With the New York State Police at the Winter Olympics in 1980

The wellspring for much of Dan Carlson's writing has been his more than forty years in policing and law enforcement education.  Dan began his career in the late 1960's as a patrol officer with the City of Poughkeepsie (NY) Police.  He then worked, briefly, for the Dutchess County (NY) Sheriff's Department before joining the New York State Police.  Dan retired from the NYSP and moved to Texas where he worked for another twenty-two years in law enforcement education.  

Dan retired in 2010 as Director at the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration, a division of the Center for American and International Law.  In addition to the books listed on this site, Dan has written numerous articles which have been published in various professional journals.

The genesis of Dan's most recent book was his assignment at the Woodstock Festival in 1969.  Titled Dear Hippie ... We Met at Woodstock, it recounts his experiences at this iconic event and discusses the ways in which his work there affected  him both personally and professionally.

grandchildren.  Bonnie and Dan are supporters and volunteers at the WestAid Food Bank, and active in their church in Fort Worth, Texas.

A Law Enforcement Life

High School sweethearts, Dan and Bonnie Carlson met and married in Ossining, New York, more than fifty years ago.  Over the course of Dan's career in police work and  law enforcement education they lived in several places in New York state, moving to Texas in 1988.  They live in close proximity to their three children and seven terrific

About Dan and Bonnie 

  • Family first and foremost. 
  • Integrity is at the core.
  • Honesty in all things.
  • Service to others. 
  • In God we trust. 
  • Back the Blue. 

As a young police officer in

Poughkeepsie, NY (ca 1968)

Our Values