Twelve Years in the Saddle with the Texas Rangers
W. J. L. Sullivan  More Info

W. J. L. Sullivan was a sergeant with the Texas Rangers from 1889 to 1901.  He is the author of Twelve Years in the Saddle with the Texas Rangers. 

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

Texas Lawmen, 1835-1899: The Good and the Bad
Cliff Caldwell  More Info

According to the book description of Texas Lawmen, 1835-1899: The Good and the Bad, “The tally of Texas lawmen killed in the line of duty during the state's first sixty-five years of organized law enforcement is truly staggering. From Texas Rangers the likes of Silas Mercer Parker Jr., gunned down at Parker's Fort in 1836, to Denton County sheriff's deputy Floyd Coberly, murdered by an inmate in 1897 after ten days on the job, this collection accounts for all of those unsung heroes. Not merely an attempt to retell a dozen popular peace officer legends, Texas Lawmen, 1835-1899 represents thousands of hours of research conducted over more than a decade. Ronald DeLord and Cliff Caldwell have carefully assembled a unique and engaging chronicle of Texas history.”

Jersey troopers; a fifty year history of the New Jersey State Police
Leo J Coakley  More Info

In 1971, Sergeant Leo J. Coakley of the New Jersey State Police wrote Jersey Troopers: A Fifty Year History of the New Jersey State Police while assigned to the Division Planning Section. According to one reader, “I have read this book many times over the years. The stories told reflect greatly upon the storied past of the New Jersey State Police and the sacrifices that have been made from the beginning up to the date of publication.”

Men of Courage: San Francisco Police Officers
Thomas Gregwer Dempsey  More Info

Panther's Rest: History of the Fort Worth Police Department 1873-21st Century
Dale L Hinz  More Info

Dale L. Hinz was a 30 year member of the Fort Worth Police Department and retired in 1999 at the rank of Sergeant. He started a career in law enforcement as a civilian dispatcher and during his career he worked patrol, as a member of the first SWAT Team, a robbery detective and was promoted to sergeant in 1987. Dale Hinz helped develop the first Officer Survival School and taught several different subjects to new recruits. Dale Hinz is the author of Panther's Rest: History of the Fort Worth Police Department 1873-21st Century.


According to the book description of Panther's Rest: History of the Fort Worth Police Department 1873-21st Century, “The history of the Fort Worth Police Department started in April 1873 and many factors brought about its existence at the confluence of the West Fork and Clear Fork of the Trinity River.  The location along one of the major cattle trails, the Chisholm, brought about issues both political and financial in nature and had a definite affect on city fathers. This and other influences would be major factors in the development of the Fort Worth Police Department as it moved toward the 21st Century.”

Death on the Gallows: The Story of Legal Hangings in New Mexico, 1847-1923
West C. Gilbreath  More Info

West Gilbreath was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. After serving in the United States military, West joined the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Department in Las Cruces, New Mexico. On February 1, 2001, West retired as the Lieutenant of the Criminal Investigations Division to start a second career. He and his family relocated to Denton, Texas where he is a criminal investigator for the University of North Texas Police Department. West is a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy, and received a Heritage Award for preserving the history of the Dona Ana County Sheriff's Department through the creation of the Historical Museum of Lawmen. West Gilbreath is the author of Death on the Gallows: The Story of Legal Hangings in New Mexico, 1847-1923.

Sam Bass & Gang
Rick Miller  More Info

After graduation from high school, Rick Miller served three years as a paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne Division.  He served almost twelve years as an officer, detective, and supervisor with the Dallas Police Department, after which he was the chief of police for the Killeen Police Department (Texas) and the Denton Police Department (Texas).  After receiving his juris doctorate from Baylor University in 1983, Rick Miller entered the private practice of law in Killeen. 


In 1992 he was elected the county attorney of Bell County, Texas, which position he currently holds.  He is a member of the board of directors of the National Association for Outlaw and  Lawman History, Inc. (NOLA), and has appeared on The Learning Channel and The History Channel in documentaries on western lore. Rick Miller is the author of Sam Bass & Gang, Bloody Bill Longley: A Biography, The Train Robbing Bunch and Bounty Hunter.


According to the book description of Sam Bass & Gang, “the legendary Sam Bass refused to give up his companions to the trailing lawmen. In 1878, the chase ended with the famous gunfight on the streets of Round Rock, Texas.”

End of Watch:Chicago Police Killed in the Line of Duty, 1853-2006
Edward M. Burke and Thomas J. O'Gorman  More Info

Edward Burke, attorney and long-time Chicago alderman, is co-author of End of Watch, a history of Chicago police officers killed in the line of duty.  In 1968, at the age of 25, Edward Burke took leave from the Chicago Police Department to replace his deceased father as the Democratic Committeeman in the 14th District.  In 1969, Edward Burke was elected to the 14th Ward Alderman’s Seat in Chicago. 

