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Writer's Detective Bureau

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The Writer's Detective Bureau is a podcast hosted by veteran Police Detective Adam Richardson. Adam answers questions about criminal investigation and police work posed by crime-fiction authors and screenwriters writing crime-related stories. To submit a question, visit https://www.writersdetective… read more

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Inmate Testimony, Drug Labs, and Drone Flights

January 31st, 2021


Adam talks about transporting an inmate from federal custody to testify in state court, creating realistic clandestine drug lab scenes, and the realities of cops using drones for an aerial search.

FlowersAndForensics, Seeing the Judge, and Knock & Notice

January 12th, 2020


Adam gives you a tip on a great new forensic science resource and answers questions about getting a warrant signed by a judge and the realities of knock and notice. Transcript available at

Items in Evidence, Assessing Urgency, and Police Radio Encryption

January 5th, 2020


Adam talks about whether a search warrant is needed to seize evidence from another police agency’s evidence room, assessing urgency, and the …

One Free Phone Call from Jail, Video Evidence, and Inmate Release Notifications

January 3rd, 2020


Adam answers your questions about: your one free phone call from jail, obtaining video evidence, and notifying victims of an offender’s release from custody. Transcript available at

Transgender Protagonists, Inside Man, and Romance Undercover

December 16th, 2019


Adam answers your questions about: how human resources at a police department would handle confidentiality of a transgender

employee, poking plot …

Boot, Deconfliction, and Pending Further Leads

December 1st, 2019


Adam talks about being on field training as a trainee police officer, how inter-agency deconfliction works for narcotics investigations, and what …

Justified Shootings, FBI Arrests, and Calling for Back-Up

November 24th, 2019


Adam answers your questions about: an investigation into a justified shooting, where FBI books their arrestees, and calling for back-up. A transcript is available at

20BooksVegas, POIs and UNSUBs, and Wiretap Technicalities

November 17th, 2019


Adam talks about the 20BooksVegas conference and answers questions about police acronyms and slang like POI and UNSUB, as well as the more technical …

Hate Crimes, Proactive Investigations, and Island Time of Death

November 10th, 2019


Adam answers your questions about what constitutes a hate crime, how to use search warrants in a proactive investigation where a crime hasn’t occurred yet, and death investigations in paradise. Transcript and show-notes …

SMEs, Red Dot Lasers, and Approaching Suspects

November 2nd, 2019


Adam answers your questions about the role subject matter experts play in an investigation, the real purpose behind those red dot lasers sights for …

The Ripoff Episode

October 26th, 2019


This short episode covers burglary investigations. Transcript available at

Preptober, FBI Consultants, and SWAT Standoffs

October 19th, 2019


This week I’m talking about preparation for NaNoWriMo, the State of the Bureau, creating an FBI Consultant as a character, and the role of a hostage …

Inside a Crime Scene, Search Warrant Limitations, and Criminal Appeals

October 13th, 2019


Adam covers what it really feels like inside a crime scene, the limits of a search warrant, and some clarification on cold cases and criminal …

Ruses, Brought In For Questioning, and Recording Gaps

October 6th, 2019


Adam answers writers' questions about when cops ARE allowed to lie, what it really means when you’re brought in for questioning, and what happens when there are gaps in the recording of an interrogation. Transcript: …

Firearms Qualifications, Exceptional Means, and OODA Loops

September 28th, 2019


Adam talks about firearms qualifications for police officers, when your suspect is terminally ill, and what the heck OODA means. Transcript …

Bad Cops, Romantic Complications, and Interview Rapport

September 22nd, 2019


Adam talks about how to write about bad cops, romantic complications between a detective and a victim, and some hack for building rapport during an interview. Transcript: 

Detective Character Career Path and Multi-jurisdictional Murder Investigations - 001

July 28th, 2018


Welcome to the first episode of the Writer's Detective Bureau, a podcast by veteran Police Detective Adam Richardson. Adam answers questions about …

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