According to the book description of The Streets Are Blue: True Tales of
Service from the Front Lines of the Los Angeles Police Department, "In
1869, the police force in Los Angeles went from a voluntary to a paid city
police force. Since then, thousands upon thousands of men and women have served
on the Los Angeles Police Department. In this book, thirty-four former officers
share stories of their experiences in police work in their own words. Of the
thirty-four, the first officer came on in 1941 and the last officer retired in
2009, a range of time just short of seventy years. The experiences recounted in
this book cover a wide range of assignments and speak to just about any
situation a police officer can encounter.
The officers were frank, truthful, and open about an occupation met with
everything from monotony to split-second life and death decisions. They
recounted their thoughts of purpose, duty, and in many instances, valor. Whether
rescuing an abused child, confronting armed individuals, managing civil
disorder, or losing one of their own, the officers in this book reveal the human
element present in all those who serve in law enforcement."