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Watergate Library - About the Authors

A Promise Fulfilled, The Memoir of Arnold Sagalyn (2010), Arnold Sagalyn

Born in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1918, Arnold Sagalyn graduated from Oberlin College and the Graduate Institute of International Studies at Geneva, Switzerland. In 1939, Sagalyn became a special assistant to Eliot Ness in Cleveland, Ohio, where he helped reorganize the police department. He came to Washington in 1942 to help organize a nation-wide law enforcement program against prostitution. As aide to the Chief of the Public Safety Division of the Office of Military Government in Germany, Mr. Sagalyn helped direct the reorganization of the German police system. He served as assistant publisher of the "Northern Virginia Sun" from 1957 to 1961.

He served as the US representative for the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) from 1961 to 1967 and was Senior Vice President of that organization from 1962 to 1965.

In 1961, Mr. Sagalyn was appointed Director of the U.S. Department of Treasury's Office of Law Enforcement Coordination. In his capacity at the Treasury Department, Sagalyn was responsible for the coordination of criminal investigative activities of the Bureau of Narcotics. In 1965 Sagalyn became the Treasury Representative to the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and Administration of Justice, commonly known as the Crime Commission. In this capacity, he also served as the Advisor on Public Safety to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. In 1967, Sagalyn served as associate public safety director of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, commonly known as the Kerner Commission.

As founder and president of Security Planning Corporation, Mr. Sagalyn consulted on a wide range of crime prevention and security projects for major private corporations and governmental agencies, including FEMA and the Law Enforcement Assistance Administration.

 



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