May 11, 2015

#Excerpt from HEARTS BENEATH THE BADGE by @themissingniche

Hearts Beneath the Badge is a unique compilation of interviews with officers across the country. It's not about the crimes they witness or the judgment they face; it's about them - Damien, Danny, Frances, Ken, Pamela, Brian, and more. Their thoughts, their fears, their proud moments and their heartbreak. It's about the people we often don't see because we are blinded by the uniform.

They are among the hundreds of thousands that are unseen each day, the men and women that go back for more no matter the personal cost. They provide meals, rides, lifesaving breaths and prosthetic legs. Yes, even prosthetic legs. There is much more to them than meets the eye-or the news camera. By reading this book, you will open yourself to a world of people you may have forgotten existed. You will see the names, families and some of the faces of the police officers that don't make the news.

Hearts Beneath the Badge is a book about the good deeds officers perform. There is a pressing need for people to see more than just the officer's hearts; they need to see their souls. Society as a whole needs to accept police officers for who they are - mere mortals. In order to do that, they must look through the layers of the officer's lives and see the heartache and joy, the same heartaches and joy we all experience. Society also needs to know that, whether we want to admit it or not, there is a price to be paid for pursing the love of the law.

90% of all sales will be donated to National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, Safe Call Now, Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and PoliceWives.

Hearts Beneath the Badge
Publisher: Missing Niche Publishing
Genre: Nonfiction



While Frances was deciding which career path she would choose, she worked as both a campus police officer and a reserve officer. After a while, she grew tired of waiting for bars to close on weekends to deal with shootings, gangs, stabbings, and drunks. She preferred the community policing style she had grown accustomed to as an officer at East Carolina University (ECU).

Some will say that campus police officers aren’t really police, but the duties they perform say otherwise. Many campus police carry guns and have the same rights and responsibilities as city police officers. For example, the September 2014 log sheet for ECU shows calls for assistance and arrests for trespassing, larceny, damage to property, underage possession of alcohol, possession of marijuana, rape, kidnapping, hit and run, DWI, sexual exploitation of a minor, distribution and possession of heroin, and weapons law violations.

In addition to over 28,000 students, staff, and faculty, the campus is in the middle of a large city and the campus police jurisdiction ends just outside of campus. This means the campus police also supplement the local police force.

A rash of bike thefts on campus provided Frances with a deeper understanding of the plight of children in her patrol area. The suspects were children, and through videotaped evidence they were able to identify and interview all of those involved. What she found was troubling.

Karen Solomon is interested in the feelings of law enforcement and whether or not they have someone that will listen to them, most of them do not. Most books on the market are written by the police officers themselves, in almost textbook fashion relating protocol and situations with the orderliness of a police report. Her books are different from every book out there because the officers bare themselves to her; many of the interviews end in tears because they have opened up something that is very difficult to close. Karen Solomon is a graduate of Eckerd College and blogs as The Missing Niche. Her writing has been featured on and To Write Love on Her Arms. She lives in New England with her husband, 2 children and 2 dogs. Proceeds of her latest book, Hearts Beneath the Badge, will be donated to law enforcement charities.

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