Writing as Robert L. Bryan, Robert Jestic is a law enforcement / security professional with over 35-years of experience. He served twenty years with the NYC Police Department, retiring at the rank of captain. Mr. Bryan has also served in the United States Coast Guard and the US Border Patrol. He is currently the Chief Security Officer for the Division of Revenue in the NYC Transit Authority. He has a master's degree in security management and is an adjunct professor at a NYC college. Two of Mr. Bryan's books received awards in the 2017 Public Safety Writers Association writing competition. C-Case: An Unlikely Journey from Transit Cop to Internal Affairs Bureau Squad Commander and Dark Knights: the Dark Humor of Police Officers won second and third place awards, respectively, in the non-fiction category.
Against the backdrop of the 1995 merger of the NYC Transit and Housing Police Departments into the New York City Police Department, this is the story of a Transit Police Lieutenant who abruptly finds himself performing a job no cop wants to do; namely, investigating other cops. Complicating the situation is the fact that the Lieutenant has no prior investigative experience, but is thrust into command of a squad of seasoned NYPD investigators. The Lieutenant must deftly walk a tightrope of managing his squad while learning how to perform the wide range of investigations conducted by the Internal Affairs Bureau.
Police Officers are the modern day embodiment of medieval knights, going to work each day with a noble cause to protect and serve society. The profession requires cops to see people at their worst. They see death, tragedy, crime, and despair on a daily basis. The very nature of the tasks cops perform and the things cops see skews their sense of humor. Sometimes, a sense of humor is the only defense mechanism in a police officer's tool box. Stripped of the ability to laugh, or forced to be politically correct in a politically incorrect work environment can be hazardous to one’s health. Coping becomes an essential component of a police officer’s arsenal. One of the primary coping mechanisms utilized by cops is humor. A cop can find something funny about almost anything, regardless of how tragic the circumstances. Dark humor involves making light of a serious, disturbing or taboo subject matter. It is sometimes viewed as morbid, cruel, offensive, and graphic in nature and is yet, still found funny. This is the story of the author's twenty-year police career with the New York City Transit Police and NYPD as he worked with some of New York City's darkest knights - those cops who did and said the funniest things under the most difficult circumstances.
This is the story of one of the more fabled occupations in America - the railroad conductor. This book traces the origin of the railroad and the occupation as well as the conductor as a subject of folklore and the media. Additionally, the pathways to a career as a conductor are fully explored.
After a lifetime of experience in law enforcement / security (35 years), Robert Bryan shares tips and advice that could save your valuables, your home, even the lives of you and your loved ones. Find out what criminals are looking for - what signs they look for to decide who to target. Avoid portraying yourself as a target or as an easy mark. Get detailed insights into what makes a criminal pick someone as a target, and precise steps on how to make it obvious that you are not an easy mark.
This book contains fifty tried and tested tips that the author has cultivated during over thirty years of public speaking.
At one time or another, everyone is a public speaker. I'm not just talking about those individuals whose professional careers are heavily involved with speech making and presentations. I'm also talking about the best man giving a speech at a wedding, the coach giving a speech to his team, the PTA member giving a speech to parents, or the art instructor giving a presentation to students. Whatever the forum may be, everyone wants to nail their speech, and accomplishing this feat is no accident. This book will provide the tolls everyone needs to get up in front of any audience and really "nail it."
The author uses his forty years of
law enforcement and security experience to explain to the reader how to stay
safe in an unsafe world, through situation awareness of various environments,
including home, driving, walking, and commuting.
The book covers that vulnerable nature of the New York City Subway as it relates to attractiveness as a terrorist target. Additionally covered are the tactics utilized to combat this threat.