True Blue

Police Stories by Those Who Have Lived Them

Created by Lt. Randy Sutton; Edited by Cassie Wells

St. Martin's Press

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After September 11, 2001 Las Vegas Police Sergeant Randy Sutton began soliciting writing from law enforcement officers-his goal being to bridge the gap between the police and those they serve, with a book that offers a broad and thoughtful look at the many facets of police life. Hundreds of active and former officers responded from all over the United States: men and women from big cities and small towns, some who had written professionally, but most for the first time. Sutton culled the selections into five categories: The Beat, Line of Duty, War Stories, Officer Down, and Ground Zero.

The result is True Blue, a collection of funny, charming, exciting, haunting stories about murder investigations, missing children, bungling burglars, car chases, lonely and desperate shut-ins, routine traffic stops, officers killed in the line of duty, and the life-changing events of September 11. Here, officers reveal their emotions-fear and pride, joy and disgust, shame and love-as they recount the defining moments of their careers. In these stories, the heart and soul behind the badge shines through in unexpected ways. True Blue will change the way we think about the deeply human realm of police service.

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Little Boy, G.I. Joe

The Beat

By Scott Harmon

Police Officer, Galena PD and Kankakee PD, Illinois, twelve years.

It was an early afternoon and I was pulling a double shift because I was ordered over. It was a beautiful July day, not too hot, about seventy-five degrees with a perfect breeze. I remember thinking how nice it would be to take the bike out for a cruise, but I was stuck working.

Then my reverie was over and I found myself thinking about an incident that happened the night before, where a guy had gotten shot in the chest when he was holding a gun by the barrel while

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"If you want to enter hearts and minds of the men and women sworn to protect us, read True Blue. These intimate episodes, written by the law officers who lived them, are funny, sad, moving and powerful. With proceeds going to those law enforcement families who lost a hero on 9/11, everybody should own this memorable book."
--Joseph Wambaugh, author of The Onion Field and Fire Lover

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Created by Lt. Randy Sutton; Edited by Cassie Wells

Randy Sutton is a Senior Sergeant at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada. A member of the Screen Actors Guild, he has appeared in several big screen movies and HBO movies including Casino, Fools Rush In, and The Road Home. On television, he has appeared on COPS, Americas Most Wanted, and Las Vegas.

Cassie Wells

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True Blue
Police Stories by Those Who Have Lived Them
Created by Lt. Randy Sutton; Edited by Cassie Wells

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St. Martin's Press
March 2005
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429991674
ISBN10: 1429991674
288 pages
$7.99

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
February 2004
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250051257
ISBN10: 1250051258
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 288 pages
$19.99
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