Crime and History in Texas

April 13, 2008 (San Dimas, CA) is a website that lists state and local police officers who have written books. The website added three authors who have written on crime and history in Texas

 Dale Hinz was a 30 year member of the Fort Worth Police Department and retired in 1999 at the rank of Sergeant. He started a career in law enforcement as a civilian dispatcher and during his career he worked patrol, as a member of the first SWAT Team, a robbery detective and was promoted to sergeant in 1987. Dale Hinz helped develop the first Officer Survival School and taught several different subjects to new recruits. Dale Hinz is the author of Panther’s Rest: History of the Fort Worth Police Department 1873-21st Century.

 Nelson Zoch served the Houston Police Department for thirty-six years from 1968 to 2004. His service included assignments on the night shift in Radio Patrol as a street officer in the Third Ward of Houston and later as a Park Place Radio Patrol Shift Lieutenant. He also served in the Homicide Division from 1972-1977 as a Detective investigating murders and other Homicide related investigations. Nelson Zoch returned to the Homicide Division in 1980 continued a distinguished career in the Homicide Division where he served as a Murder Squad Lieutenant for over twenty-four years until his retirement in 2004.  Nelson Zoch is the author of Fallen Heroes of the Bayou City: Houston Police Department 1860-2006.

 Mark Dantzker, Ph.D. began his law enforcement career in 1981 when he joined the Terre Haute Police Department (Indiana).  In 1984, he joined the Fort Worth Police Department and worked patrol and in the Criminal Investigations Division as a crime scene search officer. In 1998, he entered the academic world as the Program Director of the Texas Southmost College Criminal Justice and Fire Science Program.  As Mark Dantzker continued with his academic career, he continued to participate in law enforcement.  He has worked as a Certified Police Officer on a university campus, and until 2003 he was a reserve deputy sheriff for the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department. Today, Mark Dantzker is a full professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas Pan American. 

 Mark L. Dantzker has a BS in Criminology; and MA in Criminology and a Ph.D. in Administration.  He is the author of Understanding Today’s Police; Research Methods for Criminology and Criminal Justice; Police Organization and Management: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow; and, Criminology and Criminal Justice: Comparing, Contrasting and Intertwining Disciplines.  He is also the co-author of Crime & Criminality: Causes and Consequences, Contemporary Police Organization and Management: Issues and Trends; and, Policing and Training Issues.

 According to the book description of Crime & Criminality: Causes and Consequences, “This concise but thorough textbook, bridges the gap between theory and the real world of crime and criminal justice. The emphasis is on clarity and brevity in explaining core theories and issues, while avoiding the superfluous gewgaws and distractions found in many other textbooks. now hosts 960 police officers (representing 403 police departments) and their 2044 law enforcement books in 35 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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