Just the Facts, Ma'am

Thonie Hevron; bringing you the stories behind the badge

Ramblings: Cops with Mustaches

If you stood 30 cops shoulder to shoulder, three-quarters of them would have a mustache. Hopefully none of them were female!

May 21, 2017 · 6 Comments

I’ve Had Lots of Help on my Writing Journey

By Marilyn Meredith   In the beginning, my sister helped me connect with a critique group because I couldn’t locate one where I lived. She read my chapters and reported … Continue reading

May 19, 2017 · 7 Comments

The Call Box: The Hat Squad

By Ed Meckle, Retired LAPD Robbery defined: 211 P.C. (California Penal Code): 1. Taking money/goods/property 2. in possession of another 3. from their person or immediate presence 4. by use … Continue reading

May 17, 2017 · 6 Comments

Roll Call: Accidental Discharge

By Mikey, Retired LAPD …or “how I almost got fired,” as a recruit!   It was probably the second month of my LAPD academy training and we were in formation … Continue reading

May 14, 2017 · 4 Comments

It Takes a Village

Writers are solitary creatures—shy by nature. But if you think a writer completes their work alone, let me educate you.

May 12, 2017 · 6 Comments

The Call Box: LAPD Metro in the 1950’s

Metro was considered a “choice” assignment and is still referred to today as “elite.” Volunteers were many but only a select handful ever made it.

May 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ramblings: A Weird Co-worker

Did you ever have a co-worker who was just weird? No matter how hard you tried, you just couldn’t find a common ground.

May 7, 2017 · 4 Comments

The Call Box: Singin’ in the Rain

Less than two minutes out, I turn north from Washington onto Vermont. Directly in front of us is a motorcycle, single male rider, young, no helmet (not then required).
It is listed on the “hot sheet” as stolen.

May 3, 2017 · 2 Comments

Roll Call: Larry and the Short-cut

It was the winter of 1978 and as I recall the rain was relentless, not unlike what we have just experienced this year (2016). I was working Morning Watch with my partner Larry A. who liked to drive.

April 30, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Call Box: Daydreaming in Copland

As I have said before, any officer with any tenure has a collection of funny, weird, strange or just plain memorable events, adventures, urban legends, or just out and out whoppers. I will share a few.

April 26, 2017 · 1 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

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