The manual is a sort of Cliffs Notes for the sergeant and lieutenant promotion exams, Wood explains, condensing a four-foot stack of law and policy manuals down to a few hundred pages. That project took years and $15,000 cash, he says-and when he did it, he got a lot of flack from the department. "They want you to do everything the way they've always done it, and do well, but not quite as well as they did it," Wood says. "I broke that mold. So I went from being around everyone, a quick-riser, to being at the quartermaster department on 28th Street."