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December 21, 2012

COPS NOTEBOOK: Departing commander another big loss for Falls police

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Niagara Gazette — He shunned the media spotlight. For all the hundreds of pictures Gazette photographers have taken, documenting the activities of the Narcotics Division, I don't think there's so much as a single shot of Shamrock.

"Give the guys the credit," he always said. "They work hard."

He always wanted the detectives and RAC officers to talk to me about what they did and how they did it in their own words. 

He'd give me a few quotes, department policy requires the supervisor to speak first. But by letting the officers and detectives tell me their stories in their own words, the "Cap" felt "his guys" would get the credit from the public for the fruits of their labor. 

I can tell you this, there is no better way to tell a story than in the words of the people who lived it.

So it's no surprise, the loyalty of "his guys" and the time and hard work they put in for him. Who wouldn't do that for a boss like that?

The narcotics detectives and RAC officers are going to miss not having the "Cap" around.

So am I.

Contact reporter Rick Pfeiffer at 282-2311, ext. 2252

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