Role of Technical Advisors
Technical Advisors operate in support of movie or television production teams by suggesting accurate police policy and procedures directly correlated to the screen play or script.
Technical consultants have an advisory role only; they do not have any decision making or managerial responsibilities within the movie or television production. The only direct relationship will be to the production team to whom they are providing the suggested advice.
Jack has been consulting within the movie and television industry starting with the major motion Picture 'The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 in 2008 and has since consulted on many other movie and television productions (see a complete listing of productions by linking onto the IMDb account at the bottom of the page). Consultation services include review and suggested edits of first-draft through final production scripts, initially for the writers who can then make any needed modifications before presenting it to executive producers and then to the directors. Should a broader review be required by the production team, then additional edits will be discussed during production meetings.
Additional services provided as a movie and television consultant are:
Read and suggest corrections to movie and television scripts to reflect proper police protocols and official policies. These suggested corrections include, but are not limited to: advising as to proper police procedure, common police jargon/lingo and techniques. Submit notes reflecting suggested modifications of tactics, advising on authorized geographical areas of jurisdiction, appropriate state or federal laws charged, appropriate use of handcuffs and fingerprint retrieval, preserving the crime scene and evidence collection, proper uniforms, amongst many others. This includes fielding phone/email inquiries from writers who are calling from great distances or editing their scripts over the weekend or during holiday breaks.
Individual training of principle or background actors that include, but is not limited to, training actor(s) in proper police tactics, policy and procedures. This individual training would be comprised of the proper use of police service weapons (handling, holstering, firing, loading and unloading), proper handling and use of the baton or asp (expandable metal baton), mace or pepper spray, Taser, handcuffs, car stops, patrol and detective investigative operations, managing a crime scene and evidence retrieval, amongst other police policy, equipment and procedures. Additional training is conducted on any specialized police units or operations (i.e. ESU, Bomb Squad, Harbor/Scuba, , Heavy Weapons, Snipers, Canine, TARU, Hostage Negotiations, etc…).
Working on-set in the field or at the studio interacting with the writers, director, prop department, set designers, wardrobe department, make up department (re: appropriate wound size and placement), amongst other units, while filming is in progress.