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Friday, 04 February 2011 14:28

HISTORY OF A BOUNTY HUNTER

HISTORY OF A BOUNTY HUNTER

February 4, 2011

Affordable Bails of New York  with offices in Suffolk county located in Central  Islip provides you with this interesting article about

bail bond agents and how bail recovery work really works. 

I was young when I got started as a bail recovery agent. I had just turned 23 and recently been honorably discharged from the Army. I was working as an EMT for an ambulance service in Oklahoma City, and I needed a second job to earn a living wage. It was 2004, and the TV show 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' was just starting to become popular. While watching an episode, I thought to myself, "I could do that." So I set out to become a bounty hunter -- or bail recovery agent, as it is properly referred.

After doing a little research I discovered that most states require bail recovery agents to be licensed bail bondsmen. Two of the states that didn't have such restrictions were Oklahoma, the state I was desperately trying to escape from, and Arizona, the state I had always wanted to move to.

Bail recovery is a very difficult business to break into. Bail bondsmen usually work with tight-knit groups of agents, and proving that you are up to the task and not just another 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' fan is quite difficult.

As an interesting side note: Dog is not actually a bounty hunter; he is a convicted felon and is legally forbidden from being a registered bail recovery agent. This is why when you watch the show, you'll never see Dog actually place the fugitive under arrest, nor carry a gun. Hence, the pepper spray guns he carries.

My first bounty came to me out of the blue, from a bondsman that I had never met before, by the name of Blacky Blackshear out of Colorado. The name sounded fake, like something out of a bad western movie. At first I thought someone was playing a prank on me. But when the fax with the bench warrant came through, I knew the job was for real.

The bounty's name was Roger. Roger was wanted in Colorado for a domestic assault charge and was reportedly staying in Arizona with his mother. Earlier in the week, Blacky had been in Tucson to arrest Roger. When Roger saw him approaching, he ran, causing both of them to get injured and allowing Roger to get away.

Blacky was fed up and wanted someone else deal with Roger, so he called me. I tried to play it cool and pretend that I was a seasoned professional, when in reality I could hardly contain my excitement. I realized immediately that if I wanted the job there were a couple of hurdles I'd have to overcome. First was the fact that I was broke and therefore stuck in Oklahoma. I told Blacky to give me a few days to check the situation out, after which I'd give him a ring.

Though it was my first assignment as a bondsman, I knew I had skills that would help me. My years of working as an EMT had taught me how to deal with people in a manner that greatly diminished the chances of a situation turning violent. I have found, after years on the job, that I can often get people to agree to most requests just by talking to them. If I wanted to, I'm sure I could be a great salesman.

I made a couple of failed attempts to contact Roger by phone. Each time I either got voicemail or his mother, who would repeatedly tell me that Roger wasn't there. During one of my calls I could actually hear Roger talking in the background. It finally hit me. I already had an in and hadn't realized it. Roger's mother was an elderly woman and it was obvious that they had a very strong relationship.

So the next time I called, I didn't ask for Roger, but spoke to her. She told me how the domestic assault charges were really the actions of a jealous ex who was upset with Roger for breaking up with her. She broke down and began crying when the conversation shifted to Roger's encounter with Blacky. She said that he came home cut up and bleeding and told her that someone had chased him through back yards and side streets. She knew that I was coming to arrest her son, and couldn't bear the idea of seeing someone putting her son in handcuffs.

I never mentioned that I was still in Oklahoma. After a little more persuasion, I finally got her to agree to convince Roger to talk to me. She told me he wasn't home, but to call back in a couple of hours when he was and she would make sure that he spoke to me.

I made the phone call, not sure if Roger was actually going to be there, or if he was going to burn me and disappear while he still could. A kind "hello" from a male voice on the other end of the line, greeted me. A wave of adrenaline flashed through my body.

"Roger?" I said, trying to remain professional.

"Speaking."

"My name is Topher Jones. I am a bail recovery agent and I need to talk to you about the warrant for your arrest in Colorado."

He was decent enough to honor his mother's and my agreement, so I decided not to insult him by beating around the bush. As we spoke, I could tell that Roger was a rather decent individual who really did want to do the right thing. After talking to him a little longer, I got him to agree to turn himself in. Again, the issue of my location was a problem, but only a minor one. I bought him a greyhound ticket to Colorado and he agreed to show up.

