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This profile was last updated on 3/14/06  and contains information from public web pages.

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Central Florida Police Stress Unit, 14 Mar 2006 [cached]
Michael Dowd made no secret of his criminal activities. Dowd, a member of NYPD's Men in Blue, spent many hours in his jail cell as the Mollen Commission on Police Corruption started a two year investigation into police corruption in the NYPD. Dowd used his shield to promote a major drug enterprise in exchange for weekly cash payments 10 times greater than his $400.00 paycheck. He snorted cocaine off the dashboard of his patrol car, and drank heavily while on duty; he and his "crew" of cops stole money, drugs and other valuables, conducted unlawful searches and seizures, committed perjury and used their nightsticks and fist for profits, thrills and "vigilante justice."
The open exploits of Dowd and other corrupt cops told us as much about the failures of the department's commanders as they did about its rogue officers.
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Good Cop Bad Cop: Detective Joe Trimbolis Heroic Pursuit of Nypd Officer Michael DowdGood Cop Bad Cop: Detective Joe Trimboli's Heroic Pursuit of Nypd Officer Michael Dowd
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Good Cop Bad Cop: Detective Joe Trimbolis Heroic Pursuit of Nypd Officer Michael Dowd
Good Cop Bad Cop: Detective Joe Trimboli's Heroic Pursuit of Nypd Officer Michael Dowd
New York Daily News - Home - Daily News Exclusive: Dowd: I don't expect any sympathy, 30 April 2004 [cached]
Dowd: I don't expectany sympathy
New York's worst rogue cop speaks out
Michael Dowd, out of prison a week, has new worry: trying to find a job.
He still walks like a cop.Head erect, eyes darting to the left, to the right.Evaluating each person around him.Feet moving swiftly.
But Michael Dowd's days as a police officer are long gone, undone by the excess of sordid crimes he committed on the job.
By the time he was stripped of his NYPD badge and sent to prison in 1994, Dowd had become the poster boy for dirty cops.
A decade later, Dowd is out on the streets again, stripped of his swagger and just about everything he once held dear.
"I'm just a lost soul trying to put my life back together," he told the Daily News.
"I lost everything.My wife.My kids.I don't expect any sympathy.What I did was wrong.I paid the price," Dowd, 42, said.
"I've made it through.I've dealt with a lot of bad things.I need to make it back to life."
The News caught up with Dowd, who was quietly released from prison last week, at a federal halfway house in Bedford-Stuyvesant.
His new home is across the street from a hardscrabble housing project in a neighborhood similar to the one he once patrolled in the 75th Precinct, a Brooklyn ghetto visibly wrecked by poverty and drugs.
He used his badge and revolver for criminal gain, organizing a crew of more than a dozen crooked cops who raided Brooklyn drug dens for cash and cocaine.
"I'm a different human being now," Dowd told The News.
The sun cast a shadow on Dowd as he skulked down Marcy Ave. Wednesday, his hands shoved in the pocket of a quilted navy Carhart jacket, the kind preferred by plainclothes cops.
It was a long way from his past, when he had four houses on Long Island and took weekend trips to Atlantic City in a limousine.He drove a $35,000 red Corvette back then to his tour at the 75th Precinct, wore expensive suits on plainclothes assignments and boasted of lavish tropical vacations - all while bringing home a cop's paltry salary of $400 a week.
A small, sinewy man, his real muscle comes from his intense blue eyes.When he looks up, he instinctively throws a "murder-one stare," as cops call it, a stony glare daring someone to challenge him.
He had spent Wednesday looking for work with little success.
Residents of the six-story coed halfway house must be employed, but Dowd hasn't found anything yet.
His résumé is hardly attractive: a dirty cop who tarnished the badge and then ratted out his friends when he testified before the Mollen Commission - a police corruption panel created by former Mayor David Dinkins.
"Who is going to give me a job?"Dowd said."I'm still in a dangerous situation.
1982: Michael Dowd joins NYPD as a 20-year-old rookie.Within weeks, he takes free drinks and pizza, he later tells the Mollen Commission, a panel created by former Mayor David Dinkins in response to the crimes he committed.
1983: Dowd becomes a patrol cop in Brooklyn's 75th Precinct, in East New York.Within a year, he forms a crew of cops that begins robbing drug dealers of up to $500 a week.
1986: Known on the streets as "Mike the Cop," he begins charging drug dealers as much as $8,000 a week for "protection."He begins to participate in kidnappings of drug dealers and sells stolen drugs on Long Island.
1988: NYPD Internal Affairs Sgt.Joe Trimbole begins to investigate Dowd, but claims he did not get support from police brass on the case.
1988 to 1992: NYPD brass receive numerous complaints about Dowd, who flaunts his ill-gotten wealth by driving a $35,000 Corvette, owning four posh homes and wearing expensive clothes.
May 6, 1992: Dowd and five other cops are arrested by Suffolk County police in a case dubbed "The Losers' Club" for dealing drugs on Long Island.Dowd is carrying cocaine in his uniform pocket when arrested on duty.
Late 1992: While awaiting trial, Dowd writes letters to drug dealers and plots to kidnap the widow of a Colombian drug lord - all to fund his plan to flee to Nicaragua with his wife and kids.
September 1993: Dowd testifies before the Mollen Commission.
1994: Dowd is sentenced to 14 years in prison, where he tearfully apologizes to fellow officers."It's a very difficult job. Police, Law Enforcement, Crime and Security News, 30 Dec 2003 [cached]
Good Cop Bad Cop: Detective Joe Trimboli's Heroic Pursuit of Nypd Officer Michael Dowd
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