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NYPD’s “Operation Decoy” Smashing Success

Aug. 29, 1962 - During the first week of being disguised in women’s clothing, “Operation Decoy” policemen in New York City made 80 arrests, including 38 for felonies, Commissioner Michael J. Murphy announced today. Commissioner Murphy said 36 of those arrested had a total of 181 previous arrests. The project, begun the night of Aug. 22, is aimed at combating street crime by using policemen dressed as women to lure potential rapists and muggers. Commissioner Murphy said the arrests included six for assault and robbery, four for felonious assault, 21 for grand larceny, and 11 for narcotics violations.


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