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Sunday, April 6, 2008


The New York Post by SUSAN EDELMAN

April 6, 2008 -- An ex-cop sold his old memo books on eBay - acknowledging that the daily logs may contain "sensitive information" on witnesses and crime victims. Retired Sgt. James Giordonello charged $30 or more for his official diaries, which he brashly touted as containing "the good, the bad, and . . . oh yeah, the ugly" of police work. "They capture all the details of all the events of a typical day at the office, except the cop's office is the street," Giordonello said in his sales pitch. "From shootings to missing children, car chases that end in crashes followed by foot pursuits . . . you can read all about it in THE MEMO BOOK," he wrote.

"If you are looking for a unique piece of NYPD memorabilia, you can't go wrong." "No two are exactly the same . . . Extremely rare: More rare than a lottery ticket!!!" A memo book purchased by The Post was a dry, cursory compilation of Giordonello's activities, down to his lunch breaks, in the 41st Precinct in The Bronx between Feb. 27 and June 13, 1990. The log lists the date, military time and a brief notation about the activity, using police codes such as "10-92" for arrest or "10-98" for resuming patrol. Most of the entries do not read like an episode of "NYPD Blue." A typical notation reads, "Visited 886 Home St. - padlocked."

Another entry reports "shots fired" at an address. He notes, "2 under," and "2 guns, spent shells & round & bulletproof vest recovered at scene. Area search for injured persons and damaged property; negative results." As a sergeant, Giordonello mainly names other cops he supervised. But several entries give names and addresses of citizens, including a woman and child "removed from intoxicated parent." The NYPD last week sent a "cease and desist" letter to eBay demanding it stop posting the NYPD logs, said spokesman Paul Browne. The auction site quickly complied, he said.

Browne said the NYPD forbids active officers to sell their memo books. State law also bans the dissemination of information obtained in the course of official duties, he said. The NYPD has not yet notified Giordonello directly that it had stopped the eBay sales. And Giordonello, 50, who lives in upstate Garrison, is still selling the books when asked directly. He could not be reached for comment yesterday.

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