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About Thonie

Who I am…

After accepting a dare, I was hired by San Rafael Police in 1973 as a Parking Enforcement Officer. Now, 35 years later, I look back on a long and varied years in law enforcement. It was a career that fuels BY FORCE OR FEAR and many more. I spent nearly seven years on the street as a Community Service Officer but the bulk of my tenure has been as a dispatcher. During that time I have written several technical manuals. Because of my interest in writing, I have authored law enforcement related newspaper columns for the Inyo Register, Tri-City Times and the North Valley Times. I write like I think: like a cop. After spending so much time in the field, I’ve learned many things. My most useful lesson is that I’ll never know it all. There’s always research to be done, people to talk to, stories to write.

In BY FORCE OR FEAR, I use horses peripherally to further the story. I have been a happy horse owner for thirty years.

I retired in 2011 and spend my time writing, riding my senior citizen horse, Casey; kayaking when weather and time allow as well as traveling. I live in Santa Rosa, California with my husband, Danny. In November of 2013, INTENT TO HOLD, the sequel to BY FORCE OR FEAR, won first place in the Oak Tree Press “Police Blotter” fiction contest. The prize was publication in e-book and print and promotion of the book. The second Nick and Meredith story is set in Mexico: the partners go to Puerto Vallarta to rescue Nick’s brother-in-law from a crime cartel. Plans for a third and final sequel with the tentative title of POSSESSION FOR SALE are in the works, as well as polishing up a stand alone novel completed some years ago. I have a box of notes for new stories to start as soon as the last one is done.

My mission:


6 comments on “About Thonie

  1. Polly Thune
    March 27, 2012

    Thonie, Good luck, I know your book will take off!!


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  3. John Schick
    May 21, 2017

    I spend nearly thirty years working for CDCR. THAT was a journey unlike any other! Wanna hear some interesting stories? Just let me know.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Thonie Hevron
    May 21, 2017

    Email me at badgec65@gmail.com and we’ll talk, John.


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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.

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