Law Enforcement books by American Heroes Press


Leadership: Texas Hold 'Em Style
Andrew J. Harvey  More Info

What is a Hero?: The American Heroes Press Short Story Anthology
Hi Tech Criminal Justice  More Info


Critical Incident Management
Vincent F. Faggiano  More Info

Vincent Faggiano retired from the Rochester Police Department at the rank of captain. He was responsible for the initial development of the BowMac Critical Incident Response training programs, both for first responders and executive command post managers. He has delivered these programs to thousands of law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and elected officials in the United States and abroad.  He is the co-author of Critical Incident Management.  According to the book description, Critical Incident Management, “shows you how to respond effectively to any incident. The book focuses on first responders and initial actions, the areas typically overlooked by police agencies and the ones most criticized after the fact.”

Building Search: Tactics for the Patrol Officer
James D. Stalnaker  More Info

Captain James Stalnaker of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has over 39 years of experience in law enforcement. Prior to becoming a law enforcement offical, he spent six years in the military.  During James Stalnaker’s law enforcement career he has had assignments in corrections, patrol, detectives, internal affairs and SWAT.  His law enforcement leadership experience includes working as a sergeant in patrol, the training coordinator for his SWAT team, the executive officer of the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department’s Training Division; commanding officer of the Narcotics/SWAT detail and as an Patrol Station Commander.   James Stalnaker is the author of Building Search: Tactics for the Patrol Officer.

 

Although written primarily for patrol officers, Building Search: Tactics for the Patrol Officer, “presents search concepts and tactics that can also be used effectively by SWAT teams, narcotics officers, probation and parole officers, and security officers. Building Search: Tactics for the Patrol Officer is packed with advice and practical tactics devised and used by a law enforcement veteran with nearly 40 years of law enforcement experience, from the streets to homicide and SWAT as an operator and supervisor.  This book isn't about theory.  The author has searched every type of building and has devised a tactical search method that is simple, effective, and emphasizes officer safety first.”


Tactical Helicopter Missions: How to Fly Safe, Effective Airborne Law Enforcement Missions
Kevin P. Means  More Info

A twenty-five year veteran of law enforcement, Kevin Means is a Flight Officer with the San Diego Police Department’s Air Support Unit.  Kevin Means is also the past president of the Airborne Law Enforcement Association and the author of Tactical Helicopter Missions. 

 

Captain Jim Di Giovanna retired as commander of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Aero Bureau on March 30, 2006, having been assigned to the aviation unit since January 1989. His 34-year law enforcement career also included assignments as a patrol deputy, patrol and operations sergeant and patrol lieutenant watch commander, along with assignments at the Sheriff’s Information Bureau, Field Operations Headquarters and Custody Division.

 

Captain Jim Di Giovanna is a commercial pilot, helicopter- and instrument-rated, with over 5,800 flight hours. As unit commander of the Aero Bureau, he was responsible for managing aviation operations for the largest sheriff's department in the United States. While supervising 72 sworn and civilian sheriff's department personnel, Captain Di Giovanna had responsibility for directing and overseeing the operation and maintenance of the department's 15 rotary-wing and three fixed-wing aircraft.

 

Captain Jim Di Giovanna also served in the military, retiring in 2001 as a Colonel and Master Army Aviator from the California Army National Guard and United States Army Reserves after 35 years of service. His many military assignments included Director of Army Aviation and Safety for the State of California and Commander, Aviation Brigade, 40th Infantry Division. He is a graduate of the Army Aviation Accident Prevention and Safety Course and the University of Southern California School of Aviation Safety and Systems Management. Jim Di Giovanna is the co-author of Tactical Helicopter Missions: How to Fly Safe, Effective Airborne Law Enforcement Missions.

 

According to the Airborne Law Enforcement Association, Kevin Means has published the “how to” book on tactical helicopter operations. The book covers everything from the basic to the complex tasks of law enforcement operations to enhance the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of the airborne operation. Means takes the reader along a very well organized journey from understanding technology to dissecting the various types of missions that airborne law enforcement units are now conducting.

