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Mr. Frank P. Friel

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Background Information

Employment History

Philadelphia P.D./ O.C. Task force


Vidocq Society


Bensalem Police

Guest Lecturer

Federal Bureau of Investigation


Saint Joseph's University


La Salle University


Temple University

Director of Security and Safety

Independence Visitor Center Corporation


Board Member
Saying Gaming Control

Philadelphia Police Department


Frankford High School

Philadelphia's Frankford High School

advanced degree

Criminal Justice

St. Joseph's University

bachelor's degree

Eastern College

bachelor's degree

Eastern University

college degrees

completed a bachelor's degree

Eastern College

completed a master's degree

Saint Joseph's University


St. Joseph

master's degree

St. Joseph's University

Web References (190 Total References)

Vidocq Society - WHO [cached]

Francis P. Friel, V.S.M. Chairman of the Board

Former Bensalem Director Frank Friel dies - Bensalem Police [cached]

Former Bensalem Director Frank Friel dies → Former Bensalem Director Frank Friel dies - Bensalem Police Bensalem Police

Former Bensalem Director Frank Friel dies
Friel joined the Philadelphia Police Department in 1960 at the age of 18 and rose steadily through the ranks, making captain before leaving to take the Bensalem job when that township switched from a police chief s ystem to public safety director. As a Philadelphia cop, Friel was perhaps best known for his role in the arrest and conviction of Philadelphia mob boss Nicodemo "Little Nicky" Scarfo and several of his associates. From 1982 to 1986, Friel headed Philadelphia's Organized Crime Task Force. He co-authored the book "Breaking the Mob" in 1990. After leaving Bensalem, Friel started Atlantic Security International Investigations. He has been a guest lecturer for the FBI on matters of organized crime, served as a consultant to Major League Baseball on organized crime, and taught courses on the subject at La Salle, Temple and St. Joseph's universities. Friel was a charter member and first chairman of the Vidocq Society, a group of forensic experts dedicated to solving cold case homicides. Since 2006, he had been director of security and safety for the Independence Visitor Center Corporation in Philadelphia. Friel had also appeared on "60 Minutes" and other television shows. He and his wife, Kathleen, lived in Bensalem since they were married 17 years ago. The couple has four children from previous marriages and three grandchildren. "I feel Frank touched many lives and, every life he touched, those people were better for knowing him," said Kathleen Friel.
"Frank was a dear friend," said DiGirolamo.
"I was on the Blue Ribbon Panel that selected Frank as the township's first public safety director. He was a very professional director who made the Bensalem police a department second to none, and that has continued since he left. What he accomplished during his life was incredible." "Frank was a true leader and got our police department moving again after a time of disorder," said Bensalem's current public safety director, Fred Harran.
A memorial Mass for Friel will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Ephrem Roman Catholic Church, 5400 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem.

Vidocq Society - WHO [cached]

in a July 1998 article about a new self-help organization called Families of Murder Victims, mentioned the Vidocq Society and Vidocq Chairman of the Board Frank Friel, V.S.M.

Vidocq Society - WHO [cached]

in a July 1998 article about a new self-help organization called Families of Murder Victims, mentioned the Vidocq Society and Vidocq Chairman of the Board Frank Friel, V.S.M.

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Frank Friel, officer who battled the mob File photo: Frank Friel. File photo: Frank Friel. INQ STEINMETZ File photo: Frank Friel. Gallery: Frank Friel, officer who battled the mob

Francis P. "Frank" Friel, 71, of Bensalem, a decorated police investigator whose organized crime unit, in collaboration with the FBI, effectively ended a spate of mob killings in the 1980s, died of cancer Saturday, Jan. 4, at St. Mary Medical Center.
Mr. Friel's storied career began in 1960, at a time when the city's police force hired teenagers fresh out of high school as helpers. By age 20, he had trained at the Police Academy, received a gun, and become a full-fledged patrolman.
Over the next 28 years, he climbed the ranks - from platoon commander to lieutenant in the Central Detective Division, to lieutenant in the Homicide Division, to captain responsible for developing an organized crime task force, looking to combat a rash of mob-related killings.
It was in the last role that he had his greatest success.
In 1989, Mr. Friel told Inquirer reporter Thomas J. Gibbons Jr.: "There hasn't been a mob murder since 1985, so we're pretty convinced we got the right guy in Scarfo."
Michael J. Chitwood, Upper Darby public safety superintendent, was a homicide detective in Philadelphia when Mr. Friel was a lieutenant.
"I knew Frank Friel for years," Chitwood said.
Chitwood said it would not be exaggerating to say that Mr. Friel and the task force brought the local mob to its knees.
Gibbons, a police officer who became a journalist, recalled Mr. Friel as personable and flexible.
George Anastasia, who covered the mob for The Inquirer before retiring in 2012, said Mr. Friel was the catalyst for a change in the agenda among law enforcement agencies tracking mob crime.
Mr. Friel led the Bensalem force from January 1989 to April 1996. He came at a time when the department was fractured with office politics.
Mr. Friel, as an outsider, ended that and brought a new level of professionalism to the department.
While Mr. Friel put many criminals behind bars, he was instrumental in setting an innocent man free.
Dennis J. Cogan, Ferber's appellate lawyer, recalled Tuesday that Mr. Friel was under a lot of pressure in the Police Department to leave the case alone, but that refused to back down.
But Mr. Friel quit after a month when questions were raised about his academic credentials.
The blip on his record did not deter Mr. Friel, who lectured widely at conferences organized by law enforcement agencies.
His book, Breaking the Mob, was published by McGraw-Hill in 1990 and republished by Warner Books in 1992.
Mr. Friel was chairman of the board of the Vidocq Society, which investigates cold cases.
His wife, Kathleen, said the couple enjoyed fishing, boating, and "just a lot of fun" at their second home in Myrtle Beach, S.C. She said he was a dog lover and "a good husband, father, and friend."

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