Saturday, May 19, 2007

Two Cops and a Civilian is a website dedicated to listing state and local police officers who have authored books. The website added two police officers (Martin Turner and Tom Dempsey) and one civilian police employee (Sunny Frazier).

In 1972,
Sunny Frazier joined the United States Navy with the idea of becoming a journalist. The Navy had other ideas, assigning her as dental technician. In 1976, At the end of her enlistment, Sunny Frazier was honorably discharged as a Dental Technician, Third Class. After her military service, she went to university and worked as a photo journalist for a newspaper. Ultimately, Sunny Frazier would join the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department (California), where she worked as a civilian employee. Sunny Frazier worked in the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department records department with warrants for six years. She then worked as a secretary in the Narcotics Section for 11 years.

Sunny Frazier is a contributing author to Valley Fever: Where Murder Is Contagious: A Collection of Short Stories Set in the San Joaquin Valley. Sunny Frazier is also the author Fools Rush In. According to the description of Fools Rush In, “On a blazing July day in Central County, California, snitch Johnny Blue is murdered by a lethal heroin injection. Undercover narcotic detective James Wolfe, the operative who handled Blue, goes to the Sheriff's Department substation seeking ex-girlfriend Christy Bristol. In the past he ridiculed her hobby of casting horoscopes. Now he needs her expertise to catch the man he suspects is behind Blue's murder, a drug dealer named Lloyd Parr.”

Martin Turner began his career with the Burbank Police Department (California). In 1988, he began working as a Deputy Sheriff in the Washakie County Sheriff’s Department (Wyoming). Martin Turner is the author of A Common Sense Approach to Raising Your Children; from a Cop's Perspective.

According to the description of
Martin Turner’s book, “with over twenty-six years in law enforcement, Marty Turner overcame many obstacles while growing up. Marty applied his life lessons to helping others throughout his career and now he wants to share them with you. Learn through the eyes of those who see it firsthand, day after day. Some of those experiences are humorous, some are tragic.”

Tom Dempsey has been the Director of the Police Training Institute (PTI) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign since June 2002. In that capacity he directs the activities of the only law enforcement training activity in the United States that is a unit of a major research institution. Prior to accepting his current position, Director Dempsey was a faculty member and program director at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia.

Tom Dempsey was a Torrance Police Department police officer for eighteen years. He served in a variety of assignments including as a police officer, supervisor and manager in patrol, investigations, vice and narcotics and administration. He is also a former United States Marine Corps officer. Tom Dempsey holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Arizona State University and Master’s degrees in public administration and in criminal justice administration from California State University.

Tom Dempsey is the co-author of Law Enforcement for the Twenty-First Century. According to the book description, Law Enforcement for the Twenty-First Century, “continues to be a valuable tool for both instructors and students of law enforcement because it identifies and thoroughly examines the entry-level training topics that form the foundation of the successful law enforcement officer’s career. now hosts 544
police officers (representing 224 police departments) and their 1154 books in six categories, there are also listings of United States federal law enforcement employees turned authors, international police officers who have written books and civilian police personnel who have written books.

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