About the Los Angeles
In February 1955, the Los Angeles Police Department, through the pages of the internally produced BEAT magazine,
conducted a contest for a motto for the police academy. The conditions of the contest stated that: “The motto should
be one that in a few words would express some or all the ideals to which the Los Angeles police service is dedicated. It is
possible that the winning motto might someday be adopted as the official motto of the Department.” The winning entry
was the motto, “To Protect and to Serve” submitted by Officer Joseph S. Dorobek.
“To Protect and to Serve” became the official motto of the Police Academy, and it was kept constantly
before the officers in training as the aim and purpose of their profession. With the passing of time, the motto received wider
exposure and acceptance throughout the department. On November 4, 1963, the Los Angeles City Council passed the necessary
ordinance and the credo has now been placed alongside the City Seal on the Departments patrol cars.
Dallas Barnes was a Los Angeles Police
Department police officer and the author of six books.
One reader of See the Woman
said, “As a retired police officer who worked the areas Barnes writes about, I was unable to put the book down. He beats
Wambaugh hands down. As a police story it is unequalled.”
One reader of Freedom Dance
said it “is an extraordinary tale of incredible faith in God, and His awesome power. In it, two Russian dancers who
wished to defect to America, asked a couple that they don't even know to help them. The couple hesitated, but felt led
by God to help, and so they went out on a limb to help the Russians. This is a very fast-paced, well written TRUE story. I
HIGHLY recommend it!”
According to the book description of Yesterday is Dead, “searingly
authentic novel of the Los Angeles Police Department and a rapist they would rather kill than catch. A former LAPD detective
who worked both Narc and Homicide with the Southwest Los Angeles Division.”