The next day, I was contacted by a guy named Jon who was interested in getting into bail recovery. He told me he was willing to volunteer his time, so I asked him to watch Roger and make sure he didn't try to run.

 

The day of Roger's bus trip came and I called to make sure that he was going to be on time. The phone rang and rang and nobody answered. Panicked thoughts raced through my head. Had he burned me? Did he skip out in the middle of the night? I called Jon who said that he had been sitting on the house all night and hadn't seen anything. I called again. The "ring-ring" through the receiver seemed to take forever.

Finally, Roger answered. He was just getting ready to walk out the door to go to the station. He thanked me for letting him have a day to say goodbye to his family and we hung up.

Roger got on the bus as agreed. I had forwarded his travel itinerary on to Blacky, who decided to meet the bus two stops early to arrest him. And my first case was successfully closed.

 

Since that first case, I have caught 173 fugitives, and the lessons learned with Roger have been with me ever since. In my time as a bail recovery agent, I rarely have to chase a fugitive. I find that talking will usually resolve the situation. I've spoken to Roger several times since his case and he is doing very well. I realized that when dealing with him, I unintentionally offered him a way to change his life. Instead of forcing him to do something. I offered him the opportunity to choose to do the right thing.

I now know that while some use brute force and testosterone-fueled attempts, in order to impose authority that they don't have, calmer heads usually prevail.

Lessons in bail recover brought to you by Affordable Bails New York Inc.

  

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Monday, 24 January 2011 05:49

MAFIA BOSSES ARRESTED

Affordable Bails of New York  with offices in Suffolk county located in Central  Islip provides you with this interesting article  about the arrest of numerous alleged

organized crime figures in Suffolk County.

Reuters) - Authorities arrested 119 organized crime suspects on Thursday in what the FBI called the largest single-day operation against the Mafia in history.

The roundup, conducted with the help of former mobsters turned informants, shows the Mafia remains a threat despite decades of crackdowns that have sent its hierarchies to prison but also that the famed "omerta" code of silence is largely a myth, officials said.

More than 800 federal and local law-enforcement officials detained suspects in at least four states plus one in Italy, targeting New York's five Mafia "families," one in New Jersey and one in New England.

Sixteen grand jury indictments charged 127 suspects with murder, drug trafficking, extortion, gambling, loan-sharking and other crimes going back 30 years, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder told a news conference in New York.

Five of those indicted were already in prison, putting the total number detained at 124, and three others were not in custody, the Justice Department said.

The Italian-American Mafia, also known as La Cosa Nostra with its roots in Sicily, maintains a hold on American popular culture thanks to decades of movies and television shows including "The Godfather" in 1972.

Some of the suspects were known by colorful nicknames typical of the Mafia such as "Tony Bagels," "Vinny Carwash" and "Junior Lollipops," according to the indictments.

But Holder called them "among the most dangerous criminals in our country."

"Some allegations involve classic mob hits to eliminate perceived rivals. Others involve senseless murders. In one instance, a victim allegedly was shot and killed during a botched robbery attempt. And two other murder victims allegedly were shot dead in a public bar because of a dispute over a spilled drink," Holder said.

The FBI said it worked with the Italian National Police to apprehend and charge one suspect in Italy.

STRENGTH OF MOB DISPUTED

Janice Fedarcyk, assistant director in charge of the FBI's New York Division, sought to dispel the notion that the Mafia had been debilitated or was less violent than in the past.

"Arresting and convicting the hierarchies of the five families several times over has not eradicated the problem," Fedarcyk said.

New York-based criminal defense attorney Bruce Barket disputed that claim, saying much of the strength of La Cosa Nostra was eliminated long ago and has been replaced by others such as Albanian and Russian organizations.

"Privately, law enforcement officials will tell you there isn't anybody left," Barket said. "Many of today's arrests are of older mobsters for crimes committed a long time ago."

Among those charged in New York were leaders of the Colombo and Gambino families including the Colombo street boss Andrew Russo, 76, acting underboss Benjamin Castellazzo, 73, and consigliere Richard Fusco, 74, authorities said.

Two of the Gambinos charged included consigliere Joseph Corozzo, 69, and ruling panel member Bartolomeo Vernace, 61. New England boss Luigi Manocchio, 83, was also arrested.

