Police Promotions and Mob Books

January 9, 2008 (San Dimas, CA) Police-Writers.com is a website that lists state and local police officers who have written books.  The website added three police officers, two of whom have written about the police promotion process and one who has written about the Las Vegas Mob. 

 Andy Borrello is a Lieutenant with the San Gabriel Police Department (California). With more than 21 years police experience, the past 18 years have been as a sworn full time officer (3 years as a volunteer auxiliary police officer). Lieutenant Andy Borrello’s diverse background includes working as a patrol officer, defensive tactics instructor, a detective working burglary, street narcotics, vice, and as a member of a task force working major narcotics trafficking, money laundering, and organized crime.

 Lieutenant Andy Borrello is the book author of Oral Interview Dynamics as well as numerous multi-subject law enforcement articles with topics covering police promotion, training and advanced officer development, police terminology, felony car stops, impact weapon selection, community oriented policing, and the Internet. 

 According to the book description of Oral Interview Dynamics, “The contents of this book are designed specifically for law enforcement officers, front-line supervisors, and managers who have reached the point in their careers where they are ready to advance their rank. The focus of this information is on the police promotional oral interview. In a majority of police agencies across the country the oral interview is both the most critical part of the promotion process and the most difficult.”  

 In November 1988, Captain Brian T. Page of the Rochester Police Department became the chief of police of the Ithaca Police Department (New York).  He served as chief fore six months before leaving for personal reasons.  Brian Page is the author of the Assessment Center Handbook and Getting Ready for that Assessment Center. 

Dennis N. Griffin began his investigative career with Pinkerton’s investigator and retired as Director of Investigations for the New York State Department of Health.  In between, he served as a Senior Child Support Investigator and deputy sheriff for the Madison County Sheriff’s Office (New York).  Dennis Griffin has been living and writing in Las Vegas since 1996, publishing six novels and three nonfiction books about Las Vegas law enforcement. 

According to Dennis Griffin, “I started writing in 1996 to tell the story of what I learned while investigating the operation of a medical examiner’s office. It was an eye-opening experience for me and I felt compelled to share it with others. I eventually produced a fictionalized account called The Morgue. I found to my chagrin that readers didn’t believe anything in the book could actually happen, but they liked the story and my style; rough edges and all. That response caused me to write Red Gold, also based on personal experience. I now have a total of six fictions in print.  In January 2002, I decided to try my hand at non-ficton and began writing Policing Las Vegas. This book covers the history of law enforcement in Las Vegas and Clark County from 1905 thru 2004.

My second non-fiction, The Battle for Las Vegas, is the story of the Vegas reign of Chicago mob enforcer Tony Spilotro. In the movie Casino, actor Joe Pesci played a character based on Spilotro.  Battle was released nationally on July 1, 2006. My third Vegas-based non-fiction, CULLOTTA – The Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster, and Government Witness was released nationally in July 2007.” According to the book description of Cullotta: The Life of a Chicago Criminal, Las Vegas Mobster and Government Witness, “From burglary to armed robbery and murder, infamous bad guy Frank Cullotta not only did it all, in Cullotta he admits to it — and in graphic detail. This no-holds-barred biography chronicles the life of a career criminal who started out as a thug on the streets of Chicago and became a trusted lieutenant in Tony Spilotro’s gang of organized lawbreakers in Las Vegas. Cullotta’s was a world of high-profile heists, street muscle, and information — lots of it — about many of the FBI’s most wanted. In the end, that information was his ticket out of crime, as he turned government witness and became one of a handful of mob insiders to enter the Witness Protection Program.”

 Police-Writers.com now hosts 826 police officers (representing 373 police departments) and their 1749 law enforcement books in six categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.


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