This week on the Writers Detective Bureau, FOIA, criminal complaints, and operation varsity blues. I'm Adam Richardson, and this is the Writers Detective Bureau. Welcome to episode number 37 of the Writers 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 patrons C.C. Jameson from ccjameson.com, and all of my coffee club patrons including my latest patrons Daniel Miller, Nathalie Moran, and Rick Siem for their support. Please check out the show notes at writersdetective.com/37 to see which authors are serious about making their stories spot on when it comes to the cop stuff. They are the ones keeping the lights on in the Bureau, and they deserve your support.
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..Author Debi Chestnut joined my APB mailing list a few days ago. Okay, so real quick if you aren't aware of it yet, the APB is my curative list of links to resources on the internet that I think you're gonna benefit from knowing about as a crime fiction writer, and I'm not talking about a bunch of affiliate links, or books, or anything like that. Nothing you need to buy. I'm talking about, like real police procedural manuals, or white papers that will help you in your writing research, police discussion forums that will give you insight into a potential characters thinking. Many of these links are things that I find during my day job like actually working in law enforcement, and I send those APBs out on the last day of each month, and it's packed full of links. If you're interested in signing up you'll get the January, and February APBs as soon as you click on the signup confirmation link.
If you join be on the lookout for that autoresponder confirmation email. Sometimes it'll be in your spam folder, but you need to click on the confirmation link to start receiving anything from me, because I don't spam people. If you're interested in joining the APB, and getting that, it's only once a month. It's on the last day of every month, just go towritersdetective.com/mailinglist, but anyway, back to Debi. Debi Chestnut joined the APB mailing list a couple days ago, and she sent me a really nice email, but it also included a question about FOIA, which is the Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA Requests, which is the way that the public can make requests of government for basically documents that are unclassified, that the government holds on to, and so, this is what Debi wrote.
She says, “The issue in the book I'm currently working on is whether, or not my character not associated with the police department can obtain records from other states regarding an unsolved murder through FOIA?.. Continue reading...
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