 

Although the book is not all-inclusive, Means addresses the age-old problem with law enforcement operations in confronting the “we’ve always done it this way” attitude. Realizing that it would be unrealistic to think his book can and will work for all operations, Means gives us something to ponder about all facets of a safe airborne law enforcement operation.”

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The Trials And Tribulations Of Becoming A Swat Commander
John A. Kolman  More Info

Guide to the Development of Special Weapons and Tactics Teams
John A. Kolman  More Info

Captain John A. Kolman, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (ret.), is the founder and first director of the National Tactical Officer’s Association.   John A. Kolman is the author of The Trials And Tribulations Of Becoming A Swat Commander,  Patrol Response to Contemporary Problems: Enhancing Performance of First Responders Through Knowledge And Experience and Guide to the Development of Special Weapons and Tactics Teams. 

 

According to Commander Sid Heal, The Trials And Tribulations Of Becoming A Swat Commander, “is clearly modeled after "Duffer's Drift" and fills a gap in those texts that deal with essential material and the more interesting fiction by combining an interesting scenario with an abundance of lessons learned. Consequently, it should be considered a "must read" for law enforcement SWAT personnel, but especially entry-level and first-line supervisors. The lessons are durable, reliable and relevant for all domestic law enforcement but are focused on that critical first-line supervisor. Especially poignant is the overall theme that doing nothing to prepare yourself to handle these types of situations is a recipe for disaster.”


The Management of Police Specialized Tactical Units
Tomas C., Ph.D. Mijares  More Info

Ronald M. McCarthy served as a Los Angeles police officer for over twenty-four. He was assigned to the department's tactical unit, Metro Division, for 20 years and retired from Special Weapons and Tactics as the senior supervisor and assistant commander in 1984. Ronald McCarthy was the chief of Tactical Operations for the U.S. Department of Energy from 1984 through 1986. He was the director of the Deadly Force Training Grants for the U.S. Department of Justice and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) from 1986 through 1988. Ronald McCarthy served as manager for IACP's Center for Advanced Police Studies from 1985 through 1992.

 

Since 1992, Ronald McCarthy has been the owner of R.M. McCarthy & Associates, a training, consulting, and marketing resource for law enforcement. He has trained police officers from Europe, South America, the Middle East, and more than 30,000 police officers and military here in the United States.

 

Ronald McCarthy was awarded the Los Angeles Police Department Medal of Valor for action against the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1975, and the Police Star for the rescue of hostages in 1983. He was presented with the National Tactical Officers Association Award for Excellence in 1990. In 1995 the City of Erie, Pa., presented him with the All American Hero Award for his service to law enforcement throughout the United States. In October of 1996, Ronald McCarthy was awarded the National Tactical Officers Association's Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Ronald McCarthy is the co-author of The Management of Police Specialized Tactical Units.  According to the book description, “Managerial responsibility of a SWAT team requires continuous research in the material area of long-term criminal trends as well as keeping abreast of new developments in relevant tactics, technology, and techniques of law enforcement and the legal issues covering their use. The Management of Police Specialized Tactical Units explains the steps for developing and maintaining a realistic, effective response to increasing levels of violent crime. The book makes extensive use of actual field examples such as the North Hollywood Bank of America Shootout, the Mogadishu Airport Incident, the Springle Street Incident, and the confrontation between police and the Symbionese Liberation Army. Chapter Six discusses the various types and sources of equipment designed to give tactical units more effective technological choices and includes examples of practical application, and the advantages and disadvantages of use. It answers questions of law regarding when and under what circumstances the equipment may be used. Chapter Ten focuses on the partnership needed between law enforcement and the media. The importance of cooperation is stressed to ensure safety of police officers, hostages, news personnel, and bystanders during a hostage situation. Suggestions for establishing trust and credibility are presented. The final chapter explores tactical operations of the future when dealing with increasingly violent encounters with juvenile offenders, the phenomenon of “suicide-by-cop,” and the likelihood of terrorist use of weapons of mass destruction.”