Howard Abadinsky, an organized crime expert from St. John's University in New York, said the sweep would likely only have a short-term effect.

"There are definitely dangerous people that have been taken off the streets," Abadinsky said. "But the sweeps provide an opportunity for the up-and-comers that have been toiling in the trenches to move up." 

Published in Bail In The News!
Monday, 24 January 2011 05:48

PICKING A BAIL BOND AGENT

Bail bonds and criminal attorneys who to call when you’re arrested

January 23rd, 2011      Affordable Bails New York and our Suffolk County central Islip office brings you an interesting article on

choosing a bail bond agent and and a criminal attorney in Suffolk County  before you are arraigned in Central Islip.

Bail bonds and criminal attorneys who to call when you’re arrested

Finding a bail bonds agent in Nassau, Suffolk counties or the five boroughs of new York city  is an extremely valuable decision because your independence or lack thereof is based on the expertise of those in bail bonds. You should also consider an attorney to defend you if you were charged with a criminal offense or have a chance at serving time in jail. When you need an attorney, get the best you can afford. When looking for bail bonds, also look for attorneys.

Bail bonds companies can sometimes be very helpful in getting you back on your feet after you have been charge. They can also sometimes help find attorneys and may give you tips. How much time has the attorney been practicing law? Do they prefer plea bargains or going to court? Do they perform well in the court room? What will be the time required and is it all going to be billed? All of these are crucial to getting a competent attorney who can win your case.

The thing you don’t want to do is to end up in court accompanied by a lawyer who has never solely completed a case before a judge. Always seek a free consultation in order to meet the lawyer and find out how you feel about this person. Make sure it is someone you can work with.

It is also important to seek an attorney with experience in the area of law that concerns your case. Attorneys usually represent a very specific type of law so get one that is truly proficient in the area of the law for which charges you are facing. If you plea bargain instead of going to trial (which usually many cases are), your attorney should have expertise in this as well.

Attorneys must be good negotiators and mediators, which ensures you get the best plea bargain possible. It’s important that they know what they are doing. It is your freedom (not theirs) that’s in jeopardy. 

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Wednesday, 12 January 2011 12:42

DOG THE BOUNTY HUNTER

Affordable Bails of New York  with offices in Suffolk county located in Central  Islip provides you with this interesting article about   Dog  Dog the Bounty Hunter  Dog the Bounty Hunter

Suffolk County bail bonds companies favorite bounty hunter.

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Dog the Bounty Hunter is a reality television show on A&E which chronicles Duane "Dog" Chapman's operations at his job as a bounty hunter, at Da Kine Bail Bonds in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Dog is joined by his wife and business partner, Beth Smith Chapman, his children Leland Chapman, Duane Lee Chapman II, and "Baby" Lyssa Chapman-Galanti. In season one, the team was joined by Dog's nephew Justin Bihag. Dog's brother Tim "Youngblood" Chapman starred in seasons one to four and made brief appearances in season six; he retired from bounty hunting after season four. Dog refers to Tim as his blood brother – despite having the same last name, they aren't biologically related. Episodes have been filmed in Hawaii, Dog's home state of Colorado, and the city of San Francisco.

The program spun off from Chapman's appearance in the show Take This Job, a program about people with unusual occupations. Both shows are produced for A&E by Hybrid Films, a New York-based production company. The concept of the program was to follow a family of bounty hunters as they capture fugitives. The television show follows the family's adventures in bounty hunting, Da kine Bail Bonds, which has locations in Oahu, in Kona on the Big Island and also on the mainland in Denver, Colorado.

The television series led to a 2007 autobiographical book You Can Run But You Can't Hide chronicles his years before becoming a bounty hunter and also some of his more infamous hunts including the more controversial hunt that took him and his team to Mexico to capture serial rapist Andrew Luster.

Production of and airing of the show was halted by A&E on November 2, 2007, after a disturbing audio tape, containing Duane Chapman using the word, **** repeatedly in a rant directed towards his son's African-American girlfriend, was released. It was first reported by the National Enquirer which then exploded onto every media outlet on television and print, leading Duane to make a teary apology on CNN's Larry King Live for his lack of sensitivity on the matter, vowing to make amends; he soon received support from fans and leaders of the African-American community. On February 19, 2008, A&E announced that the show would return.


