Read Your Way To Becoming A Better Cop

August 18, 2017

Read Your Way To Becoming A Better Cop

by Ian D Scofield

All of us have encountered people who don’t enjoy reading but reading can be crucial to developing as professionals, scholars, and most importantly, as people.  I love reading but have recently taken to listening to books on tape even more.  If you don’t enjoy reading, I personally recommend taking up books on tape for your commute, breaks, and personal time.

Enough about whether you like reading or not.  Today we are going to take a look at a few books that every LEO can benefit from.

SEAL Survival Guide by Cade Courtley

In SEAL Survival guide, Cade Courtley discusses how to achieve various mindsets such as the mindset to achieve and maintain physical fitness.  He also covers topics such as creating makeshift weapons in extreme situations, treating injuries, survival skills, and survival mindset.  You can develop many skills both mental and physical from this book and apply them to your job and personal life in order to succeed.

Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion by George J Thompson and Jerry B Jenkins

I have already mentioned this book in previous posts but it is a book that every law enforcement officer should read.  It helps you to develop the skills needed to speak to people of all kinds, de-escalate situations, and to use words over force.  While words won’t always save you from a use of force situation, this book will help you to do so more often.  I also recommend you read other books from the author on Verbal Judo.

American Courts And The Criminal Justice System by David W Neubauer and Henry F Fradella

American Courts And The Criminal Justice System is a great book to help you develop a very detailed understanding about how the Law Enforcement side works with the courts side.  While some of the knowledge contained in this book is taught at the academy, it is great supplemental reading.  It was one of my favorite textbooks in my criminal justice schooling.  This isn’t the same version I have read, but an updated one. 

The Manhunter: The Astounding True Story of the U.S. Marshal Who Tracked Down the World's Most Evil Criminals by John Pascucci and Cameron Stauth

Don’t be fooled by some of the excessive force and blatant violations of policy (and law) that appear in this book.  It is a great window into the world of older style law enforcement, one that needs to be done away with.  We read it in school as a way to analyze what The Manhunter did wrong and how it could have otherwise been achieved.  As a book, it is also just a very interesting read.

Cold Zero: Inside The FBI Hostage Rescue Team by Christopher Witcomb

Cold Zero takes the reader down the career of FBI Special Agent Christopher Witcomb in a manner that is both educational and gripping.  It is one of the best autobiographical books I have read.  You get to learn about the process it takes to go from being a special agent in training all the way to joining one of the most elite counter terrorism and hostage rescue units in the country.  You also get to hear him relive history.  This book also serves as a great story of someone leaving an average job (Witcomb’s previous job was a speech writer) and becoming a member of the LEO family.

These are just five books that any LEO can benefit from.  Not all of them will teach you skills and none of them will make you superman but you can take something away from each book.  Every book on this list I have read and thoroughly enjoyed.  Stay safe out there.


About The Author:

Ian is a staff writer at APTI and hospital security officer at a major medical center who has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a Specialization in Administration of Justice.  He has held multiple positions in the security industry from patrol supervisor to auxiliary public safety officer.  At APTI he brings his writing skills to help further the careers of others and provide quality content.  Feel free to visit his freelancing site or his creative writing site.

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