This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau, female suspects, writing research and police cars. I'm Adam Richardson and this is the Writers Detective Bureau. Welcome to Episode 46 of the Writer's Detective Bureau, the podcast dedicated to helping authors and screenwriters write professional, quality crime related fiction. I'd like to thank Gold Shield patron, Debra Dunbar from debradunbar.com, Gold Shield patron C.C. Jameson from ccjameson.com, and my two newest Gold Shield patrons, Larry Keeton and Vicki Tharp of vickitharp.com for their support.
I'd also like to thank my newest Coffee Club patrons Chris Shuler, Kelly Garrett, and Brandon Jones, as well as all of my longtime Coffee Club patrons for their support month-after-month. Check out the website links for all of the writers supporting this show in the show notes at writersdetective.com/46. And to learn about setting up your own Patreon account for your author business, visit writersdetective.com/patreon, P-A-T-R-E-O-N.
This week's first question comes from Bill Grupe. You can find Bill's work at wjgrupejr.com and the links for that will be in the show notes, which you can find at writersdetective.com/46. And Bill asks, "Does a female suspect always need to be accompanied by a female officer?" Good question Bill. I wish we had enough women in law enforcement for that to be practical. So the answer is no. But we are definitely mindful of the situation and we have specific protocols for handling it. For instance, when I arrest a female suspect, it is definitely preferred that a female officer searches the suspect, but that often isn't an option.
So in that case, I was taught to do the post arrest pat down search, where I'm looking for weapons, using the back of my hand, and to do so with another officer present. Because we still need to do our jobs and not risk our safety. And not searching a female just because a female officer isn't on duty is not safe. Nowadays, with more officers wearing body cameras, it's a lot easier to defend against false allegations, especially when it comes to some sort of alleged wrongdoing between a male officer and a female suspect. Even when we are transporting a female to the station or to jail, we advise dispatch that we are transporting a female and we log the start and ending mileage as well as the time of when we departed and when we arrived.
Now with our in-car cameras, we can record the suspect in the backseat of our car as well. And then once they're in the station for an interview or an interrogation, all of that is video and audio recorded as well. So until we have an equal number of women to men working in law enforcement, it really isn't feasible for female suspects to always be accompanied by female officers. Thanks for the question Bill. Again, you can find Bill's work at wjgrupejr.com and you can find his link at writersdetective.com/46 in the show notes.
My latest Coffee Club patron on Patreon is Brandon Jones, and he sent in a few questions for us this week. So let's get started with Brandon's first question. "I want to thank you for the fantastic podcast and in-depth answers. I've made pages of notes outlining my novel and even made my own murder board like on castle. I've done interviews for my novel. How in-depth should a novelists notes be before they actually start writing? Thanks again, Brandon." Well, thank you for the kind words Brandon, I appreciate it.
So in the plotter versus pantser or discovery writer, as Joanna Penn prefers to be called, in the plotter versus discovery writer debate, you are clearly a plotter, Brandon, and that is awesome. But regardless of which side of the writing fence you're on, the answer to the best time to start writing is years ago. And of course, the second best time to start writing is now. Creating the murder board and doing interviews are awesome for crafting a very compelling story. So that is definitely going to pay off.
But you have to remember, writing is a craft. Writing is a skill. Writing takes work. Writing means you write regularly, if not every day, and the only way of honing your skill of honing your craft is putting it to the grindstone. So you need to start writing now. Every single writer, myself included, is guilty of not writing when they know they should be writing. That's why those memes exist of you should be writing now. I mean, how much more research Do you really need to do before you can start writing?.. Continue reading...
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