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
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.”