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    Does anyone have any books that they recommend to someone interested in law enforcement? Books covering any topic related to law enforcement would be great.

    Thanks

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    The book of Proverbs in the Bible.

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    • #3
      Books to Read

      Your post didn't specify whether or not you wanted technical books on Police subjects, or just good books about cops. If the latter is your choice, I personally recommend any book by former LAPD Sergeant Joseph Wambaugh.

      1), New Centurions
      2). Choir Boys
      3). Onion Field (True story).
      4). Glitter Dome
      5). The Blooding. (True Story)
      6). Lines and Shadows
      Wambaugh isn't the only author who writes great cop books, he's my favorite though. For more technical/tactical reading, do a Google Search. Any decent library should also have some good books on law enforcement.

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      • #4
        Any James Lee Burke books.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by PhilipCal View Post
          Your post didn't specify whether or not you wanted technical books on Police subjects, or just good books about cops. If the latter is your choice, I personally recommend any book by former LAPD Sergeant Joseph Wambaugh.

          1), New Centurions
          2). Choir Boys
          3). Onion Field (True story).
          4). Glitter Dome
          5). The Blooding. (True Story)
          6). Lines and Shadows
          Wambaugh isn't the only author who writes great cop books, he's my favorite though. For more technical/tactical reading, do a Google Search. Any decent library should also have some good books on law enforcement.
          The above are excellent selections. I'd add to the list the below non-fiction:
          1) The Anatomy of Motive (John Douglas/Mark Olshaker)
          2) Blue Blood (Edward Conlon)
          3) Official Negligence (Lou Cannon)
          4) Homicide Special (Miles Corwin)
          5) The Killing Season (Miles Corwin)
          6) Small Sacrifices (Ann Rule)
          7) Helter Skelter (Vincent Bugliosi)
          8) On Killing (Lt. Col. Dave Grossman)
          Last edited by pulicords; 05-20-2007, 03:50 PM.
          "I'm not fluent in the language of violence, but I know enough to get around in places where it's spoken."

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          • #6
            Thanks. So If I go into Barnes & Noble, where exactly would I look to find these books?

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            • #7
              Surviving Street Patrol: The Officer's Guide to Safe and Effective Policing by Steve Albrecht

              Force Under Pressure: How Cops Live and Why They Die by Lawrence Blum

              Barnes and Noble may carry them in the store, but you can find them all at their website or at amazon.com
              I miss you, Dave.
              http://www.odmp.org/officer/20669-of...david-s.-moore

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              • #8
                Originally posted by JKOSU View Post
                Thanks. So If I go into Barnes & Noble, where exactly would I look to find these books?
                You don't know how to find these books at a Barnes and Noble? Maybe you should start rethinking your law enforcement career.
                "I'm not fluent in the language of violence, but I know enough to get around in places where it's spoken."

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                • #9
                  "Constitutional Law" by Klotter and Kanovitz

                  "Briefs of Leading Cases in Law Enforcement" by can't remember.

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                  • #10
                    If your looking for a historical perspective on law enforcement, I suggest the following books,

                    Commissioner Roosevelt by H. Paul Jeffers
                    Slave Patrols by Sally E. Hadden
                    Keeping the Peace by Robert A. Harvie

                    I used all of these in my college class and they gave an outstanding overview of how law enforcement has changed over the years.

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                    • #11
                      The Street Survival series. Some of the tactics are bit dated in the older books, but the underlying principles are rock solid.

                      On Killing and On Combat by Lt Col Grossman. These should be required reading at all academies.
                      Originally posted by kontemplerande
                      Without Germany, you would not have won World War 2.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by JKOSU View Post
                        Thanks. So If I go into Barnes & Noble, where exactly would I look to find these books?


                        There are people that work there....and that is their job. Im sure if you ask them they will know.

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                        • #13
                          You don't need those unhelpful people at Barnes and Noble....Just go to www.half.com and order your books there. Much cheaper and a man will bring the books right to your house.

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                            I hear this guy has some really good books!

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                            • #15
                              Anything by Plato or Aristotle. The classics have much to offer if you give 'em a chance.

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