When David Durk joined the New York City Police Department in 1963, he found an organization with its own set of rules, where bribery and payoffs were routine and no one wanted to be disturbed. Durk set out to fix the whole mess. For 22 years, until he was forced to retire at age 51, he was a thorn in the side of mayors, police commissioners, commanders, sergeants, and beat cops alike. His crusading led to an investigation into police corruption in the 1970s by the Knapp Commission (credit for which usually goes to Frank Serpico) and more recently, the Mollen Commission.
From Publishers Weekly
David Durk, an Amherst graduate who had also spent a year studying law, joined the New York City Police Department in 1963. He was shocked and angered by what he found there: officers who had chosen police careers on idealistic grounds had learned to conform to the prevailing cynical attitude in the department because many of their superiors were dishonest, timid, lazy or all of these. Working with the later famous Frank Serpico, he gathered evidence against the department; they got nowhere until in 1968 they enlisted the interest of the New York Times, whose exposes resulted in the setting up of the Knapp Commission in 1971, which uncovered corruption in the NYPD. As a whistle-blower, Durk became persona non grata and was transferred into the finance department, where he unearthed potential scandals that were never exposed. Still regarded as a troublemaker, he retired in 1985. Lardner (Fast Forward), a former police officer in the District of Columbia, sees Durk as a hero, a commendation with which readers of this rousing volume will agree.
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