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Nogales Crossing
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I Do Solemnly Swear
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About the Los Angeles Police Department
In February 1955, the Los Angeles Police Department, through the pages of the internally produced BEAT magazine, conducted a contest for a motto for the police academy. The conditions of the contest stated that: “The motto should be one that in a few words would express some or all the ideals to which the Los Angeles police service is dedicated. It is possible that the winning motto might someday be adopted as the official motto of the Department.” The winning entry was the motto, “To Protect and to Serve” submitted by Officer Joseph S. Dorobek.


“To Protect and to Serve” became the official motto of the Police Academy, and it was kept constantly before the officers in training as the aim and purpose of their profession. With the passing of time, the motto received wider exposure and acceptance throughout the department. On November 4, 1963, the Los Angeles City Council passed the necessary ordinance and the credo has now been placed alongside the City Seal on the Departments patrol cars.

After Four years as a Police Constable in England, David R. Jones joined the Los Angeles Police Department.  As an officer on the street and a detective working undercover, he learned the ins and outs of the narcotics trade.  His wealth of experience on the street comes through in his vivid writing.  David retired after 21 years to pursue writing, acting and golf.  David lives in southern Arizona with his wife Mary.  David R. Jones is the author of I Do Solemnly Swear and Nogales Crossing.


According to the book description of Nogales Crossing, “Shackleford, Perez and Driscoll had two things in common: they attended the same LAPD academy class fifteen years ago, and worked diligently and honestly at their assignments. However, the lives of these conscientious cops are turned upside down as the Department and Feds try to destroy the trio. Although the actions against the protagonists seem unjust and unreasonable, readers may have to modify their sense of morality to accept the volatile decision they make. Victims of their conspiracy include members of a Mexican drug cartel importing cocaine into Nogales, Arizona. Unfortunately, the cartel extends into unexpected areas of LA, putting family members in jeopardy. NOGALES CROSSING takes the reader on a roller coaster of emotions as a series of breath-taking incidents culminates in an explosive event.”

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