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Episode No. 42 Beat Cop

Date:  January 16, 2009

Notes: Jack Lundquist, Oakland Police Department (ret.); his book BeatCop is the Police-Writers 2009 Book of the Year.

Jack R. Lundquist, Jr. was born and raised in the City of San Pablo, California, a suburb within the San Francisco Bay Area.  His desire to be a police officer was formulated early in life.  He became a police explorer scout, and later a reserve police officer with the City of San Pablo Police Department.  At age twenty-one Jack Lundquist was drafted by the United States Army, and served as a Military Policeman at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland.

Upon being honorably discharged, Jack Lundquist returned to the San Francisco Bay area. After a brief stint as a Reserve police officer he was hired by the Oakland Police Department.  During his tenure he attended the University of San Francisco, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts Degree.  His love for basic patrol work kept him in a marked police car for two separate periods, totaling twelve years.  The remainder of the time was spent as criminal investigator, ending with a seven-year period in Vice.

According to the book description, BeatCop is “a book filled with stories from the career of a BeatCop working the perilous streets of a dodgy city. The author is a retired Oakland police officer, who patrolled the streets for twelve years. His stories cover the good, the bad, and the oh-shits, as well as the humor experienced by a BeatCop working a large city police department.” Jack R. Lundquist, Jr., Oakland Police Department (ret.) was awarded The Book of the Year 2009 for his book BeatCop.

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