Michael Dowd (police officer)

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Michael Dowd
Michael Dowd Edinburgh Premier.jpg
Michael Dowd at the Edinburgh premiere of Precinct Seven Five in August 2015
Born (1961-01-10) January 10, 1961 (age 58)
Alma materNew York City Police Academy
Spouse(s)Bonnie Dowd
Police career
Allegiance United States
Department New York City Police Department
Service years1982–92
Badge no.79566
Other workPolice consultant; actor

Michael F. Dowd (born January 10, 1961) is a former New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer, drug distributor, and associate of the Diaz organization who was arrested in 1992 for running a drug ring out of Suffolk County, Long Island, New York.[1] He is the subject of the 2014 documentary film The Seven Five[1][2][3][4] directed by Tiller Russell and produced by Eli Holzman.

Early life and education[edit]

Dowd was born on January 10, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York City, the third of seven children in an Irish Catholic family.[5][6] He grew up in Brentwood, Long Island, on a block mostly populated by the families of police officers and firefighters.[5] According to Dowd, he was a good student in high school.[5]


According to Dowd, he was advised to become a physician, lawyer, or an accountant after high school, but he also took the police test and the firefighter test.[6] Dowd graduated from the New York City Police Academy in 1982 and was assigned to the 75th Precinct, which at that time was one of the most violent in the country.[6]

Prison sentence[edit]

In the course of his career, Dowd committed a "host of crimes," including conspiring with drug traffickers to distribute cocaine, warning drug dealers about upcoming raids, providing them with guns and badges, planning to abduct a woman in Queens, and stealing food meant for the needy at a church. Dowd located a man who robbed the Diaz drug cartel, and rather than arrest him, he partner turned over to Diaz[7][8] He pocketed several thousand dollars a week as a result of corrupt arrangements.[9]

Dowd was arrested in 1992. After investigations by the Suffolk County Police, the DEA, and NYPD's internal affairs, Dowd was convicted of racketeering and conspiracy to distribute narcotics and sent to prison for his crimes. He cooperated with the Mollen Commission, which investigated allegations of corruption in the NYPD.[10]

In the 12 years and 5 months he was in prison,[11] Dowd claimed he worked as a peer counselor, worked out, read, and ran the addiction and suicide prevention programs.[5]

Recent career[edit]

Dowd has been featured on podcasts, periodicals, broadcast radio and television programs.[12] Dowd was the subject of the documentary film The Seven Five, which the New York Times dubbed an "ethically challenged" film.[13] A narrative feature adaptation by Sony Pictures is being produced by John Lesher and Megan Ellison.


  1. ^ a b Van Sycle, Katie (May 7, 2015). "Talking to a Former NYPD Officer So Dirty He Spent 12 Years in Prison". New York. Retrieved 20 October 2015.
  2. ^ "The Seven Five". The Seven Five. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  3. ^ Justin Kroll. "Sony Wins Film Rights to NYPD Corruption Documentary 'The Seven Five'". Variety. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  4. ^ Ali Jaafar. "John Lesher and Megan Ellison Board Sony's 'The Seven Five' Feature Adaptation - Deadline". Deadline. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d Morgillo, Dennis. "Interview with Mike Dowd". Madhouse Magazine. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  6. ^ a b c "Stealing cash guns and cocaine: confessions of NYPD's most corrupt cop". Mail Online. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  7. ^ Treaster, Joseph (1994-07-12). "Convicted Police Officer Receives A Sentence of at Least 11 Years". The New York Times. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  8. ^ "Ex-Police Officer Held Without Bail". The New York Times. 1992-08-01. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  9. ^ Wolff, Craig (1993-06-11). "Police Officer Pleads Guilty in Case That Spotlighted Corruption". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  10. ^ Wolff, Craig (1993-04-03). "Accused Officer to Help New York Police-Corruption Inquiry". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  11. ^ September 2017 "Prison Life for Michael Dowd, Star of The Seven Five" Check |url= value (help).
  12. ^ "Media Appearances". Michael Dowd. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  13. ^ Dargis, Manohla (2015-05-07). "Review: 'The Seven Five,' a Documentary About a Corrupt New York Cop". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-04-01.