|   |   |   |
  PATC Home » Store Home » Books & Resources » Leadership/Supervision » My Account  |  Cart Contents  |  Checkout   

Store Menu
Books & Resources->
  Quick Reference
  Crime Scene
  Critical Incidents
  Domestic Violence
  Trainer's Resource Center
  Training: General
eTraining, eBooks & Specials
Search for Items
Use keywords to find the product you are looking for.
Advanced Search
Shopping Cart more
0 items
Broken Badges: Cases from Police Internal Affairs Files





Police misconduct—cops engaging in sexual misconduct, theft, brutality, wrongful arrests, inept police supervision, and public corruption. There’s hardly any community that is immune from this cancer. It’s happening in small and large cities, urban and rural places, and local and state police agencies. 

Taylor Sterling is called in to unravel and try to fix problems with a variety of police agencies throughout the country. He might be working for the insurance company, the town or city affected, or a concerned Chief or Sheriff who might not know the ins and outs of policing the police, or Internal Affairs. Taylor knows this well and he knows how to use every reasonable and professional technique to uncover police misconduct, help some officers who might be wrongly accused, and give needed help to a Chief or Sheriff when things get out of control. 

These are fictional cases taken from police internal affairs files. They aren’t for the faint of heart. These stories are raw and uncensored. But in the end this book is designed to ferret out oppression by cops who were thought to be sworn to protect the innocent.


In writing “Broken Badges: Cases from Police Internal Affairs Files,” I hoped to introduce a wider audience to the problems of police misconduct and how Internal Affairs can combat these cancers.  My main fictional character, Taylor Sterling, pretty much does what I’ve been doing professionally for the past 32 yearS, although he’s a lot more colorful! 

These fictional stories are based on my personal experience and actual cases I’ve worked on.  Some readers might find the dialogue and incidents raw and uncensored, but that’s the real world where police misconduct breeds.  The fictional approach has allowed me to go anywhere and weave threads of actual cases I’ve investigated into what I hope will be a page burner for the reader.  There are good and bad characters in this book who highlight the true cross section we find today in police work.  I also discuss the techniques for investigating these types of crimes and misconduct, throwing in some historical perspective every now and then.

You may think you know who these officers are…but the stories are all fictional!


Lou Reiter currently is a police consultant. He offers three (3) separate professional services to the law enforcement community. He provides training to police groups in the high liability areas of use of force, emergency vehicle operations, high risk operations, investigations of citizen complaints, Internal Affairs procedures, investigation of critical incidents, and liability management. He will normally conduct 15-20 of these programs ranging from 2 hours to 5 days in length. The primary seminars are a 2 ½ day program on Internal Affairs and Police Discipline and a 5 day program on investigation of police use of force incidents both for the Public Agency Training Council, Indianapolis. Each year nearly 1,000 police practitioners will attend these training programs. 

Each year, Lou also conducts an average of 5-10 agency management audits and liability assessments. These have been for state, county and municipal police operations. The size of these agencies has been from 3 persons to 39,000 employees. These audits allow him to be in police cars up to 100 hours each year. He has been a consultant on 8 U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Special Litigation Section, investigations of agencies involving patterns and practices of Constitutional violations. He was selected as a Federal Court monitor for the Consent Decree of Colln v. Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, CA

Lou provides litigation consultation to attorney firms involved in police civil actions. Since 1983, Lou has been retained in over 1100 such cases in nearly every state plus the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This has been on both sides of the table with approximately 60 percent being for plaintiffs. 

Lou Reiter was a member of the Los Angeles Police Department from 1961 to 1981. During that tenure he had 22 different assignments and rose through to ranks to retire as Deputy Chief of Police. About 70 percent of his time was spent in uniformed operations while the bulk of the remainder was in Internal Affairs, use of force review, training and personnel administration. 

Lou has been published throughout his professional career. He was one of the principle researchers and authors of the 1973 Police Task Force Report of the National Advisory Commission on Criminal Standards and Goals, where he authored the chapters on Internal Discipline, Training and Management-Employee Relations. Reiter has recently authored the 3rd Edition Law Enforcement Administrative Investigations guide: A Manual for Citizen Complaints, Administrative Investigations and Internal Affairs which will be provided to seminar participants.


This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 03 April, 2014.

Orlando 2018

Savannah 2018


View Legal Article Archive



Click Here to See Our FAQ!



Legal Updates
Internal Affairs

Click below to sign up for
emails and brochures!

PATC Mailing List

Copyright © 2018 Public Agency Training Council

~ Setting Standards in Public Safety Training Since 1980 ~

5235 Decatur Blvd . Indianapolis, IN 46241 . 800-365-0119 . 317-821-5085