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SketchCop: Drawing A Line Against Crime by [Streed, Michael W.]
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"Mike Streed is a cop - and one of California's most vital artists...a standout in his field!"- Orange Coast Magazine, Orange County, CA "SketchCop puts the entire investigation of my daughter's murder in a context rarely available to the public. Sarah, her friend, will be forever remembered for her unbelievable courage. The two of you clearly made a wonderful team as you worked together to make sure the man who killed Samantha could never hurt another child."- Erin Runnion, Samantha's mother and Founder - The 'Joyful Child Foundation' "SketchCop is a timely, compelling commentary on the power and importance of forensic art. Mike Streed's work has been key to identifying many offenders. He has also been a great ally of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and this book brings the complex, difficult cases he has worked to life."-Ernie Allen, Former President - National Center for Missing and Exploited Children "As insightful a read as it is fascinating, written by an expert who is in the know. A must-read for true crime fans and those interested in the fascinating world of real police work." - Gary C. King, author of Blood Lust and Driven to Kill

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"Michael Streed is as passionate about being an artist as he is about being a cop. It's that passion that fuels his ground-breaking work."--JuJu Chang, correspondent ABC News

"As insightful as it is fascinating. ... A must-read for True Crime fans."--Gary C. King, author of BLOOD LUST and DRIVEN TO KILL

When his phone rings, police artist and interview specialist Sergeant (Ret.) Michael W. Streed, The SketchCop, it’s because police need his help solving their most difficult and heinous cases. During his 35-year law enforcement career, Streed has provided signature images for some of America’s most notorious murders, rapes and kidnappings. His sketches decorate walls inside detective squad rooms from Los Angeles to Baltimore, a stark reminder of the evil that lurks among us.

In SketchCop: Drawing A Line Against Crime, Streed takes readers on a thrilling ride across a landscape littered with crime scenes and violent criminals, including anecdotes from historical cases, such as the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He'll share the compelling true crime stories from his portfolio, detailing how he used his specialized skills as The SketchCop to turn memories of monster into justice. His descriptions of the psychological impression this important investigative tool leaves on victims helps to round out the book in a way that guarantees after reading SketchCop, you’ll never look at another face the same way again!

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  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1942266316
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  • Publisher: WildBlue Press; 2 edition (3 January 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Asia-Pacific Holdings Private Limited
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01A5M6BF0
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book. 13 January 2016
By Thomas Panholzer - Published on Amazon.com
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Michael W. Steed delivers a compassionate book describing criminal cases where his sketches often influenced trial outcomes and apprehension of suspects. Steed grew up in a police culture, which affected his torn desire to be either a police officer or an artist. He fell into the opportunity to combine the two and has become a nationally noted police sketch artist. He coined the phrase SketchCop and has successfully developed his own nationally used computer software to aid in sketching suspects. That being said the book’s strength for this reviewer lies in three areas: 1. the tracing of the field’s historical development from just calling in a local artist to developing respected divisions staffed with trained police artists, 2. the description of the two major methods to develop suspect sketches, and 3. how he has personally worked with witnesses, notably children, to successfully develop sketches leading to the apprehension of violent criminals. Perhaps the uniqueness of this book lies in the author’s admission of the failures encountered. As this reviewer moved from chapter to chapter, he found the author’s deep seated compulsion to assist police and victims at any time of the day to be perhaps due to his seeking penitence for a failed case very early in his sketch-artist career. In that case, found in chapter three, the wrong man was convicted and served twenty years for a crime he had not committed. This conviction arose partly because of the author’s sketch. As the chapters continue, I could not help but see the evolution of a police officer who really wanted to help victims and police get the right guy. The author earns this reviewer's respect as throughout the remainder of the book he strongly emphasizes the importance of interviewing witnesses without leading questions and the need to trust the ability of children to present an accurate description. He further states without hesitation that no one should be sentenced to die based solely on a police sketch. The book’s strongest appeal to this reviewer lies in the author’s description of how he develops his sketches, thus, SketchCop should appeal to writers of police drama, whether true or fiction. It should also appeal to defense attorneys, police officers, other sketch artists, and the general public because the author does tell some darn good stories. I cannot rate the book five stars, however, for the book has a number of grammatical errors including wrong word usage, improper pronoun-antecedent agreement, skipped words, inconsistent use of dashes, mixing up second and third person pronouns, and a few other things, but this is the English teacher in me, and under no circumstances will they stop a reader from thoroughly enjoying the book.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very educational.... 12 January 2016
By JoAnn Brown - Published on Amazon.com
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Sketchcop:

Excellent book!

This book is very well written. I have read a lot of true crime books, where most emphasize on the facts, profiling and why they commit the crime.. This one takes a different approach.

I always felt empathy for the victims in other books, are appalled at what was done and have been even scared at times...

I learned a lot about how people were found, whether they were a victim or had committed a crime.

It was very interesting to learn a different approach to law enforcement. Not only how it is done but the history behind sketching.

I was amazed at the sketch aspic of law enforcement. I really didn't realize how personal it could be, or how detailed the methods are to achieve a sketch!

Not only did the book cover the facts, it made you feel the emotion of the stories, some of the stories even had humor, the author gave any honest picture of law enforcement as he lived it.

I've got a whole new respect for individuals who choose a career in law!

Awesome!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well-written and interesting true-crime book 19 January 2016
By Tina Wiley-Stringer - Published on Amazon.com
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I have always enjoyed true crime books. This was my first time to read a book by this author and I was very pleased with his writing. Michael Streed takes the reader into his world as a "sketch cop", but he brings his stories down to a level where outsiders can understand and relate to his profession. So many times professionals have done something for so long that they tend to "talk above" the general public about their profession or passion. Mr. Streed manages to avoid this as he effortlessly brings the reader into his world. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in true crime or other related subjects.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Forensic art 24 January 2016
By B. McKee - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an interesting book which stresses the importance of police sketches in solving crime. The author boasts 35 years as a forensic artist who has assisted in the capture and arrest of many criminals during his career.

The material is somewhat repetitive and I found myself skimming until I got to the next case history. The book contains some illustrations comparing the author's sketch to the suspect's photograph.

I deducted one star for the "more than ten" typographic errors.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting!! Highly recommend! 26 February 2016
By Vicky Carruth - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book!! Interesting, informative, (funny in some places) AND it makes you think!! If you were attacked or witnessed a crime, could you describe the assailant(s)? Normally, I rarely forget a face, but this book actually got me to wondering if I would be able to describe an assailant if I was a victim or witness of a crime. It takes an incredible amount of patience and talent to do this type of work. Thank you to the author, Michael Streed for giving us a look into this important area of law enforcement that most civilians rarely think of!!
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