- Title: Detective: The Inspirational Story of the Trailblazing Woman Cop Who Wouldn't Quit
- Author: Kathy Burke
- ISBN: 9780743283922
- Page: 422
- Format: Hardcover
In 1968, 1 percent of the New York City Police Department was female When Kathy Burke joined the NYPD s ranks in June of that year she was one of only ten women in a class of 950 recruits But the determined Burke had no doubt that she was born to be a cop, and in her twenty three year career she rose to be the most highly decorated female detective in the NYPD s history.In 1968, 1 percent of the New York City Police Department was female When Kathy Burke joined the NYPD s ranks in June of that year she was one of only ten women in a class of 950 recruits But the determined Burke had no doubt that she was born to be a cop, and in her twenty three year career she rose to be the most highly decorated female detective in the NYPD s history Detective is her story By turns caustic, funny, and matter of fact, Burke describes what it was like for a young woman to be surrounded by often hostile male officers and the uphill battle she fought to prove herself and earn their respect But earn it she did From her beginnings as an undercover cop making drug buys on New York s most dangerous streets to posing as Mrs Patz to capture extortionists in the Etan Patz case to investigating the Mafia, Burke worked in some of the NYPD s most elite units on its most high profile cases, eventually rising to the rank of detective first grade, the very highest in the detective bureau.Burke vividly portrays every aspect of a cop s experience, taking readers from the discos where she flirted with drug dealers to the halls of Congress, where she testified about drugs and corruption with a paper bag over her head to protect her undercover persona , to a deserted street in Queens where a tragic shooting would forever change her career and her life Burke is brutally honest in her criticism of NYPD leadership and corruption within the department, in her accounts of the physical and emotional toll taken by the job that she loved, and in her descriptions of the sacrifices sometimes even the greatest sacrifice of all that cops must make Detective is arevelatory and inspirational story of life lived without apology, of stubborn courage, and of a woman who triumphed over doubts, recrimination, and personal tragedy to truly become one of New York s Finest.
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Kathy Burke was a NYC police detective from 1968 to 1991. When she joined, women made up less than 1% of the New York police force. Burke was instrumental in paving the way for women in the force. She worked undercover in the 1970s making drug buys, later worked homicide, then organized crime. She was shuttled around the department to keep her from making waves. She battled with, then sued, the chief of the major crimes unit. She was shot on the street, effectively ending her active police caree [...]
Every time you think it can't get more depressing, it does. To give you a hint of the gruesome and miserable nature of this book, a quote:"When I first decided to do this book, many people felt that my story did not have a happy ending. My partner died. The outcome of the trials was not totally satisfying. We weren't able to lock up the bad guys forever and ever and ever. What's more, I ended up retiring from the Police Department under a cloud. My marriage fell apart. I was diagnosed with an ex [...]
Although not a "light" read, it's quite an interesting book. I took a liking to it when Kathy admits to struggling with the aftermath of her trauma. I don't think we get to read about that enough, the emotional toll that the job has on P.O's. Some books tend to give you the juicy details of shoot outs, car chases, but they skip over the consequences the officers suffer emotionally. Kathy addresses it and fights through it. This book has it all, grimy details of her work, "cop speak", abuse of po [...]
I really enjoyed this memoir, and as a woman going into policing, I have to be thankful for the first women who had it so hard and forged our way. As it is a memoir, I wondered how accurate it was, as it is someone's memories of what happened, and therefore biased, even if not purposefully. I have recommended it to some female officer friends, because I did find it a very interesting read.
Burke joined the NYPD in 1968 and soon became a successful undercover dug cop in a field where women were rarely treated as equals. She was injured in a shooting that left her partner dead. This action-packed story also recounts police politics, sexual harassment, and the breakup of her marriage.
I really enjoyed this book. It took me longer to get through, and it is definitely not a "light" read, but I found it extremely interesting.
This is about a woman's struggle in 1968 to make it male dominant profession. Very inspiring and scary all rolled up in one.
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