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The Call Box: The Man From the Kremlin

By Ed Meckle, Retired LAPD Every word of what you about to read is true. I was not present but verified the facts from two people who were.   Edmund … Continue reading

September 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ramblings: Cops’ Days Off

By Hal Collier, Retired LAPD How many non-police folks think that days off can be a subject? In the business world, it’s weekends and holidays off. You can plan an … Continue reading

September 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Call Box: Doin’ Hard Time, part 2 At the Gray Bar Grill

by Ed Meckle, Retired LAPD The Gray Bar Grill, as I mentioned, was our in-house restaurant. It did a big daytime business due to all the court personnel but was … Continue reading

September 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Call Box: Doin’ Hard Time

  By Ed Meckle, Retired LAPD It is July and I have just turned 22. I am a recent graduate of the Los Angeles Police Academy, a highly trained law … Continue reading

September 18, 2016 · 2 Comments

Life Gets in the Way

By Thonie Hevron This week has been busy. I forgot my Wednesday post so today will have to make up for it. The big delay is because a dear friend … Continue reading

September 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ramblings: Open microphones

By Hal Collier, Retired LAPD “Open Mic.” There’s a message that terrifies both cops and [dispatchers, AKA Radio Telephone Operators] RTO’s. Sometimes a cop will get in his police car and … Continue reading

September 11, 2016 · 4 Comments

Check Out The Thin Blue Line

By Thonie Hevron The September 2016 issue of the Los Angeles Police Protective League Thin Blue Line will feature an ad for my books, By Force or Fear and Intent to … Continue reading

September 7, 2016 · 2 Comments

Guest Post: How Real Life Propelled Me into Fiction

By Marilyn Meredith The easy answer to this one is that I was a committed reader from my early grammar school days and read everything I could get my hands … Continue reading

September 6, 2016 · 13 Comments

Ramblings: Dispatchers and Computer

By Hal Collier, Retired LAPD Computers changed police work in a disturbing way. I was taught to use police instincts which you only gained by experience. You questioned what was obvious … Continue reading

September 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Call Box: Welcome to the 19th Century, part 3

    By Ed Meckle, Retired LAPD Ward transferred to a staff job and Hal went to the day watch. Years later he would become one of the first helicopter … Continue reading

August 31, 2016 · 3 Comments

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.


Thonie Hevron


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

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