Top 5 books for law enforcement
1.Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement: A Guide for Officers and Their Families
by Kevin M. Gilmartin
For years I thought my number one job was to live through 25 years of street encounters. After 13 years of experience I realize my goal is not just to survive the street but is to live a life filled with relationships that bring me happiness and fulfillment. Police work is a great profession but it is the kind of work that without intervention destroys people and families. Dr. Gilmartin’s book Emotional Survival breaks us out of our denial about the effects of the work and gives us helpful, practical concepts we can use to make our work and home life better. Dr. Gilmartin’s book Emotional Survival is good for cops, families, police departments and communities.
--Sergeant Robert J. King, President of the Portland Police Association
Emotional Survival is an incredible book about the journey through the maze of police work. If you’re a front line officer, supervisor, or command officer, you will see yourself in this book. It is the first book I have read that describes what really happens to police officers in their careers, with incredible insight into the stress and difficulties of being a police officer. Dr. Kevin Gilmartin sets out proactive strategies for police officers and their families to survive the most dangerous profession.
--Brian Adkin, President of Ontario Provincial Police Association
2. On Killing : The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society
by Dave Grossman
Drawing on interviews, published personal accounts and academic studies, Grossman investigates the psychology of killing in combat. Stressing that human beings have a powerful, innate resistance to the taking of life, he examines the techniques developed by the military to overcome that aversion. His provocative study focuses in particular on the Vietnam war, revealing how the American soldier was "enabled to kill to a far greater degree than any other soldier in history." Grossman argues that the breakdown of American society, combined with the pervasive violence in the media and interactive video games, is conditioning our children to kill in a manner similar to the army's conditioning of soldiers: "We are reaching that stage of desensitization at which the infliction of pain and suffering has become a source of entertainment: vicarious pleasure rather than revulsion. We are learning to kill, and we are learning to like it." Grossman, a professor of military science at Arkansas State University, has written a study of relevance to a society of escalating violence.
--Publisher's Weekly, Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
3. Signals: How to Use Body Language for Power, Success and Love
by Allan Pease
It's scientific fact that people's body gestures give away their true intentions. Every day you're confronted by hundreds of different motions that can mean anything from "get lost" to "terrific idea." You too send out signals whether you realize it or not. Now you can take advantage of the secrets of body language for that extra edge of confidence and control in any situation. What it means when a man hooks his thumb in his belt. What it means when a woman exposes the soft skin on her wrist. How to control a person's gaze. The surefire methods of sexual attraction. How to take control of an interview or negotiation. The most strategic position to take at a business meeting. What kind of man straddles a chair. Why women would hold their wine glass in both hands. How to avoid a speeding ticket and much more! Signals gives you the answers. Whether you're going for a big business deal, meeting that certain someone or aiming for a raise, Signals is your guide to unique power of communication that could change your life.
4. The Gift of Fear
by Gavin De Becker
Each hour, 75 women are raped in the United States, and every few seconds, a woman is beaten. Each day, 400 Americans suffer shooting injuries, and another 1,100 face criminals armed with guns. Author Gavin de Becker says victims of violent behavior usually feel a sense of fear before any threat or violence takes place. They may distrust the fear, or it may impel them to some action that saves their lives. A leading expert on predicting violent behavior, de Becker believes we can all learn to recognize these signals of the "universal code of violence," and use them as tools to help us survive. The book teaches how to identify the warning signals of a potential attacker and recommends strategies for dealing with the problem before it becomes life threatening. The case studies are gripping and suspenseful and include tactics for dealing with similar situations.
People don't just "snap" and become violent, says de Becker, whose clients include federal government agencies, celebrities, police departments, and shelters for battered women. "There is a process as observable, and often as predictable, as water coming to a boil." Learning to predict violence is the cornerstone to preventing it. De Becker is a master of the psychology of violence, and his advice may save your life.
--Joan Price, Amazon.com
5. I Love a Cop, Revised Edition : What Police Families Need to Know
by Ellen Kirschman
This book is as necessary for the overall survival of our law enforcement officers as their vests, weapons, and officer safety tactics. The realities of the job have changed in the post-9/11 world, and the revised edition arrives just in time. Dr. Kirschman provides an in-depth look at the daily challenges facing the law enforcement officer and family, and offers specific strategies for overcoming the pitfalls that potentially take such a heavy toll. This book should be issued to every recruit entering the profession.
--Kevin M. Gilmartin, Ph.D, author of Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement
Other recommended titles:
Sudden Deaths in Custody (Forensic Science and Medicine)
by Darrell L. Ross
Excited Delirium Syndrome: Cause of Death and Prevention
by Theresa G. DiMaio, M.D., Vincent J.M. DiMaio
The Teeth of the Tiger (A Jack Ryan Novel)
by Tom Clancy
Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
by Malcolm Gladwell
Reading People: How to Understand People and Predict Their Behavior--Anytime, Anyplace
by Jo-Ellan Dimitrius, Ph.D, and Mark C. Mazzarella
Raising Kids Who Can Protect Themselves
by Debbie Gardner
Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion, Updated Edition
by George Thompson
Advanced Patrol Tactics: Skills for Today's Street Cop
by Michael T. Rayburn
Tactical Pistol Marksmanship: How To Improve Your Combat Shooting Skills
by Gabriel Suarez
by Shane Gericke
Jefferson's War: America's First War on Terror 1801-1805
by Joseph Wheelan
Use of Force: Expert Guidance for Decisive Force Response
by Brian A. Kinnaird
Find Anyone Fast (Find Anyone Fast: Easy-To-Use Guide to Finding Anyone Anywhere)
by Richard S. Johnson
Practical Aspects of Interview and Interrogation
by David E. Zulawski
I Know You Are Lying
by Mark McClish
by Jef Nance
Terminal Ballistics: A Text and Atlas of Gunshot Wounds
by Malcolm Dodd
Sources of Power: How People Make Decisions
by Gary Klein
Enchiridion (Dover Thrift Editions)
Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae
by Steven Pressfield