BALLINGER – Working as a police officer was Sgt. Dave Caudle's life's work for 20 years and he has recently chronicled his two decades in all aspects of police business in “A Policeman's Perspective: Sometimes there's no other option.”
BALLINGER – Working as a police officer was Sgt. Dave Caudle’s life’s work for 20 years and he has recently chronicled his two decades in all aspects of police business in “A Policeman’s Perspective: Sometimes there’s no other option.”
Caudle, who started his police career in Ballinger, has worked in every aspect of police work, including patrol, narcotics, administration and internal affairs and criminal investigations.
And during the decade that he spent as a detective, he investigated hundreds of homicides, death, rapes, drug cases and robberies.
Caudle said the present climate in which officers are prompted to use “deadly force,” and shoot a suspect, often times fatally, and prompted him to write the book.
“It is my hope that after reading this book, the reader will not only understand the threats and dangers of police work, but also the intent and mindset of officers as they face situations that are often life-threatening,” Caudle wrote in the preface of the book.
Caudle reaches out to the public with an eye-opening prespective on the duties and challenges police officers are faced with on a daily basis. The book is both a memoir and a tell-all tale, in which he offers readers insight into the scenarios faced by officers.
Caudle details one of the worst mass murders to ever occur in Runnels County on a cold January night in Ballinger in 1975 when a man with a 30X30 shotgun, gunned down his father and one other person and shot two women in a deadly crime spree. He even fired shots at Caudle, and the story eventually made the New York Times.
In the end, the suspect went to prison, but was only charged with one murder, and could have been charged with at least five felonies,but he wasn’t. Caudle said that was a case what was “mishandled.”
It proves what he and his wife Delpha, of 51 years set out to write the book also to show that police “are not always right” in every situation
Caudle retired in 1995 and became a fishing guide for several years at Lake Ivie, is now retired in Ballinger.
He will be at Curiosities this Friday from noon until 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday from noon until 4 p.m.
The book is also available on Amazon and Amazon Kindle.