 

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Wednesday, 12 January 2011 12:40

BAIL BOND AGENT GET A BAD RAP

02/08/10

Affordable Bails New York and our Suffolk County Central Islip office bring you an article about bail bond agents in Suffolk County and

the services  they provide to the public.

Bail bond agents have a bad rap: The American Bar Association calls their line of work "tawdry," and Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun declared it "odorous." But bounty hunters have an unlikely ally: Alex Tabarrok, an economist at George Mason University, who argues in The Wilson Quarterlythat bounty hunters are "unsung" heroes of an overbooked justice system.

Bail and bounty hunters have a long history. In medieval England, suspected criminals often had to stew for months until a traveling judge arrived to conduct a trial; in the meantime, the court would release the defendant to a "surety," often a friend or brother, who would guarantee that he would show up in court. "If the accused failed to show," Tabarrok explains, "the surety would take his place and be judged as if he were the offender." Sureties were, unsurprisingly, given broad powers to chase down their charges; today's bounty hunters have inherited them (they can legally break into the houses of their targets, search their property without probable cause, and pursue them across state lines).

Even with those powers, however, the risk of being a surety was too great - and so "personal surety" was replaced by "commercial surety," the system used in most American states, including Massachusetts. Under this system, a suspect is released to wait for his trial in exchange for a sum of money, which is returned to him when he shows up on the appointed date. If he doesn't have the money himself, he can hire a bail bondsman to post bail, in exchange for an up-front fee, usually around 10%. If a bondsman puts up $6,000 bail and you show up, he keeps your $600. If you skip town, however, he could be out $6,000, and so he'll send a bounty hunter after you. Usually, he has three to six months to find you before the state annexes the bond. This all adds up to big business: one out of four defendants don't show.

Bounty hunters have a rough-and-tumble image - think of Clint Eastwood in A Fistful of Dollars, or, more recently, of A&E's television show Dog the Bounty Hunter. Yet bail bond firms, Tabarrok writes, "are often small, family-run businesses - the wife writes the bonds and the husband, the 'bounty hunter,' searches for clients who fail to show up in court." Successful bounty hunters have a combination of "persistence and politeness": their targets are, after all, their customers, and they track their charges down by working with friends and family. People who won't talk to police will often talk to bounty hunters, and bounty hunters who are easy to work with get repeat business from defendants. As one defendant-cum-customer puts it, “My family and I have been coming to Frank’s Bail Bonds for three generations.”

The system works, but there are lots of good reasons to dislike it. For one thing, it's regressive, penalizing poorer defendants; for another, it seems illogical. The goal of the bail bondsman is, after all, to make easy money by posting bail for poor-but-trustworthy defendants. Why can't the state cut out the middleman, figure out who's trustworthy on its own, and then let those defendants go on their own recognizance?

These are sensible objections, and over the last fifty years most states have experimented with solutions. In many places a state agency now reviews each defendant, assigning him a score which predicts how likely he is to skip bail; those defendants who have stable home and work lives are released, while the rest flow into the commercial bail system. Four states (Illinois, Kentucky, Oregon, and Wisconsin) have abolished commercial bail altogether; in those states, the only people with the power to chase fugitives are the (already very busy) police. Essentially, the government acts like a bail bond firm: it figures out whom to trust, and then promises to track down the defendants it's wrong about.

These schemes work - but, Tabarrok writes, they don't work as well as good old-fashioned bounty hunting. Defendants skip bail as much as 28 percent less when there are bail bondsmen and bounty hunters in place, essentially because bounty hunters are solely focused on finding them. The bottom line is that bail bond firms are more motivated than the state to figure out who's trustworthy, and to hunt down those who aren't. 

Published in Bail In The News!
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 12:38

PAGANS LEADER JAILED ON MILLION DOLLAR BAIL

February 2, 2011

Affordable Bails New York and Suffolk County Central Islip office brings you this interesting article on the Pagan Motorcycle gang that frequented

Nassau and Suffolk county New York.

Steven "Gorilla" Mondevergine, the former outlaw biker boss, figured he'd be out on bail in a snap when he waived extradition from Gloucester County and agreed to be taken to Philadelphia last month to face attempted-murder and assault charges.

At first, that is how it played out for the 55-year-old ex-leader of the Pagans Motorcycle Club.

