Monday, March 16, 2009

Paul Bacon, writer, scuba instructor, and author of Bad Cop: New York's Least Likely Police Officer Tells All (Bloomsbury USA, 2009), talks about his new book recounting his misadventures after joining the NYPD in response to 9/11.


Paul Bacon

Comments [10]

gaetano catelli from manhattan

excellent segment, Brian.

Scotty Watson from Secaucus NJ, for years i've noticed the astonishingly high percentage of attractive female police officers. you're the first person i've ever encountered who's acknowledged this. based on simple statistics, this can't possibly be mere coincidence.

Leo from Queens, the "average citizen" strongly supports the police, especially those of us who survived NYC in the period from 1965 to 1993.

Terry from Manhattan, please remember how you felt in that experience the next time you hear broadbrush disparaging comments about "Americans", "this country", "this society", etc.

Mar. 18 2009 11:00 PM
Terry Milner from Manhattan

I spent three weeks last year on a movie set with a bunch of retired NYPD uniforms playing cops (as extras) mixing with a bunch of between-jobs theatre actors on a long shoot. The cultural differences were astonishing, and the culture clash was often infuriating.

Sexism and homophobia were the dominant themes, to the point of making it a hostile work environment. Of course, actors, even extras, are often too cowed to say anything, despite all sorts of union regs and Title VII prohibitions. I look forward to reading this.

Mar. 16 2009 12:02 PM
Camp Bacon from Macon GA

Solid interview, fun book. Looking forward to the next one.

Mar. 16 2009 12:00 PM
David Blaustein from Live in Clinton Hill Brooklyn

when is he going to be funny?

Mar. 16 2009 11:59 AM
Leo from Queens

WOW!!!> This interview is amazing!!. City officials, including the mayor, distric attorneys and police commissioner should be brought up on charges!!. It totally validates the repression, discrimination, extortion and shake downs that average citizens face on a daily basis from the people whose salaries and generous benefits we pay.

Mar. 16 2009 11:57 AM
Joshua Lefkowitz from NYC

Cops don't lie in court? Never? Something smells funny. Do we have some cognitive dissonance here?

Mar. 16 2009 11:54 AM
Leo from Queens

Thank you Mr. Bacon for admitting that there are quotas. The question now is who is driving this? The mayor or the police commissioner? -

General and suggestion to Brian for a future program: How have City agencies created for specific services/regulations have been turned into profit making centers and how undermines democratic government and increases corruption and bureocracy!.

Mar. 16 2009 11:53 AM
Scotty Watson from Secaucus NJ

People will find a LOT of NYPD cops have a sense of humor... if you treat them like people. I do have a question about NYPD hiring practices... how come the female cops tend to be... well, lets just say it... hot?

Mar. 16 2009 11:51 AM
Darius from Prospect Heights

I know. I thought it was a joke. I thought I smelled something.

Mar. 16 2009 11:48 AM
Zak from Washington Heights

Paul BACON? Really? BACON?!

Mar. 16 2009 11:45 AM

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