1st Edition

Virtuous Policing
Bridging America's Gulf Between Police and Populace

ISBN 9781498723503
Published August 8, 2015 by Routledge
256 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

USD $66.95

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Book Description

"It pulls no punches, shuns no controversial topic, and glosses over no issues or problems that beset America’s law enforcement community in our day. For those who may be prone to suspect the motives of these self-confessed lovers of cops and warriors, the title of this book…should be sufficient to allay such concerns."
—John C. Hall, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI (Retd.), from the Foreword

Virtuous Policing: Bridging America’s Gulf Between Police and Populace is a vigorous assessment and commentary on governmental uses of force, whether by civilian law enforcement officers in the United States or by military service members overseas. In the wake of recent controversies such as events in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, this book presents strategies to ease rising tensions in citizen–law enforcement relations.

The book particularly addresses the growing division between members of the police and citizenry due to a number of factors, including the effects of some press members who are more interested in cultivating sensational stories of "rogue" cops than in discovering and disseminating facts. Also, with the abundance of information—true and false—available on the Internet and the increasing utilization of social media, technology contributes to the rising friction between citizens and police. Rather than make unrealistic arguments for curtailing media and technology, it suggests solutions that are reasonable, practical, and, most importantly, peaceful.

The authors examine law enforcement policies, procedures, and leadership methods in relation to four cardinal virtues: self-control, justice, competency, and moral courage. Case studies illustrate ethical, legal, psychological, and tactical issues that law enforcement and the military have to address in establishing and maintaining good and peaceable governance.

With an eye toward minimizing or avoiding future violent confrontations between citizens and those who have sworn to protect them, Virtuous Policing makes recommendations on how law enforcement and military leaders can better train and lead their subordinates. It provides legitimate leadership guidance and peaceful solutions to the growing gap between America’s citizenry and its police.

Table of Contents


Human Operating System 1.0

How America Treats Her Warriors and the Cults of Tribalism and Victimology

Virtuous Leadership for Law Enforcement

Virtuous Policing and Maryland’s Own NSA

In Defense of Self and Others in the Ghetto: Loss of Right

Murder in Southern California (or Cops Emulating the TV Show Cops)

Officer Ray Bunn and Atlanta’s Injustice System

The Overutilization of SWAT and the Militarization of Our Police Departments
Fairfax County, Virginia: Use of SWAT to Kill an Optometrist for Gambling
Albuquerque Police SWAT Arrest a Homeless Man in a Suburban Park

Being Poor Is Not a Crime

Peace Officers Versus Professional Law Enforcement Officers

When Society Embraces the Bad Guys: The Sad Song of Sergeant Johnnie Riley
Misunderstanding the Tactical Dynamics of an Encounter
How Bullets Work Psychologically
How Bullets Work Physically
In Defense of Self or Others
Mistaken Belief
Due Process Violations

Redefining the Role of State: Back to a True Liberalism

Police in Our School Systems
Police Athletic League
Police Explorers

On Notice and the Presumption of Innocence
Second Amendment
Crime and Weapons

How the Lack of Virtue Undermines Society Itself
The Death of Private Property Rights and America’s Future

The Power of Link Analysis

The Ugly and the Good in Police Reformation
The Ugly
The Good

Some Solutions
Developing Magnanimity Within Police Officers and Departments
Words of Caution
Getting Out of the Office and Vehicles and Back Into the Streets
Information Operations
Keeping Up With the State-of-the-Art Knowledge: Competency in Practice
Fitness for Duty
Some Important Courses and Texts

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Lieutenant Colonel David G. Bolgiano, USAF (retired), is a former police officer, paratrooper and military officer. He has lectured and testified as an expert in the Ethical, Legal and Tactical Dynamics of Deadly Force Encounters. He served in three combat deployments with airborne and special operations forces and is the author of Combat Self-Defense and co-author of Fighting Today’s Wars.

Colonel L. Morgan Banks, USA (retired), served 37 years in the U.S. Army, with most of that time as the command psychologist for various special operations units. He is a former Green Beret and his career culminated with a 10-year tenure as the senior psychologist for the Army Special Operations Command. He has served multiple tours in combat zones and is the author and co-author of several book chapters. He routinely lectures on the ethics involved in operational psychology.

Colonel James M. Patterson, USA (retired), is a former Green Beret and command legal advisor for 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta (Delta Force) and other elite units. He has served multiple combat tours in America’s war on terror. He is co-author with David G. Bolgiano of Fighting Today’s Wars.