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Publisher's Summary

For 25 years, peace officer Robert T. Christensen patrolled the streets of Kalamazoo, keenly aware every decision he made could have serious, even fatal, consequences. He learned this lesson early in his career, when a belligerent suspect beat the young rookie unconscious.

Throughout his career, Christensen made a habit of reviewing his actions. What tactics had he used? What immediate circumstances prompted his decisions? Could a slight change in strategy have improved the outcome? Viewing every situation as a learning experience molded Christensen into one of Kalamazoo's top cops.

Out of the Darkness and into the Blue recounts the most significant encounters in Christensen's career, but is more than the exciting memoirs of a veteran police officer. Christensen follows each chapter with a thorough analysis, discussing tactics, and training concepts relevant to his experiences.

Along the way, Christensen tackles many of the most important topics in law enforcement today, from racial profiling and deadly force to the challenges LGBT individuals face in a predominantly heterosexual field.

A fascinating exploration of one police officer's thought processes, Out of the Darkness and into the Blue is an entertaining listen and valuable resource for anyone learning about - or serving in - the criminal justice system.

©2014 Robert T. Christensen (P)2014 Robert T. Christensen

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couldn't stop listening

Extremely insightful look into the work of police officers. Not only is this book very educational to police officers but also it provides a great understanding to citizens of the daily pressures of police work and the situations they face.

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Intriguing Read

Would you listen to Out of the Darkness and into the Blue again? Why?

I will be listening to this book again in the future. The first-hand accounts of what the writer encountered throughout his career in law enforcement and military is nothing short of intriguing and interesting. A very well-written memoir.

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  • 01-01-18

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This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People with an interest in police work, rookie cops, or anyone who wants to get a taste of what street life is like for a cop.

Has Out of the Darkness and into the Blue turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I've read plenty of police books that were valuable.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Hoyt’s performances?

No.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Out of the Darkness and into the Blue?

I don't know that I would have. I believe this book was aiming at a particular audience, it is just a limited audience.

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great book

I love the book and the narrator was exceptional. I live in Michigan for 17 years so it had a familiar feel as he was specific about the places he worked.

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Good book

Enjoyed listening would recommend interesting stories and interesting department fire/police wondering if they still do fire calls

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awesome book

I encourage all people who are looking into law enforcement and all people who are new officers to read this book. There are some great insights on the value of community policing and a few officer safety tips. The book is a great Balance of an entertaining story mixed with a training manual. If you only pick up one thing in this book it could make a big difference in how you do your job. THIS IS A MUST READ.

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Alright<br />

In a lot of points I felt as though there was a lack of continuity. The author's work did not match the narrator's rendition. Overall it was a good book but poor Audible.

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amazing

This book makes me want to be a better piece officer every single day, thank you for the insight on the time of your watch, which will never truly end.

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Wow I wish all of the Book would have been his

This is really good until he decides to teach procedural. That is really waste of time since each Department has its on way of making traffic stops. Deadly Force situations etc. I am a Retired Chief of Police with 28 years. Now the Book is Amazing with the great Storys that he has been thru. i will try him again.

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Factual Inaccuracies

In the first few chapters I noticed multiple factual inaccuracies as to the requirements into becoming an LEO as described in the book. It made me question the integrity of the rest of the book.

Still not a complete waste of time if you are interested in getting a first hand account into the aspects of public service.