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Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
3:49 am
How to go about getting the police involved in this?
I'm posting this from an old, disused RP account not connected to my main email address because I'm... freaking out, a lot. If you'll indulge that tiny bit of paranoia, please try to get back to me as soon as anyone reads this.

If you're following the news or the YouTube coverage, I'm sure you've heard about both the girl who dressed up one of Slender Man's proxies and stabbed her mother as well as the two girls who stabbed their friend in the name of Slender Man. A college friend of mine has always been into Slenderman, for nearly four years now. That's not new - he and I met in a Mythology class, we both like folklore. But recent emails with him now that school's out and we're no longer near each other have been alarming. He's been talking a lot about 'memetic affect' and how enough people believing in something strongly or maybe one person believing in some one strong enough could manifest something. His email to me two days ago stated he believed Slender Man had already been made real by the actions of others.

We live in the Pacific Northwest, although we're a town apart. I got to see him yesterday when I made the drive over to meet up with some of our mutual friends. Apparently he's making a map of the old disused road that leads between my town and his, which is about twenty miles. He's been spending more time at the gun range. He's taking a week off of work starting on the 30th. He's not visiting his family in the Midwest this year for July Fourth. I gathered all of this without speaking to him directly. When I talked to him directly, he seemed like his usual self, all theories and ideas, but he didn't want to talk about other creepypastas or bits of modern folklore. I asked him, conversationally, if he wanted to go watch the fireworks with me and the rest of our friends in my town. He said no, he really wanted to see the view from by the university, closer to the hills where they launch the fireworks. I asked if he wanted us to meet up with him there and he got more and more agitated the more I questioned him, saying he absolutely had to be alone there and telling me he'd be busy.

The old road that goes between the towns? You can access it from the east part of campus. And a lot of people go to the campus to see the fireworks.

I know this may sound like I'm being paranoid and overly freaked out. It's probably all the news coverage that's got me on edge and he's probably just being his normal weird self, which is fine. But he's an untreated schizophrenic (I think - he says he hears voices in his head) and while I know being mentally ill does not make a person dangerous, I really don't like what all this is looking like it's adding up to.

How do I go to the police about this? Should I go to the police about this? What if they think it's a prank? I'm really lost and I don't know what to do. Can anyone give me advice?

Current Mood: anxious
Thursday, January 30th, 2014
6:51 pm
a few quick questions

I have a few quick questions..and i'm sorry, I can't find the answers, nor do I know any cops to ask and I dont' want to bother my local police station with this.

I'm writing a piece of fiction where two of the critical characters are cops, and trying to bust a couple of drugsmugglers on a boat on a concrete pier. There is a following explosion, and one of the two ends up in the water and drowning and later being brought back to life by mystical means which gets them drummed out of the force.

Seeing as this situation starts with a bit of gunfire being exchanged, how many officers would be expected to be on scene? Would EMS automatically be called in that kind of situation? They're both sheltering behind pallets of flour (which is what later explodes) and dont' get hit, but boycop gets thrown into the water. Girlcop is injured but wants to make it clear to her CO that he's down there (he is aware). What kind of rank would someone in charge of that kind of operation have? And how would they address each other? First name, last name, rank?

Thank you!

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013
11:31 am
Can a business prosecute on behalf of its customers?
Say you've got a purse snatcher working in front of a restaurant.  The victims are tourists and don't want to press charges because they can't come back to testify or some other reason.  Can the restaurant press charges because he's driving away their business?
Sunday, July 28th, 2013
1:54 pm
Bogged Down by Definitions
We've been discussing the Zimmerman case, and we're getting hung up on a definition.  One party is insisting that Zimmerman wasn't stalking Martin, because stalking is something that takes place over several days, not just once.

