books on law enforcement history and the history of policing were authored by state and local law enforcement officials.
A Concise History of American Policing explores the foundation of modern American
police officers from their distant cousins in the Iron Age. Find out how the Draco, Caesar Augustus, the Hue and Cry, the
Rattle Watch and Old West Gunslingers influenced today’s police operations. How did policing finally get to Broken Windows,
Technology and Community Policing?
Sergeant Sven Crongeyer
has been employed with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 17 years. His passion for historical research
led him to write Six Gun Sound: The Early History of the Los Angeles County
Sheriff’s Department, which “traces law enforcement efforts to meet the challenge of public safety
that from the beginning were both enhanced and hampered by the influx of ranchers, cowboys, farmers, miners, gunfighters,
and gamblers. Los Angeles was a den of iniquity that rivaled even the most famous towns of the Old West: Silver City, Tombstone,
Dodge City, and Wichita.”
Sergeant Kevin S. Foster, Fort Worth Police Department (Ret.) is the co-author
of Written in Blood: The History of Fort Worth's Fallen Lawmen, Volume 1, 1861-1909.
According to the book description of Written in Blood: The History
of Fort Worth's Fallen Lawmen, Volume 1, 1861-1909, “Another line of duty death” is a chilling headline
that serves as an obituary for too many “first responders.” In 2002 Fort Worth joined the ranks of other communities
across the nation in building a memorial to its fallen heroes, an elaborate, million-dollar Police and Firefighters Memorial,
dedicated in 2009, that recognized fifty-eight policemen going back to the city’s beginnings. Written in Blood is a
more inclusive version of that idea because it covers more than just members of the Police Department; it is about the men
from all branches of local law enforcement who died defending law and order in the early years: policemen, sheriffs, constables,
“special officers,” and even a police commissioner. All were larger-than-life characters who took an oath to “preserve
and protect” and therefore deserve to be remembered.”
Lieutenant George J. Wren, Jr., New Jersey State Police (ret.), “enlisted
in the New Jersey State Police in February 1982, and enjoyed postings at several Troop "A" duty stations including
an eighteen-year stint in the Intelligence Bureau. Lieutenant Wren attained a BS and Masters Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson
University. He resides with his wife, Sandy, on the Jersey shore.” Lieutenant George J. Wren is the
author of Jersey Troopers II: The Next Thirty-Five Years (1971-2006).
Robert Kirby was born
in Fontana, California. His father, who was a criminal investigator for both
the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force retired and moved his family to Salt Lake City Utah.
Kirby began his law enforcement career with the Grantsville Police Department, in Utah.
After a year, he moved to the Springville Police Department where he worked for ten years. After leaving law enforcement, Kirby has worked as a newspaper editor, correspondent and columnist. He is currently a columnist for the Salt Lake City Tribune. His book, End of Watch: Utah’s Murdered Police officers
from 1858-2003 chronicles the murders of law enforcement officials in Utah.
James Lardner is a
senior fellow at Demos was a police officer for the Metropolitan Police Department (Washington, DC) for two and half years
during the early 1970s. Today, he is a well-regard researcher and writer. As
a journalist, he has written for the New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and The Nation, among
other publications. He is the author of Crusader: The Hell-Raising Police Career of Detective David Durk; and, the co-author
of NYPD: A City and Its Police.
said of NYPD: A City and Its Police, “A comprehensive and elegant history of the New York Police Department,
this book, written by a journalist (Lardner) and a former cop (Reppetto), charts the department's development, from its origins
as a collection of unorganized watchmen in the 1820s to its recent past. In crisp, anecdote-rich prose, Lardner (a New Yorker
contributor) and Reppetto (now president of New York's Citizens Crime Commission) take readers on a chronological tour through
the years when the department reluctantly adopted firearms and uniforms and when police applicants depended on patronage,
through wave after wave of anti-corruption ferment, and through years of controversy.”
