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True Blue: Police Stories by Those Who Have Lived Them -- by Randy Sutton

Police Unbound: Corruption, Abuse, and Heroism by the Boys in Blue by Anthony V. Bouza -- Anthony V. Bouza is a retired Minneapolis police chief, former Bronx force commander, and author of The Police Mystique. Bouza an officer of 36 years reveals the secret world of law enforcement's unspoken codes. Bouza considers the problem in policing: the white, wealthy, educated, suburbanites voting that police keep the underprivileged out of sight. Los Angeles, New York, and Minneapolis departments are analyzed. Heat: Fire C.S.I. and the War on Arson and Murder
by Peter A. Micheels, -- The life of a fire marshal is part police detection and part forensic investigation. The scenes of our most horrifying crimes: mob burnouts, lives destroyed by insurance torchings, grisly arson murders committed out of jealousy or revenge. Fire marshals carry nothing but experience, a badge, and gun to their job. Here are their unforgettable cases: suspicious blazes, weird breaks, manhunts, shootouts, and the ultimate moment when disaster is averted or a child's life is saved. In this history, the fire marshals speak about those they have arrested. Capturing the the firehouse, courthouse, and street, Micheels takes you to the heart of the crime.
Police In Pursuit (1996) VHSPolice Encounters-America's Warriors (1996) VHSReal Cops: On Mean Streets (1996) VHSTop Secret: National Security Agency (1998) VHSThe Seven Sins of Memory: How the Mind Forgets and Remembers by Daniel L. Schacter -- When we focus our attention on one aspect of our surroundings, we draw attention away from others: If you were watching a circle of people passing a basketball and someone dressed in a gorilla costume walked through the circle, beat his chest, and exited, you would notice him immediately. Researchers filmed such a scene and showed it to people asked to track the movement of the ball by counting the passes made by one team. About half the participants failed to notice the gorilla. Schacter weaves clinical stories and frontline research. Recent advances in brain imaging have boosted his field and yielded discoveries.

The Psychology of Interrogations and Confessions: A Handbook
by Gisli H. Gudjonsson
Topics include the differences between the English and American legal systems, the growth in high court judges, and the treatment of confessions in specific cases. Widely acclaimed by scientists and practitioners, up-to-date it focuses on vulnerability, confabulation, false memory, false confessions, integration of theory, scientific knowledge of psychological processes, research, practical investigative implications, legal issues in court, evidence from case illustration relating to interrogation. Part of the Wiley Series in The Psychology of Crime, Policing and Law.

Narcs -- DEA is charged with eliminating illegal drugs in America. It is an uphill battle against the temptation of corruption, and America's appetite for drugs. From the origins of the Federal Bureau of Dangerous Drugs to the modern day DEA, this is the definitive look at the "war on drugs," and those at the heart of the battle. Explore landmark cases including the apprehension of a notorious drug "queenpin," and the brutal death of an agent in Mexico. Travel deep into South American jungles, where the DEA is attacking the cocaine epidemic at the root. DEA operatives look at the tactics they employ and the dangers they face. And agents who have tarnished the DEA's image by giving into temptation and turning into the kind of criminals they swore to fight.

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Nonterrorism related officer deaths are below those in the 1970s, when an average of more than 200 officers died annually in the line of duty according to Craig Floyd, chairman of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in Washington.

"Fewer police are being killed in the line of duty than there were 30 years ago, we've got more police on the street than we've ever had. They have better training and they're no longer outgunned by the criminals."

9,000 US law enforcement agencies reveal:

  • They are most likely to be shot to death by a handgun.
  • Nights are the most dangerous time.
  • Fridays are the most dangerous days.
  • Sunday is the least violent.
  • The South leads the nation with 281 officer deaths since 1992. In 2001, 28 were in the South.
  • 2/3rds of cop killers had prior criminal records or arrests.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science presented a mathematical model that predicts the likelihood that a police force can conquer a new drug market or end a rash of burglaries. Treating criminal behavior as a deterministic system they created equations, based on Los Angeles Police Department data, that describe the movement of neighborhood crime.

Law Enforcement Statistics Bureau of Justice Statistics

Offenses Known To Police Bureau of Justice Statistics

Law Enforcement Publications National Criminal Justice Reference Services

What is Community Policing? US Dept of Justice

US Supreme Court MIRANDA v. ARIZONA, 384 U.S. 436 (1966)

FBI Central Records System Classification Codes correspond to the first three numbers of any FBI file and are used to designate the type of investigation. Thus, an FBI file that began with the number 007 would indicate that the file was created as part of a Kidnapping investigation.

