About . . . . . . Classes . . . . . . Books . . . . . . Vita . . . . . . . Links. . . . . . Blog

by Peter Moskos

April 30, 2010

Enlightening and Authoritative

It's not too late to read my book. Don't take my word for it. Take Sean O'Donnell's of the Baltimore Republican Examiner:
For anyone interested is what being a police officer in Baltimore City is really like, Peter Moskos' in-depth, academic, and realist account in Cop in the Hood is a must-read.... Whether one agrees or not with Moskos' opinion on drug legalization, one will most certainly enjoy this enlightening and authoritative work on policing a rough area of Baltimore City.


Jacques said...

I wouldn't get too excited about this review. Anybody and everybody can write for the Examiner websites.

Rick (14 years sworn) said...

I read your book. I thought it was ok and a good eye opener for a young person thinking about a police career but at under 200 pages not counting footnotes it seemed pretty thin overall to me and not that in depth. A lot of it isn't even about your time on the PD. I got a sense from reading the book that Baltimore PD has low entrance requirements and crappy training. I was amazed you'd never run a mile and a half before your physical test. I was even more amazed to read that you had no drop outs in your academy class. That tells me you had a really easy academy. Our academy had about a 1/3 dropout/cut rate and more weeded out in FT. All in all I got the sense you are a smart guy but not really cut out for police work so that affected your perspective somewhat. You saw a lot as a rookie but there's still a whole lot you didn't see, that was reflected in some of your pretty naive theories about narcotics.

PCM said...

Rick, you should write for the Examiner website, I hear anybody can do it.

But I don't doubt your critique of me or the BPD academy.