NEW 9JA STORY : CAHILL [EP 40] || written by SENORLONGO

PREVIOUSLY ON CH 39 EP 40 Chief of Police is an administrative job that involves entirely too much paper. Some days I must have signed my name two hundred times at a minimum. Thank God I had Lucy to help with my stress. Unfortunately, she had a difficult pregnancy—experiencing morning sickness almost every day during her second trimester. I told her this was it—no more kids; I hated seeing her suffer so much, but she just laughed it off. “This is an annoyance, but Dr. Murphy says that I’m healthy…

NEW 9JA STORY : CAHILL [EP 39] || written by SENORLONGO

PREVIOUSLY ON CH 38 EP 39 The rest of the conference was pretty much what I expected. There were lectures on new scientific techniques and panel discussions on common problems like getting sufficient funding for equipment. I did appreciate one session on federal grants since that was something totally new for me. Mostly, I enjoyed the vendors’ booths and displays. I went through them with Paul while Lucy spent time in the expensive shops with Max. Only once had a clerk objected to his presence by grabbing Lucy’s arm, something…

NEW 9JA STORY : CAHILL [EP 38] || written by SENORLONGO

PREVIOUSLY ON CH 37 EP 38 The Memphis Police Academy takes twenty-two weeks to complete so the graduates would be ready to join the force only three weeks before the conference. I spent a lot of time with Daryl, Dan, and D’Anthony—a lieutenant I had hired away from Nashville—to review who we wanted to serve as training officers. And what shifts to use them on. All officers would eventually work every shift, changing every month. Despite a quality experience at the Police Academy new recruits still had a lot to…

NEW 9JA STORY : CAHILL [EP 37] || written by SENORLONGO

PREVIOUSLY ON CH 36 EP 37 Paul met me outside the Memphis Police Academy entrance with a strong handshake and a hug. We walked together with Max into the building and out the back door to a small grandstand where we watched as candidates took their turns at what I always called the “shooting gallery” in which figures appear suddenly in doorways and windows and the cadet has to decide to shoot or not based on an instant’s recognition.

NEW 9JA STORY : CAHILL [EP 36] || written by SENORLONGO

PREVIOUSLY ON CH 35 EP 36 The next six weeks were calm and as relaxed as police work could be. Almost all of our current officers had met the performance standards I’d set, even the marksmanship. Those who hadn’t had decided to retire. They were all older men with twenty or more years of service. Then, on a Monday morning, Paul McCormick phoned. “Matt, how’d you like to see how your students are doing in the Academy?”

NEW 9JA STORY : CAHILL [EP 35] || written by SENORLONGO

PREVIOUSLY ON CH 34 EP 35 We’d told our guests to come around 4:00 for dinner at 6:30 so, of course, Daryl and Jasmine came at 4:15 and Dan and Marie a few minutes later with Lucy’s parents last at almost 4:45. I wondered silently how they’d feel if we made our announcement before they arrived. Jonathan was suitably contrite when they arrived. “I am so sorry, Lucille. Your mother was moving like mud going uphill.”

NEW 9JA STORY : CAHILL [EP 34] || written by SENORLONGO

PREVIOUSLY ON CH 33 EP 34 I was in an important meeting with Daryl and Dan Powell to review the budget requests Monday morning. I wanted their input to ensure that I hadn’t missed anything so, of course, they found six issues that I had completely missed. Dan also suggested an alternative vehicle replacement system that might be cheaper but more effective than the one I had proposed. I decided that I’d hold that in reserve in case the City Council balked at my plan or if they wanted me…

NEW 9JA STORY : CAHILL [EP 33] || written by SENORLONGO

PREVIOUSLY ON CH 32 EP 33 We didn’t do much on Saturday, but I did take two phone calls from the County. The first was from the crime tech’s to tell me that their report would indicate that I shot out of necessity to save a life. The second was from the medical examiner. That came in the late afternoon. He told me that analysis of Sean Dugan’s blood showed he was a chronic abuser of drugs and that he had enough meth in his blood to fry anyone’s brain.…

NEW 9JA STORY : CAHILL [EP 32] || written by SENORLONGO

PREVIOUSLY ON CH 31 EP 32 I sped up to the cross street where George had his menswear shop, skidding to a halt just before the intersection. I opened the hatchback and carefully donned my vest, making sure that my Colt Python was easily accessible then I grabbed the heavy gun case and trotted down the block. I was pleased to learn that day shift officers had blockaded the street and removed any residents from the apartments above the stores. That was especially important above George’s shop.