But then, at a bail-modification hearing, an assistant district attorney started talking about a box of shotgun shells, a medieval jousting weapon, and a 7-inch knife found in the hulking ex-cop's South Jersey apartment.

Assistant District Attorney Brian Grady coupled that with the biker's alleged history of violence. And two days after he was released on $75,000 bail, Mondevergine was back in the slammer, this time with his bail set at a cool $1 million by a Common Pleas Court judge.

"There's just not a legitimate purpose to have any of this," Assistant District Attorney Brian Grady said last week in explaining the motion he filed two weeks ago that got Mondevergine's bail increased.

"This" was the contraband that Grady said authorities had confiscated Dec. 15 when they arrested Mondevergine at his apartment in Turnersville.

The box of shotgun shells presents an additional problem for Mondevergine because of his racketeering conviction. Convicted felons are prohibited from possessing firearms or ammunition. That offense alone could carry a five-year prison sentence.

Grady also pointed to the other items found in the apartment as he argued that Mondevergine was a danger to society and that his original bail was exceedingly low.

Laying the items before Common Pleas Court Judge Frank Palumbo during the Dec. 21 hearing, Grady pointed to what authorities described as a "boot knife," a weapon with a 7-inch blade and a leather sheaf. The sheaf had two straps that, Grady said, could be wrapped around an individual's calf to hide the knife under a pant leg.

He also showed the judge a three-foot ax handle and a medieval weapon known as a flail found in the apartment. A flail is a spiked steel ball attached to a chain that is attached to a short steel pole.

Grady said there was no indication that Mondevergine was either a collector of medieval weaponry or a participant in Renaissance fairs. It also could not be determined if the flail was from Mondevergine's days as a Pagan leader and underworld enforcer."There's just no legitimate reason to have any of this," Grady said for a second time 

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Wednesday, 12 January 2011 12:37

UNIONS DONE WITH MANGANO

February 3, 2011

Affordable Bails of New York  with offices in Suffolk county located in Central  Islip provides you with this interesting article about 

the failure of the Nassau County executive to get contract concessions from the Nassau county police unlike the Suffolk Executive

and the Suffolk County executive.

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano's calls for significant labor union concessions - NOW! - fell on deaf ears last week as the head of the county police union said publicly that he's done dealing with Mangano and will wait to see what happens with NIFA.

One reason? There is almost zip, zero, nada incentive for the county's five public unions to deal this year as the Nassau Interim Finance Authority weighs whether to take over the county's finances.

For one, they've got contracts that expire on Dec. 31, 2015.

For another, there's a no-layoff clause that doesn't expire for the county's largest union, the Civil ServiceEmployees Association, until the end of this year.

Besides, union leadership points out; they've already given, repeatedly, over the years, to help Nassau balance its budget. This year, for example, the county's 10,000 CSEA employees won't get eight months of their scheduled raises and longevity payments until 2014. The same holds true for the Sheriff Officers Association.

That deferred compensation came as part of a deal to save Nassau money in 2010, when the county - after coming up $100 million short in projected 2009 sales tax revenue - was desperate for budget relief.

But since 2007, there have been a host of other save now, pay later deals, some mandated by binding arbitration, others the result of memorandums of agreement and contract extensions, that have sprinkled deferred payments - like budgetary time bombs - to various unions through 2015.

Those deferred payments were signed off on by former County Executive Thomas Suozzi and both Democrats and Republicans in the Nassau County Legislature when Mangano and now-Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt were in the body's minority party.

Meanwhile, on Jan. 1 of this year, the county's police and detective's unions received deferred longevity and raises members earned back in 2008. And, at some point later this year, they'll receive a second round of deferred payments, from an agreement to help salvage the county's 2007 budget.

Come next year, things get even worse for the budget: The county will pay out deferred wage and longevity payments to police, detectives and, twice, to superior officers, to cover work those employees did in 2009.

"I think everyone has to try harder to get something done this year," said Nassau Comptroller George Maragos, who last week joined fellow Republican Mangano in urging unions to talk. "They have to try harder because next year we won't be able to pay the bills."

He said Mangano's goal of $61 million in savings should be the floor, pointing out that the county also is dealing with rising pension contributions and health care costs.

Maragos, like Mangano, is adamant that Nassau can handle its budget. And its unions. And in a separate interview, Mangano said he believed he could do more with the county unions than NIFA could.

