I've been waiting for two weeks for the book on policing to arrive and today it DID! An Introduction to Policing, 5th Edition, by John S. Dempsey and Linda S. Forst came in the mail today, and it should help give me a crash course on some of the procedural scenes coming up. It will help me form more intelligent questions for when I interview the detectives! I had to reschedule my interview with the WSP Detective because she was knee-deep in a homicide investigation, but that is the nature of her job. Eager to talk to her and find out more about her work.
I got a lead today on another contact! A friend at work is going to put me in touch with a retired forensic scientist who used to work at the Pierce County Washington State Patrol Crime Lab. They are the labs that run all the trace evidence. Way cool! I'm very excited. More interviews to line up. Summer can't come soon enough. It's time for me to dig in to the police work of my novel. I've been reading a lot about procedure, so I can get started, but it's much more meaningful to talk with the folks who actually do it as a career. I want to preserve the realism. The picture of the WSP belongs to www.nbc.com.