ADAM PLANTINGA

Police Sergeant & Author

I've been in law enforcement for twenty years, seven with the Milwaukee PD and thirteen with the San Francisco PD.  I am the author of two nonfiction books about urban law enforcement.  I play sand volleyball in my spare time and am slightly better than you might think.

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400 THINGS COPS KNOW

October 2014

After striking out with 90 literary agents, I found Linden Publishing in Fresno CA, who put out my first book.  It's a collection of facts, anecdotes, and reflections from police work.  I've had excellent teachers on the job and I paid attention when they said and did smart things.  Figured out a few things myself too, mostly the hard way.

 400 Things Cops Know, was nominated for an Agatha Award and won the 2015 Silver Falchion award for best nonfiction crime reference. 

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POLICE CRAFT

December 2018

A sort-of sequel to 400 Things Cops Know, but with a short essay format and an emphasis on specialty units such as Homicide, CSI, and SWAT.

 

NEWS & PRESS COVERAGE

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REASONABLENESS STANDARD FOR POLICE IS UNDER PRESSURE AFTER HIGH-PROFILE SHOOTINGS.
NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
SKYPE INTERVIEW

March 12, 2019

PHIL IN THE BLANKS.
DR. PHIL PODCAST.

December 2019

AN ARRESTING DEBUT
S.F. OFFICER'S BOOK A COLLECTION OF 13 YEARS OF OBSERVATIONS ABOUT REAL-LIFE POLICE WORK

San Francisco Chronicle 
Friday, December 26, 2014

'400 THINGS COPS KNOW' 

THE NEW BIBLE FOR CRIME WRITERS

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
Friday, November 21, 2014