I'm a retired L.A.P.D. Detective Supervisor (32 Yrs.) with assignments in gangs, homicide, and narcotics. Even though there are differences between the Philadelphia P.D. and the L.A.P.D., The Badge of Honor series is the most accurate of all books I have read. Detective work is not like what is portrayed on TV, or in the movies. It's more of a earthy, hit and miss job that many times doesn't fall into place. Mix that with the human element and you will find more W.E.B. Griffin than you do at the finest Police Academies in the world, which the L.A.P.D. has been so recognized. Joe Friday is too nice and clean, and everything falls too easily into place. Programs like The Badge, Colors, and Training Day are just too plain Hip-Hop ridiculous. Hollywood could get a great education from reading Mr. Griffin's books.