December 14th, 2007

Police Officers and Christmas Leave

Time: present-day.
Place: Gotham City, which I prefer to think of as a stand-in for Newark, New Jersey, but since the place is fictional, I can be flexible.

I'm writing a Christmas fic, and I'm wondering

1) Approximately what percentage of the police force would be working on Dec 24th-25th? Would it be fewer officers than usual, or normal contingent? (If it varies by shift, that's fine. I just need to know.)

2) Who approves the vacation time? Is it someone in HR? The shift commander?

3) I'm working specifically with Gotham Central, where the commissioner is based. Does the commissioner have any power to approve time off if he chose to? (I'm thinking of having Gordon direct whoever is in charge to approve someone's request because he overheard a conversation in the lunchroom and knows that the officer has a sick family member, for example. Wondering how realistic/feasible this would be.)

I tried Googling: Police Officers vacation, police officers Christmas.
  • Current Mood: creative

police inspectors in the 1950s

My character is a police inspector in New York City in the early to mid-1950s. My google-fu has failed me. I've tried just about everything, up to and including contacting the New York City Police Museum (who hasn't answered me). I've found pay scales, pictures of precinct buildings and cars, details of famous cases and just about anything else, but I cannot find the answer to the one question I have.

What sort of education, if any, would he have? Or experience? What are his credentials? Years on the force? How does he get to that position? I can tell you how much he makes, and what his responsibilities are, but I can't find a thing about getting to an inspector position in that time period.

He grew up in Erie, PA with some strong ties to upstate NY and Erie and he's the son of a military man, if that's at all relevant. I'd rather not have him military if that's at all possible, which I realize with the timeline and WWII being such a factor, could be difficult.

Thanks in advance! ♥