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Best Cop Books Everyone Should Read

Looking for the best Cop books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

1. 400 Things Cops Know: Street-Smart Lessons from a Veteran Patrolman (2014)

 Best Cop Books Everyone Should ReadHow does it feel to be in a high-speed car chase? What is it like to shoot someone? What do cops really think about the citizens they serve? Nearly everyone has wondered what it’s like to be a police officer, but no civilian really understands what happens on the job.“400 Things Cops Know” shows police work on the inside, from the viewpoint of the regular cop on the beat―a profession that can range from rewarding to bizarre to terrifying, all within the course of an eight-hour shift. Written by veteran police sergeant Adam Plantinga, “400…
Author(s): Adam Plantinga

2. I Love a Cop, Third Edition: What Police Families Need to Know (2018)

 Best Cop Books Everyone Should ReadPolice families are brave, resilient, and proud–and they face remarkable challenges, sometimes on a daily basis. Now thoroughly updated for today's turbulent times, this is the resource that cops and their loved ones have relied on for decades. Trusted expert Ellen Kirschman gives you practical ways to manage the stress of the job and create a healthy, supportive home environment. The third edition features the latest information, new stories from police families, two new chapters, and fully updated resources. Dr. Kirschman acknowledges the tough realities of life on the force and…
Author(s): Ellen Kirschman

3. Cop : A True Story (2000)

 Best Cop Books Everyone Should ReadIn this brutally honest portrait, Sergeant Michael Middleton–a now-retired veteran of the LAPD–tells the gripping tale of his two decades on some of the America’s meanest streets. #699,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #2424 in Business Professional’s Biographies #400 in Western U.S. Biographies #1000 in Law Enforcement Biographies Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?…
Author(s): Michael Middleton, Michael L. Middleton

4. Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces (2014)

 Best Cop Books Everyone Should ReadThe last days of colonialism taught America’s revolutionaries that soldiers in the streets bring conflict and tyranny. As a result, our country has generally worked to keep the military out of law enforcement. But according to investigative reporter Radley Balko, over the last several decades, America’s cops have increasingly come to resemble ground troops. The consequences have been dire: the home is no longer a place of sanctuary, the Fourth Amendment has been gutted, and police today have been conditioned to see the citizens they serve as an other-an enemy.Today’s armored-up…
Author(s): Radley Balko

5. Cops and Writers: From The Academy To The Street (2019)

 Best Cop Books Everyone Should ReadLooking to add an authentic edge to your crime fiction? Ride along with a real-life sergeant to give your story the accuracy your readers crave. Are you a civilian crime writer who wants to use picture perfect law enforcement details? Do you worry that your mystery novel or screenplay lacks credibility? Fiction and nonfiction author Sergeant Patrick O’Donnell has seen it all in his 24 years working for one of the largest police departments in the country. Now he’s here to help your writing honor the men and women who risk their lives in the line of duty. Cops and Writers: From the…
Author(s): Patrick J O’Donnell

6. Counseling Cops: What Clinicians Need to Know (2015)

 Best Cop Books Everyone Should ReadGrounded in clinical research, extensive experience, and deep familiarity with police culture, this book offers highly practical guidance for psychotherapists and counselors. The authors vividly depict the pressures and challenges of police work and explain the impact that line-of-duty issues can have on officers and their loved ones. Numerous concrete examples and tips show how to build rapport with cops, use a range of effective intervention strategies, and avoid common missteps and misconceptions. Approaches to working with frequently encountered clinical…
Author(s): Ellen Kirschman , Mark Kamena , et al.

