Insiders of the American Mob: Joseph Coffey, NYPD Detective

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Joe Coffey is the former Commanding Officer of the New York Organized Crime Force. He tracked the Mafia for more than 30 years as a detective for the New York Police Department, and the state anti-Mob task force. In between those assignments he was one of the lead investigators in the “Summer of Sam” case. After returning to fighting the mob, his crew within the Organized Crime Force, known as "The Coffey Gang," solved 21 Gangland homicides and broke new ground in fostering new lines of communication between other law agencies.

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