Writer's Guide to Government Information

Resources to inject real life detail into your fiction

FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin

FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin – http://www.fbi.gov/stats-services/publications/law-enforcement-bulletin

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • How do police handle hostage situations?
  • How does law enforcement view “sovereign citizens?”
  • Where can I learn more about school violence?


Monthly publication of articles related to law enforcement at the local, state and federal levels. Good for obtaining background. Each December issue has a subject index for that year. Interesting articles published in 2011 included:

  • “Police Corruption: An Analytical Look into Police Ethics,” Rich Martin, May, p. 11.
  • “Searches of Motor Vehicles Incident to Arrest in a Post-Gant World,” Kenneth A. Myers, April, p. 24.
  • “Police Negotiations with War Veterans: Seeing Through the Residual Fog of War,” Douglas Etter, Liane B. McCarthy, and Michael J. Asken, July, p. 1.
  • “Ingesting Poison: Adapting to Exposure to Child Pornography,” Nicole Cruz, October, p. 7
  • “The Hosam Smadi Case: An Example of Success,” Thomas D. Petrowski, Michael W. Howell, David W. Marshall, and Sheeren Zaidi, September, p. 12.
  • “Sovereign Citizens: A Growing Domestic Threat to Law Enforcement,” FBI Counterterrorism Analysis Section, September, p. 20.

The journal appears to have ceased in June 2013. But there is still a lot for writers to mine.


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