144 New York City Cops

April 6, 2008 (San Dimas, CA) Police-Writers.com is a website that lists state and local police officers who have written books. With the addition of three NYPD police officers, the website now lists 144 New York City Cops who have authored books.

During the mid 1980s, Brian Levin was a police officer in the New York Police Department.  Today, criminologist and civil rights attorney Brian Levin is an associate professor of criminal justice and Director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.  Brian Levin specializes in analysis of hate crime, terrorism and legal issues. 

A graduate of Stanford Law School, Brian Levin began his academic career as an associate professor at Stockton College (New Jersey), in 1996. Brian Levin is a court certified expert on extremism in the United States and England. He has appeared on every network and cable television evening news broadcast and various network magazine shows on the subjects of civil rights, criminal law, and extremism. Brian Levin has written book chapters, introductions and scholarly articles; and, is the co-author of The Limits of Dissent: The Constitutional Status of Armed Civilian Militias.

Thomas Phelan served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War and was assigned to Military Police duties. He studied modern criminal investigation under the auspices of the United States Marine Corps Institute. Upon being honorably discharged. Thomas Phelan attended a special school for advanced techniques in criminal investigation and forensic for the field and in laboratory. Thomas Phelan worked as a lead investigator for the Wm. J. Burns Int’l. Detective Agency.  Thomas Phelan then joined the New York Police Department and made detective after making 500 arrests as a patrolman and plain clothes officer.  After Thomas Phelan left the NYPD, he established his own private investigations firm, and according to Thomas Phelan, “That’s when it all hit the fan.” Thomas Phelan is the author of Codename: Octopus: A True Biography and Man in the Shadows: Diary of a Private Eye; and, a book of poetry A Point Beyond Silence.   

Captain Cornelius Willemse joined the New York Police Department in 1899.  Cornelius Willemse retired in 1931.  He is the author of Behind the Green Lights and A Cop Remembers.  Behind the Green Lights, refers to “to the green lights in front of every police precinct, this is an exceptional book for anyone interested in the history of this department. Recounting his deeds as a newly appointed officer on November 7, 1899, it continues through his exploits as a Homicide Detective and Commander, up until his retirement in 1931.”

Police-Writers.com now hosts 942 police officers (representing 394 police departments) and their 2006 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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