I have always been fascinated with the work of police officers. I was a part of Police Explores when I was in high school. Police Explores allowed people between the ages of 14 and 20 to get a glimpse into what it was like to be a police officer. We had to do physical conditioning, which was no fun, but we also learned how to conduct felony traffic stops, search cars, how to clear a room, and how to properly handcuff someone.
Many of those involved went on to the join the local police department when they turned 21. As you can see, I did not end up a police officer. The whole colorblindness thing got in the way. I doubt you would want a color blind officer running around chasing the guy in the green shirt when it should have been the guy in the brown shirt. But the fascination of policing still persists.
The fascination has led me to watch a lot of real life crime shows so I can get a glimpse into the real workings of a police officer: Cops, Dallas SWAT, Alaska State Troopers, Nightwatch, and many more. A GOOD MONTH FOR MURDER: THE INSIDE STORY OF A HOMICIDE SQUAD by Del Quentin Wilber is the book form of all those reality police shows. The premise of the book is this: the author spent a whole month with a homicide squad following their every move. I couldn’t pass a real life glimpse into a homicide unit. Continue reading “Review: A GOOD MONTH FOR MURDER”