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This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau, one free phone call from jail, video evidence, and inmate release notifications. I'm Adam Richardson and this is the Writer's Detective Bureau.
Welcome to episode number 72 of the Writer's Detective Bureau, the podcast dedicated to helping authors and screenwriters write professional quality crime related fiction. In this last episode of the decade, I'm answering your questions about your one free phone call from jail, obtaining video evidence from another department, and notifying victims of an offender's release from custody. But first, I need to thank Gold Shield patrons, Debra Dunbar from debradunbar.com, C.C. Jameson from ccjameson.com, Larry Keeton, Vicki Tharp of vickitharp.com, Chrysann, Larry Darter, Natalie Barelli of nataliebarelli.com, and Craig Kingsman of craigkingsman.com for their support. And I'd also like to send a huge thank you to my Coffee Club patrons, I really appreciate you guys. You can find links to all of the writers supporting this episode in the show notes at writersdetective.com/72 and to learn about setting up your own Patreon account for your author business or to support this show for as little as $2 per month, visit writersdetective.com/patreon. P-A-T-R-E-O-N.
Welcome to the last Writer's Detective Bureau episode of the decade. I hope you've had a wonderful holiday season and thanks for sticking with me after my unanticipated break. Santa brought me a sinus and upper respiratory infection that required three doctor's visits in three different rounds of medication and after recording episode 71, the infection caused bronchitis, which we were careful not to have turned into pneumonia fortunately. So, thanks for your understanding with me missing an episode last week. Fortunately, the hardcore antibiotics have... well, they've got me back to 100% now and it was just in time for me to work Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in order to allow my counterpart to have some Santa time with his young kids for the holiday.
But all in all, it was a great holiday, so I hope you guys had one as well. I'm thankful for feeling so much better. Oh, and my wife knocked it out of the park with my Christmas gift this year. She got me a fricking cappuccino machine for as much as she says I'm hard to buy for, she proved how much she truly knows me. And I'd like to know the one thing you were most thankful for this holiday season. Post the picture on Instagram and tag me @writersdetective. And that way, as we wind down this decade, I'd love to be able to see of your holiday cheer and the things that made you smile. All right, so let's get into this week's first question.
Bec Hatch asked this question in the Facebook group, which if you haven't joined yet, you can find by going to writersdetectivebureau.com/facebook. So Bec writes, "I have a question about a recently arrested person, that single phone call they get to make. Is that recorded or listened to by the police? Can my guy make it completely in private or will the arresting officers be nearby? Thank you." Hey, Bec, your arrested person gets a free completed phone call upon arrest, and it may be as many as three free phone calls. But they can make additional calls after that, it's just that they're going to have to pay for them one way or another. Usually the person receiving the phone call will have to pay like an old-school collect call, and then we'll talk about calling cards and stuff in a minute. But all outbound phone calls from the jail are recorded with the exception of calls that are flagged as going to known local attorney's offices, like the phone number for the attorney's office is flagged in the system... Continue reading...
This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau, transsexual protagonists, Inside Man, and romance undercover.
I'm Adam Richardson and this is the Writer's Detective Bureau.
Welcome to episode number 71 of the Writer's Detective Bureau, the podcast dedicated to helping authors and screenwriters write professional quality crime related fiction. This week I'm answering your questions about how human resources at a police department would handle confidentiality of a transsexual employee, poking plot holes through the movie Inside Man, and handling romance while undercover.
But first, I need to thank gold shield patrons, Debra Dunbar from debradunbar.com, C.C. Jameson of ccjameson.com, Larry Keeton, Vicki Tharp of vickitharp.com, Chrysann, Larry Darter, Natalie Barelli of nataliebarelli.com, Craig Kingsman of craigkingsman.com, and Joan Raymond of joanraymondwritinganddesign.com for their support.
I also want to send a huge thank you to my coffee club patrons. I really do appreciate each and every one of you. You can find links to all of the writers supporting this episode in the show notes at writersdetective.com/71.
To learn about setting up your own Patreon account for your author business, or to support this show for as little as $2 per month visit writersdetective.com/patreon. P-A-T-R-E-O-N
Welcome back to the Bureau. I had an unintentional one week hiatus, a little more than one week actually, due to a sinus and upper respiratory infection, which kept me in bed and sounding horrible for over a week. Well, I still sound horrible, so I apologize for that, but the show must go on. So let's get into this week's first question.
