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February, 28th, 2014
My memoir was professionally edited several months ago and my wife Theresa and I are in the final process of performing our last edit. This final edit represents the 8th time the manuscript has been edited and/or polished from beginning to end.
Within the next month, the book will be submitted to several reputable publishing houses and we will go from there. The book will be published and will become an important addition to the history of Portland, Oregon. As my wife often says, my memoir, "Behind the Badge in River City: A Police Memoir," is in fact a period piece; a look into a police department that no longer exists.
August 24th, 2013
My wife Theresa was fortunate enough to locate a complete copy of my personnel file, August 9th, of this year. This 166 page collection of documents provides comprehensive records of the majority of my criminal arrests, both felony and misdemeanor, and the dozens of "performance evaluations" that were written every six months for all patrolman and Detectives during that time. These documents provide pertinent details of the 17 years I worked with PPB. With these records, reports and other forms of documentation, including numerous letters of commendation, my memoir "Behind the Badge in River City; A Police Memoir" is being crafted into something even more compelling, with an increased focus on the accuracy and reliability of my personal recollections of the job. The importance of my personnel file is that the documents provide corroboration of many incidents and highlights of my career working in law enforcement. Incidents and highlights that I particularly recall, when I worked the Safe detail, for example, (which was made obsolete and phased out in the early 1970's) have been developed considerably. These documents will help to create a stronger book, with more emphasis and support for the many claims I have made. I hope you will continue to show an interest in my book by coming here, to my book blog and keeping up on the changes and developments as we slowly make progress and my goal of telling my story becomes a reality.
27, March, 2013
Today my wife, Theresa and I met with a young graduate student, from PSU. This young man recently completed his 2nd masters degree in book publishing. He has agreed to help us import the manuscript document from Word to In-Design. He has also agreed to help us complete the book dust-cover, and provide a professional edit of the manuscript.This is a paid collaboration and we are very excited to be at this stage of the process. This is a very exciting time in my life and I'm looking forward to working with this talented and knowledgeable young man, to see my book "Behind the Badge in River City: A Police Memoir" finally published and ready for public consumption.
9 March 2013
Today I'm including a short 'teaser' from my book, "Behind the Badge in River City: A Police Memoir" It offers a short, descriptive look into how and why police officers can sometimes respond with violence when being threatened with violence or attacked. Constant negative reinforcement, like name-calling and citizens or criminals "spitting" on police officers, can have profoundly negative results in the long run, and can lead to burnout and disillusionment, as it did with me...
EXCERPT FROM CHAPTER 35,
I pushed him into the corner by the urinal and grabbed him by the throat, choking him hard. "Spit it out!" I ordered. "Spit it out or I'll strangle you!" We struggled and he tried desperately to swallow, but it wouldn't go down. I dug my thumbs into his carotid artery and finally he gave up and spit. Out came five small round blue rubber balloons. I handcuffed him and as he stood there panting in the corner, I took my knife out, and cut one of the balloons open. It was full of a brown powder. Three more balloons and a switch blade were in his pocket.
"I'll bet this is heroin! What's your name?" I demanded.
“None of your fuckin business!”
“Do you know what smack does to kids?!” I asked through gritted teeth.
"Kiss my ass, pig-face. Let me loose and I'll cut your throat!" he said and tried to spit on me.
I backhanded him hard. The black leather Sap gloves I was wearing helped. He decided to stop giving me shit. I was tired of low-life criminals either trying to spit on me or smear their blood on me when I tried to execute a legitimate arrest. I hustled him out of the restroom and pushed him through the crowd.
My mind flashed back to all the times I'd been spit on by drunks, drug addicts, wife beaters, and prostitutes. I remembered all the people who had tried to flick or smear their blood on me, after getting their asses kicked due to resisting and I could feel my blood pressure rise. I was glad I had arrested this loser. He was going to jail.
The police car was parked close to the front door, and Ray had a passed out drunk in custody in the back seat. "My guy's got eight balloons of heroin on him," I said. "What'd your guy do?" I asked, "He was passed out in his beer," Ray said with a chuckle.
