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Tony Moreno, A 30-year veteran with the LAPD, he is a qualified gang expert specializing in the development of gang information, the investigation of gangs and gang-related crime, and the training of law enforcement professionals, agencies and private companies. During his law enforcement career he has interviewed thousands of gang members and led hundreds of gang-related investigations involving murder, robbery, rape, extortion, felony assault, witness intimidation, kidnapping and attacks on police officers.

For the past 16 years, he has acted as detective supervisor at the LAPD. Currently, he supervises a surveillance unit whose mission is to seek out and apprehend violent gang members and career criminals. Tony Moreno is the author of Lessons from a Gang Cop, Spinach for the Everyday Warrior, Cops in America: Dealing with the Ferguson Effect and Message from a Blue Heart.

According to the book description of Spinach for the Everyday Warrior, it "is a book written by Tony Moreno, a retired 32-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department. Because of his unique background, he has experienced life in the trenches and has witnessed firsthand the adverse effect that years of stress, trauma and grief have had on himself and the people around him. He has also seen what enables certain individuals to endure hardship and come back strong. This book is a series of easy to read chapters focusing on topics that have a personal connection to most of us. Tony allows you to examine and contemplate his point of view on these issues and inspires you to take a good hard look at yourself. His short stories and vivid examples will cause you to personally take stock of your own feelings, perspectives and beliefs."

According to the book description of Message from a Blue Heart, it "is a dissertation in the skill of navigating today's law enforcement world filled with negativity, criticism and low morale. This book is written by a true "street cop" who has worked in law enforcement for 32 years and has been training law enforcement professionals for the past ten years on top of that. More importantly, the author has "endured" and is able to reflect back on his adventure with great fulfillment and a smile on his face. This book is a mental "pep talk" designed to help the reader develop a healthier attitude and perspective about their career and personal life and preserve the purpose and satisfaction in what they do. Many of the messages and principles in this book transcend the law enforcement world and are actually sound "life lessons" for any reader."

According to the book description of Lessons From a Gang Cop, it “is a unique and compelling book. Unlike other books on the subject, it does not focus on gangs, their origins or their criminal activities. Rather, it presents the key principles Tony Moreno believes are essential for the mental, physical and emotional well-being of law enforcement and other front-line professionals dealing with gangs and fighting to make our communities safer. Full of inspiring stories and no-nonsense practical advice, this book is an indispensable resource for any gang professional wishing to be more effective and successful.”

One reader of Lessons From a Gang Cop said, “Tony does a great job explaining the problems the modern gang police officer faces. Tony, better known as "Pac-Man" for the yellow Dodge Fury he was forced to use during his LAPD CRASH days in South Central, was portrayed by Robert Duvall in the movie "Colors" (the Sean Penn character was based on Dennis Fanning of South Bureau CRASH.) Tony knows his stuff, believe me! Check out the book "Gangs of Los Angeles" and "BOOT: An LAPD Officers Rookie Year" for similar stories.”

One reader of Lessons From a Gang Cop said, “This is a book on gangs from someone who was close to them. Tony provides invaluable insight while providing very interesting reading. His perspective on life lessons is woven throughout, and makes for an excellent read. This is a great read for gang cops and gang members and those who are neither!”

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