C-Case sounds extremely interesting. How did you wind up going from NYC Transit to Internal Affairs?
NYC had three police departments operating within the City. Besides the NYPD, the transit police was responsible for the subways and the housing police handled the city housing projects. In 1995 there was a merger eliminating the transit and housing police departments in favor of one NYPD with transit and housing bureaus. When I became a member of the NYPD after the merger, I applied for an investigative assignment and ended up being drafted into IAB. I was required to stay in IAB for two years before moving to Narcotics.
With the Border Patrol I was assigned to duty on the Mexican Border in California. In the Coast Guard, besides training, I was assigned locally. I was stationed at Station Eaton’s Neck, a search and rescue station, and Port Jefferson, a port security unit.
I am considering a book on the Border Patrol. I am beginning to understand the benefits of writing books in a series, and I am thinking about making DARK KNIGHTS a series. Dark Knights illustrated the dark humor characteristic of the police profession in chronicling my career through a series of humorous stories. I may write a Dark Knights Border Patrol Edition and a Police Academy Edition.
What prompted you to leave the NYC Police Dept, retiring after 20 years as Captain?
I always regarded the NYPD’s 20-year retirement as one of the most significant benefits on the job. There are not many jobs where you can leave at a young age and start drawing your pension immediately.
I teach in the Homeland Security Department. I have taught courses in Emergency Planning, Disaster Response & Recovery, and Security Technology.
Conductor came about due to your son's career choice. Did you want him to follow in your footsteps instead?
He’s a great kid, and I wanted him to do what he was interested in. I was shocked to see the amount of training and memorization that was required to become a federally qualified conductor.
Terrorists are everywhere now. One of your books is about them in the NYC Transit System. What was your motivation behind this book?
The subway system is a target that is virtually impossible to completely protect. The open nature of the system creates vulnerability, but Americans, and New Yorkers in particular, are reluctant to relinquish freedoms in exchange for increased security.
What are working on now?
I am working on two books. I am taking my first stab at fiction with a novel that is tentatively titled THE LAST DAY. It is a police thriller about a plot to detonate a small nuclear explosive in the NYC subway. The second book is a project that is very special to me. It is a book on impaired driving. On December 19, 2011 I was driving my 21-year old daughter Meghan to school. A driver high on cocaine ran a red light at a high rate of speed and T-boned my car. I suffered a broken neck, broken back, broken ribs, broken hand, nerve damage in my left leg, and all my teeth were knocked out. But I am still here. Meghan was killed. The book is inspired by and dedicated to her.
Are there any other writers in your family history?
Where are your books available?
Can readers reach you to get a signed copy of your books?
Absolutely. I’m waiting with pen in hand.
Any pets? Hobbies?
Two little dogs – Maltese and Maltipoo, and golf
Is there anything else you'd like to say to your readers/fans?
Robert L. Bryan (Robert L. 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.
Other books by this author include: Conductor: The Heart & Soul of the Railroad, Why Me: The Question Asked by all Crime Victims, Staying Safe: How to Avoid Becoming the Victim of Crime and Terrorism, The Terrorist Threat to the New York City Subway, 50 Tips for Effective Public Speaking and Nailing that Speech: Effective Public Speaking.
All of Bryan's books are available at Amazon and/or Kindle. You can learn more by visiting his webpage at http://www.authorsexpresspromotion.net/robert-l-bryan.