9/14/2018 0 Comments
This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau: Law Enforcement Databases, Moonlighting, and Officer Misconduct. I'm Adam Richardson, and this is the Writer's Detective Bureau. Welcome to episode number eight of the Writer's Detective Bureau, the podcast dedicated to helping authors and screenwriters write professional quality crime-related fiction.
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Before I get started with the first question this week, I have a correction to make. Last week I talked about kidnapping. When I cited the U.S. code the covers kidnapping, I cited the wrong section. The correct section is Title 18 Section 1201, not 1034. I got the number wrong because I was looking at the U.S. Attorney's Criminal Resource Manual, which you can now find in the show notes of this episode. 1034 was the section of the U.S. Attorney's Criminal Resource Manual, not the actual crime section. All of that said, none of you should be concerned with the number because that kind of minutia will bore the crap out of your reader to the point of putting down your book or script. I only mention this stuff in the name of you being able to find it for research.
Caro asks, "Could you summarize various databases that U.S. police officers would have access to and the kind of information contained in each? For example, a patrol officer can probably access some databases from his car computer, but I suspect a patrol officer wouldn't be able to access the same databases that detectives would have access to." Caro also asked, "It is true that ViCAP doesn't include a large portion of crimes? In 2018, can a
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