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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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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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