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Can a children’s book inspire the next generation of police officers?

Author and NYPD Detective Investigator Adrian Goodwin has one goal: to foster a positive perception of police among the youngest members of the community

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In “Twins in the City: Let’s learn about police officers,” Madison and Mia visit the city with their police officer parents. They wonder, what do police officers do? Join the sisters as they learn all about the diverse cultures that make up the police community and the many different ways that they help and build relationships with the people that they serve.

Ever walk the beat or head into a coffee shop and hear, “See that police officer over there? If you don’t behave, they will arrest you!”

Most officers have heard a parent say those exact words to a wide-eyed child and it infuriates them. Wouldn’t it be great to have a positive image of police and deputies portrayed to children?

In this episode of the Policing Matters podcast, sponsored by Lexipol, host Jim Dudley speaks to veteran NYPD officer Adrian S. Goodwin about her mission to deliver that positive image through her newly released children’s book titled “Twins in the City: Let’s Learn About Police Officers.”


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Adrian Goodwin, a New York Police Department Detective Investigator and Hostage Negotiator, as well as an adjunct faculty member at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, hopes to encourage little girls and boys to see themselves as future police officers and highlight diversity within law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Top quotes from this episode

I want kids to be able to read the book and say ‘I want to be a police officer like in the book one day.’ It begins a healthy dialog early on.”

We can’t change the world at the snap of a finger but it is so important that with every interaction we have with the community that we leave some glimpse of hope and change the perception of how people think of police officers.”

About our guest

Adrian S. Goodwin is an 18-year veteran of the New York City police department, an educator at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and a current Detective Investigator and Hostage Negotiator. She is a 2022 recipient of a Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award from President Joe Biden.

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Policing Matters law enforcement podcast with host Jim Dudley features law enforcement and criminal justice experts discussing critical issues in policing