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Hands of the Carpenter
A Psychological Perspective of Survival in Law Enforcement
James D. Harris
ISBN: 9781590560075
Book (Paperback)
Lantern Publishing & Media, Lantern Publishing & Media
6 x 9
402 pages
May 5, 2018


Hands of the Carpenter is written as a novel about the real experiences of real cops. It is not a glamorized Hollywood story, but reflects the real world, in which people do not get up off the floor, wipe away fake blood, and resume their places for a second take. We live with our decisions, which is what survival is about. The world of policing and public service is filled with endless hours of tedium and monotony, punctuated periodically by moments of sheer terror. WARNING: This book contains profanity. This is not intended to offend the reader but simply reflects the real lives of real people.

James D. Harris, PsyD, completed his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology while working full time for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Depart-ment. His assignments in-cluded the Hall of Justice Jail and various sheriff’s stations in the County of Los Angeles before transferring to the Advanced Officer Training Bureau, where he wrote six movie scripts that explored officer-involved shooting incidents and provided training in deploying less-than-lethal weapons. He also provided training in “shoot-don’t-shoot” decision making and combat shooting techniques. He has lectured to more than 35,000 law enforcement officer and fire department personnel on surviving the aftermath of critical incidents. As a therapist, he responded with members of The Counseling Team to New York following the events of 9/11, as well as dealing with the aftermath of other tragedies.
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