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George Parsons Jr.
Sociology Major, Class of 1989
TU alumnus George Parsons believes in sharing the knowledge and life skills he learned in his time on the street with the Baltimore Police Department with future generations. The mission of his new book, "Passing the Baton," sets out to do just that. The book gives a first-hand account of the experiences, traditions and camaraderie behind his 24-year career in criminal justice. Some of the stories are serious, some are humorous, but all paint a picture of his years and experiences protecting the streets of Baltimore.
Parsons joined the Baltimore Police Department in 1973 after four years of military service in the Navy. His career in criminal justice included service in the arson, marine, and the K-9 unit (with his beloved police-dog Kurt.) Parsons wrote the book to carry on the history and tradition of the nightstick - or baton - and to share stories from his years on the force. "It's my way of reaching beyond classroom instruction and giving advice to future officers regarding police life and the importance of teamwork," Parsons said. "I also wanted to share the history of what was once considered a crucial part of an officer's communication, defense and initiation -- the baton."
Parsons' retired in 1992 and eventually moved to Florida where he currently teaches criminal justice at Saint Johns River Community College. He hopes his efforts will help young men and women realize their dreams of a career in law enforcement.
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