Have you had a chance to read the excerpts on this site? What do you think? Did I learn anything of value in my research or did I miss the mark? Your impression is the most important one.
I have been privileged to send out a few copies of OD12 to police trainers and law enforcement supporters whom I really respect during the book launch. These are my peers who have nothing to gain and can be honest. One of them wrote:
"This book goes well beyond the information provided by the FBI LEOKA... It becomes personal... We all talk about the who, what, and where but seldom why line-of-duty deaths happen... OD12 covers that often the most important piece of the puzzle."
This is exactly the kind of information I wanted to produce for the profession. Is he right? You might have to read the book for yourself to find out!
Another police trainer said I should expand my training implications sections to provide examples of officers who survived similar incidents to contrast with the officers who did not. I am thinking about this for next year. Although I wrote the work primarily to honor the memories of these officers and to attempt to learn from their sacrifices, I am concerned that adding a contrast with an officer who survived might be a subtle criticism. Would this be like saying to the officers who died: "if you had done what he did, you would have lived." I'm not sure that would be true.
What do you think?