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John Caprarelli

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John Caprarelli "joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1982. His assignments included 10 years of street patrol in various areas of Los Angeles, the Prostitution Enforcement Detail in Hollywood, the Undercover Narcotics Buy Team in downtown Los Angeles and Special Problems Units in the San Fernando Valley. In 1997, he was awarded the departments Medal of Valor for his involvement in the North Hollywood Bank of America Shootout and in 1998 was selected by the National Association of Police Organizations as one of that years National Top Cops. He was Studio City's Senior Lead Officer for nine years and retired from North Hollywood Division's Community Relations Office in 2009 after 27 years of service with the LAPD."  John Caprarelli is the author of Uniform Decisions: My Life in the LAPD and The North Hollywood Shootout.

According to the book description of Uniform Decisions: My Life in the LAPD and The North Hollywood Shootout, "February 28, 1997, Los Angeles, California - After a botched robbery at a Bank of America branch in North Hollywood, two robbers, armed with fully automatic assault rifles and wearing full body armor, fired more than 1,100 rounds as they battled police. Eleven officers and two civilians were wounded. The two robbers, Emil Matasareanu and Larry Eugene Phillips Jr., were killed by gunfire. Officer John Caprarelli was one of the first officers at the scene. Before a national TV audience, he confronted one of the robbers, provoking a gun fight and exchanging numerous shots before the gunman fell. Officer Caprarelli was awarded the LAPDs highest honor, the Medal of Valor, as well as a National Top Cop Award. In this memoir, Uniform Decisions, John gives the reader a rare glimpse into his private life along with vivid recollections of events during his 27-year career with the LAPD culminating in a detailed breakdown of his thoughts and actions during the infamous bank robbery."

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