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Stumbling Along the Beat: A Policewoman's Uncensored Story from the World of Law Enforcement Hardcover


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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: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.9 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: #1,662,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Stacy Dittrich is an award-winning 18-year law enforcement officer, author, media consultant, and former detective specializing in sex crimes. With past training by a former FBI Behavioral Specialist, 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 and has been involved in the investigations of numerous homicides. In 2002, she received the Victim's of Crime Award from former Ohio Attorney General, Jim Petro and is a certified law enforcement instructor and in 2009 was honored with a commendation by the Ohio House of Representatives for personal achievement. She has instructed on topics ranging from sexual assaults to "stranger dangers." Stacy retired early in 2008 to focus solely on her writing and media commitments. However, she is still a sworn special deputy with the Richland County Sheriff's Department in Mansfield, Ohio and is assigned to running the voice stress analysis tests for new hires and criminal suspects.
Growing up in a family stocked with police officers created a unique upbringing for Stacy. Her father and three uncles began their career as police officers in 1969 after they returned from Vietnam. She saw firsthand the dangers of the job in 1979 when her uncle, James, was shot in the line of duty. Although he survived, he ultimately had to go out on disability. However, the other three brothers remain officers now and have an incredible 120-years combined experience. Fascinated with law enforcement at an early age, Stacy frequently accompanied her father to work, and began investigating her own "crimes" at age 8, after reading the story of serial killer Ted Bundy. With a hand-me-down kit of fingerprint powder, microscope, and handcuffs, she scoured the neighborhoods in search of the ultimate crime scene, often performing crude autopsies on unsuspecting insects. By the time she graduated high school, Stacy had been on the scene of more "real" crimes than most police rookies, spending her weekends taking part in a ride-along program with her father. Stacy graduated the police academy as class president, at the top of her class. In 1997, the Mansfield News Journal did a 2-page feature story on Stacy and her father, "Like Father, Like Daughter: The Beat Goes On."
Stacy is the author of the CeeCee Gallagher thriller series about a female detective. She and her first novel in the series, "The Devil's Closet", were featured on CNN and Fox. Based on an actual case Stacy investigated, the novel debuted in October, 2008. The highly anticipated follow-up, "Mary Jane's Grave", debuts in May 2009. Stacy's first true-crime book, "Murder Behind the Badge: True Stories of Cops Who Kill", will debut in September, 2009 (Prometheus, Hardcover), and is already receiving rave reviews:

"As a crime victim myself who went on to become a felony prosecutor, police have been a constant in my life for many, many years. They are some of the most honorable people I have ever known. Dittrich exposes the dichotomy between police who fight crime every day vs. those who have become criminals themselves... a real mind-twister!"
--Nancy Grace, HLN Host of "Nancy Grace"


"Murder Behind the Badge reveals the dark underbelly of the cop-shop, the evil that can lurk within. Some of these cases you may have heard about, many you have not. Now, learn the inside details of how a murderer gets a badge and is sometimes protected by fellow officers. Only another cop could walk the public through how a psycho gets on a police force in the first place. Only another cop could explain how the mindset of the thin blue line is sometimes so similar to the mindset of the truly disturbed. Author Stacy Dittrich is that cop. This is the book. In the realm of true crime this is a must-have!"
--Diane Dimond, "Entertainment Tonight" Investigative Anchor/Journalist and Author of "Who You Love: Inside the Michael Jackson Case"

Stacy's memoir about her life as a female police officer, Stumbling Along the Beat, debuts in Spring 2010 (Kaplan):
"Humorous and shocking, Stacy Dittrich's account of life as a female police officer and growing up in a law enforcement family will undoubtedly grab your attention. A fascinating read!"
--Ray Liotta, award-winning actor and star of Goodfellas


Stacy is a member of the International Thriller Writer's Association, Sisters in Crime, and is a regular contributor on Women in Crime Ink, a new web blog by 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. Stacy is also a guest contributor at OfficerResource.com. Stacy is co-host of Justice Interrupted Radio--aired weekly on blogtalk radio; a media and advocacy team along with LA Deputy District Attorney, Robin Sax. Justice Interrupted is currently being developed for television.

Stacy has appeared as a law enforcement commentator on Fox, "The O'Reilly Factor, CNN, Fox's Geraldo at Large, The Nancy Grace Show, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell (HLN), E! True Hollywood in Crime, The War On Crime, The Dana Pretzer Show, "That's Life" with Cleveland's Robin Swoboda, and hundreds of radio stations nationwide. She has appeared in the pages of SELF magazine, Women's World magazine, Allure Magazine, The Boston Herald, The UK Observer, and The Miami Herald to name a few.

Stacy has given her expert and professional opinion on cases ranging from the Jon Benet Ramsey and Caylee Anthony case, to the Manson Family and Natalee Holloway. She has spoken on topics ranging from the American Mafia to Islamic honor killings, and just about everything in between.

Stacy Dittrich currently resides in Ohio with her husband, Rich--a police officer, and their two daughters.








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I finished this book in one evening.
Lisa Regan
I'm probably wrong but I think the author is substituting herself for other women's problems which may have happened to them.
J. Mccrillis
I thoroughly enjoyed reading the story of Stacy Dittrich.
Crissy

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on March 30, 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DGS Florida on February 5, 2011
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Just read this one last week. Interesting insight into the working of your typical police department. While I may be a bit biased, the book reinforced my feelings about the personalities of many individuals who become LEOs to exercise power missing from their "small" lives, kind of like the "short person" syndrome. Stacy should be admired for the way she has lived her life.

I actually downloaded this to my Kindle, but now I notice that version is no longer listed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Shopper on January 16, 2011
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I enjoyed reading this book very much. It is easy to read and interesting, I read it in a few hours. I downloaded it to my Kindle intending to put it into my 'To be read' list but it never got there as once I read the first few pages to see if it was interesting I did not want to put it down. I liked it so much I'd like to read the authors other books also.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary A. on January 13, 2011
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Maybe I expected something a little different. The book starts out very interesting with stories of crimes she dealt with then about half way through drifts into all the "crap" she had to put up with being a woman in a "man's" profession. Well guess what? Everyone (and maybe more so if you are a woman) has very similar experience at the work place. The exception is that most women's lives aren't put at risk, nor do they risk false imprisonment in their work place. I don't doubt for a minute what Mrs. Dittrich wrote is fact. It's just that too much of an otherwise good book turned into a "poor me" account. Just disclosing enough to get the point across and writing more about her cases would have been so much better.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Regan on December 4, 2010
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I finished this book in one evening. The writing is very clean and Dittrich doesn't pull any punches. But what makes it most gripping are all the stories of criminals she encountered--on and off the police force. It's not very long. I actually would have preferred it to be longer. I would love to have heard more about her experiences with criminals. It is broken up into sections which I liked--you get to read about ALL the facets of the job, not just the calls she went on. Some of it is pretty disturbing and not for the faint of heart. I learned a lot and had no idea just how many awful things cops have to deal with. I am definitely going to read her fiction after having read this.
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