Interview with Joseph Schaefer, Author of “Police Fragility”

Digital Book Nook recently caught up with Joseph Schaefer, author of “Police Fragility.” We are excited to share this insightful interview with our readers today. 

When did you first discover that you enjoy writing and wanted to become a published author?

This fire started not by a passion for writing, but, a passion for the subject matter at hand. It has been very difficult for me to sit back and watch the issues plaguing our American policing system and not being able to be the change agent I wanted to be. I then formulated a plan to use a book as a vehicle to promote change.

What is your favorite and the most challenging aspect of writing?

My favorite aspect of writing has to be possessing the ability to articulate exactly what I have experienced and feel to anyone willing to read about it. The most challenging aspect of writing is the feeling of sharing your work for the world to see. We are held accountable for every stroke of the pen.

Tell us about your latest release.

My recent release is called Police Fragility, the book is based on the distrust between race and law enforcement. The book explores the dark history of law enforcement and what we can do to promote change.  

How did you come up with the title of your book?

Police Fragility in my opinion depicts the state my beloved profession is currently under; the American policing system is currently in a vulnerable state. The title is designed to encourage the uncomfortable conversations that can bond the fractured foundation. 

What do you hope readers are able to get from reading your story?

This is a two-part answer, first I hope members of the local, state, and federal government’s law enforcement and court systems become enlightened by the very dark origin of our profession and acknowledge it, show empathy, and start the healing process. On the other hand, I hope the Black community reads the book and finds comfort in the message that we hear your message, acknowledge our past, and have faith in what our future holds.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

My favorite author is Lee Cockerell. Lee’s Creating Magic was a fantastic book on leadership that anyone in a management or leadership position MUST read. Lee’s work has been life-changing for me since adopting his leadership style has enriched me with promotions at work and the manifestation of my book.

Do you have any advice for writers looking to get published?

The best advice that I can give to any aspiring author looking to publish is to stick to what fuels your passion and never give up or be discouraged. When a door closes it’s not a failure, it just means that is not the path for you.


Joseph Schaefer was born in Miami Beach, Florida, the middle child of three. Joseph’s passion for writing ignited while completing his undergraduate degree with the University of Florida. Joseph joined the American policing system at the age of fourteen as a Pembroke Pines Police Explorer. Twenty-four years later Joseph is currently serving as a Commander for a South Florida Police Department. Joseph’s first book is Police Fragility which has yielded phenomenal reviews.

Police Fragility is available at Barnes and Noble.