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. 

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, visited jails and prisons, and 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.  

He has interviewed police commissioners and chiefs, FBI, DEA, HSI and other federal special agents, prosecutors, public officials, WWII UDT frogmen, Navy SEALs, Army Delta operators, Israeli commandos, military intelligence officers, CIA officers, former KGB officers, Scotland Yard detectives, film and TV actors, writers and producers, journalists, novelists and true crime authors, gamblers, outlaw bikers, and Cosa Nostra organized crime bosses. 

Paul Davis writes the On Crime column for the Washington Times. The column covers true crime, crime fiction and thrillers.

His On Crime column offers interviews with legendary NYPD detectives Frank Serpico and Randy Jurgensen, legendary undercover FBI agent Joe Pistone and legendary FBI criminal profiler John Douglas, Scotland Yard Flying Squad Detective Dick Kirby, crime novelists James Lee Burke, Joseph Wambaugh, Lisa Scottoline and Michael Connelly, journalists George Anastasia, Ralph Cipriano and Ben Macintyre, thriller writers Stephen Hunter and former Navy SEAL Jack Carr, and other authors, journalists, intelligence officers, military officers, law enforcement officers, criminals and others. The column also offers the back stories and events behind crime books, films and TV series, and a look back at classic crime stories and thrillers.

He also writes book reviews and commentary for the Washington Times. 

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

His magazine pieces cover a wide variety of security issues, as well as long-form Q&As with people such as Lt. Col Oliver North, General William Boykin, Bing West, John Lehman, former Navy SEAL and author Dick Couch, former Navy SEAL Robert O'Neill (who shot and killed bin Laden), police chiefs John Timoney, Ray Kelly, Charles Ramsey and Mike Chitwood, and a good number of CIA, FBI and other law enforcement officials, military leaders and journalists. 

He also writes an online Threatcon column for the Journal's website. Threatcon covers crime, espionage, terrorism and other national security threats.

Paul Davis writes an online Crime Beat column. His online column covers all forms of crime and offers his long-form Q&As with cops, crooks and crime writers, such as Joseph Wambaugh, Michael Connelly, Robert Leuci, Bernard Cornwell, Ben Macintyre, Chazz Palminteri, former Philadelphia Cosa Nostra crime bosses Ralph Natale and Philip Leonetti, and former New York Colombo Cosa Nostra crime family captain, Michael Franzese.   

Paul Davis also provides news and commentary on organized crime, street crime, white-collar crime, cyber-crime, murder, gangs, crime prevention, espionage and terrorism (as well as humor and music) at his website, 

His work has also appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia Weekly and other print and online publications.

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.

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 Philippines 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 began contributing to the Washington Times in 2012. He was a regular contributor to the Philadelphia Inquirer from 1999 to 2017. 

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 online Crime Beat column and his crime fiction at 

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 From 2006 to 2010 Davis wrote a crime prevention & security awareness column for and later wrote a crime prevention column for

Today, Davis is a crime columnist and regular contributor to the Washington Times, Counterterrorism magazine and Broad + Liberty.

You can read his columns, his crime fiction, his book reviews other articles at www. pauldavisoncrime 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 citizen, historical and veterans groups about crime prevention, security awareness and the history of crime and espionage. 

Paul Davis is also a frequent guest on Dawn Stensland's WHPT Talk Radio 1210 program in Philadelphia, where he discusses crime in the Philadelphia area.

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.

Paul Davis has been married to his beautiful wife Dolores since 1982 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' Washington Times On Crime columns via the below link: 

You can read Paul Davis' Washington Times op-eds and book reviews via the below link: 

Paul Davis On Crime: My Washington Times Op-Eds And Book Reviews 

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

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

You can read Paul Davis Threatcon columns via the below link: 

Paul Davis On Crime: My Counterterrorism Magazine Online 'Threatcon' Columns

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

You can read Paul Davis’ vignettes, short stories and humor pieces about his time in the U.S. Navy via the below link: 

Paul Davis On Crime: Sea Stories: Vignettes, Short Stories And Humor Pieces About My Time In The U.S. Navy 

You can read about Paul Davis and the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk on Yankee Station, off the coast of Vietnam, via the below link:

You can also read about Paul Davis and the Navy Harbor Tugboat USS Saugus at the nuclear submarine base at Holy Loch, Scotland via the below link:

And you can about read about Paul Davis and his time at the Philadelphia Quartermaster via the below link:

Paul Davis can be reached via e-mail at 

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