I'd like you to meet Officer Stacey Wilbur, the only female oficer and the head of Vice Squad of the Rocky Bluff Police Department in the beach community of Rocky Bluff. She is a single mom with a little boy, though that's soon to change.
Stacey, being the head of the Vice Squad sounds pretty important.
I'm really the only one on the Vice Squad, but if I need help, another officer will be temporarily assigned.
Tell us about the case you are working on now.
A flasher is exposing himself to women jogging on the beach, and I'm going to act as a decoy to catch the pervert.
That sounds like it could be dangerous. How do you feel about doing it?
I'm not worried. A new hire, an officer with experience in these kinds of cases, is going to be my back-up. What does worry me, though, is the heavy fog that's been hanging around every morning.
I've heard there's something else exciting going on in your life these days. Do you want to tell me about that?
I'm getting married on Saturday, and I have to confess, I'm so excited that I'm having trouble keeping my mind focused on my work.
Who's the lucky man?
Though I vowed I'd never date a police officer, I fell in love with Detective Doug Milligan. We worked on several cases together and well--I don't need to go into detail, but he proposed and we're going to be married. My little boy is almost as happy as I am.
I understand that there is a no-fraternization policy in many police departments.
Thank goodness, that wasn't the case here. Rocky Bluff P.D. is small. We don't have much backing from the city fathers especially when it comes to budget matters. Our chief seems to be happy that the officers he has are loyal and for the most part have stayed with the department and not moved on to higher paying cities. RBPD is like a big family. We work together, we socialize with each other, and we help one another out in a crisis.
Let's get back to the wedding. Do you mind telling me a bit about your plans?
It's going to be small though we're holding it in the Rocky Bluff Community Church. We've only invited family and all of our police department friends. I've picked out a simple but beautiful blue dress. The women of the church are taking care of our reception. I can hardly wait.
Thank you, Stacey, for talking with us today. I know you are busy getting ready for the big day. I wish you luck on catching the flasher and on your upcoming wedding. Congratulations and all the best for your future.
F.M. Meredith, also known as Marilyn Meredith, is the author of nearly thirty published novels. Her latest in the Rocky Bluff P.D. crime series, from Oak Tree Press, is Angel Lost. Marilyn is a member of four chapters of Sisters in Crime, including the internet chapter, Mystery Writers of America, EPIC, and on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America. Visit her website at http://fictionforyou.com and her blog at http://marilynmeredith.blogspot.com for more information on her or any of her books.