After the Force: True Cases by Law Enforcement Officers

Release, November 15, 2021 | LAUNCHES NOV. 17 & NOV. 24 on Zoom

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Edited by Det. Debbie J. Doyle (ret), Book 8 in the Durvile True Cases Series

After the Force is a collection of chapters written by retired law-enforcement women and men who have come together to share their stories about defining moments of their careers and events that have affected them throughout their lives and into retirement. In recent years, many police agencies and officers in Canada, the US, and internationally have come under fire for unprofessional or unethical policing methods. This collection clearly displays another side to law enforcement; the human side.

Among the stunning themes in the book are stories dealing with prostitution and sex work, racism and misogyny, an encounter with a cop killer, suicides, a child miraculously surviving a fall from a high-rise balcony, an officer dealing with a partner who was experiencing severe PTSD, child abuse, and encounters with the mafia. Optimistic themes and activities arise in these writers’ lives after retiring from police work, such as writing, painting, assisting Indigenous communities, and facilitating community improvement.

The book is edited by Detective Debbie J. Doyle (ret) with a foreword by Sherri, Zickefoose and afterword by Dr. J. Thomas Dalby. Chapter authors: Ernie Louttit, Gwyneth Allin, Stu Gillette, Sharon Bourque, Neil Masson, Elizabett Cordeiro, Jim Vaughn-Evans, JoAnn McCartney, Debbie McGreal-Dinning, David Wilton, Trish Haley, Marc Denis, Jackie Gordon, Tony Walshe, Ron Pond, Val Hoglund, and Debbie J. Doyle.

Author royalties from sales of the book go to The Salvation Army and The Canadian Women's Foundation.

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What They Say

“Emotions, frustrations and challenges associated to maintaining composure in heart wrenching situations are shared in many of the stories.” — MYRA JAMES, Retired Detective Hamilton Police Service; Past President, Ontario Women In Law Enforcement. 

“After the Force goes deep, offering indelible details that humanize heroes and provide a glimpse into what police officers are left with beyond the badge: traumatic memories, heartache and hope for humanity." — SHERRI ZICKEFOOSE, Investigative Reporter 

"The stories in this volume reveal the complexity of police work...Those who become police officers will pay a price for their vocational choice. Hopefully, the reader of these interesting stories from a selection of both male and female officers, will recognize the humanness of their characters." — J. THOMAS DALBY, Forensic Psychologist