Category Archives: police stuff

Earth Day at Police Dispatch 2011

Me at VPD dispatch station at ECOMM You can’t very well turn off the power for an hour at police dispatch on Earth Day, because its all electronic. So we turned down the lights in the dispatch center, shut down … Continue reading

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A Cop’s Perspective on Christmas IV: The Christmas Party

Tis’ the season, and people are getting together to celebrate Christmas, which is now a week away. It is the time of year when people: a)      Decorate their homes or offices by plugging in WAY too many Christmas lights and/or; … Continue reading

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A Cop’s Perspective on Christmas III: Icons

Seeing the lights of Christmas going up around the neighbourhood and around my childhood home brought on excitement and anticipation when I was a child. After thirty four years of law enforcement and working the holiday season, seeing the lights … Continue reading

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A Cop’s Perspective of Christmas II: The Unexpected Past

Last night I worked the dispatch channel for the West End, which is the downtown business and entertainment core and one of the busiest districts for police dispatchers to handle.  Many dispatchers avoid working this district as it can be … Continue reading

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It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas… To a Police Dispatcher Like Me, Anyway

 Two weeks to go until 25 December and it’s the start of another police dispatch shift.  And as we get into the shift it is looking like a typical Friday night for this time of year with everyone getting … Continue reading

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Christmas: A Cop’s Perspective

Many people know that I’ve been a cop and that I am a police dispatcher. Those close to me know that I always work Christmas Eve and Christmas.  This isn’t a hardship for me.  Being a Pagan I celebrate Yule, … Continue reading

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Fit to Write?

Recognizing tht your body is your temple and caring for it accordingly is a key element of the discipline that is called for in writing.  The Japanese recognized this: The word “samurai” is a combination of the Chinese characters for … Continue reading

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Police Slang

I just posted a new file on Police Slang from my Believable Cops and Robbers class at the Pacific Northwest Writer’s Conference in 1998 to the Police Stuff page.  It shows you common terms used by cops as well as … Continue reading

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Believable Cops and Robbers

Back in 1997/98 I taught classes on “Beleivable Cops and Robbers” at the Surrey Writer’s Conference, Pacific Northwest Writer’s Conference, and for various local writer’s groups.  This is part of a class that I gave to the Vancouver Chapter of … Continue reading

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