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

On the Edge: Recent Perspectives on Police Suicide
John M. Violanti  More Info

According to the book description of On the Edge: Recent Perspectives on Police Suicide, “In this book, the authors extend their academic research and knowledge on the subject to a national level. Two of the authors, who have personally dealt with the aftermath of suicide, add a realistic description of what it is like to be “on the edge.” Violanti is a former NY State trooper and is now the nation's foremost researcher on police suicide.  Andy O'Hara, a California Highway Patrol sergeant who survived a near suicide and describes the feelings and pain he felt during that crisis period, and Teresa Tate, whose husband died by suicide, will add immeasurably to the understanding of this problem.

Chapter One discusses police suicide rates and the ongoing controversy that surrounds this area of research. In Chapter Two, the authors describe two in-depth analyses of national police suicide rates. Chapter Three is based on a conceptual model of the career span of a police officer and trauma within that span that may exacerbate conditions for suicide. Chapter Four presents a discussion of factors that may help to protect police officers from suicide.

In Chapter Five, Andy O'Hara discusses his own journey to the edge and how such decisions may come about in police officers. In Chapter Six, Andy O'Hara presents a description of his newly developed program, “Badge of Life,” which seeks to “depower” police trauma and, instead, “empower” the officer. In doing so, they will be prepared not only for stress but for trauma before it occurs and know what to do when it does. In Chapter Seven, the aftereffects of suicide are explored and how police support can help to ameliorate psychological distress and trauma associated with an officer’s death. Teresa Tate, founder and leader of the survivor group S.O.L.E.S. (Survivors of Law Enforcement Suicide), presents actual cases of police survivors derived from her personal interviews with these survivors. In the final chapter, the authors conclude with a description and critical analysis of present programs for police suicide prevention. Law enforcement practitioners, researchers and therapists, as well as police Organizational policymakers, will benefit from the discussions presented in this book.”

The Hands of the Carpenter: A Psychological Perspective of Survival Within Law Enforcement
James D. Harris  More Info

Dr. James D. Harris has a doctorate in psychology, which he earned while working full-time as a Deputy Sheriff for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  His has 28 years of law enforcement experience, including almost three years experience as the director of the peer counseling program for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  According to his book description, “The Hands of the Carpenter is an invaluable survival guide for police officers, whose occupation subjects them to endless hours of tedium and monotony, periodically interrupted by moments of sheer terror.”

Stress Management in Law Enforcement, Second Edition
Carolina Academic Press  More Info

Dr. James D. Sewell served as the first director of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute.  James Sewell began his law enforcement career with the Florida State University Department of Public Safety, leaving at the rank of Lieutenant, and supervisor of the Support Services Section, which included the Crime Prevention Unit.


James Sewell joined the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in 1980, leaving in December 1982 to go to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles where he served as the Director of the Office of Management and Planning Services until March, 1986 when he was appointed Chief of Police in the City of Gulfport, Florida until August, 1990, serving his last nine months in Gulfport as Acting City Manager for this City of 12,000 residents. Dr. Sewell returned to FDLE as the Director of the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute on September 1, 1990.  Dr. Sewell retired as the Assistant Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Support Services division in 2005.


Director James Sewell holds a BS, MS, and Ph.D., all in Criminology from The Florida State University. His dissertation research was in the area of law enforcement stress. He has published numerous articles in professional journals and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FCJEI Chief Executive Seminar.  James Sewell is the co-author of Stress Management in Law Enforcement and Controversial Issues in Policing.


According to the book description of Stress Management in Law Enforcement, “The newly revised second edition of Stress Management in Law Enforcement by Dr. Leonard Territo and Dr. James Sewell is once again a carefully selected collection of the leading articles on stress and its consequences for police personnel. This edition, incorporating new and relevant material, comprises nine sections which cover the following topics: What is Stress All About?; What Does Stress Mean for Cops?; Are There Ways We Can Tell It's There?; What Are Some of the Bad Effects of Stress on Cops?; How Does Stress Impact a Cop's Family Life?; How Does the Worst of the Worst Affect Cops?; What Are the Tools That a Cop Can Use to Better Handle Stress?; What Support is Available for Cops? and How Can the Bosses Better Help Their Cops?


A brief summary precedes each section to assist the reader in readily identifying articles which might be of particular interest. Each article contains end-of-chapter discussion questions which are answered in detail in the instructor's manual. The sections are also accompanied by a glossary of terms and a list of additional recommended readings.


