Paul B. Weston had a progressively successful career in the New York Police
Department on a "fast track" promotion examination system pioneered by New York
feisty Mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia and his Municipal Civil Service Commission. When
a new list of
successful applicants for police officer was published, the Mayor hired the
top two hundred, then the commission set the date for the next sergeant's examination to allow this group just enough seniority
to qualify for the test. In turn, the top group of sergeants became eligible
for the lieutenant's test, and likewise the captain's examination. It was a tough
program as seniority could earn up to twenty points on the possible score of 200 and the "fast track" candidates had less
than one full point of seniority!
Paul B. Weston placed on the top of each list and became a captain in twelve
years and two months; far ahead of the more common 18 to 20 years. From the jump
start, he moved through the appointed ranks to Deputy Inspector, Inspector, and Deputy Chief Inspector. The last two promotions were made by Police Commissioner Stephen P. Kennedy for good work in the traffic
After retirement from the NYPD, Paul Weston joined the Police Science faculty
at California State College, Sacramento. Paul B. Weston played a large role in
developing the university’s program to a full-fledged Division of Criminal Justice. During
his career as a practitioner and academic, Paul Weston wrote at least twelve books on law enforcement and criminal justice. His titles include, The Police Traffic Control Function; Criminal Investigation: Basic Perspectives; Case Studies of Drug Abuse and Criminal
Behavior; The Handbook of Handgunning; Combat Shooting for Police; The Administration of Justice; The Detection of Murder;
Supervision in the Administration of Justice; and, Criminal Evidence for Police.
According to the book description of
Criminal Evidence for Police, “For courses in Criminal Evidence, Criminal Investigation, and
Administration of Justice in 2 and 4 year colleges. Addressed specifically to the needs of police officers and criminal investigators,
this text provides a functional analysis of evidence in criminal courts. It explores evidence in action in America's courtrooms
-- focusing on how it does, or does not, get there.”
One reader of Combat Shooting
for Police said, “Written in 1960, it is police-oriented and concerns itself only with the revolver, primarily
the .38spl and .357mag. Police semi-autos weren't yet on the scene. But it is quite detailed, especially on point shooting.
It makes a useful supplement to modern combat shooting books, and belongs in the handgun-carrier's library.”
Donald Alsdurf, Kansas City Kansas
Community College, said of Criminal Investigation: Basic Perspectives, “My overall comment
on the text is that it is well organized. I really like the case studies that are provided at the end of each chapter. "WOW"
these are great selling points in themselves. This author is an expert, not just an educator.”