The Protectors: A Photographic History of Police Departments in the United States

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In a time of intense public controversy and scrutiny over policing, it s essential to consider who are these men and women patrolling the streets of America? Is this discord deserved? Many would argue no, that the police are scapegoats for failures of society as President Obama recently stated. For a better understanding of these police officers, author and former cop, James Bultema, takes the reader on a photographic journey of America s city police departments. This historical tour begins in the 1850s and uses over 300 captivating photographs to give the reader some insight to our country s protectors. Police are at the front lines of history as it is being made and these riveting photographs showcase America s story as it s unfolding through officers in action. Through the magic of the camera lens, a vanished world lives again and invites the viewer to be part of a moment long ago and partner up with those brave souls who were and are The Protectors of a nation.

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Historian James Bultema knows police history. He is the author of the acclaimed book, Guardians of Angels: A History of the Los Angeles Police Department and now The Protectors. Both tell their story with the use of spectacular photographs. Beginning in the 1970s, Bultema amassed one of the largest collections of photographs of General and President, Ulysses S. Grant. This interest lent itself to collecting and researching photographs of police officers. In compiling images for this book, Bultema traveled to archives, libraries, museums and private collections in conjunction with the internet. He viewed thousands upon thousands of images in order to find the exact photographs needed to convey the story of The Protectors. Bultema is retired from the Los Angeles Police Department and lives in Arizona with his wife.


This book is a window intopolicing's past, and James Bultema has curated wonderful photos.... Some of themost difficult pictures in the book show the comrades we've lost. I haveattended far too many funerals in my nearly five decades in law enforcement.But all the pictures in this book show the reality of police work across theUnited States, capturing moments of humor or tenderness, stress or danger.Taken together, they convey the passion that police officers have for keepingour country safe and fair, everywhere for everyone. --William J. Bratton, FormerPolice Commissioner, City of New York

The ProtectorsA Photographic History of Police Departments in the United StatesReviewed by Matt Sutherland 
March 2, 2017
Law and order, peace and prosperity, these are key elements of that fragile thing called civilization. Here in the US of A, few among us have experienced anything but, and most of the heavy lifting of a functioning society is borne by cops. Raise your glasses, please.
Strikingly, organized law enforcement arrived in the States on the streets of New York City (1845) within the same decade as the daguerreotype process of photography was invented (1839), and the earliest photos in this collection of three hundred are mesmerizing. The accompanying captions and text provide all the needed context, as well as an unexpectedly high level of entertainment.
Disclosure: This article is not an endorsement, but a review. The author of this book provided free copies of the book to have their book reviewed by a professional reviewer. No fee was paid by the author for this review. Foreword Reviews only recommends books that we love. Foreword Magazine, Inc. is disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.

Book Review of JamesBultema's new photographic journey back into the 1800s with 308 pagesof fascinating images of American Police Officers going about theirbusiness. Many of these images have not been previously seen outside theagency itself.
When you sit down to look atit, allow for several pleasant hours, as you won't want to put itdown. Published in 2016, 1st Edition. Foreword to the book is by NYPD formerCommissioner Wm. J. Bratton, formerly LAPD Chief of Police.
This book is professionallywritten by former policeman, Jim Bultema and the images, though old, areclear and interesting to see. I highly recommend that you pick upa copy, or have a family member know that this is what you want forChristmas, Birthdays etc.- - Ray Sherrard, author and police historian.

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