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Donald B. Hutton served as an executive staff member for the New York State Thruway Authority and New York State Canal Corporation.  He worked progressively for several law enforcement agencies; with the New York State Office of Inspector General as executive deputy inspector general, as a Delaware & Hudson Railroad Police Department special agent, as a United States Department of Veteran Affairs police officer, and as a United States Customs Service Inspector. 


Donald B. Hutton served in the United States Coast Guard as a reservist from 1976 until 1992 in the following capacities:  as a boatswains mate, a pollution investigator, a special agent in intelligence, and in mobilization/augmentation administration.  In 1992, Donald Hutton received and honorable discharge. 


He has a master's degree from the State University of New York College at Buffalo.  In 1994, he served on the National Assessment of Educational Progress Panel (NAEP), also known as the "nation's report card” in 2001, he was elected to serve on the Board of Trustees for Daeman College in Amherst New York. 


Donald Hutton is also the author of numerous articles and books.  He co-authored with Anna Mydlarz Guide to Homeland Security Careers and Guide to Law Enforcement Careers.  He also wrote Guide to Military Careers, and in 2000 published a suspense thriller, A Deep Blue Sounding Dark Voyage with the U.S. Coast Guard.   According to the book description of A Deep Blue Sounding Dark Voyage with the U.S. Coast Guard, “The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Cape Solace mysteriously sinks while on patrol off the coast of Florida, taking 26 crewmembers to a deep water grave.  At the same time, Coast Guard Intelligence Agent Brad Thomas surfaces from a deep cover sting operation in New York City netting two “coasties” involved in smuggling for the mob.”  According to John Wallace, author of POW-83, “This riveting book will alter America's view of the Coast Guard. Don Hutton is a writer of genuine purpose and originality.”

According to one reader of A Deep Blue Sounding, it “has an abundance of very interesting characters, some to love, some to loathe. The story is written in such a way that the reader will get a real sense of the pain, love, frustration, grief and tragedy the characters experience. The humiliation of the evil Captain was priceless! So much of the story comes from real life that the reader will come away wondering how close the actual everyday "power plays" come to making this reality.

There are a few inconsistencies that most Coasties will pick up on right away but they don't detract from the story of how the Coast Guard is treated like some illegitimate child of the Navy. Hand-me-downs, underfunding and a backbreaking workload are a way of life for the Coast Guard. Lieutenant Brad Thomas was not on an enlistment - that's for enlisted men. He was on a contract (normal for OCS officers) and he would not have been a direct commission as that is for doctors and lawyers.

The position of Commandant is a "twilight tour" of duty, followed by mandatory retirement. The book seems to suggest that someone else could get promoted ahead of him and bump him back to a lesser position. It was really great how the Cape Solace's canister was finally brought into play at the end of the book. Each time it was mentioned, the reader was reminded that there was going to be a story or something of importance. The reading of the Ensign's letter at the end really hit home!

It is also fascinating to see how all the little power plays that take place in everyday life would be if they were to get totally out of hand as they did in the book. The solving of the mystery was a little bit of a letdown - but then there wasn't much space for a good old-fashioned detective story. I suspect that will be different in the next book.”

According to the book description of Barron's Guide to Military Careers, “A must-read volume for everyone considering a career in the armed forces, this book describes military training and available academic and special training programs, as well as ROTC programs.”

One reader of Barron's Guide to Military Careers said,  it “is the only book that I have found that actually lists all of the options that one has available when deciding on a path for entering the service, whatever branch that may be. I am a college student that did not go through ROTC and was wondering what to do and what routes were open to me for a possible life in the armed forces. Donald Hutton's book had all the information that I needed to start on my journey with the military. He tells which jobs are available for officers and enlisted personnel, who to talk to, what websites to look at when making your decision, and what tactics to take when talking to a recruiter. I recommend this book for anyone who has been searching for information about the armed forces and has come to the conclusion that the recruiter's office is the only place to find such information. Donald Hutton gives it all to you in a place that will never pressure you to sign any forms, and helps you keep your destiny in your own hands.”

