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Stumbling Along the Beat: A Policewoman's Uncensored Story from the World of Law Enforcement Hardcover – April 27, 2010

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About the Author

Stacy Dittrich is an award-winning law enforcement officer and former detective specializing in sex crimes. With training by former FBI Behavioral Specialist and bestselling author, Roy Hazelwood, Stacy is certified through the National Institute of Truth Verification as an examiner (CVSA lie detector). Stacy has also been assigned to a federal drug task force that resulted in arrests from California to Mexico and has been involved in the investigations of numerous homicides. In 2002, Stacy received the Victims of Crime Award from former Ohio Attorney General, Jim Petro. A certified law enforcement instructor, Stacy is also a media consultant in the area of law enforcement. Prior to her law enforcement career, Stacy explored a brief modeling career in New York, where she appeared in Allure Magazine.

Stacy is a member of the International Thriller Writer’s Association, Sisters in Crime, and a regular contributor on Women in Crime Ink, a new web blog made up of an impressive group of award-winning true-crime authors, print and broadcast journalists, crime novelists, producers for CNN and CBS News, television personalities, and criminal justice professionals. She has appeared as a law enforcement commentator on War On Crime and CNN. Stacy comes from a long line of law enforcement as her husband, father, and uncles are police officers.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing (April 27, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160714056X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607140566
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,926,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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While the author's stories presented are interesting, this reads as a "kick ass and take names" expose of the people and situations the author butted horns with while working within the law enforcement community, and the author's hurt ego gets in the way of what otherwise could have been a great book. By the end of the book, the author's personal grudges created a lack of credibility which diminished the value of what would otherwise be a good read.
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I am a policewoman in OH, and am always looking for books written by other policewomen just to see their perspective of the job. I can't say enough how great this book was and how many times I stopped and thought, "Oh my gosh...her too? I thought I was the only one who thought that, felt that, or had been through that." I can honestly say the characters in this book so much relate to my department and I happened to read this when I was going through one of those tough, rollercoaster times in my career and this book was my crutch. Stacy- if you read this, thank you, thank you for taking the time to share your experiences. I'm so glad I stumbled upon this book. I hope you're enjoying your new life as a writer and just know that I have recommended this to many of my other ladies in blue. It helps to know that we are not alone and can help each other through the tough aspects of this job. We too, have a blonde "bimbo" officer in our dept. similar to your cohort in this book. It is sickening to watch her and the things she does and makes us want to throw in the towel sometimes, but deep down I have to stop and realize it's better to be who I am and concentrate on being a real cop than let her bring me down. I will sure save this book to re-read when times get tough again, as even though women are not new to police work it sure seems like the dark ages arise at times!
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I am a female police officer, and I really enjoyed reading her story. Although many years have passed, her words still reign true. Whether you're an officer or not, it is a great story of life and experience and struggle.
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By Crissy on January 9, 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story of Stacy Dittrich. The back-story of why she became a cop, and the situations she faced on the job were very interesting. I am now interested in reading her fictional books, and will be trying them soon. I highly recommend this book.
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When I went to read Stumbling along the Beat I expected general cop stories about the trials and tribulations of being on the street; little did I realize I was going to get a gut wrenching saga of one of the first women to get on a police force. I was absolutely fascinated because I have heard bits and pieces of other policewomen's struggles in the male world of law enforcement, but always just vague references to this problem or that; after all, they couldn't be too blatant about their fellow officers and the politics of their department or they could get in trouble.

Stacy Dittrich is retired, though, and she holds no punches about the system. It is clear, in spite of much mistreatment, she loves police work, her colleagues, and only wants to see the system improve, to put politics in its place, if only one day this could happen. She wants it for all the officers and for the citizens and for the victims of crime who sometimes get the shaft because politics sometimes gets more attention than justice.

Fascinating book! I thank Stacy for writing it, having the guts and the heart to bring us one history of earlier female peace officers in this country. She is open and honest (and quite funny) about dealing with horrible crimes, vicious criminals, and discrimination. I couldn't put the book down.

Criminal Profiler Pat Brown
Author of "The Profiler: My Life Hunting Serial Killers and Psychopaths"
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Stumbling Along the Beat started off really strong. It was engaging and the author's voice seemed very genuine. It also seemed like it was going to be a great book about what it's really like for a woman on the police force. However, while the engaging part was something that was consistent throughout the entire book, the other two started drifting as the book went on.

The cases in Stumbling Along the Beat were always interesting. That was always what was most intriguing to me in the book. The author's tidbits about how she was treated like crap by the other men in her workforce were intriguing the first few times. However, she kept continuing to harp on this while mainly not doing much to fight it off. I can understand about not wanting to speak up because the author felt it would damage her career. What I could not understand was the continuous harping on not just the other men in the police force who treated her like crap, but also on every single little thing.

The author harped on fellow officers, the author harped on the police bunnies, she harped on the prosecutors, on the defense attorneys, on the social workers, on the judges, on how dangerous it was being a police officer (now correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't this in the general job description? I'm sure it starts off with a "DANGER! You might get picked off if you do this!"),even on her husband in one instance (because he had the misfortune of always being right). It just went on and on. I'm not saying that some of those people didn't deserve the continious bitching because a lot of the time they did, but it's just after a while it ceases to be informative and starts coming off as whining.
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