According to the Fraternal Order of Police, Chicago Lodge 7, “ End of Watch: Chicago Police Killed in the Line of Duty 1853-2006  by Edward M. Burke and  Thomas J. O’Gorman examines the remarkable sacrifice of 526 sworn officers of the Chicago Police Department. Throughout the book’s 300+ pages and more than 600 photographs, there are detailed narratives of each officer and the circumstances involved in their deaths. The book traces the heroic history of Chicago’s finest with accounts of each episode drawn from municipal records, police files, contemporaneous newspapers, court documents and ground breaking research.”

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A Concise History of American Policing
Raymond Foster  More Info

A Concise History of American Policing explores the foundation of modern American police officers from their distant cousins in the Iron Age. Find out how the Draco, Caesar Augustus, the Hue and Cry, the Rattle Watch and Old West Gunslingers influenced today’s police operations. How did policing finally get to Broken Windows, Technology and Community Policing?

Six Gun Sound: The Early History of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Sven Crongeyer  More Info

Sergeant Sven Crongeyer has been employed with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for 17 years. His passion for historical research led him to write Six Gun Sound: The Early History of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, which “traces law enforcement efforts to meet the challenge of public safety that from the beginning were both enhanced and hampered by the influx of ranchers, cowboys, farmers, miners, gunfighters, and gamblers. Los Angeles was a den of iniquity that rivaled even the most famous towns of the Old West: Silver City, Tombstone, Dodge City, and Wichita.”

Written in Blood: The History of Fort Worth's Fallen Lawmen, Volume 1, 1861-1909
Richard F. Selcer  More Info

Sergeant Kevin S. Foster, Fort Worth Police Department (Ret.) is the co-author of Written in Blood: The History of Fort Worth's Fallen Lawmen, Volume 1, 1861-1909.

According to the book description of Written in Blood: The History of Fort Worth's Fallen Lawmen, Volume 1, 1861-1909, “Another line of duty death” is a chilling headline that serves as an obituary for too many “first responders.” In 2002 Fort Worth joined the ranks of other communities across the nation in building a memorial to its fallen heroes, an elaborate, million-dollar Police and Firefighters Memorial, dedicated in 2009, that recognized fifty-eight policemen going back to the city’s beginnings. Written in Blood is a more inclusive version of that idea because it covers more than just members of the Police Department; it is about the men from all branches of local law enforcement who died defending law and order in the early years: policemen, sheriffs, constables, “special officers,” and even a police commissioner. All were larger-than-life characters who took an oath to “preserve and protect” and therefore deserve to be remembered.”

Jersey Troopers II: The Next Thirty-Five Years (1971-2006)
George J. Wren Jr.  More Info

Lieutenant George J. Wren, Jr., New Jersey State Police (ret.), “enlisted in the New Jersey State Police in February 1982, and enjoyed postings at several Troop "A" duty stations including an eighteen-year stint in the Intelligence Bureau. Lieutenant Wren attained a BS and Masters Degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He resides with his wife, Sandy, on the Jersey shore.”  Lieutenant George J. Wren is the author of Jersey Troopers II: The Next Thirty-Five Years (1971-2006).

End Of Watch
Robert Kirby  More Info

Robert Kirby was born in Fontana, California.  His father, who was a criminal investigator for both the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force retired and moved his family to Salt Lake City Utah.  Kirby began his law enforcement career with the Grantsville Police Department, in Utah.  After a year, he moved to the Springville Police Department where he worked for ten years.  After leaving law enforcement, Kirby has worked as a newspaper editor, correspondent and columnist.  He is currently a columnist for the Salt Lake City Tribune.  His book, End of Watch: Utah’s Murdered Police officers from 1858-2003 chronicles the murders of law enforcement officials in Utah.

NYPD: A City and Its Police
James Lardner  More Info

James Lardner is a senior fellow at Demos was a police officer for the Metropolitan Police Department (Washington, DC) for two and half years during the early 1970s.  Today, he is a well-regard researcher and writer. As a journalist, he has written for the New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and The Nation, among other publications. He is the author of Crusader: The Hell-Raising Police Career of Detective David Durk; and, the co-author of NYPD: A City and Its Police.


