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Being a cop in New York City can be challenging. Being a cop in the NYC subway can be disheartening.
The daily environment of the transit cop – the dirt, grime, urine, graffiti, homeless, crowds, noise, and crime is enough to stifle anyone’s spirit. Throw in a hefty helping of inept leadership, ridiculous summons and arrest quotas, problems at home, and an unappreciative public and it’s no wonder that some cops fall prey to cynicism, apathy and indifference. Police in New York City have a term for these burnt-out cops – hairbags.
This is the story of an oddball group of misfits who patrolled New York City’s subterranean underworld during the 1980s. This is Hairbag Nation.
Was it an attack or a naturally occurring event?
The government still didn’t know. The only thing certain was the results. 130,000 Americans were dead, and if not for the heroic efforts of medical science in producing a vaccine, the United States would likely have ceased to exist as a functioning nation. More disturbing was the new term that became a part of every citizen’s vocabulary – Post-life Reanimated Entity, or PRE – the government’s effort to clinically label the undead.
The events of 9/11 proved that Americans have short memories. It only took a few years without a major terrorist attack for citizens to lower the priority of counterterrorism and homeland security. The same phenomenon occurred after the outbreak. Once the threat from the PREs had been eradicated the citizenry went on with life as normal, with the image of the undead stalking the streets just a faded bad dream.
NYPD Lieutenant Rick Soto is about to find out that New York City has a dark secret it is keeping from its citizens. Soto will be thrust into the middle of a threat that is all too real below the streets of the city. New York City still has work to do to eliminate the undead threat, and that mission is the job of Lt. Soto’s new Police Zombie Squad.
“How was I supposed to know he was a cop – he looked like a bum.” – Anonymous Subway Predator, Queens, New York City,1985
In the early 1980s crime was rampant in New York City, especially in the dirty, dark, grimy subway. Many New Yorkers felt they were taking their lives in their hands every time they descended into the underground abyss. The New York City Transit Police Management devised a plan to combat the lawlessness in the subway. They would create a train patrol unit and place a uniformed cop on every late-night train. That would surely drive down crime and have a positive impact on the public’s perception of subway safety – it didn’t!
If a uniformed cop on every train had no impact on crime, maybe the perception that every subway rider was a police officer would do the trick. Enter the Transit Police Decoy Unit.
Protecting the southern border of America is about as stressful as it gets for a law enforcement officer. Sometimes, you have to laugh to maintain your sanity.
When one stops to think about it for a second, it becomes clear that police officers must come across some of the craziest, most eccentric, and most unexpected aspects of everyday society as a fundamental part of their job, whether it be on the streets of New York City or the Mexican border. If only a police officer with a sense of humor decided to write some of the best stories down…?
That’s exactly what Robert L. Bryan does best. As a former NYC cop and Border Patrol Agent, Bryan’s been in the thick of it for most of his career, treading the thin blue line between civility and chaos. Along the way, he’s come across some seriously bizarre characters, and some even more bizarre situations. Sometimes, a man has just got to laugh at the ridiculousness of it all, and with his talent for turning a phrase and spinning a good yarn, Dark Knights 2: The Dark Humor of Police Officers – Border Patrol Edition spins plenty of hilarious tales which range from the horrifyingly funny to the downright weird while Bryan worked his first law enforcement job on the southern border
Dark Knights 2 manages to not just be a fantastic piece of light entertainment for those curious about the laughs within law enforcement, it also offers a truly fascinating insight into some of the more unexpected aspects of the job of policing America’s border. This darkly funny and somewhat twisted collection of tales and memories will not only make you laugh, it will also get you thinking about today’s headlines and the role the Border Patrol plays in society today, and where the agency needs reform, reevaluation, and outright applause.
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In even the toughest of jobs, and in the harshest of environments, what else can we rely upon to get us through the day but our sense of humor?
This is the fundamental premise behind Dark Knights 4 The Dark Humor of Police Officers: The Police Academy, a daring, illuminating, and deeply funny and sideways look at law enforcement in the USA, as well as at the eccentric and outrageous characters who work within and outside of the system.
