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by Peter Moskos

April 28, 2008

Adapt or die

I just got an email from an academy classmate of mine. One of the nicest things about writing Cop in the Hood is that I hear from people I miss, but with whom I had lost touch.
So you know, I never left the Eastern District. I love patrol. I don’t know why, but I do. My beat is [***] post (the projects) and I seem to be the only officer who loves to walk foot in every project alleyway. Anyways, being a city police officer changed me... changed me ALOT! I even changed my hair cut style. Also, I am no longer shy or timid. I guess that’s what working the ghetto does to one person. It is like "adapt or die." [...] Anyways, I am working at this moment, but wanted to congrat you on your book and teaching. Oh, and a lot of our classmates were either fired or left to other agencies. Anyways, have a good one!

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