Foreword by :Sherri Zickefoose ,
Afterword by :J. Thomas Dalby , Gwyneth Allin , Sharon Bourque , Elizabett Cordeiro ,
Edited by :Debbie J. Doyle , Marc Denis , Stu Gillett , Jackie Gordon , Val Hoglund , Ernie Louttit , Neil Masson , JoAnn McCartney , Debbie McGreal-Dinning , Ron Pond , Trish Haley , Tony Walshe , Dave Wilton
Dimensions:9in x 6 x 0.75 in | 485 gr
Page Count:272 pages
Illustrations:Halftones, black and white
After the Force is a collection of chapters written by retired law-enforcement women and men who have come together to share their stories about defining moments of their careers and events that have affected them throughout their lives and into retirement. In recent years, many police agencies and officers in Canada, the US, and internationally have come under fire for unprofessional or unethical policing methods. This collection clearly displays another side to law enforcement; the human side.
Among the stunning themes in the book are stories dealing with prostitution and sex work, a child serial-killer, an encounter with a cop killer, police suicides, a child miraculously surviving a fall from a high-rise balcony, an officer dealing with a partner who was experiencing severe PTSD, a suicide from a bridge, and child sexual assaults. Optimistic themes and activities arise in these writers’ lives after retiring from police work, such as writing poetry, painting, assisting Indigenous communities, and facilitating community improvement.
The book is edited by Detective Debbie J. Doyle (ret) with a foreword by Sherri, Zickefoose and afterword by Dr. J. Thomas Dalby. Chapter authors are: Gwyneth Allin, Sharon Bourque, Elizabeth Cordeiro, Marc Denis, Debbie Doyle, Stu Gillett, Jackie Gordon, Trish Haley, Val Hoglund, Ernie Louttit, Iain Macfarlane, Neil Masson, JoAnn McCarney, Debbie McGreal-Dinning, Ron Pond, , Tony Walsh, and Dave Wilton.
Anthology editor, Debbie J. Doyle is a retired veteran of the Edmonton Police Service. During her career, she was seconded to the United Nations Peacekeeping force in Timor Leste and worked in the Vulnerable Person’s Unit. After serving two tours of duty, she returned to Edmonton, was promoted, and worked in the Child Protection Section and the Internet Child Pornography Unit.
These humanized accounts written by experienced officers from various law enforcement agencies caused me to reflect upon my 30 years in policing. The emotions, frustrations and challenges associated to maintaining composure in heart wrenching situations are shared in many of the stories. Many of us have been there and know exactly how it feels to console victims after a lengthy court process, following a next of kin notification or in the midst of family violence investigations. The stories clearly articulated in the book reflect upon the peeks and valleys of a career in law enforcement. They enable reflection and celebration of lengthy careers. Details disclosed may be for the first time which is apparent by the emotions expressed by the authors. — Myra James, Retired Detective Hamilton Police Service; Past President, Ontario Women In Law Enforcement; Past Vice President, International Association of Women Police
However fervently storytellers of the entertainment industry attempt to truthfully and respectfully convey the reward and toll of a life in law enforcement, very few approach the heart swelling, heart stopping and heart breaking accounts authored by the very people who lived them. This book helps to remind how law enforcement officers do not simply “retire”. These men and women shoulder their calling forever…some with greater ease than others.—Gregory Jbara, Actor, “DCPI Garrett Moore” on the CBS Police Drama BlueBloods
True crime storytelling is exploding as an entertainment industry. The public’s appetite for tales of diabolical criminals, victims and brilliant policework solving heinous cases is limitless. After the Force delivers all of this but goes much deeper, offering indelible details that humanize heroes and provide a glimpse into what police officers are left with beyond the badge… traumatic memories, heartache and hope for humanity. — Sherri Zickefoose, Investigative Reporter
The stories in this volume reveal the complexity of police work. Not everyone is suited to this demanding, stressful and occasionally dangerous job. Those who become police officers will pay a price for their vocational choice. ... Hopefully, the reader of these interesting stories from a selection of both male and female officers, will recognize the humanness of their characters. — Dr. J. Thomas Dalby, Forensic Psychologist