Today was probably the safest Sisters in Crime meeting around. The day was police officers and one fireman. The afternoon was about arson investigation. Did you know arson is a legal term? The firemen use, “Human induced fire.” Arson can only be used, when the police are investigating.
I was curious about types of arsonists. They think and the books they use state, there’s no such thing as a professional arsonist. It’s an easy crime to commit. Most arsonists enjoy the act of the fire and blot out all else. (I am being general). I’ve read other things about arson, but want to read the books they mentioned.
The morning session was on Hostage Negotiation The speaker was Sgt. Ericka Stropka Sgt. Tucson Police Department. For this, everything she spoke about, I kept thinking of questions. I’m glad I was able to offer information on cell phones, because I work with them. Bad habit when hostage takers stream on Facebook what they are doing. You want to be able to slow the streaming on the phone down, to cut down on the publicity for the bad guy. She reminds of an old friend of mine, but shorter, shorter hair and a gun.
I felt her flak jacket. To me not heavy, but on a hot Tucson day, all that equipment?
Most of us understand how delicate hostage negotiating is. Sgt. Stropka shared a case, where the barricaded person committed suicide. She only found out later, the victims father was nearby and had prevented him from killing himself before. The mother said she would be relieved if he did it. The moral of this story is you need to have as much intelligence as possible. If they had known about the father, they would’ve used a male negotiator.
On a case, where she shared the audio, you could hear how she spoke with the hostage taker, showing empathy. She is a very good speaker, (was a communications major at Arizona State University). I look forward to speaking with her further and asking questions.