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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