Albert S. Kurek, a
retired New York State Police trooper wrote two books on the history of the New York State Police in The Troopers Are
Coming: New York State Troopers, 1917-1943 and The Troopers Are Coming II: New York State Troopers, 1943-1985.
Wayne Knight 19 year law enforcement career included being a police officer in Newport Beach (California), a deputy sheriff
in Washoe County (Nevada) and a Deputy Marshal for the Los Angeles County Marshal’s Department. Steven Knight is the author of 1857
Los Angeles Fights Again and 1853 Los
to Midwest Book Review, “1853 Los Angeles
Gangs by Steven W. Knight is an impressively written, historical novel of the lawless gangs of Los Angeles, and the
determined Rangers who stood against them. The superbly drawn story of a turbulent "yesteryear" city is populated with such
memorable characters as Juan Flores who intends for his gant to dominant a rapidly expanding and ethnically diverse city by
first killing off the Chinese, and then the Americans; Don Thomas Sanchez struggling to preserve political power in the face
of American landgrabs; and Horace Bell with his implacable dedication to the law. Drama, action, bloodshed, love and great
courage fill the pages of this exciting and entertaining saga from cover to cover.”
Steve R. Willard is
a 20-year member of the San Diego Police Department. A writer for law enforcement periodicals, Steven Willard also serves
as the vice president of the San Diego Police Historical Association, which supplied the vintage photos for his Images of America, San Diego Police
Department. Since joining the San Diego Police Department in 1985, Steve
Willard has worked “patrol, crime prevention and the detective bureau. In addition to extensive expertise in forensic
video and composite artistry and covert alarm systems, Vice President Willard holds a certificate in intermediate Crime Scene
Investigation from California State University Long Beach and an advance certificate from the California Department of Justice.
He has also obtained certificates in intermediate and advanced courses in fingerprint classification and identification through
the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” He is also the author of America’s Finest: The History of San Diego City Law Enforcement.
According to the book
description of Images of America, San Diego Police Department, “The San Diego Police Department dates to 1889, when out-of-control crime
forced the end of the highly ineffective city marshal’s office. With violence on every corner and Tombstone’s
venerable Wyatt Earp running the marshals’ gambling interests, change was desperately needed. But the first days of
the SDPD weren’t easy. Within two years of its formation, the city’s economy tanked, 36,000 of the town’s
40,000 citizens left, and the department’s newly appointed chief refused to take the job. Still, San Diego eventually
developed into one of the nation’s largest cities and most popular tourist destination—a multifaceted metropolis
perched between the extremes of Los Angeles and Mexico, the Pacific Ocean and the desert. Today more than 2,000 highly trained
sworn SDPD officers, 700 support staff, and more than 1,000 volunteers form one of the world’s most innovative and internationally
recognized police forces.”
Kevin J. Mullen served
for more than twenty-six years with the San Francisco Police Department and retired at the rank of deputy chief. He has written
extensively in magazines and newspapers on criminal justice issues. He is the author of Let Justice Be Done: Crime and Politics in Early San Francisco, Dangerous Strangers: Minority
Newcomers and Criminal Violence in the Urban West, 1850-2000 and The Toughest Gang in Town: Police Stories From Old San Francisco.
According to the book
description of Dangerous Strangers: Minority
Newcomers and Criminal Violence in the Urban West, 1850-2000, “Have newcomers to American cities been responsible
for a disproportionate amount of violent crime? Dangerous Strangers takes up this question by examining the incidence of criminal
violence among several waves of immigrant/ethnic groups in San Francisco over 150 years. By looking at a variety of groups--Irish,
German, Italian, and Chinese immigrants, primarily--and their different experiences at varying times in the city's history,
this study addresses the issue of how much violence can be attributed to new groups' treatment by the host society and how
much can be traced to traits found in their community of origin.”
Arthur W. Sjoquist
and Thomas G. Hays are retired Captains from the Los Angeles Police Department as well as members of the Los Angeles Police
Department Historical Society Board. They are co-authors of a pictorial look at the Los Angeles Police Department.