This book will specifically interest the criminal justice academic community as an adjunctive resource in police management courses or as the primary text in upper division seminars on the topic of police stress management. This book will also be of considerable interest to police administrators and officers who must deal on a daily basis with the negative side effects of stress. Stress Management in Law Enforcement is relevant for police administrators as well as police psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, social workers, and other mental health professionals who are called upon to provide guidance and assistance to police officers.”

Shadows of the Badge

This site is dedicated to the men and women of law enforcement who have dedicated their lives to protect and serve.  We have all been trained on how to deal with the problems of others and to handle the worst people in society, but we receive very little to no training on how to handle our own problems and to deal with the changes in our lives caused by the law enforcement career.  I have been to the edge and thought that there was no one who understood and that there was no way out but to end it all.  Thankfully a friend appeared in time to stop me from doing the unthinkable.  As Police Officers, we live our lives and say that it will never happen to us.  I am here to tell you, that no matter who you are it can happen.  Without awareness training and education, it is much easier than one may think, and you don’t even see it coming.  Police Suicides and Stress related issues are things we “DON’T TALK ABOUT”.  It’s Time We Start.

Police Books

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All of the books listed on this page were written by cops about the stress of police work.  As you look through the titles you will notice that not only do the authors have tremendous practical experience, but they also have stellar academic credentials.

Death Work: Police, Trauma, and the Psychology of Survival
Vincent E. Henry  More Info

Vincent E. Henry earned his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York (John Jay), and is associate professor and director of Long Island University's Homeland Security Management Institute.  He earned B.A. and M.S. degrees from Long Island University (C.W. Post Campus) and an M.Phil. degree from the City University of New York.  A first responder to the 9/11 World Trade Center terrorist attack, Vincent retired from the New York Police Department in 2002 following a 21-year police career in which he served in a wide variety of uniformed and plainclothes patrol, undercover decoy, training, investigative, supervisory and management assignments.


Vincent Henry is the author of numerous publications in the fields of law enforcement management, police corruption and reform, psychological trauma, terrorism, and homeland security.  His books include The COMPSTAT Paradigm: Management Accountability in Policing, Business and the Private Sector and Death Work: Police, Trauma, and the Psychology of Survival.

Stress Management for Law Enforcement: (Behind the Shield : Combating Trauma)
Peter Pranzo  More Info

Lieutenant Peter Pranzo served as a New York Police Department police officer for 21 years.  During his career, he earned over 60 NYPD medals and awards including the Police Combat Cross and the Medal for Valor. As a lieutenant, he was assigned to the elite NYPD Street Crime Unit where his team made 2000 felony arrests.  A frequent contributor to law enforcement related magazines, Peter Pranzo is the author of Stress Management for Law Enforcement.


According to the book description, “this vital handbook covers stress and trauma associated with the law enforcement and criminal justice professional. Includes: Anatomy of a Breaking Point; From Stress to Burn Out; Learning to Cope; Post Trauma; Cures, Rehabilitation and Treatment; and Psychological Testing for Police Recruits in addition to related topics dealing with this growing problem.”

Police Trauma: Psychological Aftermath of Civilian Combat
Charles C. Thomas Publisher  More Info

Police Suicide: Tactics for Prevention
Charles C. Thomas Publisher  More Info

Who Gets Ptsd?: Issues of Posttraumatic Stress Vulnerability
Charles C. Thomas Publisher  More Info

Police Suicide: Epidemic in Blue (American Series in Behavioral Science and Law)
John M. Violanti  More Info

L. Ken Rogers is a 21 year veteran of law enforcement.  He is a medically retired from the Pleasant Ridge Police Department (Michigan).  Ken Rogers is the author of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Police Officers Report.  According to the book description, “a police officer in Pleasant Ridge, Michigan was desperate and wide open to emotional pain. On the outside he looked all right, but he wasn't. His post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms were classic. He was emotionally ill. This book is a must for law enforcement agencies and personnel throughout the country.”

It's All About Power
Steve Schnabel  More Info

Darrell Graf is the former Chief of Police of the Medina Police Department (North Dakata).  Darrell Graf graduated from the North Dakota Law Enforcement Training Center in August of 1976. He holds two patents on firefighting devices he invented.


