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Bob Faulkner grew up in blue collar Middle America. The soot covered snow of the factory town mid-western winters and the noxious industrial odor of the summer’s oppressively humid city streets sent Bob’s mind veering from reality and into books by Hambleton and London and the poems of Robert Service. He dreamed of cascading streams, clear mountain meadows and the promise of wilderness adventures.


A world detour, courtesy of the United States Marine Corps, gave Bob the impetus to quit his roots. He joined the Los Angeles Police Department, where he relished the excitement of life in the fast lane on the mean streets.


Bob Faulkner now lives in Montana where he enjoys fishing, skeet shooting and the quiet time to pursue his passion with the pen. He is the author of The Buffalo Rock.


According to the book description of The Buffalo Rock, “In the summer of 1923 Grant Collins leaves his languishing career as a journalist and travels to Montana to interview Tornado Tom, the last living rider of the Pony Express. Tom invites Grant to stay at his Buffalo Rock Ranch, a sprawling enterprise which Tom has hewn from the Montana wilderness. As the summer unfolds, Tom tells Grant of his seventy year odyssey from a Spartan childhood among the Blackfeet Indians to his life of baronial comfort. At The Buffalo Rock, Grant experiences the mise-en-scene of Tom's life, as he reluctantly learns to ride, shoot and fight. It is love at first sight when Grant meets Dixie, Tom's great-niece who is also visiting from Saint Louis. Among stolen moments of romance, Grant chronicles the life and times of the erstwhile frontiersman. When Buck Horton, a ranch hand with a penchant for violence, disputes Grant's claim to the heart of Dixie, the young lovers soon find themselves galloping headlong on the hooves of hell into the jaws of a deadly triangle.”

The Buffalo Rock
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About the Los Angeles Police Department
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.

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