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Uniform Decisions by John Caprarelli

Title:  Uniform Decisions (My life in the LAPD & North Hollywood Shootout)
Author:  John Caprarelli
Pages:  210
Year:  2011
Publisher:  End of Watch
Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from
When I learned of the opportunity to read this autobiography, it wasn’t with the thought of reading something akin to the “shootout at O.K. corral”, but that is part of this man’s story.  The bigger picture is how God used all the experiences in John’s life to bring him to a point of learning what or should I say Who is most important.  John set goals to accomplish in his chosen field of service, as we all do when we approach that season of just starting to become an adult.
John shares quite frankly some of the lessons learned as he responded to calls during his 27 years as an LAPD Officer.  As the audience reads, they will begin to understand how God was bringing John to a place of becoming serious in his walk with the Lord.  Readers will glimpse the human being behind the badge, along with how John’s street interactions with various people widened his understanding of society.
Through each page, I was reminded that those who put their lives on the front lines every day do so with the love and support of family and friends.  Like us, there are times when the officers would rather be home with their families, but instead they are out on the streets.  Some of the evil that is out there is just that…pure evil.  Some of the people out there are just crying out for help.  Like John shares, the various calls he responded to are “etched” into his memory.  Some calls are without closure because he doesn’t know what happened after his job was done.
Where I live we have had officers killed in the line of duty within the last few years and it has broken my heart in many ways.  While we may not be able to do the officers’ job, we can pray for them and their families.  We can be vigilant and report any suspicious activity in our area, and we can thank the officers when all is said and done.  Above all, we can trust in God who has all things under control even when it looks chaotic to us.  Thanks to John and all those who have served and are serving.  God Bless You and your families!
My rating is 5 stars.
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