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Visiting Detective

Visiting Detective Lexi Sobado – “Every Day Carry (EDC) for Police”

 

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Lexi Sobado and I crossed professional paths again while I was working a case that required a bit of psychic know-how. Lexi grew up in Washington D.C. and has special out-of-the-box thinking that earned her a job as a Puzzler for Iniquus. She solves the crimes that put American interests at risk. Known as Lynx on the job, Lexi works with a team, Strike Force, led by the man in Lexi’s life, Striker Rheas.

 

She had come up from D.C. on a case of her own and Sheila and I put her up for the night. We laughed, shared the usual war stories of law enforcement – the “my gal was badder than your guy” kind. And, then we talked shop for a bit.

 

My police department was stuck. We couldn’t find a suspect and the trail had run cold. We had solid evidence pointing to him, but he got away before we could arrest him. The case involved a missing husband worth big bucks, ransom money and a frantic family. Enter Lexi. In between munching on one of Sheila’s chocolate muffins, Lexi redirected my thinking on the husband. I’m happy to say that we found the hubby less than a day later. Turns out that the husband was running a scam and wasn’t missing at all. He was hiding out with his new girlfriend and the suspect we had been chasing was in on it. What a pair of bums! I doubt that the wife will be weeping for him while he does his stint in prison.

 

Lexi has been following Kerrian’s Notebook and she pointed out that I’ve never posted the basic gear that a cop carries around. My bad. So here is Lexi’s contribution to the site. Thanks, Lexi, for filling in a gap for us. 🙂

 

Duty Belt

Disadvantages

  • Weight – upward of 30 lbs. (think one-year-old baby) many of the belts are made of leather, though modern uniforms often use nylon to be lighter and washable (think body fluids). 
  • Gravity – with all of that weight, the belt wants to slip down. “Belt keepers” circle the duty belt sometimes referred to as a Sam Browne, to hold it snugly to the officer’s dress belt. These are snapped into place.

Advantage – 

  • Having equipment at the handy.

Typical EDC (every day carry)

  • Pepper Spray
  • Semi-automatic pistol in a security holster
  • Magazines (clips)  
  • Phone
  • Flashlight
  • Mini-flashlight (typical preparedness saying “One is none and Two is one.”)
  • Asp
  • Portable radio
  • Taser
  • Handcuffs 
  • Handcuff keys
  • Zip ties
  • Glove pouch (latex)
  • Bullet resistant vest (required by some jurisdictions adds about 5 lbs to the already 10-15 lb duty belt)
  • By individual discretion – back up gun (police personal gun often in an ankle holster)
  • By individual discretion knife/utility tool such as a Swiss Army knife or Leatherman.
  • By individual discretion a kubotan

 

The Patrol Vehicle

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  • Mode of transportation
  • Mobile office
  • Equipment storage

 

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Modifications might include:

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  • Push bumpers 
  • Rifle mounts
  • Prisoner partitions
  • Specialized locking systems
  • Wiring systems which support the add ons
  • Hidden lighting systems
  • Bar lights
  • Weapons lockboxes
  • Camera equipment
  • Sirens
  • Radio equipment
  • Computer terminals (called MDT for Mobile Data Terminal)
  • For officer safety, the light that usually comes on when opening the door is often disconnected.

 

In the Trunk of the Patrol Vehicle:

  • Fire extinguishers
  • First Aid Kit
  • Shotgun 
  • Gas mask/protective suit
  • AEDs or Automatic External Defibrillator (at around $1200 these are slow to getting in each vehicle)
  • Traffic cones
  • Flares
  • Flotation devices
  • Rechargeable flashlight
  • Snow chains

 

Other Equipment might include:

  • Radar 
  • Alco-Sensor (for initial analysis of blood alcohol levels)
  • Tint meter
  • Ballistic shield
  • Pepperball gun – this shoots round pellets (like paintball pellets) filled with a powder form of pepper spray. Shot at the feet the powder will spray up to disperse a crowd; hit in the chest of an aggressor or suicidal person it gives the officers time to take non-lethal action.

 

Thanks, Lexi! Have a safe trip home. Don’t eat all the muffins at once. 😉

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Many thanks to Fiona Quinn for visiting with us again at Kerrian’s Notebook and sharing the great list of every day equipment a law enforcement officer might use. She’s one of our favorite people, so please check out her website, connect with her on social media, and buy her books.  🙂FionaQuinnFiona Quinn is the creator of the Lynx Series, featuring Lexi Sobado.

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Fiona Quinn Books

Fiona Quinn writes Smart Sexy Suspense.

The series is available on Amazon, along with the other books and short stories she has written.

Please visit http://www.fionaquinnbooks.com/ for more information about Fiona.

Her fascinating blog can be found at www.thrillwriting.blogspot.com

Want to connect on Twitter? @fionaquinnbooks

 

*Photo credits:

Patti Phillips – interior cruiser shots

Wikipedia and Fiona’s website – all others

 

 

 

 

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Visiting Detectives – Becki Green

 

There are lots of great people in law enforcement and Kerrian’s Notebook is just the place for you to meet them in a friendly, non-threatening environment. We caught Becki Green in between cases and she even had time to share her fave brownie recipe with us. Sheila gives it a big thumbs-up as an easy recipe. I give the brownies a thumbs-up for taste. They went great with my coffee.  😉

Meet Becki Green.

 

Thank You For Inviting Me, What Can I Bring?

 

“Charlie,” I ask, “is being a visiting detective anything like being a visiting professor? If I remember correctly from my college days, visiting professors give guest lectures and— Are you choking, Charlie? What? Not what you’re looking for? Not at all? Then maybe I could…uh…”

 

Oh, hello everyone! I’m Rebekkah Green, Vegetarian Detective. Please call me Becki. I assume you all know what a sweetie Charlie Kerrian is. Today he’s been so kind as to invite me to guest here on his blog. Thank you, Charlie, and I’m so pleased to meet you all.

 

The timing of this invitation couldn’t be more perfect because A Purse to Die For—the very first mystery novel in which I’m the loyal sidekick—is one year old this month. It’s something I really want to celebrate with you! Because, you see, you’ve already given me the very best present I could ask for: publisher Imajin Books confirmed that A Purse to Die For is a best-seller. Thank you very, very much.

 

So what can I bring to the party? Something I can share with you all in gratitude? I’m thinking…what’s a party without food? How about I bring my famous 100% veggie Brownies?

 

“Charlie, don’t worry, there’s not a speck of broccoli in them. I was just joking. All desserts are vegetarian.”

 

There, a single lit candle on top of my virtual Brownies…I’m making a wish…that I meet you again when you pop in sometime at www.vegetariandetective.blogspot.com.

 

♥ Becki

Becki Green’s Brownies

 

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Recipe type: Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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Serves: 16
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2-1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1-1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • icing sugar
  • melted butter for parchment paper
Instructions
  1. Line a 9" X 13" baking pan with parchment paper, and brush with melted butter.
  2. Preheat oven to 350º F.
  3. In a large pot, on low heat, and watching carefully, melt together the butter and chocolate.
  4. Remove from heat, and stir in the cocoa and sugar.
  5. Add the eggs and vanilla, and beat until smooth.
  6. Fold in the flour and salt.
  7. Fill the prepared pan, smooth the top, and bake for 40 min.
  8. Cool, run a knife around the edges, flip over on a cutting board, turn out, and while the Brownies are upside-down, cut into 16 servings.
  9. Turn each brownie upside-right, and sift icing sugar on top.
 

*Photo of the yummy looking brownie taken by Becki Green at her house. All ours are gone.

 

 

 

 

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