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Montgomery Baptist retired police officer publishes memoircomment (0)

June 10, 2010

Retired police officer Stephen Smith definitely has some stories to tell, and he’s decided to share them with the world. Armed with a grateful heart for the “blessings and adventures” and memories of 20 years of protecting the citizens of Alabama’s capital city through the Montgomery Police Department, Smith recently published “It’s More Than Shootouts and Car Chases: Memoirs of a Montgomery Police Officer.”

A member of Thorington Road Baptist Church, Montgomery, Smith said he found ways to share his faith while wearing the badge. During his time with the police department, he worked with the traffic division, crime scene investigation and a high profile zero tolerance drug unit. Smith, who is certified as a police chaplain and chaplain liaison, also organized the local Cops for Christ group in 1992, which led to the creation of the River Region Chaplain Service. The service provides chaplaincy support to police, sheriff and fire departments in the region.

His book consists of nearly 100 short stories that offer the reader an inside look at life as a police officer from being shot at as a rookie officer to working as an evidence technician following the deaths of two fellow officers.

The stories and experiences found in Smith’s memoir show the joys as well as the harsh reality of the dangerous job police officers take on. “I hope [readers] will enjoy reading about my career and will see police officers as just regular people doing a sometimes impossible job,” Smith said.

Smith currently works with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office as a crime scene technician.

The book can be found at Barnes & Noble and www.amazon.com. For more information, e-mail Smith at  MPDmemoirs@knology.net .

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