Roll Call: Short Dogs

It was late 1990 and I was working Wilshire Division day watch patrol as a new field sergeant. Continue reading Roll Call: Short Dogs

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Fans and Flowers: Fans are the Heart of a Writer’s Life

Who doesn’t love book fans? Those intrepid readers who snatch up every book you write on the day it’s released, the book clubs who analyze your characters from motives to what they wore in a particular scene, and the bloggers who sing your praises in online reviews. Continue reading Fans and Flowers: Fans are the Heart of a Writer’s Life

The Call Box: The Flaw in the System

By Ed Meckle, Retired LAPD In 1950, William H. “Bill” Parker was appointed chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. He inherited a scandal-ridden, dispirited, and vastly understaffed department. Within a few years however the department was considered a model of law enforcement efficiency. Now, LAPD illustrates a law enforcement axiom that a city that ignores or tolerates vice is (or will become) a corrupt city. We had plenty of vice, but we were all over it.  I was assigned to University Division Vice night watch—one of three divisions with the highest concentration of street walkers. One six-block area on Western Avenue … Continue reading The Call Box: The Flaw in the System