Steve Schnabel is the former Colonel of the Medina Police Department (North Dakota).  Steven Schnabel graduated from the North Dakota Law Enforcement Training Center in April of 1981. He is also a staff sergeant for the North Dakota Army National Guard of which he has been a member for over 19 years.


Darrell Graf and Steve Schabel are the authors of It's All About Power. According to the book description, “It's All About Power is a true and accurate eye witness account of the shoot-out between Gordon Kahl and US Marshals at Medina, North Dakota in 1983.”  Of the book, Senator John DeCamp (Lincoln, NE) said, “There are many problems in America today. It's All About Power is a stimulating account of the disaster at Medina, ND in 1983 which was the first in a series of similar shocking events that have rocked our nation. I would highly recommend everyone from politicians to distressed farmers and government agents to militia members read and learn from this fabulous book!”


Dr. Allen Koss, PhD (Sitting Bull College, Ft. Yates, ND) added, “The authors...have dealt with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for the past 16 years. This text should be a significant contribution to the education of other law enforcement officers.”

Practical Police Psychology: Stress Management And Crisis Intervention for Law Enforcement
Laurence Miller  More Info

METTLE: Mental Toughness Training for Law Enforcement
Laurence Miller  More Info

Laurence Miller, PhD is a clinical, forensic, and police psychologist in Boca Raton Florida.  He is the consulting psychologist for the West Palm Beach Police Department, a forensic psychological examiner for the Palm Beach County Court, and a police trainer and instructor at the Police Academy-Criminal Justice Institute of Palm Beach Community College.  Dr. Laurence Miller is the author of numerous publications in law enforcement journals, as well as nine books, including Practical Police Psychology: Stress Management and Crisis Intervention for Law Enforcement and the upcoming book METTLE: Mental Toughness Training for Law Enforcement.


According to the book description of Practical Police Psychology: Stress Management and Crisis Intervention for Law Enforcement, it “addresses the psychologically complex world of modern policing. It analyzes the unusual crises and everyday challenges faced by all law enforcement personnel, from the street cop to the departmental brass. But Practical Police Psychology goes beyond mere academic analysis, to offer usable, down-to-earth, and immediately applicable—that is, practical—guidelines and recommendations for improving the quality of policing on a daily basis. Two major themes shape this book. The first is the concept of community policing, which is becoming the model of local law enforcement in a growing number of jurisdictions. To be effective in community policing, patrol officers must be practical psychologists.


The second theme is professionalism and how those in law enforcement share the role as competent decision makers whose citizens they protect and serve expect them to meet the highest standards of education, training, and psychological fitness. These two themes translate into two broad domains of policing where psychological knowledge and expertise can make important contributions. One is the role of law enforcement behavioral science in operational assistance of police activities, such as hostage negotiation, suicide-by-cop intervention, criminal profiling, suspect interrogation, and others. The second domain has to do with cops taking care of themselves and dealing with problems within their own department, which includes critical incident stress, post-shooting trauma, specialized psychotherapy for law enforcement officers, alcohol and substance abuse problems and others. The result is a valuable and practical guidebook for law enforcement and behavioral science professionals that will measurably enhance the performance of their departments and contribute to the success of community policing and law enforcement professionalization.”


According to the book description of METTLE: Mental Toughness Training for Law Enforcement, “You've trained your body for the rigors of police work. Now train your mind! Let a respected police psychologist teach you: The foundational principles of effective stress management and crisis intervention. Strategies and techniques for building the "psychological body armor" that will help you handle ordinary life stresses as well as life-and-death emergencies. How to survive the emotional aftermath of a critical incident and get stronger.”

Working With Traumatized Police-officer Patients: A Clinicianęs Guide to Complex Ptsd Syndromes in Public Safety Professionals (Death, Value and Meaning) (Death, Value and Meaning)
Daniel M., Ph.D. Rudofossi  More Info

Dr. Daniel C. Rudofossi spent more than a decade as street cop and licensed psychologist conducting research, ambulatory interventions, and assessments, with hundreds of police officers. Dr. Daniel Rudofossie is a Fellow in Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, Albert Ellis Institute, and certified in Psychodynamics Psychotherapy, New York Psychoanalytic Institute and Society; and Clinician Diplomate in Logotherapy, Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy.


