Hero to Zero by Zach Fortier


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Hero to Zero by Zach Fortier


Here is a great book by Zach Fortier once again. I have read each book as they have come out and never once been disappointed. This is a true stories written from a police officer and tells the behind the scenes details of law enforcement, the good the bad the ugly.
You will learn how a cop or other cops go from having it all to losing it all and then going behind bars. I know unbelievable right???!! As a huge fan of Fortier, I feel as if I have built a great rapport with him and now I understand why anyone should read just one authors books one by one as they get published. “Anyone is capable of anything given the right circumstances.” This quote form the book is because one story tells of a man whom Zach worked with as a cop then was wanted by the FBI and caught for multiple murders. All of the stories written are true and also made Zach a worldwide published author that I will admire are follow forever. Written by Jackie Paulson © 2014


Zach Fortier was a police officer for over 30 years, specializing in K-9, SWAT, gang, domestic violence and sex crimes as an investigator. He has written three books about Police work. “Curbchek” the first book is a case by case account of the streets as he worked them from the start of his 30 career. “Streetcreds” the second book details time Zach Spent in a Gang task force and the cases that occurred. The third book is by far the most gritty: “Curbchek-Reload”. In “Curbchek-Reload” Zach is damaged and dangerously so, suffering from PTSD and the day to day violence of working the street. “Hero to Zero” is Zach’s fourth book and recalls cops he worked with that were incredibly talented but ended up going down in flames, some ended up in jail, prison and one on the FBI’s ten most wanted list. If you like True Crime, take a look at Zach Fortier. You won’t be disappointed.



Why Jackie should be hired in the Security Profession?


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DeVry University
November 2013
Jackie Paulson

Author Jackie Paulson talks about Security in IL

Author Jackie Paulson talks about Security in IL

Tell me something about yourself. Hello, my name is Jackie Paulson. I am a Security officer professional with a degree in Technical Business Management and active Top Secret security clearance. My qualifications include 4 years of experience with Private Security Agencies and proven leadership capability managing security teams. My experience also includes knowledge of patrol, search and rescue and investigative and criminal procedures.  I would like to discuss how I can bring these skills and experience to your company.

Why should I hire you? I think I am a great match for this position. My degree in Technical Business Management  with added experience including the development of tracking systems and logging the operational continuity of 250 interior and exterior cameras for 5 separate facilities, development of the Freightwatch Product Tracking System, which, over a period of 6 months, saw a growth of 600%, provided static post and roving patrols to ensure the safety and welfare of 457 temporary employees, proofread 237 incident reports, post reports and other administrative documents for accuracy for 15 assigned officers. Provided loss prevention duties for over $100M in assigned inventory while assigned to Brightstar.  Brightstar is a Forbes top 100 independently owned corporation, and supervised the movement of employees during fire drills.

What are your strengths?  I have very good organizational and time management skills, but my greatest strength is my ability to effectively handle multiple projects and deadlines with 100% accuracy.

What are your weaknesses? I am a driven person who loves a challenge and will pay attention to detail and over analyze so it can take me a little longer to finish a project but I do finish it even if I stay late to accomplish it.

How are you qualified for this position? Security professional with expert ability to protect lives and property. Proven ability to assess threats and respond quickly to implement safe, effective solutions. Security Guard with extensive knowledge of law enforcement practices, investigation techniques and security equipment operation. Focused, detail-oriented Security Guard with more than 4 years protecting corporate assets and maintaining safety. Security Guard who remains on high alert at all times and maintains excellent coverage. Quick thinker with strong critical thinking capabilities.

Why are you applying for this position?  It will enable me to utilize and employ my skills, and knowledge and aptitude. I can make contributions to the company’s strategic goals and at the same time build upon my existing skills and experience by working in this role and advance my career in management.

Why are you interested in working for our Security Agency?  I am dependable, experienced and qualified Security Professional with strong leadership, analytical, technology, communication and interpersonal skills. Your company website asked for the qualifications that I already can apply as well as with my experience and passion to provide Security to protecting people from crime, maintain order, reduce theft, and protect against natural disasters and terrorists acts.

Tell me about a difficult situation you dealt with when supervising others. What did you do, and what were the results?


 The Background: Used Protection and Security Procedure to Protocol

I was working 2-10 pm at a Security Agency when an employee started to yell at his supervisor in the lunch room common area because he was asked to leave his shift for the day because his attitude was not good for working conditions.

The Action: How I demonstrated my skills is that I immediately stood behind the man whom was sitting at a lunch table, yelling at his supervisor from about 26 feet away, a “female” and used vulgar language.

The Results:  The outcome was to show that I was in charge of a situation where the employee stood up and threw his back pack onto his shoulders, almost hitting me, and I had him escorted off the property. I was calm, alert, and handled a situation that could have turned into violence at the workplace.

2.     Describe a time when you had to adjust to change. How did you cope?

The Background: I was in charge of a new division and building and one duty that was new was “FreightWatch.” FreightWatch is a tracking device that the trucks place inside a truck load to “track” the loads from point A to Point Z.  This was a new change added to addiction security duties placed on me during my shift.  

The Action: How I demonstrated my skills is that I immediately started to study the computer program and learn each step of the tracking device.  I had to learn the truck drivers company’s names, the point of contact person, watch and report each truck as it left one point and be either emptied or reloaded with a new “beacon” tracking device properly placed within the truck to re-track to other locations or back to its home bound location.

