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Sergeant Michael W. Quinn, Minneapolis Police Department (ret.), is the “sole proprietor of Booksbyquinn, also doing business as Quinn and Associates, Publishing and Consulting.”  He has a BA in Training and Human development with and emphasis in criminal justice.  Michael W. Quinn served with the Minneapolis Police Department from 1975 to 1999 in a variety of assignments including uniformed patrol, investigations, internal affairs, the Emergency Response Unit and as a supervisor.  

Michael W. Quinn said of his career, “I was member of the Emergency Response Unit (ERU), now known as the SWAT Team. This was a part-time unit and officers were called in from their regular assignments as necessary. During that period I served over 300 high-risk warrants and participated in a number of barricaded suspect and hostage situations. From 1980 till 1994 I was the lead Chemical Agents Instructor. For an 18 month period I was the full time Coordinator/Executive officer for ERU. I also was assigned, on a part-time basis, for 8 years to the joint FBI/Minneapolis SWAT Team. My last 4 years on the department I was the Supervisor of the Minneapolis Police Academy. From September 2000 till February 2002 I was the Deputy Director of Minnesota Police Corps Program where I was responsible for the development and implementation of a 22-week residential academy for police officers.

From May 2004 to August 2005 I was a Court Security Officer at the Minneapolis Federal Courthouse where my duties included the safety and security of the court and persons in the courthouse. January 2006 – September 07- I was Special Deputy U.S. Marshal contract guard and responsible for safety and security judges, prisoner transport, and processing.”  Michael W. Quinn is the author of Walking with The Devil: The Police Code of Silence.

According to the book description of Walking with the Devil: The Police Code of Silence, it “challenges men and women in all walks of life to think about what they will do when someone close to them does something unethical or illegal. This book has been highly recommended by police professionals and Criminal Justice Academics across the U.S. and Canada. If you or someone you know will be working in any part of the criminal justice system this book should be the next one they read.”

The Midwest Book Review said of Walking With The Devil: The Police Code of Silence, “Michael W. Quinn is a retired Minneapolis police officer who is determined to bring to the attention of the public an informed and informative expose of what he calls the "police code of silence" in his book Walking With The Devil: What Bad Cops Don't Want You To Know And Good Cops Won't Tell You. Deftly edited by Margot Willett, Walking With The Devil reveals why this police version of "omerta" comes about and is enforced by the dangers of the job and the (sometimes misplaced) loyalties that arise from them. From training in a police academy, to the investigations of Internal Affairs, to scandal driven precinct shake ups, Willett lays out everything in language and example that is accessible to the non-specialist general reader. Of special note is the section devoted to ten myths about policing which range from "street justice teaching people a lesson" to once being a part of a police "Code of Silence" you can't extricate yourself, to the necessity to be macho if you want to be effective in law enforcement. Willett does more than just outline and document the problems, he also offers advice for police administrators and line officers as to what can be done to weed out lawlessness from law enforcement. With the inclusion of a Glossary, References, and an Index, Walking With The Devil should be considered required reading for all police academia curriculums, and is highly recommended for anyone who is "on the job", as well as an essential reference for civilian review board members and concerned members of the general community.”

Walking With the Devil: The Police Code of Silence
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One reader of Walking With The Devil: The Police Code of Silence said, “This book is right on. The code of silence is an evil thing that subverts the truth. The ends do not justify the means. I can't recommend this book highly enough because the code of silence exists and not just in the police force. It is a very important issue.”

About the Minneapolis Police Department

When Minneapolis was incorporated as a city in 1867, the population of 5,000 was a mix of lumbermen, millers and immigrants. Mayor Darilus Morrison appointed H. H. Brackett as the first police chief. Since then, there have been 49 different men who have served as Minneapolis police chief.


The Minneapolis Police Department's duties and responsibilities varied greatly as the city gained in population throughout the last 1800s. By 1889, Minneapolis had grown to be a thriving city of 200,000 with 200 police officers to patrol the 53-square mile city on a budget of $10,972. The city was patrolled primarily by foot beats, with outlying areas of the city covered by horseback. The captain or sergeant was required to stay at the City Hall desk to monitor the newly installed telephone.


With the dawn of the 20th century came new and innovative ways to serve the 300,000 citizens of this industrial city. The first motorcycles began patrolling in 1909, every criminal was now fingerprinted, and telephone lines were greatly extended throughout the Police Department.


The Great Depression-era of the 1930's saw the Police Department heavily involved in quelling labor disputes and battling gangsters and the effects of Prohibition. The infamous Barker-Karpis gang killed two of MPD's finest in a sensational gun battle outside the Third Northwestern National Bank in Northeast Minneapolis. The years during World War II saw 117 MPD officers fight for their country to overthrow the grip of the Axis Powers. The 1950's brought population growth, stability and prosperity. The city's population increased to over 500,000 in 1950 with nearly 600 sworn officers. The "Drunkometer," forerunner of today's intoxilyzer, was first used in 1952.


The 1960's brought change, turmoil and reform. Major riots along Plymouth Avenue resulted in the creation of the Community Relations Division and the Model Cities Precinct in 1970. The 1970's saw increased reliance on federal grants and the first use of mobile digital technology (MDT's) in squad cars.


The 1980's and 1990's saw community-oriented policing evolve from an effort to get closer to the community to today's fully staffed Community Crime Prevention/SAFE Unit. Several national studies were done in Minneapolis, with its officers playing crucial roles.


Today, the Minneapolis Police Department has approximately 800 sworn officers and 300 civilian employees, all of who are fully dedicated to ushering in the 21st century with their commitment to community-oriented policing and the people they serve.




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