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Ramblings: Dispatchers and MDT’s

by Hal Collier, Retired LAPD I’ve given you some of my true stories of the good and bad dispatchers. They can all be verified by listening to me talk in … Continue reading

August 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Call Box: Welcome to the 19th Century, part 2

By Ed Meckle, Retired LAPD Ward Fitzgerald and Hal Brasher were both WWII vets. Ward served with the Navy in the Pacific while Hal piloted B-26 Martin Marauder bombers in … Continue reading

August 24, 2016 · 2 Comments

Ramblings: More on Dispatchers

By Hal Collier, Retired LAPD This is where I really stick out my neck. I hope I still have the friends who were dispatchers (or RTO’s as us dinosaurs called them). … Continue reading

August 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Call Box: Welcome to the 19th Century

By Ed Meckle, Retired LAPD After slightly less than a year at the jail, I had the opportunity to transfer to “University Division.” A division in L.A.P.D. terms is a designated … Continue reading

August 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ramblings: More on Dispatchers

By Hal Collier, Retired LAPD Now, I once had a partner who didn’t like the RTO’s. I probably shouldn’t have let him talk on the radio but I was young and … Continue reading

August 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Call Box: I’ve Seen the Elephant

By Ed Meckle, Retired LAPD During the Civil War, 1861-1865, most of the combatants were very young, many just teen   agers, low in social status, and poorly educated. Most had … Continue reading

August 10, 2016 · 2 Comments

Ramblings: Dispatchers

By Hal Collier, Retired LAPD From Hal: Thonie, here’s part 1 on Dispatchers. I have another 1 or 2 parts to finish. I’d like a dispatcher’s point of view from the … Continue reading

August 7, 2016 · 5 Comments

The Call Box: More Sully Stories

By Ed Meckle, Retired LAPD Here is an addition to Ed’s first post about Sully (posted here on June 1, 2016).   Sitting across from him in a cafeteria watching … Continue reading

August 3, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ramblings Reprise: Foot Beat Stories 4

By Hal Collier, Retired LAPD This is the conclusion of Hal’s Foot Beat Stories. Leave us a comment if you care to ask Hal about his life in LAPD. And as … Continue reading

July 31, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Call Box: Tom Scebbi

By Ed Meckle, Retired LAPD In May 1956, I graduated from the Los Angeles Police Academy along with 33 fellow recruits. Some of the lucky ones went straight to patrol, … Continue reading

July 27, 2016 · 2 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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