This week on the Writers Detective Bureau, managing crime tips, counter terrorism, and the FBI National Academy. I'm Adam Richardson, and this is the Writers Detective Bureau. This is episode number 39 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, and gold shield patrons C.C. Jameson from ccjameson.com, and all of my coffee club patrons, including my latest patrons, Rick Siem, and Dan Stou for their support.
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This week's first question comes from Carol Ann Newsome, who you can find at canewsome.com, and Carol Ann asks, "In my work in progress, my detective is flooded with nuisance tips. How are tips via Crimestoppers, and other avenues processed and handled?" Well, you brought back some memories with this one Carol Ann. The one word answer I can give you is triage, Crimestoppers, WeTip, and the others act as call centers for incoming calls. The call takers are often volunteers, or employees that usually have no knowledge of the crimes that are being reported to them. If we're doing a media plea using the media to ask for leads, especially after releasing a photo, or a surveillance video, or a composite sketch, we may stand up our own anonymous tip line that is staffed with our own folks.
Either way, we will take every single call, and email, collect it, and review it. The ones we follow up on are prioritized based upon the likelihood that it matches with something that makes them seem relevant, and will also assess them on whether there's any reason to doubt the credibility of the caller. We have interesting people come out of the woodwork for these things. All of those call sheets, or emails do get followed up on eventually, or at least, well, reach out to the caller if they left a way to contact them, but the more likely the tip seems to fit what we're working on, the higher the priority we place on that follow up.
I worked a fugitive case once that was featured on America's Most Wanted, the TV show. They flew me from California to Washington D.C. to be in the call center as the show aired across the different time zones of the country. By being in the room as the calls came in, I was able to quickly discern whether this was something we needed to follow up on immediately... Continue reading...
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This week on The Writer's Detective Bureau, interview locations, special investigations, and special deputy U.S. Marshals. I'm Adam Richardson, and this is The Writer's Detective Bureau.
This is episode number 38 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 and Gold Shield patron C.C. Jameson from ccjameson.com. As well as my coffee club patrons that have been supporting me week after week, and most recently Rick Seim and Dan Stout for their support. Please check out the show notes at writersdetective.com/38 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. And if you have your own author business, I really urge you to consider joining Patreon. It's free for you and it allows your readers a chance to support you financially through monthly micro-payments. So, give them a chance to show their support by creating your own Patreon account right now. You can learn more by visiting writersdetective.com/patreon and that's P-A-T-R-E-O-N.
I can't believe we're already on episode 38. This has been a very busy week here at The Writer's Detective Bureau. Most of the consulting work that I do on the Hollywood side of things have non-disclosure agreements attached to them. So I never really get the chance to talk about the amazing screenwriters and show runners that I get to help, but this week I had a lot of fun. It was quite busy, but I had a lot of fun working with a few teams of screenwriters and I just wanted to say, if you're listening, that I cannot wait to see these stories come to life. So a big shout out to you guys even though I can't say who you are.
And then even more exciting for me this week was being interviewed by Joanna Penn for The Creative Penn Podcast, which I'm going to have to admit, it is my absolute favorite writing podcast. And I've been a Patreon patron of Joanna's for a while now because I really love the work that she does with the podcast. She covers everything related to self-publishing and just being smart about the business of it, taking care of yourself, thinking about your intellectual properties. All of these things that are so much bigger than what I cover here on this podcast.
And unlike me, Joanna absolutely has her schedule dialed in. So the episode that I will be featured on won't be published for at least another month or so, but I really had a blast talking to Joanna. So if you don't already, please check out The Creative Penn and be sure to subscribe. I promise, you are going to love it.
All right. Let's get into this week's set of questions. This week's first question I actually pulled out of The Writer's Detective Facebook group, and if you're not a member consider this a formal invitation. The quickest way to find us is by going to writersdetectivebureau.com/Facebook. That will take you to the group page where we have a bunch of cops and attorneys and other writers in there asking questions and getting answers pretty much all day every day.
So please join us and we'd love to have you in the group. I will approve you once you answer the three questions upon joining. So, anyway, this question came from Marya Miller, and that's Marya M-A-R-Y-A, and the reason why I spell that out is because you can find her at maryamiller.caand she asked, "If police executed a search warrant on a property and decided to question the inhabitant further, would they interview him at the property or take him to a police station for further questioning? And if they did the latter, why would they do that and not just question him at his house?"... Continue reading...
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.
Now, when you create things for free, and you have people that appreciate those creations so much that they wanna give you a little something in return, I think that's a great barometer for measuring how well you're serving your audience, and I'm not talking about me, I'm talking about you, and your creations, your stories, and your worlds. The tales that you're creating for others to escape into. Your readers really appreciate your work as a storyteller, and this is why I think you should consider starting a Patreon account of your own. You can learn more by visiting writersdetective.com/patreon, and that's P-A-T-R-E-O-N.
..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...
This week on the Writer's Detective Bureau, late nights, cell phone data and high tech crime. I'm Adam Richardson and this is the Writer's Detective Bureau.
This is episode number 36 of the Writer's Detective Bureau, the podcast dedicated to helping authors and screenwriters write professional quality crime related fiction. I want to thank gold shield patron Debra Dunbar from debradunbar.com and C.C. Jameson from ccjameson.comfor becoming my latest gold shield patron. Also big thanks to my latest coffee club patrons, Daniel Miller, Nathalie Marran, and Rick Siem. And also to Gene Desroches upping his monthly pledge and all of my other patrons supporting me each month. I am so grateful for you. I'm going to break up these call outs from week to week because 22 of you are now supporting this podcast and that is a lot of names, but I am truly grateful.
So if you want to read stories by authors that are doing their investigations homework, check out the show notes at writersdetective.com/36 to see a list of them. Those are the ones that are keeping the lights on in the Bureau. And when you create things for free and you have people that appreciate those creations so much that they want to give you a little something in return, I think that is a great barometer for measuring how well you are serving your audience. And I'm not talking about me, I'm talking about you and your creations, your stories, your worlds, the tales that you're creating for others to escape into. They really appreciate your work as a storyteller, which is why I really believe you should consider starting a Patreon account. You can learn more by visiting writersdetective.com/paetron. And that's P-A-T-R-E-O-N.
Dan Smith asked a great question on Facebook. Dan said, it seems that television detectives work late into the night if they're on a case. Before I write something like that and make myself look foolish is that how it really goes? Meaning if you're on a case, are you working until the case is solved or are you still keeping regularish hours? You won't look foolish Dan if we're talking about a homicide or a kidnapping. If there are leads in a murder investigation or a righteous kidnap case, we are definitely going to work ourselves into exhaustion. On more than one occasion I have put 26 hours in one day on my timecard, much to the chagrin of my payroll office, but there's a reason why there's a TV show called The First 48. The statistics of solving a homicide are much higher if you can do so within those first 48 hours. Evidence is still in play. People are still around that know something, they saw something, heard something or they're hiding something. That stuff is still around in that first 48 hours, which is why it's so key.
Now, most other cases are still going to be worked during normal business hours or whatever shift your unit works. Some larger agencies may have night detectives, detectives that work a night shift. The surveillance based units like narcotics or vice or some sort of street team will work different schedules because that's when people are out on the street. But all of these, even if it's nighttime, are going to be part of their regular workday, not necessarily overtime like it would be on a homicide case that just broke that goes all through the night.
I've worked homicides that had so many moving parts and leads to follow up on that it was clear that this was going to be an all hands kind of case. And when these cases happen... Continue reading...
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