A New Police History Book By
From the Introduction:
Cops really don’t like to be photographed. No, they prefer to do their job with as little fanfare as possible. They put their trust in their partner, their focus on protecting the city and their efforts to get home safely. An occupation that puts ones’ life on the line every day spares little room for the spotlight. So why then, a photographic book about police officers? Simply because they won’t bring attention to themselves. The job they so diligently do each and every day is filled from calls of sheer terror to laugh-out-loud moments, to downright boredom. It is fair to say that only another cop can fully understand the intricacies of being a police officer—until now. The Protectors is a photographic journey, illustrated with moments frozen in time, of our cities' police officers’ path through history, captured through rare and thought-provoking images taken from across the nation.
What are the Critics Saying:
“This book is a window into policing’s past, and James Bultema has curated wonderful photos. Many of the elements I’ve stressed as a police executive—training, technology, community, safety—are reflected thoroughly in James’ book….Although much has changed in our country and our profession over the past century, I’m certain that most law-enforcement officers will relate to many of the pictures James selected….But all the pictures in this book show the reality of police work across the United States, capturing moments of humor or tenderness, stress or danger. Taken together, they convey the passion that police officers have for keeping our country safe and fair, everywhere for everyone.”--William J. Bratton, former Police Commissioner, City of New York
“Bultema’s book collects photographs from a century-and-half of American law enforcement…the photographs largely speak for themselves and that the immediacy of the images of strikes and riots will allow readers to draw their own conclusions. Anyone perusing this volume, whether a police buff or not, will find photos that spark curiosity and interest. A comprehensive collection of archival, police-related images.” Kirkus Reviews
“The Protectors” is a well-researched history of law enforcement across this country. It is well presented with incredible photos. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in police history.”
--Richard Kalk, Founder of the Los Angeles Police Historical Society & Museum
"When I pinned my badge on, I was told 'always look into their eyes and watch their hands.' The eyes can tell you so much about someone and, when you are looking into the eyes of someone bent on killing you, what a story that officer hopes to live to tell. Reading The Protectors lets you look into the eyes of the officers from our profession’s earliest years with magnificent photographs that speak volumes to the character and drive of our crimefighters. Author James Bultema has drawn on his years as a crimefighter and his passion as an historian to take one on a fascinating walk through the beat of the American peace officer."
--Doug Gist, Historian, Founder of the Silver State National Peace Officers Museum, and author of When San Francisco Burned (2016 Craven Street Books)