The Results:  The outcome was to show that I was to show my skills and abilities to learn this new computer system and to safely track truck loads and be able to identify if a truck went off its route and to follow the protocol in the event that it did go off track. This is like a GPS tracking device for high dollar volume of truck loads so as to make sure they do not get Hi-jacked or in an accident where merchandise can be stolen or drivers hurt.  I was told by my supervisor that he was impressed with learning my new skill set and would like for me to help train other workers

3.  Describe a situation that required you to show initiative. 

 The Background: I was the new Manager of a Salon and the entire staff was not happy that I was chosen from the outside and not one of them.  I was asked to increase the sales for one month to prove my management skills.  I quickly came up with a plan to be able to demonstrate my skills.

The Action: How I demonstrated my skills is that I immediately looked at the beauty salon past records for each month and each week.  I analyzed the month we were in to increase sales.  I then told the staff or employees that each Saturday who ever had the highest sales for the day in hair cutting and in product sales will receive a 25.00 cash reward at the end of the day from me. 

The Results:  The outcome was to show that I was to show my skills and abilities in management to the owners.  In a matter of four weeks’ time I had donated 100.00 out of my pocket to each of the winners but in the end the sales increased 90% which made the owners very happy.

Book News: Women Writers Dominate Children’s Books, Right? Wrong.


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Anne Sophie Parigot searches for books for her 3- and 6-year-old children at the New York Public Library bookstore in 2013.

Anne Sophie Parigot searches for books for her 3- and 6-year-old children at the New York Public Library bookstore in 2013.

Kathy Willens/AP

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • Children’s and Young Adult books have long been thought to be a sphere especially friendly to women, in contrast with the staggering gender bias found in the world of grown-up literature. It turns out that, nope, women don’t dominate children’s publishing.New figures released by the literary organization VIDA show that there is approximate gender parity among the winners of children’s book awards — which would be great if there were equal numbers of men and women writing kids’ books. “For a relatively small percentage of our authors, men are very well represented among our award winners and list-mentions,” VIDA’s Kekla Magoon writes in a blog post. She adds, “[I]t’s true that being female is not nearly the barrier to initial publication for us that it often is in the adult literary landscape, but as this year’s pie charts demonstrate, being male still seems to carry some particular advantages when it comes to recognition, prestige, and awards for literary merit.”
  • Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club author and tough-guy-in-a-beanie, will release a collection of “transgressive” stories on “taboo” topics by the writer’s students. They’ll likely also be “edgy,” “hardcore” and “manly.” According to a blog post by Palahniuk, one of the stories made audience members at a reading literally faint from hardcore-ness. “Standing people, according to my translator in Italy, they just dropped, disappearing in the crowd,” he wrote. (Alice Munro, can you say that people have actually fainted at your stories? Do you feast on unsterilized needles and pure animal fear? No? Then give back your Nobel Prize, for you are not a true writer.)
  • Sue Townsend, the English novelist and author of the Adrian Mole series, died Thursday at age 68. Tender and charming works of social satire, the books spanned the life of Adrian Mole, from the first book, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, aged 13 ¾, to Adrian Mole: The Prostrate Years, in which Adrian Mole suffers from prostrate troubles. Townsend was legally blind as a result of her diabetes, and according to the Guardian, died after a stroke.
  • Mary Szybist, the poet who won last year’s National Book Award, talks to The Paris Review about the relationship between poetry and prayer: “I have thought about the connections between poetry and prayer for a long time, and sometimes I am even tempted to believe that they are similar engagements. When I was young, I reached a point where I found myself unable to pray. I was devastated by it. I missed being able to say words in my head that I believed could be heard by a being, a consciousness outside me. That is when I turned to poetry.” While you’re at it, head over to Poetry magazine to read Szybist’s lovely poem, “Hail”:

“Mary who mattered to me, gone or asleep

among fruits, spilled

in ash, in dust, I did not

leave you. Even now I can’t keep from

composing you, limbs & blue cloak

& soft hands. I sleep to the sound

of your name, I say there is no Mary

except the word Mary, no trace

on the dust of my pillowslip.”


The Bellman Chronicles: Book Review and Friend Blogger


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The Bellman Chronicles: Shining a Light on Mankind’s Missteps From The Trenches…
Price: $4.9951bWGDI336L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-v3-big,TopRight,0,-55_SX278_SY278_PIkin4,BottomRight,1,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_

 Great book! I have been a fan of Robert Hook’s blog for four years and couldn’t wait to get his ebook. He is in the hotel business of the area where he deals with customers and their baggage daily. I found the cover perfect for what he wrote about. If you are in the customer service related business you’ll love the boldness of his writing and the honesty. I kept saying that is so so true! I have been in the customer service industry myself and this was a good book, funny and to the point in areas where others would never tell. Thank you for the gift of your writing Robert! Looking forward to more of your books. © 2014 Jackie Paulson

The Journal by Derick Parsons Book Reivew


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The Journal (Jack O’Neill) by Derick Parsons


The Journal by Derick Parsons Book Review is a crime thriller full of mystery, surprise and suspense.  In the Journal, Inspector Jack O’Neill and his partner Frank Carr are investigating a suspicious death.  In the meantime another case comes up and they start to investigate another death.  Two murders found seated on a chair with their hands tied behind the chair, is it the same person killing them?  I could tell the author writes what he loves and keeps the reader’s attention.  I felt like this crime mystery was one that could actually happen in real life which makes it more fun to read. I have not read Redemption Song, but now I will!  Great book!

© 2014 Jackie Paulson