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Baltimore Police Department law enforcement officials who have authored books.

Barry Baker

Edward Burns

Robert E. Douglas, Jr.

Mark Lindsay

Grady E. Morrison

Peter Moskos

Daniel J. Shanahan


About the Baltimore Police Department

The preservation of the peace, protection of property and the arrest of offenders has been the goal of Baltimore residents since August 8, 1729, when the Legislature created Baltimore Towne.


The first attempt to organize a force to guard Baltimore occurred in 1784. Constables were appointed and given police powers to keep the peace.  The State Legislature on March 16, 1853, passed a bill, "to provide for the better security for the people and property in the City of Baltimore." This statute provides that police officers should be armed and that a badge and commission be furnished each member.


Today, the Baltimore Police Department’s jurisdiction encompasses an area of 86.0 square miles: 78.3 sq. miles of land and 7.7 sq. miles on waterways. The present Headquarters Building of the Police Department was opened in 1972.



Selected books by Baltimore Police Department police officers.

Becoming a Police Officer: An Insider's Guide to a Career in Law Enforcement
Barry M. Baker  More Info

Daniel J. Shanahan  More Info

Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore's Eastern District
Peter Moskos  More Info

The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood
David Simon  More Info

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