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Signal Zero: The True Story of a Professor Who Became a Street Cop
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Introduction to Law Enforcement
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A handbook for police civil liability
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About the Tallahassee Police Department
The Tallahassee Police Department employs nearly 500 police officers.  The uniformed patrol contingent is deployed in three geographic districts.  Investigations are conducted along geographic lines as well as by special units.  Among the specialized units of the Tallahassee Police Department is the Gang Response Unit.


According to the Tallahassee Police Department, A major goal of the Tallahassee Police Department is to combat criminal street gangs by devoting necessary resources towards validating, cataloging, classifying, initiating contact with, maintaining contact with, and arresting gang members. A Gang Response Unit (GRU) was created to meet this need and is one of the Department's newest specialized units. Members of the unit must be fully flexible in their schedules as the different needs and events in the community may require.”


According to their Chief of Police, the Tallahassee Police Department “has a distinguished 164 year history of fighting crime and being a leader in innovative police services. Today, TPD leads the way in many areas. We are recognized nationally as being the third longest accredited law enforcement agency in the country and for our programs developed to provide public safety services equally to all and to protect all citizens’ civil rights. Whether its routine patrol services, forensic science services, traffic safety enforcement, or implementing new technologies, the men and women who work for you at the Tallahassee Police Department have one purpose; making Tallahassee a safe place to live, work, and play!”




Dr. George Kirkham is nationally and internationally known as "the professor who became a cop." Dr. Kirkham took leave of his university post in order to study the police and the problems of crime in a way that no criminology professor had before, by becoming a police officer.  Taking a leave from his university duties, George Kirkham attended the police academy and worked the streets as a patrol officer.  From 1974 to 1991, he was a police officer for the Tallahassee Police Department (Florida). 


According to his biography, “his observations on the police have appeared in research and law enforcement journals in many other countries, including England, Canada, Germany, India, Australia and Russia. He has authored 23 law enforcement training films and video tapes which are used to instruct police officers and administrators throughout the nation. Under grants from the U.S. Department of Justice, Dr. Kirkham's award winning film series, "Police: The Human Dimension" was distributed to the law enforcement training directors of all 50 states and the F.B.I. Academy. This series is also used at Peel Centre in London to train the British Metropolitan Police.


Dr. Kirkham has served as a consultant to over 50 American law enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local levels. He has been called upon more often than any other criminologist in the nation to serve as a case consultant and expert witness in civil and criminal actions involving police, jail and private security issues. His experience as a consultant to both plaintiffs and defendants throughout his professional career encompasses over 1,500 cases in all 50 states.”  He is the author of three books.  Two of them are on police operations.  His third book, Signal Zero, is his autobiography. 

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