A Badge, a Gun, an Attitude

25 Years as a Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff


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About the Book

During his 25 years with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Dean Scoville advanced from nervous recruit to silver-tongued spokesperson to seasoned patrol sergeant. His candid memoir chronicles the personal experiences of police work—the tedium of guarding jail inmates, the consternation of shoot/don’t-shoot scenarios, the trauma of being wounded in the line of duty—and offers an insider’s view of iconic moments in law enforcement, including the capture of “Night Stalker” Richard Ramirez and the 1992 L.A. Riots. Along the way he examines a profession increasingly beleaguered by inimical agendas, administrative cowardice and fiscal restraints.

About the Author(s)

Dean Scoville worked a wide variety of assignments during his 25-year career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Later he worked as an associate editor for Police magazine and authored the award-winning Shots Fired column for the magazine.

Bibliographic Details

Dean Scoville

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 257
Bibliographic Info: index
Copyright Date: 2017
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7045-4
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3078-6
Imprint: Exposit Books

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1
1. Sympathy for the Poor Bastards of the World 5
2. Academy 16
3. Working Custody 34
4. The Happiness of Pursuit 43
5. The Pursuit of Meaning 87
6. “The Department Is Truly Remorseful” 113
7. Recidivist Behavior 130
8. What Did You Do During the Riots, Daddy? 139
9. Middling Management 152
10. Cultural Sensitivity, Terrorism, and Doing More with Less 216
11. The ­Two-Step Paper Shuffle 233
12. Life (and Death) After LASD 237
13. Calling It Quits 242
14. Post-POLICE 244
Epilogue 247
Index 249