Peckerwood in the Hood
Misadventures of a Kansas City Cop
By D.W. Rawlings
Peckerwood in the Hood pulls off a nice feat—telling the true story of a police officer’s street battles with intelligence and humor that turns cops and criminals into real people, living real lives, in a real Midwestern city. The pace is snappy, the characters memorable, the language fresh and lively. This book is a real gem.” ~Philip Deal, Author of "OHM: A Novel of Resistance" and "Love in an Iron Bowl" ...more reviews and endorsements
"Peckerwood in the Hood is as close as civilians will ever get to being a real cop, unless they become one." ~Steve Reist, (Ret.) KCPD officer
America wants to know.
What is it like being a cop? Why do they think and behave the way they do? How do I become a police officer?
What did the firearms instructor mean when he said, “It is better to be tried by twelve than carried by six…”?
Do police officers leave the world better than they found it? Why are so many cops depressed? Do they really drink?
What is a cop to do when he retires? “What am I supposed to do? I can’t just go from saving lives to saving coupons.”
Peckerwood in the Hood answers these questions and more in a most entertaining memoir.
Enjoy a slice of Americana. See how human cops can be. Learn why one reviewer called it “Brutally honest.”
Join Peckerwood, a white cop in an urban area, on a wild roller coaster ride as he attempts to police the inner city.
Being a cop
Friends and family wanted to know, “What is it like being a cop?”
I always took a deep breath and sighed, “Read my book.”
One wise guy called my bluff. “You wrote a book?”
I told a coworker I should write a book. He summed it up perfectly. “Nobody would believe it.”
My wife, Vicki, encouraged me.
“I’d have to stop living to write,” I told her. “I’m not done living.”
The idea of writing a book gnawed away at me like a squirrel chomping on a wooden fence railing. To get my creative juices flowing, I did some reading. I stumbled upon a few quotes on writing and on life:
It’s also a game of survival.
When my academy classmates and I started on this journey in 1981, a police instructor warned us, “You guys are the worst class I’ve ever seen!”
A cute female in our class batted her eyelashes. “I bet you say that to all the recruits.”
We started with thirty-three trainees and did very well academically. But injuries, resignations, and terminations pared it down to sixteen graduates. Four of those belonged to outside agencies, leaving us with twelve shiny new KCPD officers. Several quit or got fired in their first year. A couple could not stay out of trouble off-duty. Five of us made sergeant. Two of those made critical errors in judgment, ending their careers early. One of my peers left Kansas City for his hometown of Atlanta and worked his way up to commander. Another was elected sheriff.
When I retired, it left four from our recruit class: a sergeant, two patrol officers, and a detective. Police work takes its toll.
This book touches on that journey of attrition. It is an inside look at what life is really like as a cop on the streets of a big city. That life is sometimes dangerous, sometimes stupid, sometimes reckless. It evokes laughs, tears, respect and disrespect, gunshots, dog bites. Often what cops see are the fringes of society, the most pathetic or stupid, courageous or desperate, good or evil. The world of cops is not PC—in fact, it’s the opposite. As you’ll see in these pages, it’s hard to sanitize reality.
The stories here are presented in very loose order of when they occurred. Some are knitted together based on themes, others because they happened roughly within a certain time frame. Each story is fiction based largely on real events. What I am serving up here is a slice of Americana, a chance to see how human cops can be. Escape into a bizarre underworld, one peckerwood’s gut-wrenching journey through heaven and hell as he tried to police the inner city. ~D.W.
“In his book, you get the same Dave Rawlings that I had the honor to work with - the real deal. ~Major Greg Mills (Ret.) KCPD, Chief of Police, Riverside, Mo.” ...more reviews and endorsements