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Captain Linda Forst is retired from the Boca Raton Police Department in Florida. She spent the majority of her career in the Uniformed Division, where she served as the first female Field Training Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. She was an investigator in Crimes Against Persons, specializing in sex crimes. She was assigned to Professional Standards for several years and spent time commanding Support Services. She is a graduate of University of Louisville's Sex Crime Investigation Course, Northwestern University's School of Police Staff and Command, and numerous investigative and management schools. She is also the author of The Aging of America: A Handbook for Police Officers.

 

 According to the book description of their book, Introduction to Policing, “A "must read" for anyone considering a career in law enforcement, this book provides a current, insider's look at the many rewards, and the often intense stress, that are part of police work. Written by two authors with extensive real-life experience in all ranks and assignments of policing, this text gives you a solid blend of practical information and theory that gives a firm foundation in the various roles of the police: who the police are, what they do, and how they do it. The book also addresses current topics that concern you most, such as homeland defense, community policing, and current technological advancements.”

According to the book description of The Aging of America- A Handbook for Police Officers, “The purpose of this book is to give officers an overview of the aging process, as well as to educate the street officers and enhance their sensitivity to the challenges and the needs of the older population. Learning about aging can provide insight into a police officer¹s own aging process as well as provide understanding about how aging affects parents and friends. It can also help to change any stereotypes or myths many hold on to, or at least make us aware of them. A general discussion of aging topics is followed by specific suggestions for police officers which will aid them in the performance of their jobs. The text provides a clear, concise overview of the aging process and how and why this relates to the job of law enforcement officer. Examples of successful programs are highlighted and extensive resources are provided to further aid the officer. The book is designed so that officers can carry it with them in their briefcase or car seat organizer. This will facilitate refreshing their memory as necessary and will help keep the resource information close at hand when needed. It is hoped that through reading this book and discussing the issues that arise, officers can be better sensitized to the problems and challenges of the aging population and better allow police professionals to serve the needs of seniors throughout their career.”


An Introduction to Policing
John S. Dempsey  More Info

The Aging of America- A Handbook for Police Officers
Linda S. Forst  More Info

About the Boca Raton Police Department

The Boca Raton Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency that deploys 198 sworn police officers and nearly 100 civilian police personnel.  The department is organized into two large divisions: Community Services Division and Field Services Division.   The basic patrol function in Boca Raton is under the leadership of a two captains who each command a district.  In the East District, the captain has six sergeants and 41 police officers working in seven geographic zones.

According to the Boca Raton Police Department, “the Bureau investigates major crimes that occur in the City of Boca Raton.  The Investigative Services Bureau also works closely with other law enforcement agencies including Palm Beach and Broward Sheriff's Offices, U.S. Customs, U.S. Secret Service, F.B.I., and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. We actively participate in the Palm Beach County Auto Theft Task Force and Violent Crimes Task Force. We also participate in various federal task force efforts, such as the Joint Terrorism Task Force. To ensure an efficient and professional approach to investigations, the Investigative Services Bureau is organized into specialized teams.

In addition to patrol and investigative functions, the Field Operations Division has specialized units such as EODS/Bomb and Swat.  According to the Boca Raton Police Department, “The EODS/Bomb Unit is responsible for handling any situation where a possible explosive device is located. They train fellow officers and assist the public in response to bomb threat situations.  The unit conducts bomb threat and post-blast investigations as well as investigations into any other explosive violations occurring with the City of Boca Raton and is utilized extensively for dignitary visits and special events.

The EODS/Bomb Unit is responsible for handling any situation where a possible explosive device is located. They train fellow officers and assist the public in response to bomb threat situations. The unit conducts bomb threat and post-blast investigations as well as investigations into any other explosive violations occurring with the City of Boca Raton and is utilized extensively for dignitary visits and special events.”

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