Taking Back Our Streets

Taking Back Our Streets

Fighting Crime in America

Book - 1996
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Baker & Taylor
The chief of the embattled L.A.P.D. describes his career as a crimefighter and sheds light on some of his city's most famous cases

Book News
Williams took over the position as Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department after the Rodney King trial, coming from Philadelphia where he witnessed the devastating bombing of the MOVE headquarters as a young police officer. In this professional biography he discusses some of his most public cases, including those of Heidi Fleiss and O.J. Simpson, but more interestingly he describes his theories on community policing and how he implemented his ideas in both Philadelphia and Los Angeles. He offers practical advice on how individual citizens can organize and help police "take back their streets." Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
When commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department Willie L. Williams saw a tape of the Rodney King beating, his first reaction was, "I'm glad that's not my department." One year later, he was named chief of the LAPD and found himself accountable not only for keeping the peace in the aftermath of the destructive L.A. riots that followed the not-guilty verdicts in the case of the officers involved in the King beating, but also for helping rebuild a city.
So began Williams's tumultuous and everchallenging tenure at the LAPD. Since his appointment, the LAPD has overseen the investigations of Michael Jackson on charges of sexual molestation; Heidi Fleiss on prostitution; and, of course, O. J. Simpson on double murder. Despite high-profile problems, there have been successes - crime has dropped every year since Williams took office, including a record 13 percent in 1994. Williams attributes part of the drop to community policing and to significant changes in procedure and the institutional culture of the department.
Taking Back Our Streets is a chronicle of how Willie L. Williams, through commitment and a willingness to learn, climbed the ranks to be named the first black police chief in Philadelphia and Los Angeles. He reflects on that career, and speaks candidly about some of his most public and high-profile cases - including those of Heidi Fleiss and O. J. Simpson. Williams describes in detail community policing, how it has been effective, who participates, how it works, and where improvements can still be made. In the final chapter, he gives practical advice on what each citizen can do to work with the police in taking back our streets. In this book, readers will learn of the man behind the badge, a man whose character prepared him for a commitment to public service and a dedication to protecting the people of his community.

& Taylor

The chief of the embattled L.A.P.D. describes his career as a crimefighter, sheds light on some of his city's most famous cases, addresses such key issues as assault weapons and gang warfare, and explains how community policing can help take back our streets. 75,000 first printing. Tour.

Publisher: New York : Scribner, c1996
ISBN: 9780684802770
Branch Call Number: 363.2092 WIL
Characteristics: 287 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Henderson, Bruce B. 1946-


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