About Al Castro
Al Castro is an American broadcast journalist, blogger, and book author.
Al was born in the Bronx, grew up on Long Island, and lived most of his life in Queens and Manhattan.
Al focuses attention to his academic, intellectual, personal, and career pursuits all in Southern California where he lives with his friends and family. He recently graduated with honors from the California State University Los Angeles. Studying film and television, he achieved a B.A in broadcast journalism, at the School of Television and Film at the College of Arts and Letters.
Al wants to cover the beat he once patrolled.
Currently, Al is engaged with opportunities in local news coverage on radio or television, and documentary work. Equipped with skills such as script writing, editing, and narration with his sonic high baritone FM voice, Al writes, creates, edits and records professional broadcast copy.
In his spare time Al maintains a podcast blog called Sergeant Al’s Police Traffic Ticket Blog. He addresses the public’s questions about police procedures regarding traffic and parking tickets, getting violations, towed, as well as a myriad of other topics from automobiles, automotive history, green technology, and driverless cars, to criminal justice issues.
Al is in the finishing phases of writing a book called “License and Registration Please...” based on his blog about how the police do things including issuing parking and traffic tickets, or booting and towing illegally parked vehicles. The book is to be published soon!
Al spent most of his police career in the New York City Highway Patrol. He often was part of the traffic details and motorcades for the presidents and vice presidents of the United States, including the Reagan, G.H.W. Bush, and Clinton Administrations, Pope John Paul II, and countless other heads of state and diplomats.
His proudest police achievements occurred when he was part of the response during the terrorist attack on the Word Trade Center on September 11, 2001. Al was one of several Patrol Borough Manhattan South command post desk officers who ensured humanitarian aid was delivered to victims, lower Manhattan residents, and first responders. This entailed deploying NYPD personnel and scores of out-of-town and out-of-state state law enforcement officers from all over the country to key posts in the midtown and lower Manhattan areas during the 9/11 crisis.
Since, Al continues to provide security consultancy and protection to senior corporate executives on an individual, family, or event basis. He also represents a few high end security firms in New York and Beverly Hills, and provided protection to a high end boutique hotel at Santa Monica.