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All of the books listed on this page were written by a state or local police officer.

COP Talk : Essential Communication Skills for Community Policing
Capt. Rick Braziel  More Info

Rick Braziel has been a member of the Sacramento Police Department for 28 years, and a Deputy Chief since 2002. In December 2007, he was appointed as chief of police of the Sacramento Police Department.  He is a second generation police officer with his father Dick serving the Department for over 20 years. Rick Braziel consults and instructs for Humboldt State University in Teambuilding, Communication Skills, and Leadership.  He received his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Communication from California State University, Sacramento.


In 2006, Rick Braziel received a Master of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense) from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.  Rick is also a 2002 graduate and class spokesperson of the California Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Command College; and 2004 graduate of the Police Executive Research Forum’s (P.E.R.F.) Senior Management Institute for Police.


Rick is co-author of the book titled COP Talk: Essential Communication Skills for Community Policing.  


According to Kevin Brown, of Montana State University-Northern, in the American Communication Journal, “In this text for police officers the authors lay out the basics of the communication process with helpful vignettes derived from actual police experience to illustrate the principles.  The authors lead the reader through a tour of contemporary communication contexts. The authors start with interpersonal communication and cover work groups, public speaking, community meetings, problem solving, network building and finally, public relations.  The book is written for a beginning communication student and reflects an understanding that many police officers have had no formal communication training.”

When Cultures Clash: Strategies for Strengthened Police-Community Relations (2nd Edition)
Daniel P. Carlson  More Info

Daniel Carlson began his law enforcement career in 1967 as a patrolman with the City of Poughkeepsie, New York Police Department, where he served for two years before joining the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Department. In 1970, he joined the New York State Police and progressed through a range of ranks and assignments including Trooper, Sergeant, Zone Sergeant, Lieutenant (Zone Commander), and Uniform Captain. He retired in June, 1988, as the Assistant Director of Training for the New York State Police, in order to assume the position of Manager at the North Central Texas Regional Police Academy in Arlington, Texas. In November, 1992, Mr. Carlson became Associate Director of the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration in Richardson, Texas, where he was appointed Director in September, 2005.


With a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York, Mr. Carlson was honored with the George Searle Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement Training. He has held adjunct faculty positions at both John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Ulster Community College in Kingston, New York, and has served as an Adjunct Instructor and Consultant with the Institute of Police Technology and Management in Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Carlson has extensive experience in both the development and presentation of training programs in a wide variety of law enforcement subject areas.


Daniel Carlson has served as a member of the A.C.C.O.R.D. Committee (Acknowledging Community Cultural or Racial Diversity) for the Arlington Independent School District in Arlington, Texas, and is a graduate of the Ethics Corps program at the Josephson Institute for Ethics. A member of the Ethics Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Dan is Editor of The Ethics Roll Call: Listening to the Inner Voice, a quarterly publication of the Center for Law Enforcement Ethics at the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration. In addition, he is a member of the Police Executive Research Forum.


Daniel Carlson is author of When Cultures Clash: The Divisive Nature of Police-Community Relations and Suggestions for Improvement and the co-author of Reputable Conduct: Ethical Issues in Policing and Corrections.


According to the description of When Cultures Clash: Strategies for Strengthened Police-Community Relations, it is “Described as a must read for police officers and prospective candidates for law enforcement, this book invites readers to step back and examine their views and attitudes from a different perspective. In the process of defining and discussing the cultural underpinnings of the criminal justice community, the author addresses topics of special importance including sources of tension in police-citizen interactions; the challenges of law enforcement in a democratic society; policing as a "noble" profession; and police-community relations in a "Post 9/11 " environment.


The book features: A writing style reflective of the author's experience as a police practitioner and educator; Examines the role and expectation of policing from both the citizen and officer perspective; In-depth discussion of out-of-control subcultures; corruption and racial profiling; examines the role of the leader in the development and management of a police culture; Outlines a range of strategies for strengthening police-citizen relationships; Abundant examples from the real world of policing; Proposes a set of "Core Values" characteristic of professional policing; Each chapter opens with a set of "Guideposts" to help the reader focus on key issues; and, Discussion questions to provoke further examination of key issues.”

Police-Community Relations: Crisis in Our Times
Howard H. Earle  More Info

Howard H. Earle is a retired Assistant Sheriff from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  He is the author of Police-Community Relations: Crisis in Our Times.  According to the book description, “this book continues to present comprehensive, authoritative information on all phases of this complex topic. The text has been expanded and updated, however, to maintain currency with concepts and practices. It begins by reviewing general problems of police community relations (PCR), including the police image and crisis areas. The author explores organizational factors, and, in a section on the sociology of PCR, he evaluates the import and impact of civil disobedience and riots. The final section has been greatly expanded. In addition to discussions of PCR programming, the role of the individual officer and the future of PCR, the author presents entirely new chapters on diversion, community crime prevention, and the futuristic Z-cop model. The situations and problems described in this book are real and very serious. The approaches and solutions delineated, having been field tested and proven successful, are equal to the challenge.”

Strategies for Community Policing
Elizabeth M. Watson  More Info

Alfred R Stone left his home in Marlin (Texas) as a teenager to join the U.S. Marines during World War II.  As a member of the Fifth Marine Division, he participated in the Battle of Iwo Jima and after served with the occupying forces in Japan.  He was called back to duty during the Korean conflict.  Alfred Stone’s 38 year law enforcement career included service as a highway patrol officer and other service with the Texas Department of Public Safety.  Alfred Stone is the author of The Investigating of Crimes: An introduction and A Marine Remembers Iwo Jima: Dog Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Marines, Fifth Marine Division; and, a co-author of Strategies for Community Policing


According to the book description of Strategies for Community Policing, it “Presents a comprehensive, real-world guide to implementing community policing, particularly in medium-sized and larger municipal police departments. It provides an in-depth understanding of the concept of community and its relationship to policing practices. The book traces the evolution of American law enforcement up to the development of community policing. Presenting the steps required to transform a traditional police agency into a community policing organization, it also provides differing means of implementing community policing; short-term tactics and long-term strategy. And, it discusses the implications of community policing for all areas of law enforcement. An essential reference for police and municipal officials who are considering or have begun implementing a community policing program. Also valuable for anyone who wishes a greater understanding of community policing.”

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