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True Blue: Police Stories by Those Who Have Lived Them

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  183 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
After September 11, 2001, Las Vegas Police Sergeant Randy Sutton began soliciting writing from law enforcement officers-his goal being to bridge the gap between the police and those they serve, with a book that offers a broad and thoughtful look at the many facets of police life. Hundreds of active and former officers from all over the United States responded: men and wome ...more
Paperback, 298 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published February 1st 2004)
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Eva Leger
Mar 03, 2010 Eva Leger rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Eva by: think I saw it on BM years ago
I felt really satisfied after closing this book. I felt a lot of things but that was the most overwhelming feeling. It's not often a book makes me feel like that.
I assumed, when I got this book, that it'd be an okay read and maybe would open my eyes to a few things. Well, it did that and more.
Like most people, when I think of the police I groan. I think speeding tickets and harassment over stupid stuff. I've never needed them to come to my aid for anything real serious so I never stopped to re
Mar 01, 2010 Asad rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book back in the days when I wanted to be a police officer. As the days went by, that dream deteriorated and I soon got a dose of reality. This book presented the human characteristics of police officers. People don’t usually think of police officers as being humans like the rest of us but rather as “pigs”. True Blue presents many different stories from across the thin blue line. These stories take place in small townships, rural areas, and most excitingly the big city police departm ...more
Apr 13, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
I'm always amazed by how well people write when they go to write down their experiences. In the case of this book, it had said that some had never written more than a police report. By the well-written narratives I would not be able to guess who writes regularly and who did it for the purpose of this book.
Rich Pedersen
Jul 10, 2011 Rich Pedersen rated it liked it
This book is both informative and inspirational for someone trying to start a career as a police officer. Well worth a read.
A sometimes funny, sometimes sobering, anthology of NY police officer stories reportedly told in their own voice. Some are no longer than a two pages.

The last collection of stories is gathered under the title, Ground Zero. These are retellings of these officers’ experience and efforts on September 11, 2001. If you read nothing else, read this section. It is a very powerful reminder that the image we have of the cops sitting around in coffee shops slurping gallons of coffee and inhaling truckload
Jun 30, 2014 Arlisscrowe rated it really liked it
I read Randy Sutton's other book: A Cops Life and liked it a lot, so I read this book. It is just as good - interesting and amazing stories. I rate it between 4 and 5.
Mar 12, 2013 Skyqueen rated it it was amazing
The Best! Only topped by his own soul-revealing book, A Cop's Story.
It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will make you think. But most of all, it will make you thankful.
God Bless our uniformed officers. The good ones, and yes, even the bad ones.
Sep 02, 2013 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crimen
Attractive book, nice size, good typeface, good layout, well-written, easy-to-read . . .
And the contents? Loved it: heartfelt, down-to-earth stories, as real as they come. Beautiful, tearjerker stories. My favorite section was The Beat.
Apr 25, 2012 Lauren rated it liked it
I got this because I went through a phase where I was reading a lot of police wives blogs. This was well-written but just didn't connect with me that much. NOT for late night reading (some pretty horrible incidents)
Jul 07, 2012 Samantha rated it really liked it
An interesting little collection of personal stories by police officers. Some are more effective than others, but overall a good read, with even some humor thrown into the mix.
Sep 22, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing
This is an awesome book. I recommend it to anyone who wants to read true, heartwarming, and sometimes comical, stories about the men and women in law enforcement.
Oct 11, 2008 Emily rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gives you a look inside the lives of police officers from big cities... pretty interesting, especially when you are used to living in a small town.
Jul 09, 2012 Cristina rated it really liked it
Great stories from cops around the country. Easy read. Really brings the reader to understand the law enforcement mentality
Dec 02, 2011 Nikki rated it really liked it
This was great! I'm not a big fan of cop books, but the stories in here are really powerful. Definitely recommend to people. =]
Wayne Hogg
Aug 28, 2011 Wayne Hogg rated it it was amazing
Love police stories and the book delivers. From all spectrums one hundred percent.
Awesome book and a must read for anyone thinking about becoming a cop.
Nov 26, 2010 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: law-enforcement
great collection of true police stories from police officers.
Jun 19, 2008 Tbone rated it really liked it
want to know what police work is really about. Read this.
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Sep 03, 2011 Lindsay Huffman-dilks rated it really liked it
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“A moment later I noticed that life around me had gone on as if nothing out of the ordinary had ever occurred. Motorists drove by as usual honking their horns needlessly, brakes screeching, tires squealing; pedestrians maneuvered for an opportunity to dart across traffic. i noticed lawn mowers buzzing in the distance--all this was evidence of the perpetual and sobering reality of life. It goes on no matter who lives or dies.

It was time to find my partner.”
“I couldn't bring this sorrow home. Couldn't tell my wife. Wouldn't tell my children. As my friend Edward Dee says, we live in the worst twenty minutes of someone else's life. So I leave it behind . . . where it happened . . . where it belongs . . . not in my house.” 2 likes
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