What did the criminal say to the police officer? It sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but in all actuality, what the criminal said might just surprise you.
“Let’s write a book together.”
Yes, you read that correctly. The criminal in this situation, Pat Matter, was, at one point, one of the most powerful men in the Minneapolis chapter of the Hell’s Angels gang. The police officer in this scenario is Chris Omodt, the officer who finally took Matter down, and who also happens to be one of Globe University-Online’s own Criminal Justice Program Advisory Committee members.
Omodt and Matter teamed up to write the book, “Breaking the Code.” In the publication, Matter describes a life of crime, drug dealing and violence. Omodt’s contribution to the book deals with the view from the other side of the law. Omodt details how he tracked and finally took down the man who was once dubbed “untouchable” by the IRS.
Matter and Omodt’s teamwork comes on the heels of Matter’s release from prison. Matter had agreed to cooperate with Omodt and the law as a witness against the Minneapolis Hell’s Angels chapter, and in return was given a reduced sentence.
Matter says he reached out to Omodt to co-write the book because he’d realized after being released that there were very few people around him that he could trust. Omodt then goes on to describe a pact made between the now-retired officer and the criminal to be as open and honest with each other as possible. Omodt says, “he’s as straightforward with me as I am with him.”
*Some states, including Minnesota, require training in addition to our criminal justice degree program for employment as a peace officer (deputy sheriff, police officer or state patrol officer). This program does not fulfill Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training requirements. Please check your state’s Peace Officer and Standards Training (POST) board requirements to determine eligibility for this profession.