A Higher Call To Duty: Former Cop Turned Author Talks About New Book


A Higher Call To Duty: Former Cop Turned Author Talks About New Book

By Mike McGrew in Media

By: Joe Buttitta
Posted: Feb 08, 2019 07:43 AM PST
Updated: Feb 08, 2019 07:43 AM PST

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Short Bio(s): Mike McGrew recently released his memoirs in a book “A Higher Call to Duty”  having been recently retired from the Santa Barbara Police Department after 31 years of distinguished service as a police officer and police sergeant.

During Mike’s law enforcement career, he served in the capacity of many assignments to include Patrol Officer, Burglary Detective, Major Crimes Detective, HNT hostage negotiator and HNT supervisor, Major Crimes Detective Sergeant, Motor Sergeant and Patrol Sergeant. Mike served as the President of the Santa Barbara Police Officers Association, and as a board director for the Santa Barbara Police Foundation.

As a police officer, Mike has investigated numerous high profile and serious cases and has been involved in over 120 homicide investigations.  He received the Medal of Valor on two separate occasions, the Outstanding Performance Award, two-time Optimist Law Enforcement award, the Santa Barbara County Life Saving Award, as well as hundreds of commendations throughout his career.

As a police sergeant, Mike has had amazing opportunities to use his life experiences and faith to minister to fellow police officers as well as several citizens in need.  Mike continues to minister to first responders as the head of the “At Ease” program that offers counseling and spiritual care to first respondenrs and others who experience post-traumatic stress related issues. Mike has seen and experienced first-hand the awesome love and supernatural power of God that is displayed in our community daily.

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Recent release of the book “A Higher Call to Duty” author Sara Bush

About the book:

30-year police veteran Sergeant Mike McGrew worked some of his city’s most gruesome cases, from the violent homicide of a suburban housewife to the devastating molestation of dozens of children by priests at a local Catholic church. He experienced the chaos during the LA riots and negotiated with a killer on live radio. Still, nothing could prepare him for the suffering he’d encounter in his personal life, including the death of a child and his own battle with stage three colon cancer.

Like so many other law enforcement officers and veterans, Mike began down a path of destruction filled with the empty pleasures the world had to offer. Just before reaching his breaking point Mike found the hope he so desperately needed in an unlikely place: the Gospel.

A Higher Call to Duty details Mike’s journey to redemption through Jesus Christ and how that relationship transformed him and propelled him into a very different fight between good and evil. For anyone suffering from the loss of a loved one, struggling with addiction or disease or simply feeling lost in a world full of darkness and despair, Mike’s story may offer a solution - hope for the hopeless, grace for the unforgivable and ultimately salvation.

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