HOW THE INFORMAL WORKED FOR THE HOUSTON POLICE DEPARTMENT

Prime-time TV watchers know all about cops. For over a decade now the original Law & Order and its numerous offshoots have taken viewers into the nitty-gritty of police work. In a nutshell, we know that cops work two-person detective teams, with an occasional assist from a wise but demanding chief and the psychiatric criminologist. We also know that the “internal affairs” officers are really the bad guys, always trying to pin the blame on the really good detectives for some infraction or other.
As exciting as these tales may be, they don’t tell us much about the formal and informal aspects of metropolitan police work. An awful lot of it is just persistent, routine, hard work that ...

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