Former Police Officer Writes Memoir About Time On The Force

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Joseph Belcastro announces release ‘When Did I Start Looking Like a Cop?’

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In his tell-all memoir, “When Did I Start Looking Like a Cop?” (published by iUniverse), Joseph Belcastro offers a collection of short stories taken from his 20-year career as a New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer. From uniformed cop to plainclothes detective, Belcastro offers insights into the life of a “street cop.”

Belcastro’s inside tales highlight the dedication it takes to solve crimes and apprehend criminals. The book demonstrates how motivated and experienced officers can make a positive impact on crime-ridden neighborhoods.

Belcastro adds, “I want people to realize that in order to effectively maintain law and order you must allow the police to use the laws and their training and experience to create a safe environment for people to live in.”

An excerpt from “When Did I Start Looking Like a Cop?”
I couldn’t let him get away; I felt it in my gut that it was him. So we followed him down the subway stairs to the train, grabbing him in front of the token booth. A quick toss (search) and what did we recover from his jacket pocket? You got it—the orange box cutter.

“When Did I Start Looking Like a Cop?”
By Joseph Belcastro
Softcover | 5 x 8 in | 172 pages | ISBN 9781532009013
E-Book | 172 pages | ISBN 9781532009006
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
A Brooklyn native, Joseph Belcastro joined the New York City Police Department in July, 1983. He spent four years on uniform patrol, then another four years in the precinct’s plainclothes Anti-Crime Unit, before being transferred to the NYPD’s Street Crime Unit on Randall’s Island. Retired from the force for 13 years, he now works as an explosion detection and canine handler. “When Did I Start Looking Like a Cop?” is his first book.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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