According to the book description of Guide to Law Enforcement Careers, “Hundreds of jobs are listed and described in local, state, federal, military, and special law enforcement agencies. Here’s advice on where to look for job openings, how to apply, and how to meet law enforcement agency qualifications. Careers cover a variety of areas including municipal police officer, deputy sheriff, corrections officer, state police officer, federal agents, criminal investigators, and many more. Advice is given and opportunities are cited for current and recently retired law enforcement officers. Helpful web sites are listed in this edition, and more than 100 law enforcement insignia patches are illustrated.

Guide to Homeland Security Careers
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Guide to Law Enforcement Careers (Barron's Guide to Law Enforcement Careers)
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Barron's Guide to Military Careers
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A Deep Blue Sounding: Dark Voyage With the U.S. Coast Guard
Donald B. Hutton  More Info

According to the book description of Guide to Homeland Security Careers, “In the wake of 9/11, Homeland Security has become the forefront of national issues and the center of a growing source of new employment. New careers are already opening, not only in military and law enforcement fields, but also in scientific research, cyber technology, bio-medical technology, disaster assistance and relief, air marshal operations, intelligence operations, and many other areas. This brand-new directory describes career opportunities in these and related security fields. The authors describe job designations in detail, and provide addresses, phone numbers, web sites, and a helpful glossary of Homeland Security terms. They also offer detailed advice on résumé preparation and making a good impression at a job interview. Additional information includes details on background checks and sources of specialized training that relate to homeland security. This brand new directory will be valued by a wide audience, including high school and college students, as well as law enforcement, military, and medical personnel who are looking to advance their careers.”

One reader of the Guide to Law Enforcement Careers said, “being in law enforcement for several years, I have spoken to many people about this field. I lent your book to a college student in the criminal justice course at mohawk valley community college. He, along with his teacher, found it to be very helpful.”

Delaware & Hudson Railroad Police Department

The Delaware & Hudson Railway is the oldest continuously operated transportation company in the United States.  It was founded as the Delaware & Hudson Canal Company in 1823 by act of the New York Legislature and, though subsequently reorganized a number of times, with minor name changes, it has maintained an unbroken corporate identity for 175 years.


The D&H started out as a canal company as a result of four brothers from the Wurt family in Philadelphia beginning a coal company in what is now Carbondale, Pennsylvania, in the early 1800s.  A route to New York was needed to get the coal to market, so a canal was built from the Delaware River to the Hudson River to barge the coal.  It was completed in 1828 and extended for 108 miles from Honesdale, PA to Rondout, NY.


In 1829 the D&H entered the railroad business with a gravity line, and decided to purchase four small locomotives to pull the coal cars on flat stretches of the line, replacing the teams of horses used for that purpose.  The first of these locomotives was the Stourbridge Lion, (price $3,000), built in Stourbridge, England.  It started work at Honesdale on August 8th, 1829.  The D&H gravity line was just 16 miles long in 1830 but in that year there were only 23 miles of railroad in the entire United States.  In 1840 the D&H became the first transportation company traded on the New York Stock Exchange.


Following the Civil War, the D&H expanded its operations northward from the Pennsylvania coal fields to Binghampton and Albany, then from Albany to the head of lake Champlain, and subsequently constructed a line along the west shore of the lake to the International Boundary south of Montreal.  In 1875, service between Albany and Montreal was inaugurated, and in 1907 the D&H extended its lines into Canada and connected with the Canadian Pacific Railway at Farnham, Quebec.


The Canadian Pacific Railway acquired the D&H in 1991. The CPR Police's Community Services Unit is the front line connection with communities along the CPR network, both in Canada and the U.S. Officers in this unit work closely with municipalities, schools and other police forces to promote railway safety and security. They develop and implement local crime prevention initiatives and education programs about highway crossings and trespassing.





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