David received several awards at the 2015 PSWA writing competition, placing first in the fiction Short Story category with Sushi With Jack The Ripper; and first in the Creative Non-Fiction category with his article contribution to Police One News. He recently received second place for his non-fiction technical article, Not Just the Facts: How cops can effectively communicate with domestic violence victims (2016). 

Thanks to all of my peers in prose at the PSWA! 

David has 36 years in law enforcement.  He retired as a detective sergeant for the Sacramento Police Department  in 2008 and continues today as a retired reserve officer in Citrus Heights, CA.  He has spent time in patrol, investigations, internal affairs, and over ten years in narcotics, including six-years with the DEA as a clandestine laboratory task force agent. 

David has been writing for years - starting with articles for law enforcement publications and other professional journals, department workbooks, and policies & procedures.  David has been a member of the Public Safety Writers Associations (PSWA) since 1997 where he has won numerous writing awards.  He has published three short stories and is working on his first novel, Valley Heat, due out in summer 2016 from Oak Tree Press .  Visit David at his Amazon author's page.

David's inspiration comes from years in the streets working patrol, undercover, meth labs, internal affairs, and investigations.  His writing inspiration comes from treasured works by Rodney Whitaker (Trevanian). Jack London, Oscar Wilde, Tracy Chevalier, and William Somerset Maugham. 

In 2003 he co-founded the Sacramento Domestic Violence Prevention Collaboration, and is an advocate for children exposed to domestic violence.  He is also faculty for Phoenix University in the college of criminal justice.

David's first novel, Valley Heat  will be out late summer 2016. Valley Heat can be found at Oak Tree Books.     


- Wit & wisdom of Oscar Wilde

"The only thing worse than being talked about is not being talked about."


David M. Cropp


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