Corey Pegues, a native of Queens, retired from the NYPD as a deputy inspector in 2013, after twenty-one years of service.
"New York City experienced a wave of crack-related violence in the 1980s and early 1990s, followed by a dramatic decline in crime. In his compelling memoir Once a Cop, Corey Pegues describes his life as a young hustler, slinging drugs and battling rival gangsters -- and how he turned his life around by joining the military and then the NYPD, where he became one of the highest-ranking blacks in the department. Pegues holds nothing back in recounting the political landmines he navigated -- and the personal price he paid -- for advocating for reforms within the NYPD."--Ruben Castaneda, author of S Street Rising: Crack, Murder and Redemption in DC