About Me

My name is Jane Howatt. Welcome to my blog!

For 13 years I rode shotgun with John “Jigsaw” St. John, one of the LAPD‘s most celebrated detectives, as he investigated notorious murder cases.

The collision of this ordinary suburban mom and the underbelly of evil is the subject of my book, “The Killer, the Cop and Me.”

On my blog, I‘ll post about true crime, my life and what I learned from the mind of a brilliant homicide cop.

I invite you to join me for the ride!

Get Cops Back on the Beat

When I saw this article “Get police out of cruisers, back on the beat” in DelMarvNow by James White Jr. it stuck a cord because that is exactly what Jigsaw told me when I asked him what LA (or any city) could do to get a handle on crime. Bring back the beat cop! The idea was simple and smart: get cops out of their cars and onto the street where crime happens. John St. John was a beat cop before he went into Officer Involved Shootings and Homicide. He told me how important it was for him to know the families in the area he patrolled.

If a kid had a problem with drugs – the beat cop knew about it and worked with him.

If a wife had a problem with a husband who abused her – the beat cop had a chat with him.

If granny needed a ride to the doctor – the beat cop could be a taxi service.

Block by block, family by family, person by person, the beat cop knew and patroled an area and was able to interact with the community in a meaningful way. Crime statistics went down. School attendance went up. The beat cop would be a neighborhood watch/enforcer. Then how about this? Combine the beat cop with after school programs for kids (like the Boys and Girls Clubs) and maybe we would have safer streets and kids who cared about their education.

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