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Dragon Men
Joseph D. Reass  More Info

About the Columbus Police Department 

The Columbus Division of Police came into existence in 1868.  Today, it is a full service law enforcement agency with over 1800 sworn police officers and over 350 civilian police personnel.  The Columbus Police Department is organized into five subdivisions. The subdivisions include the Administrative, Investigative, Support Services, and two Patrol subdivisions, East and West. Each subdivision is commanded by a Deputy Chief. The nature of each task to be performed determines which subdivision has responsibility and authority.


The individual subdivisions are further divided into bureaus or zones, each of which fulfills a more specific mission. Each zone or bureau is supervised by a police commander. The zones or bureaus are subdivided into sections or watches and are commanded by a police lieutenant or civilian employee of equivalent position. The sections and watches are broken down into precincts, units, squads, or teams. Each is commanded by a police sergeant or civilian.


The Division of Police operates in a semi-military manner. Authority descends from superior to subordinate and responsibility ascends from subordinate to superior. The City of Columbus covers over 225 square miles and extends into three adjacent counties: Franklin, Delaware, and Fairfield. Columbus surrounds the cities of Bexley, Upper Arlington, Whitehall and Worthington. In order to efficiently and effectively safeguard this area, the City is divided into 19 precincts.

Drafted into the United States Army at age 19, and the height of the 1968 Tet offensive in Vietnam, Joseph Reass found himself suddenly transformed from a na´ve teenager into a rifleman in the 25th Infantry Division, 9th Infantry Regiment.  Arriving in Vietnam as a Private First Class, he survived a year of combat with the famed “Manchu” Regiment and returned to the United States with the rank of Sergeant.  Back at home, he readjusted to civilian life by continuing his education.  Earning a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Capital University and a master’s degree from Ohio University in Political Science, Joe put the war behind him and reentered the world.


After a 25 year career with Columbus Ohio Police Department, including 13 years as a criminal investigator, he retired in 1997.  Returning to Ohio University as a member of the faculty, he currently teaches in the Bachelor of Criminal Justice Program and is the director of the Southern Ohio Police Training Institute.


Joseph Reass’ first novel is Dragon Men.  According to the book description, “In it he depicts real events pulled from long clouded memories of his combat experiences in Vietnam.  Pieced together and told by a fictitious protagonist, David Reno, the story brings into perspective, true events, honest, tragic and even humorous that young men of Charlie Company, 4th Brigade, 9th Regiment, faced in the unconventional combat of the Vietnam War. 


Along with graphic descriptions of combat and death, there are insights into men who served and how they coped with difficult situations of surviving not only the fighting, but the arduous life in the boonies.  Live with young soldiers who deal with extreme situations of war, weather and military life.


It is an honest story that will interest anyone who served in combat, who want an unglorified glimpse of combat life or anyone who likes personal adventures told by real characters.”

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