Just the Facts, Ma'am

Thonie Hevron–The stories behind the badge

Little Bites of Accountablility

By Thonie Hevron I know I said I’d be back on September 6th but I couldn’t help myself. Sundays are Hal Collier’s days and now that I’m back from a … Continue reading

September 2, 2015 · 7 Comments

Takin’ a break

Just the Facts, Ma’am and Hall Collier’s Ramblings will be on hiatus until Sunday, September 6th. If you’re getting lonely, visit Just the Facts archives for lots of laughs, tears, … Continue reading

August 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Joseph Wambaugh’s WATTS, 50 Years Later

This is from Joseph Wambaugh: This was  1 of 3 riots in LA. Coming  will be the 1968 and 1992 down the road OP-ED WATTS, 50 YEARS LATER Inside the unrest First … Continue reading

August 19, 2015 · Leave a comment

Some Good News: Cop Helps Runner Across Finish Line

It’s the photo that’s gone viral on the WILX Facebook page yersterday. With more than one million, more than 162,000 shares, and 27,000 comments, *this* is the photo America is … Continue reading

August 12, 2015 · 3 Comments

Ramblings: Short Stories

By Hal Collier, LAPD Retired We are happy that 35-year veteran Hal Collier is sharing his ‘stories behind the badge’ with us. The following stories are true and instead of … Continue reading

August 9, 2015 · Leave a comment

NYPD’s Bratton Highlights Plan to Reinvent Policing

I’d love to hear your thoughts about Bratton’s ideas. Use the comments box below.   –Thonie By Leischen Stelter, editor of In Public Safety By Leischen Stelter on July 31, 2015 in … Continue reading

August 5, 2015 · 4 Comments

Ramblings: Stupid Crooks, part 2 and Stupid Cops

By Hal Collier, LAPD Retired   How many times have I arrested a suspect with a gun that wouldn’t work because he had the wrong ammunition?  Here’s a classic. I was … Continue reading

August 2, 2015 · Leave a comment

Are You a Pantser or a Plotter?

By Marilyn Meredith, author of the Tempe Crabtree series and Rocky Bluff PD series Recently I attended the Public Safety Writers Association’s annual conference and one of the panels was, … Continue reading

July 29, 2015 · 2 Comments

Ramblings: Stupid Criminals, part 1

By Hal Collier, LAPD Retired We are happy that 35-year veteran Hal Collier is sharing his ‘stories behind the badge’ with us. Just about everybody is aware that criminals are … Continue reading

July 26, 2015 · Leave a comment

Denver Police Department Shows Their Colors!

This post taken from Facebook 7/13/2015 Denver Police Department STRANDED NO MORE On July 5, 2015, Denver Police Officers assigned to Denver International Airport learned that an Ethiopian soccer team … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · 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.


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

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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