Writers Police Academy 2012


Coming into Greensboro, North Carolina


What do Greensboro, human trafficking and forensic investigation have in common?  The always awesome Writers Police Academy, that’s what!

Last week, I returned to the southeast to learn what it is cops, EMTs, and forensic anthropologists do.  Research, research, research.  And what fabulous research it was!  The sun was shining, unlike this time last year when we had the fallout from a tropical storm and a veritable deluge.  We couldn’t have asked for better weather, or better people.

Friday’s seminars included:

  • Human Trafficking
  • Cold Cases and the Realities of Investigation
  • Building Searches (we got to suit up for this one)
  • Interviews and Investigation
  • Forensic Identification, by Dr. Elizabeth Murray

And in the evening:

All of this is on the first day.

Saturday’s seminars included:

  • A re-enactment of a felony stop complete with car chase and shoot-out.
  • Suicides, Hangings and Auto-Erotic Death Investigations
  • Police Gunfighting
  • EMS and the Crime Scene
  • Crime Scene to Court: Evidence Handling and Chain of Custody
  • Working the Courtroom into Your Thrillers, by Marcia Clark
Saturday night was the banquet, complete with a special appearance by Mayberry’s favorite deputy, and special guest speaker Lee Child.  He was an incredible, gracious speaker, and it was a pleasure to hear him talk about our type of stories … the thriller … the proto-story.
More detail on various seminars to come, including a bit about my tour of Guilford County’s jail.  Stay tuned ….


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