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If you want to know what it feels like to be a cop, to understand police procedures and their commitment, coupled with their fine sense of accountability, then reading Steve Warneke’s memoir will be best for you. From Boy To Blue: Becoming One Of America's Finest is a book about police work, written by one who has been in the service for a long time and who has seen civilians shot at, not just once, but many times. Over the most recent years, the relationship between officers and the public has deteriorated to one of mistrust and sheer lack of interest from the public. It’s not surprising that many people see officers as enemies of the people, as those who would hurt them upon the slightest provocation. But this book offers new insights and redefines the mission of police officers.
It is impossible not to feel some sympathy for the men and women in blue after reading this thrilling memoir. Perhaps the media would talk differently about these brave officers if they could understand the stress, the unpredictability of the job, and the uncomfortable surprises that come along with it. The author cautions that: “As you read, you will discover it is usually not a single traumatic event that changes a man into an officer; rather, it's night after night of seeing the most unbelievable things. After all, there is no telling what any night has in store for us.” From Boy To Blue: Becoming One Of America's Finest is a page-turner that offers readers the inside scope of an officer’s night, unveiling the dangers and risks, and focusing on what these men and women are called to do. Steve Warneke writes with great simplicity and the prose is as delightful as it is entertaining. This memoir is an eye-opener, a book that will change the way most of us see police officers.