In this gripping memoir, retired Ontario Provincial Police officer Dan Rocheleau shares highlights from his early life and his many years working for various departments in Ontario and Quebec. After his training at police college in Brampton and Aylmer, Ontario, Rocheleau became an undercover officer, helping to investigate and arrest criminals in outlaw motorcycle clubs and within organized-crime groups.
He uses action-packed storytelling to illustrate his dangerous and sometimes amusing experiences, from negotiating with bikers in a motel room to chasing drug smugglers by boat on the St. Lawrence River. He also takes on the darker side of law enforcement in Canada by sharing his encounters with both police corruption and political corruption.
Police work is a challenging job, with many ups and downs, and this book is an intimate look at the impact it had on Rocheleau and his family during his rewarding thirty-year career.
“There’s a lot of humor in it and there is a lot of the undercover work that I did in two provinces,” said Rocheleau. “And dealing with everything from serial killers to oulaw bikers to traditional organized crime.” He states that he wrote the book when COVID forced people to stay home. He said that he hopes it helps readers see the different aspects of policing.
“When you are working in organized crime like that, it changes hourly almost it feels,” he said. “It’s not like working in uniform where you have a schedule and pattern to go through. When you work in organized crime it’s completely different.”
The officer said he now suffers from PTSD and want to share a message. “There is hel out there, you don’t have to be Superman, you can ask for help,” said Rocheleau. He also hopes to give back to the community. A small percentage of the proceeds from the book will be donated to NEO Kids and The Hospital for Sick Children.