About the Waltham Police Department
On January 5, 1885, Waltham officially
became a city, and as such began drawing up its charter. The ordinance pertaining to the police department, which called for
a chief and seven patrolmen, was voted on and approved on February 3, 1885. The very next day the mayor presented a list of
candidates, from a civil service list, to the Board of Aldermen for approval. The Aldermen voted to appoint Charles H.D. Stockbridge
as Chief of Police. Stockbridge was only thirty-five years of age, and had no previous police experience. Ex-Chief Moody was returned to the ranks as a patrolman. The
Aldermen also approved six other patrolmen, eight Special Police, ten substitute officers, and eight men to serve as Fire-Police,
under the direction of the Chief of Police.
Robert S. Stering served in the United States Air Force from 1968 to 1972. He enlisted again, in the USAF(R) in 1982. He
served as a Special Agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigation; and, was honorably discharged as an E-5 in 1985. In addition to his military service, Robert S. Stering was a police officer for the
Waltham Police Department (Massachusetts) for 25 years.
He has a Masters degree in Criminal Justice and is a certified criminal intelligence
analyst. In addition to his writing, Rob Stering is an adjunct professor for
several colleges teaching Profiling Serial Offenders, Crime Analysis, Intelligence Analysis, Introduction to Terrorism and
other courses. He is also a consultant to the Municipal Police Training Committee
(Massachusetts) as the state coordinator for patrol procedures.
His first book, a Police Officer's Handbook “provides you with an understanding of the situations, problems, and conflicts
that police officers face daily. This is an indispensable resource for law enforcement students and professionals. The Police
Officer's Handbook is divided into two parts. Part One discusses what police officers do and how they accomplish their tasks.
It also takes a closer look at the role of the police officer today. Part Two offers you an opportunity to put yourself into
the role of the police officer. Through scenarios you will examine some of the day-to-day incidents that police officers face
on the street. After reading this text, you will gain practical knowledge and understand how to resolve a variety of conflicts.”
Robert S. Stering’s second book, Imagen: A Serial Killer Leaves Puzzling Clues, is a fictional work that takes
the reader inside the mind of both the killer and the victim. According to the
book description, “A serial killer is stalking the community. He leaves subtle clues. Or are they? The murders are perfect,
the clues and evidence left, break all traditional investigative formalities. The book is unique in the way you interpret
the emotions. With a clever switching of tenses, the author allows you the reader to be the victim and the killer. You feel
the pain, and emotions of the victim. You experience the excitement, the thoughts and the reasoning of the Killer. Both visions
bring you to the point of death. With the author’s experiences and knowledge of the field, the book offers a close-up
and front seat realistic view of the investigative process.”