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SueA9378 from Long Island, New York, USA is reading Always Something New by Indie Authors April 9, 2017 - 5:10pm

I've been using Google and looking at some books on Amazon but I'd like to know if anyone has any tips or suggestions on where I might find good resources about Police Investigation Procedures? Books, websites, message boards, etc. 

I've been reading some of the reviews on these books on Amazon and they seem like good books but has anyone heard of them or do you have another suggestion for something I can read up on this subject? 

Howdunit Book of Police Procedure and Investigation: A Guide for Writers by Lee Lofland <This one seems like the best as far as reviews go.

The Crime Writer's Guide to Police Practice and Procedure (Paperback) 2nd Edition by Michael O'Byrne

Forensics and Fiction: Clever, Intriguing, and Downright Odd Questions from Crime Writers by D. P. Lyle M.D.

Thank you for any help or ideas! 

As a side note: I'm doing this 30 novel writing thing from a book I bought years ago and never actually used called "No Plot? No Problem! A low-stress, high-velocity guide to writing a novel in 30 days" by Chris Baty. I get a week to research and then just write using the prompts in the book. Since joining here I've actually gotten two short stories down, not ready for publishing because I want to let them sit a little before editing but I'm feeling fairly creative lately so I'd like to give this a try. 

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OtterMan from New Jersey, near Philadelphia USA is reading Ringworlds Children April 11, 2017 - 12:37pm

Contact a local police agency and see if they do citizen ride alongs. Many do and it would be a good opportunity to pick a brain or two under real world conditions.

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SueA9378 from Long Island, New York, USA is reading Always Something New by Indie Authors April 12, 2017 - 6:01am

@OtterMan, thank you, that's an excellent idea. 

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated April 15, 2017 - 4:34pm

Textbook for criminal justice majors maybe?

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Austin James from Northern Utah is reading various bizarre stories and anthologies April 26, 2017 - 6:01am

I'm guessing you've already looked through the great list of craft essays available on this site, but if not Repo Kempt has multiple essays about writing realistic crime scenes.  Worth a look!

 

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V.R.Stone from London is reading Savages by Don Winslow April 27, 2017 - 2:12am

I use the Michael O'Byrne book, but it's British so deals with our procedures.

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SueA9378 from Long Island, New York, USA is reading Always Something New by Indie Authors April 30, 2017 - 8:15am

Thank you, everyone!