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If I Knew Then: Life Lessons From Cops

June 30, 2010

Experienced officers share their life lessons for a successful law enforcement career in "If I Knew Then: Life Lessons From Cops on the Street." In the book, which is edited by Brian Willis, 30 writers contribute 37 essays. "If I Knew Then" is available exclusively at Willis' website. Also, read a review of the book by Recruit blogger Chief William Harvey.

BOOK REVIEW, If I Knew Then: Life Lessons From Cops on the Street

June 24, 2010
This book differs from similar collective works in the sheer passion of the writers. For once, they are allowed to write from their inner warrior's soul. You will sense a certain energy from the contributors that you do not normally sense in this genre of writing.

L.A. Noir: LAPD's Dragnet Era

May 27, 2010

When he took over the LAPD in 1950, Chief William Parker oversaw the transformation of the agency from a tool of corrupt politicians to the more professional law enforcement outfit symbolized by the "Dragnet" television program. With "L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City," John Buntin tells this story. Listen to learn the origin of the phrase "thin blue line" coined by Parker.

Blood Secrets: Crime Scenes

April 29, 2010

Author Rod Englert helped pioneer blood spatter analysis in criminal investigations. He explains how in "Blood Secrets." While a police officer, he spent years studying and testing how blood behaves. Now his research is frequently used to solve cases, from puzzling murders in small towns to high-profile celebrity trials. The author spoke with POLICE about his inspiration and the importance of first responders preserving blood spatter at a crime scene so it can be analyzed as evidence.

No Angel: Jay Dobyns

March 30, 2010

ATF Special Agent Jay Dobyns spent two years undercover investigating the Hells Angels, America's most well-known outlaw biker gang. Dobyns speaks to POLICE Magazine about the Hells Angels and Operation Black Biscuit, gives a key suggestion to officers considering undercover work and explains his current legal issues with the ATF. "No Angel: My Harrowing Undercover Journey To the Inner Circle of the Hells Angels" is now available in paperback.

East Los Angeles Priest Publishes Gang-Intervention Memoir

March 17, 2010
The Rev. Greg Boyle, the Jesuit priest who founded Homeboy Industries, has published a memoir about his work steering wayward youth away from gang involvement.

In the President's Secret Service

February 27, 2010

Secret Service agents who protect the President and other high-level government officials spoke publicly for the first time to Ronald Kessler for "In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes In the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect." In this month's author interview, Keller discusses the history of the agency, duties of the agents themselves and the men they protected.

Deadly Force

January 28, 2010

To tell the story of the use of deadly force by law officers, Chris McNab uses a historical narrative that follows Wild West marshals, the posse era, Prohibition gangsters, armed civic protesters, and the drug turf wars of the 1980s and '90s. "Deadly Force: Firearms and American Law Enforcement" also explores the legal and career ramifications of police gunfights and the use of SWAT units with aggressive combatants who are increasingly using heavier firepower against officers.

Crisis and Hostage Negotiations

December 29, 2009

Art Slatkin, a leading expert on crisis and hostage negotiation, explains the three stages of a negotiation, delineates the personality types officers will encounter and offers several practical tips officers could use right away during the three specific stages of building rapport, negotiating and resolution with volatile people. Slatkin's "Training Strategies for Crisis and Hostage Negotiations" is the topic of this month's author interview.

Homicide Investigator's True Crime Stories

November 30, 2009

Tapping into his experience as an investigator with the Chula Vista Police Department for 17 years, Tom Basinski wrote the true-crime novels "Cross-Country Evil" and "No Good Deed" based on detailed case material from local cases. In "Cross-Country Evil," Basinski chronicled the 18-year investigation that resulted in a conviction of a serial rapist (he interviewed from prison) who murdered a college student working as a prostitute. Listen to his account of the case.

