In September 2000, author Phillip B. J. Reid was sitting on a bench facing the Mediterranean Sea in the French Riviera town of Nice. He had flown there during a three-day break in the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial in Camp Ziest, Netherlands, where he was expected to testify. As he sat on this bench eating lunch, he suddenly found himself overwhelmed by emotion. It was an awakening: He realized that his being there was the fulfillment of one of his many life dreams and goals that were launched thirty-one years earlier from another bench facing the Three Sisters Ponds in Baltimore’s Druid Hill Park.
Now, from a bench in the French Riviera, he began to chronicle the manifestation of those dreams and goals, accomplished through his thirty-six-year law enforcement career as a Baltimore City policeman and FBI agent. The author is hoping his story catches on with anyone who dares to dream and set challenging and aggressive life goals. He hopes to inspire and encourage more interest in law enforcement careers by sharing his professional experiences and the educational, leadership, and career opportunities that were availed to him during his law enforcement career.
His responsibilities as a Baltimore City policeman included saving lives, catching robbery/murder suspects, recruiting/teaching police, and dealing with crisis situations such as wayward cops, the 1971 student riots at the University of Maryland and the 1974 Baltimore City Police strike and riots.