A fatherless boy growing up in a small Texas town is taken under wing by the local lawmen. They work with the town leaders to provide his basic needs and help him escape the shame and poverty of his circumstances. One in particular becomes his guardian.
He teaches the boy about life, how to face his fears, that honor is more important than comfort and that defending those who cannot defend themselves is the highest duty of a man.
The boy learns the lessons well. He hears the call and his heart opens to it. He too becomes a Guardian.
This is the novelized story of the authors’ thirty-seven years service in law enforcement and public safety. It is unique in that the reader is given an inside look at what motivates one to the calling and the process of becoming a police officer.
It is told from the first person perspective of one who walked a beat in downtown Dallas at the age of 19, answered the calls as a radio patrol officer and worked the cases as a detective.
It gives an inside look at the understanding of not only the criminal act but the issues that lead to criminality and the processes by which criminal justice professionals identify and apprehend those responsible for given crimes.
PRAISE FOR GUARDIANS IN BLUE:
“As a man who was privileged to work the streets with Ken Bangs, I can tell you that he was the Guardian. If you want to understand police work at the base level, then The Guardians is a must read. It goes beyond the violence and the sensationalism and gives you a window into the hearts and souls of those men and women who ride toward danger when everyone else runs away.” — Doug Sword, Captain of Police (Retired), Dallas Police Department
“Guardians In Blue is an action packed book about actual crimes from the Dallas Police files. These cases as retold by Ken bangs come alive in a format that makes you feel like you are at the location and involved in the investigations.” — Gary Holly, Retired Police Officer
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