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106 NYPD Sergeant John Ferriso Going From Big City Cop to Private Investigator (Part Two)

February 19, 2023 Patrick O'Donnell / John Ferriso Episode 106
Cops and Writers Podcast
106 NYPD Sergeant John Ferriso Going From Big City Cop to Private Investigator (Part Two)
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Welcome back to the conclusion of our special two-part interview with retired Police Sergeant John Ferriso of the New York Police Department. 

John Ferriso was a member of the NYPD from 1993-2013. With 20 years of experience as Patrol Officer, September 11th Rescue and Recovery and Patrol Supervisor, Sergeant in charge of both the Internal Affairs Bureau and the Missing Persons Squad. John Supervised and investigated over 7,000 cases per year while assigned to the Missing Persons Squad. 

 John has his own Private Investigation Company, Ferris Investigations, specializing in Missing Persons Cases. John volunteers his investigative experience to nationwide nonprofit organizations conducting missing person investigators. He helps other investigators with their missing investigations and looks at new aspects of cold cases while assisting family members in finding answers.  

A short story, in a New York Minute: An officer’s eyewitness account of the events of September 11, 2001, was published online.

In today’s episode we discuss:

·      More fun with the Internal Affairs Bureau, including how influential politicians attempt to sway investigations with predetermined outcomes to investigations. 

·      John’s time as a sergeant in the NYPD’s Missing Persons Squad.

·      How the Missing Persons Squad dealt with 7,000 cases a year!

·      Why he wanted to go to the Missing Persons Squad.

·      How the Special Victim’s Unit and Homicide worked together with the Missing Persons unit. 

·      Stranger abductions. 

· Post-retirement and starting a private investigations company.

·      Working missing persons cases as a private investigator and working together with law enforcement in these cases.

·      His essay, “In a New York Minute” An officer’s eyewitness account of the events of September 11, 2001. 

All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.

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