The Dark Side Journey of An Undercover Narc Into the Light of Community PolicingBook - 2014 | First edition
This autobiography chronicles William B. McClaran's long and varied career in law enforcement. It is an honest and uncensored look at his early days as alter ego "Sonny Sonetti," an undercover federal narcotics agent who inhabited the shadowy world of heroin addicts in Philadelphia and Detroit.
McClaran moves from there to become the youngest chief of police in the history of three different cities in an era marked by race riots and Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, violent gang warfare, and the Vietnam antiwar protests. Dedication to the job results in painful sacrifices in his roles as husband and father to two young daughters.
Throughout, McClaran holds fast to his belief that policing is a public service, and he remains a champion of the concept of community policing. Today, as a professor of criminal justice, he remains committed to a shift away from military-style training to a more progressive, humanistic approach.