You might have thought that the distinctive, instantly recognizable, and world-weary dark humor possessed only by big city cops is the product of many, many years on the force. You might have thought that the jokes they tell, their sideways view of life, and their whole perspective on people, the system they work in, and where the world is heading comes about at some point between the peak of their career and the final stretch before retirement. You’d be wrong: it begins at police academy.
Training to be a police officer, especially one preparing to patrol the mean streets of New York City, is one of the most physically and mentally exhausting processes anyone can go through. The shocks and surprises come thick and fast, and not everybody finds their way through to the other side or gets their badge at the end. As such, developing a sense of humor in line with your fellow officers - and a wit as quick as your instructors and superiors - isn’t just a good idea to get ahead, it’s essential for your survival on the job. From his work as a police academy instructor, patrol cop, and border patrol agent, Robert L. Bryan lifts the lid on the dark humor of the police force. By diving once again into the fray with yet another compendium, explores some of the oddest, funniest, and most memorable stories from his time working on the thin blue line.
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Investigating other police officers is a job no cop wants to do.
Against the backdrop of the 1995 merger of the NYC Transit and Housing Police Departments into the New York City Police Department, this is the true story of a transit police lieutenant who abruptly finds himself walking a tightrope.
The author, then was a fourteen-year veteran lieutenant in the Transit Police Department at the time of the merger, is thrust into command of a squad of seasoned NYPD investigators with the Internal Affairs Bureau.
But the problem is...
He has no prior investigative experience having spent the previous fourteen years patrolling the subway system and dealing with subway-related crimes. But now Lieutenant Byran must be a leader to an Internal Investigations squad that were all so much more experienced than he was.
With almost forty thousand uniformed members of the service, the NYPD is a microcosm within the city. Just as there are murderers, thieves, and drug dealers in the city, there are also murderers, thieves, and drug dealers inside the police department. Somebody has to weed out these bad apples in the Big Apple.
It’s a tough job physically, mentally, and emotionally - especially with the “Rat” stigma that is so closely associated with Internal Affairs. Imagine managing a hardened team who had spent years working in the tough, thankless job of investigating homicides, narcotics cases, and organized crime rings, and bringing corrupt cops to justice.
Was the author able to deftly walk the fine line of leading his squad and gaining their respect without having experience in the job? Could he quickly get up to speed and learn how to perform the wide range of investigations conducted by the Internal Affairs Bureau without being undermined?
In this insightful, humorous, and sometimes poignant reflection on his distinguished career, Robert Bryan offers readers a window into the NYPD at a time when there is a lot of controversy and criticism of policemen.
If you enjoy true no-holds-barred cop stories then you’ll love C-Case. Written by an insider, this memoir will give you new and unexpected insights into what it takes to be a successful cop in the toughest city in America.
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”When I get home, I say, thank God I made it.” Anonymous subway rider – Bronx, New York, 1979.
In the early 1980s crime was rampant in New York City, especially in the dirty, dark, grimy subway. New Yorkers forced to ride the trains to work spent as little time as possible in the underground world, and said prayers of thanks every day when they made it home safely. Imagine having to ride in those subterranean metal containers for eight or more hours every day.
The second installment in the series tells the story of five young New Yorkers who became police officers. They came from diverse backgrounds with diverse reasons for choosing a police career. They wanted to make a difference. They wanted to serve the people – they wanted to solve crimes – they wanted to make the subway safe. They ended up hanging on tightly to a handrail as they rode subway trains back and forth for eight hours every night. In other words, they ended up right in the middle of Hairbag Nation!
The New York City Subway has earned many unflattering nicknames. To the Transit Cops who patrolled this subterranean world it was simply – The Hole
The Dark Knights series traces the author’s law enforcement career to chronicle many of the interesting and often times funny situations encountered by police officers. Dark Knights 6 continues this exploration by focusing on a single day of patrol – in the hole.
There is nothing quite like the police officer sense of humor.