7. Cocky Cop: Wyatt Cocker (Cocker Brothers) (2019)

 Best Cop Books Everyone Should ReadBrand New Release in the Cocker Brothers Series! WYATT COCKER:Southern storms are no joke. She shouldn’t have been out in one. If she’d stayed home, she’d be safe. But then we never would’ve met… Her clothes plastered to her body. WYATT COCKER:Southern storms are no joke.She shouldn’t have been out in one.If she’d have stayed home, she’d be safe.But then we’d never have met…Her clothes plastered to her body.My uniform drenched, every muscle showing.Her snarky mouth inspiring me to throw her over my shoulder.Show her what a real man is like when he finds a good woman. With these cuffs she won’t…
Author(s): Faleena Hopkins

8. Cop Town: A Novel (2015)

 Best Cop Books Everyone Should Read• Atlanta, 1974: As a brutal murder and a furious manhunt rock the city’s police department, Kate Murphy wonders if her first day on the job will also be her last. She’s determined to defy her privileged background by making her own way—wearing a badge and carrying a gun. But for a beautiful young woman, life will be anything but easy in the macho world of the Atlanta PD, where even the female cops have little mercy for rookies. It’s also the worst day possible to start given that a beloved cop has been gunned down, his brothers in blue are out for blood, and…
Author(s): Karin Slaughter

9. Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore’s Eastern District (2009)

 Best Cop Books Everyone Should ReadWhen Harvard-trained sociologist Peter Moskos left the classroom to become a cop in Baltimore’s Eastern District, he was thrust deep into police culture and the ways of the street–the nerve-rattling patrols, the thriving drug corners, and a world of poverty and violence that outsiders never see. In Cop in the Hood, Moskos reveals the truths he learned on the midnight shift. Through Moskos’s eyes, we see police academy graduates unprepared for the realities of the street, success measured by number of arrests, and the ultimate failure of the war on drugs. In…
Author(s): Peter Moskos

10. American Cop: Upholding the Constitution and Defending Your Right to Bear Arms (2019)

 Best Cop Books Everyone Should Read“America needs warriors now more than ever and Loren Culp is a shining example of how our Founding Fathers hoped all Americans would be.” – Ted NugentChief Loren Culp stood up for the rights of citizens in the face of a statewide initiative to restrict gun rights that he believed went against his oath of office. Was it the right thing to do? Whether you are liberal or conservative, pro-gun or anti-gun, you will find the information provided in this book compelling.Many have said that police just need to enforce the law because they are law enforcement. Chief Culp says ‘that’s not…
Author(s): Loren Culp, Ted Nugent

11. The Job: True Tales from the Life of a New York City Cop (2016)

 Best Cop Books Everyone Should Read“A nice quiet night.” During his two decades on the force, if you asked NYPD officer Steve Osborne how things were going, that’s what he’d tell you. On a stakeout? Nice quiet night. Drive by shooting? Nice quiet night. Now, with The Job he’s ready to talk, and does he have some stories to tell. Most civilians get their information about police work from television shows, which are pure fantasy. Here, Osborne takes us into his world, the gritty and not so glamorous life of real street cops. And along the way he finds humor and soul…
Author(s): Steve Osborne

12. Into the Kill Zone: A Cop’s Eye View of Deadly Force (2006)

 Best Cop Books Everyone Should ReadWhat’s it like to have the legal sanction to shoot and kill? This compelling and often startling book answers this, and many other questions about the oft-times violent world inhabited by our nation’s police officers. Written by a cop-turned university professor who interviewed scores of officers who have shot people in the course of their duties, Into the Kill Zone presents firsthand accounts of the role that deadly force plays in American police work. This brilliantly written book tells how novice officers are trained to think about and use the…
Author(s): David Klinger

Best Cop Books Everyone Should Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some cop books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The power of the tongue

Author(s): Kenneth Copeland
ID: 878063, Publisher: Kenneth Copeland Publications , Year: [2012], Size: 58 Kb, Format: epub

This same Jesus

Author(s): Gloria Copeland
ID: 878037, Publisher: Harrison House , Year: [1997?], Size: 69 Kb, Format: epub

Coping with Smart Phone ‘Distractions’ in a College Classroom

Author(s): Kehbuma Langmia; Amy Glass
ID: 2309019, Publisher: , Year: Winter 2014, Size: 247 Kb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are really best-sellers according to The New York Times, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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