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Donald J. Schroeder, Ph.D., is a retired New York City police captain who earned promotion to captain within 10 years of service. He holds a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice awarded by the City University of New York. In 1973, Donald J. Schroeder joined the adjunct faculty at John Jay College.  Throughout the 1980s, Donald J. Schroeder served as a police consultant to many major police and personnel agencies, and has personally written dozens of official police examinations. In the early 1990s, he switched his focus and became engaged in training those seeking police promotion.  His is also the co-author of one supervision and management book for law enforcement officials.  These books include: Management and Supervision of Law Enforcement Personnel, Bullets for Law Enforcement Promotion: A Question and Answer Study Guide, the Barron's Police Officer Exam Preparation Guide and the Barron's Police Sergeant Examination Preparation Guide.

According to the book description of Management and Supervision of Law Enforcement Personnel, “Schroeder and Lombardo have aptly applied their knowledge and expertise stemming from years of service on the force combined with years of teaching and consulting experience to create a timely and useful manual for law enforcement management and supervision. The many roles of the manager and supervisor are clearly defined and discussed at length, providing the reader with an apparent understanding about the satisfaction as well as the difficulty connected with successful leadership. Each chapter focuses on a specific function of the manager-supervisor; it is then broken down into the basic elements to which a successful law enforcement manager and supervisor must respond on a daily basis. This publication is a must not only for anyone studying for promotion in law enforcement, but also for current managers-supervisors who would like to improve their on-the-job performance. Topics include principles associated with a police supervisor's or manager's role as a leader, planner, communicator, performance evaluator, trainer, disciplinarian, and human relations specialist. And chapter 3 on The Managerial Function of Planning has been fully updated for the 4th edition. Additionally, the manager-supervisor will learn techniques pertaining to problem solving, field operations, and multicultural issues. Following each chapter is a short section to Test Your Understanding.”

According to the book description of Court Officer Exam, “Updated to reflect recent exams, this manual provides solid test preparation for applicants taking federal, state, and local court officer exams. The authors present study tips, a diagnostic test, and four model exams typical of those currently administered. The exams come with answers to questions and self-diagnostic procedures. New in this edition is a chapter that takes into account the current trend in court systems to rely on oral interviews in the process of selecting court officers. The authors advise on ways to obtain the best score in such an interview.”

According to one reader of How to Prepare for the State Trooper Examinations: Including Highway Patrol Officer, “This book is for anyone who wants to be a State Policeman. It has all of the necessary information for studying, hints for the test day and your interview, things you should and shouldn't do during the interview. It prepares you for actual test questions on the test, ie: what kind of test questions to expect. This is the study book of all study books. Highly recommended to the individual who wants to really be a police officer.”

According to the book description of Police Officer Exam, “Updated to reflect the most recent exams given across North America, this test prep manual presents four full-length practice exams with all questions answered and fully explained. Tests include two that were actually given by the New York City Police Department. Brand-new in this edition is a completely new diagnostic exam. It contains the latest question types found on recent police entry-level exams and guides candidates in quickly directing and focusing their study efforts. Other helpful features include instruction on writing police reports, advice on making the right impression at an admissions interview, an overview of police officers’ responsibilities, and additional practice questions with answers, which follow in-depth explanations of each question type normally found on official police officer exams.”

One reader of Police Officer Exam said, “I wanted to prepare as much as possible when it comes to becoming a cop. I had got this book because I wanted to learn more and know what I would be getting in an exam. When I flipped through this manual I was in total shock. I have never seen or read so much detailed information in my life. You can't go wrong with this book. They help you understand police forms, legal definitions, preparation for oral exams, writing reports, how to take tests, police procedures and so on. This book isn't just about the exams. This book actually briefs you on becoming a cop and some of the things that you're going come across or have to face. I got way more than I paid for.”

According to the book description of Correction Officer Exam, “This manual presents a complete review of reading comprehension, math skills, memory-testing questions, and handling official forms plus an overview of correction officer duties and requirements, plus brush-up reviews covering. Also included are a diagnostic test and five practice exams similar to those given across the country. All exams come with answer keys, diagnostic charts, and answer explanations. New in this edition is a chapter designed to prepare candidates for the oral interview.”

According to the book description of Police Sergeant Exam, “Revised and updated, this manual prepares police officers to take any of the various exams given throughout the country to qualify for promotion to the rank and responsibilities of police sergeant. A diagnostic test and three full-length practice exams are presented with answers and explanations. Subject review sections cover data analysis, police science, and community policing programs. Added features include brief practice-and-review quizzes and police assessment exercises with explained answers that are based on tests given by major police departments across the United States.”


Police Sergeant Exam (Barron's How to Prepare for the Police Sergeant Examination)
Donald J Schroeder  More Info

Police Officer Exam (Barron's How to Prepare for the Police Officer Examination)
Donald J. Schroeder  More Info

How To Be Successful On Written Assessment Exercises For Police Promotion
Donald J. Schroeder and Frank A. Lombardo  More Info

Correction Officer Exam
Donald J. Schroeder  More Info

How to Prepare for the State Trooper Examinations: Including Highway Patrol Officer (Barron's How to Prepare for the State Trooper Examinations)
Donald J. Schroeder  More Info

Court Officer Exam (Barron's Court Officer Exam)
Donald J. Schroeder  More Info

How to Prepare for the Police Sergeant Examination (Barron's How to Prepare for the Police Sergeant Examination)
Donald J. Schroeder  More Info
Management and Supervision of Law Enforcement Personnel, 4th Edition
Donald Schroeder Frank Lombardo  More Info
Selecting and terminating employees in Massachusetts
Donald W Schroeder  More Info
Bullets for law enforcement promotion: (a question & answer study guide)
Donald J Schroeder  More Info
How to prepare for the police officer examination: Including transit and housing officer
Donald J Schroeder  More Info

From the History of the New York Police Department 
When all had performed duty in this manner, the East Ward was to begin again, and so on. The Aldermen and Assistant of each ward were to detail the constables in their turn to "have the rule, care, and oversight of the Watch," and were also to choose from among the inhabitants the necessary number of watch with the Constable. They were instructed to "begin at one certain place" in detailing the citizens, and "proceed and go forward in an orderly manner," until the whole ward had watched, whereupon, they were to begin again. Citizens who did not choose to take their regular turns were obliged to find substitutes.

The Constable whose turn I was had to go to give the citizens a day's notice of their tour of duty, waiting on the Aldermen or Assistant in advance to obtain the list of names. The notice of watch duty was either to be personal, or else in writing, left at the house of the person to be notified. A list of these persons was then to be delivered to the Constable whose turn it was to command the Watch. "And if any person," the ordinance proceeds, " appointed and warned to watch or to find an able and fit person to watch in his, her, (woman's rights seem to have been practically recognized, as she was eligible to d service on the Watch or find a substitute) or their stead and room, as aforesaid, make default in not watching and performing the duty of a Watchman as aforesaid, or being drunk on the aid Watch, leaving the Watch before the time of watching be expired, or otherwise misbehaving, (it is ordered) that then every such person so refusing, leaving, the Watch, misbehaving himself, or making default as aforesaid, and not having just and reasonable cause for such his default as shall be allowed of by the Mayor of the said City or the Aldermen of that ward for the time being, shall forfeit and pay for every such default the sum of eight shillings, current money, aforesaid."

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