True stories of what is happening in hearts and minds of law enforcement. A way to see them as what they are – human. 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 judgement 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 Jeremy and his family, a man of honor taken from the world much too soon. It’s about the people we often don’t see because we are blinded by the uniform. None of this is sensational but for the fact that these are police officers. 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. Read it, share it, open someones eyes. Help the world see that a person can’t be judged by the uniform they wear.
Proceeds of this book are being donated to law enforcement charities. Find out more at www.heartsbeneaththebadge.com.
It seems like everywhere you turn today, there are media accounts of all the wrong that is perceived in the law enforcement profession. Whether driven by sensationalism or other motives, the end result feels like a 24/7 assault on the people that have committed their lives to serving and protecting our communities. During my twenty-three years as a peace officer, I have witnessed so many acts of kindness and selflessness which are rarely acknowledged by the general public and mostly go unnoticed and undocumented. In Hearts Beneath the Badge, Karen Solomon uses beautifully written stories to capture the essence of the human spirit within the profession, dispelling the notion that law enforcement officers are soulless beings hidden behind a uniform and badge. Solomon offers candid glimpses of the joys and sorrows that those of us in the profession know as very real. She humanizes the people behind the badge, emphasizing those desirable qualities that so many in the profession possess. Hearts Beneath the Badge is a must read for anyone wondering what it is truly like for law enforcement families.