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.

2015 Events

December 7 – Baton Rouge – Interview with Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press

November 3 – New York City – Interview with John Hockenberry, Public Radio International

October 1 – Buffalo – Interview with Matthew Spina, Buffalo News

August 17 – Seattle – Interview with Martin Kaste, NPR

August 1 – New York – Interview with Steven Yoder, The Crime Report

July 27 – Buffalo – Interview with Matthew Spina, The Buffalo News

July 25 – Seattle – Interview with Scott Johnson, The Hollywood Reporter

July 3 – New York City – Interview with Avi Asher-Schapiro, VICE News

June 23 – Washington, D.C. – Interview with Steve Silverman, Flex Your Rights

June 13 – Orcas Island, WA – Commencement address to Class of 2015, Orcas Island High School

May 29 – New York City/Berlin – Interview with Lukas Hermsmeier, Der Sagesspiegel

May 19 – Los Angeles – Presentation to UCLA/Hammer Museum

May 19 – Los Angeles – Interview with Christina Gonzalez, KTTV

May 19 – Los Angeles – Interview with Camilla Hall, Producer, and Rupert Russell, filmmaker, The Freedom Project

May 18 – Seattle – Interview with Martin Kaste, NPR

April 28 – London – Interview with David Eades, “The World Tonight,” BBC Radio 4

April 28 – London – Interview with Karen Heeland, BBC 

April 28 – New York City – Interview with Richard Pérez Peña, New York Times

April 14 – New York City – Interview with Will Cohen and Marcela Gaviria, PBS Frontline

April 1 – Orcas Island, WA – Introduce Heather Dew Oakson, and the documentary, Minor Differences

March 14 – Washington, D.C. Gridiron Club Annual Dinner

February 8 – Seattle – Conference, National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement

January 26 – New York City – Meeting with Nation Books

January 6 – Seattle – Keynote speech to Washington Association for Justice, Civil Rights Section

To contact the author:

Jaime Leifer
VP, Associate Publisher and Director of Publicity
Public Affairs Books

For Media Requests:

Darby Beck