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Jun. 03, 2004
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60 min.
A&E TV Network

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The First 48

For homicide detectives, the clock starts ticking the moment they are called. Their chance of solving a case is cut in half if they don't get a lead in THE FIRST 48. Each passing hour gives suspects more time to flee, witnesses more time to forget what they saw, and crucial evidence more time to be lost forever.

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Lieutenant Joseph Schillaci of A&E’s reality TV series called The First 48 is a 24-year veteran ...

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Lieutenant Joseph Schillaci of A&E’s reality TV series called The First 48 is a 24-year veteran of the Miami Police Department. All of his life he has had a passion for people, his family and work. He is presently the Deputy Commander of The City of Miami Police Department's Communications Section where he has been given the awesome responsibility of coordinating and overseeing the entire 911 system for both police and fire.

Prior to this assignment, he proudly served as a Lieutenant in the Community Affairs Section over seeing and engaging in community policing projects, and supporting various community involvement programs.
Aside from his continual endeavors and current assignment, he also commands The Miami Police Department's Hostage Negotiating Team. One of his career highlights as both a negotiator and team leader was negotiating with a deranged father who took his 3 year old daughter hostage, and held a knife to her throat. For over 3 hours in scorching temperatures, Lt. Schillaci pleaded with and negotiated the successful release of this young child.

Prior to going to the Community Affairs Section, Lieutenant Schillaci served as the Commander of The Crime Suppression Unit where he commanded well over 300 narcotics and vice operations on some of the meanest streets known to our nation.
Some of those very operations were documented and featured In A&E’s Miami City Vice, an hour special that aired in Aug 2006.

Prior to this, The Lieutenant had been a Sergeant for over 10 years and a homicide investigator for little under 5 years. Before moving to the Homicide Unit, Schillaci worked as an undercover narcotics cop for 16 years, an experience that gave him an edge as a homicide investigator. He was quoted as saying in one of many featured stories written in local new papers and national magazines, "My whole career as an undercover cop was structured around the mechanical, being fine tuned on the street. Being in investigations, you have to use your brain, your heart, and everything you are made of to be successful."

When asked, “What is the secret ingredient to making a good homicide detective,” Schillaci responded, "You have to have a passion for life, and the job. Due to the enormous responsibility you take on with the investigations, if you do not have a profound respect and passion for life, you will not be as successful at this job as you could be."

One of his greatest accomplishments has been the studies and teachings of Kingian Nonviolence. Schillaci has been a teacher of The Kingian Nonviolence Philosophy for over 15 years. He has developed a very exciting, energizing and invigorative method of reaching each of his audiences from youngsters to adults across the country. To date his presentations have reached just under 50,000 youth and adults, and that number is growing.
His personal Goal is “To Make a Difference” with his remarkable humble ability to reach in, touch and move each and every heart, audience by audience, person by person.

In The Spring of 2006, Lieutenant Schillaci, began “Project Agape,” an Anti-Bullying/Gangs campaign.
With his own passion and personal style, he has been doing presentations to the student bodies and staff from Miami to Cape Cod moving thousands. His Presentations include AGAPE (unconditional love), Anti Bullying, PSTD, Basic Homicide Investigations, Basic Hostage Negotiations, Communication Stress Management and Customer Service. These presentations all show and encourage each audience how thru forgiveness and communication, “We Can Make a Difference.”
He now speaks to groups, academies, Police Cadets, Departments, organizations, Swat Negation Teams and Veterans around the state of Florida and across the country. Lt. Schillaci currently serves as the Co-chairman to the Regional Collaboration Committee on Violence. This committee is currently responsible for changing gun laws to help in the war on violence right here in our own back yards.

In December of 2006, Joe shed his passion and light on a very special project,
Kids, Cops and Cameras A project that exposed young children affected by violence to the world of love and art. During this life changing experience that gained national exposure on the Fox Net Work, Schillaci taught alternatives to not just physical violence, but verbal violence. Schillaci was quoted as saying, “Our kids are being so affected and destroyed by what's coming out of their mouth, and just taking a little time to share my experiences with them allows them to look into their own hearts to make a difference.

We must live and respect life as if it were going to be gone in a blink of an eye. We must learn to unconditionally love each other again, not as husband and wife or brother and sister, but as people with differences. It is these very differences that make us all so very special.”

visit His Web Site here

Episode Screenshots

14x02 - Deadly Secret/ Behind Closed Doors
Season 14, Episode 02
09x07 - Caught Up
Season 9, Episode 07
10x05 - Cut Down / 9-1-1
Season 10, Episode 05
05x06 - Stray Bullet; Payback
Season 5, Episode 06
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