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So my Amazon package arrived at about 2pm.

And okay, I am an idiot because I spent too much money (but BOOKS! I've tried Kindle (or at least the free PC download version) and I hate it not least beause it's a lot harder to have three or four books on the go at once and cross-referencing non-fiction is an absolute BITCH) BUT

Oh the books!

Most especially The Crime Writer's Guide to Police Practice and Procedure by Michael O'Byrne (formerly of the Met, NSY, Surrey, Thames Valley and Bedforshire, ending his career as a Chief Constable). It's less than £10 and if you plan on writing Sherlock case-fic (or Law & Order: UK or other UK-based crime/drama fic) it is INCREDIBLE.

I've only skimmed so far but by giving details on so much - including comparisons with American procedure/law where it is very different - especially murder enquiry structures and investigation details, it's not only a wealth of information, but keeps suggesting fic ideas to me, or at least things which might be included.

One of my favourite things is that the main police inteligence and evidence database is called HOLMES - Home Office Lare and Major Enquiry System. Mycroft, your megalomania is showing! ;D


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Feb. 26th, 2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I'm definitely going to look that up. It sounds fantastic!
Feb. 27th, 2013 05:14 am (UTC)
I know! It's not a big thick tome, but it does name certain laws under which the police operate (like PACE) and give details of crime novels and websites as next places to go.

And stuff like: "In England and Wales... evidence is considered on its own merits and the issue of how it was obtained is usually regarded as irrelevant."(p. 37) To me, British, but familiar with US procedural shows like Law and Order or CSI, this came as a surprise. So vital enough evidence won't be thrown out "just" because Sherlock was less than meticulous in his procedure?

Also, I know that as a DI, Lestrade would be... well, not the top rung. It's interesting to read what a DI *would* actually be in charge of and what decision making powers he has and what goes to the DCI or DSI (D/Supt).

There's only a short section on the CPS, which I know is what you really want to know about, but it does list a lot of the laws (Criminal Justice Act, Criminal Procedures and Investigations Act etc etc) so it's a start.
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