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James A. Bultema "knows the history of the Los Angeles Police Department. For years he served on the Board of Directors of the LAPD Historical Society. He was the force behind the award-winning six-hour documentary, Badge of Honor: An Insiders History of the Los Angeles Police Department. In researching the script, Bultema spent six years thoroughly examining archives, libraries, historical societies, doing scores of interviews, and examining private collections. For 12 years he was the editor of the LA police historical societys publication, The Link. Bultema also understands the LAPD from within, having served 25 years as a police officer."  James A. Bultema is the author of Guardians of Angels: A History of the Los Angeles Police Department and The Protectors: A Photographic History of Police Departments in the United States.

According to the book description of Guardians of Angels: A History of the Los Angeles Police Department, "For 162 years, LAPD officers have pinned on a badge, holstered a gun and traveled the corridors of history, leaving behind the rich traditions that are todays LAPD. Guardians of Angels is a penetrating history of the Los Angeles Police Department since 1850. Thoroughly researched over eight years, containing scores of interviews and illustrated with hundreds of rare photographs, this book details how the department evolved from six officers administering frontier justice to todays high-tech professionals. It brings to life the accomplishments and disappointments of the men and women who unselfishly gave of themselves as the guardians of Angels."

 

According to the book description of The Protectors: A Photographic History of Police Departments in the United States, "In a time of intense public controversy and scrutiny over policing, it s essential to consider who are these men and women patrolling the streets of America? Is this discord deserved? Many would argue no, that the police are scapegoats for failures of society as President Obama recently stated. For a better understanding of these police officers, author and former cop, James Bultema, takes the reader on a photographic journey of America s city police departments. This historical tour begins in the 1850s and uses over 300 captivating photographs to give the reader some insight to our country s protectors. Police are at the front lines of history as it is being made and these riveting photographs showcase America s story as it s unfolding through officers in action. Through the magic of the camera lens, a vanished world lives again and invites the viewer to be part of a moment long ago and partner up with those brave souls who were and are The Protectors of a nation.

 

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