When author John Caulfield was growing up in the South Bronx in the 1930s, the Irish kids were raised to be firemen, cops, or priests. From a young age, he knew his future held one of those options. In this memoir, he narrates the story of his long career in law enforcement-a path that was anything but direct.
Caulfield, Shield #911-NYPD tells of Caulfield's working first job at a grocery store at age ten, attending Catholic school, playing basketball at Rice High School, earning a basketball scholarship at Wake Forest College, being drafted into the army, and gaining his police shield-#911-in 1953.
It also details his experiences as an NYPD detective when assigned to its elite Bureau of Special Services and Investigations unit, whose prime mandate involved guarding visiting heads of state. In 1969, Caulfield took a leave of absence and joined the White House staff as staff assistant to President Richard Nixon; during that time, he coordinated more than ninety-three investigations. When Watergate occurred, Caulfield was serving as assistant director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms unit that investigated extremist groups in the United States. He testified before the Senate Watergate Committee in 1973.
In Caulfield, Shield #911-NYPD, Caulfield offers unique insight into the levels of the world security events in NYPD and the White House.