Proctor, Michael (Mike Proctor)
PERSONAL: Born in NM. Education: California State University, Long Beach, B.A., 1970; earned secondary school and community college teaching credentials; completed additional training in law enforcement.
ADDRESSES: Agent—Grayson Literary Agency, 1342 18th St., San Pedro, CA 90732. E-mail—[email protected]
CAREER: Substitute teacher for public schools in El Segundo and Anaheim, CA, 1970–72; City of Westminster, CA, police officer, 1972–96, retiring as detective, 2004; Duck Works Criminal Consulting, writer, lecturer, and consultant on stalking and threat management, 1996–. National Center for Victims of Crime, registered stalking expert; testified in numerous court cases; guest on media programs, including 20/20, America's Most Wanted, Unsolved Mysteries, and broadcasts of the Cable News Network and Court TV; guest on radio talk shows.
MEMBER: Association of Threat Assessment Professionals.
AWARDS, HONORS: Police photographers award, Law and Order, 1978; Public Safety Merit Awards, Westminster Chamber of Commerce, 1989, 1995; award from Association of Reserve Officers, 1999; Defender of Justice Award, California State Assembly, 2003; Lifetime Achievement Award, City of Westminster, 2003.
(As Mike Proctor) How to Stop a Stalker, Prometheus Books (Amherst, NY), 2003.
Contributor to periodicals, including Law and Order and Journal of California Law Enforcement.
WORK IN PROGRESS: A "true-crime" novel, under a pseudonym.
SIDELIGHTS: Michael Proctor told CA: "My life revolves around helping and educating people, professionals as well as the public, on matters that can make their lives safer and more productive. That was the primary reason for writing How to Stop a Stalker.
"In regard to my other ongoing works, they are inspired by and based on the dark, depraved world I love to work in. Writing allows me to give the reader a brief glimpse into this strange, interesting, and at time sick environment that I encounter every day.
"My writing process is simple. I merely transcribe what I see, absorb, and feel. Oftentimes, life is truly stranger than fiction. What I see and experience is then scribbled upon the page with my own dash of sarcasm, in the hopes of assisting the reader to better digest the material that is being presented."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
Detective Mike Proctor Home Page, http://www.detectivemikeproctor.com (December 5, 2004).