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Dancing With Ice
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About the Tucson Police Department 

The Tucson Police Department is a full-service law enforcement agency who executive staff includes one chief of police and four assistant chiefs.  The day-to-day police work is accomplished through the geographically named operations Divisions.  According to the Tucson Police Department, “On July 28, 2002, Operations Division Downtown was founded as the newest division of the Police Department in over thirty years. Since that time, it has expanded in both its geographic size as well as the scope of its mission. The staff includes a captain and secretary, two lieutenants, six sergeants, approximately fifty officers, one detective, a criminal intelligence officer, three marshals, and four community service officers. Additionally, three motorcycle officers are assigned from the Traffic Section to assist with traffic problems in the division.


Members working in the team accomplish their mission using a community policing philosophy and a variety of assignments that include Motors, Bikes, Walking Beat, Headquarters Security, Prisoner Transport, Court Security, and Community Service. The eclectic mix of division personnel and their excellent work ethic all contribute to providing the highest level of service to this unique area of our community.


The goal of the Downtown Division is to work in a cooperative effort with stakeholders and community partners to provide a safe and enjoyable atmosphere for all people in the area. This includes the numerous visitors to the central business district who come to partake in its many cultural focal points such as the Tucson historical district, Fourth Avenue, the Tucson Convention Center, and the Temple of Music and Art.”

Thornton Edwards is medically retired from the Tucson Police Department after 20 years of service.  According to the book description of his book, Dancing with Ice, “What's it like to shoot someone, and then watch him die? Michael Callahan was about to find out. He was a street cop who always knew how to handle a situation. Why was this time different? His profession became his mistress and this destroyed his marriage. His world started to crumble, but the worst was yet to come. He was about to become a victim of the streets he protected. Michael Callahan had to face what he feared most: losing his health and his control. Based on a true story, this novel brings to life the trauma of an everyday hero.”

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