In Hearts Beneath the Badge, Karen Solomon uses beautifully written stories to capture the essence of the human spirit within the profession, dispelling the notion that law enforcement officers are soulless beings hidden behind a uniform and badge. Solomon offers candid glimpses of the joys and sorrows that those of us in the profession know as very real. She humanizes the people behind the badge, emphasizing those desirable qualities that so many in the profession possess. Hearts Beneath the Badge is a must read for anyone wondering what it is truly like for law enforcement families.
Barry M. Thomas
Executive Board Member, FBI National Academy Associates
These are tales of triumph and tragedy – stories of happiness and heartbreak. Each chapter is a gritty glimpse into the reality of law enforcement. Each account reveals more truth about cops than mainstream or social media has been able to – or even been willing to – tell….Karen Solomon is to be commended for making Hearts Beneath the Badge a reality. You should be commended for picking it up and reading it.
Editor In Chief, PoliceOne
Karen has obviously written this book from the heart, love and understanding resonate on every page. Any doubt you’ve ever had about whether or not police officers care about their jobs will be gone after reading this book.
Karen Solomon is shedding light on the beautiful side of police work, the acts of kindness, and everyday heroism that are often ignored by mainstream media. “Hearts” illustrates the very reasons most cops are drawn to police work, the opportunities to serve our communities. Read this book, be uplifted.
Author, ‘Good Cop, Bad Daughter – Memoirs of an Unlikely Police Officer’
Plenty of books have been written about law enforcement – usually they come from the perspective of cops on the beat who either explore their daily lives or expose the social, political, and legal aspects of being a police officer.
Less common is coverage of an officer’s family experiences, told from the perspective of that family: such is the contribution of Karen Solomon with Hearts Beneath the Badge, which takes what is undercover and brings it above ground by celebrating the daily experiences of law enforcement professionals.
Hearts Beneath the Badge seeks to balance this public outcry by pointing out the good achieved by police officers, gathering stories of what commonly happens on a daily basis. She interviewed police officers on her lunch hour and although her marriage to a cop was part of the impetus for her book, she actually held a long-standing respect for the profession and was motivated to produce this book in response to an especially tough year (publicity-wise) for law enforcement.
In a world where every policeman’s failure is publicly condemned and more common successes are hardly mentioned, it’s important that Hearts Beneath the Badge win acclaim.
Its chapters celebrate good decisions, heroic acts, and moreover, a sense of ethics and morality that go beyond the job description.
The premise is simple: “…law enforcement is a deeply personal profession and the lives and emotions of the officers are on the line every day. In their effort to serve the public, they put their own physical and emotional safety at risk time and again.” The stories are not. They are complex, thought-provoking reads that should especially be pursued by those who place all police officers in the same basket of criticism. It returns the humanity to the profession and, in so doing, creates a powerful collection of stories that should be used to counter any generalities about the profession.
Senior eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Reviews