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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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Better than expected

I wasn't sure if I would like this book but to my surprise it was really awesome. Definitely recommended for LEOs

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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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He was awesome

The majority of the story can barely be heard over the backing of his own arm patting himself on the back. There was some insight on the duties of a patrolman, However this sounded very much like a narcissistic person reminding everybody how great he is. I appreciate the service you provided for his community,however there are also some questions as to whether or not he was a law-enforcement officer as you stated at times instead of a policeman.

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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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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.