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Adam Plantinga: The Police: Fiction versus Reality

  • UOP School of Education Building, Room 110C 870 Dave Brubeck Way Stockton, CA, 95204 United States (map)

August 10. Adam Plantinga. “The Police: Fiction versus Reality.” His 400 Things Cops Know  was deemed “the new Bible for crime writers” by The Wall Street Journal


Veteran Police Sergeant Adam Platinga—author of “400 Things Cops Know,” a book called “The new bible for crime writers” by The Wall Street Journal—will speak to the San Joaquin Valley Writers on Saturday, August 10, 12:30, at UOP’s School of Education, corner of Dave Brubeck & Kensington Ways. Author Lee Child describes Platinga’s book as “a mix of hard-boiled autobiography and street-wise poetry.” The event is free to the public, and parking is free on Saturdays, as well.

About the Book and Author

Nearly everyone has wondered what it’s like to be a police officer, but no civilian really understands what happens on the job. In “400 Things Cops Know,” Plantinga shows police work from the inside—a profession that can range from rewarding to bizarre to terrifying, all within the course of an eight-hour shift. How does it feel to be in a high-speed car chase? What is it like to shoot someone? What do cops really think about the citizens they serve? Sometimes heartbreaking and often hilarious, “400 Things Cops Know” is an eye-opening revelation of life on the beat.

In a laconic, no-nonsense, dryly humorous style, Plantinga tells what he’s learned from 13 years as a patrolman, from the everyday to the exotic—how to know at a glance when a suspect is carrying a weapon or is going to attack, how to kick a door down, how to drive in a car chase without recklessly endangering the public, why you should always carry cigarettes, even if you don’t smoke and what to do if you find a severed limb.