Norm Stamper




Author of To Protect and Serve:
How to Fix America’s Police

Norm Stamper, former chief of the Seattle Police force, has written a story like no other. Part memoir, part polemic, Stamper exposes the unvarnished truth — both disturbing and inspiring — about policing in America today.

Opening with a powerful letter to former Tacoma police chief David Brame, who shot his estranged wife before turning the gun on himself, Stamper introduces us to the violent, secret world of domestic abuse that cops must not only navigate, but which some also perpetrate. Stamper goes on to expose a troubling culture of racism, sexism, and homophobia that is still pervasive within the 21st century force, exploring how such prejudices can be addressed. He reveals the dangers and temptations that cops on the street face, describing in gripping detail their split second life-and-death decisions.

2006 Events

December 12, 10am — KVI, “The Commentators” with John Carlson and Ken Schram.

December 11, 5 pm — Sirius Radio, “The DeVore and Diana Show.”


November 30, 12:15 pm. — Brooklyn. Interview with Rev. Al Sharpton, TV-1

November 16, 2:00 pm — San Diego. Students for Sensible Drug Policy, SDSU

November 15, 10:00 am — San Marcos, CA. Filming for “Private Violence”

November 13, 6:00 pm — San Diego. San Diego State University, Guest Lecturer

November 12 — San Diego. (death penalty discussion, TBA)

November 11, 9:00 am — Seattle. Seattle Neighborhood Coalition, Greenhouse at Day’s Inn

November 4, 9:00 am-5:00 pm — Vancouver, BC, Fraser Institute


October 27, 4:00 pm — Denver. “Right or Wrong! Caplis and Silverman,” KHOW Radio

October 27, 11:00 am — Denver. Governor’s press conference announcing opposition to Amendment 44, multiple media interviews

October 26, 6-9pm — Denver, CO, NORML sponsored event in conjunction with SAFER initiative. http://safercolorado.org/

October 26, 1-2pm — Denver, CO, KBPI 106.7 FM Radio, The Uncle Nasty Show Interview to discuss the SAFER Ballot Initiative Prop 44 http://www.safercolorado.org/

October 26, 9:30 am — Denver. Press conference with Drug Policy Alliance on Zogby Poll re: cigarette prohibition movement

October 25, 12:00 pm — Calgary. University of Calgary speech to social sciences class

October 24, 6-9pm — Calgary, Alberta, Calgary Petroleum Club

October 23, 7:00 pm — Calgary. St. Germaine’s restaurant, dinner with Sandstone representatives and civic leaders

October 23, 7:00 am — Calgary. Alberta. “Breakfast TV,” City TV Channel 8

October 21, 5:00 pm — Boston. Scripted call for SAFER, Amendment 44 in Colorado

October 20, 2:30 pm — Kingstown Interview with Campus Radio Station, URI

October 19, 7-9pm — Providence, RI, Top Cop Calls for an End to America’s Longest War, Rhode Island College, room Student Union Ballroom.

October 19, 5:00 pm — Providence. Live With Parker Gavigan, ABC

October 19, 4:00 pm — Providence, RI. Live With Arlene Violet on WHJJ

October 19, 12:30-1pm — Ellensburg, WA, KXLE Radio 1240am interview, host Dennis Leach, http://kxleradio.com/

October 18, 6:00pm — Stafford, CT, Sun Valley Beach Club, LEAP: Rick Ostrander cell 315-345-4399

October 18, 12:15pm — Southington, CT, Community Room of The Orchards, LEAP: Rick Ostrander cell 315-345-4399

October 17, 3:00pm — Hartford, CT, Public Access TV

October 17, 12:15 to 1:30 — Bloomfield, CT, Bloomfield Rotary, LEAP: Rick Ostrander cell 315-345-4399

October 17, 9am — Hartford, CT, WNPR Public Radio, “Where We Live” show

October 15, 9-9:50am — Bedford, MA, Lyceeum, First Unitarian in New Bedford, Bedford, MA

October 14, 10:30am – Boston, – International Association of Chiefs of Police. “Police Psychological Services: Reflections”

October 12, 2-3:30pm — Missoula. CTV Studios, Interview with Tom Daubert for three episodes of “No Smoke No Mirrors”

October 12, 12:00 pm — Helena. Lunch meeting with Helena police officials

October 12, 11:00 am — Helena. Meeting with Attorney General Mike McGrath.

October 12, 10:00 am — Helena, MT. Meeting with Governor’s staff

October 11, 6:30pm — Missoula. University of Montana Law School, Symposium on Privacy

October 11, 2-3:30pm — Missoula. KPAX-TV Studio, Interview with Ian Marquand for tonight’s evening news broadcast, Half-hour interview with Ian for following Sunday’s “Face the State”

October 11, 1:30 pm — Missoula. Interview with Jessie McQuillan, Missoula Independent Weekly

October 11, 11:45 am — Missoula. Meeting with City of Missoula and Missoula County police officials

October 11, 10-10:30am — Montana. KUFM Public Radio, University campus, Univ of MT Law School, Missoula

October 10, 7-8pm — Montana. Univ of MT Law School, Missoula, Forward Montana.

October 10, 5:30 pm — Missoula. Meeting with state legislators

October 10, 3:00 pm — Missoula. Interview with Tristan Scott, law enforcement reporter, The Missoulian.

