Sunday, September 13, 2015

Paul Davis Bio


Paul Davis is a writer who covers crime. He has written extensively about violent street crime, gangs, drugs, organized crime, cyber-crime, white collar scams, crime prevention, espionage and terrorism. Davis also writes crime fiction.

Davis is a contributing editor to The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International, a quarterly publication with more than 100,000 law enforcement, government, corporate and military readers worldwide

He is also a regular contributor to the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Washington Times.

Paul Davis also provides news and commentary on organized crime, street crime, white-collar crime, cyber-crime, murder, gangs, crime prevention, espionage and terrorism at his website, www.pauldavisoncrime.com 

Paul Davis On Crime offers his Crime Beat columns and his crime fiction, as well as his book reviews, newspaper and magazine pieces, and his long-form Q&A interviews with Joseph Wambaugh, Michael Connelly, Oliver North, Robert Leuci, John Timoney, General William Boykin, Ben Macintyre, Joseph C. Goulden, John Lehman, Bernard Cornwell, Philip Leonetti and others.

Davis' work appears in other publications as well.


Davis has been a student of crime since he was a 12-year-old aspiring writer growing up in South Philadelphia. He went on to do security work as a young sailor in the U.S. Navy and later as a Defense Department civilian employee.

As a writer, he has attended police academy training, gone out on patrol with police officers, accompanied detectives as they worked cases, accompanied narcotics officers on drug raids, observed criminal court proceedings and visited jails and prisons. He has covered street riots, mob wars and murder investigations.

Davis has gone out on patrol with the Coast Guard's Maritime Security and Safety Team (MSST) on a Defender Class, 25-foot, high-speed response boat. He also went out on patrol on the Delaware River with the Philadelphia Police Marine Unit on their 31-foot Munson boat. 

Over the years Davis has interviewed detectives, police commanders and commissioners, prosecutors, DEA, NCIS, ATF, HSI and FBI special agents and other law enforcement officers, as well public officials, senior military commanders, Navy SEALs, Green Berets, Delta Force operators, CIA officers and Israeli intelligence officers and commandos.

He also interviewed the former underboss of the Philadelphia Cosa Nostra organized crime family and other criminals.


In a sense, Paul Davis' beginnings in both journalism and government began during summers and after school in the mid-1960s at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. Davis sold Philadelphia newspapers to the sailors, Marines and shipyard workers at the Navy Yard during his early teen years.

Riding in the open back of the newspaper truck each day, he would pass the fleet of moored Navy ships in the Delaware River and dream of one day joining the Navy, seeing the world and becoming a writer.


Davis enlisted in the Navy in 1970 when he was 17-years-old. He served aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (CVA 63) as the attack aircraft carrier performed combat operations on "Yankee Station" off the coast of Vietnam in 1970-1971.
  

The aircraft carrier visited such ports-of-call as San Diego, California, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Sasebo, Japan, Subic Bay in the Philippine Islands and Hong Kong.


Davis also served on the USS Saugus (YTB 780), a Navy harbor tugboat attached to the U.S. nuclear submarine base at Holy Loch, Scotland in 1974-1975. He traveled throughout the British Isles and Europe during those years.


After leaving the Navy Davis became a Defense Department civilian employee. For the last 21 of his more than 37 years of military-civilian service he was the civilian administrative officer of a Defense Department command in Philadelphia. He oversaw security, safety, public affairs and other support programs for the command. He served as an investigating officer and investigated security violations, theft, and other crimes. He also investigated Inspector General complaints of misconduct, waste, fraud and abuse.      


Davis also wrote news and features for local and world-wide Defense Department magazines. Davis received numerous awards during his years of federal service, including the Philadelphia Federal Executive Board's 1990 Public Affairs Award for his magazine articles.


From the 1991 debut to the closing program in 2005, Davis served as a producer and on-air host of the Philadelphia Federal Executive Board's public affairs radio program Inside Government. The half-hour interview program dealt with crime, espionage, terrorism, taxes, health, the military and other issues of concern to Philadelphia area residents. The radio program aired Sunday mornings on WPEN 950 AM and WMGK 102.5 FM. Davis and the other members of the production team received the Vice President's National Performance Review "Hammer" Award in 1995.


Davis began moonlighting as a freelance writer in 1993. Working nights and weekends, he covered crime, politics and general assignments for the South Philadelphia Review. He also wrote commentary for the weekly paper.

On assignment for the Review, Davis attended the pilot class of the Philadelphia Police Department's Civilian Police Academy and wrote an 11-part series on police training and operations.

In 1995 Davis moved over to the South Philadelphia American, where he wrote news, features and a regular column. The American folded in 1998 and Davis moved his column to the Golden Times, where it had a ten-year run in the monthly newspaper for Philadelphia and South Jersey area residents over 50-years-old. His commentary also appeared in the Philadelphia Daily News.

Davis began contributing to The Journal of Counterterrorism & Homeland Security International in 1996. He later became a contributing editor to the journal. He began contributing to the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1999.

Davis took his Crime Beat column online to The Orchard Press Online Mystery Magazine in 2002. The magazine also published his crime fiction. The magazine folded in 2012 and Davis now offers his Crime Beat column and his crime fiction at www.pauldavisoncrime.com 

Davis retired from the Defense Department in 2007 and became a full-time writer.

In 2009 Davis wrote an On American Crime column and an On Espionage column for GreatHistory.com. From 2006 to 2010 Davis wrote a crime prevention & security awareness column for Businessknowhow.com and later wrote a crime prevention column for AllBusiness.com.

Paul Davis is also a public speaker.

For more than 21 years, Davis performed safety, security, OPSEC, crime prevention, counterintelligence, and counterterrorism briefings and seminars for the military and civilian employees of the Defense Department command where he served as the administrative officer.

Since his retirement from the Defense Department, Davis has been invited to speak to corporate, government, church, student, civic, senior, historical and veterans groups about crime prevention, security awareness and the history of crime and espionage.


Davis attended journalism courses at Penn State University and Temple University. He also attended many Defense Department courses on security, safety, management, public affairs and military journalism throughout his years of federal service.

He has been married to his beautiful wife for 34 years and he has a grown daughter, a grown stepson and three young step-grandchildren.

Paul Davis is a frequent traveler, but he lives in the same South Philadelphia neighborhood where he was born and raised.


You can read Paul Davis' Crime Beat columns via the below link:

http://www.pauldavisoncrime.com/2015/12/my-crime-beat-columns.html

You can read Paul Davis' crime fiction via the below link:

http://www.pauldavisoncrime.com/2015/12/my-crime-fiction-stories.html

Paul Davis can be reached via e-mail at pauldavisoncrime@aol.com 

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