Dr. Daniel C. Rudofossi has interviewed, assessed, and treated hundreds of officers in his extensive clinical, treatment, and research experience as Uniform Psychologist/Police Sergeant, New York Police Department. Dr. Daniel Rudofossi continues in his private practice to work with traumatized police officers, and he is an active police surgeon with the NYC HRAPD, is a professor at NYU, and is on the Board of Advisors, Saybrook University, Clinical Police Psychology Ph.D. Program. Dr. Daniel Rudofossi is the author of Working With Traumatized Police-officer Patients: A Clinician’s Guide to Complex Ptsd Syndromes in Public Safety Professionals.


According to to Charles Brenner, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, State University of New York, Past President, American Psychoanalytic Association, Past President, New York Psychoanalytic Society, “Dr. Rudofossi's comprehensive volume is intended for all those concerned with the care of psychologically traumatized workers in the field of public safety. From the first page to the last, it engages the reader in a conversation with a learned and experienced fellow therapist who is committed to his work and who has himself spent years as a police officer in New York City. The book contains illuminating case histories and an extensive review of the pertinent literature. Its author exhibits an admirable balance of enthusiasm and humility. He conveys to his readers how complex and difficult is the task to which he and they are committed, without losing any of the optimism and determination that are necessary to overcome its difficulties.”


According to Vincent M. Mansfield, Commanding Officer, Medical Division, NYPD Retired Chief, NYPD,  “Dr. Dan Rudofossi's Working with Traumatized Police-Officer Patients is thorough, clearly expressed, and, most important, sorely needed. His book will prove of great value to clinicians, police administrators, and anyone concerned with learning about real trauma and its effect on law enforcement personnel. Because he is both a street cop and so astute a clinician, Dr. Rudofossi was able to straddle an imposing gulf and secure the trust of those he treated. This book is a rare piece of scholarship.”

Dr. John Violanti is a respected faculty member of the Law Enforcement Wellness Association. Dr. Violanti conducts clinical research on a host of law enforcement health and wellness issues for The University of Buffalo Department of Social and Preventative Medicine. In addition to his research, Dr. Violanti has written and edited several books relating to law enforcement stress and trauma including Police Suicide; Epidemic in Blue, Police Trauma, and Post Traumatic Stress Intervention. In addition to his work with The University of Buffalo, John is an Associate Professor within the Department of Criminal Justice at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York.


Dr. John Violanti has "been there and done that." He retired after 22 years of dedicated service as a New York State Trooper. His knowledge of the law enforcement culture and the stress and trauma experienced by law enforcement officers make his books and articles must reading for those within the law enforcement profession.


In a review of Violanti’s book, “Police Suicide: Epidemic in Blue,” the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin stated, “Does living life inside a uniform put an individual at a higher risk for self-destruction? Perhaps, if its wearer becomes psychologically unable to reach out for help or take help when offered. Individuals disguise depression, alcohol abuse, and personal fears and demons easier than people realize, especially those individuals who are trained to keep their feelings out of sight. Recognizing this, in the last chapter, the author discusses the needs of survivors of police suicide (i.e., spouses, children, fellow officers, and friends). By tackling this delicate subject, the author proves that Pogo was wrong when he said, "There is no problem too big you can't run away from it." The author's advice and direction in this area could help to ameliorate the complicated bereavement and grief suffered by the survivors of suicide. This book deserves a wide audience, from police officers and their families to police administrators and mental health professionals.”

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Police Officers Report
Rogers L. Ken  More Info

Dell Hackett is a board certified expert in traumatic stress and a Diplomate member of the National Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and the American Board of Law Enforcement Experts. Dell was heavily involved in the formation of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office’s critical incident de-briefing team and the peer support unit. He has spoken on a national and international basis on topics relating to law enforcement stress, police suicide, and leadership issues. Dell Hackett has been a requested speaker for several groups, both law enforcement and civilian, from around the nation.  Dell Hackett is the co-author of Police Suicide: Tactics for Prevention.


