Dave Freedland

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Deputy Chief Dave Freedland, Irvine Police Department (ret.)  "is a 34-year, decorated law enforcement professional, having served with the Irvine Police, and the Orange County (California) Sheriffs Departments. Following a competitive athletic career culminating with the award of UCLAs Most Valuable Gymnast, he graduated first in his Sheriffs academy class.  While serving with the Irvine Police Department he managed a variety of assignments including Detectives, Patrol, Internal Affairs, SWAT, and retired at the rank of Deputy Chief of Police.


As a Special Weapons and Tactics Team Leader, he supervised operations for numerous barricade and hostage incidents, and was the recipient of several awards including Police Officer of the Year, Meritorious Service, and Unit Commendation.  As a SWAT Commander, he was recognized for his contributions in establishing the countrys first county-level counter terrorist unit incorporating SWAT, bomb disposal, and hazardous materials disciplines.

Deputy Chief Freedland was raised in Long Beach, attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) on an athletic scholarship, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He earned a Masters Degree in public administration from Pepperdine University, and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.


As a competitor in martial arts, he is a former Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) national karate champion, and has trained in Japan, earning a 6th degree black belt in Japanese Shotokan karate." Dave Freedland is the author of Lincoln 9

According to the book description of Lincoln 9, When Bethany Crutchfield failed to show for Sunday brunch, and her fathers phone calls remained unanswered, concern was warranted. Police officers from Americas Safest City, Irvine, California, discovered a gruesome homicide scene which established Bethany as the first in a series of murders that would ultimately span over two decades. Lincoln 9 takes place in a city whose reputation for safety and affluence overshadows the fact that the relatively few homicides are among the most vicious and complex cases. Lincoln 9 follows the career of Lieutenant Scott Hunter, the consummate cop who leads a team of detectives on a mission aimed at connecting the clues and solving these crimes. The story conveys the pressures of working in an organization whose efforts result in perennial accolades for achieving the lowest numbers of violent crime. In addition, it introduces a look behind the curtain of secrecy shielding the role played by Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Teams in the development of leaders.

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