Preliminary Seminannual UCR FBI preliminary figures indicate law enforcement agencies reported an increase of 3.7 percent in the number of violent crimes in the first half of 2006 compared to the first six months of 2005. The violent crime category includes murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Property crimes from January to June of 2006 decreased 2.6 percent compared to 2005. Property crimes include burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. Data for arson are not included in property crime. 2006 figures indicate arson increased 6.8 percent in the first half of the year compared to 2005.

National Geographic Goes Inside the FBI

In 1928 Justice Louis D. Brandeis made a prediction that the government may find ways to reproduce documents in court without removing them from "private drawers." Such methods, he warned, will expose "the most intimate occurrences of the home."

Miles Corwin, a reporter, spent the summer of 1994 shadowing a pair of homicide detectives as they investigated their share of the 400-plus killings that bloodied the streets of gang-infested South-central Los Angeles that year.

Police departments stress the importance of relationships between police departments and residents. This considers web sites in terms of value and usefulness to citizens, achieving department informational goals, and identifiying the essentials of a police department web site.

A Shadow in the CityA Shadow in the City: Confessions of an Undercover Drug Warrior by Charles Bowden -- Joey O'Shay is not the real name of the narcotics agent in an unnamed city in the center of the country. But Joey O'Shay exists. The nearly three hundred drug busts he has orchestrated over more than two decades are real, too; if the drug war were a declared war, O'Shay would have a Silver Star. With nerves and mastery worthy of his subject, Charles Bowden follows O'Shay as he sets in motion his latest conquest, a $50 million heroin deal that originates in Colombia and has federal agents sitting at attention from Los Angeles to Washington, D.C., to New York City. As it unfolds, O'Shay reveals the unerring instinct and ceaseless vigilance that have led him through minefields and brought down kingpins. But now they have led him to a place where it isn't so clear who the heroes are or what the fight has been for. And still the warrior fights on, in a murky and unforgiving landscape readers will not be able to forget.

Jihad In Brooklyn: The NYPD Raid That Stopped America's First Suicide Bombers -- New York has always been a mecca for immigrants, including an Egyptian dishwasher living in a cramped Brooklyn apartment he shared with three other Middle-Eastern men. But on July 31, 1997, the last place he wanted to be was home, where two of his roommates-young, angry Palestinians-were proudly showing off the bomb belts they planned to detonate on a packed rush-hour subway train. Barely able to stifle his panic, the Egyptian told two policemen his story. Within minutes, they were in a Brooklyn precinct house, and the NYPD's famous Emergency Services Unit was on their way. The brave men of the NYPD ESU staged a daring 5 AM raid on the sweltering, filthy tenement apartment, stopping the terrorists- who literally had their fingers on the switches of the bombs. Hundreds-perhaps thousands-of lives were saved. This is their frightening, true story.

coverPublic Enemies: Americas Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the Fbi, 1933-34 Bryan Burrough strips away myths put out by J. Edgar Hoover's FBI to tell the full story of the most spectacular crime wave in American history, the two-year battle between Hoover and John Dillinger, Machine Gun Kelly, Bonnie and Clyde, Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd, and the Barkers. In 1933, police jurisdictions ended at state lines, the FBI was in its infancy, and fast cars and machine guns were easily available. It was a great time to be a bank robber. Burrough unearthed an extraordinary amount of new material revealing many fascinating interconnections in the vast underworld ecosystem that stretched from Texas up to Minnesota. But the real-life connections were insignificant next to the sense of connectedness J. Edgar Hoover worked to create in the mind of the American public-using the "Great Crime Wave" to gain the position of untouchable power he would occupy for almost half a century.

coverThe Brass Wall: The Betrayal of Undercover Detective In 1993, Vincent Armanti, Undercover Detective #4126, agreed to infiltrate the branch of the Luchese family responsible for the homicide of a beloved fireman. Already a legend for his past undercover work, Armanti transformed himself into Vinnie "Blue Eyes" Penisi-a veteran hood with an icy stare. Then he found out that the wise guys had access to classified police information. When the leak was revealed to be the son of the commander of NYPD's Internal Affairs Bureau, IAB detectives compromised Armanti again and again to protect the powerful man's son. But Armanti stayed on the job, even when it was clear his life was in danger. Here, in all his humanity, is an unforgettable hero, battling for his honor and survival. Here, with all its compromises, is the city of New York. Here is a remarkable story that ranks with the great police classics.

City Confidential: Paradise Valley The town isn't much more than a bar, trailer park and a couple hundred miles of painted desert. But in 1980, Paradise Valley was thrust into the national spotlight following the murder of two game wardens. The events that led up the murders and the manhunt that followed, which saw a man named Claude Dallas targeted by local, state and federal authorities. In a tapestry of contemporary accounts, interviews with the officers who searched for Dallas, testimony from those who knew him, and extensive footage. What emerges is a portrait of a man willing to take any risk to avoid going to jail, and one whose occupation and attitude has made him a folk hero to some, despite the crimes he committed. On the edge of nowhere, a small town obtained a measure of fame from a saga that calls to mind frontier times.

