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NCJ Number: 119428 Find in a Library
Title: Trooper Down: Life and Death on the Highway Patrol
Author(s): M Bartlett
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 215
Sponsoring Agency: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27515
Taylor Publishing Co
Dallas, TX 75235
Publication Number: ISBN 0-912697-81-4
Sale Source: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
P.O. Box 2225
Chapel Hill, NC 27515
United States of America

Taylor Publishing Co
1550 West Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75235
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book contains anonymous anecdotes from North Carolina Highway Patrol officers who talk revealingly about their lives and work, but the attitudes, problems, and experiences of the troopers represent those of patrol officers throughout the country.
Abstract: The troopers tell of narrow misses and confrontations with drunks, strung-out youth, and strange encounters with "crazies" and of escapades both on and off duty with the opposite sex. They also go into some detail on their duties and experiences of aiding the injured and dying in highway accidents. Female troopers tell of the special challenges they face on the job, and wives and widows speak of their private agony. Troopers talk with surprising candor about burnout, petty politics, and crime within the ranks. Events surrounding the 1985 killing of three North Carolina troopers and the intensive manhunt that followed are detailed. It is pointed out that, since the North Carolina Highway Patrol was established in 1929, 44 troopers have lost their lives while on duty (23 killed in traffic accidents, 17 by gunfire, and 4 in plane crashes). According to FBI studies, more law enforcement officers are killed and assaulted annually in the South than in all other regions of the country combined. FBI officials theorize that Southern law enforcement officers may be more susceptible to violent assaults because of several contributing factors: many police officers in the South tend to work in isolated regions, with a scarcity of backup support; there is easy accessibility to handguns and a general intolerance for gun control in the South; and policemen, particularly troopers, convey a "Southern gentlemen" image. 36 illustrations.
Main Term(s): Assaults on police
Index Term(s): Highway patrol; North Carolina; Police deaths; State police
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