Guardians in Blue: Glossary of Terms Used

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Ken Bangs 

 Genre: Historical Fiction / Mystery
Publisher: Black Rose Writing
Date of Publication: March 31, 2016
# of pages: 382


A fatherless boy growing up in a small Texas town is taken under wing by the local lawmen. They work with the town leaders to provide his basic needs and help him escape the shame and poverty of his circumstances. One in particular becomes his guardian.

He teaches the boy about life, how to face his fears, that honor is more important than comfort and that defending those who cannot defend themselves is the highest duty of a man.    

The boy learns the lessons well. He hears the call and his heart opens to it. He too becomes a Guardian.

 This is the novelized story of the authors’ thirty-seven years service in law enforcement and public safety. It is unique in that the reader is given an inside look at what motivates one to the calling and the process of becoming a police officer.

It is told from the first person perspective of one who walked a beat in downtown Dallas at the age of 19, answered the calls as a radio patrol officer and worked the cases as a detective.

It gives an inside look at the understanding of not only the criminal act but the issues that lead to criminality and the processes by which criminal justice professionals identify and apprehend those responsible for given crimes.

Drawing on interviews/interrogations of criminals the author provides an exposé of the experiences, the anger, and the fantasy that captures the mind and controls the will of those who rape, rob, and kill.


“As a man who was privileged to work the streets with Ken Bangs, I can tell you that he was the Guardian.  If you want to understand police work at the base level, then The Guardians is a must read.  It goes beyond the violence and the sensationalism and gives you a window into the hearts and souls of those men and women who ride toward danger when everyone else runs away.”

Doug Sword, Captain of Police (Retired), Dallas Police Department

Guardians In Blue is an action packed book about actual crimes from the Dallas Police

files.  These cases as retold by Ken bangs come alive in a format that makes you feel

like you are at the location and involved in the investigations.”

Gary Holly, Retired Police Officer

“The story is so realistic; it so reveals the rawness of life experienced by a police officer that any who have ever worn the badge will be drawn in as they see themselves in the Guardians.” — G. David Payne, Lieutenant of Police (Retired), Dallas Police Department

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10-4                                                                       Received and will comply

40-Roger                                                              Agreed

.410 guage                                                          Small bore shotgun

.12 guage                                                             Large bore shotgun

#4 shot                                                                 Largest pellets available for .410

#7 shot                                                                 Smallest pellets available for .410

00 Buckshot                                                        Largest pellets available for .12 guage

CAPERS                                                                Crimes Against Person; crimes committed

                                                                                against an individual as in an assault

Clear / In-service                                             Ready for calls

Clear one man                                                  A one officer unit ready for calls

Clear two man                                                  A two officer unit ready for calls

Code 3                                                                  Proceed to call using red lights and siren

Code 4                                                                  Cancel further response              

Copy That                                                            Message Understood

CSS                                                                         Crime Scene Search (for evidence)

DRT                                                                        Dead Right There

ETS                                                                         Estimated time of separation

FTO                                                                        Field Training Officer, one who trains rookies

Guardian                                                             One who is dedicated to the safeguarding of 


Hi-Jacker/Jacker                                              Armed robber

Indict                                                                    Grand Jury action finding probable cause to

                                                                                Proceed to trial

Minor 7                                                                Motor vehicle accident with no injuries

No-Bill                                                                  Grand Jury action finding no probable cause

                                                                                Proceed to trial

Parole                                                                   Release from prison before full sentence

                                                                                is served

Posse                                                                    Street language for criminal gang

Probation                                                            The suspension of jail sentence following


Rabbit                                                                   Electronic tracking device

Red Ball Express                                               Transportation unit in WWII staffed by 

                                                                                African American troops

Red Birds/Yellow Jackets                             Slang term for Barbiturate depressants

Signal                                                                    Classification of call, i.e. minor 7

Signal 30                                                              Code used to inform dispatch that an officer

                                                                                has a prisoner in custody

Signal 41                                                              41 proceeds felony in progress calls

Smack                                                                   Slang term for the drug heroin

Snitch                                                                   Informer

Speed                                                                   Slang term for Powdered Methamphetamine

Traffic                                                                   Stopping a vehicle for a traffic law violation

Tush Hogs                                                           Particularly brutal criminals

 about the author

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Ken spent 35 years in public safety. A veteran of the United States Army, he was with the military police in the Alaskan Command.  He holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University, M.S. in Human Relations / Business Management from Amberton University, and a Doctorate of Ministry in Christian Counseling from Jacksonville (Florida) Theological Seminary.  Ken and his wife, Trudy, have been married 46 years. They live in McKinney, Texas.

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1 thought on “Guardians in Blue: Glossary of Terms Used

  1. Sooo enjoyed Guardians In Blue……hoping another one is on the way….loved all the pictures too…so very proud of my brother…keep up the good work, love u, sis


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