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A retired police officer put pen to paper to offer a glimpse into the realities of policing

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Police officers are often terrific storytellers. Many express an interest in writing a book about their experiences, but life can get in the way and few cops sit down to begin the process.

This isn’t the case for a guest on this episode of Policing Matters. Jim Calams, a retired member of the Phoenix Police Department and LAPD, recently published “Unwavering Honor,” a book about his career in those departments and also about personal tragedy. He is joined by his daughter, Sarah Calams, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in news/editorial journalism from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, and is the senior associate editor of and Sarah recently authored an article about her father’s experiences as a police officer.

Policing Matters show notes

Order “Unwavering Honor” on Amazon. All proceeds of the book go directly to the Stephanie Lynne Calams Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Read excerpts from “Unwavering Honor":

Learn more about the Combat Competition at Gunsite Academy in Paulden, Arizona, on June 18 to raise money for scholarships.

This episode of the Policing Matters Podcast is sponsored by the Master of Science in Law Enforcement & Public Safety Leadership Program at the University of San Diego. Learn how this nationally ranked online program can help you be a force for change at


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