23 February 2013
Today, Timothy Flanagan, editor of The Portland Alliance Newspaper has written a very positive review of my book which will be included on my manuscript blog here. Timothy Flanagan has kindly written about his perceptions of the book and I'm very grateful for his generous help.
The link to this review of my book is here, I hope you enjoy it...
"Mr. DuPay tells stories that make the hair rise up on the back of your neck. In seventeen years with the department, he worked jail duty, East Precinct, traffic division, vice squad, morals, and North Precinct until spending his last few years with the department as a detective, working the burglary and homicide details. We are allowed to almost intimately know Officer DuPay and the men he worked with. In addition to his fellow officers, he introduces us to pimps, prostitutes, safe-crackers, drug addicts, thieves and thugs. But we are never left to choose between the "good guys" and the "bad guys." Don keeps it real." --Timothy Flanagan
22 February 2013
Today a copy of the manuscript was mailed to a local North Portland Newspaper for review. This paper may write either a promotional article on the manuscript or a review. Copies will be mailed in the next weeks to several well known publishing companies in NY and Chicago.
The process of seeing "Behind the Badge in River City: A Police Memoir" published by a reputable house, looks more promising with each passing day. At this point, the front dust jacket will be modified and improved. The back of the dust jacket will also include a photo of both the author and editor and will make mention of the forward, written Feb 10th, by renowned writer and Portland journalist Phil Stanford, author of "Portland Confidential; Sex, Crime and Corruption in the Rose City."
A written review of the book is in the works, written by Timothy Flanagan, editor of the Portland Alliance and will be available on the Alliance Website soon. Tim has generously agreed to write a review and Theresa and I both appreciate his very generous help. Thank you Tim!
10 February 2013
Today the renowned Portland writer and journalist, Phil Stanford, author of "Portland Confidential; Sex, Crime and Corruption in the Rose City," has written and emailed to me, a short forward for my book, "Behind the Badge in River City: A Police Memoir" which has been included in my memoir manuscript, as of today. The library of congress registration number, for copyright of the book, will be coming soon, to be added to the manuscript copyright page as well.
The current manuscript, or the "2nd Original Draft" continues to be edited by Portland writer, Theresa Griffin Kennedy, polished and streamlined, with more content being added, including an additional subsection I've written, entitled "Animals on the Night Shift." I'm very excited about the future publication of my book and extremely grateful to all who have helped me along in this slow, and sometimes tedious process!
7 January 2013
A copy of the manuscript is being reviewed by Mr. Timothy Martin Flanagan, editor of the Portland Alliance Newspaper http://www.theportlandalliance.org/ and will be promoted locally by the Alliance, with the review appearing on the Alliance website.
This is a very exciting process and represents more than 20 years of creative work, and painful reflection, beginning when I first wrote and completed my memoir, "Behind the Badge in River City: A Police Memoir" in 1992. The polishing and additional content that has been added, with the help of my creative collaborator and editor, Theresa Griffin Kennedy, beginning in late July 2012 and continuing up until the end of the year and into the present, includes approximately 75 additional pages of reflection, and various war stories, some amusing, some quite sad. We will keep all visitors to my website up to date on the progress of the book and when and where it will be published.
20 October 2012.
Working as a Portland Police officer, from 1961-1978 was challenging, fun, heartbreaking and hugely stressful. A project that began over 20-years-ago, the writing of my police memoir, detailing my time as a patrolman and later as a Detective for PPB, is now coming to fruition and will be published within the next year.
The stories I share in the pages of my memoir "Behind the Badge in River City: A Police Memoir" are entertaining, sad, colorful, and touching. New updates will be forthcoming, regarding its progress and eventual publication.
A story aired by Channel 2, October 12th, which features me, in which I recall the Columbus Day Storm of 50 years ago, can be viewed by clicking on the active link down below.
In the news story, there is a close up shot of the dust jacket we're working on, in collaboration with local Portland area photographers Les and Dotty Weber, who have given us permission to use their remarkable photo of the St John's Bridge for the front dust jacket. We will keep you posted of any and all updates right here, on this link.
12 October 2012
Channel 2 interviewed me for this story, on the Columbus Day Storm, back when I was a young cop with PPB. Its a great little story, click on the active link below and enjoy.