[FREE] What They Didn’t Teach at the Academy: Topics, Stories, and Reality beyond the Classroom


Dale L. June is a former U.S. Secret Service Agent assigned to the Presidential Protective Division at the White House with four presidents. He was also assigned to the Sacramento and San Diego field offices. He is a former military policeman and member of a military honor guard (110th Military Police Platoon, Stuttgart, Germany). He was also a police officer in Redding and Sacramento, California and a U.S. Customs Intelligence Research Specialist. He has worked directly with executives of multinational corporations, VIPs, political figures, royalty, and celebrities and liaised with law enforcement, fire department, and medical personnel, as well as international law enforcement agency personnel.


While professional courses and how-to manuals can prepare us for expected events that will occur in the course of our careers, there remains an untapped reservoir of life experience that cannot be prepared for in training or study. These events and experiences give texture and meaning to our work and shape our character. Filled with stories of courage and inspiration, What They Didn’t Teach at the Academy: Topics, Stories, and Reality Beyond the Classroom looks at experiences encountered by public safety and military professionals that were not necessarily encompassed in their training or realistically portrayed in simulations.

Topics raised in the stories include:

  • A doctor confronting her own debilitating and potentially fatal disease
  • Cultural awareness and safe travel
  • Suicide among law enforcement officers
  • Departmental harassment of a new police recruit
  •  Coping with an addicted spouse
  • Posttraumatic stress disorder
  • Life as a K-9 handler
  • The effect of work obligations on marriage and family
  • Conflicts between moral beliefs and professional principles
  • Debunking myths about Islam

The book also examines coping mechanisms for stress and discusses the importance of observation, perception, and communication in facing challenging encounters. Through this collection of vignettes and philosophies, the contributors demonstrate that the lessons of life are not taught in colleges, universities, and academies but through hard experience.

Book Details

  • Publisher: CRC Press (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439869197
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439869192


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