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Virtuous Policing

Bridging America's Gulf Between Police and Populace, 1st Edition

By David G. Bolgiano, L. Morgan Banks, III, James M. Patterson

CRC Press

256 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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"It pulls no punches, shuns no controversial topic, and glosses over no issues or problems that beset America’s law enforcement community in our day. For those who may be prone to suspect the motives of these self-confessed lovers of cops and warriors, the title of this book…should be sufficient to allay such concerns."

—John C. Hall, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI (Retd.), from the Foreword

Virtuous Policing: Bridging America’s Gulf Between Police and Populace is a vigorous assessment and commentary on governmental uses of force, whether by civilian law enforcement officers in the United States or by military service members overseas. In the wake of recent controversies such as events in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore, Maryland, this book presents strategies to ease rising tensions in citizen–law enforcement relations.

The book particularly addresses the growing division between members of the police and citizenry due to a number of factors, including the effects of some press members who are more interested in cultivating sensational stories of "rogue" cops than in discovering and disseminating facts. Also, with the abundance of information—true and false—available on the Internet and the increasing utilization of social media, technology contributes to the rising friction between citizens and police. Rather than make unrealistic arguments for curtailing media and technology, it suggests solutions that are reasonable, practical, and, most importantly, peaceful.

The authors examine law enforcement policies, procedures, and leadership methods in relation to four cardinal virtues: self-control, justice, competency, and moral courage. Case studies illustrate ethical, legal, psychological, and tactical issues that law enforcement and the military have to address in establishing and maintaining good and peaceable governance.

With an eye toward minimizing or avoiding future violent confrontations between citizens and those who have sworn to protect them, Virtuous Policing makes recommendations on how law enforcement and military leaders can better train and lead their subordinates. It provides legitimate leadership guidance and peaceful solutions to the growing gap between America’s citizenry and its police.

Table of Contents


Human Operating System 1.0

How America Treats Her Warriors and the Cults of Tribalism and Victimology

Virtuous Leadership for Law Enforcement





Virtuous Policing and Maryland’s Own NSA

In Defense of Self and Others in the Ghetto: Loss of Right



Murder in Southern California (or Cops Emulating the TV Show Cops)


Officer Ray Bunn and Atlanta’s Injustice System

The Overutilization of SWAT and the Militarization of Our Police Departments

Fairfax County, Virginia: Use of SWAT to Kill an Optometrist for Gambling

Albuquerque Police SWAT Arrest a Homeless Man in a Suburban Park

Being Poor Is Not a Crime

Peace Officers Versus Professional Law Enforcement Officers

When Society Embraces the Bad Guys: The Sad Song of Sergeant Johnnie Riley


Misunderstanding the Tactical Dynamics of an Encounter

How Bullets Work Psychologically

How Bullets Work Physically

In Defense of Self or Others

Mistaken Belief

Due Process Violations

Redefining the Role of State: Back to a True Liberalism

Police in Our School Systems

Police Athletic League

Police Explorers

On Notice and the Presumption of Innocence

Second Amendment

Crime and Weapons

How the Lack of Virtue Undermines Society Itself

The Death of Private Property Rights and America’s Future

The Power of Link Analysis

The Ugly and the Good in Police Reformation

The Ugly

The Good

Some Solutions

Developing Magnanimity Within Police Officers and Departments

Words of Caution

Getting Out of the Office and Vehicles and Back Into the Streets

Information Operations

Keeping Up With the State-of-the-Art Knowledge: Competency in Practice

Fitness for Duty

Some Important Courses and Texts

About the Authors

Lieutenant Colonel David G. Bolgiano, USAF (retired), is a former police officer, paratrooper and military officer. He has lectured and testified as an expert in the Ethical, Legal and Tactical Dynamics of Deadly Force Encounters. He served in three combat deployments with airborne and special operations forces and is the author of Combat Self-Defense and co-author of Fighting Today’s Wars.

Colonel L. Morgan Banks, USA (retired), served 37 years in the U.S. Army, with most of that time as the command psychologist for various special operations units. He is a former Green Beret and his career culminated with a 10-year tenure as the senior psychologist for the Army Special Operations Command. He has served multiple tours in combat zones and is the author and co-author of several book chapters. He routinely lectures on the ethics involved in operational psychology.

Colonel James M. Patterson, USA (retired), is a former Green Beret and command legal advisor for 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta (Delta Force) and other elite units. He has served multiple combat tours in America’s war on terror. He is co-author with David G. Bolgiano of Fighting Today’s Wars.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
COMPUTERS / Security / General
LAW / Criminal Law / General
LAW / Forensic Science
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology