The Graveyard Shift Blog

Since 2008, Lee Lofland has written over 2000 articles on his blog, The Graveyard Shift. Topics such as police procedure, forensics, criminal behavior, and what it’s like to be a cop has helped countless numbers of popular and aspiring writers.

His life’s mission – to remind writers that cordite is dead and gone. Just say no to cordite in your books!

Deputy Scot Peterson: Coward of Broward County?

"Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation." ~ Homeland SecurityMuch…

Friday's Heroes: Remembering the Fallen

Corporal Mujahid Ramzziddin, 51Prince George's County Maryland Police DepartmentFebruary 21, 2018 - Corporal Mujahid Ramzziddin was shot and killed while attempting to protect a female who was being attacked by a shotgun-wielding man.Corporal…

School Shootings: Spontaneous Acts or Planned Assaults?

School shootings are rarely sudden and spontaneous acts. While the time between the attack and the onset of the plan may be short, there is usually a period of planning that could afford law enforcement time to act and prevent the incident.…

5 Things a Police Officer Should Do ... ALWAYS

Working as a police officer extremely intense. It’s tough. It’s mentally and physically challenging.During the course of a typical shift, officers meet many people while responding to various calls and while working a variety of assignmentsWhile…
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5 Things a Police Officer Should NEVER Do

Police officer academy training is extremely intense. It's tough. It's mentally and physically challenging.During the course of basic training, officers are taught many topics, tactics, and techniques.Academy instructors advise recruits…

What Did ‘Too Big to Fail’ Really Mean?

It meant a bunch of greedy banks did too much borrowing and had too little capital until they were all about to collapse and the government bailed them out because Congress only cares about the fat-cat friends who make campaign contributions,…

2018 Writers' Police Academy: An Exciting Video, a FREE $500 Registration Prize ... Say WHAT?

Tomorrow at noon (EST). Set your watches, timers, clocks, and all other reminder-type devices because registration to the 10th annual Writers' Police Academy is scheduled to go live at that precise moment (12 noon EST).Be ready to sign up…

Friday's Heroes: Remembering the Fallen

Officer Chase Maddox, 26Locust Grove Georgia Police DepartmentFebruary 9, 2018 - Officer Chase Maddox was shot and killed while assisting deputies serve an arrest warrant. Two deputies were also wounded during the gunfire.Officer…

Gun Laws and Control ... again

This is a repeat post. One I keep on speed dial due to the frequent need to pass along the information. Here goes … Gun Laws and Control ... again There is an on-going discussion in the U.S. regarding gun control and the need for more laws…

2018 Writers' Police Academy: An Exciting Video Preview

Seeing is believing and the hands-on training offered at the 2018 Writers' Police Academy is second to none. It's thrilling, heart-pounding, and a ton of fun! Add a mind-blowing new level of realism to your writing. #2018WPARegistration…
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6 Ways to Enhance the Shooting Skills of Your Protagonists

Using a .38 to shoot a gun from the hand of a bank robber from a distance of eight miles away is not realistic. For that matter, neither is shooting anything from a bad guy's hand at practically any distance, but that's for another blog article.…

2018 Writers' Police Academy Workshop Descriptions ... AMAZING!!

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the Writers' Police Academy and the event is nothing short of AMAZING! As in OMG A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.! Believe me when I say this is THE year to attend. Registration opens at noon (EST) on February 18, 2018. Please…

Crime Writers' Dictionary: Gabaloo to Hydrant Humper

"Get small, Spanky, Jr., here comes a ghetto bird!"Not familiar with the terminology? No problem. Here's G through H from our handy-dandy, mini crime writer's dictionary.G.Gabaloo - a real dumbass who believes he's heaven's gift…

Friday's Heroes: Remembering the Fallen

Deputy Sheriff Micah Flick, 34El Paso County Colorado Sheriff's OfficeFebruary 5, 2018 - Deputy Sheriff Micah Flick was shot and killed during a struggle with a suspect involved in an auto theft investigation. During the attempted…
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The Exclusionary Rule and Fruit of the Poisonous Tree

The Exclusionary Rule keeps police officers in check while conducting searches. It prevents prosecutors from presenting illegally obtained evidence.The rule states that any evidence siezed during an improper search cannot be used, no matter…
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Kratom, the Legal Opium?

Kratom, a tree native to southeast Asia---Thailand and Malaysia---can reach towering heights of 50 feet, or more. Its trunk, when fully grown, is an impressive 15 feet in diameter. Its leaves, well, the chemical compounds in kratom leaves behave…

No Double-Dipping: Developing Latent Prints on Difficult Surfaces

Processing fingerprints is not alway a simple matter of dipping a brush in a bottle of black powder and then dusting the walls of the homes of notorious bad guys, such as the charming abode of tough guy Ima Stuffstealer.For example, here…

Pre-Search Warrant: What's in Your Drawers?

We all love those scenes in our favorite cop shows where the hero decides there's a piece of much-needed evidence in the bad guy's house, so he merely kicks in the door and goes in to get it. TV heroes do this at least once per episode.Well,…