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Cops, Donuts, and Murder
George, Galjan  More Info

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About the Cleveland Police Department

The Cleveland Police Department is organized into three main units: Administrative Operations; Field Operations; and, Special Operations.


Administrative Operations of the Cleveland Police Department provides the necessary support services that enable both Field Operations and Special Operations to respond to calls for service as effectively as possible. Administrative Operations provides security services, warrant, subpoena and property processing, radio and telephone communications, inspection of the manner in which the Division provides police services to the community and management of information and human resources. Additional functions include the reporting and recording of crimes and incidents and the continued development of the Division through planning and training of all personnel.


Field Operations provides response to citizen calls for assistance through uniformed patrol activities in the six Districts and interacts through the community via the mini-station and DARE programs, Community Relations, the Auxiliary Police, and bike and foot patrols. The District support sections assist uniformed patrol efforts through the investigation of major offenses, concentrated enforcement action on specific complaints and crime pattern analysis. The Bureau of Traffic provides crowd control and traffic flow at major events, investigates serious traffic accidents and ensures the safety of school children walking to and from school. The neighborhood police districts ensure the safety of school children walking to and from school. Quality of life issues are addressed with the Community Empowered Policing (CEP) program and Operation Fresh Start.


Special Operations of the Cleveland Police Department is composed of two main sections which provide a variety of investigative and technical services to the Division and the community. Investigations, which consists of the Detective Bureaus, specializes in specific crimes such as auto theft, fraud, arson, homicide, sex crimes and youth gangs. Technical Support provides both photo lab services as well as forensic and crime scene analysis for the Division.






George Galjan was born in 1942 in Berlin, Germany. In 1956, he immigrated to the United States with his family. After high school, he enlisted in the Navy. He served two tours in Vietnam and later transferred to the Navy Reserves. He retired from the Reserves with the rank of senior chief.  In 1969, George Galjan joined the Cleveland Police Department. He retired in 1998, at the rank of lieutenant. George Galjan is the author of Cops, Donuts and Murder; and, BUSTed.


George Galjan’s book, Cops, Donuts and Murder, is a mystery set in the City of Cleveland.  As one reviewer/reader remarked, “This is the best mystery book I've read for quite sometime. It is filled with twists and interesting characters. The ending was a total surprise. The book is written using dialog and it is so true-to-life that I couldn't put it down.” 


According to the book description of BUSTed, “When a young woman is found dead with both breasts slit, the case of “The Slicer" is handed to veteran detectives Lieutenant Danilco Pavlick and his seasoned partner, Sergeant Fu Chu Lai. During their ongoing investigation, they uncover a tangled web of perversion, murder and deceit. They discover that a local strip club is hiring flat chested women and sending them to San Diego where they are shuffled into Mexico. There they receive breast augmentations using not silicone, but heroin. Upon return to Cleveland, the drugs are replaced with silicone. While walking down the airport concourse, “Boner,” the drug-sniffing K-9, begins wagging his tail, a sure sign that drugs are nearby. The investigation of the drug-smuggling case is hampered by the indictment of Lieutenant Pavlick for the murder of a pedophilic priest. Who killed the priest? Lt. Pavlick…Sgt. Chu Lai…Father Belmont…the kid…the kid’s mother…or the Deacon?”

One reader of Cops, Donuts, and Murder said, “Galjan's many years in law enforcement (he retired as a lieutenant with nearly 30 years of service)enabled him to produce realistic (albeit not always "politically correct") dialogue and true-to-life situations in this tightly written detective story. He also draws on his Navy experience (two tours in Vietnam) to provide a great background story for the protagonist -- a Cleveland police lieutenant (could the story be, at least partially, autobiographical?). Again, a very tightly and well written detective yarn -- I truly found it a book hard to put down. I recommend it.”

One reader of Busted said, “A brilliantly plotted detective story. Busted has a riveting plot filled with action. The characters are interesting and described so well you can easily imagine them. A real twist in the story plot right to the end. I enjoyed Galjan's first book: Cops, Doughnuts and Murder and this book, Busted, is even better.”

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