Beat Cop to Top Cop: A Tale of Three Cities

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University of Pennsylvania Press
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6.3 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.5 pounds
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About the Author

John F. Timoney is former Chief of Police, City of Miami.


"John Timoney is pure cop: tough and blunt, sensitive and caring. Deputy Commissioner in New York City, Commissioner in Philadelphia, and Chief in Miami, Timoney helped create Compstat and reduce crime in New York, bring homicide under control in Philadelphia, and demonstrated in Miami that he could reduce police shootings without endangering officers or allowing crime to increase."--George L. Kelling, author of Fixing Broken Windows: Restoring Order And Reducing Crime In Our Communities

"John Timoney writes like he talks (except, unfortunately for the reader, without his delightful Irish brogue). Beat Cop to Top Cop recounts his brilliant career in an always entertaining and insightful way. True to his Dublin story telling heritage, his tale draws the reader into the always exciting world of policing from the beat to the Commissioner's suite."--Bill Bratton, former Chief of Police, Los Angeles

"For anyone interested in how and why policing has changed over the past 40 years, Top Cop has a lot of the answers."--Miami Herald

"If he had thought of him first, Damon Runyon would have invented John Timoney. A self-made man in the 'Runyonesque' mode, John Timoney recounts his remarkable story in this compelling book. He emerges from these pages as a cop's cop and a chief's chief, with a bit of a poet mixed in."--Ray Kelly, New York City Police Commissioner

"Beat Cop to Top Cop is a riveting ride inside the accelerating squad car of John Timoney's career. Page by page, you realize that he's the real life version of the celluloid cop envisioned by countless casting directors. They usually get his physical fitness, rugged good looks, proud Irish heritage and honor of the badge. But Timoney is more than that. As he takes readers from the streets of New York City to Philadelphia to Miami, it becomes obvious what sets him apart: a rare blend of both street and intellectual smarts. Timoney's as comfortable with the beat cop or victim as he is with a city's mayor or its media elite. The blue line isn't thin when Timoney is in uniform. You pray he's the man in charge of the police department that answers your call to 911."--Michael Smerconish, nationally syndicated radio host

"Both the ugly side of police work--particularly corruption--and the achievements of his beloved NYPD are showcased in this intriguing look at what it takes to fight crime."--Publishers Weekly