According to the book description of Police Suicide: Tactics for Prevention, “the range of information in this book is broad and offers strategies and tactics that may help to prevent suicides. It was written by several skilled and caring professionals, and it was their aim to give law enforcement officers, administrators, and mental health professionals additional information and skills in dealing with law enforcement officers in crisis. It will be interesting and useful to those who would read it with the intention of understanding this dilemma faced by law enforcement and who have a desire to continue the search for possible solutions. The book contains far more than that which would usually come to mind concerning the subject of self-destructive behavior. Its main focus concerns such diverse and very important areas as the police culture, the supervisor’s role in intervention, departmental denial of the problem, getting officers to seek help, family issues, and survivor issues. All are intended to get the reader closer to being able to identify officers who may be in harms way, offer solutions to those who seek help, and hopefully prevent police suicides. Only recently has the identification of police stress and the subsequent counterproductive behaviors been exposed and accepted within the culture. We have learned that the police occupation is different from all others and that it is all right to be different. This new understanding may also provide a potential remedy for some of law enforcement’s greatest ills: alcohol abuse, family abuse, and the subsequent consequences. It is the hope, therefore, that the information in this book will prevent future suicides and even reverse the thinking that leads to such life-ending decisions. It is a "must read" for law enforcement officers, probation and parole officers, supervisors, mental health professionals, educators, criminal justice students and professors. It is complete and well researched; a cooperative effort, not a competitive one; a journey of discovery and hope.”

Officers at Risk
Dennis L. Conroy  More Info

Dr. Dennis L. Conroy recently retired after over 30 years service with the Saint Paul Police Department (Minnesota).  During his law enforcement career he worked a variety of assignments, including: Patrol Officer, Patrol Supervisor, Vice/Narcotics  Investigator, Director of Professional Development Institute, Director of Field Training Program, Communications Center Supervisor, and Juvenile  Officer, Director of Employee Assistance Program.


In addition to this law enforcement experience, he has 25 years of clinical experience includes working with children, adolescents, and adults. As a psychologist, his specific areas of interest are stress management, trauma response, hypnosis and working with law enforcement officers. Dennis Conroy is the author of Officers at Risk.


According to one reader of Officers at Risk, it “should be required reading for anyone training for a career in law enforcement and also for department administrators. The last two chapters explain how individuals and then departments can identify and manage stress related problems. For the individual, it should speak for itself. For police departments and correctional institutions, it can deter many potential problems from poor performance to costly and embarrassing lawsuits to suicides. I thank God that I was part of a department that in many ways pioneered employee assistance in law enforcement, and in a state that recognizes the long-term effects that can occur.”

The Zero Stress Zone: "A Layman's Guide to Stress Management"
Top Harris  More Info

Lieutenant Eugene “Top” Harris began his law enforcement career in 1987.  He is a lieutenant on the Monterey Park Police Department (California).  Eugene “Top” Harris is the author of The Zero Stress Zone: "A Layman's Guide to Stress Management"


According to the book description, “This Layman's guide to stress management offers simple stress reduction and avoidance techniques. We can utilize these techniques in our daily quest for a stress free environment. By introducing zero stress as a mindset and not just a catch phrase, this book will help us get to that place I call the Zero Stress Zone. As you will discover, it is so easy you might ask yourself why you need a book to get there. In the end however, if you ask yourself that question, you will have gained an understanding of how simple stress management can really be.”

When You Hear The Bugle Call: Battling PTSD and the Unraveling of the American Conscience
Peter S. Griffin  More Info

Peter S. Griffin, enlisted in the U.S. Army on 13 March 1964 and was honorably discharged on 10 March 1967. His unit assignments were Company A, 2/502nd Infantry, 101st Airborne Division and Company C, 2/505th Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division.


After discharge Peter Griffin attended the Police Academy at Syracuse, New York and served as a Police Officer for the Oswego Police Department (New York) for over ten years.  Peter Griffin is the author of When You Hear The Bugle Call: Battling PTSD and the Unraveling of the American Conscience.


According to the book description of When You Hear The Bugle Call: Battling PTSD and the Unraveling of the American Conscience, it “is a compelling, poignant and straightforward presentation of sickness and healing, righteousness opposing wrong doing, and the eventual triumph of the human spirit despite overwhelming obstacles and barriers. This very personal account of war and its aftermath was written to benefit combat veterans agonized by severe and chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), composed by one who is living the nightmare, one of their own, a fellow warrior. In the broader scope, this account is meant to help them, and their friends and loved ones to better understand this overwhelming psychological, involuntary, and innate response to continual, life threatening situations.”

Police Suicide: Proactive Leadership and Crisis Management Strategies
Thomas E. Baker  More Info

According to the book description of Police Suicide: Proactive Leadership and Crisis Management Stratigies, "Researchers are beginning to analyse and address the police suicide enigma. This book examines the need for improved research that focuses on related psychological components and successful prevention and intervention strategies. Primary discussions include: police stress, post-traumatic stress, depression, and police suicide. This book examines police suicidal behaviours and should prove helpful in developing suicide assessment and training programs."

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