M. Holbrook, “at the age of 23, and as all new police recruits were required to undergo at that time, he passed the
more stringent background, mental and physical tests and was hired by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), retiring as
a Lieutenant II after a 30-year career that saw him working in six of LAPD's 18 field divisions. For eight years he was
assigned to divisional vice units and Administrative Vice Division in citywide organized crime enforcement. An additional
four years of his career were spent in charge of the Specialized Instruction and Coordination Unit at the Police Academy.
Other assignments included Community Relations, Internal Affairs, Planning and Research, and Scientific Investigation divisions.
addition to Bachelor of Public Management and Master of Public Administration degrees from Pepperdine University, the author
is a graduate of advanced law enforcement courses such as Special Weapons and Tactics, and Costing Police Services.
ten years of his career, he taught management and supervision, decision making, and was an instructor for policy and law in
the use of force. After retiring from the LAPD, he held corporate investigative and management positions in private security,
ending his career as the General Manager of Operations for Southern California in a worldwide security firm with over 3,000
security officers and their supervisors under his management responsibility, deployed in over 23 private security services
M. Holbrook is the author of Political Sabotage: The LAPD Experience; Attitudes Toward Understanding Police
Use of Force.
Richard M. Holbrook said of his book
Political Sabotage: The LAPD Experience; Attitudes Toward Understanding Police Use of Force, “I
can't say that it's a literary jewel, but Political Sabotage does chronicle and explore the historical facts, law,
and sociological attitudes that led to charges of "systemic corruption," "brutality" and, ultimately,
to an ineffective and still partly demoralized and inefficient Los Angeles Police Department. Through academic and police
experience the ongoing politically formed and anointed commission and Federal Consent Decree attempts at LAPD's "reform"
are examined through understanding and adjudicating related examples in the use of police force while defining the true culture
and constitutional role of law enforcement. Even those experienced in the justice system might learn something more and relate
to one or more of the relevant events and conflicted attitudes in society's mostly failed attempts to effectively control
crime and violence in the United States. Take care, and be safe out there.”