Eli J. Miletich, a veteran of
thirty three years service with the Duluth Police Department (Minnesota). He
worked in every division gaining a broad perspective of police work, and human nature with it's failures as well as successes.
In the Uniform Patrol Division, he received seven Exceptional Performance Commendations
for apprehending suspects involved in crimes ranging from auto theft to burglary.
As a Sergeant and Officer in Charge
of the Narcotics-Vice Unit, he received commendations from nine agencies, including the FBI, Justice Department and DEA, for
assistance provided in their investigations. An activist, he served his fellow
officers for seventeen years as President of the Duluth Police Union, the bargaining unit for all officers except the Police
Chief. He also was a regional vice president of the International Union of Police Associations for ten years.
Promoted to Lieutenant, he supervised
the Traffic Bureau for one year, followed by the License and Training Unit for three years. Appointed Police Chief in 1982,
he adapted the nation's first ever policy of Mandated Arrest for Domestic Abuse for which he was commended by the President
of the United States. He was appointed to the Minnesota Police Officers Standards and Training Board by Governor Rudy Perpich
serving eight years and was its chairman. He also was a Vice President of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association.
After retirement, Miletich was
recruited by a friend, a retired FBI agent, to serve in Bosnia-Herzegovina with the United Nations International Police Task
Force to train and monitor police in that war torn nation. He served one year in a sometimes-hectic environment, the native
land of his parents. Eli Miletich is the author of The Matchbook and Other Cop Stories.
According to one reader of The Matchbook and Other Cop Stories, “In
the world of law enforcement slang, veteran cops are referred to as old leather. Chief Miletich's stories of his 30 plus years
as a cop creak with the realism of a well worn duty belt. Staged on the hilly streets of Duluth, Minnesota, Miletich's saga,
double spaced like a criminal complaint, is a time capsule whose artifacts span three decades of police work in this northern
city by the bay. From cops in black sedans meting out street justice to modern day forensics, politically correct weenies,
and pissant prosecutors, Miletich's chronicle is a grimey window on the back wall of any precinct in America. Scraping away
the soot and peering in one catches a reflection of themselves along with the poor boob under the interrogation lamp. It is
indeed a troubling scene but worth the look.”