Tony Dutson writes, "I'm one of those who found the Writer's Detective Bureau through the Creative Pen podcast and Love Your Work. I also have a sticky question for the Bureau. When Hollywood went into overdrive by flipping character's sexual preferences, they've done better lately. I wanted to write a trans anti-hero like a trans Dexter or Hannibal Lecter. My character goes through the complete sex reassignment surgery, female to male, before becoming a CSI. My question is how much of his reassignment will be revealed by the hiring process and will that information be kept confidential? Will senior officers be informed or will HR keep the reassignment confidential?"
Great questions, Tony. I will confess that I know very little about labor law or human relations, human resources work, but I do know that their primary focus is to maintain an inclusive and safe workspace. So for starters, if your character transitioned prior to being employed by the police department, then it's a nonissue. The department can't even ask about gender as part of the hiring process. Applicants for police officer positions do go through full on medical examinations, but it sounds like your character is more of a civilian crime scene investigation specialist or forensic technician or serologist or however you want to classify the title. Those jobs as a civilian likely don't have the same kind of medical exam as part of the hiring process, but even if it was disclosed, then yes, it would be kept confidential.
Now, if a supervisor came to HR and inquired, now, regardless of whether HR knew any of those details about their employee, that would likely be treated as an effort to single out that employee and should spur its own inquiry. I guess walking into HR and asking the gender of an employee, you know, especially of a subordinate is not normal workplace behavior. I'm pretty sure no one's ever walked into my HR asking about my gender, you know, so who does that? The answer is that it's someone who's looking to make it an issue and that's a big red flag. From statistics that I've read 90% of people identifying as transsexual report sexual harassment in the workplace, 90%, and I can only imagine that percentage would be even higher in law enforcement, unfortunately. I personally would hazard a guess that the other 10% in that survey didn't trust the surveyor enough to admit it in the survey without fear of repercussion... Continue reading...
This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau, boot, deconfliction, and pending further leads. I'm Adam Richardson, and this is the Writer's Detective Bureau.
Welcome to episode number 70 of the Writer's Detective Bureau, the podcast dedicated to helping authors and screenwriters write professional quality crime-related fiction. And this week I'm answering your questions about being on field training as a trainee police officer, how interagency deconfliction works for narcotics investigations, and what paperwork duties in the Detective Bureau might really look like. But first, I need to thank my gold shield patreons, Debra Dunbar, from debradunbar.com, C.C. Jameson from ccjameson.com, Larry Keeton, Vicki Tharp, of vickitharp.com, Chrysann, Larry Darter, Natalie Barelli of nataliebarelia.com, Craig Kingsman of craigkingsman.com, for their support. And to Joan Raymond of joanraymondwritinganddesign.com for upping her monthly pledge to the gold shield level. And I am also hugely thankful for my coffee club patrons. I really do appreciate you. You can find links to all of the writers supporting this episode in the show notes at writersdetective.com/70. And to learn about setting up your own Patreon account for your author business or to support the show for as little as $2 a month, visit writersdetective.com/patreon, P-A-T-R-E-O-N.
For those listeners here in the United States, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and regardless of where you are in the world, I am thankful for having you as a listener. I spent my Thanksgiving at home fortunate not to have to work, surrounded by friends and family, which more than makes up for the fact that I will be working through Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, which I'm happy to do so. My counterpart will be able to be at home with his little ones on Christmas morning. With this being the last day of November, it also means we've hit the end of NaNoWriMo, so if you were taking part, I hope you hit your writing goals.
All right, let's get into this week's first question. This week's first question comes from Darlene Chaney, who posted in our Facebook group, which if you haven't joined yet, you can quickly find by going to writersdetectivebureau.com/facebook. Darlene writes, yep, it's me again. I've been told that a rookie cop has to have their field training officer, FTO, with them at all times while on duty. Is this correct? Darlene posted this in our Facebook group and gold shield patreon, Craig Kingsman, helpfully replied, well, the rookie can use the restroom by himself. In all seriousness, FTOs are there to train the new officer. So yes, if they are still in the FTO phase, meaning still in field training, they should be with them at all times when out in public. And this is primarily for the trainee's own safety.
