“Now I’ve seen it all!” This is an expression frequently used in the English lexicon. Based on my experience as a police officer, you have never actually seen it all; nobody has. Over the years, my friends, family, and even random people frequently asked, “What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever seen while on duty?” I never had to pause for even a moment to find an entertaining story. Two Decades Behind the Badge contains some of my favorite recollections of the unique people, places, and situations I encountered during my career. It really is true what they say: Truth is stranger than fiction. Two Decades Behind the Badge is a collection of short stories written to entertain, engage, and educate the reader by recounting firsthand experiences seldom seen by the general public. I chronicle incidents ranging from humorous to harrowing, to downright unthinkable. The book also takes a comprehensive look into the daily life of a police officer from both a personal and professional perspective. I explain common police procedures, and what police officers can and cannot do when assisting the public. My memoirs recount experiences from my first day in the police academy up to my retirement. This book is written for anyone interested in the field of police work, and to provide readers with a better understanding of police departments across the country.
Around the beginning of July 2021, I began scribbling memories into my notebook about some of the experiences that I found humorous, interesting, or for lack of better words, fascinating. Eventually, I started typing them into my computer and never looked back. Eighty thousand words, and over three hundred typewritten pages later, I realized that my simple note-taking habit had developed into a full-length book. I discuss experiences ranging from my days in the academy to my entire career as a police officer. By using light-hearted humor and interesting facts about the law, I’ve created a fascinating look into police culture, training, and what to expect from a career in law enforcement. Of course, the names of people I encountered, and the town I worked for, are not mentioned in the book in order to maintain their privacy.