The Wall Street Journal
January 7, 2011

The police officer best known for cracking the Zodiac killer copycat case 15 years ago has been named to work as an expert on the House Homeland Security Committee in Washington, marking the first such appointment for a New York City Police Department officer, The Wall Street Journal has learned.

Joseph Herbert, a 53-year-old NYPD inspector who heads the department’s Intelligence Operations and Analysis Section, has been chosen to work as a counterterrorism fellow on the Homeland Security Committee chaired by Long Island Republican Peter King.

It is common for congressional committees to borrow staff from federal agencies, but Mr. King said he did not know of a prior instance where a local police official was assigned to such a committee.

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