Tony Bouza was born and raised in a shipbuilding city called Ferrol in Galicia in northern Spain until the age of nine when his family emigrated to the U.S. Bouza joined the NYPD where he rose to the rank of commander in the Bronx area of New York. He was headhunted to become the chief of police in Minneapolis where he successfully served three terms, he was later described as the best police chief New York city never had. Upon retirement he put pen to paper and was author of eight books and his maverick ways meant it was most interesting researching and selecting my compilation of six of the best Tony Bouza quotes.
- Mini Bio
- Name: Tony Bouza
- Born: 10th April 1928, Ferrol, Spain
- Occupation: Police officer and author
- Police rank: Served as chief of the Minneapolis Police Department from 1980 to 1989
- Books: A Carpet of Blue 1992, Police Unbound 2001, The Police Mystique 1990, The Decline and Fall Of the American Empire 1996, Expert Witness 2013
- Trivia: Tony Bouza ran for nomination for Governor of Minnesota in 1994 but he snatched defeat from the jaws of victory after calling for the confiscation of handguns.
"Our arrival in Brooklyn was a rude awakening to poverty"
"Suddenly we were poor, living in tenements and scrounging enough to eat"
"With the fury of an escaping convict, for the first time in my life I really studied, trained and prepared for the effort"
"Artists are prophets. They define the meaning of our lives and point the way"
"When you bunch people together they become neurotic rats"
"The real crime in America is one of poverty and race"