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The Blue View: The Uncut Journal of an Ohio Police Chief



The Blue View: The Uncut Journal of an Ohio Police Chief Paperback – December 12, 2020

“The hardest thing about being a police officer is you have to solve everyone else’s problems when you can’t even solve your own.”

This book is an unedited and raw journal written by a police officer over a thirty-year period. From his first day in the police academy to his last day as the Chief of Police in Middletown, Ohio, home of Hillbilly Elegy, you will feel as though you are right there with the author throughout the entire book, in a uniform, in a cruiser, and in his personal life.

Never written to be released to the public, this easy-to-read format portrays the actual unfiltered personal journals of Chief Rodney Muterspaw, an award-winning Ohio Police Chief and Congressional guest at the Presidential State of the Union. You will feel the gamut of emotions as you follow him as a rookie, a patrol officer, investigator, narcotics officer, internal affairs supervisor, a Chief of Police, and a parent in one of the most well-known smaller cities in the Midwest.

The Blue View will draw you in emotionally, as you will finally have access to the behind-the-scenes thoughts and experiences that most police officers will not talk about. It doesn’t matter what side you are on, it is a must-read. It will change the way you think about law enforcement.



Rodney Muterspaw was, for decades, a pillar of the community in Middletown—rising from junior officer on the Middletown Police force to chief during the height of the opioid epidemic. And for that entire time, he kept this incredible diary, chronicling the highs, lows, and hilarious moments of community policing. In these pages, you gain an appreciation for him, the man.
— J. D. Vance, author of the New York Times Best Seller and Netflix Blockbuster, Hillbilly Elegy.

Breathtaking! I grew up in the same streets as Muterspaw, but many years before he did. His vivid writing and perceptive storytelling help me to see its changes—its tragedies and its triumphs—through the world of its police. Part police drama, part social study, the chief offers valuable insights into what works and what doesn’t for the cops in an economically struggling rust belt town.
— Clarence Page, 1989 Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and senior member of the Chicago Tribune editorial board.


The Blue View presents a view of policing that is unlike anything I have ever read before. Beyond the good, the bad, and the ugly, Muterspaw has tracked his career in a raw and unvarnished way that will make you laugh and cry. While his self-deprecating sense of humor is the driving force of the book, he uses it to highlight real problems and real solutions within the increasingly complex world of policing.
— Stephen Robert Morse, Emmy Nominated Producer of Netflix’s Amanda Knox.

Jaw-dropping! A truly honest look into a police officer’s personal world. Rewarding, heartbreaking, comical, and inspiring! I laughed, I cried, and I loved it! A must-read!
— Karin Johnson, WLWT Cincinnati News.

Incredibly raw, and shockingly real! Muterspaw explores the trials and tribulations of being a cop in the heartland. With an open and honest viewpoint, he holds nothing back. From his unique perspective, he highlights the good, the bad, and the ugly of policing, while sprinkling in enough humor to keep the mood light.
— J. W. Cox, Award-winning writer/director, Average Joe Films.

This book portrays the reality of a rust-belt American as seen by a steel town police chief who for decades suited up to face the strengths and weaknesses of the city known as home to Hillbilly Elegy. He is a discerning, compassionate man, a good writer, and portrays life witnessed through the eyes of the Blue.
— Van Gordon Sauter, Former President, CBS News.


Product Details

  • ASIN: ‎ B08R4F8PR1
  • Publisher: ‎ Independently published (December 12, 2020)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Paperback: ‎ 340 pages
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 979-8576482504
  • Item Weight: ‎ 1.01 pounds
  • Dimensions : ‎ 6 x 0.77 x 9 inches


Chief Rodney Muterspaw rose through the ranks of Patrol Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Deputy Chief before being selected as the Chief of Police in January 2015. His career spanned three decades with stints as a Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, Narcotics Detective, Bike Patrol Officer, Field Training Officer, Community Policing Supervisor, and Investigations and Narcotics Command.

Muterspaw, who was born and raised in the Middletown area, brought in a mindset that Community Policing was not an assignment, rather a philosophy of policing. This created a more enjoyable working atmosphere while still getting the job done effectively. Change, Community, and transparency were the departments calling cards under his command.

Chief Muterspaw was the recipient of several City Manager Pro Awards, the Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award for his work in the Community, the City Manager Middletown Way Award for his above and beyond performance in the city, the History Maker Award for his tenure in Middletown and the NAACP Award for Leadership as the Middletown Police Chief. He has also been recognized for Outstanding Attainment by the Ohio Senate as well as a guest of the United States Congress to the Presidential State of the Union. He has appeared on many television and media outlets to promote community-police relations.

The Chief remains extremely active in the community through his real estate career, community work, and speaking engagements. Muterspaw is a graduate of Middletown Christian High, the Police Executive Leadership College, and the Southern Police Institute at the University of Louisville. He is married with three children and two grandchildren.