"Even if they stepped in and decided to freeze wages, they'd only be saving $10 million a year," Mangano said. "I know we can do better than that." He said the unions still are negotiating with him, but he warned that if there are no concessions, he will get legislative approval and order them, a move that experts doubt would pass legal muster.

What's sad is that none of this state of affairs is a surprise.

Under the NIFA legislation, Nassau, unlike Suffolk, is required to file not only a budget but a four-year plan. In addition, the county legislature's independent budget review office, repeatedly, over the years, has warned about Nassau's habit of saving now, paying later.

"Decisions made in these agreements will increase out-year expenses without any guarantees that the economy will have grown sufficiently to make the proposal affordable," according to an independent budget review report in October 2009.

"It is imperative that the administration restructure and cut costs on a permanent basis to be ready for the years when the agreements not only increase salaries, but require the county to pay deferred raises."

During his tenure, Suozzi, who declined to comment, waged repeated public battles with the county's unions, especially police, and he did win some concessions. Still, there was no big structural change.

"He did the best he could do, but he was left standing out there alone by some of the officials who are criticizing him now," said Jay Jacobs, the state and county Democratic Party leader.

And where was NIFA?

By 2009, the authority's powers had receded to the point where it offered opinions after, rather than before, the county took action on many of the deferred payments. But that should not have mattered.

Ten years ago, NIFA's first chairman, Frank Zarb, issued crisp, clear labor contract negotiating guidelines - copies of which went to then-County Executive Thomas Gulotta, legislative leaders, the county comptroller and every union president - geared toward changing the county's decades-long habit of being aggressively unaggressive at the management end of the negotiating table.Things didn't change much then. It remains to be seen whether - with or without NIFA intervention - they change now.

  

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Wednesday, 12 January 2011 12:30

FUGITIVE FINDER

February 6, 2011

Affordable Bails of New York  with offices in Suffolk county located in Central  Islip provides you with this interesting article about 

the Suffolk county fugitive finder and how police and bail bond agents can be helped by the public to catch fugitives out on bail.

For the past five years, the Long Island Fugitive Finder, a free monthly magazine containing information of individuals sought in connection with crimes, has been filling in as Long Island's modern equivalent of wanted posters in the Old West, 150 or so years after the era of sheriffs and outlaws long retired to Boot Hill.

To date, the publication has helped to apprehend 436 individuals, an average of two per week, an accomplishment honored last Wednesday afternoon by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, R-Bethpage, at the County Legislature building in Mineola.

Launched by D&S Advertising, Inc. of Medford in 2007, the paper first featured 'most wanted' listings and crime alerts from Suffolk County Crime Stoppers before expanding to include Nassau listings in March 2007.

Newspaper owner Dean Murray is also the publisher of the Long Island Job Finder, from which the idea for "Fugitive Finder" emerged.

Recalling when his team started putting the publication together in December 2006, Murray said that "ironically... while we're putting this thing together to launch it in January of 2007, my secretary gets robbed of her credit cards in my office. I gave chase, caught the criminal... I got the credit card back, turned him loose. Ironically, two months later, guess who ended up in here?"

The monthly publication is available at locations throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens. Each county is offered space to list 12 "most wanted" criminals as well as four crime alerts per month. More than 25,000 copies of the paper are distributed each month.

"It's a publication that works, it has a great public benefit," Mangano said. "Many people start publications hoping to create a readership and of course, making some money, but here in this case Dean Murray began his publication...with the hope of helping the incredible law enforcement agencies of both Nassau and Suffolk County in finding criminals."

While some ads do appear within the publication, D&S loses money on the venture, a situation with which Murray is content.

"We started this publication not necessarily as a money making venture but as a way that we can help law enforcement throughout Long Island to capture these criminals and bring them to justice," he said. "This magazine and this website brings millions of additional eyeballs to law enforcement; it allows the public to get involved without physically getting involved in a dangerous way." 

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Tuesday, 21 December 2010 05:38

increase on herion arrest in suffolk county

February 7, 2011

Affordable Bails of New York  with offices in Suffolk county located in Central  Islip provides you with this interesting article about 

the increase in Heroin usage in Suffolk County that have increased the number of arrests in Central Islip and the bail bonds that are bring set.

