Day 1: Presentation of the Sir Robert Peel Medal for Leadership in Evidence-Based Policing (Audio)
Anthony Bouza came to the United States with his family at age 9. After graduating from Manual High School in Brooklyn and serving in the U.S. Army, Bouza worked briefly in sales in the garment industry in Manhattan before joining the New York City police, eventually becoming commander of police in The Bronx. In 1976 became deputy chief of the New York City Transit Police. He was brought to Minneapolis by Mayor Donald Fraser, who when newly elected in 1980, wanted an outsider to head the department following a series of scandals under his predecessor. After stepping down as chief, Anthony Bouza served as Minnesota gaming commissioner from 1989 to 1991 and briefly as director of the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence in the nation's capital. Bouza holds a Bachelors degree in business administration (1965) and a Masters degree in public administration (1968) from Baruch University. Bouza is author of four books: The Police Mystique: An Insider's Look at Cops, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System (Da Capo, 1990), A Carpet of Blue: An Ex-Cop Takes a Tough Look at America's Drug Problem (Fairview, 1991), Police Unbound: Corruption, Abuse, and Heroism by the Boys in Blue (Prometheus, 2001), and The Decline and Fall of the American Empire: Corruption, Decadence, and the American Dream (Da Capo Press, 2003). He also wrote two technical books: Police Intelligence: The Operations of an Investigative Unit (AMS Press, 1976) and Police Administration (Elsevier, 1978).
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