Lee Lofland, one of the driving forces behind the Writers’ Police Academy, stopped by my blog yesterday to comment on Saturday’s post. In the process he updated us on what they have planned for the 2011 WPA. I’ll copy what he posted down below.
Before doing so, however, I want to encourage everyone to visit his blog and read of a recent experience he had. It’s a perfect illustration that when caught in a personal emergency, even the most experienced and cool-headed among law enforcement can and most likely will—react with emotion. For those of us writing law enforcement characters, I think this is something we need to consider.
For those of you writing law enforcement characters or working in the suspense/mystery/thriller genre- the Writers’ Police Academy is a perfect opportunity to learn from and interact with the pros. The men and women who do in ‘real life’ what our characters do in fiction.
This is the information Lee posted in the comments section of yesterday’s blog.
The Writers' Police Academy is a very unique event. Writers actually train at a real police/fire/ES academy. Here's a little about the 2011 event.
2011 Writers’ Police Academy
When: September 23–25, 2011
Where: Jamestown, N.C. at the Public Safety Department (local police/fire/EMS academy) on the campus of Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC).
Experience the most hands-on, interactive and educational experience writers can find to enhance their understanding of all aspects of law enforcement, forensics, firefighting, and EMS. This is real training at a real police, fire, and EMS training academy! GTCC instructors are all certified active-duty police academy instructors.
2011 speakers include Keynote Speaker NY times bestselling author of espionage thrillers Christopher Reich; Special guest speaker author/forensic and clinical psychology expert Dr. Katherine Ramsland; Featured speakers include, bioterrorism expert Dr. Denene Lofland, author/former prosecutor/law professor Alafair Burke, author/ATF Special Agent Rich McMahan, computer and cyber-crimes expert Sgt. Josh Moulin; author/former police detective Lee Lofland.
Registration for this one of a kind event opens in January. See more at writerspoliceacademy.com. (new website launching soon).
If anyone would like more information on Lee Lofland, or the Police Procedure books he has available, you can visit his website at http://www.leelofland.com/home.html