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Special Post from Las Vegas

** Special Post ** FYI: Readers may know that I live in Sonoma County–Petaluma, specifically. We are experiencing a catastrophic firestorm, primarily in Santa Rosa, where I lived previously. The … Continue reading

October 9, 2017 · 4 Comments

The Call Box: The Strange Case of the Poisoned Mushrooms

What follows can only be described as an act committed by me in a moment of weakness. Not done in a mean-spirited manner but only because I had lost control so to speak, and, well, “the devil made me do it.”

October 8, 2017 · 4 Comments

The Call Box: Where Were You?

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

March 8, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Call Box: More Copland Stories

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.

March 1, 2017 · 2 Comments

Ramblings: Why Be a Cop? Part 1

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

February 5, 2017 · Leave a comment

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: 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

Ramblings: D/O Sheet Successes, Part 2

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

November 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ramblings: Cops’ Days Off

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

September 25, 2016 · Leave a comment

Ramblings: Open microphones

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

September 11, 2016 · 4 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.



Just the Facts, Ma'am posts Sundays and Fridays. Sundays scheduled writers Hal Collier, Ed Meckle, Mikey, and John Schick take us through the days and nights of those who protect and serve.
Friday postings feature authors sharing their thoughts about this journey we call authorship.
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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