1st Edition

What They Didn't Teach at the Academy
Topics, Stories, and Reality beyond the Classroom

ISBN 9781439869192
Published September 10, 2013 by Routledge
398 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

USD $81.95

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Book Description

While professional courses and how-to manuals can prepare us for expected events that will occur in the course of our careers, there remains an untapped reservoir of life experience that cannot be prepared for in training or study. These events and experiences give texture and meaning to our work and shape our character. Filled with stories of courage and inspiration, What They Didn't Teach at the Academy: Topics, Stories, and Reality Beyond the Classroom looks at experiences encountered by public safety and military professionals that were not necessarily encompassed in their training or realistically portrayed in simulations.

Topics raised in the stories include:

  • A doctor confronting her own debilitating and potentially fatal disease
  • Cultural awareness and safe travel
  • Suicide among law enforcement officers
  • Departmental harassment of a new police recruit
  • Coping with an addicted spouse
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Life as a K-9 handler
  • The effect of work obligations on marriage and family
  • Conflicts between moral beliefs and professional principles
  • Debunking myths about Islam

The book also examines coping mechanisms for stress and discusses the importance of observation, perception, and communication in facing challenging encounters. Through this collection of vignettes and philosophies, the contributors demonstrate that the lessons of life are not taught in colleges, universities, and academies but through hard experience.

Table of Contents

Hard Knock Lessons

The Final Educational Degree: Life; Bernadette A. Kutcher

Watch Out for Bees: They Can Ruin Your Career; J. Branch Walton

Torch of Intuition, Flames of Preparation: Safely Lighting Your Way through Traveling’s Uncertainties; Katherine June

Don’t Outrun Your Headlights … or Your Guardian Angel; Dale L. June

Suicide; Azadeh Afsahi

Suicide by Cop: Victims from Both Sides of the Badge; Rebecca Stincelli with Dale L. June

Time and Attitude; Dale L. June

(Not) One of the Guys; Tiffany Harrison

It’s Not about the Belt: Martial Arts Spirituality—Body, Mind, and Spirit; Dale L. June

Life Lesson Experience; Keila Alvarenga

Tough Love: The Overpowering Addiction of Cocaine; Cheyanne Hill

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); Dale L. June

General Lessons of Life

Combat Psychology and Sports Performance; Craig Weller

Observation, Listening, and Perception; Dale L. June

The Importance of Effective Communication; Jared Axen

My Life or His: Shoot or Don’t Shoot; Dale L. June

Cultural Pluralism; Jennifer J. Schneider

Life Is Situational; Dale L. June

K-9 Partners: True Stories; Jason Johnson and Others

Conflict of Time, Priorities, and Family; Ruth Stortroen

Marriage and Conflict; Yesenia Vega

The Need for Ethics; Dale L. June

Women Who Bully; Veda Hall

Humorous Lessons

The Fifty-Miles-an-Hour Parking Ticket; Dale L. June

Lessons in Life: The Mom Keaner Story; Richard Repasky

I Knew You Were Federal Agents; Dale L. June

April Fools, Motherf___ers; Dale L. June

Mentis Incompitus (Tripped up by Bad Planning); Dale L. June

Patriotic and Immigration Lessons

Interpreting the Meaning of the Gettysburg Address; Nicole Tye

The Golden Door; Carly Jennings

The New Colossus: What It Means to Me; Stefanie Winkler

Ideology and Philosophy

Don’t Be Afraid; Listen to and Use Your Intuition; Janine Francovich

What I Should Know about Islam: A Basic Primer; Mohamad Khatabloo

Ideology and Philosophy; Dale L. June

A Look to the Future through Today’s Prism; Dale L. June

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Dale L. June is a former U.S. Secret Service Agent assigned to the Presidential Protective Division at the White House with four presidents. He was also assigned to the Sacramento and San Diego field offices. He is a former military policeman and member of a military honor guard (110th Military Police Platoon, Stuttgart, Germany). He was also a police officer in Redding and Sacramento, California and a U.S. Customs Intelligence Research Specialist. He has worked directly with executives of multinational corporations, VIPs, political figures, royalty, and celebrities and liaised with law enforcement, fire department, and medical personnel, as well as international law enforcement agency personnel.