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To Ride a Hurricane
William L. Walker  More Info

About the Los Angeles Police Department

The Los Angeles Police Department said of the LAPD Academy, “In the early 1900s, upon meeting minimum requirements, police officers were simply given their badges and assigned to protect the City. Since they received no formal training, they learned while on the job, from other police officers or through trial and error. In 1924, when a program of training for new officers was instituted, there was no regular training facility, and the Department had to use classroom space at an armory in Elysian Park.

In 1925, the Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club (LAPRAAC) was formed, and a private organization of sworn members of the Department opened a pistol range in Elysian Park on the site of the present Police Academy. This range was to play a pivotal part in future training for the Los Angeles Police Department. That future began in earnest when, during the 1932 World Games, the Olympic Committee obtained permission to use the range for the pistol and rifle competition. When the games were over, the Department was given the dormitory building. The structure, which had been used at the Olympic Village in Baldwin Hills, was dismantled and transported to the Elysian Park site by off-duty officers, and then reassembled for use as a clubhouse. Later it became the basis for the present Academy restaurant and cafe.”

William (Bill) L. Walker is a Vietnam vet who spent twenty-seven years of his life in law enforcement. He began his law enforcement career in 1970 when he joined the Los Angeles Police Department.  He retired from the Department in 1998. William L. Walker is the author of To Ride a Hurricane.

According to the book description of To Ride a Hurricane, it “is a twisted love story set amidst the intrigue of a spy novel, filled with action and adventure. Gloria is the consummate Coast Guard Master Chief, a hero and legend, her private life a disaster. Avoiding relationships because of failed love and rape, she lives in her work, but her career is soon to end. Bill is a retired cop living day to day in a lukewarm marriage; an explosion changes that. His family thinks he’s dead. Sent on a mission for the government, he rescues POWs from Vietnam, steals $200 million, and then sets off a nuke under a mosque. On Sentry Island, Bill’s home, a hurricane forces Bill and Gloria together. They want to fall in love, but first they have to overcome the storm and their pasts; the hurricane was the easy part.”

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