New book discusses hardships of sheriffs
“Country Cop- True Tales from a Texas Deputy Sheriff’ is an exceflent book covering many of the trials and hardships faced by a sheriff in more than an eight-hour day. It is a wonderful book for helping veteran officers but is especially valuable to the young or inexperienced officer The book provides knowledge and training that is missed, overlooked or passed as “probably won’t be needed.” In this day when police acceptance is questioned by many of the pubflc, the more knowledge and understanding of the law would be invaluable on every workday.
Bany Goodson, the author, was a deputy sheriff with the Parker County Sheriff’s office in the 1990s and early 2000s in North Texas. Weatherford is the county seat. Parker County has almost 130, 000 people and is near Fort Worth. Goodson was required to answer any cafl for service within an area roughly the size of Rhode Island (just under 1000 square miles). A backup officer could be many miles away, so Goodson often patrofled and handled calls alone in a county renowned for being a haven for drug manufacturers and dealers.
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