Halloween Safety

Happy Halloween!   The air is brisk, the jack-o-lanterns are bright and Halloween is here. It is a great time to remember that a few simple precautions can significantly increase everyone’s safety on Halloween. The Dark of Night: Dusk is a hazardous time for...
Who’s In Charge?  Jurisdiction for Writers

Who’s In Charge? Jurisdiction for Writers

  I recently picked up a novel that featured an FBI agent as a first responder to a burglary investigation at a city residence. The author immediately lost her credibility with me and I put the novel aside. Why? The Feds are about four levels too high for the job. Can...

The Death of Police Legacies

    When I entered the police academy in 1989, I was one of the few cadets who didn’t have a familial connection to the law enforcement profession. After graduation, I worked with several officers who had relatives higher up the rank structure. Most were men,...

Freezing in Florida

I know this post isn’t going to generate a whole lot of sympathy. I’m okay with that.  What I’m not okay with is record low temperatures. This is, after all, the Florida Keys– where ice is destined for drinks and salt rims glasses not dusts the...

Controlling Conflict with Words

Law enforcement officers often interact with people who don’t want to participate in polite conversation. It’s part of the job. Officers are trained to react to resistance and redirect it when it is encountered. Writers are quick to portray an officer jumping to a...