Cops and Veterans

April 3, 2008 (San Dimas, CA) is a website that lists state and local police officers who have written books.  Each of the police officers newly listed on the website is also a former servicemember. 

 In 1954, Robbie Waters enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, completing his tour of duty in 1957. In 1958, he joined the Sacramento Police Department.  His law enforcement career with the Sacramento Police Department included assignments in patrol, detectives, and administrative functions.  Retiring at the rank of lieutenant, he was elected sheriff of the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department. In addition to serving as a member of the law enforcement community for over 28 years, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from California State University at Sacramento.  He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.  He retired from the Sacrament County Sheriff’s Department in 1987 and was subsequently elected to the Sacramento City Council.  Robbie Waters is the author of An Introduction to Law Enforcement 

Arthur Knuckey was a Hospital Corpsman in the United States Navy.  Discharged in 1951, he returned to his life as a professional rodeo cowboy.  In 1954, he joined the San Bernardino Police Department (California), retired 22 years later at the rank of lieutenant.  A law school graduate, he was ultimately appointed as a Superior Court Commissioner in 1988 and retired in 1999.  He is the author of Me and Other Great Hunters: A Humorous Look at True Events in the Sport of Hunting; Recollections of a Rodeo Cowboy: We May Not Have Been; and, The Odor of Death. 

According to the book description of The Odor of Death, “With its cast full of brawny, bright, and beautiful characters, this book is a thrill a minute! The Odor of Death is a must for anyone who loves a modern adventure. The author has crafted a compelling and thoroughly entertaining story that includes wonderfully accurate depictions of cowboys, cops, and civilians.” 

Richard Carlson is a veteran of the US Army and who joined the San Diego Police Department in 1969.  During his 35 year law enforcement career, Richard Carlson worked patrol, crime prevention and detectives.  He spent eight years a homicide detective and five years assigned to the Violent Crime Task Force.  Richard Carlson is the author of I’m in the Tub, Gone. According to the book description of I’m in the Tub, Gone, “We now live in a time of comfort, convenience and opportunity such as mankind has never known. With all the great things we are provided, we also get many side effects that some thrive on and others do not welcome. Some of these are expectations, added or unwanted responsibility, inconvenience, or extreme supervision to name a few. We all deal with these pressures in a different manner. Then we add another factor, our personal lives. Most people have the ultimate goal to make their personal lives better. We want a happy, normal life at home, no matter what our status is in the community. Some choose suicide as an option to get relief. These are true stories of those final thoughts. Could they have been helped? We will never know. Can we help others in desperate need? Maybe, if we provide a little kindness and understanding. At least we can try.” now hosts 921 police officers (representing 390 police departments) and their 1931  police books in 33 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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