Ridge Writers to look at ‘police craft’

Adam Plantinga, a sergeant with the San Francisco Police Department, will talk to Ridge Writers about his new book “Police Craft: What Cops Know about Crime, Community and Violence” on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room of Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church.

Plantinga previously visited Ridgecrest in connection with his earlier “400 Things Cops Know,” which received rave reviews from star crime writers Lee Child, Edward Conlon and Joseph Wambaugh, and which The Wall Street Journal hailed as “the new bible for crime writers.”

We see police officers all the time in movies, TV shows, mystery novels, and the news, but we rarely hear how real cops work, live, and think.

Plantinga will deliver an inside look at policing from the viewpoint of a working cop – how investigations are conducted, the sociology of crime, the culture of cops, and more.

Filled with details unknown to the general public, his information is likely to be invaluable to mystery writers and others who want to better understand the police. He will also share some of the most common – and some of the more offbeat – questions he gets as an officer.

Plantinga holds a B.A. in English with a second major in criminology/law studies from Marquette University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude in 1995. He has written 13 nonfiction articles on various aspects of police work for the literary magazine The Cresset, published by the Valparaiso University Press.

Ridge Writers (CWC-ridgewriters.org) is the East Sierra Branch of the 109-year-old California Writers Club (calwriters.org).

The public is invited to attend the meeting, and admission is free.

Story First Published: 2018-12-21