 

In September Shelter Island heroin arrests were posted on the Suffolk County Drug Map. In November they had vanished from the online index of heroin busts. The local data is posted once again but its temporary disappearance highlights the logistical and jurisdictional problems that keep this drug abuse awareness tool from working for the East End.

“It does make me feel bad that the East End looks like nothing is happening,” said Gary Quinn, commissioner of the Suffolk County Information Technology (IT) Department. His department posts and maintains all of the county’s web pages, including the drug map that county legislators established in 2008 to “provide parents, schools and the wider community with a valuable resource to help prevent our county’s youth from falling prey to this deadly drug.”

Modeled after a Nassau County law named for 18-year-old Natalie Ciappa of Massapequa, who died of a heroin overdose, Suffolk’s version of Natalie’s Law directed the Suffolk County Police Department (SCPD) and the information technology department to create a publicly accessible map showing arrest sites for the sale or possession of heroin “within Suffolk County.” Initially, the map displayed only arrests within the Suffolk County Police District.

Receiving and processing data from the towns outside the county police district are proving to be a problem.

“Our efforts are different than in Nassau,” Mr. Quinn said, due to heroin arrests being made by the SCPD, by town and village police departments outside the SCPD and by the East End Drug Task Force, a multi-jurisdictional group operating under the authority of Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota.

The heroin arrest data that has been posted on the map since it went online in 2009 — the arrest location, date, charge and age of the offender — is extracted directly from the SCPD’s arrest data base, according to Mr. Quinn. The county IT department does not have access to the arrest systems of the towns and villages that lie outside the SCPD.

Most heroin arrests in eastern Suffolk are made by the East End Drug Task Force. No data is posted for the 20 arrests made last May in a major task force bust, in which hundreds of bags of heroin were confiscated from homes in Southampton, Calverton, Riverhead, Mattituck and Greenport, one less than 500 feet from the Porters’ football field.

Those cases are not processed by the local departments but by the District Attorney’s office and are not reported on the county drug map.

Mr. Quinn looked into indexing the East End Drug Task Force arrest data, but the actual location of the arrests, a required piece of data under Natalie’s Law, are “not in the case management system,” he said. Instead, the address of the offender is recorded.

When contacted this week, Robert Clifford, communications director of the District Attorney’s office, reiterated the DA’s position that his office has no obligation to submit data for the county drug map.

And despite a request from Suffolk County Police Commissioner Richard Dormer that the town and village police jurisdictions within the county but outside of the SCPD voluntarily report heroin arrests, only a handful of arrests from Shelter Island, Riverhead and Southampton have been posted on the map.

“That’s where we have a problem,” Mr. Quinn said. The county “doesn’t  want to put a mandate on East End towns” to hire an IT person to create an extract or to enter the data manually.  When the county IT department posted the submissions from East End towns earlier this year, the data was entered incorrectly, Mr. Quinn said. When the map was updated, the East End data disappeared. It has since been restored.

The five East End towns have their own arrest systems and processes, he added. They are “trying to give info if they can, without incurring expenses.” But so far, the IT Department has received “nothing substantial,” he commented.

The problem is “indicative of the many layers of government,” he said, “disparate systems” working on the same problem but not yet able to effect a solution.

“We’re working towards trying to get information so the map represents what’s on the ground,” Mr. Quinn added.

Is the online map being used? The IT chief had no statistics on numbers of page-views or other Internet usage data, but he has received some feedback.

“The police here think it’s interesting, a good measure of activity,” Mr. Quinn said of the SCPD. “But the undercover guy is not fond of it — it points out where the police are operating.”

“I do know people are looking at it,” he added. He has received requests to include arrests for other drug violations on the map.

Mr. Quinn said he would like to see more East End police submit heroin arrest data and encourages them to contact the county’s Information Technology Department. 

Published in Bail In The News!

The Nassau County Legislature Saturday night adopted its $2.6-billion county budget for next year that shifts million of dollars in costs to towns and other local jurisdictions.
The 11-8 party line vote - with all Republicans voting in favor - came shortly before 10 p.m.

During the rare weekend session, Democrats proposed $54 million worth of amendments that were voted down on party lines.
It was the first budget proposed by Republican County Executive Edward Mangano, who ousted two-term Democrat Thomas Suozzi in an election last fall in which he promised to curb rising property taxes and fix the county's much-criticized property tax assessment system.

Published in Bail In The News!
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