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"...citizens, when they see a cop, all they see is the uniform.
All they see is the badge. There is no integrity in the
shiny metal itself, you have to look behind the badge."
~Don Dupay, from his book:
"Behind the Badge in River City: A Police Memoir"
by Don DuPay

http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/behindthebadge

Here is the second Edition book cover to "Behind the Badge in River City: A Portland Police Memoir." All the changes are being uploaded today, including the new book cover, the four new photos, one of which may make you cry, and the one additional story, which is extremely dramatic, and took me over a year to convince Don to write...the darker bottom of the cover has been lowered an inch, and the font for the title played with a little bit for a slightly edgier look. The color is a mottled, under stated blue. This is the second Edition and we are very proud of it. 

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"Behind the Badge in River City:  A Police Memoir, is a revealing,
unique and important book."


a review by Timothy Flanagan, writer, retired teacher, & contributing editor at
The Portland Alliance.

 


Most days, most people just take cops for granted. They assume the police are more or less like everyone else, putting in their hours and doing their jobs. At one level this is true.

Some of us may say hello to officers we happen across or we might encounter them briefly when getting a ticket or asking for directions. Regardless of these brief glimpses, few of us know a great deal about the men and women who serve as peace officers with The Portland Police Bureau. Perhaps it's time we found out.

Don Dupay served with the bureau from 1961-1978 as an officer and detective.  After resigning from his position in 1978, Mr. Dupay worked as Director of Security for a well-known hotel in Portland, co-hosted a cable access TV show,
"Cannibus Common Sense," and he still
lives and writes in Portland, Oregon. Checkout the review of his book below:


http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/behindthebadge 


The officers "behind the badge" are a breed apart.  "Once a cop, always a cop," according to Dupay. They must live in a world of constant contradictions, torn between their duties and the demands of survival. Mr. Dupay has provided us with a stark and candid look at life on the street for officers in Portland, Oregon. Now that he has opened this door, I would encourage you to step inside and take
a closer look. The story he tells may lead you to reconsider your preconceptions and rethink your prejudices, pro or con. Some of the details are edifying, others are too horrible to bear. But these
facts provide a look inside the lives of officers who often have our lives in their hands.   


Mr. Dupay tells stories that make the hair rise up on the back of your neck. In
seventeen years with the department, he worked jail duty, East Precinct, traffic division,
vice squad, morals, and North Precinct until spending his last few years with the department as
a detective, working the burglary and homicide details. We are allowed to almost intimately know Officer DuPay and the men he worked with. In addition to his fellow officers, he introduces us to pimps, prostitutes, safe-crackers, drug addicts, thieves and thugs. But we are never left to choose between the "good guys" and the "bad guys."  Don keeps it real. 

I liked this book at a gut level.  It was a good read.  In the reading I found details that were
unnerving and terrible, but the narrator's smooth and compelling style kept me turning those
pages.  Even though over the years I have had close friends who worked as police officers,
this book reveals emotions that often remain hidden and motives I had not considered. 

The author has a unique talent for penetrating analysis and startling revelations. As much as I enjoyed this read, I have some concerns about repercussions once this book hits the street.  Mr. DuPay cut no corners and pulled no punches; he named names and specified dates, times, and places. Some of the principals he named are still in Portland and may not appreciate his candor. Others will give him their blessing and say it's about time somebody told the truth.

Regardless of where you stand on issues about police accountability or the need for more effective law enforcement, this book will provide persuasive testimony.  I have read various accounts which deal with the problems we currently face in Portland. Our police department is under attack and perhaps rightfully so. Unarmed citizens die and nobody is held accountable for these murders.
The US Justice Department says "The Portland Police Bureau has engaged in a 'pattern and practice' of excessive use of force."  The report found problems with Portland Police Bureau's policies, training and supervision. U.S. Attorney for Oregon Amanda Marshall said the findings |
of the report were "grave and serious. Judge Simon has ruled the police union can have input
in the proposed reform, but a local alliance of church leaders somehow does not deserve that
same courtesy.

Right now we are searching for solutions and determined not only to ask the right questions but
get real answers.  If you think you can handle the truth, you need to read "Behind the Badge in
River City, A Police Memoir," by Don DuPay. I may not agree with everything he says, but I think
it is essential that concerned citizens read his account with open minds and hearts. In the course
of his narration, this writer gets to the crux of the issues.

Please use the links below to contact Don DuPay, his agent Theresa Griffin-Kennedy,
or to ask any questions you may have.


Don Dupay Personal Website

Interview with Don Dupay

Don Dupay | Facebook

Don DuPay | LinkedIn

Some Photos

Alliance Article on Don Dupay


Hypocrisy Rules;
the State of the Pot Business in Oregon
http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/dupay

 

By Don L. Dupay

June 2012


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