cj Sez: Does your city or town have a “Citizens Police
Academy?” If so, I recommend you think about applying for membership…when the
world re-opens its doors.
I applied for Class #21 in Mobile in 2017 and was recently
asked to write a column for the alumni association’s newsletter about why I
took the class. The text of the column follows:
Stating the obvious, there are many reasons why people take
the Mobile Citizens Police Academy course. A desire to support Mobile’s police
force? Check. Someone invited you to come along? Check. Curiosity? Check. If
we’re truthful, curiosity is second, if not first on everyone’s list. The reason
at the top of my list is likely not on yours at any level. Let me explain why.
First, I moved to Mobile after I retired from the auto
industry in Detroit. Why would someone who’d spent almost all of her life in
the cool weather of the near North move to the hellacious heat and humidity of
the Gulf Coast? The age-old answer: I wanted to live closer to grandkids, my born
and bred Mobile all-stars.
Second, my ex-husband was a cop when I worked in the Violation
Bureau of a small city. I later became the court clerk for a municipal judge,
so being around law enforcement and first responders was not a new thing for
me. Knowing what happens in Mobile was a different matter. The procedures and
processes of a police force in another city, another state, and essentially
another culture were not only unfamiliar, they seemed alien.
Which brings me to this: The primary reason I signed up for
the MCPA was because I had become a published author. I write thriller/suspense
novels under the pen name of cj petterson and was planning a new novel set on
the Gulf Coast. Because my cop/law experiences dated back to the 1970s, I
needed a refresher on police work. I intended the MCPA to be my primary
That turned out to be a perfect idea. I met marvelous
people, had a wonderful time learning and researching, was inspired to keep
working on new stories, and opted to join the Alumni Association because it is
such a worthwhile organization. It’s my honor to support their wonderful
Promote and enhance the relationship between the Community
and the Mobile Police Department.
Since my graduation from the Mobile Citizens Police Academy,
I have participated in community outreach programs offered by the Mobile Fire
and Rescue Department and by the local Federal Bureau of Investigation office.
They were exciting experiences for this Jane-Q citizen and marvelous research
opportunities for this writer.
My thriller/suspense novel, DEATH ON THE YAMPA, LAUNCHED on May 30!
Find out where you can grab the eBook copy of your next new adventure here:
THE DAWGSTAR, another thriller/suspense novel, is now available as an eBook and in paperback!
The story is a Jane Bond-ish read with a touch of romance. Paperback is available on Amazon.(Amazon Buy Now )
P.S. TO ORDER my
autographed books or any book of your choice on-line and support an indie
bookstore, contact The Haunted Bookshop here: https://www.thehauntedbookshopmobile.com/contact-us
The store has re-opened to limited hours (and they have an
awesome bookstore kitty, Mr. Bingley), so if you’re in the Mobile area, you can
stop and shop, too.