By Ed Meckle, Retired LAPD This is a particularly moving story. You might have heard of The Onion Field, the movie or Joseph Wambaugh’s book. For those of you who … Continue reading
Out there in “Copland,” there are at least that many stories just concerning the courts—quirky judges, inept attorneys, naïve victims, witless witnesses and dumb defendants.
By Hal Collier, Retired LAPD About a week before Christmas I sent out a Ramblings survey question to 40 former members of the LAPD. I received 24 responses. The responses … Continue reading
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.
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
By Hal Collier, retired LAPD In my last Ramblings, I described what a D/O (Daily Occurrence) Sheet was and how I used it. I’m about to tell you how it … Continue reading
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
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
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