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In Search of Truth and Honor: Reflections of an undercover Journey through the dark side of the badge Paperback – November 27, 2009
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What did we hear? Women can't physically handle the job. Women can't be trusted to cover my back. My wife won't like it. Women don't have the instinct to survive. Women are taking jobs away from men. And so on and so on. And Det. Takasato was at the forefront, and cutting edge and receiving end of all of this. Moreover, as the first female undercover officer in the Honolulu Police Department, she had to go it alone. No support groups, no role models, no gender neutralizing training of fellow officers, no training at all. The fact that she survive, intact (for the most part), with faith and hope for the future, speaks volumes about her endurance and commitment to her chosen profession.
She could have quit. She did not. She persevered to become the role model for all officers, not just women, that she herself lacked. She wrote "In Search of Truth and Honor", not as a criticism of law enforcement, and as a more than just an exercise in catharsis, but most significantly, as homage to the many men and women out there who continue to pursue law enforcement as a career, and who strive against horrific odds, to keep the faith and do the right thing for the good of their communities.
This is a "must read" for all new officers as they enter police academies throughout our nation, for old seasoned commanding officers who may have forgotten how challenging their lives have been as police officers, and for those still in the trenches.
Thank you Jo for your courage, committment and honesty.
Charlotte J. Duarte
This book is a must read for those that are contemplating a career in law enforcement, whether they be male of female. It shows the sordid side of an otherwise exemplary organization. It shows that in spite of the lofty goals set by the administration of the department, there are those that will ignore everything the department stands for to further their own misguided bigotry.
The book also reveals the challenging, tempting and often frightening world of a real world undercover police officer. It clearly illustrates that it takes a very special kind of individual to succeed at undercover police work.
In Search of Truth and Honor shows how faith played such an important part in her position as a police officer. Honoring what is right, at all cost, and holding firm to a higher standard. Loyalty in following through with the calling that was set before her. A spiritual journey eventually leading her to 'real truth and honor' which lies deep within all of us if we have the courage to confront it.
Not wavering from her commitment to do what was right, at all cost. Jeopardizing her own life and the life of her family, time and time again. And incredibly, being shunned from her own "Men in Blue' after assisting in the arrest of `one of her own'.
The journal of Detective Joanne Takasato's tragic undercover experience reflects the struggle of a resolute individual when conscience and committment to duty are strained to the limit.
Det. Takasato was a pioneer, not only as a woman entering the previously all-male world of law enforcement in the Honolulu Police Department but a pioneer in the extreme, lonely world of "undercover". This at a time when the HPD, as most Departments, including Federal agencies, were ill-prepared for the dangers to the individual involved.
Takasato's book should be required material for all law enforcement managers charged with the responsibility of undercover personnel and certainly recommended for any office/agent entering the potential life-changing undercover experience.
S.E. Rayfield, Special Agent FBI (Ret)
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Recommended for people who are familiar with Oahu and have an interest in criminal justice.Published 9 months ago by Labyrspiknot
This book is a must read, especially if your current or former law enforcement. Great insight into the world of undercover work!Published 11 months ago by Nelson
enjoyed reading the book and honesty behind it.
its too bad that we have such corrupted people in a public service profession that uses their power for the own self
Great book to read everyone in Hawaii should read it. Once you read it you cannot put it down it will bring back some memories. I truly enjoyed it and had some tears too. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Linda Shindo
I'm not even remotely a graduate of the Evelyn Wood Speed Reading Class, but I read this book in two days. Read morePublished on May 24, 2011 by Amazon Customer