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Charles Campisi

2/27/2017 at 3:05 AM to 3:25 PM

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An Insider’s Story of Good Cops Catching Bad Cops

By Charles Campisi

As tensions rise between our nation’s police officers and citizens, police
misconduct is becoming an ever more visible, yet poorly understood reality.
In BLUE ON BLUE: An Insider’s Story of Good Cops Catching Bad Cops
(Scribner, on-sale February 7, 2017), high-profile insider Charles Campisi
recounts his groundbreaking eighteen years as Chief of the NYPD’s Internal
Affairs Bureau to shed light on what goes on behind-the-scenes when an
officer is suspected of stepping out of line.

Campisi proves a master raconteur—and even better inside source—as he opens
a rare window into one of the most secretive branches of policing. BLUE ON
BLUE reveals the pioneering program Campisi led to hire NYPD elite to
conduct wiretaps, tail cars, and go undercover to investigate fellow cops
suspected of corruption, misconduct, and sometimes worse. From the 1999
shooting death of Amadou Diallo to the “Cannibal Cop” who was arrested in
2012 for threatening to kill and eat women, Campisi recounts the critical
cases that put Internal Affairs to the test and ultimately helped clean up
the force. Under Campisi’s watch, New Yorkers shot or killed by cops
dropped by 90% and the number of cops failing integrity tests plummeted to
historic lows. The NYPD’s strategies, such as tripling IAB’s staff and
drafting the highest-performing detectives into its ranks, became a model
adopted by law enforcement agencies nationwide.

BLUE ON BLUE also depicts as few books before it the day-to-day
complexities of being a police officer, from the fear that every cop
experiences when they wield their gun to the ways in which the Blue
Brotherhood helps (and occasionally hinders) cops who want to do the right
thing. From financial pressures to ego-trips, greed, or just unfortunate
circumstances, Campisi shares the riveting detective work behind
understanding and catching bad cops—and just how many cops passed their
integrity tests with flying colors. He even recounts his own brush with the
IAB early in his own career.

At once entertaining and critical, BLUE ON BLUE reveals what motivates good
cops—whom Campisi found to be the majority of the force during his 41-year
career —and what tempts bad cops to stray. It shines a long-overdue
spotlight on the human beings behind the badge. Through Campisi’s masterful
narration and unwavering commitment to justice, readers are in for a
thrilling and eye-opening ride.


CHARLES CAMPISI is the longest-serving Chief of the NYPD’s Internal Affairs
Bureau, an elite unit tasked with investigating fellow officers suspected
of misconduct, corruption, or worse. Campisi is a graduate of the FBI
National Academy, Columbia University Police Management Institute, and
Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is currently a Senior VP
at the private investigation firm Cyber Diligence and has lectured
nationally and internationally including at John Jay College and NYU School
of Law.

Co-author GORDON DILLOW has been a reporter, columnist, and war
correspondent for more than thirty years. He has written for a number of
newspapers, including the Orange County Register, the Los Angeles Times,
and the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, and is the coauthor of Where the Money
Is and Uppity.


“A compelling, educational, memorable account… This superb memoir can be
read for its sheer entertainment or as a primer on police work—or both.”

– Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)

“A must-read for those interested in how police misconduct has been

– Publishers Weekly

Blue on Blue takes the reader into a shadow world where police officers
confront evil and often lose that confrontation. This is a serious look at
American police work from a man who has seen it all.”

– Bill O’Reilly, anchor at Fox News Channel

“A compelling, fascinating, and often harrowing read.”

– Caleb Carr, New York Times bestselling author of The Alienist and Surrender,
New York

“In the world of policing there is no more secretive activity then Internal
Affairs. In Blue on Blue, Chief Charlie Campisi lifts the veil, showing the
reader the twisted rationalizations, clever deceptions, and sometimes
dangerous calculations of cops who are criminals… [I] consider him the best
ever Chief of IAB in the best police department in the world.”

– Howard Safir, 39th Commissioner of the NYPD

“This is police work as it happens every day, told by a determined and
dedicated cop, Charlie Campisi, who never wavered from his mission: to try
to make sure all cops acted with 100% integrity… The NYPD lost the best
internal investigator in the country when Campisi left.”

– Ray Kelly, longest-serving commissioner of the NYPD

“A refreshing, behind-the-wall-of-silence look at what goes on—and why—in
big city police departments. Campisi stockpiles his story arsenal with
riveting history, experience, anecdotal evidence and high emotion,
continually reminding us of the beacon he kept in sight throughout his
career, which was to stay on the up and up no matter what.  It all adds up
to the real deal from a solid confidential informant.”

– Theresa Schwegel, Edgar Award winning author of Officer Down


BLUE ON BLUE: An Insider’s Story of Good Cops Catching Bad Cops
Charles Campisi with Gordon Dillow
Scribner | Hardcover | February 7, 2017 | 9781501127199