NYPD Confidential

October 15, 2009

In his book, Leonard Levitt examines the lines of power that often result in the NYPD's police commissioner and mayor duking it out for "publicity, credit and power." Levitt's "NYPD Confidential: Power and Corruption In the Country's Greatest Police Force" is based in his experiences covering the department as a columnist for Newsday. In the book, he covers the high and low points of the administrations of William Bratton, Howard Safir, Bernie Kerik and current commissioner Ray Kelly.

First Responders: The NYPD and 9/11

October 5, 2009

In "The First Responders: The Untold Story of the New York City Police Department and September 11, 2001," Anthea Appel weaves together the stories of members of the NYPD's Emergency Service Unit (ESU) who first arrived at Ground Zero. Appel, who was on patrol on 9/11 and has since retired after a 20-year NYPD career, recounts the ESU members who searched for terrorist "sleepers" and survivors. Appel also tells the story of the mysterious man who was arrested in the North Tower in the moments before it fell.

Columbine: The Horror Writer

September 18, 2009

POLICE Magazine editor David Griffith recently spoke with "Columbine" author Dave Cullen about the psychology of Eric Harris, law enforcement response the day of the massacre, the investigation, and how school shootings can be prevented.

Surviving Armed Assaults

August 28, 2009

In this cast, Lawrence Kane describes an effective technique for handcuffing an out-of-control suspect. The martial arts instructor and author of "Surviving Armed Assaults" also gives you one surefire thing to say to a belligerent person to help you gain control of the situation without needing to get physical. Kane's book has been praised by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman as an effective tool to gain greater awareness, defend against various weapons and manage the aftermath of violence.

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman at TREXPO

August 19, 2009

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman spoke with POLICE Editor David Griffith while attending the TREXPO East show and conference in Chantilly, Va. The author of "On Killing" and former Army Ranger who is also one of the nation's experts on human aggression and violent crime gave the event's keynote address. In a podcast that was recorded Wednesday, Aug. 19, Grossman discusses the warrior spirit, concealed carry, and preventing terrorism. Grossman concluded his presentation on Aug. 20.

One Ranger

August 3, 2009

As a member of the Texas Rangers from 1966 to 1993, Joaquin Jackson watched the evolution of the law enforcement agency into a modern outfit. In his adventure-filled memoir "One Ranger," Jackson recalls what it was like to respond when riots threatened, violence erupted and criminals needed to be brought to justice along the Texas-Mexico border. Jackson, an NRA board member, also responds to President Obama's call to re-institute the assault weapons ban.

A Different Shade of Blue

July 10, 2009

Adam Eisenberg tells the story of female law enforcement pioneers in "A Different Shade of Blue." The stories of 50 women on the Seattle Police Department provide insights into the sexism, size differences, harassment and other challenges of breaking through the blue ceiling. Seattle was one of the first cities to hire female officers in 1912, and one of the first to put women on the street as equal beat cops in 1975. The book arrived in July 2009.

Dillinger's Wild Ride

July 10, 2009

In an era of celebrity outlaws such as Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd and Bonnie and Clyde, John Dillinger was in a class by himself. Elliott Gorn's book chronicles the year, 1933-34, when Dillinger's gang raided banks across the American heartland and stole hundreds of thousands of dollars. The spree triggered new anti-crime legislation and helped bring about the modern FBI. "Dillinger's Wild Ride" arrived a few weeks ahead of the 75th anniversary of the gangster's death in June 2009.

I Hope This Guy Isn’t a Crisis Negotiator

May 22, 2009
It seems the head of Atlanta’s police union Sgt. Scott Kreher told the city council in an open meeting that he would like to beat Mayor Shirley Franklin “in the head with a baseball bat” when he thinks about problems disabled officers have getting workers’ compensation claims approved.

The Gang Investigator’s Library

February 4, 2009
Here are some law enforcement gang sources and authors that I would recommend. I am unable to list everyone because I only have a limited space. I tried to give a varied mix of more recent textbooks, non-fiction books, Websites, and blogs. I’m going to organize this alphabetically by author.
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