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Brian S. Bentley is a former 10 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department .  He is the author of One Time : The Story of a South Central Los Angeles Police Officer; Honor Without Integrity; and, Hit Me Once, Hit Me Twice.

According to the book description of One Time: The Story of a South Central Los Angeles Police Officer, it A hardcore look into the mind of a patrol officer working in South Central Los Angeles. The author uses personal testimony to illustrate how "Da Hood" changed him from a "community base" police officer into an aggressive predator of gang members.  The LAPD recruitment posters forgot to mention that he would be shot at, called an "Uncle Tom," and treated like an outsiders by his partners because he grew up and lived in the neighborhood he patrolled. The employment pamphlets failed to describe the helplessness he would feel while handling rape investigations or the sadness he would have to block out at homicide scenes.

Nothing prepared him for what he would experience. His Bachelors degree did not prepare him for a career with the LAPD. Growing up with gang members did not prepare him for the streets as a cop. The only adequate preparation he had was his religious beliefs. He was prepared to die.

One reader of One Time: The Story of a South Central Los Angeles Police Officer said, “A hardcore look into the mind of a patrol officer working in South Central Los Angeles. The author uses personal testimony to illustrate how "Da Hood" changed him from a "community base" police officer into an aggressive predator of gang members.  The LAPD recruitment posters forgot to mention that he would be shot at, called an "Uncle Tom," and treated like an outsiders by his partners because he grew up and lived in the neighborhood he patrolled. The employment pamphlets failed to describe the helplessness he would feel while handling rape investigations or the sadness he would have to block out at homicide scenes.

Nothing prepared him for what he would experience. His Bachelors degree did not prepare him for a career with the LAPD. Growing up with gang members did not prepare him for the streets as a cop. The only adequate preparation he had was his religious beliefs. He was prepared to die.”

One reader of Honor Without Integrity said, “I've read both books written by Officer Brian Bentley. I wish I had the chance to meet this fine brother in arms! We've seen the usual "Root! Root! Recruit!" squeaky clean image of the Los Angeles Police Officer depicted in such TV series as LAPD Life On The Beat, Adam 12, among other shows. This book actually shows the real world behind not only the LAPD, but sadly a lot of law enforcement agencies everywhere! You could be a Housing, Transit, Campus, Deputy Sheriff, Highway Patrol/State Police Officer. The politics and lack of camaraderie are the same! Officer Bentley brought my occupation into reality and it took reading his book to finally put my career (Even Though I've Worked For Over 20 Years In This Field!) into some form of prospective! We in law enforcement all wanted to make the world safe. And create change. But it is much an uphill battle. Especially if one gets no support from their colleagues, or administration. Change the names! Change the faces! But we've all worked with someone like the characters the author depicts! Kudos to you Officer Bentley!”


Honor without Integrity
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One Time : The Story of a South Central Los Angeles Police Officer
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Hit Me Once, Hit Me Twice
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Another reader of One Time : The Story of a South Central Los Angeles Police Officer, “I very much enjoyed reading this book. It was very easy reading and went very quickly. While the author had some very interesting stories to tell, however, I think the publisher did him wrong for publishing it as is. There are a lot of editing mistakes and typos within the context that at times can make it somewhat difficult to follow. However, despite these mistakes, I highly recommend the book to anyone who is interested in law enforcement, especially in L.A. I'm sure it would be an eye opener. I never realized how violent a city L.A. could be.”

According to the book description of Honor Without Integrity, it “is one patrol officer’s personal journey across the "thin blue line" of the Los Angeles Police Department. Set in the backdrop of South Central Los Angeles, Officer Bentley and his partner did whatever it took to arrest, book and ensure convictions of dangerous gang members. As a subplot, they also did whatever it took to make the late nights more exciting and pleasurable on a personal level. LAPD: Honor Without Integrity is dramatic personal testimony and insight offered in a manner that is intriguing, intense and at times humorous.

"My training and experience gave me the confidence that I could justify pulling over anyone I pleased. I’m certain I could have justified stopping a car driven by civil rights attorney Johnny Cochran, with Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson as passengers, solely because I felt like it. Like it or not, every person driving through the hood is fair game.”

According to the book description of Hit Me Once, Hit Me Twice, it “examines the dating history of a woman who matured from a young girl that was attracted to possessive boys, into a woman who became involved with verbally and physically abusive men.

The book also gives helpful tips on how to survive abusive relationships. Hit Me Once, Hit Me Twice begins each chapter with interviews of actual police officers. In addition, the author gives readers a unique inside view of domestic violence from a patrol officer’s perspective. Hit Me Once, Hit Me Twice provides readers with important information on restraining orders, crime reports relating to domestic violence, key words victims should use when speaking to the police and what physical evidence victims should point out during battery investigations. The author wants to reach young women before the police are needed.”

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