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Don Geidel

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Don Geidel is a retired United States Navy officer and a retired National City Police Department (California) police officer. He is a graduate of the University of Washington with a B.A. in political science and the University of San Diego with a master's degree in education. Don Geidel is the author of Ghetto Cop: Rookie Year.

According to the book description of Ghetto Cop: Rookie Year, it “is a mystery/thriller set in the National City, California police department. Written by a retired National City cop, this gritty police procedural is enhanced by the addition of a major character with paranormal abilities. Ben Olsen is a straight-arrow Wisconsin farm boy and Iraq war veteran who struggles to survive his rookie year as a ghetto cop. He battles criminals, bad cops, and a mysterious stalker who decides to kill him.

Will the paranormal abilities of Nacho, his homeless, alcoholic, wounded war veteran friend be enough to save Ben and Jackie, the woman of his dreams? Who is behind the series of frame-ups that jeopardize Ben’s budding career? As the compelling drama reaches its climax, Ben and Jackie must fight for their very lives.”

About the National City Police Department

According to the National City Police Department, “The City of National City was incorporated in 1887 and it is the second oldest city in San Diego County. National City was originally part of the 26,000 acre El Rancho de La Nacion which was purchased in 1868 by Frank Kimball. The National City Police Department began with the appointment of J.C. Crain as Town Marshall. By 1935, the Police Department grew to twelve officers including the Chief of Police. The population grew to approximately 8,000 residents and the main business district was located along National Avenue, between 5th and 11th Street.

By 1954, The Police Department consisted of four patrol cars, two detective units, one under-cover vehicle, a combination patrol-ambulance vehicle, four motor-cycles, and a pound wagon. The National City Police Department grew from the days of the Town Marshall into a modern department with 34 officers including the Chief of Police.

In 1993, the new Police Station was built along the 1200 block of National City Blvd. Prior to this facility, the station was located in the basement floor of City Hall. Presently, the National City Police Department employs 92 police officers and 43 professional staff members serving approximately 59,000 residents in a nine square mile area.”

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