Okay, fine.  If a pretty girl has a creepy looking guy following her for seven blocks and it's making her nervous and she flags you down and points out the guy and he just happens to be carrying a gun, what can you charge him with?
Monday, July 1st, 2013
11:51 pm
Question re: police academy discipline
I'm currently writing a story in which my main character is enrolled in a police academy in a major city in New England. It's the first day of class and one of the new recruits shows up two minutes late. Someone else will be even later (let's say, ten minutes). I've arbitrarily decided that this first class of the day will be in Police Ethics (i.e. not Physical Training, where the instructor could assign laps or push-ups). So,

  1. What disciplinary action would be typical in this instance?

  2. Would there be any appreciable difference in severity for the recruit who arrives two minutes late versus ten?

  3. In the event that one of the recruits protests/tries to explain/etc, what would a typical reaction be?

Thanks in advance!
Wednesday, May 29th, 2013
3:51 pm
Writing question: financial assistance for children of cops slain in line of duty
The main character of the both I am writing lost her parents in Chicago in the mid-1990s. They were both police officers who fell in the line of duty. It is a plot point in the beginning of the book that her legal guardian has embezzled her savings.

My question:

What kind of financial assistance, if any, would my character have received from the police department or the government after the deaths of her parents? And how easy or hard would it be for her legal guardian (her uncle) to embezzle this money after she becomes a legal adult?

(Cross-posting this to little_details.)
Saturday, April 6th, 2013
9:11 am
Firearms Training in Illinois
I'm trying to determine how often a police officer in Chicago would be required to have firearms training. The documentation I've found says they need to be certified annually, but not how often they train.

I spoke to a retired Wisconsin cop who said it's determined by state, and in Wisconsin they have to train four times a year. Anyone know the Illinois standard?
Friday, January 4th, 2013
8:13 pm
Clocking in and out.
For a story in editing with my publisher.

My understanding is that out in the field an officer will call in when he's on break or on lunch. Do they actually clock in at the station? Say a deputy working desk on Workers' Comp light duty.

The situation is a small regional sheriff department. Elected sheriff and 7 Deputies who patrol. The dept. runs out of the same building as the county jail which has 105 beds because they take Min. Security prisoners on contract. So if you add deputies assigned to CO duty it's a couple dozen LEO on staff.

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, December 1st, 2012
8:23 pm
Defending a crime victim
For Thanksgiving, TNT network ran a Castle marathon.  I know TV has little to do with reality, but one episode left me puzzled.  It opened with a young woman running away from a man and screaming.  When he catches her, he begins assaulting her (again) and a costumed superhero comes in and kills him with a sword before running away.  Castle and Beckett are left to find a murderer with no DNA, fingerprints or ballistics.

Isn't there some kind of law about coming to the defense of someone else?  The woman testified that the dead man assaulted her, she broke away and started running when he caught her again and the costumed hero stepped in.  When they ran fingerprints on the dead man, he had a long history of arrests for violent crimes and assaults and sexual assaults.  He was killed in the act, I wouldn't call it murder, I'd call it a public service.  I can't see this as a murder charge.  Is it?
Thursday, November 29th, 2012
10:26 am
What do cops think of families of the perps?
Wondering what the cops' angles are on human nature.

Lindsay Lohan made me thinkCollapse )
Also I have grown a new appreciation for the emotional and mental crap that cops go through dealing with the worst part of people - and people's experiences - every single day.

So if you're inclined, just wonder what you think about the people you deal with in general, good, bad, or ugly. And additional points for how you deal with perps and their families.

(Edited for clarity and a ton of typos. I'm sure I still missed some, sorry.)
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
1:35 pm
A firearm question...
How individual are mass-produced guns? If a man buys a .38 for himself, likes it, and buys the same model for his daughter, would they look the same, ballistics wise?
Friday, October 19th, 2012
11:53 pm
Do they intentionally keep police interrogation rooms cold? Whenever I watch The First 48, people pulls their arms inside their shirts like they are freezing.
Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
2:22 pm
When will arrest take place?
Okay, currently writing a Numb3rs fic. This post will contain spoilers for the fic so consider yourself warned

Okay I am writing a story where an FBI agent is implicated via ballistic evidence in three murders. Two of the murders were with weapons that were supposed to have been turned in for destruction due to age and use (he's a sniper). One weapon is supposedly his currently issued weapon.

