Police in real life

Deadly Force

Deadly Force

I read an article the other day that surprised me. It was about self-defense killings and it said that the number of shootings described as self-defense in this country has doubled since 2000. (More Killings Called Self Defense WSJOnline 04/02/2012) Per FBI crime statistics there were 176 reported self-defense killings in 2000 and 326 in 2010. The article points to “stand your ground” laws in many states, laws that cover an armed citizen and say that you don’t have to retreat if you feel threatened, you can defend yourself. (I …

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An Interview with Officer Carly Edwards

An Interview with Officer Carly Edwards

This is a re-post of a blog I wrote back in October. Accused is out now, so hopefully those of you who have read the book will be interested in learning a little bit more about the star, Detective Carly Edwards. Carly Edwards is the main character of my upcoming novel, Accused. Recently, members of my writers group, the Reunioners, gave me some questions to ask her. A little back ground on Carly, she’s been a police officer with the Las Playas Police Department for ten years. Las Playas is …

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Thoughts on Aging (And a Little Venting)

Thoughts on Aging (And a Little Venting)

One day while I was working in a black and white police car on patrol, a dispatcher sent me a message over the car computer asking me if I could help someone with a non-police problem. A very old, and very confused, woman had called 911 because she couldn’t turn the hot water off in her tub and her son was an hour away. It was a quiet afternoon, so I said sure. I went to the apartment where the distraught woman met me at the door. “I’ve tried and …

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What Comes Around Goes Around and Around And Around on The Web

What Comes Around Goes Around and Around And Around on The Web

I read an article in the paper today about a family that won a settlement after suing the California Highway patrol. These types of suits always catch my eye so I was surprised that I had missed the precipitating event.  Five years ago after an argument with her father, an 18 year old took her father’s Porsche and sped off. She got on the freeway, crashed at a high rate of speed and was almost decapitated. If that’s not bad enough, pictures of the crash and the body made it …

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A Successful Law Enforcement Marriage

A Successful Law Enforcement Marriage

My new book Accused, is the first in the Pacific Coast Justice Series. The fictional main character is Carly Edwards and as the book opens she is still reeling from a divorce. Nick Anderson, her ex, is also a police officer. When I worked as a police officer, I saw a lot of marriages crumble and that was part of the reason I wanted to start the story at this point. The job seemed to take a toll on relationships whether the partners were both cops or one was a …

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Interview: Proud of My Husband in Uniform

Interview: Proud of My Husband in Uniform

I had the privilege of working for a sergeant who is a strong Christian during the beginning of my career and then again as my career came to an end. Mike Tilson was one of the sergeants during my academy experience and then years later when I went to the academy to write training and policy, he was the administrative sergeant and my boss. I caught up with his wife, Bev, and asked her what it was like being the civilian married to the officer. Here’s the interview. Question: As …

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Bad Cop/Good Cop

Bad Cop/Good Cop

If you live in the Southern California area and someone mentions “police brutality and/or police corruption,” you can probably think of two or three high profile cases of one or the other right off the top of your head. When cops go bad, especially if they go bad on camera, the story goes viral fast. The amount of press coverage a police brutality case or a police corruption case gets can make an average person think it’s widespread and out of control. It’s not, no matter how sensational news headlines …

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Doing the Crime and Doing the Time

Doing the Crime and Doing the Time

Back in the seventies there was a TV show called Baretta. The tag line was something like, “you do the crime, got to do the time.” Very straight forward until the individual doing the crime is a minor. If someone 12, 13, or 14 commits a serious crime, should they be locked up for the greatest portion of the rest of their lives? When I worked as a juvenile detective, I’ll confess there were times I thought that the old adage “children should be seen and not heard” should be …

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Pray for Police officers

I happened across a news story about a woman suing a police department in Arkansas for wrongful death. I read the article and it turns out that last year her husband and son shot and killed two Arkansas police officers during a routine traffic stop. With a little more research, I found chilling video from the patrol cars dash cam that shows the fourteen-year-old son blasting away with an AK-47 toward the patrol car. Later, when cornered by more police, the pair would not surrender and were killed in a …

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The Learning Never Stops

Years ago, I worked with a man who was highly motivated to promote, not just because he wanted to eventually be chief of police, but because he believed that learning and growing was important and it should never stop. For him, studying leadership and pushing himself to be more and to do more was as important as breathing. At the time, I remember thinking he was a little crazy because I had no desire to promote. I had no problem working hard as an officer, but I never wanted the …

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