Publisher’s Weekly said of NYPD: A City and Its Police, “A comprehensive and elegant history of the New York Police Department, this book, written by a journalist (Lardner) and a former cop (Reppetto), charts the department's development, from its origins as a collection of unorganized watchmen in the 1820s to its recent past. In crisp, anecdote-rich prose, Lardner (a New Yorker contributor) and Reppetto (now president of New York's Citizens Crime Commission) take readers on a chronological tour through the years when the department reluctantly adopted firearms and uniforms and when police applicants depended on patronage, through wave after wave of anti-corruption ferment, and through years of controversy.”

The Troopers Are Coming: New York State Troopers 1917-1943
Albert S. Kurek  More Info

The Troopers Are Coming II: New York State Troopers 1943-1985
Albert S. Kurek  More Info

Albert S. Kurek, a retired New York State Police trooper wrote two books on the history of the New York State Police in The Troopers Are Coming: New York State Troopers, 1917-1943 and The Troopers Are Coming II: New York State Troopers, 1943-1985.

1853 Los Angeles Gangs
Steven W. Knight  More Info

Steven Wayne Knight 19 year law enforcement career included being a police officer in Newport Beach (California), a deputy sheriff in Washoe County (Nevada) and a Deputy Marshal for the Los Angeles County Marshal’s Department.  Steven Knight is the author of 1857 Los Angeles Fights Again and 1853 Los Angeles Gangs.


According to Midwest Book Review, “1853 Los Angeles Gangs by Steven W. Knight is an impressively written, historical novel of the lawless gangs of Los Angeles, and the determined Rangers who stood against them. The superbly drawn story of a turbulent "yesteryear" city is populated with such memorable characters as Juan Flores who intends for his gant to dominant a rapidly expanding and ethnically diverse city by first killing off the Chinese, and then the Americans; Don Thomas Sanchez struggling to preserve political power in the face of American landgrabs; and Horace Bell with his implacable dedication to the law. Drama, action, bloodshed, love and great courage fill the pages of this exciting and entertaining saga from cover to cover.”

San Diego Police Department (CA) (Images of America)
Steve Willard  More Info

Steve R. Willard is a 20-year member of the San Diego Police Department. A writer for law enforcement periodicals, Steven Willard also serves as the vice president of the San Diego Police Historical Association, which supplied the vintage photos for his Images of America, San Diego Police Department.  Since joining the San Diego Police Department in 1985, Steve Willard has worked “patrol, crime prevention and the detective bureau. In addition to extensive expertise in forensic video and composite artistry and covert alarm systems, Vice President Willard holds a certificate in intermediate Crime Scene Investigation from California State University Long Beach and an advance certificate from the California Department of Justice. He has also obtained certificates in intermediate and advanced courses in fingerprint classification and identification through the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”  He is also the author of America’s Finest: The History of San Diego City Law Enforcement.


According to the book description of Images of America, San Diego Police Department, “The San Diego Police Department dates to 1889, when out-of-control crime forced the end of the highly ineffective city marshal’s office. With violence on every corner and Tombstone’s venerable Wyatt Earp running the marshals’ gambling interests, change was desperately needed. But the first days of the SDPD weren’t easy. Within two years of its formation, the city’s economy tanked, 36,000 of the town’s 40,000 citizens left, and the department’s newly appointed chief refused to take the job. Still, San Diego eventually developed into one of the nation’s largest cities and most popular tourist destination—a multifaceted metropolis perched between the extremes of Los Angeles and Mexico, the Pacific Ocean and the desert. Today more than 2,000 highly trained sworn SDPD officers, 700 support staff, and more than 1,000 volunteers form one of the world’s most innovative and internationally recognized police forces.”

The Toughest Gang in Town: Police Stories From Old San Francisco
Kevin J. Mullen  More Info

Chinatown Squad: Policing the Dragon From the Gold Rush to the 21st Century
Kevin J. Mullen  More Info

Dangerous Strangers: Minority Newcomers and Criminal Violence in the Urban West, 1850-2000
Kevin J. Mullen  More Info

Kevin J. Mullen served for more than twenty-six years with the San Francisco Police Department and retired at the rank of deputy chief. He has written extensively in magazines and newspapers on criminal justice issues. He is the author of Let Justice Be Done: Crime and Politics in Early San Francisco, Dangerous Strangers: Minority Newcomers and Criminal Violence in the Urban West, 1850-2000 and The Toughest Gang in Town: Police Stories From Old San Francisco.


According to the book description of Dangerous Strangers: Minority Newcomers and Criminal Violence in the Urban West, 1850-2000, “Have newcomers to American cities been responsible for a disproportionate amount of violent crime? Dangerous Strangers takes up this question by examining the incidence of criminal violence among several waves of immigrant/ethnic groups in San Francisco over 150 years. By looking at a variety of groups--Irish, German, Italian, and Chinese immigrants, primarily--and their different experiences at varying times in the city's history, this study addresses the issue of how much violence can be attributed to new groups' treatment by the host society and how much can be traced to traits found in their community of origin.”

