Police in real life

Unsung Heros – The Heart of a First Responder

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Watching the coverage of the Boston bombing reminded me of how much work goes into responding to tragedy whether it’s a natural disaster or a man made disaster. And it reminded me that a lot of people contribute to a successful ending and not all of them will be recognized for their help, their sacrifice, or their quick thinking. First responders bring order to chaos and ease to suffering. In Boston  so many people on the scene jumped into action to help immediately. Some were first responders, some weren’t. A …

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Guest Post Candace Calvert : Of Cops, Nurses, and Full Moons

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Janice and I met in Dallas last fall, at the American Christian Fiction Writers’ annual conference. I’d been sort of stalking her (though I probably shouldn’t confess that in the presence of law enforcement) during the conference. I admire her work and we share a publisher, so I figured we should meet. I couldn’t find her. Then at breakfast on the final day, she introduced herself saying she’d been hoping to meet me. In truth, it makes sense on a much broader scale: cops and ER nurses. They go together …

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Motive

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Why do people kill? In the courts, ascertaining motive or intent is an integral part of the legal process. The determination of a person’s motive can mean the difference between the death penalty, life in prison, a long sentence, a short sentence, and freedom.  When Cain slew Abel there was no hiding his jealous intent from God and God chose the punishment that fit the crime. I watched a program the other night, interestingly about two brothers. One was in custody for killing the other and he claimed that his …

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Reality Versus Television

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I don’t watch much TV, but there are a couple of shows I like, one is Castle, which is fiction through and through. In a lot of episodes the cops go bursting in on bad guys, guns drawn and everyone gives up and there is no blood drawn. Oh, if it only worked that way in real life. Listening to the coverage and the questions from the press about the recent manhunt for Christoper Dorner here in California (40 mins from my home) I am forced to the conclusion that …

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Is There a Perfect Murder?

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There is a  line from the TV show Castle that goes something like this: “Two types of people sit around and try to think of ways to kill people, psychopaths and mystery writers, I’m the one that pays better.” Since I write suspense and mystery, I too sit around ant try to think of ways to kill people. A question that often comes to mind, Is there a perfect murder? I’m sure people have committed murder and have not yet been caught, but could someone really plan and commit  a …

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Personal Safety

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I love to watch true crime shows. One of my favorite is called “Disappeared.” To me the most frustrating thing in the world would be a loved one who simply vanished without a trace. Disappeared is the story of the search for people who, most of the time, are never found. I often try to put myself in the investigators shoes, was there something else that I would have done, a question I would have asked. Sadly, many times when it’s a woman gone missing, I often find myself saying, …

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Pilfered Privacy

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Have you ever read a news story about a burglar who hurts himself burglarizing a property and then sues the owner/victim for pain and suffering? I have a few times and it always makes me angry. But it makes me angrier when some jury actually awards the crook money. It’s an upside down world, especially when those that are doing wrong expect to be rewarded. The other day I read an article about the expectation of privacy and the internet. (WSJ “Pilfered Wi-Fi Is No Shield From Prying Eyes of …

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Who’s Watching You?

Who's Watching You?

Before I left police work completely, I worked on a training bulletin for a new technology, Automated License Plate Recognition software. Basically, it was a scanner mounted on the patrol car that would scan license plates while the officer drove and notify him if there was an alert attached to the plate, or if it were a stolen vehicle. I thought this was a great idea. When I worked in a black and white, the only way to run a license plate was to verbally ask the dispatcher to run …

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Cases Gone Cold

Cases Gone Cold

Cold case investigations fascinate me. Though I never worked these types of investigations when I was an officer, I’ve often imagined that the toughest ones would be the cases where the victim simply disappears and there is no body and no evidence as to what may have happened. It’s difficult for cops and agonizing, I bet, for the victim’s loved ones. Case in point is a one that has been in the news lately, that of Etan Patz. He’s the New York boy who disappeared without a trace 33 years …

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About Teenagers

About Teenagers

The other day I was sitting in a sandwich shop eating lunch. It was after three in the afternoon so school was out. There’s a high school just up the street from the sandwich place so consequently the shop was packed with students. In the group closest to where I sat, there was a guy and a girl hanging all over each other, they were probably about 13 or 14 and they were taking pictures with a phone, I guess trying to see how close they could get their faces …

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