Name Check

Reasons to do your research

Today is the first day of NaNoWriMo, for those who don’t recognise this, it stands for National Novel Writing Month, it’s an American initiative to get people writing. I’ve been taking part most years since I heard about it in 2013.

I’m writing ‘Scenes in My Head’, in other words, any scene from any of the books currently jostling for a place in my brain. The particular scene I’m writing today is from a police procedural. And in this scene, the lead investigator gets a call from another force.

The force in question covers Kent. As I grew up in Kent, I know that it was always called the KCC, the Kent County Constabulary. So that’s what I wrote. I also know that their headquarters is in the center of Maidstone.

Turns out, I don’t know much.

Kent County Constabulary did have its headquarters in the centre of Maidstone, but now they’ve moved to the North Kent Police Station, which is actually in Gravesend.

They also aren’t called Kent County Constabulary anymore either. Although they do hold the distinction of having been the last force to have kept the word ‘county’ in their name, in 2002, they changed their name to Kent Police.

It’s also interesting to note that Kent Police are, as far as I can tell, the only ones with a station on foreign soil, as they have a station in Coquelles, France

They were also the first force to have a black chief constable, Michael Fuller – 5 January 2004 to 16 February 2010, who also happens to have written a book, “Kill the Black One Fist“, which might interest some of you.

So, the moral of the story is – do your research, and check your facts, even the facts you absolutely KNOW you know.

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