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Book Review: Jim Cirillo’s Tales of the Stakeout Squad by Paul Kirchner

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Jim Cirillo's Tales of the Stakeout Squad was written by Paul Kirchner and published by Paladin Press in 2008. It's the closest thing to a biography there is of one of the most famous law enforcement officers of the last 50 years.

Jim Cirillo is one of the few officers who was involved in 17 different shootouts — and he survived to tell the tale. Aside from putting down hardened criminals, he also contributed his immense experience to teaching others the firearms skills he developed throughout his career. He died tragically in a car accident in 2007.

The book starts with a short overview of Cirillo's life: from humble upbringing, marriage and children, his career on the force and also as a firearms instructor. This is a short chapter, setting the scene for what most people will want to read, the shootouts and other incidents Cirillo was involved in.

In the subsequent chapters, the author goes into great detail about Cirilo's work as a rookie cop and then how he joined the Stake Out Squad. Other chapters cover his time with the Emergency Service Unit, his life off-duty and his competitive record. The book ends with recollections of Cirillo by the people who knew him.

Throughout the book, the author frequently uses interviews with Cirillo, his family, friends and colleagues, which makes the words come to life and ring true. It also gives us a varied perspective of not only the shootouts Cirillo was involved in but also what he was like as a person.

The downside is that if you're looking for a detailed police report of these firefights, you'll be disappointed. But if you want to learn more about the life and times of Jim Cirillo, this book offers unique insights and information.

Jim Cirillo's Tales of the Stakeout Squad is a must-read for all law enforcement officers and self defense enthusiasts. It gives a no-nonsense account of what the job is like and what it means to take a life. Highly recommended!

 

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