Dr. James E. Guffey, Ph.D., is
a retired from the United States Army Reserve at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Between
1973 and 1986, Dr. James Guffey was a police officer for the Oakland Police Department. In 2006, Dr. James Guffey joined the
faculty of National University as an assistant professor. He is the author of
Report Writing Fundamentals
for Police and Correctional Officers.
According to the book description,
Report Writing Fundamentals for Police &
Correctional Officers “reviews the basics of proper grammar, covers the practical aspects of writing good reports,
and includes sample forms and scenarios that allow users to apply what they have learned. This “how to” guide
offers learners the chance to write four typical police reports and two typical corrections reports.”
History of the Oakland Police Department
Phil McArdle was the
Oakland Police Department’s technical writer for 20 years and previously wrote a history of the police department that
was published internally. He was the principal editor of Exactly Opposite the Golden Gate, a history of Berkeley, and his
writing as appeared in the Baltimore Sun, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Berkeley Daily Planet, and numerous other publications.
McArdle and his wife, Karen, collaborated on Fatal Fascination, a study of police work in the East Bay and elsewhere. The
vintage photographs in this extraordinary compendium were culled primarily from the Oakland Police Department, the Oakland
History Room of the Oakland Public Library, and the author’s personal collection.
According to the book
description of Phil McArdle’s book, “The California legislature granted a charter to the new community of Oakland
in 1862, and a year later, the town council appointed three peace officers. When it was a dusty Western town, Oakland’s
major business was raising cattle to feed San Franciscans and the gold miners north of Sacramento. Year by year, as Oakland
grew in size and population, the police department grew with it. The Oakland Police Department pioneered the use of call boxes,
police cars, and other technical innovations. It has served the city well through good times and bad, wars, fires, and earthquakes.
A large, diverse organization serving a complex multicultural city, the Oakland Police Department today accepts the challenges
of policing in the 21st century.”