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Hello, I'm David "D.L." Williams, a bestselling author, teacher, and multi-award-winning public safety officer. Most of all, I'm a family man...and if you break bread in our home, you're family. 

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I am a thirty-year public safety veteran twice recognized by the Fraternal Order of Police as Officer of the Year, and by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, Rotary Club, the University of Arkansas, The Children’s Safety Center, and others for my work with families and children in crisis. Assignments during the course of my career included paramedicine, patrol, detective investigations, SWAT medic, helicopter rescue, mental health liaison, training and command.

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I now teach criminology at the University of Arkansas, and I am the bestselling author of Textbooks, Not Targets: Preventing School Shootings in Your Community and Fighting for Her Life: What to do When Someone You Know is Being Abused. My latest, Drop the Pen! What Every Writer Should Know About Real Police Work is due out early 2024. 

 I met my wife, a journalist, when she covered a double homicide trial. I spied her from the witness stand, and I was instantly smitten—quite possibly the most romantic guilty verdict in history. We hike, kayak, and keep bees (I am the Assistant Bee Keeper!)


Finally, I am the proud father of two sons, both veterans, and the grandfather of two toddlers (soon to be 3!!) who now essentially run my world. Wouldn't have it any other way.

Life is good and getting better all the time. 
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I very much value your thoughts and questions, and I'm committed to responding to all the nice ones.


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From our family to yours, be well and happy, D.L.

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