October 7, 2-5 pm — Presbyterian Church, Friday Harbor. Community speech–“Why is it Always About Women?”–sponsored by Amnesty International, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of the San Juan Islands, and Soroptimist International.

October 3, 2006 — Evening class – Ellensburg, WA. Central Washington University

October 3, 2006, 3:00 pm — Ellensburg, WA. Jerrol’s Bookstore. Reading

October 3, afternoon — TV Interview, KIMA-TV http://www.kimatv.com/ Ellensburg, WA.

October 2, 4-4:30pm — KIT Radio interview with Brian Teegarden, Yakima, WA.

October 2, 8-8:30pm — KIT 1280 am Radio Interview, Yakima, WA.

October 1 — Interview with Mike DeRosa, WWUH, University of Hartford, CT.


September 28, 2006, Ellensburg Interview with Patrick Carlson, Ellensburg Daily Record

September 12, 2006 — Washington, D.C. The Cato Institute. A response to Radley Balko’s “Overkill,” a report on police paramilitary responses

September 5, 2006 — Las Vegas, Nevada. U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, Executive Excellence Course, Phase 2. “The Role of the Executive”


August 20, 4:20pm — Seattle, Hempfest


July 13, 11:00am Local Initiatives Support Corporation, “Community Safety Initiative,” live podcast from New York.


June 29, 4:00pm — The Chris Fabricant Show, live podcast from Brooklyn, NY.

June 2, 12:15am — Victoria, BC., Voices of Substance, “The Costs of Doing Nothing: Looking Beyond Our Current Approaches to Substance Use.” It’s an all day affair. Norm will speak at the “Public Safety and Order” Plenary btwn 12:15pm and 1:30pm

June 1, 1:00pm — Victoria, B.C., Victoria Police Command Staff. “WTO and Police Leadership”


May 24, 8:30am — Institute for Law Enforcement Administration, “Police Leadership”

May 22-26 — Plano, TX, Institute for Law Enforcement Administration,

May 16, 7 pm — Columbia, MO, Radio Intervview, KOPN, 89.5, NPR Affiliate, Dan Viets

May 8, 9:30am — Seattle, University of Washington, Kane Hall, Professor Kathleen Beckett’s Sociology class. “How Drug Law Enforcement is Organized: Why It’s So Controversial”


April 21, 12:00pm – San Francisco, Mission Neighborhood Health Center. “The Public Health Benefits of Ending the Drug War”

April 21, 9:30am – San Francisco, San Francisco Chronicle, Debra Saunders

April 20, 11:00am – San Francisco, KPOO Radio, “California Prison Focus Radio”

April 18, 8:00pm – Toronto, NewsTalk 1010

April 12, 7:45am – Vancouver, AMA Channel TV

April 11, 10:00am – Vancouver, CKNW 980, Bill Good Show with Christy Clark

April 10, 4:20pm – Vancouver, CBC Radio One

April 5, 10:30am – Calgary, CBC-TV

April 4, 11:20am – Calgary, CBC-TV

April 4, 10:00am – Calgary, Toronto Star, Betsy Powell

April 3, 10:30am – Calgary, Tommy Latour, CBC Radio


March 10, 6:30pm — Las Vegas, Futurist Salon, Borders Books, 2190 north Rainbow. “Crime Control vs. Civil Liberties: the Case for Retooling American Law Enforcement”

March 7, Noon — NYC The Al Sharpton Show, “Keeping It Real”

March 2, 6:15pm — Abbotsford, BC, Abbotsford-Matsqui Rotary Club, 604-855-3874

March 2, 2pm — Abbotsford, BC, Book Signing – Coles Bookstore, (604) 851-5777

March 1, 7pm — Abbotsford, BC, “Why Cops Say Legalize Drugs”, Clearbrook Lions Club, 604-854-8360


February 28, 5:30pm-7pm — Abbotsford, BC. Univ College of Fraser Valley Criminal Justice Dept-sponsored Drug Legalization panel discussion, 604-535-6390

February 28, 11:30am-2:30pm — Abbotsford, BC, Univ College of Fraser Valley “Introduction to Law Enforcement” Class, 604-535-6390

February 28, 10am — “Bill Good Show at CKNW Radio”

February 27, 4pm — “On The Coast, CBC Radio One 690 am”, Host: Ms. Priya Ramu

February 26, 11am —”Warren on the Weekend”, the most listened to talk radio show in Canada, CKNW Radio

February 11, 3:45-5:00 pm — ACLU of Washington, Annual Meeting, Kane Hall, University of Washington, Speech on “Civil Liberties, Social Justice, and the Drug War”

February 7, 5:30-7:30 pm — Seattle, Leadership Tomorrow’s “Leading and Reading With Norm Stamper” at the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, 1301 Fifth Avenue


January 26-28 (speaking on the 28th from 9:45-11:30 am). Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Aveune NW, Falk Auditorium, Washington, D.C. Speaking to 30 progressive mayors who are part of the “New Cities Project”

To contact the author:

Jaime Leifer
VP, Associate Publisher and Director of Publicity
Public Affairs Books
jaime.leifer@hbgusa.com

For Media Requests:

Darby Beck
darby.beck@lawenforcementaction.org