Norm Stamper, former chief of the Seattle Police force, has written a story like no other. Part-memoir, part polemic, Stamper exposes the unvarnished truth — both disturbing and inspiring — about policing in America today.

Breaking Rank
A Top Cop's Exposé
of the Dark Side of American Policing

Norm Stamper

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Norm Stamper began his law enforcement career in San Diego in 1966 as a beat cop. In 1994, he was named chief of the Seattle Police Department, where he set about implementing many of the initiatives he writes about in Breaking Rank.

Retiring in 2000, he now lives in a cabin on a mountain in the San Juan Islands in Washington State. He is currently writing a novel, between trips to San Diego to visit his son Matt, daughter-in-law Lisa, and twin granddaughters Danielle and Lauren.

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