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Wednesday, September 22, 2010


Hello all. My name is Margaret.  If you've read my profile you know I was in law enforcement for over twenty years.  The first seven years of my career I chased taillights up and down the Highways of California.  My days with the California Highway Patrol were fun and eye opening.

I left the CHP for undercover work becoming a Special Agent with the California Department of Justice.  Move over Crockett and Tubbs.  My first day with DOJ I was handed state credit cards, a pager, keys to my take home undercover (U/C) vehicle and the office.  I nonchalantly walked, with great inner excitement, outside to check out my new pimped out U/C ride.

The year was 1990 they gave me a POS* (Piece of Sh%t) 1983 big ass ugly car.


Where the hell was my Ferrari?   Hell, Tubbs at least received a classic Cadi.

At that heart sinking moment I realized not only did the CHP recruiters lie to me about getting to use personal water craft and dune buggies during patrol, now I find the DOJ people were also less than honest about my U/C hoop-die and live aboard yacht.  To be honest it wasn't the things it was not getting the alligator that ticked me off.   

Well, I will be around sharing insights into the scary mind of a former female cop.  If you have questions I will do my best to answer them.  I don't promise to answer every question (I do have a life), but I will do my best.

I only have a couple of rules.  Hey it's my blog.

I'm not here to take the hit for your last unfair speeding ticket nor am I here to let you slam the boys and girls working to keep our streets safe.  Life is not fair.  Guess what?  Cops are human. 

So let's all play nice and I won't have to delete you.  They took away my rubber hose when they retired me.


  1. Margaret--so glad to see you here! Looking forward to many lively discussions (minus the rubber hose/deletion factor!).

  2. Margaret, you're too funny. If you have a photo of the 1983 Badass car, you should post it. I'm looking forward to your blog. Ann

  3. Hi Margaret!!! *waving*

    Love your new blog!!! :)

    (I also love exclamation points, does it show? *blush*)

    I'm with Ann... Where's the POS car picture? :)


  4. Margaret!

    Remember Private Benjamin? She thought she'd have a condo in Monterey.

    Great post, m'dear!


  5. Pam, Ann, Lisa and Linda thank-you for dropping by. Being the first to post on my blog you have won the prestigious and highly sought after Immunity From the Hose -

    Mind out of the gutters ladies.

    From this point forward no officer may use a rubber hose on you. With out your written consent.

    For the POS I will look to see if I have any photos of it.

  6. Margaret, what a treat to see more of your writing! Just from this first post, I can tell it's going to be a VERY entertaining (and informative) blog.

    But what do you mean, you have a life? You're NOT on call 24/7 to answer all our questions? Drat! :)

  7. Welcome to the cyber-blogosphere,

    I'm trying to think if I have any blog advice to keep you from going fifty-one fifty: Keep it short and funny crime buster!

    :) Jillian

  8. Welcome to blogging! So happy to see you here.

  9. Laurie, Jillian and HelenKay Thank-you for the warm welcome. I will endeavor to keep it real and me.