaugh is assigned to the 13th precinct, a sector that spans the East Side His first partner, Ben Harrigan, is a rookie and a former student at the Academy, a good looking Irish kid who lived with his widowed mother in Bay Ridge Brooklyn and a former stock broker Each story begins with the dispatcher s call, signaling the complaint and location Our nerves jangle as Kavanaugh and Harrigan barrel up and down the avenues and streets dubbed Bedpan Alley for all its hospitals answering calls from seedy hotels to luxury high rises The confrontations, car chases, knife fights, and interrupted burglaries are sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious.By today s standards most of the confrontations would have ended in gun fire, except this was the 70 s and the cops that populate Kavanaugh s story are resourceful and imaginative In one story they use a bed mattress to stave off a lunatic with a knife, in another they lure a violent kidnapper out of his apartment by pretending to be the supervisor warning the occupants of a gas leak in the building With the exception of one tale, no firearm is ever used or even drawn by an officer in the story The cocabola night stick isoften than not the weapon that takes down an attacker or disables a rapist There is no machismo, no cavalry coming with guns blazing, and no breaking down doors though Kavanaugh does enjoy a good fight scene where the good guys win by sheer ingenuity or a stroke of lucky timing.But sequences of confrontations with drunks, lunatics, junkies, kidnappers, child abusers, prostitutes, bikers, and all other form of miscreant merely support a larger andcompelling story the battle to hold back an avalanche of crime with a greatly reduced police force while also struggling to survive financially As the sweltering summer progresses and remember, this is 1975 when there was no air conditioning in cars and the city supervisors bicker over how to pay bills, officers are also forced to take a pay cut, leaving many without the means to support their families Some are forced to take second jobs, moonlighting as landscapers, security guards and doing other menial work When Kavanaugh learns his newly pregnant wife will lose hours from her nursing job, he is forced to moonlight as a process server which comes with its own set of risks that Kavanaugh comically draws Personal hardship is in full force, with several officers dealing with divorce, alcoholism, and dysfunctional home lives Sometimes showing up to work at all was nothing short of heroic.Relief typically comes in the form of gatherings at the local bar, the Anawanda, where officers share cold rounds, exchange gossip, hatch hilarious revenge schemes against insufferable higher ups, and celebrate promotions But the Anawanda was not just a watering hole, it was also the bank Imagine a time when the city is so broke that commercial banks are reluctant to honor state written checks Fortunately, Mr McSorley, the proprietor of the Anawanda and an old school Democrat, devises a way to get the checks cashed it was a win win situation of course and the Anawanda became the 13th precinct s temple of libation, especially every other Thursday.Kavanaugh s own personal emotional crises comes when he discovers his mentally handicapped brother at one of the city shelters He is bruised, beaten, robbed and disoriented The scene is wretchedly sad Kavanaugh the tough talking, score settling cop is overwhelmed with emotion Upon seeing my brother I broke down in my car, banging the steering wheel and cursing God for doing this to Frank He reaches a breaking point and loses his faith in God Later he meets a sympathizing Irish priest who gives him the spiritual support he needs.In spite of his direct engagement with dark material, Kavanaugh is never heavy handed His observations come with witticisms and insight and are delivered with relentless honesty Part of his evolution may be attributed to his willingness to seek out mentors and seize opportunities for reflection Typically, these follow a harrowing encounter, a scene he wishes he could unsee Police work can grind a man down, mentally,than physically I sensed that it is because of the hours of tedium and boredom, interrupted by moments of sheer terror In one scene late in the novel, having narrowly escaped death, he reflects on why he shows up for a job that pays so little and causes so much anguish He concludes that the adrenaline rushes of police work and the deep comradery he has with his fellow officers are in his blood It s the only job he could ever enjoy But later he will be haunted by the words of one of his early mentors when he was a rookie Don t love the job kid The Job is a whore, and she won t love you back At times, Kavanaugh s narration veers into political territory where he can t resist expressing disgust for the city administrators responsible for the city s insolvency Their dereliction includes propping up the poverty industry by encouraging immigration of out of state indigents, bodies to keep the Social Services budget high But most of his vitriol is reserved for NYPD leadership who bank on numbers policing also known as quotas Reliance on numbers as a measure of success of the police mission is the crutch of the dim witted, incompetent, unimaginative police commander In theory, the purpose of giving out summonses is to achieve voluntary compliance with the law However, it has deteriorated into a revenue generating scam for the City of New York, with the higher ups complicit in the self destructive debacle Once the public starts complying with the law, the police should then back off and leave them alone, lest they be seen as an oppressive force, rather than a helping hand If that sounds relevant to the cries of today s mistrusting public, it is.Kavanaugh berates the quota practice further and his observations are eerily prescient Somehow, the police brass cannot see this, and continue to ordersummonses given out to acompliant, law abiding population The public resentment caused by this over enforcement damages the reputation of the police department People who have received petty, picayune summonses, and lost a day s pay because some cop needed a number, are not going to cooperate with the police in other things, like providing information about criminals This logic is lost on those in charge at One Police Plaza, many of whom lack actual patrol experience This book is certainly not for everyone there is plenty of offense to go around, but for anyone with thick skin, a strong stomach and an open mind there is wisdom tucked in among the barbs Kavanaugh leaves a great testament to the officers who defended the city of New York that storied summer