Police Life, Real Life Crime

Alphonse Bertillon

If we talk about people who have shown the highest level of commitment and dedication as a lawman, Alphonse Bertillon stands above all. He was born on 22 April 1853. He became a French policeman and a biometrics researcher. As a Policeman & Biometrics Researcher Alphonse Bertillon is globally renowned as the first person who… Continue reading Alphonse Bertillon

Real Life Crime

Theft of the Mona Lisa (Paris 1911)

More than 100 years ago, in August 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the walls of the Louvre in Paris. The famous Leonardo da Vinci painting wasn't recovered until two years later, in December 1913. It is one of the most popular paintings in the history of art. Artists from all over the world… Continue reading Theft of the Mona Lisa (Paris 1911)

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

More Drunk Comedians

As I mentioned last week, I recently interviewed Kent The Cop, a friend and colleague, on my Writers On The Beat podcast. Here are some more highlights about our funniest DUI moments. #4: “Eastbound and Down” Another stereotype DUI. Really bad driving, really late at night. I stopped the car, talked to the driver, and… Continue reading More Drunk Comedians

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Drunk Comedians

I recently interviewed Kent The Cop, a friend and colleague, on my Writers On The Beat podcast about drug impairment and behaviors. He’s a REALLY funny guy, but he somehow managed to keep everything above-board for most of the interview. As a massive DUI Hound, he has a lot of experience with those investigations and… Continue reading Drunk Comedians

Real Life Crime

Vienna: A Drug Trafficker’s El Dorado

Prior to 1914, few governments regulated narcotics, and many modern controlled substances were readily available to much of the world’s population. For a time, cocaine was a readily accepted ingredient in both soft drinks and children’s cough suppressants. Sigmund Freud lobbied for its use as though he had a significant financial stake in the global… Continue reading Vienna: A Drug Trafficker’s El Dorado

Police Life, Real Life Crime

Interpol

In 1923, in Vienna, Switzerland, the International Criminal Police Commission, the ICPC, was created by police authorities during the International Criminal Police Congress of that year. Prior to its creation, there had been a few attempts at building a cooperative force between nations regarding criminal law enforcement. Interpol’s main headquarters are today housed in Lyon,… Continue reading Interpol

Gallows Humor (Cop Humor)

Cop Humor: The Hilarious Death Photo

It’s been a while since I sent out a humor blog, and I thought you might want another peek behind the curtain of what part of our cop lives are like when it’s just us and no one else is looking.  Especially when there’s no supervisor, HR, or OEO rep standing around to realize what’s… Continue reading Cop Humor: The Hilarious Death Photo

Police Life

Chinese Paramilitary Police Force Training

The Chinese Paramilitary Police Force has approximately 1.5 million officers and serves as a back up to the military in times of war. It is also responsible for counterterrorism, putting down protests, border protection, firefighting, and providing guard detail for key government buildings. Even though the Paramilitary Police Force remains separate from the army, their… Continue reading Chinese Paramilitary Police Force Training

Police Life

Canadian Mounties – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police

The purchase of the North-West Territories by the Dominion of Canada resulted in the need for a patrol along the border. A mounted force of between 100 and 150 men was recommended to keep the peace. These were first called The North West Mounted Rifles and then renamed The North West Mounted Police in 1873… Continue reading Canadian Mounties – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Police Life

Cop-isms: Misadventures in Report Writing

You might not be surprised to learn that I have a strong love-hate relationship with report writing.  I dislike the task itself, and I don’t recall the recruiting videos ever discussing that a huge chunk of my police career would be spent with a keyboard.  I don’t know anyone who went to the police academy… Continue reading Cop-isms: Misadventures in Report Writing