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Please dont take this as a hate post, as it is not, I am very pro police and hope to become one someday. All I want to say is please. Please. PLEASE. Get a ride if you have been out drinking. I know the badge Grant's some leniency when it comes to certain things but; I recently learned that one of my friends, who was a CO, was just indicted on vehicular manslaughter charges on top of DUI. I'm not trying to be a dick in any way but; I know the profession enjoys their share of refreshments after work or on vacation please find another ride. It's not worth your, or somebody else's life.
I’m writing a story and would like to pick the brains of anyone who would know about realistic conditions from a point of appx 30 years ago.
So all questions are in this context. The year might not make any difference, but I wanted to mention it in case it does. I hope that’s okay to post these here. I figured I might get a more accurate response than if I posted to /writeresearch
If you happen to know answers to any of those below, would appreciate your input. I’m just an amateur writer, but I still want to make sure my settings are correct as possible.
If you are a detective and you are going out of your jurisdiction out-of-state, being helped on your case by local law enforcement going with you to interview people, would you carry your own gun on you, back then?
What would be the most likely backup gun to carry back then?
Did FBI agents of the time tend to carry backup guns? Were there policies that prohibited that?
In the United States, how were uniformed police officers generally referred to by detectives working in medium or large city police departments when talking to each other informaly? Unis, uniforms, blues? Or was there another term that you don’t see used much anymore?
One of my supporting characters is a lieutenant who is in charge of a shift. But he’s a bit of a legend as he had the highest clearance rate before he became an administrator. Because the case in the story is extremely high profile, he’s been made to be in charge of the case, expecting him to be more hand’s on again, as well as oversee people. I made a point that it’s not typical but he’s the one that shows up and walks the scene and takes notes, and then also works by assigning people to various tasks — Is that realistic to have someone that was promoted step in and be more hands on, because of the nature of a case? Or would that just not happen because it’s not appropriate for someone of his rank?
I’m assuming that pagers were more common for detectives back then than portable phones? Is that an accurate assumption?