San Francisco Vice -- Policing morality has always been problematic in law enforcement. And in San Francisco, where morality and related laws shift constantly, it is more complicated. In the 1950's it was illegal to serve a known homosexual alcohol. In the '90s, there are clubs where people dress up as slaves and pay for the privilege of a whipping and it is legal. In a shocking look at the world of pimps, prostitutes and bookies detective Sue Rolovich snares Johns by impersonating a streetwalker. Listen in with surveillance teams as pimps talk about their women and the "victimless" crime they pursue. Ride along on busts and stakeouts, and hear stories from the officers who patrol the seedy underside of society.

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Serpico -- by Peter Maas-- The late 60's, was a time of intense social upheaval. A working class, Brooklyn-born, Italian cop with long hair, a beard, and a taste for opera and ballet, of all, Frank Serpico, was a man who couldn't be silenced -- or bought. For years corruption pervaded the NYPD. Police payoffs, protection, shake downs of gambling rackets and drug dealers were common. The blue code of silence protected crooked cops.

Spies: The Undercover World of Secrets, Gadgets and Lies An illustrated guide to the world of espionage. Agents, double agents, and multiple agents are vital to successfully waging or avoiding war. Throughout history spies have affected the outcomes of crucial battles. Techniques spies use to gather and send secrets. Devices used to steal state secrets. How agents survive in hostile environments. Digital and space-based technology gathers untold amounts of raw data.

Gotcha!: Tales from a Black-Belt Bounty Hunter Joseph Laney -- The adventures of Joseph Laney, a professional fugitive recovery agent (bounty hunter) and martial arts instructor. An often humorous, look at the gritty reality of crime and the courts-and the people working both sides of the law. LANEY, a bail enforcement agent and a certified trainer of police officers, was a sergeant in the drug enforcement unit of the Sevier County, Tennessee, sheriff's department and an 8th-degree black belt master instructor in Isshinryu karate.

Investigative Reports: Cop World 1 & 2 Pt. 1. The way police departments around the world work differently because of religious, political, and cultural differences. How police in South Africa, Berlin, and Rio de Janeiro deal with sting operations, raids, gun battles, and the most ruthless criminals. (cc)
Pt. 2. Police operations in such far-flung places as China, Miami, Istanbul, and Moscow. The operational strategies of these police forces, focusing on their unique tactics, weapons, technology, and special procedures as they battle drug dealers, terrorists, and street gangsters. (cc)

Spygirl: True Adventures from My Life as a Private Eye -- Amy Gray a private investigator in a Manhattan was plunged into a world of con men, lunatics, narcissists, polygamists, sociopaths, felons, petty thieves, and pathological liars.

Lone Star Justice
by Robert M. Utley -- Ranger history, a group of men rarely commissioned, wore no uniforms or badge and refused to conform to any command they didn't respect.

The Detectives: Their Toughest Cases In Their Own Words
by Peter Micheels

Witsec: Inside the Federal Witness Protection Program by Pete Earley, Gerald Shur
For decades no law enforcement program has been as cloaked in controversy and mystery as the Federal Witness Protection Program. Now, for the first time, Gerald Shur, the man credited with the creation of WITSEC, teams with acclaimed investigative journalist Pete Earley to tell the inside story of turncoats, crime-fighters, killers, and ordinary human beings caught up in a life-and-death game of deception in the name of justice.

Without a Badge: Undercover in the World's Deadliest Criminal Organization by Jerry Speziale with Mark Seal. Speziale, DEA narcotics task force, undercover in Colombia's drug cartels.

Secret Agents
(History Makers Series)
by Paul Thomas

Terrorist Hunter: The Extraordinary Story of a Woman Who Went Undercover to Infiltrate the Radical Islamic Groups Operating in America by Anonymous -- The memoir of an Iraqi woman who escaped from captivity in Baghdad and became America's leading undercover counter-terrorist expert, who penetrated front groups of anti-American terrorist organizations operating in this country. She chronicles her escape from Iraq via Iran to Israel, following a great tragedy that befell her family at the hands of Saddam Hussein. She became involved in intelligence gathering for the US, her adoptive country, while working for an antiterrorism group. How the FBI and the State Department, repeatedly ignored or mishandled important information. She discovered a billion-dollar scheme that rich Saudi Arabians set up to filter money to terrorist groups, through charities and businesses in the US -- information that the FBI sat on for years, until after 9-11.

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