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Bill Napolitano - A New York City Cop



Ø 1) Read the text and say what has changed in crime.

Bill Napolitanos police uniform is more than just a shirt, slacks, and a cap. He also has to carry a radio, two pairs of handcuffs, a flashlight, a set of keys, a notebook, a heavy stick, and a 38 Smith and Wesson gun. You might think that the gun is the most important item. But Bill has been a New York City cop for three years, and he hasnt used it once. In fact, its his notebook that he needs most often.

Theres a lot of paperwork involved in what we do, says Bill. We have to write reports on everything - complaints, parking offenses, burglaries - its very boring.

Sometimes, though, Bills job is anything but boring. A few weeks ago, a New York police officer was shot and killed by a drug addict. During the funeral, a woman called the police station. She said that she had seen a man on the balcony of her apartment trying to force his way in.

My partner, Tom, was at the funeral, remembers Bill, so I drove the sergeant there. We went up on the roof and searched it. There are small areas up there on the rooftops, fenced in, where people have barbecues and so on. The sergeant saw the guy, but he ran away. So we chased him, and he jumped off the side of the building onto a terrace and swung himself down onto the floor below. We got him on the third floor, and he tried to run but we stopped him. I looked in his jacket and found a gun. He looked just like the guy who murdered the police officer. My heart was going fast, I can tell you! Later, we found out he wasnt the murderer, but he had a long record of robbery and violence.

Bill has seen a change in crime since he became a cop. New, dangerous drugs have spread like wildfire through the city, and addicts rob and steal to get the money to pay for them.

Most calls to the police station, though, are the same as they have always been. People hear screams from a family fight going on in the next apartment, and they call the cops.

You have to go in and settle things fast, says Bill. Sometimes you go to a place, and the people dont have much money, and maybe the fathers out of work, and hes drinking, or on drugs, or it might be the mother. And its terrible because of the children. The children have nowhere to go. They dont know where to go.



 

Ø 2) What is odd in the sentences?

a)The police uniformincludes: a shirt, slacks, a cap, a radio, two pairs of handcuffs, a handkerchief, a flashlight, a set of keys, a notebook, a heavy stick, and a 38 Smith and Wesson gun.

b)Policemen have to write reports on everything - complaints, curriculum vitae, parking offenses, burglaries.

 

Ø 3)Who are the victims of crimes? What does the text say about it?

Escape plot

 

Ø 1) Say whether the problem of a prison security is covered in this text.

Ø 2) Find the reasons for a full-scale search of the prison near York in the text.

 

A suspected plot to free prisoners from two high-security jails in Britain is under investigation.

A full-scale search of the prison near York, lasting two days, was completed over the weekend. Nearly 600 prisoners were then allowed out of their cells to resume normal routines after what was described as the full lock-down search.

But prison authorities said an investigation was continuing into the alert, understood to have started after the discovery of impressions of master keys in the cells of former prison inmates. All the locks at the top-security prison were changed during the operation.



The Prison Service refused to comment on reports that an escape plot was uncovered after a bar of soap containing a master-key impression was discovered in a cell vacated last week by a prisoner, Tomas Quigley, who is now completing his 18-year sentence.

It was also reported that two other bars of soap found bore impressions of keys from the Prison in south London, which also houses foreign prisoners. A detailed sketch plan of the prison was also said to have been discovered in the cell of another serving prisoner at the prison near Cork.

 

Ø 3) Find professionally-relevant terms in the text. Define them.

Ø 4) Put the events in the correct / logical order:

a)Two other bars of soap bearing impressions of keys from the Prison in south London were found.

b)A full-scale search of the prison near York was undertaken.

c)A detailed sketch plan of the prison was discovered at the prison near Cork.

d)Tomas Quigley discovered a bar of soap containing a master-key impression;

e)Nearly 600 prisoners were allowed out of their cells in York.

 


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