As I've mentioned on this podcast before, the majority of the tactics that we've developed over the years when it comes to officer safety tactics, are one's learned from officers being killed in the line of duty. So if your trainees only law enforcement experience is having gone through six months of a police academy or however long it was, then they still have a ton to learn about doing the job safely in the real world, meaning not getting themselves or their partners killed. When you are out in public and you're in uniform, things happen in an instant. And it seems that some cops, and I know that military veterans will attest to this too, but it seems that every squad or unit has someone that gets more than their fair share of the random, crazy, unavoidable stuff happening to them or right in front of them. And we call these officers shit magnets. Shit magnets will have the DUI car crash happen right in front of their patrol car. Or they will walk out the door of the coffee shop and right into a domestic violence situation unfolding. Shit finds them just like a magnet... Continue reading...
This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau justified shootings, FBI arrests in calling for backup. I'm Adam Richardson, and this is the Writer's detective Bureau. Welcome to episode 69 of the Writer's Detective Bureau, the podcast dedicated to helping authors and screenwriters write professional quality crime related fiction. This week I'm proving I've grown beyond seventh grade humor mostly, and I'm answering your questions about an investigation into a justified shooting, where FBI books there are arrestees, and calling for backup.
But first, I need to thank my Gold Shield patrons, Debra Dunbar from debradunbar.com, C.C. Jameson from ccjameson.com, Larry Keeton, Vicki Tharp, vickitharp.com, Chrysann, Larry Darter, Natalie Barrelli of nataliebarelli.com, and Craig Kingsman of craigkingsman.com for their support. I also want to send a huge thank you to my Coffee Club patrons. I really do appreciate you. You can find links to all of the writers supporting this episode in the show notes at writersdetective.com/69. To learn about setting up your own Patreon account for your author business, or to support the show for as little as $2 per month, visit writersdetective.com/patreon, P-A-T-R-E-O-N.
..This week's first question comes from Marco Carocari, who asked this in the Facebook group, "During a shootout, my protagonist who's a regular guy manages to stop the antagonist by shooting him, and saves a detective's life, who's with him at the scene. What happens to my protagonist when the responding team of officers and detectives arrive?" The shooting happens on different turf than the detective whose life he saved is assigned to." And also, "What is the process of detectives getting info from my protagonist, interview him there or at the precinct process for fingerprints, photos, et cetera. What else? How long would all of that take approximately? Since he's a witness, I assume he's free to leave after the interview. The antagonist/perp's shot, as well as the second detective shot by the perp are in critical condition at a nearby hospital, if that makes a difference. If my protagonist fully cooperates, can he have legal representation there? Or would that end any interview if he seeks right to counsel? Thank you for your feedback."
There is a lot to answer here, so I'm going to take Marco's questions one at a time. What happens to my protagonist when the responding team of officers and detectives arrive? The arriving officers are going to treat this like every other shooting scene they respond to. They'll treat everyone as a potential threat until deemed otherwise. Meaning, officer safety is going to be the responding officers primary concern as they arrive. Once they've locked down the scene and deemed it safe, so to speak, they're going to assess and deal with any threats to life they encounter. And by that I mean, medical threat to life. Somebody is about to die out. We just had multiple shootings. So that means getting the evidence destroyers. Sorry. I mean the fire and medics. Kidding. Kind of not really. But getting fire and medics to respond to the scene to treat anyone that's been shot or injured.
Realistically, they would have already staged in the area having been dispatched at approximately the same time as the police officers. So they just wait nearby until it's safe for them to come into the area. From there, the patrol officers will request detectives respond out most likely. And that will most likely be done through an established notification protocol of some sort. Marco, I know you're writing about LAPD, so I'm assuming this scene is happening outside the city limits of Los Angeles based on not being on his turf. So for the sake of answering this, let's just say this happens in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County, which is the jurisdiction of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. So assuming we're in sheriff's jurisdiction, the patrol supervisor, likely a sergeant that is overseeing the patrol deputies, that initially respond to this call, they would request, or that sergeant would request the sheriff's department's detectives.
Depending on the sheriff's departments notification protocol, That could be handled in one of a few ways. The sergeants on duty supervisor, most likely a patrol lieutenant who might be referred to as a watch commander might be the one to notify the supervisor in detectives. Given that this is Los Angeles, there's a pretty good chance that they have detectives working on a night shift, so it could also be as simple as that patrol sergeant calling the on-duty night detective. Now that only really happens in very large jurisdictions. The majority of the country doesn't have night detectives. And then another alternative might be to make the request over the radio to dispatch, and then dispatch handles the notification to the watch commander or the detective supervisor or even an on duty detective directly. I can't speak to the absolute correct answer here as I don't know what the current protocol or staffing levels are like at the sheriff's department currently, but I'd go with whichever of those options works best for your story... Continue reading...
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