I was born in what can only be described as abject poverty. My first recollections of life are in a one-room cabin; a cabin with a dirt floor and no plumbing hastily erected at the site of a coal mine operated by the government - Public Works Administration. My family was LDS, or better know as Mormon. We had strong family ties and high morals. The love we shared gave us all a sense of security.
As the country slowly pulled out of the depression, my father was finding some business success as a plastering contractor. That ended when he was killed in an auto accident and we were pulled back into our micro depression.
My life was one of hardship and struggle...including fighting. My generation was inculcated with an attitude of confrontation tempered with ready forgiveness and mercy. We fought with each other but we helped each other.
I followed the path of least resistance into the building trades, was inducted into the army during the Korean War, serving with the 82nd Airborne. I somehow became a police officer. The combined experience of law enforcement, honest labor and the military, along with the injustice I witnessed and experienced along the way, whetted my desire to find out just exactly what was acting as a burr under my pillow and, with four children to support, I returned to school at age 28. While working full time I managed to earn three degrees including a BA in Economics and an MPA.
I found out that there is no such thing as neutral justice. It has to be engineered. Somehow, I feel obligated to help that cause along. I never ran for public office but I grew active in writing and promoting government that served the people...for which purpose it was established.
Many of my years in law enforcement were spend doing research into law enforcement issues. I've authored several government published reports:
Cost analysis of certified tuition courses - 1971
The P.O.S.T. training program: a review and critique - 1972
Police discretion as public policy - 1973
An analysis of the role of the training officer in California law - 1973
The growth and development of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training - 1974
Course evaluation instrument project: final report - 1974
Training needs assessment survey - 1976
A construction management ebook:
Residential construction management - 2005
And a investigative review of a murder and trial in 1947:
The Newport Harbor Murders Revisited - 2012