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A veteran police officer gives his thoughtful, balanced views on police shootings, racial profiling, community relations, and every other aspect of policing - and he'll change what you think about the police.

From the author of the acclaimed 400 Things Cops Know, Police Craft is a thought-provoking and revelatory examination of policing in America, as seen by a working police officer. Adam Plantinga, a 17-year veteran sergeant with the San Francisco Police Department, gives an inside view of the police officer's job, from handling evidence and conducting interrogations to coping with danger, violence, and death. Not hesitating to confront controversial issues, Plantinga presents the police officer's views on police shootings, racial profiling, and relationships between police and the community - and offers reasoned proposals on what the police and the public can do better. 

Hard-boiled, humorous, and compassionate, Plantinga wrestles with the complexities and contradictions of a job he loves in which he witnesses so much suffering. Transcending today's strident pro-cop/anti-cop rhetoric, Police Craft will give every listener a greater respect for the police and greater understanding of the job they do.

©2018 Adam Plantinga (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-03-2019

400 things cops know was better

Just a few thoughts . 1 400 Things cops know was a interesting , well thought out and entertaining audiobook 2. This book was good but written with much more caution and awareness of the public’s response . I firmly believe that either directly or in directly the writers supervisors told him to be careful of the effect his writing could have on his career or legacy. 3. listen to his first book and you will listen to this one. Listen to this book first and you might pass on 400 things cops know , any new law enforcement officer will certainly find a ton of good ( possibly life saving ) information in the stories from 400 things

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  • Karla Morris
  • 18-04-2019

We want more!!!!

I’ve listened to both books now, 400 Things Cops Know and Police Craft. Author Adam Plantiga gives such insight into the life of cops that we can all better appreciate our men and women in blue. I love the straight forward story telling, the dry laugh out loud humor of real life situations, and the poignant realities of life on the beat. In this book, he addresses hot topics such as police shootings, racial profiling etc... The narrator is spot on! Just the right tone. Again, we want more!!!

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  • John
  • 08-05-2019

even better than the first

even better than the first I can't believe it was just so good if not better than his first I wish he would write another

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-04-2019

Accurate

There is a wealth of relatable detail in this book regardless what department you serve with.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-02-2020

The narrator is fantastic!

Marvel’s intelligent, dry, sarcastic tone coupled with Plantinga’s hilarious writing is perfect. It took a few minutes to grow on me since I was adjusted to a completely different voice of Plantinga’s other audiobook, but once there, I think I want to find other books Marvel narrates. As to Plantinga, I love this guy. As extremely informative and useful as a textbook, but repackaged by a comedian. Laugh out loud funny, helped me tremendously in my own job, and really touches the heart at times and gives me the drive to be a better human being, both at work and off. Thanks Adam. You’ve made as much of a difference with your books as you did on the street. We need more like you.

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  • Shonta Prince
  • 23-02-2019

I enjoyed it

Made me laugh on occasion. Truth and facts in this book. I would listen again.

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  • Daryl James
  • 27-11-2020

I liked the book, not crazy about the narrator

I enjoy books that give thorough insight to the field of police work. This book was rich in content that i found enjoyable to listen to and insightful. it is one that I will listen to again, or purchase the printed version. The narrator was a bit cheesy and sounded a little too pompous for my taste. Not what does sound like from my experience.

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  • VC
  • 29-08-2020

Pertinent to Today

This should be required reading before people scream to defund police. I’m not saying it will change their mind, just make them a little more informed.

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  • Ken R.
  • 02-07-2020

Disapointing

Useful information in this book is at a minimum. This isn't a manual or information resource. It did prove to be an entertaining collection of police stories until the writer showed himself for what he was. Plantinga makes a great many movie quotes in this book. And then he makes a point to insult the 45th President of the United States and the millions of people who voted for the President. This is, it would appear, further pandering to the Hollywood crowd, possibly in hopes of gaining employment there as a writer. It might have occurred to Plantinga that there is not a people in the history of the Earth will a lower sense of morals and ethics than the Hollywood industry. This eludes him. I returned this book, because I will not facilitate hate, lies, and unAmerican propaganda.

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  • seri
  • 08-02-2020

Great book!

The stories were really interesting and the entire thing was made better by the narrator. I'm glad I took a gamble and got this book. I couldn't stop listening.

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