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Me and the Boys: A Man's Guide to Single Parenthood
Bryan Heger  More Info

About the Anne Arundel County Police Department

The Anne Arundel County Police Department was created by an Act of the Maryland General Assembly in 1937, and was comprised of a Chief of Police, three sergeants, and seventeen patrolmen. Headquartered in Ferndale, with substations located in Galesville, Eastport, and Pasadena, the officers worked 12-hour shifts, six days a week. Equipped with only four patrol cars to cover 416 square miles, they served an estimated population of more than 64,000 people.


During the half-century that followed World War II, the population of Anne Arundel County grew rapidly. As the county population increased, so did the need for police services. Today, the Anne Arundel County has a population of more than a half-million. Between 1990 and 2000, the population grew by more than 62,000 people. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Anne Arundel County is ranked 114 out of 3,141 counties in the United States.


The Anne Arundel County Police Department evolved to meet the changing needs of their county and today, has more than a 1,000 sworn and civilian members organized into two large Bureaus: Field Operations Bureau and Technical Services Bureau.  In addition to the leaders of those Bureaus answering directly to the chief of police, the law enforcement officials in charge of the Special Services Section and Management and Planning Section also answer directly to the chief of police.


The Field Operations Bureau of the Anne Arundel County Police Department includes the Criminal Investigations Division, Patrol Division and Special Operations Division.  The Patrol Division is organized along geographic lines with four districts (east, west, north and south).  The Special Operations Division includes the K9 unit, aviation resources and Traffic Safety.


The Technical Service Bureau of the Anne Arundel Police Department contains all the support services normally seen in a large police agency such as personnel, training, community relations, etc.




Bryan Heger and his book Me and the Boys was awarded the 2007 Quill & Badge Award for Excellence in Communication by the Internatioinal Union of Police Associations.

Bryan Heger was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He was raised on a small, family owned farm south of Baltimore City called Hanover. After graduating from Arundel Senior High School, he went to work for the Anne Arundel County Police Department where, after twenty-six years, the last thirteen as a sergeant, he received a medical retirement. He and his boys now live in Pasadena, Maryland. Both of the boys attend local schools, and the author works as a full-time dad.  He is the author of Me and the Boys: A Man's Guide to Single Parenthood.


According to the description of Me and the Boys: A Man's Guide to Single Parenthood, “Imagine yourself a twenty-six veteran police officer with a file full of commendations. Fully half your career was as a sergeant responsible for a number of young officers under your command. You put in your time on the street. You paid your dues. You’re still young and good at your job, a nice home, two great young boys and a wife...and then...


Injuries pile up. Back surgery sidelines you – permanently. The department can’t use you anymore and you’re out on medical retirement while in your prime. The wife leaves you, the boys, the state. This is not the script for some tear streaked television show full of angst. It’s the story of Sergeant. Bryan Heger who went from street cop to Mr. Mom with determination, compassion for his kids, and fortunately a sense of humor.


Me and the Boys, is the story of a man who makes the best of a bad situation and does it without bitterness. He embraces his boys, begins restructuring their lives, and he wrote this book. With self deprecating humor, he describes all the little things, what to shop for to feed and clothe two active youngsters, how long to leave the spaghetti in the water, learning that bed sheets do wear out and come from a store, not the linen closet are only part of the learning curve he describes.


Instead of a diatribe against an estranged spouse, instead of complaining about the burdens of single parenthood, Bryan goes from the streets to the kitchen in a humorous but a highly practical guide for the single parent, male or female. Single parents will identify closely with the book, learn from it, and certainly chuckle through much of it. For them it’s a “must read”, but it’s not just for them. Anyone with a sense of humor and a dash of compassion will find it an enjoyable and compelling read.”

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