Just the Facts, Ma'am

Thonie Hevron; bringing you the stories behind the badge

The Call Box: Working Robbery

In early 1965, I got an offer I couldn’t refuse. Not from Don Corleone but from Captain Ed Jokisch. I had been at Metro for five years, the last two as a sergeant—an absolute jewel of an assignment and one highly sought after.

June 7, 2017 · 7 Comments

Ramblings: Survival Tactics

Any cop worth his salt will tell you that deploying good police tactics will save you a lot of aggravation and probably save your life. The aggravation comes later from the after-action investigation.

June 4, 2017 · 3 Comments

This Job is Killing Me

The jury is in: sitting is the new smoking; it’s hazardous to your health. And what do writers do? Sit and write. I’d stay in my chair all day if I didn’t have reminders to get up and get moving.

June 2, 2017 · 7 Comments

The Call Box: A Rose is a Rose

Our hope for some quiet goes out the window early when we are notified of the armed robbery of a payroll messenger carrying just under 100K, in cash. Why cash? I don’t remember, but it was destined for a publishing house on Wilshire Boulevard.

May 31, 2017 · 7 Comments

Roll Call: The Mexican Restaurant Robbers and Sarge

The LAPD has many specialized units that do some pretty spectacular things. With few exceptions, the officers who work these units all started in patrol, the back bone of the department.

May 28, 2017 · Leave a comment

Amy Bennett: It Takes a Village… to Create a Village!

The month of May has seen our “Writer’s Notes” topic “It Takes a Village.” All authors have different villages who help them on their publishing journey. Last Friday, Marilyn Meredith … Continue reading

May 26, 2017 · 2 Comments

The Call Box: Motor Cop Stories

I was present for the first two of these tales, as to the third the officer who told the story to a group claims it happened to him. Knowing him, I find it very easy to believe.

May 24, 2017 · Leave a comment

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

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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