Australia to Alhambra

March 23, 2008 (San Dimas, CA) is a website that lists state and local police officers who have written books.  The website added police officers from Alhambra (California), San Francisco (California) and Australia.  

David Savage is a former member of the Australian Federal Police, having served for 19 years in a range of areas including General Policing, Criminal Investigations, Close Personal Protection, and as a member of the police Special Operations Team.  He has also served as a Civilian Police Officer on United Nations missions in Mozambique, East Timor twice and as a Truce/Peace Monitor in Bougainville.  He currently works for the United Nations.  David Savage is the author of Dancing with the Devil: A Personal Account of Policing the East Timor Vote for Independence. 

According to the book description, “Dancing with the Devil is a UN police officer memoir of the independence ballot in East Timor.  With compassion and humor, David Savage tells the simple truth about the horrific events he witnessed, and the triumph of a quiet, resilient people.” 

Chief of Police William Palmini’s thirty-four year law enforcement career was spent mostly with the Albany Police Department (California). Chief William Palmini is currently the chief of police for the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, Department of Safety and Security.  He holds a masters degree in Public Administration from Golden Gate University in San Francisco.  Chief William Palmini is a past recipient of the J. Stannard Baker Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the author of Murder on the Rails. 

Publisher’s Weekly wrote about Murder on the Rails, “Retired California police detective Palmini’s account of the career murderer Robert Silveria Jr., dubbed the Boxcar Serial Killer, is long on splatter and short on insight. Palmini himself is like a figure from a David Lynch movie—a veteran cop who received a government grant to “do Elvis impersonations to promote traffic safety among California teens and their families” through a group called Elvis and the Lawmen. After a Vietnam vet is brutally slaughtered in a transient camp near Albany, Calif., Palmini’s investigation leads him to the vicious underworld community of the Freight Train Riders of America, a little-known national criminal association.” 

Alvin Vaughan was a member of the U.S. Navy during WWII.  Surviving the attack on Pearl Harbor we went on to served on the USS. New Orleans, the USS Lexington and the USS Enterprise.  Alvin Vaughan joined the Alhambra Police Department (California) in the late 1940s and served 18 years until medically retired.  Alvin Vaughan is the author of Tales from Alvin’s Place, Sharon’s Loves and Elcor.  According to the book description of Sharon’s Loves, “Sharon a California girl has a life filled with difficulty through three marriages. She exhibits strength of character beyond her years and is an example and role model for her two sisters.” now hosts 887 police officers (representing 387 police departments) and their 1853  police books in 32 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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