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Mr. Frank Friel

Wrong Frank Friel?

Director of Security and Safety

Phone: (800) ***-****  HQ Phone
Independence Visitor Center Corporation
150 South Independence Mall West Suite 1064
Philadelphia , Pennsylvania 19106
United States

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Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • master's degree
    St. Joseph's University
  • bachelor's degree
    Eastern College
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Former Bensalem Director Frank ...
bensalempolice.org, 23 Aug 2014 [cached]
Former Bensalem Director Frank Friel dies → Former Bensalem Director Frank Friel dies - Bensalem Police Bensalem Police
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Former Bensalem Director Frank Friel dies
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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.
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"Frank was a dear friend," said DiGirolamo.
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"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.
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A memorial Mass for Friel will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Ephrem Roman Catholic Church, 5400 Hulmeville Road, Bensalem.
PA Governor Rendell Appoints Frank Friel Chairman of Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
www.prnewswire.com, 11 Aug 2004 [cached]
PA Governor Rendell Appoints Frank Friel Chairman of Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board
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HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell today appointed Frank Friel as Chairman of the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board for a three-year term, the first of three gubernatorial appointments.
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Friel is a veteran of the Philadelphia Police Homicide Unit and nationally recognized expert in security, police procedures, investigative practices and organized crime.Friel is currently the Director of Security and Parking at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
"Frank Friel was made for this job - a respected law man with years of fighting organized crime under his belt," said Governor Rendell."I can think of no one better to serve Pennsylvania on this Board."Frank's integrity is unquestionable, and his commitment to upholding the law and expertise in the field of organized crime will be invaluable to the full Board and ultimately our citizens.The fact that he will serve as Chairman underscores the critical importance of integrity throughout this process."
Friel, 62, spent more than 30 years in law enforcement.After rising through the ranks from Patrolman to one of the top homicide detectives in the Philadelphia Police Department, Friel became the Director of Public Safety for Bensalem Township.Friel is credited with directing investigations into Philadelphia La Cosa Nostra murders and successfully prosecuting more than 60 organized crime members and associates - including notorious mobster Nicky Scarfo and many of his henchmen, Harry "The Hunchback" Riccobene, Salvatore "Chucky" Merlino and Lawrence "Yogi" Merlino, uncle and father of current Philadelphia mob boss Joseph Merlino.
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"Frank Friel will help to ensure that the right people get gaming licenses and that the Pennsylvania gaming industry is not plagued by corruption and never will be infiltrated by organized crime."
"I am gratified and excited by this appointment," said Friel.
Scranton Times Tribune
scrantontimes.com, 1 Sept 2004 [cached]
This week, the appointment of longtime crimefighter Frank Friel to be the first chairman of Pennsylvania's Gaming Control Board died in much the same way.
When he announced his withdrawal on Wednesday, Friel said he had done nothing wrong, but that the criticism of him was taking a toll on his family and would distract the fledgling commission.
With tears welling in his eyes, an angry Gov.Ed Rendell, Friel's sponsor, blamed "search-and-destroy journalism" and said Friel's treatment had been unjust.
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As such, criticism of Friel would have trailed him throughout his tenure and damaged public confidence in the board, they said.
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Friel, 62, is a former Philadelphia police officer who supervised the task force that took down "Little Nicky" Scarfo's mob organization and helped prosecute more than 60 organized crime figures.He is currently the director of security at Children's Hospital in Philadelphia.
Rendell pitched Friel as the perfect candidate to keep organized crime out of the state's new gambling industry and assuage the fears of some gambling opponents.
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But newspapers published stories about Friel's past after Rendell announced the appointment on Aug. 11, and Republican lawmakers called for Rendell to rethink the appointment or for Friel to step down.
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In a 1974 state Crime Commission report, Friel was accused of being among dozens of police officers who took money from a club owner.Friel denied any wrongdoing and was never indicted.
More recently, while working for a private security firm, Friel was paid to help a Philadelphia boxing promoter challenge a ban that prevented him from holding fights in a Connecticut casino.
Friel testified in 2001 and 2002 that the promoter was not involved in organized crime, testimony which put him at odds with some other law-enforcement figures.
Friel also misrepresented his educational background during sworn testimony three years ago by incorrectly stating that he had earned master's and bachelor's degrees.Rendell has contended that Friel simply misspoke and did not intend to mislead anyone.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Former Philadelphia ...
www.timesherald.com, 8 Jan 2014 [cached]
PHILADELPHIA (AP) Former Philadelphia police captain Francis Friel, who supervised the task force that took down Little Nicky Scarfos mob organization, has died. He was 71.
The Tomlinson Funeral Home in Bensalem said Friel passed away Saturday.
Friel graduated from Philadelphias Frankford High School and began his three-decade-long police career in 1960. He led the Organized Crime Task Force aimed at combating the citys powerful mob and helped prosecute more than 60 organized crime figures including Scarfo, Harry Riccobene and Salvatore Merlino.
Friel retired in 1989. A decade ago Gov.
Bensalem Township
www.bensalem-township.net, 30 Jan 2009 [cached]
Members of the Blue Ribbon Panel selected the Bensalem Director of Public Safety, Frank Friel.
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