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Uniform Decisions: My Life in the LAPD and the North Hollywood Shootout Paperback – December 27, 2011
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This instead is a great book about one officer's career highlights and his personal experience during the shootout. I was expecting most of the book to be about the shootout. I was pleasantly surprised as it including the officer's entire career. Compare it to when you run into a retired cop and they start telling stories. The book reads like that and it is fun to read. Very enjoyable as I like personal stories and everyone has a life full of stories to tell. One of my favorite things about the book is that cops often have trouble with relationships. Not this guy. He made every effort to give credit to his wife for always being there for him and for being very supportive. I thought it portrayed an interesting and loving picture of the teamwork needed for a couple to survive when one spouse has a very stressful job. The part of the book that does cover the shootout was interesting especially if you watched and remember the events of that day. As I was reading it, I would visualize what I saw on tv that day and was able to develop a vivid mental picture of what was being described.
I would recommend this book to anyone from people who like police stories to people wanting to become officers. It's not a technical book about police work, it's very easy to read, and entertaining.
In this one hundred and eighty-seven page biographical story, John takes the reader from his childhood days in private school and marrying his high school sweetheart through the nuances and drills of the police academy and into the every day life of one who "serves and protects." With twenty-seven years in the LAPD, he covers both the banal and fascinating stories while in different law enforcement venues, from the beat on the streets, filling out endless paperwork to dealing with the first dead body or going undercover and snagging a drug dealer. However, the focal point of the book is the robbery itself and its toll on the officers involved. The book not only includes photographs of the famous shoot-out but also of his parents, wife and children.
Towards the end of the book, John blends how he personally dealt with the aftermath of the shooting and health-related issues that altered his lifestyle which led to his retirement. In addition to taking a look at himself and changing areas of his life, he deals with his core beliefs and Christian values from his upbringing. He explains how the LAPD used to handle (or lack thereof) post traumatic stress syndrome.Read more ›
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This book is an eye opener to the reality of going into police work and the sacrifices that the family will experience - Anyone who wants to go to work in law enforcement - read... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Patricia G. Deluca
If you want to know how a good manthinks when he takes on the job of protecting the rest of us...read this. Very telling, very honorable man.Published 13 months ago by Stacey McLaughlin Smith
This is an inspiring story of courage and survival, that forever changed John Caprarelli's life in 1997 when he was an officer in the L.A.P.D. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jackie McNutt
Well written, quick read. Brought back a lot of memories. I was working down the street during the shoot out. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mars24
The breakdown of his career both emotionally and physically was great. I am a Iraq war veteran and can fully appreciate his PTSD. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Candlefire22
Extremely exciting book from start to finish!! I would definitely recommend this book to not only first responders but to everyone!Published on March 19, 2014 by John Hollier
I enjoyed this book, and found the story interesting. However l felt it could have gone more in depth. The first person perspective was good but it felt short and lacking.Published on March 13, 2014 by PHIL
Uniformed Decisions is a great view of the life of a LAPD officer. It is both light-hearted and serious. The book keeps you entertained by the stories of being a rookie cop. Read morePublished on January 21, 2014 by Lori