An Illustrated Guide to Tactical Diagramming
Sid Heal  More Info

Sound Doctrine: A Tactical Primer
Charles "Sid" Heal  More Info

In 1969, Charles “Sid” Heal joined the United States Marine Corps.  After serving a combat tour in Vietnam, he returned home, joined the Marine Corps reserve and attended college. Commander Charles “Sid” Heal began his law enforcement career in 1975 as an investigator for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.  In 1977, he joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as a deputy sheriff. During his law enforcement career, he has worked various assignments within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, including Men’s Central Jail, Firestone Station and Industry Station.

 

Upon being promoted to Sergeant in 1983, Commander Heal worked at Crescenta Valley Station and the Special Enforcement Bureau. After being promoted to Lieutenant in 1989, Commander Heal worked Central Property and Evidence, Firestone Station, Lennox Station, Hall of Justice Jail, Transit Services Bureau, Walnut Station, Emergency Operations Bureau, Special Projects Unit, and Field Operations Region III Headquarters. In January 2000, he was promoted to Captain and selected to command the Special Enforcement Bureau.

 

During his 35 years in the Marine Corps he has served in over 20 countries including military operations in Vietnam, Desert Storm, Somalia and Iraqi Freedom.  Charles “Sid” Heal retired from the United States Marine Corps at the rank of Chief Warrant Officer (CWO5).

 

Commander Heal holds an Associate of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Pasadena City College, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Police Science and Administration from California State University, Los Angeles, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, and a Master’s Degree in Management from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Academy.  Commander Charles “Sid” Heal is the author of Sound Doctrine: A Tactical Primer and An Illustrated Guide to Tactical Diagramming.

 

According to the book description of Sound Doctrine: A Tactical Primer, “In recent years, law enforcement has suffered a number of tactical fiascoes.  Besides the loss of life and deterioration in public confidence, officers and agencies have been the subject of both civil and criminal actions.  Unlike most tactical books, which reach tactics as a “skill set,” this book emphasizes an intuitive application of fundamental principles.  These principles have evolved over the centuries of tactical operations and form a body of sound doctrine.”  Colonel John B. Alexander, Ph.D. the author of Future War commented on Sound Doctrine: A Tactical Primer, “Required reading for all law enforcement supervisors as well as those aspiring to enter their ranks.”  Steve Ijames, Major, Springfield Missouri Police Department, remarked, “A must read for SWAT team members and commanders alike. It will cause many to rethink their operational processes.”

 

According to the book description of An Illustrated Guide to Tactical Diagramming, “This book is not about construction, although you will learn about building codes and practices. It is not about tactics, although the information gained by knowing a floor plan will undoubtedly affect them. Instead, this book is designed to provide a quick and simple method of confidently determining floor plans by using outside architectural features. It assumes no knowledge of construction or tactics and is designed to be useful whether it is read cover to cover or occasionally referred to as a reference. It provides time-tested, tried and true principles that any tactician can use to determine avenues of approach, observation and fields of fire, obstacles, and cover or concealment, not to mention where a suspect might be most vulnerable. Using this essential tool for quick and clear comprehension of tactical diagramming, even a novice tactical planner will learn to use windows, doors, vents and other clues to confidently determine interior features. After reading this book, it will be clear that the proverbial “glass house” is in the mind’s eye!”


The Elements of Police Hostage and Crisis Negotiations: Critical Incidents and How to Respond to Them
James L Greenstone  More Info

With 40 years of practice, and almost 25 years as a police officer James L. Greenstone, Ed.D., has expertise as a police psychologist, a therapist, a teacher, an author, a police officer, a mediator and negotiator, and as a consultant. The field of Crisis Intervention has been his focus.  For the better part of his career as a police officer, he has worked extensively in the field of hostage and crisis negotiations. As a mental health professional and consultant, and as a trainer of negotiators, as well as a member of hostage negotiations teams, he is knowledgeable about negotiator training, current practices in this area, dealing with suicidal and barricaded subjects, negotiations techniques, team development, and team and negotiator interactions with police tactical units. He has participated in numerous hostage, barricaded and suicidal situations, and has practical experience in all aspects of hostage and crisis negotiations team functioning.

