This is a story about the good guys. When former Irving police officer Doug Hutchison retired from a 39-year career in law enforcement in 2015, he wanted to do something monumental with his newfound free time. So, he convinced his wife Carol, a professional photographer and journalist, to go traveling around the state of Texas interviewing police officers from towns big and small to create a full-color coffee table book featuring professional photographs they’d taken of these individuals. It was Carol who wanted to make it stand out even further, by adding their personal interviews and anecdotes of their subjects’ lives as officers. The labor of love took an entire year, with the journey spanning over 15,000 miles across the Lone Star State.
Hear about their journey on Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. at the South Irving Library, 601 Schulze Drive. After the book talk, attendees have an opportunity to purchase Behind the Texas Badge: Portraits and Stories of the Men and Women of Texas Law Enforcement. The Hutchisons will also be on hand to meet with fans and sign their works.
Telling the story about the men and women of law enforcement in Texas was a moving experience that could only be told in each officer’s own words. It was a process that was also therapeutic to the officers, to finally be able to tell their stories. After all, officers are people too, and this book aims to give readers a chance to walk in an officer’s boots in addition to the breathtaking photos taken at iconic sites across the state. The Hutchisons reached out to and interviewed 102 individuals and at least one service animal. The result is a 252-page handsome and unique 12 x 11 coffee table book which will be available for purchase at the event for $69. A portion of the proceeds go to organizations benefitting the children of fallen officers.
For more information, call (972) 721-4612. For previews of the book, visit behindthebadge.com.