The police are seen as many things to many people; protectors, law enforcers, upstanding citizens, but rarely, if ever, are they seen as funny. However, when one stops to think about it for a second, it becomes clear that police officers must come across some of the craziest, most eccentric, and most unexpected aspects of everyday society as a fundamental part of their job. If only a police officer with a sense of humor decided to write some of their best stories down…?
That’s exactly what Robert L. Bryan does best. As a former NYC cop, Bryan’s been in the thick of it for most of his career, treading the thin blue line between civility and chaos. Along the way, he’s come across some seriously bizarre characters, and some even more bizarre situations. Sometimes, a man has just got to laugh at the ridiculousness of it all, and with his talent for turning a phrase and spinning a good yarn, Dark Knights: The Dark Humor of Police Officers spins plenty of hilarious shaggy dog stories which range from the horrifyingly funny to the downright weird.
Dark Knights: The Dark Humor of Police Officers manages to not just be a fantastic piece of light entertainment for those curious about the laughs within the force, it also offers a truly fascinating insight into some of the more unexpected aspects of the job. What happens when inexperienced police officers are put in front of a riot, and are told to act as if they were seasoned professionals? Where do most police officers’ breaking points lie? Do male and female police officers react differently to different situations… and what happens if and when they do? This darkly funny and somewhat twisted collection of tales and memories will not only make you laugh, it will also get you thinking about the role the police have in society today, and where the force needs reform, reevaluation, and outright applause.
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A nuclear threat. A race against time. Can NYPD's finest save Manhattan from annihilation?
Bobby Moylan wishes this shift wasn't his last. Years after a drunk driver killed his family, his life-saving distraction of work with the NYPD is coming to a close. But when he discovers an Islamic terrorist plot against his city, his final hours on the job could turn explosive…
Joey Galeno misses the days when he could count on his partner. Years removed from working with Moylan, the counterterrorism expert hopes to get something solid from his new, unreliable undercover agent. As it becomes clear a nuclear threat is imminent, Galeno has no choice but to trust his fellow agent to preserve millions of lives…
As the clock counts down to obliteration, can Moylan and Galeno take out the deadly cell before extremists trigger an urban nuclear Armageddon?
The Last Day is a gripping terrorist thriller. If you like clever heroes, high-stakes action, and character-driven tension, then you’ll love Robert L. Bryan’s explosive novel.
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This is the story of one of the more fabled occupations in America - the railroad conductor.
This book traces the origin of the railroad and the occupation as well as the conductor as a subject of folklore and the media. Additionally, the pathways to a career as a conductor are fully explored.
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Police Officers are not the only force protecting the citizenry. For over 80% of the critical infrastructure in the United States, the first line of defense is a private security officer.
Private security shares many similarities with policing, but in too many instances security officers are not recognized as the protectors and upstanding citizens that they are. Another commonality between police officers and security officers is that rarely, if ever, are they seen as funny. However, when one stops to think about it for a second, it becomes clear that police officers are not alone in encountering some of the craziest, most eccentric, and most unexpected aspects of everyday society as a fundamental part of their job. Security officers also experience the strange, bizarre, and funny on a regular basis.
Author Robert L. Bryan is in a unique position to comment on the dark humor found in both occupations. As a former NYPD Captain, Bryan has written extensively in the Dark Knights series about the strange and humorous situations and people he encountered throughout his career. In Dark Knights 5 Bryan shares the equally funny stories from his experience in the world of private security and while conducting security training classes. Sometimes, a man has just got to laugh at the ridiculousness of it all, and with his talent for turning a phrase and spinning a good yarn, Dark Knights: The Dark Humor of Security Officers spins plenty of hilarious stories which range from the horrifyingly funny to the downright weird.
Dark Knights: The Dark Humor of Security Officers manages to not just be a fantastic piece of light entertainment for those curious about the laughs within the world of private security, it also offers a truly fascinating insight into the profession. This darkly funny and somewhat twisted collection of tales and memories will not only make you laugh, it will also get you thinking about the role of private security in society today.