- There must always be a parking spot directly in front of the police station or crime scene.
- When detectives are on a stake out, there must be a light from under the dash illuminating their faces.
- The bad guys must be terrible shots while the good guys are excellent shots.
- All bombs must have a timer or digital clock with bold numbers. This adds suspense to the story. Regardless of the experience or training of the person trying to disarm the bomb, it must come down to two or three wires and the person has no idea which wire to cut. Removing the blasting cap, the C-4 (it must always be military grade C-4), the timer or even resetting the timer is not allowed.
- There must always be liquor in the captain’s (or head detective) office somewhere.
- The detectives must reveal their entire theory of how the crime was committed to the suspect during interrogation.
- When the suspect is finally arrested, he/she must revel their entire diabolical plan.
- Detectives must not wear helmets during a raid.
- Detectives must always use a pen light or flashlight when searching a room and never ever turn on the lights.
- If detectives question a nurse or doctor, the nurse or doctors must provide information in violation of HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).
- When the detectives are racing to arrest the suspect, they are not allowed to call head to the local police to arrest the suspect.
- On TV crime shows every suspect, person of interest and witness must lie.
- When detectives go to a residence to speak to a witness or person of interest and the front door is not locked, that person must be dead.
- Police protocol states that once the crime scene is cordoned off with tape or police, anyone entering the scene must log in and out when they leave. On TV, that never happens. Detectives just duck under the crime scene tape and walk in.
- People entering a crime scene should wear booties, except, of course, on TV.
- Detective must remove a pair of old Playtex gloves from their pocket, probably from the previous crime scene. They must never use a fresh pair from a box.
- TV detectives aren’t usually concerned with the chain of custody of evidence. They must handle evidence like shell casings, handing them to each other.
- Detectives must always be able to outrun any suspect. Now that the unwritten rules of writing crime TV scripts, I hope this helps budding TV Crime script writers. Good luck. For e-books by me, visit http://smashwords.com/profile/view/monteranderson or Amazon.com. Follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/monterandersonFollow my blog at http://monteranderson-author.com or http://monteranderson.wordpress.com
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