- Paperback: 228 pages
- Publisher: Waveland Pr Inc (January 1, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1577660412
- ISBN-13: 978-1577660415
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,085,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Danger, Duty, and Disillusion: The Worldview of Los Angeles Police Officers 0th Edition
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The book is the work of an anthropologist and based on research that began in 1976 and went on for approximately 21 years. In analyzing and studying the LAPD police culture, the author unwittingly pin-pointed many of the causes of the problems endemic within the LAPD today. The interviews with some of the officers also reveal the pride they have in being a police officer, above and beyond all the negatives with which they are bombarded on a daily basis.
The book identifies all aspects of an officer's career beginning with the recruit phase and ending with retirement. I don't think I have ever found such a detailed and all-encompassing chronological study of any career. This book should be read by all LAPD officers, young and old, LAPD management, Los Angeles city political leaders, members of the criminal justice system, and most importantly, by the citizens of Los Angeles. The citizens of Los Angeles would really get an inside view about what makes their officers tick and how they think. We, as LAPD officers are always asked to be sensitive to the community and we are sent to dozens of cultural awareness classes and given sensitivity training on an annual basis. The very least we could ask is that members of the public also take time to find out a little about us, and what makes us what we are when you see us in uniform. That's not too much to ask.
The only regret I have is that I didn't find this book sooner, because by reading it I've identified some issues that are particular to me at this stage in my career. I will be in the process of addressing them soon, which will improve my view of the job. Thanks, Joan.