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From the detective magazines of the 20th century to the modern cinema, Americans love crime stories. But removed from the national spotlight, some of the most interesting stories are the ones that occur in your own hometown. Former police detective Don Stratton knows this first-hand and is sharing those stories in his book, “The View From Behind a Badge.” The book is best described as often humorous stories from a 50-year police career. The stories are told from the perspective of someone who held virtually every position within the Lima Police Department, from Rookie Patrolman to Acting Chief of Police. “It is a no holds barred, insider’s look at a police agency, warts and all.”

The Allen County Museum will host Stratton at 2 p.m. March 30 for a presentation and book signing. His talk will include how he came to Lima, his early years here and his career with the LPD. There will be excerpts from the book and other stories not included in the book.

Don Stratton was raised by his grandparents on a tenant farm near Winchester. His father moved to Lima before World War II and when Don came here for a two-week visit in 1949, he decided to stay. He enrolled in Lima Central High School and graduated in 1953. After graduation, he couldn’t afford college and became a salesman for Pepsi Cola. In 1960, he was appointed to the Lima Police Department. Stratton subsequently held every rank in the department before being promoted to his final position of inspector, wherein he commanded the uniform division in 1978. He retired from the LPD in 1988 and has been an auxiliary officer since that time.

Stratton enrolled in college for the first time at the age of 33, majoring in sociology at Ohio Northern University. He was instrumental in starting the law enforcement program at Lima Technical College in the early 1970s. Later, he taught police administration and personnel administration in that same program. Stratton holds an AA degree from Rhodes State College and completed post-degree work in public administration at Upper Iowa University.

Stratton and his wife, Verna, have been married for 35 years, have three children, seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. In addition to his police career, he has been an auctioneer for 40 years.

This program is free an open to the public.



0 #1 2014-03-21 02:24
Is the book available for purchase?

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