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In quite a few of my books and WIPs, police stations are common settings. I may not vividly describe them and you don’t have to either. But if your characters go to a police station or if you’re writing a thriller/mystery with cops/detectives, this post will tell you about a few places in a police station you can write about.
*Some stations in smaller areas may not have all of this and may need to rely on bigger stations elsewhere for aid.
1. Dispatch Room
This is where dispatchers work with computers and radio consoles to radio police officers. Calls for emergencies and non-emergencies come into this room and dispatchers relay information to officers about situations they need to respond to.
2. Records and Property Room
A records/property room is a secure storage area where old, new, and unsolved case files are kept as well as evidence. A technician is in charge of managing all the submitted property (evidence) by packaging, cataloging, and storing them.
3. Jail Cell
Every police station is equipped with jail cells (holding cells) to house prisoners for a short time before they are sent to larger jails or are bonded out. The jail portion of the station is made up of several barred cells. Typically there’s a bunk bed with a thin mattress, a blanket and pillow, as well as a toilet and sink in the other corner.
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4. Crime Lab
Crime labs have a few different parts to them. There’s the biology/trace evidence section that analyzes samplings and swabs such as body fluid (semen, saliva, blood). The drug/chemistry section tests controlled substances, and the firearms section examines bullets and firearms to see if they were involved in specific crimes. The identification/latent print section collects fingerprints, and the photography/imaging section processes photos.
*Crime labs can do more than what I listed here.
5. Interrogation Room
The interrogation room is where persons of interest are questioned. There’s usually a single table and two chairs inside an interrogation room. Most have one-way windows/mirrors with police officers/detectives on the other side who watch the interrogation and the suspect.
See: Writing About: Interrogations
A bullpen is a large space of offices or cubicles where detectives and cops work on cases and do paperwork.
7. Waiting Area
This is a big space near the front entrance with chairs were civilians wait to speak to police officers, like hospital waiting rooms.
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8. Information Desk
A front/information desk is the first thing you see when you enter a police station. A police officer or other employee will be here to assist anyone with questions.
9. Locker Room
In a locker room you’ll find lockers assigned to police officers where they store their clothing, shoes, and personal hygiene products. There are also showers.
10. Conference Room
This is where all the police officers on shift go if the police commissioner or Chief of Police need to debrief them about something.
FYI: On top of these places, there’s also a garage, a gun range where police officers practice shooting, and booking rooms where prisoners are searched, photographed, and are read their rights before being led to a cell.
For a visual map of a police station go HERE. http://visual.merriam-webster.com/society/safety/crime-prevention/police-station.php#locker-room32072
QUESTION: Have you ever been in a police station?
The rules for accepting the award are:
1. Thank and post the link of the person who nominated you.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself to your readers.
3. Nominate 10-20 blogs and notify them.
4. Pass on the rules.
Thank you so much, Lori L. MacLaughlin, for nominating me for this award. I think being known as a creative blogger is so far the best title out of all the awards I've received.
I recently shared 20 random facts about myself and I don't want to repeat myself, so how about 5 lies instead?
1. I never sucked my thumb as a child.
2. My shoe size is 9.
3. I love heights.
4. Lizards are awesome!
5. And I am standing right behind you. BOO!
1. J.H. Moncrieff - Her posts are always spooky and awesome.
2. Pat Hatt - You can't get anymore creative than with his rhymes. Although I don't think he accepted awards. Oh well, he's nominated anyway.
3. Patricia Lynne - The titles of her posts are creative just by themselves!
4. Michael G D'Agostino - His blog is full of shenanigans and fun.
5. Susan Flett Swiderski - She blogs just about anything and includes a thought for the day.
6. Sage at Sage Covered Hills - He shares his paddling adventures with us.
7. Yvonne Lewis - She shares details about her life in the form of poetry.
8. Jeffrey A Scott - Do you like to rant? Than Jeffrey's blog is what you're looking for.
9. Annalisa Crawford - She often shares smart and intriguing flash fiction.
10. Jay Noel - His posts always interest me. Whether he's talking about writing or mythology.
To be fair, I picked people I've never picked before (which was hard because there were a couple of bloggers I thought of for this award who received another from me) and made sure to do half men/half women.
Bye for now! :)