Decoy 24
Author : James R. Davis
Description : Decoy 24 is a collection of short stories. These stories examine the multiple aspects of criminality in society. The reader will explore the criminal values revealed by those who hate society, those willing to risk it all for pitiful gains while many times sacrificing their own lives. These vignettes paint a picture of street violence and look at the underbelly of the narco-pariah that is multiplying every day. Decoy 24 also was the call sign used by the author during his many undercover operations. His name was not spoken to guarantee some measure of anonymity. In the book, Decoy 24 is referenced frequently, both when he is broadcasting over a frequency of the radio and when he might need to reveal who he was when working with law enforcement agencies that did not know him. His comrades in law enforcement and the general public are both informed of the insidious problem of criminal behavior in our society. Whether it’s a street, prison, or outlaw motorcycle gang, organized crime syndicate, or a lone wolf, Decoy 24 has had first-hand experience in infiltrating a number of criminal organizations which provided him and the reader with knowledge that only a few people could obtain. This book acknowledges the sacrifices made by many men and women unknown and working now as undercover operators. City, county, state, and federal agencies all play their part in confronting the menace of such horrific social violence. At this writing, the author wishes to acknowledge all those officers that are on the rolls of LEOKA. The acronym stands for “Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted.” Albert Einstein said: “Only a life lived in the service to others is a life well lived.” Certainly our LEOKA community has lived that life.
Author Details :
A little boy grows up in a Midwestern farm town. He spends many of his childhood days pushing a red wagon up a small hill, then jumping in it and steering it furiously down that hill. All the time he dreams of being a police officer. Remember, “Don’t quit your day dream.” By high school, he’s transplanted to the West Coast. His senior year of high school he attends a Career Day. He decides once again to become a police officer. He studies police science at college and hopes to continue his education toward his bachelor’s degree … but Vietnam comes calling! He is dramatically affected by President Kennedy’s statement in a speech to the nation: “Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.” He enlists, volunteers for Vietnam, does a tour in Vietnam, and eventually he’s back in the USA and back in college. He’ll finish a bachelor’s degree, a master’s, and work on a doctorate. He’ll work at the county and state levels in the law enforcement profession. From working cases he’ll eventually move into advanced field training. He’ll be acknowledged in the journal Young Men in America. He’ll lecture at three different universities. Over a period of time he will receive numerous commendations, including the Medal of Merit for Heroism. He continues to speak publically throughout the country. He has been married for forty seven years and is the father of two daughters and a son. He is active in his community and does volunteer work for his church and for disabled veterans.

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