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Old 08-22-2019, 10:37 AM   #1
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Hey all,

Hopefully someone here will know the answer to this. I want to speak with someone at the LAPD about how detectives go about investigating a kidnapping. I want to make sure I understand their procedure as best as I can. Isn't there a department that handles inquiries from writers? I'm asking in regard to the LAPD, not any other department. Also, same question for the FBI. I'd like to get their POV as well.

Thanks!
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Old 08-22-2019, 01:00 PM   #2
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For the FBI, I'd contact their Office of Public Affairs. Try the LA office first, before HQ. A public information officer will get you to the right person.
For information regarding FBI Los Angeles' outreach, recruiting, and community events, to include speaker requests, please call (310) 477-6565 and ask for the Office of Public and Congressional Affairs (OPCA) or email LA_OPCA@fbi.gov.
Hope this helps.

Although you should be aware that the FBI's entertainment liaison office--called the Investigative Publicity and Public Affairs Unit--keeps a database of requests from the entertainment industry.

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Old 08-23-2019, 03:02 PM   #3
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https://www.wga.org/writers-room/on-...ask-the-expert
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Old 08-23-2019, 03:09 PM   #4
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I'd start by asking your agent if they have consultants at both places. I've only been with CAA, but they did have people who were in their database for this exact purpose (consultants). Maybe your agency does as well.

Otherwise, I just call whomever and go through proper channels. I've never NOT gotten to the person I wanted to sit down with this way.
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Old 08-26-2019, 10:18 AM   #5
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Benefits of small town living': I'm taking the chief of police and a friend of hers who's been an investigator and a parole officer out for happy hours tacos later this week so I can get drill them for intel for a story I'm working on
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Old 09-12-2019, 03:07 PM   #6
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Hey all,

Hopefully someone here will know the answer to this. I want to speak with someone at the LAPD about how detectives go about investigating a kidnapping. I want to make sure I understand their procedure as best as I can. Isn't there a department that handles inquiries from writers? I'm asking in regard to the LAPD, not any other department. Also, same question for the FBI. I'd like to get their POV as well.

Thanks!
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Old 09-16-2019, 02:57 PM   #7
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Oh... Why did I not think of this earlier?

Your manager's partner is good friends with an ex-LAPD-homicide cop turned screenwriter (you know who I'm talking about, yeah?). I'd maybe ask him to put you in touch with someone.

Or maybe you're all set already...
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Old 09-16-2019, 03:05 PM   #8
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Oh... Why did I not think of this earlier?

Your manager's partner is good friends with an ex-LAPD-homicide cop turned screenwriter (you know who I'm talking about, yeah?). I'd maybe ask him to put you in touch with someone.

Or maybe you're all set already...
I am all set with this, but that's great to know. Thanks!
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Old 09-16-2019, 03:57 PM   #9
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I am all set with this, but that's great to know. Thanks!
Cool. You got it, man. Glad you're all set!
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