Image of Page 4 of the May 1973 issue of the tabloid-size newsletter COBA News.

The photos and texts on this web page -- relating to such subjects as (1) COBA president named to crime control panel, (2) ambulance benefits, (3) CO arrest procedures and (4) disciplinary case advice - were extracted from Page 4 of the May 1973 issue of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association's tabloid-size newsletter COBA News.

In the early summer of 2010, Errol D. Toulon, a Monroe College professor and retired Correction Academy excutive officer, made available to this website a copy of that issue. [See image of Page 4 at right.]

Toulon also had been a first vice president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association.

From that issue copy, the New York Correction History Society webmaster has created this four-page web presentation of extracted images and texts, one web page for each of the issue's four printed pages.

Near the bottom of each of the presentation's four web pages is a descriptive list of links to all its pages.

Governor Rockefeller sports a big grin as he proudly places his arms around the shoulders of COBA President Leo Zeferetti and COBA Vice President Harold Brown. In a letter to Zeferetti, Gov. Rockefeller said: "Your interest and experience in the field of law enforcement will, I am sure, be invaluable to the commission." The actual letter is reproduced [below]..
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k. Upon completion of the arraignment process, submit a written report to your commanding officer concerning the arrest and court action. Include the name of the judge, bail that was set, or any other information that is essential to your commanding officer.

l. Upon final disposition of the case, a second report must be submitted to the head of institution or division detailing the outcome as to acquital, conviction sentence, etc.


1. Do not point your firearms at anyone without just cause as this may result in a criminal charge against you.

2. Do not search anyone until after you place them under arrest.

3. You do not have the authority to force entry into a building unless you are chasing a person who has committed a crime, or you have reasonable cause to believe a crime is being committed inside.

4. Be sure that all medical records are complete and correct if either you or the arrested person are injured in any way.


Let it be clearly understood that this authority is to be used with great discretion. The Correction Officer’s job is primarily one of custody, control, and rehabilitation -- not criminal apprehension.

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When making an arrest you must tell your prisoner the following.

A. You have the right to remain silent.

Any correction officer who is served with a green sheet requiring him to appear to answer disciplinary charges and who wishes the assistance of legal counsel at the scheduled hearing should contact immediately upon recepit of the charges, the law office of Biaggi, Ehrlich, Galiber & Lang.

The officer may call either 233- 1177 or 267-5331 for immediate assistance.

If you do not request an attorney in advance of your trial date, it may be difficult for you to obtain proper representation on the scheduled hearing date.

B. You do not have to answer questions.

C. Anything you say may he used against you in a court of law.

Those retired members -- through 20 years service or by disability retirement -- contact COBA office regarding appointment for explanation of retirement benefits and options.
D. You have the right to consult with an attorney before speaking with the police or arresting officer.

E. You have the right to have an attorney present during any questioning.

F. If you cannot afford an attorney one will be provided for you.

G. Now that I have advised you of your rights are you willing to answer questions without an attorney being present.

Note: After all of the above questions you must ask if the arrested person understands what you have just told them. If the subject does not understand English, it must be explained in a language that he or she can understand.

The Fund will reimburse you up to a maximum of $25 per call for out-of- pocket expenses for each emergency ambulance service, if the ambulance is ordered at the request of a physician or a police officer.

A handicapped youngster flanked by COBA President Leo Zeferetti and COBA Vice Presdent Harold Brown during an outing for handicapped kids sponsored by the Community Mayors Association last year at Coney Island. Correction Officer Frank McDonnell stands behind the youth. Zeferetti is a community mayor of Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and COBA is one of the groups which supports the Coney outiug. The affair this year will be held at Coney June 12th.
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You, your spouse and unmarried dependent children from birth to age 19 arc eligible. In addition, unmarried children are also eligible from age 19 to 23, if they are full time students.

If you are covered by GHJ, your ambulance bill must first be submitted to them for payment. The unpaid balance, if any, should be submitted to the COBA Security Benefits Fund Office, 230 West 41st Street, New York, N.Y. 10036.

If you are covered by HIP., your ambulance should be ordered by your HIP doctor.

We have worked out special arrangements for price and service with Holmes Private Ambulance, Inc. Make sure when you call them (287-3170), you state that you are a member of COBA. You pay them and the Fund will reimburse you as outlined above.

IN THE LINE OF DUTY -— To protect our Officers in the event of a riot at any prison or an emergency arising in the line of duty, arrangements have been made for ambulance service, should same he required. The Fund will pay the full cost.

WEBMASTER NOTES: Leo Zeferetti was the president of COBA from June 1968 until November 1974 when he was elected to Congress from Brooklyn (Bay Ridge area). A Democrat, he served four terms in the House of Representatives where he chaired a narcotics abuse and control committee. In more recent years he has made his home in Florida. Upon Zeferetti's election to Congress in 1974, his COBA vice president Harold Brown succeeded him as the association's president. Brown served a few years in that COBA role. He is deceased.

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