Just the Facts, Ma'am

Thonie Hevron–The stories behind the badge

A Tribute to ‘Me and My Merry Band of Men’

By Lieutenant Phil West, Mono County Sheriff’s Department Phil and Abby The mounted unit was a highly visible unit yet had a soft demeanor: “The war horse: resolute in action, … Continue reading

July 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

Retirement Ramblings, part 1

By Hal Collier I retired from the Los Angeles Police Department in 2005, after thirty-five years as a street cop. I spent most of my time working Hollywood Division, the … Continue reading

July 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

A victory…from Las Vegas

By Thonie Hevron I’m baaaack! This was my first trip to Sin City. It won’t be my last. Although the glaring grandeur had little appeal for me, I will say … Continue reading

July 16, 2014 · 6 Comments

A Practical Joke

By Hal Collier   We had a captain who was a good guy. Not all street cops like or understand their captains. Captains are the ones who call an officer … Continue reading

July 13, 2014 · Leave a comment

Murphy the Police Horse Collars Bad Guy

Article by Tom Hallman Jr. Officer Cassandra Wells says Murphy did a great job helping her make an arrest last week. A horse that earned his way onto the Portland … Continue reading

July 9, 2014 · 1 Comment

Tricks of the Trade, part two

By Hal Collier I’m amazed when I watch TV and see the CSI shows where they ID a suspect or dead body with a portable fingerprint machine. It’s tells them … Continue reading

July 6, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tweaks and Hiccups

Tweaks and Hiccups Back in the mid-1990’s when I started taking my writing seriously, I had routines, rites maybe even to cajole words from the muse within. Somewhere in my … Continue reading

July 2, 2014 · 2 Comments

Tricks of the Trade

By Hal Collier Ah, the computer age! Most people my age were dragged into the computer age kicking and screaming. We used telephones with wires attached to the wall and … Continue reading

June 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Is Writing Like Dieting? Guest Post: JL Greger

By JL Greger Before you say no, think about this standard advice to dieters. 1. Set realistic priorities. You are more apt to attain small achievable goals (such as losing … Continue reading

June 25, 2014 · 2 Comments

Police Burglars, epilog

by Hal Collier Epilog to the Hollywood Police Burglar scandal: After the smoke cleared and believe me this took years, I pieced together the following events of the Hollywood Burglaries. … Continue reading

June 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

Cop Talk

For all things about cop culture-the work, the family, the days off.

The purpose of this page is to educate writers of all genres to be accurate in their portrayal of law enforcement professionals. This includes meter maids (I was a "lovely Rita" many years ago), dispatcher, patrol officers, detectives, and administrators.

I have many resources in my 35 year career in California law enforcement. I index and explain common errors that found in all media. Guests will also post about police professionalism today and tomorrow as well as historical articles about the way things used to be, "back in the day".

Examples of police media myths: missing persons cannot be reported by anyone but the family; missing persons reports can't be taken until the subject has been missing 24 hours; all cops eat donuts.

You get my drift.



Just the Facts, Ma'am posts Sundays and Wednesdays. Guest writers Gerry Goldshine, Hal Collier, Melissa Kositzin and sometime Woody Hoke take us through the days and nights of those who protect and serve. Extra postings will include California 'Officer Down' notices or something special. I will update progress of my current literary project as they develop. --Thonie Hevron

Just the Facts, Ma’am copyright

© Thonie Hevron, Just the Facts, Ma'am 2010-present. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Thonie Hevron with appropriate and specific direction to the original content. Thank you.



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