Education of a Street Cop

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James D Benish, 2010 - True Crime - 280 pages
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Veteran street cops are often viewed as distant, strange individuals who exhibit crude and crusty demeanor's. Few people get close to them, and their loved ones are often left wondering how they contributed to such an insufferable personality. Most often, these character flaws are attributed to constant exposure to the worst conditions society offers. JJ Henson's story offers other explanations for the personality traits of the veteran cop. The story follows the evolution in the mind of a naive rookie police officer over a four-year period. Our officer remains unidentified throughout the story because he is a generic white man and fits the mold of many police officers who are now retiring after thirty or so years in the field. The four years in the story -- from the late seventies to early eighties - signified significant changes in the role of law enforcement officers in society. This was a time when police officers were required to make a significant paradigm shift from "peace keepers" to "agents of social change."
 

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Contents

REAL POLICEWORK? Page
9
SHIFT SUPERVISORS Page
28
THE APPLEWOOD Page
55
FALSELY ACCUSED Page
68
POLITICALLY SNIPED Page
86
POOR DECISIONS Page
117
SHUTTING DOWN THE APPLEWOOD Page
142
MASTER LEVEL EDUCATION Page
166
CONFIRMATION AND HOPE Page
182
DECAY OF TRADITIONS Page
221
FINAL CHOIR PRACTICE Page
256
END OF IDEALISM Page
275
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 Author John Henson's story is about one of the last cops to be hired using "old school" hiring standards and how this man went into his law enforcement career by chance. His main character reluctantly accompanies a friend to an open testing put on by a police agency. He had never seriously considered a career in law enforcement. He never assumed to possess the skills or abilities of those he viewed with profound respect and admiration. The testing event proved to be successful and he finds himself wearing a uniform and carrying a gun before he has time to think and back out. This was a time when Dirty Harry movies were popular and Joseph Wambaugh police stories were being read by cops all over the country as soon as they hit the shelves. This novel will jar your emotions. You will feel as if it is you driving the police car. It will be the reader who catches the villian. You will not be able to put this book down.

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