Undercover officers embark on new mission: search & rescue

 By Michael Perlstein, Staff writer

Copyright 2005 The Times-Picayune Publishing Company

They shaved their heads, all 45 narcotics and vice cops, even the three female detectives. They positioned a sharpshooter on each of their boats to protect from holed-up, whacked-out people firing potshots from distant windows. And before each rescue mission, they jotted down their Social Security numbers, just in case.

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