Los Angeles Police Department (Images of America: California)
Thomas G. Hays  More Info

Arthur W. Sjoquist and Thomas G. Hays are retired Captains from the Los Angeles Police Department as well as members of the Los Angeles Police Department Historical Society Board. They are co-authors of a pictorial look at the Los Angeles Police Department.


According to the book description of Images of America: Los Angeles Police Department, “No police force in history has gained as much fame and notoriety as the Los Angeles Police Department. The acronym LAPD is practically synonymous with the idea of professional law enforcement. The men in blue who patrol Hollywood and the sprawling metropolis of L.A. have been investigated by screenwriters more times than vice versa. With more than 9,300 sworn officers today, the LAPD endures seemingly endless controversies and media circuses. But then there’s the other side of L.A.’s protective shield—the story of the force’s evolution alongside the spectacular growth of its unique melting-pot city. This book’s rare and often never-before-published photographs focus on that side: the excitement, danger, tragedy, and comedy of everyday beat cops and workaday detectives—with concessions to their limelight representations, including Jack Webb’s Dragnet and Adam-12.”

Napa County Police
Todd L./ Napa Police Historical Society Shulman  More Info

Todd L. Shulman is a seven-year member of the Napa Police Department, currently serving as a detective. An avid historian, Todd Shulman founded the Napa Police Historical Society in 2006 and has culled their archives for many of the photographs included in his book, Napa County Police. According the book description of Napa County Police, “with dazzling vintage imagery and rich historical text, Todd Shulman tells the tale of policing Napa County - from the Wild West days of the 1850s, through the boom era of the 1940s, and into the 21st century.


The story of organized law enforcement in Napa County begins with the very first meeting of the board of supervisors in 1850 and the appointment of a county sheriff and marshals for each township. The foundations for progress and prosperity in place, Napa County grew from a remote agricultural outpost to the preeminent wine-growing region in the United States and a booming tourist destination—and policing has kept pace. Today, in addition to the Napa Sheriff’s Department, the county is protected by the California Highway Patrol and three police departments: Napa, St. Helena, and Calistoga. Specialized police agencies have also grown out of unique needs, including the Napa State Hospital Police, Railroad Police, and Community College Police.”

From Social Worker to Crimefighter: Women in United States Municipal Policing
Dorothy Moses Schulz  More Info

Dorothy Schulz is Professor of Law, Police Studies, and Criminal Justice Administration at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. She was the first woman captain to serve with the Metro-North Commuter Railroad Police Department and its predecessor department, the Conrail Police Department. Dorothy Schulz is a member of numerous police and academic associations, and has spoken at conferences of the International Association of Women Police, Women in Federal Law Enforcement, the National Center for Women & Policing, the Senior Women Officers of Great Britain, and the Canadian Police College. Dorothy Schulz is the author of From Social Worker to Crimefighter: Women in United States Municipal Policing and Breaking the Brass Ceiling: Women Police Chiefs and Their Paths to the Top.


According to a review of From Social Worker to Crimefighter: Women in United States Municipal Policing, in Law Enforcement News, “Schulz offers a solid social history of the roles women filled in policing American communities from the 1820s through the 1980s. Not intended to be a theoretical or analytical treatment of either gender or law enforcement, it offers interesting narrative and presents with appropriate praise many actual women who faced high risks and high challenge as they sought first to improve policing and then to gain equal footing on patrol. This much-needed book will doubtless remain the authoritative work on the subject for some time and is essential reading for anyone with an interest in the development of women police or, indeed, the history of social control in the United States.

Protecting Niagara: A History of the Niagara County Sheriff's Office
Christopher Carlin  More Info

Christopher J. Carlin is the Chief Deputy of Uniformed Operations with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, with more than 24 years of law enforcement experience. Chief Deputy Carlin began his law enforcement career with the United States Army Military Police in Germany. He joined the sheriff’s department in 1982 as a road patrol deputy. He served in that position until 1989 when he was promoted to Sergeant. In 2004, Sheriff Thomas Beilein appointed Carlin to the position of Chief Deputy


Chief Deputy Christopher Carlin is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI Law Enforcement Leadership Development Course. He has obtained his Associates in Applied Sciences Degree in Criminal Justice from Niagara County Community College and a Bachelor of Sciences Degree from Empire State College in Criminal Justice Public Administration.


Christopher Carlin is a thirty year veteran of the military, serving on active duty with the U. S. Army from 1976 to 1979. He has served in the NY Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve since 1981. Deputy Chief Christopher Carlin is the author of Protecting Niagara: A History of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.

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