Smith, Leonard and Wansley

March 26, 2008 (San Dimas, CA) is a website that lists state and local police officers who have written books.  The website added three police officers Brian Smith, V. A. Leonard and Larry Wansley. 

Brian Smith joined the United States Marine Corps after graduating from high school.  In 1984, he joined the California Highway Patrol, rising to the rank of captain. Brian Smith is the author of We Were 17 Again. According to the book description, “There are numerous books, songs, shows and movies that deal with going back to the past, whether it’s a time machine, dream, boy or girlfriend story, or class reunion.  Many of them are enjoyable because the reader gets to visit the past.  Life always seemed easier in our childhood days and many long to return to those days.  In “We Were 17 Again”, not only do you get the chance to return to 17 years old again, you get to return to high school with your entire school.” 

According to Academic Politics and the History of Criminal Justice Education, “between 1925 and 1932, V.A. Leonard was a part-time student at the University of California and a full-time police officer in the Berkeley Police Department.  V.A. Leonard founded Alpha Phi Sigma, the criminal justice honor’s society, in 1942. He received his Ph.D. in Criminology and Public Administration.  The V.A. Leonard Scholarship was established in 1982 in honor and recognition of Dr. Leonard’s leadership and hard work in the field of Criminal Justice.  V. A. Leonard is the author or co-author of 16 books: Police Organization and Management; Police of the Twentieth Century; Police Science for the Young American; Police Organization and Management; Police Personnel Administration; Police Traffic Control; The Police Communications System; Police pre-disaster Preparation; Survey of the Seattle Police Department; The Police Enterprise: It’s Organization and Management; Memories of August Vollmer; Academy Lectures on Lie Detection; Police Detective Function; The General Administration of Criminal Justice; Police Crime Prevention; and, The Police, the Judiciary, and the Criminal. 

According to the description of Police Organization and Management, “This work describes the basic tenets of organization theory and applies them to the police setting. It describes the problems of integrating the individual into the organization, responding to change through community policing, motivation, leadership, and productivity.” 

Larry Wansley began his law enforcement career with the Compton Police Department.  He then went on to a10 year career with the Federal Bureau of Investigation where he spent eight years in various uncover roles.  In 1986, Larry Wansley left the Federal Bureau of Investigation to become the Director of Security and Counseling Services for the Dallas Cowboys Football team.  Larry Wansley went on to become the Managing Director for Corporate Services with American Airlines.  After his retirement from American Airlines in 2004, he assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer for Infinite Security.  Larry Wansley is the author of FBI Undercover: The True Story of Special Agent Mandrake. 

According to the FBI, “On TV and in the movies, FBI undercover agents are a dime a dozen. But in reality, only an elite handful have the unique combination of wit, instinct and daring to work these highly dangerous scams. For 10 years, Larry Wansley was one of them.” now hosts 893 police officers (representing 388 police departments) and their 1885  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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