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Shattered Badges, Broken Hearts: An Officer's Nightmare
Donna Arlene Wudyka  More Info

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The Detroit Police Department is the 10th largest police department in the nation.  It has over 3,700 sworn and civilian employees with an annual operating budget of over $414 million.  The Detroit Police Department is responsible for providing law enforcement service to more than 950,000 residents; over 10,000 businesses; and 258 schools in the city of Detroit, which spans 138.7 square miles.

Donna Wudyka was hired by the Detroit Police Department in 1987. She retired from it, on a duty-related disability, in 1997. Donna Wudyka’s book is Shattered Badges, Broken Hearts: An Officer's Nightmare.  The book is the true-life account of a January 1996 officer-involved-shooting that claimed the life of police officer Patrick Prohm.  According to Donna Wudyka, her book, “describes the aftermath of the shooting, and the hell that the City of Detroit put my partner and I through: Injustice, discrimination, harassment, numerous violations of the union contract, embarrassment, and mental anguish. My partner and I thought the incident was traumatic enough. Wait until you see what came after it.”

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