By Laurie Lynn Drummond
This riveting debut number of brief fiction approximately girls police officers comes from the author's real–life event as a Baton Rouge police officer. In a completely clean and certain voice, those tales demonstrate the humanity, compassion, humour, tragedy and redemption hidden in the back of the "blue wall." something you assert Can and should Be Used opposed to You centres at the lives of 5 girl cops. every one woman's story–like each one name in a police officer's day–varies in its targeted drama, yet all of the stories remove darkness from the tenuous line among existence and loss of life, violence and regulate, depression and salvation. as the tales come from the author's personal adventure, they open a curtain at the fact in the back of the job–how officials are informed to house the odor of dying, how violence clings to against the law scene lengthy after the crime is dedicated, how the police be certain while to interact in or diffuse violence, why a few humans make it from the academy to the strength and a few do not, and the entire friendships, romances, and dramas that take place alongside the best way. It illuminates not just how officials consider whereas they're in uniform, conserving their weapons, but additionally what they consider once they move domestic and positioned these weapons apart.
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Joe, Beth, Jerry, and me. No security lighting, interior or exterior. The area was black; the humidity enhanced the velvety feel of the night. As we were getting out of our units, laughing softly—we’d been handling calls all night together and were feeling good—something made me focus on a dimple in the texture of the darkness of the cav ernous entrance. You don’t look directly at objects in the dark. For one thing, star ing too hard produces imaginary spots of movement. To locate and evaluate danger you can’t look at it.
If. If. If. I kept talking. He kept staring. His wife continued crying and pacing behind him. Suddenly Sarah was beside me again, her gun drawn, held down the length of her leg so he couldn’t see it. “Portable was breaking up, but backup’s on the way,” she whispered. I nodded. “Sir,” I said, “there are other officers coming and I’d like to settle this quietly, as I’m sure you would. We aren’t here to cause any prob lems. ” He and I stared at each other until something shifted in his eyes, 26 L AU R I E LY N N D R U M M O N D a barely perceptible flicker of minute muscle movements rippled over his face, his lips compressed slightly.
No thirteenth week patrol—you get assigned to an FTO, field training officer, when you graduate and spend four months under careful supervision by someone who’s learned how to train new officers. But in the early 1980s, they threw us to any cop with at least three years’ service who was willing to ride with a raw, eager cadet without a gun—or they’d put you with whomever the Sergeant or Lieutenant was pissed at that week. Some of us ended up with old farts who’d never passed the sergeant’s test and were just working out their time in between stops at relatives’ houses and cof fee shops.
Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You: Stories by Laurie Lynn Drummond