First, allow me to recommend Lee Lofland’s The Graveyard Shift. It’s an awesomely awesome blog of awesomeness, full of cop stuff and links to more cop stuff. Cooking with Cops? He’s got it. Police tools? Got it. Reviews of cop shows? Yurp. Two words: awe and some.
And my second recommendation is like unto the first. Also a Lee Lofland offering is The Writers’ Police Academy. Scheduled for September in Nawth Cahlahnah, it looks SO COOL! Investigation and interrogation! Patrol car ride-alongs! Firearms training simulation! And Rumpole of the Bailey’s favorite: Bloodstain patterns! Now you, too, can solve The Penge Bungalow Murders!
Finally, here is the answer to the perennial question: Why can’t we eat this bird? Do not be alarmed because a video doesn’t show. It’s just audio. It’s an audio clip from one of my favorite movies, Ladyhawke. This bit of dialog is between a very young Matthew Broderick and Leo McKern as a disreputable priest.
So now you know.
A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What would your main character give up as an exercise in self-denial?