BLOOD on the POTOMAC
Joseph J. Albert
Copyright 2012 by Joseph J. Albert
Murder is a heartless crime one person executes on another. With all the modern equipment our law enforcement agencies have at their disposal, you would think that this crime would be useless to commit. It seems, though, that the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C., is the murder capital of the United States. With so much bloodshed on the capital’s streets, you would think the District of Columbia was a combat zone, not one of the nation’s beautiful cities. This is the chief reason why the homicide division of the Washington, D.C. police department is one of the busiest in the country. You earn your money on this force.
The homicide department, located on the second floor at police headquarters, is composed of ten working detectives, four lieutenants, one department captain, and a dozen clerical service workers. The team of Ciminelli and Hannigan is one of the best in the whole department. Steve Ciminelli, a Yankee from Boston who joined the D.C. force after serving three years as an Air Force special cop at Andrews Air Force Base, is a veteran with nine years on the force, with the last three as a homicide detective. He earned his promotion the hard way—by hard work on the job.
Linda Hannigan is a second-generation police officer on the Washington force. Her father was a cop, her uncle was a cop, and her two brothers now serve in the Secret Service and FBI, respectively. She became a detective in four years, and many of her male co-workers resent her ability to achieve her rank so fast. Every day she must fight wise-ass sexual remarks made by her colleagues, but she handles them in an expert manner.
The squad room is always active, with people working at their desks or hurrying to other destinations in the building. The captain doesn’t like to see anyone stand too long near the water fountain or have more than two cups of coffee. He believes that with all the workloads our department has to deal with, no one has the luxury to be idle unless he or she is out of his sight.