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Karen's Boys
Michael, J.V. Thomas  More Info

Vice Grip
Michael J. V. Thomas  More Info

Michael Thomas  More Info

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The Dallas Police Department has an authorized strength of nearly 3,000 sworn police officers and over 500 civilian personnel.  Most of the police officers of the Dallas Police Department work uniformed patrol in one of the six geographic divisions.  However, in addition to traditional detective roles, the Dallas Police Department maintains the following specialized unites: Criminal Investigations; Intelligence Unit; Narcotics & Vice Investigations; K-9; Traffic Enforcement; Community Relations; Mounted Patrol; SWAT; Recruiting; Explosive Ordinance Unit; Helicopters; Bicycle Squad; Motorcycles; and, Gang Unit.


The Tactical Division of the Dallas Police Department has one squad and two specialized units: Fugitive/Parole Squad; SWAT Operations Unit; and, Planning Unit. The Fugitive/Parole Squad apprehends persons wanted on felony, misdemeanor and parole violation arrest warrants. They serve local as well as other agencies’ warrants. The SWAT Operations Unit (of the DPD Tactical Division) maintains and issues the various equipment and supplies that tactical officers use in handling barricaded persons, hostage situations, and other special incidents. They maintain and operate the specialized vehicles used in these situations. The Planning Unit is tasked with planning security for special events such as the State Fair of Texas, the Cotton Bowl game, and various parades and celebrations occurring in the city. The Unit also oversees the plans for presidential and dignitary visits to Dallas.




Michael V.J. Thomas was a Dallas Police Department police officer for 30 years. He spent more than a third of his career assigned as a vice detective.  Michael Thomas is the author of Vice Grip, Trackdown and Karen’s Boys.  According to the book description of Karen’s Boys, “In a menopausal stew, forty-five year-old Karen Harmon figures she's reached the step where men aren't a necessary ingredient in the recipe of her life. Long years of service in the male dominated Dallas Police Department, and the police work itself, have left her with no desire for any male, boy or man. Fate, however, stirs her into an intriguing Vice Division investigation where not one, not two, but three males are added to the mix of her life.”

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