The suspect doesn’t come quietly. Before he’s subdued, rookie cop Robert Christensen gets pummeled unconscious. Twenty-five years later, he retires as one of Kalamazoo’s top patrol officers. Out of the Darkness and into the Blue recounts Christensen’s most memorable experiences on the force, told with candor, honesty, and humor.
After describing each event, Christensen analyzes his behavior during the encounter, the tactics he used, and how changes in strategy and behavior might have affected the outcome.
Whether you’re a student of criminal justice, a casual reader, or serving in law enforcement, Out of the Darkness and into the Blue will increase your understanding of the challenges and tactics essential to police work. Along the way, Christensen tackles many of the most important topics in law enforcement today, from racial profiling and deadly force to the challenges LGBT individuals face in a predominantly heterosexual field.
A fascinating exploration of one police officer’s thought processes, Out of the Darkness and into the Blue is an entertaining read and valuable resource for anyone learning about—or serving in—the criminal justice system.