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Ramblings: Multi-tasking Cop

We’re baaaack! Time to read Hal Collier and Ed Meckle’s stories of past years at LAPD. They are funny, thought-provoking, infuriating or just plain worthy of a head-slap.   By Hal … Continue reading

January 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Call Box: Vignettes, part 2

By Ed Meckle, Retired LAPD Vignettes—are they funny, bizarre, ironic, poignant or maybe horrific? Why do some stories stay so vivid in our memories?  Here’s another that won’t go away… … Continue reading

December 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ramblings: But I’m a Woman!

I arrested a man dressed as a woman, commonly call a drag queen, in the mid 70’s. When I was booking him in the old Hollywood jail, a men’s only facility, he stated, “I’m really a woman and if you strip search me I’ll sue you and make a personnel complaint to your Watch Commander.”

December 18, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Call Box: Vignettes

Vignettes—are they funny, bizarre, ironic, poignant or maybe horrific? Why do some stories stay so vivid in our memories? Here are two that won’t go away.

December 14, 2016 · 3 Comments

Ramblings: But I’m a Woman!

I flashed back a few months ago to a partner who arrested a drag queen for the fourth time. He had always been a man and this time when he was arrested and strip searched him he discovered he was now a woman. The man had surgery that changed his sex to female.

December 11, 2016 · 3 Comments

The Call Box: Improbable Journey, part 3

We learned of the law and evidence, physical training—and we ran. We learned traffic codes, penal codes and more codes—and we ran. We learned how to arrest, when to arrest and who to arrest and we ran some more. We learned how to shoot; when to shoot and who to shoot and we still kept running. We fired tear gas and as it drifted into the heavy brush, we watched as illicit “lovers” ran away crying and still we ran. 

December 7, 2016 · 3 Comments

Ramblings, Playing Adult Tag

Chasing partying teens through the brush at Runyon Canyon Park–aka Errol Flynn Estates. The good old days.

December 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Call Box: Improbable Journey, Part 2

By Ed Meckle, Retired LAPD I was “home” just long enough to earn plane fare and some new clothes. They say “home” is where when you go there, “they” have … Continue reading

November 30, 2016 · 3 Comments

Ramblings: Errol Flynn Estate

By Hal Collier, Retired LAPD Hollywood had a lot of entertaining attractions—after all, it’s the entertainment capital of the world. The entertainment was mostly for the tourists but I have … Continue reading

November 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Call Box: Improbable Journey, Part 1

By Ed Meckle, Retired LAPD I am a sergeant of Marines stationed at Quantico, Virginia. It is the first week of August 1955 and I am awaiting my discharge on … Continue reading

November 23, 2016 · 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.


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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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