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Police Officers are the modern day embodiment of medieval knights, going to work each day with a noble cause to protect and serve society. This quest is not limited to the cities and towns of this Nation. Providing the primary perimeter of law enforcement in America are the men and women of the United States Border Patrol. In an environment as physically and mentally chall Police Officers are the modern day embodiment of medieval knights, going to work each day with a noble cause to protect and serve society. This quest is not limited to the cities and towns of this Nation. Providing the primary perimeter of law enforcement in America are the men and women of the United States Border Patrol. In an environment as physically and mentally challenging as the border region, sometimes, a sense of humor is the only defense mechanism in an agent's tool box. One of the primary coping mechanisms utilized in law enforcement is humor. A cop can find something funny about almost anything, regardless of how tragic the circumstances, and Border Patrol Agents are no different. Dark humor involves making light of a serious, disturbing or taboo subject matter. It is sometimes viewed as morbid, cruel, offensive, and graphic in nature and is yet, still found funny. The author served twenty years with the NYC Transit Police Department and NYPD, but this is not a NYC police tale. This is the story of the author's two years as a United States Border Patrol Agent as he worked with some of the darkest knights in the USA - the agents who protect the sovereignty of our Nation under the most difficult circumstances.


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Police Officers are the modern day embodiment of medieval knights, going to work each day with a noble cause to protect and serve society. This quest is not limited to the cities and towns of this Nation. Providing the primary perimeter of law enforcement in America are the men and women of the United States Border Patrol. In an environment as physically and mentally chall Police Officers are the modern day embodiment of medieval knights, going to work each day with a noble cause to protect and serve society. This quest is not limited to the cities and towns of this Nation. Providing the primary perimeter of law enforcement in America are the men and women of the United States Border Patrol. In an environment as physically and mentally challenging as the border region, sometimes, a sense of humor is the only defense mechanism in an agent's tool box. One of the primary coping mechanisms utilized in law enforcement is humor. A cop can find something funny about almost anything, regardless of how tragic the circumstances, and Border Patrol Agents are no different. Dark humor involves making light of a serious, disturbing or taboo subject matter. It is sometimes viewed as morbid, cruel, offensive, and graphic in nature and is yet, still found funny. The author served twenty years with the NYC Transit Police Department and NYPD, but this is not a NYC police tale. This is the story of the author's two years as a United States Border Patrol Agent as he worked with some of the darkest knights in the USA - the agents who protect the sovereignty of our Nation under the most difficult circumstances.

30 review for DARK KNIGHTS 2: The Dark Humor of Police Officers (Border Patrol Edition)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Dominique Kyle

    A warm, interesting and insightful memoir about the author’s first policing job in the US Border Patrol in 1978. From a humiliating shaving disaster on the morning of his initial interview, to negotiating the bewildering macho culture of the Border Patrol, this book is full of the sort of events that happen to young men who are still wet behind the ears, mad colourful characters, and a longing to get back to his native New York, along with insightful ‘mea culpa’, all topped off by a satisfying e A warm, interesting and insightful memoir about the author’s first policing job in the US Border Patrol in 1978. From a humiliating shaving disaster on the morning of his initial interview, to negotiating the bewildering macho culture of the Border Patrol, this book is full of the sort of events that happen to young men who are still wet behind the ears, mad colourful characters, and a longing to get back to his native New York, along with insightful ‘mea culpa’, all topped off by a satisfying ending. The description of the book is careful to prepare readers for potentially upsetting subject matter: ‘Dark humor involves making light of a serious, disturbing or taboo subject matter. It is sometimes viewed as morbid, cruel, offensive, and graphic in nature and is yet, still found funny.’ So, I girded up for some ugliness – but in actual fact, the book is merely an honest recollection of two years training for, and then working in a stressful job full of potential violence and prejudice. Much of the prejudice was against the author himself, the youngest trainee, and one of only two who weren’t ex-military, and one of only two that hailed from New York city – a place that the trainers from the southern states weren’t that keen on accepting someone from. Now at the end of his career, the author is able to be candid about some of the more troubling incidents that he witnessed, and he semi-reflects on why he didn’t do anything about it at the time, instead being influenced into actively helping to cover it up. And what happened to him, smacks remarkably closely to aspects of the current #MeToo situation. (Though I hasten to add that is nothing of that nature in this story – in fact, not a single female is even mentioned in this book – it is a completely male story – not surprising given the era it took place). So, yes, people are howling with disbelief at the women who are now coming out with their stories of mistreatment and abuse. Why are you suddenly telling us now, twenty, thirty years on? If it was that bad, why didn’t you report it at the time? Well, because we wanted a career. Because we knew that having a complaint like that on the record would make us pariahs in the culture of the time. Because although there were plenty of decent men – the majority – they just let it go without challenge, and so we thought that we would have no support from our colleagues if we stuck our neck out. Because it was implied that we had no sense of humour. Let know in no uncertain terms that this was the culture round here, and you had to tough it out if you wanted to make it up the ladder. And because all the others were keeping silence as well, so we thought it was only us. And then finally, we’d be guilt-tripped into keeping silent 'for the greater good of the image of the company/institution.’ Surely, we didn’t want to wilfully bring the company/institution into disrepute, or get some poor colleague into trouble, did we? And now that these women are at the end of their career, and their advancement no longer depends on the people they wish to complain about, the incidents can be aired. This book was a fascinating insight into a place and time and culture, and a job that can only have got a hundred times harder in the current political climate…

  2. 4 out of 5

    Clayton Graham

    How to graduate as a Border Patrol officer. A great and highly topical insight - and a relief from the contemporary TV shows. From building fences to badge and gun with a zany bunch of actors. Tragedy and humor woven into a colorful tapestry of life on the edge of the USA. A realistic and entertaining read full of life’s ups and downs.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Kerr

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    Robert Morgan

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    charles elliott

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    Michael M. Higgins

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    Juliene K. Bowen

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    Michael G Therriault

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    Edward Sparks

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    Debbie Speers

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    Karl Dronke

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    michael west

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    Rich Davies

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    T. Giachetti

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    in2bearz

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    Wayne Harmon

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    William R. Tedford

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    Judith Munos

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    Michele Cariveau

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    Ann Egeland

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