Deputy Sheriff Authors

March 29, 2008 (San Dimas, CA) is a website that lists state and local police officers who have written books. The website added three deputy sheriffs who have written books. 

Danni Hartmann Eldridge joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in February of 1967.  She was deputy sheriff for more than 20 years, retiring in September of 1987.  Prior to becoming a sworn employee of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, she was a civilian employee for the Los Angeles Police Department.  Danni Eldridge was the first female to lift in the California Police Olympics. Even though her opposition was of the male, she placed 4th. In 1982, Danni Eldridge won the Athlete of the Year Award for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. She was inducted into the California Power-lifting Hall of Fame in March, 2004. Danni Hartmann Eldridge is the author of two books: Valley Investigations: No Common Sense and And the Beat Goes on: Valley Investigations. 

Stephen J. Hemenway is a deputy sheriff for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  In addition to having an associate degree in Administration of Justice, he is a member of BMI (Broadcast Music Inc.), the International Police Association and the Association for Los Angeles Deputy Sheriffs.  In 1993, Steve began writing “The Slouch in the Couch” series of children’s learning books.  People loved it and huge success followed.  He formed a band and Incorporated, “The Slouch & Friends, Inc.”  Stephen Hemenway is the author of The Slouch in the Couch, Never Jump on a Grump and The Stinkells in Stankwell. 

According to the book description of Never Jump on a Grump, “This book is Book #2 in the continuing series of The Slouch In The Couch learning books. In the World of the Magical Couch, Elroy Slouchinski becomes bored and decides to take a walk into the forbidden hills which lie behind Slouchville. In the hills, he encounters the Grumps and pays no attention to the one rule they have –  Never ever, never ever, never ever do you jump, never never never never do you jump on a Grump. This series of books have been written as the “next step” after Dr. Seuss. As your Childs reading progresses, they begin to read “The Slouch In The Couch” stories, which retain the rhyme of Dr. Seuss, but are a little more advanced in reading difficulty. Each story has a moral within itself. Words from the text are taken and placed in the back of the book, called “words of interest” and are defined in simplistic terms to enhance the Childs vocabulary.” 

Melquiades “Mike” Ortiz joined the Marine Corps in May of 1962.  He received an honorable discharge after over four years of service which included a tour in Vietnam from August 1965 to April 1966. Melquiades “Mike” Ortiz’s retired in 1997 after law enforcement career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that spanned more than 28 years. Melquiades “Mike” Ortiz is the author of Nightmares and Thoughts of a Vietnam Vet now hosts 906 police officers (representing 389 police departments) and their 1911  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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