According to the book
description of Images of America: Los Angeles Police Department, “No police force in history has gained as much fame
and notoriety as the Los Angeles Police Department. The acronym LAPD is practically synonymous with the idea of professional
law enforcement. The men in blue who patrol Hollywood and the sprawling metropolis of L.A. have been investigated by screenwriters
more times than vice versa. With more than 9,300 sworn officers today, the LAPD endures seemingly endless controversies and
media circuses. But then there’s the other side of L.A.’s protective shield—the story of the force’s
evolution alongside the spectacular growth of its unique melting-pot city. This book’s rare and often never-before-published
photographs focus on that side: the excitement, danger, tragedy, and comedy of everyday beat cops and workaday detectives—with
concessions to their limelight representations, including Jack Webb’s Dragnet and Adam-12.”
Shulman is a seven-year member of the Napa Police Department, currently serving as a detective. An avid historian, Todd Shulman
founded the Napa Police Historical Society in 2006 and has culled their archives for many of the photographs included in his
book, Napa County Police. According
the book description of Napa County Police, “with dazzling vintage imagery and rich historical text, Todd Shulman tells
the tale of policing Napa County - from the Wild West days of the 1850s, through the boom era of the 1940s, and into the 21st
of organized law enforcement in Napa County begins with the very first meeting of the board of supervisors in 1850 and the
appointment of a county sheriff and marshals for each township. The foundations for progress and prosperity in place, Napa
County grew from a remote agricultural outpost to the preeminent wine-growing region in the United States and a booming tourist
destination—and policing has kept pace. Today, in addition to the Napa Sheriff’s Department, the county is protected
by the California Highway Patrol and three police departments: Napa, St. Helena, and Calistoga. Specialized police agencies
have also grown out of unique needs, including the Napa State Hospital Police, Railroad Police, and Community College Police.”
Schulz is Professor of Law, Police Studies, and Criminal Justice Administration at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
She was the first woman captain to serve with the Metro-North Commuter Railroad Police Department and its predecessor department,
the Conrail Police Department. Dorothy Schulz is a member of numerous police and academic associations, and has spoken at
conferences of the International Association of Women Police, Women in Federal Law Enforcement, the National Center for Women
& Policing, the Senior Women Officers of Great Britain, and the Canadian Police College. Dorothy Schulz is the author
of From Social Worker to Crimefighter: Women in United States Municipal Policing and Breaking the Brass Ceiling: Women Police Chiefs and Their Paths to the Top.
to a review of From Social Worker to Crimefighter:
Women in United States Municipal Policing, in Law Enforcement News, “Schulz offers a solid social history of
the roles women filled in policing American communities from the 1820s through the 1980s. Not intended to be a theoretical
or analytical treatment of either gender or law enforcement, it offers interesting narrative and presents with appropriate
praise many actual women who faced high risks and high challenge as they sought first to improve policing and then to gain
equal footing on patrol. This much-needed book will doubtless remain the authoritative work on the subject for some time and
is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the development of women police or, indeed, the history of social control
in the United States.
J. Carlin is the Chief Deputy of Uniformed Operations with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, with more than 24 years
of law enforcement experience. Chief Deputy Carlin began his law enforcement career with the United States Army Military Police
in Germany. He joined the sheriff’s department in 1982 as a road patrol deputy. He served in that position until 1989
when he was promoted to Sergeant. In 2004, Sheriff Thomas Beilein appointed Carlin to the position of Chief Deputy
Christopher Carlin is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI Law Enforcement Leadership Development Course. He
has obtained his Associates in Applied Sciences Degree in Criminal Justice from Niagara County Community College and a Bachelor
of Sciences Degree from Empire State College in Criminal Justice Public Administration.
Carlin is a thirty year veteran of the military, serving on active duty with the U. S. Army from 1976 to 1979. He has served
in the NY Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve since 1981. Deputy Chief Christopher Carlin is the author of Protecting Niagara: A History of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.