Under the police shield is a real live person. The experiences of
police work has an effect upon that person. This book is an attempt to
have the reader weigh how their experiences are affecting them as
persons. Is what they are dealing with on a daily basis having an
effect upon their relationships with family, friends, neighbors and most
important their God?
The author shares real life police experiences, drawn from 30 years of
service to the New York City Police Department. He shares how the work
made him feel. There is that ongoing struggle in trying to be both a
tough enforcer of the law and a loving, caring, popular human being and
a person of faith. As a rookie officer, working with an old timer, he
is warned of the three Bs, booze, broads and bucks and how they
are the downfall of many officers. He is admonished by a superior
officer for not beating a prisoner who had assaulted him on the street.
He fights back tears at the sight of his first DOA, an infant.
In all of this the author seeks holiness. He wrestles with the
question, can I be a tough, no nonsense, effective police officer and
still lead a holy life, Police work offers the officer many
opportunities to get into trouble, or to grow in holiness.
Frequently it is the same incident and depends on how the officer
handles it, whether it brings him or her down or lifts him or her up.
The book is written from the perspective of a Roman Catholic, however,
anyone holding a belief in God should find helpful material in its
pages. It would also be interesting for anyone who has relatives or
friends in law enforcement, helping them to understand what the officer