Paul Bacon // Home Page



In birthplace Georgia with grandfather, Colonel Frank Bacon, USMC (Ret. WWII, Korea), in 2009




Speaking to Maui Police Department Academy recruits during a mental health seminar, Wailuku, HI, 2010


At WNYC studios with radio host Brian Lehrer, 2009


In New York with Patrolmen's Benevolent Association
President Patrick Lynch, 2009




At Air America Studios with wife Beth and
"Doing Time" Host Ron Kuby, 2009


In New York with Mark O'Donnell, Tony Award-winning writer of "Hairspray", 2009


At 19th Precinct with academy classmate, 2009




At Barnes & Noble Park Slope book signing with
former patrol partner ("I'm not Clarabel")
and comedian Patrick Borelli, 2009




With friends in Park Slope after signing, Brooklyn 2009


At Police Academy graduation in 2002

With wife Beth, NYPD mascot "Officer Asphalt", and someone else's child at Police Academy Family Day in 2002




Mother, Wells, handcuffing father, Paul Sr.,

as depicted in "Bad Cop", New York, 2002



On rooftop in Harlem's 32nd Precinct, 2003



Teaching a surf lesson, Ka'anapali Point, Maui, 2009




Pushing a student into a wave, 2009




Catching south swell at Racetracks, Ka'anapali, September 2008







After a close brush with the World Trade Center attacks in 2001, Paul Bacon joined the New York City Police Department, serving as a patrolman from 2002 to 2005 primarily in Harlem’s 28th and 32nd Precincts. Paul received two NYPD commendations for Excellent Police Duty during his tenure, and his humorous memoir "Bad Cop: New York's Least Likely Police Officer Tells All" was published by Bloomsbury USA in 2009. During his book tour, Paul was profiled by the New York Times, New York Post and Boston Phoenix. He also appeared on "This American Life," The Moth Mainstage, WNYC's "The Brian Lehrer Show," nationally syndicated "The Jay Thomas Show," and Air America's "Doing Time with Ron Kuby." His book was endorsed by the NYC Patrolmen's Benevolent Association and inducted into the library of the USS New York, a US Navy amphibious assault transport ship built partly from steel salvaged from the former World Trade Center site. Paul currently lives in Wailuku, Maui, Hawaii, where he recently spoke during a mental health seminar for Maui Police Department Academy recruits.


As a freelance writer and cartoonist, Paul has contributed to Computer Currents, Cosmopolitan, The Dictionary of American History (Scribner), McSweeney’s, Mother Jones, Salon, San Francisco Examiner, and Wired. He also worked as a staff writer for, Lycos News, Might magazine, Modern Humorist and PBS Online.


Prior to freelancing, Paul worked in corporate communications, creating the first promotional magazine for Iridium, Inc. (Washington, D.C.), producing TV and radio news releases for Hill and Knowlton Public Affairs Worldwide (Washington), and interning in the creative department at J. Walter Thompson Advertising (Denver).


Paul graduated with honors from the University of Colorado at Boulder School of Journalism, minoring in sociology and philosophy. He was a member of the CU Program Council for four years and founded the  graphic design agency PC Publications under its auspices. In his senior year, Paul received the Nonie Lann Journalism Scholarship, and was named the CU Alumni Association's Senior of the Year/Homecoming King, as well as the Phi Kappa Tau, Psi Chapter's first-ever Brother of the Semester.


Paul's favorite books include: SIN KILLER by Larry McMurtry, ADVISE AND CONSENT by Allen Drury, WHITE NOISE by Don DeLillo,  YOU GOTTA PLAY HURT by Dan Jenkins, EAST IS EAST by TC Boyle, MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors by Richard Hooker, THE GREAT SANTINI by Pat Conroy, A SCANNER DARKLY by Philip K. Dick, REQUIEM FOR A DREAM by Hubert Selby, HOLIDAYS IN HELL by PJ O'Rourke and THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH by Norton Juster.