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 Hello everyone!


I am currently attempting to write my first novel. Not sure how well it will turn out or if it will be any good. One of my main characters in the book is a police officer. However, I am trying to gather up as much information and help as I can so I can so I make sure the character is done right. I do want to get carried away with details and they be completely wrong. If anyone is interested in helping, please let me know. Your help will be greatly appreciated.


Thank you!

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I am not comfortable with this request being your first post. Personally I only read Ann Rule.

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I'm bumping my friend uncledennis on this .I am somewhat concerned as to how the  Police Officer is to be portrayed in this book.All too many individuals picture leos as either "Car 54 where are you" characters or corrupt.

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sinfulreader says ...



 Hello everyone!


I am currently attempting to write my first novel. Not sure how well it will turn out or if it will be any good. One of my main characters in the book is a police officer. However, I am trying to gather up as much information and help as I can so I can so I make sure the character is done right. I do want to get carried away with details and they be completely wrong. If anyone is interested in helping, please let me know. Your help will be greatly appreciated.


Thank you!



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I can recall a very similar thread in the not too distant past. If you need "Law Enforcement" information for your book, why not interview Officers face to face?


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 Well they lost interest pretty quickly

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I think the OP, once called Sinfulreader, now called Anonymous, has a legitimate puzzle. Sinfulreader wanted to avoid 'typecasting'.  But any writer worth his/her salt is not going to settle for some exchanged PMs, then 'assemble' a cardboard cop character from there.  From this thread alone one gets the impression your typical cop personality runs the gamut from 'part-time grump' to full blown-curmudgeon. 


But that might be any cop, before coffee.


Or any plumber, for that matter.

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I think the OP, once called Sinfulreader, now called Anonymous, has a legitimate puzzle. Sinfulreader wanted to avoid 'typecasting'.  But any writer worth his/her salt is not going to settle for some exchanged PMs, then 'assemble' a cardboard cop character from there.  From this thread alone one gets the impression your typical cop personality runs the gamut from 'part-time grump' to full blown-curmudgeon. 


But that might be any cop, before coffee.


Or any plumber, for that matter.



MarlyB looking at your avatar It looks as if you are trying to portray yourself as an empty hat, is that what you are trying to imply?


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The hat in the pool is Ok! ,but not the laptop.They have difficulty swimming.Hope I wasn't responsible for driving this individual away but quite frankly I believe I had a legitimate concern and am cognizant what most civilians think of leos.

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 I am writing a book, also, (sllllooooowly), but I agree with the above.  Go talk to officers, face to face.  If you are serious, it will make your character better, you will understand LEO's better, and generally have a better story.  While I have put a few questions on this forum, I find that the folks that I talk to, when they have time, are very willing to chat, and have lots to say, which makes for a better character, and makes ME understand the whole process of law enforcement a bit better...  


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Your two cents was quite well received Knitcat.I would be willing to read whatever it is you're working on.I am a fanatic en re to reading.It enriches ones mind a million percent more than the garbage on t.v.I am especially fond of poetry and have composed  same on many subjects since I was twelve.Much good fortune to you on your book.

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 I will agree by saying getting information right from officers is the best way, I did find a book at Barnes & Noble earlier this week that might help in cases like this.  It's calld "Howdunit Book of Police Procedures and Investigations: A Guide for Writers".  Never read it but might be a read if anyone is interested.

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 CmmO7r, it's not  too bad, but it is... well, if you are writing about city police, it might be rather more accurate.  I have it, and discussed some piddly items with deputies, most of it is okay, but "people wise" isn't how they go about some things.  It's a good general guide to get started, though.  A lot of it is pretty good about "how" things are done, as far as I know, and have observed. (This, of course is my looky-loo observation, not the "you are there" stuff...  But, it is a pretty good refrence.  (others milage may vary...)

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 CmmO7r, it's not  too bad, but it is... well, if you are writing about city police, it might be rather more accurate.  I have it, and discussed some piddly items with deputies, most of it is okay, but "people wise" isn't how they go about some things.  It's a good general guide to get started, though.  A lot of it is pretty good about "how" things are done, as far as I know, and have observed. (This, of course is my looky-loo observation, not the "you are there" stuff...  But, it is a pretty good refrence.  (others milage may vary...)



True, I kind of saw the book as something for people that didn't feel like going out there and researching with ride alongs or actually asking real officers.

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