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Edward D. Reuss
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 St. John’s University, Staten Island Campus was the site of the annual Criminal Justice Connection.  The Criminal Justice Connection is a part of a series of mentoring programs to allow students in the field of Criminal Justice to interact with criminal justice alumni.  The program is sponsored by the Staten Island Alumni Association and the Criminal Justice Association of St. John’s University. Last year’s honorees were Police Commissoner Raymond Kelly, ‘71L, ‘98HON, and newly elected Staten Island District Attorney, Daniel Donovan, ‘78NDC both distinguished alumni of St. John’s University.


 This year’s event was held in the Presidential Room of the Kelleher Center.  Angelo Pisani, Ph.D., Director of the Criminal Justice Program, Staten Island Campus, College of Professional Studies introduced members of the faculty who teach criminal justice courses at St. John’s as well as members of the student body who are pursuing degrees in Criminal Justice. This year there were three honorees. Michael Kohut, Director/Chief, Perth Amboy Police Department,’77NDC, Lieutenant John Rowland, NYPD, and  Edward D. Reuss, Captain, NYPD (ret) ‘81NDC.

 L.to R. Capt Reuss, Chief Kohut, Lt. Rowland

I was honored to receive this award and had the opportunity speak with Dr. Pisani who I also knew as Patrolman Angelo Pisani three decades ago.  We were cops in the 123rd Precinct and worked together as a radio car team.  I knew him as a young police officer recently transferred from the Tactical Patrol Force (TPF).  Ptl Pisani was assigned to the NYPD TPF during the  violent decades of the 60s and early 70s.  The Tactical Patrol Force (TPF)  was an elite force of officers who were highly mobile and responded to all areas of the City of New York to cope with the rising tide of crime and street disorders during those years.   The TPF had no home precinct, but were required to keep their uniforms and equipment in their private cars to enable them to respond to any precinct in the City when emergencies required them. Most Officers were not able to work this demanding schedule for long.  After a number of years in the TPF, Officer Pisani transferred into the 123rd Precinct.  We became radio car partners and worked together until he was transferred to the newly formed Midtown North Precinct. When he left to become a member of the Fire Department, the NYPD lost a valuable asset.
His experience as a police officer served him well when he became a Fire Marshal.  His experience as both a police officer and fire marshal gained him in-dept experience as an expert in arson .    In addition to his accompishments in education, he is a certified Fire and Explosion Investigator .  He is recognized in his field and gives expert testimony in the courts.

He has a web site at: http://angelopisaniphd.com/index.html  

I wrote a story about one arrest incident when we worked together entitled:  ARRESTS IN THE FIELDS OF MUD Doctor Pisani is well known as an educator, but it should also be known that he was also a good cop. There are many forms of recognition that we give.  However, peer recognition is of great value to most police officers. In my opinion, there is no greater form of peer recognition than to be referred to as a “good cop”.  
My special thanks to Nick Legakis, ‘97SVC, Asst to the Director for Development & Alumni Relations, St. John’s Univerity, Staten Island Campus.



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