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Shattered Badges: More Cases from Police Internal Affairs Files




About This Book

Taylor Sterling never knows when a phone call or email will grab his interest and send him spiraling into another dark episode of police misconduct in a town he’s never known. The case could involve sexual misconduct by a malignant cop, overzealous use of force by a SWAT unit, corruption, or mismanagement. Since retiring as a Deputy Chief with the Los Angeles Police Department, Taylor found himself investigating the nasty work of bad cops or top cops who weren’t minding the business their agencies charged them to do. Taylor is really doing the work that Internal Affairs—those who police the police—should be doing, but aren’t. This is your chance to learn how to police cops who go off radar and abuse their badges and the sworn oath to “protect and serve.” Shattered Badges is a dark and exciting look into police misconduct and the inner workings of police departments across the country.  

From the Author

In this second book of the Badges police procedural series, Taylor Sterling continues his work on troubled police agencies…or as he calls them “cop shops.” Outside consultants frequently are brought into police agencies to help unravel and evaluate sensitive, complex or touchy police incidents. Most of these cases involve some form of potential police officer misconduct, agency mismanagement or civil liability.  

Taylor Sterling is like the author, who retired from the Los Angeles Police Department and suddenly found himself a sought after police consultant. Unlike the author, Taylor’s new home is now in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Taylor finds himself drawn into the dark web of police abuse, corruption and mismanagement. Some would consider Taylor a “foodie”, while others might consider him a traitor to the “thin blue line.” Taylor and Sandy Banks, a prominent real estate broker he met in his new home, have an open relationship that Taylor seems to fill with other exciting women during his travels.

Taylor’s jobs come mostly from insurance companies who cover police losses from civil lawsuits. But occasionally, the call will come from a local politician or a chief or sheriff.

Taylor Sterling’s work is similar to the author’s work over the past 54 years. The stories in this book are fictional accounts derived from real police incidents or pieces of police actions in various locales. Some readers, particularly those who are law enforcement officers, may feel they know the actual incidents or cops depicted, but these are fictional accounts and any similarity is simply coincidental. These stories involve citizens and police officers in small and large, urban and rural police and sheriff agencies throughout the country. No locale is immune to the potential of some cop going off the radar, being tempted to do the unthinkable, or being swayed into actual crime.

Shattered Badges continues the pursuit of justice and professional policing. The reader is introduced to the need for and investigative techniques of the police Internal Affairs—those who police the police. When that function in a police agency is bad or malignant, corruption and police abuse soon follow. These accounts are raw, introducing you to the dark side of law enforcement.

This second novel will take you, as the reader, to new locales (New Jersey, Ohio, Kansas, Kentucky, Oregon and Indiana), new foods, and new cases of police misconduct.

About the Author

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 Wednesday 01 July, 2015.

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