Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Police Procedurals Respected by Law Enforcement

When I was a young adult and considering my career options for the future, I gave consideration to three areas. Two of them were becoming either a lawyer or a police officer. Where the irony comes into play is I wanted to be a defense attorney to stand up for the accused, possibly even the guilty. Whereas, on the flipside of that, as a police officer I would have made sure the guilty were held accountable. This goes to prove that both “good” and “bad,” light and dark, live inside of me as they do everyone.

Expanding on that, I believe a good Law Enforcement officer needs to have the ability to relate to both sides. While they pursue the presumed guilty, they consider the evidence and the facts in a case. When they deem everything points in the direction of guilt, they will stop at nothing to bring a perp to justice. It doesn’t matter if they meet with opposition even from inside “the brotherhood of blue.” They won’t let anything deter them from the goal of getting the guilty off the street and making them pay for what they’ve done.

When it comes to their view of the accused, Law Enforcement officers have another sense that allows them to reason on why a suspect may have done what they did. Of course, there will be times when motivation remains an enigma, but they strive to analyze the why and the what. Why would they have done what they did? And what pushed them to this point?

See, often times, those who commit crimes, even murders, are justified in their own minds. Whether it be the way they were raised, an example they were given, or something in their lives that made them who they are.

Experienced and talented Law Enforcement officers can “see” all of this, even if some of it remains based on intuition and a “gut feeling.” There are times, though, their predictions are proven. There are other times when officers are left with a feeling of senselessness, when they cannot understand the perp on any level. But I believe a good Law Enforcement officer realizes there are three sides to every story and that somewhere in the middle is the truth.

Now, I said there were three career options I had considered. Well, the third was to become a journalist. Of the three options I am now closer to living the third. Due to extenuating circumstances a career in either Law or Law Enforcement were not in my purpose. However, I have found a niche between the two that caters to the three loves I had dating back to young adulthood.

As a mystery writer, I pursue the “bad guys” and bring them to justice, but I also delve into the minds of killers. My passion and respect for Law Enforcement dictates that I keep my stories as realistic as possible. See, my purpose is to provide not only entertaining police procedurals, but accurate ones. I’m proud to say that based on emails I’ve received from readers who work, or have worked, in Law Enforcement, I have succeeded at this. While they possess the true strength and courage to work on the streets, I write about it from the safety of my office.

To those who work, or who have ever worked, in Law Enforcement—thank you for your service in a career that is not acknowledged enough.

Here are a few recommendations that I’ve received from readers with experience in Law Enforcement:

“Usually it’s hard for me to read cop books without picking them apart but once I started this one I couldn’t put it down. TIES THAT BIND was more realistic than anything I’ve ever read and for the entire book I felt like it was me. The way Carolyn wrote Madison describes me and the way I work and even my personal life to a t. I have never felt more connected to a character. Thank you for creating something so real.” -- Deputy Rebecca Hendrix, LeFlore County Sheriff’s Department Poteau, Oklahoma
 "I thrive on rich characters and TIES THAT BIND did a superb job of capturing the law enforcement partner relationship." -- Kevin Johnson, Sergeant (Ret.) Minneapolis, MN
“Carolyn Arnold provides entertainment and accuracy.” -- Michael D. Scott, Patrolman (Ret.) Castroville, Texas

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