Now of course no one working the case actually believes he did the murders. So right now they are 'holding' him pending clearing up the weird ballistics match.

The problem is the case crosses a DHS case involving a known terrorist said FBI agent knows and once trained. Now he does have an alibi for the murder matched with his current rifle. There will be three more murders matched to those rifles. And a mountain of circumstantial evidence against him, i.e. he will have been in the area at the times of the murders but for reasons he does not want to disclose.

The DHS agent will arrest him. At what point would she make the arrest?

The murders take place in several different states, where would the trial take place, in the city where he is arrested?

What would happen in terms of his job?

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012
12:22 pm
In the state of Missouri is the legal age for a teen to be able to leave home on his/her own 16 or 17?

Thank you!
Friday, May 25th, 2012
5:25 pm
Boston, MA Specific Questions
I have an idea for a story I'm just beginning to write, and I'm finding I have a *lot* of questions about the Boston Police. I've been researching online, and the official website has helped a lot. But then, it's also prompted more questions. (In fact, in some ways, the more I research, the less I understand.) So, hoping there are some Boston Police Officers/Detectives on this list, I guess I'll start with some of the simplest questions.

1) I've only ever been to one game at Fenway, and at the time I really wasn't paying attention to such things. But I'm assuming there'd have to be police presence at home games. Are the officers that work there during games assigned as part of their regular duties/shift? Is it considered regular duty, but something you volunteer for rather than are assigned? Is it considered extra/overtime work?

2) If I'm understanding the website correctly, you don't have to attend the Academy to become an officer, but doing so does give you preference in the hiring process. Other than that preference, are there any other advantages to going through the academy? (Does it speed up your career path if you do/hold you back if you don't?)

3) How old do you have to be to attend the Academy? (The website gives conflicting information on this. In one place is says you have to be at least 21 to be an officer. In another it says you have to be between 18 and 24 to work for the BPD.)

I guess I'll stop there for now. Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.
Monday, February 20th, 2012
4:32 pm
Extortion and Hidden Camera
Would it be possible for the victim of extortion to ask police to install a hidden camera (audio and video) in the victim's living room? The idea being to catch the suspect on tape demanding the money. The location is in Illinois, where you can have hidden video but not audio recordings as long as it is not in a expected privacy location. Would you need a warrant if you have the homeowner's permission? Thanks!
Wednesday, February 8th, 2012
11:43 am
Runaway teen procedure
I was curious about the procedures regarding runaway minors. When a minor is believed to have runaway, how is the investigation handled? How long would the minor be considered missing rather than a runaway? Would tips be reported to the local police, or is there a runaway/missing child hotline?

Is there a database for runaway minors? After the minor turns 18, does their name remain in the database? If a tip came in after the minor has turned 18, would the tip be passed along to the parents? Can a parent have their child removed from the database? If a runaway is found after the runaway has turned 18, would they be required to speak to the police or have any legal repercussions against them?

Thank you so much for your help in this! I really appreciate it!
Sunday, January 15th, 2012
10:57 pm
STIs and prison
I know this is not precisely on topic for this community but I do not know where to post it and get it answered. 

Say I go to prison and become infected with a sexually transmitted infection, say hepatitis or HIV. Will prision healthcare cover antiviral therapy like HAART?

Say it does, where do you draw the line? Would it cover valtrex for herpes? Tamaflu for influenza?
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012
4:31 am
Hello -

What is the difference between a badge and a shield?

I'm trying to write a scene where a police officer shows someone his identification. I had them show a badge, but then I heard of a procedural that says officers always call them "shields." (In some internet searches, it seems the words badges and shields are interchangeable, so I'm confused.)

Any help in sorting this out would be really appreciated. Thank you!
Thursday, December 29th, 2011
5:03 am
Interview Records

I was hoping someone could help me out for a story.  If an attorney is present when someone is questioned, what is generally recorded in the police reports?  Just name and contact info for the attorney, or is more info required?


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