 

Dr. James L. Greenstone’s book, The Elements of Police Hostage and Crisis Negotiations, “is designed for day-to-day, on-the-scene use. It is a practical handbook for experienced professionals and novices that can also be used as a supplementary textbook for criminal justice, crisis intervention, and psychology coursework. Each chapter contains useful checklists, procedural notes, tables, strategy worksheets, and forms, and the book includes special indices for quick reference in addition to a traditional index. The book examines the negotiation process from start to finish, including pre-incident preparations, first response responsibilities, responding to the call-out, arriving at the scene, preparing to negotiate, making contact, preparing for the surrender, post-incident tasks, preparing equipment, and more.”

 

According to the book description of, The Elements of Disaster Psychology: Managing Psychosocial Trauma-an Integrated Approach to Force Protection and Acute Care, “This book is design to aid in practical, day-to-day, on-the-scene disaster response and crisis intervention.  The elements are basics of any discipline and knowledge of them is critical to achieving success.  The Elements of Disaster Psychology focuses on those basics that are needed by crisis and disaster responders in the field by providing an integrated approach to force protection and acute care.  The presentation is ordered in such a way as to provide quick and easy access to the information needed from the initial deployment, to final debriefing.”


Introduction to Executive Protection, Second Edition
Dale L. June  More Info

Dale L. June has been a Police Officer, U.S. Secret Service Agent, U.S. Customs Intelligence Specialist, Private Investigator, Executive Protection and Security Specialist, and University Instructor. He began his protective service career as an eighteen-year-old soldier assigned to an elite military police unit in Germany responsible for the protection of the Commanding General.

 

After his military service, Dale June settled in California where he worked as a Shasta County Deputy Sheriff, a Redding and Sacramento Police Department (California) police officer while attending college. Graduating with a BS degree from Sacramento State University in Public Administration, he joined the U.S. Secret Service in the Sacramento field office. Dale L. June was assigned to the White House for five years during the Nixon and Ford Administrations. He also was involved with protecting many other high-ranking American and foreign dignitaries, including Presidents Carter and Reagan. During his tenure with the Secret Service, he participated in many trip advances, worked closely with the White House Press Corps, and was a presidential driver for nearly two years. While assigned to the Presidential Protective Division he obtained a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from George Washington University.

 

His Secret Service duties included a two-year assignment as a protective intelligence agent responsible for investigating threats against those protected by the service, interviewing those responsible for the threats, and determining the degree of potential danger they posed.

 

Upon leaving the Secret Service, Dale L. June started his own executive protection company, providing security to European and Middle Eastern royalty, celebrities, including many well-known television and movie personalities, VIPs, corporate executives, and an occasional foreign tourist. Later, he returned to government service as a U.S. Customs Intelligence Research Specialist assigned to working terrorism and organized crime.  Dale L. June is the author of two books: Introduction to Executive Protection and Protection, Security, and Safeguards: Practical Approaches and Perspectives.  He is also the co-author of Undercover.

 

According to An Introduction to Executive Protection, it “provides beginners in the occupation of executive protection with the tools they need to know and appreciate the profession; to enable them to realize what is expected when they are placed in positions of confidence and trust; and to understand the implications of being responsible for the safety and lives of others. This guide emphasizes the basic elements of executive protection which are often neglected or overlooked in practical application, even by professional schools of executive protection instruction which sometimes mistakenly assume all enrollees are practiced journeymen. In addition to practical and technical considerations of the profession, "executive protection" means working with people on a personal level. The author draws on his extensive and varied experience in the field to share events that inform and enlighten students of executive protection and teach them how to best avoid endangering those they protect.”


