Hearts Beneath the Badge
By Karen Solomon
About the Author
The Missing Niche. Her writing has been featured on PoliceMag.com and To Write Love on Her Arms. She lives in New England with her husband, 2 children and 2 dogs. Proceeds of her latest book,
Hearts Beneath the Badge, will be donated to law enforcement charities.
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About the Book
Title: Hearts Beneath the Badge
Author: Karen Solomon
Publisher: Missing Niche Publishing
Hearts Beneath the Badge is a unique compilation of interviews with officers across the country. It's not about the crimes they witness or the judgment they face; it's about them - Damien, Danny, Frances, Ken, Pamela, Brian, and more. Their thoughts, their fears, their proud moments and their heartbreak. It's about the people we often don't see because we are blinded by the uniform.
They are among the hundreds of thousands that are unseen each day, the men and women that go back for more no matter the personal cost. They provide meals, rides, lifesaving breaths and prosthetic legs. Yes, even prosthetic legs. There is much more to them than meets the eye-or the news camera. By reading this book, you will open yourself to a world of people you may have forgotten existed. You will see the names, families and some of the faces of the police officers that don't make the news.
Hearts Beneath the Badge is a book about the good deeds officers perform. There is a
pressing need for people to see more than just the officer's hearts; they need to see their
souls. Society as a whole needs to accept police officers for who they are - mere mortals.
In order to do that, they must look through the layers of the officer's lives and see the
heartache and joy, the same heartaches and joy we all experience. Society also needs to
know that, whether we want to admit it or not, there is a price to be paid for pursing the
love of the law.
90% of all sales will be donated to National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, Safe Call
Now, Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and PoliceWives.
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Steve is a funny guy: funny ha-ha and funny odd. He tells it like it is and isn’t afraid to offend you. It’s not surprising that when I asked why he became a LEO, he admitted to being an “adrenaline junkie.” No sugar coating. No family history of law enforcement, no altruism, no wanting to save the world. It was, for him, like many others, a natural extension of his military service.
Joining the Navy had taken more forethought – he admired his brother and followed in his footsteps. Steve immediately took to the structure and discipline; it was a lifestyle that fit him well. While in San Diego, he was in close contact with many law enforcement officers and saw the parallel between the military and the police. It was then he knew that when he left the armed forces, he would become a police officer.
With a starting salary of $25,000, Steve moved in with his parents and began his love affair with law enforcement. This love affair introduced him to an even greater love – his wife, Tanya. He remembers their first meeting clearly – he was on a ride with the Blue Knights and she was working at a restaurant where they had lunch. The rest, as they say, is history. They have now been married five years and have a beautiful son.
Although Tanya adjusted well to the police lifestyle, it took her some time to get used to seeing him gear up. The Marshalls Task Force required some heavy-duty protective gear in addition to the guns and cuffs Steve would need in the event a situation went south. Tanya knew there were only two ways serving a warrant could go: best case, everything goes smoothly and they all go home at the end of the shift; worst case, something goes horribly wrong and someone doesn’t make it home.
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