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Michael S. East is a nine-year veteran of the Saginaw Police Department, where he works as a patrol officer, spending every day dealing with the public. Michael has twice been awarded his department's Exceptional Performance Award and has also received a Distinguished Service Award. Additionally, he works as one of the Saginaw Police Department's Field Training Officers, assisting with the training of newly hired police officers. This is Michael's first book about his on-the-job experiences. After graduating from Ferris State University with degrees in Journalism and Advertising, Michael worked for several daily Michigan newspapers prior to entering the field of law enforcement.

Michael S. East is the author of Burden of the Badge -A Year in the Life of a Street Cop and Beyond Hope: One Cop's Fight for Survival in a Dying City.

According to the book description of Burden of the Badge -A Year in the Life of a Street Cop, it “cuts through all the fluff and makeup of television police shows and fictional cop books.  If you want to know what it's REALLY like wearing the badge day after day, week after week, this is the book for you.  Documenting nearly 1,000 calls over a full year in the life of a patrol officer, everything comes out in this book.  Set against the backdrop of Saginaw, Michigan, a violent, decaying former automotive boomtown, this book chronicles everything a street cop deals with every day.  From the foul-mouthed tirades of drunken street bums and crack addicts, to the most senseless and brutal murders, the mental and physical stress faced daily by the men and women in uniform is detailed within these pages.  Whether you are dying to know what the job is really like, or you are considering law enforcement as your own career, this book is truly an eye opener!”

One reader of Burden of the Badge -A Year in the Life of a Street Cop said, “This book is a true representation as to what really goes on in this line of work. A must read for anyone who is a police officer, desires to be a police officer, or knows a police officer.”

One reader of Burden of the Badge -A Year in the Life of a Street Cop said, “Mr. East has written a journal describing a frustrating year spent attempting to police the town of Saginaw, Michigan. A dying town that once was a hub of the automobile industry. It would seem that most of the residents were not worth trying to save. Hats off to the dedicated police officers for trying.”

One reader of Burden of the Badge -A Year in the Life of a Street Cop said, “wMike East did a tremendous job here. I am a police officer in a neighboring jurisdiction to his, live in Saginaw, and see first hand what these brave officers deal with. Now their numbers are shrinking due to a corrupt city hall and apathetic citizens, violent crime is flourishing, yet they still retain their sense of humor on nearly every call they go to. I am always Proud and Honored to back these brave men and women up whenever I have the chance. The Police Officers of the City of Saginaw are true heroes who fight for a lost cause. I salute every one of you.”


Burden of the Badge: A Year in the Life of a Street Cop
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Beyond Hope: One Cop's Fight for Survival in a Dying City
Michael S. East  More Info

According to the book description of Beyond Hope: One Cop's Fight for Survival in a Dying City, “A 12-year-old child lying dead in the soft, summer grass; an engine-rattling car chase down a crowded expressway; a tense encounter with a man seconds from committing murder. Author Michael East takes readers along for the ride to witness his transformation from naïve, rookie police officer into distrustful street cop. As he strains to comprehend the violence which threatens to consume him, the author also explores the abuse-filled memories of his own childhood and struggles with the fact that, even as a cop, he still cannot alter the course of destiny. Are these urban streets truly Beyond Hope?”

One reader of Beyond Hope: One Cop's Fight for Survival in a Dying City said, “The amazing story of a street cop's never-ending struggle to fight urban crime despite over-whelming obstacles, criticism and negativity. Mr. East and his fellow Law Enforcement Officers in the city of Saginaw, Michigan should be applauded for their dedication in continuing to conquer "The fight.”

About the Saginaw Police Department

The Saginaw Police Department's Patrol Services Bureau currently has approximately 100 sworn personnel who work in various assignments throughout the Bureau.  They also have an administrative section, investigations bureau and a technical services bureau.

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