Model Officer to Model Inmate
Authored by Anthony K Bryant
Anthony Bryant was a fun-loving, squeaky-clean kid who was determined to make a positive impact in his Savannah, Georgia community. Though born into poverty, he thrived under the positive influence of his compassionate mother, his hardworking father, his five best basketball buddies, and his Westlake Avenue subsidized apartments neighborhood.
With that solid support system, Anthony managed to escape the snares of drugs, underage drinking, and gangs. He grew up fast. Before his 20th birthday, he became a daddy, a husband, and an enlisted man serving as a communications expert in the US Army.
Six years later, he took a job as a Corrections Officer with the Chatham County Sheriff's Department, caring for inmates. Three years after that, he landed his "dream job"-and was sworn in as Officer Anthony Bryant with the Chatham County Police Department. He prided himself in keeping the streets safe however, within two years Officer Anthony Bryant found himself tangled in the web of an FBI sting.
Busted with 11 other officers-Anthony went from cop to criminal and landed on the other side of the bars. Stripped of everything he cherished-Anthony hit rock bottom before surfacing 10 years later with a new understanding, a new hope, and a new mission for sharing the life-altering lessons he learned on both sides of the bars.
A man of faith, Anthony attended Northwest Nazarene University majoring in Family Ministry. Anthony speaks nationally on ethics, cop culture, and leadership to law enforcement agencies, universities, and corporations. Additionally, Anthony speaks at schools, youth events and parent groups on Making Right Choices and Split-Second Decisions that Alter the Course of Your life.
What Others Are Saying...
Very interesting and informative book with great practical lessons that can be applied to anyone's life. I read through it very quickly because it really pulls you into the story. A great read and highly recommended!
Reading this book was like watching the main character discover how he'd gotten to where he found himself today. Bryant's honesty and humility make the book conversational while also informative. Bryant teaches a lot about faith and hope without being preachy.
Beautiful story of redemption. I love the honesty of Anthony Bryant in this book. The fact that he owns his choices, and is real with his readers, makes this book most impactful! A very worthy read!
This inspiring book about Anthony’s life choices has life lessons for us all. Every teen, college kid, and adult can take away great things from Both Sides of the Bars. Read this book!
Bridget E. Cuneo