Tough Cop: Mike Chitwood vs. the Scumbags

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Mike Chitwood, still going strong at 70 is one of the most outspoken, outstanding, and controversial police chiefs in the United States. “Media Mike's” career has been featured by national media from almost the time he began a half century ago as a Philadelphia patrolman (he ultimately became the most decorated cop in the city's history) to a death-defying homicide detective, a narcotics specialist, and most visibly nationally as America's most renowned hostage negotiator, who refused to carry a gun. Typically, ...
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Mike Chitwood, still going strong at 70 is one of the most outspoken, outstanding, and controversial police chiefs in the United States. “Media Mike's” career has been featured by national media from almost the time he began a half century ago as a Philadelphia patrolman (he ultimately became the most decorated cop in the city's history) to a death-defying homicide detective, a narcotics specialist, and most visibly nationally as America's most renowned hostage negotiator, who refused to carry a gun. Typically, he also solved “the case of the century”, finding the body of Holly Maddox in the Ira Einhorn investigation. Mike went on to become police chief in three very different localities, most notably in Portland, Maine—where a campaign was organized to run him for governor. Here he also seemed to court equal amounts of danger and visibility—most notably in his confrontation with the FBI directly after 9/11, and his outspoken support for sane gun control and a balance between protecting the public and affirming every dimension of civil rights. He is currently police superintendant of the exceedingly diverse community of Upper Darby, adjacent to West Philadelphia. Perhaps his excessive visibility is all that prevented him from heading Philadelphia's police force, as local media has urged for many years. That Hal Gullan's is the first book written about his life is likely due to just how challenging it is to keep up with Chitwood. The book, available in both paperback and e-book form is roughly half action, with one dramatic incident after another, and half administration, detailing Chitwood's program for crime prevention, equally relevant to communities of all size throughout the United States. Accordingly, the book presents an excellent case study for law enforcement courses throughout the nation. Chitwood speaks regularly to audiences of all sizes, and since the book was published in November of last year has done almost daily signings along with the author, at numerous venues, including Barnes & Noble outlets. “TOUGH COP” has been so visible locally that prominent labor leader John Dougherty purchased 1,200 copies and had them distributed at the Pennsylvania Society's annual festive weekend in New York, a potential precursor of future promotions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933822778
  • Publisher: Camino Books, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/23/2013
  • Pages: 190
  • Sales rank: 437,775
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Harold I. Gullan, going equally strong at 82, initially had a notable career in advertising, starting after his graduation from the Johns Hopkins University, as the youngest account executive ever hired at America's oldest adverting agency, N.W. Ayer. Ultimately he determined to move in a more meaningful direction, earning his Ph.D. in history in 1998. Since that time he has not only been a visiting professor at a number of universities, but written eight widely-acclaimed books (with five different publishers—from John Wiley to Camino Books, ranging from politics and presidential parents to the significance of sports). Perhaps the most widely-publicized were his companion works, “Faith of Our Mothers' and “First Fathers”. The latter was featured in Barnes &Noble's Father's Day promotion of 2005, included on the relevant table at every B. & N. outlet throughout the nation. In addition, Gullan, who has spoken at virtually every presidential library from Hyde Park, New York to Simi Valley, California, was asked by the United States government to discuss the presidency on the Voice of America, and the books were even translated into Chinese (alas, not a single yen yet). Gullan has been featured in everything from “Fox and Friends” and C-Span to “Parade” magazine. “TOUGH COP” represents an entirely new area for Gullan. He originally met Chitwood when the latter spoke at his daughter-in-law's university. The two worked out the framework for the book—more the account of an ongoing career than a customary biography, at the legendary Llanerch Diner (but just missed getting into “Silver Linings Playbook”). Originally from Baltimore, Gullan lives with his wife of 52 years, Elizabeth in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia, and have been blessed with two adorable grandchildren.
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