Snipercraft: The Art of Police Sniping
Derrick Bartlett  More Info

Staring at the Crosshairs
Derrick Bartlett  More Info

Derrick D. Bartlett is a sniper and trainer on the Fort Lauderdale Police Department SWAT Team. He has been a police officer for over twenty-five years. Twenty-two of those years he has been assigned to special operations teams. He is also the Managing Director of Snipercraft, Inc., which is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and enhancement to police sniper skills. He has held sniper seminars and schools for more than 500 police agencies nationwide.  Derrick Bartlett is the author of Snipercraft: The Art of Police Sniping and Staring at the Crosshairs.

 

Russ Clagett of the US Army said of Starting at the Crosshairs, “Derrick Bartlett has made possibly the single greatest contribution to sniping that could have been made; he started us talking.  In addition to being an accomplished sniper himself, he has served as a teacher, author, and leader.  He cares deeply about sniping, and snipers. Our job is to save lives. By encouraging snipers to share information, and prepare ourselves for what may come, he has helped save careers, families, and lives. He is also an honorable man, and a good friend to snipers everywhere. Now he has raised the bar again.:

 

Richard Morey, Coordinator, Law Enforcement Programs, SFCC Criminal Justice Academy said of Staring at the Crosshairs, “Derrick’s contributions prove how one person can make a difference. He has made a difference, and, perhaps more importantly, he has instilled in others the desire to make a difference. He is passionate about training, and it shows in his teaching, and through his guidance. Today, snipers are a stronger community because of people like Derrick Bartlett.  Derrick has put the word “sniper” back in our job description, and we can be proud.”


Violence Assessment and Intervention: The Practitioner's Handbook
Ph.D., Michael H. Corcoran  More Info

Dr. Michael H. Corcoran has been in the law enforcement field since 1968 and the threat assessment field since 1970 when he entered the United States Secret Service. While in the Protective Intelligence Squad, he assessed the dangerousness of those threatening the President and Vice President of the United States. From 1979 to 2002, he served with the Huntington Beach Police Department (California) as a police officer, sergeant, station commander and chief hostage negotiator.

 

Michael Corcoran has a BA in Law Enforcement and Business Administration, a Masters in psychology and, in 1979 he completed his doctorate studies in behavioral science. Michael Corcoran does threat assessments, determination of true potentials of dangerousness and criminal profiling for governmental agencies, law enforcement, Fortune 1000 companies, school districts and private individuals across the country. Dr Corcoran teaches classes in how to recognize, deal with and control suicidal, mentally ill, substance abusers and/or combative individuals. He has established guidelines and protocols for evaluating and handling personnel, either pre or post hiring, to avoid conflicts, to assess potentials of violence and to determine truthfulness. He has also assisted in designing, implementing and advising hostage/crisis negotiation teams for local law enforcement and private concerns since 1981.  Michael Corcoran is the co-author of Violence Assessment and Intervention: The Practitioner's Handbook.

 

According to the description of Violence Assessment and Intervention: The Practitioner's Handbook, “If you are responsible for people, they want and expect you to keep them safe on a regular basis. Violence Assessment and Intervention: The Practitioners Handbook shows you the most effective way to take the initial data and make quick decisions about whether the situation requires an immediate response with full resources or a less intense response. It gives you easy access to the information you need not only to handle emergency situations, but also to prevent them.

 

The principle focus of this book is not sociological theory, or even clinical assessment, but practical intervention, monitoring, and control of violence. It presents techniques for use in any situation, whether you are a mental health professional doing phone intake from a victim of domestic violence, a corporate human resource or security person getting a call about an incident that just occurred, or a law enforcement officer encountering a potential suicide. Using flow charts and step-by-step instructions developed while handling thousands of cases, the authors give practical advice on how to recognize the signals of potential violence by individuals, identify probable victims, and assess escalation of the threat.

 

Written specifically for the practitioner, this book provides practical, effective methods of violence assessment and intervention. During this time of increasing concern about security, threat assessment, and profiling for violence prediction, Violence Assessment and Intervention: The Practitioner's Handbook gives you the tools to decrease the chances of violence and increase safety in your organization.”

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