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Mean Streets, Mean Memories

It’s that acrid smell that hits you before you even open the car door and you know it’s bad. I would smell it on the occasional Halloween night when kids would burn tires under a highway drainage ditch for effect ...

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A Police Time Capsule, Complete With Mold

Darkness had settled in when I glided to a halt in a dimly lit parking lot next to a large cheaply made building covered in an expensive brick veneer, and I didn’t even realize I was smiling until my lips actually parted into a full grin. more »

Jun 24, 2015 3:47 PM On The Beat

The Modern Scarlet Letter

So the company I work for has taken a new slant on its approach to crime by literally approaching crime. OK, criminals. Whatever the cause of the encounter, they are read a message and given options on a front porch ... more »

Jun 17, 2015 4:11 PM On The Beat

The Sun Also Rises

It was something I hadn’t seen in ages: An unimpeded view of the sunrise. In a simple sense it always reminded me of brightly lit watercolors seeping with subtlety across a gauzy-purplish palette that, at some magical moment I always ... more »

Jun 3, 2015 12:06 PM On The Beat

Why I'm The Worst Cop Ever

So I was brought up in the generation that saw the end of the Cold War (“Google” it, it kept my ol’man busy for 40 years or so and has some interesting highlights) and pre-Columbine High School (“Google” it, it has some interesting ... more »

May 27, 2015 4:47 PM On The Beat 1 Comments

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