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.

2017 Events

April 30 – Santa Cruz, CA – Reactions to “Do Not Resist,” Reel Works Film Festival 

April 26 – Pierce County, WA – Keynote address, YWCA

April 6-8 – Springfield, MA – Keynote address, Fair Housing and Civil Rights Conference

March 16 – Hollywood – Podcast with Dr. Frank, Elevate the Conversation

March 11 – Hollywood  – Telephone interview with Dipak Hemraj, Elevate the Conversation

March 10 – Orcas Island, WA – In-person interview with Peter Bell, Upworthy

February 28 – Concord NH – Telephone interview with Virginia Prescott, NHPH

February 27 – Concord, NH = Telephone interview with Jimmy Gutierrez, New Hampshire Public Radio

February 26 – Seattle – Tribute to Maryann Parker, Memorial Service

February 15 – U.S. – Conference call presentation, “Valuing Diversity,” The Gartner Group Researchers

February 1 – Seattle – Meeting of the Crosscut Editorial Circle Luncheon, Cascade Public Media

February 1 – Seattle – Interview with Caleb Huffman, University of Washington

January 30 – Santa Barbara – Telephone interview with Francie Diep, Pacific Standard

January 27 – Orcas Island, WA – Meeting with Maggie Knowles

January 26 – Seattle – Telephone interview with Prof. Stephen Gloyd, University of Washington, Department of Global Health

January 25 – Friday Harbor, Public reading, San Juan County Library, Friday Harbor

January 23 – Washington, D.C. – Telephone interview with George Joseph, The Atlantic

January 21 – Seattle – Women’s March

January 19 – Seattle – “Conversations with Leaders,” Leadership Tomorrow

January 18 – Seattle – Community presentation for organization, Not This Time

January 11 – Friday Harbor, WA – Telephone interview with Heather Spaulding, The Journal of the San Juan Islands

January 6 – Seattle – Telephone interview with David Kroman, Crosscut

January 5 – Seattle – Meeting with Austin Jenkins, Northwest Public Radio (NPR)

January 5 – U.S. – Webinar on evolution of LEAP

To contact the author:

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

For Media Requests:

Darby Beck