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Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You: Stories
Laurie Lynn Drummond  More Info

About the Baton Rouge Police Department

The Baton Rouge Police Department was formally established in 1865, just after the end of the Civil War, with the appointment of the first Chief of Police.  The department is responsible for the enforcement of city ordinances and state laws within the city limits of Baton Rouge, an area encompassing approximately 76 square miles and populated by 228,000 citizens. The Baton Rouge Police Department is authorized to employ 645 sworn officers, 44 communications officers, 34 other specialized police personnel, and 189 civilians, for a maximum allotment of 912 employees. The Chief of Police is appointed by, and reports to, the Mayor. All other police positions are promotional and based on seniority, as mandated by state civil service law. All allotments, budgets and salaries are set by the East Baton Rouge Parish Metropolitan Council. In 2002, the police department’s budget was approximately $46 million.




Laurie Drummond began her police career as a dispatcher in Ithaca, New York.  She moved to Louisiana where she first took an assignment as a plainclothes officer in the crime prevention division of Louisiana State University.  Ultimately, she joined the Baton Rouge Police Department and began working uniformed patrol.  A serious car accident ended Drummond’s police career, but open the door to her writing career. 


Her first book is “Anything You Say Can and Will Be Used Against You: Stories.”  According to Publisher’s Weekly, “Combining Southern grace and urban brutality, ex-cop Drummond debuts with 10 short stories grouped into five blistering fictional portraits of Baton Rouge policewomen. Each lady is tough even without her bulletproof vest, and all are plagued by death and corruption as they undertake the bracing, dehumanizing enforcement of justice.”

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