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COPS AND WRITERS

Technical consultant for crime and police procedure authors and screenwriters.

Welcome to my website. I'm a professional author and a police sergeant in one of the largest cities in the United States.  I believe I have a unique insight to help you write more authentic and accurate crime stories. Below is the first book in the Cops and Writers series.

 

COPS AND WRITERS

FROM THE ACADEMY TO THE STREET

May 17, 2019

Cops and Writers is your all-in-one reference guide for giving your novel or screenplay much-needed street cred. If you like candid stories told with cop humor, technical details, and peering into the minds of those who serve and protect, then you’ll love Sergeant Patrick O’Donnell’s must-have handbook for crime fiction writers.

 
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A BIT ABOUT ME

My Story

     Looking to add an authentic edge to your crime fiction? Ride along with me, a real-life sergeant to give your story the accuracy your readers crave. 

     My name is Patrick O’Donnell, and I’ve been with a large metropolitan police department for the last twenty-four years, seventeen of those as a street sergeant. That means I’ve been a supervisor on the street for the bulk of my career. The city I work in has a population of about 600,000 people who are policed by about 1,800 sworn members, give or take a few hundred.

     I’m also an author of fiction and non-fiction books. I do understand the unique author point of view and can see through your writer's eyes.

     Ride along with me, Sergeant O'Donnell for the law enforcement details that will give your story street cred.

       

 

TESTIMONIALS

Sonja J Day

I had zero experience or connections with law enforcement and hit walls when asking for help from local departments. Then, I connected with Patrick. He helped me sort through procedures and scenarios, and he leant his advice on what outdated situations could still slide through with a modicum of realism. He had insight into how the police force would interact with other agencies. He brainstormed with me about ways to get specific help from local departments, recommended resources to delve deeper, and even provided some advice about an Irish character with roots in the Northern conflict. It's fair to say that, without his help, my story would possess the authenticity of a cheesy '80s cop show.

 

I offer a full consultation of your crime story manuscript.

This includes a full read-through of your manuscript for police procedure accuracy. I will give you suggestions on how to correct anything that may not be accurate and offer alternatives to your story.

This service includes a one-on-one video consultation. 

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VIDEO TESTIMONIALS

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