Cops and Writers Podcast

056 Policing In The U.K. With West Midlands Police Sergeant And Author Ralph Kern

February 27, 2022 Patrick O'Donnell / Ralph kern Episode 56
Cops and Writers Podcast
056 Policing In The U.K. With West Midlands Police Sergeant And Author Ralph Kern
Show Notes

Today’s episode takes us over the pond to England where I chat with West Midlands Police Sergeant and author, Ralph Kern. 

Ralph Kern is a sergeant in the UK’s West Midlands Police. He has spent his sixteen years of service policing one of the most challenging areas in Britain in various roles. He’s also an author. While focusing on science fiction and techno-thrillers, his experiences and dealing with the pace and dangers of modern policing translates into his work.

 In today’s episode we discuss:

·      How Ralph went from studying aerospace engineering to becoming a police officer.

·      What the requirements, training, and equipment look like for a new constable in the West Midlands Police Department looks like.

·      How local police departments communicate or don’t communicate and work together trying to solve cases.

·      When an armed response unit, K-9, and motorcycle units are called into service and who summons them. 

·      Ranks and career paths in the West Midlands Police Department. 

·      Ralph takes us through a homicide scene including who does what and why.

·      The arrest process and when a lawyer/solicitor is summoned to an interrogation.

·      We chat about Ralph's successful author career writing science fiction blending elements of crime fiction into his stories.  

 All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.

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