Playing Cops and Writers

MascotI admit to having a certain amount of Nancy Drew envy growing up, what with all her exciting adventures in crime solving. But this past weekend, Nancy Drew would have been jealous of me!

I attended the Writers Police Academy in Appleton, Wisconsin. Law enforcement officers from different agencies, firefighters and emergency medical personnel train at the new, state-of-the-art Fox Valley Technical College Public Safety Training Center.

Last Friday, about 300 (mostly) mystery writers descended en masse on the facility. We came armed with notebooks, pens and lots of questions. We attended sessions taught by police academy instructors and special guest lecturers, including a medical expert in bioterrorism, a police sketch artist and a forensic psychologist who has profiled serial killers.

Of course, the hands-on classes were some of the most fun. I learned how to retrieve and develop fingerprints from various surfaces. (Fingerprints can be retrieved from cars that have been submerged in water. I never knew that!) I did a building search with a TeamWork (1)partner and I handcuffed a perp. (Actually, she seemed like a very nice lady, but I enjoyed slapping those cuffs on her all the same.)

So, take that, Nancy Drew! Although, I still envy her car a little. That blue roadster was pretty sweet.

 

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  1. What fun! Sounds marvelous! I went last year, but this one was super-sized.

    1. It was a lot fun, Kaye! I got so caught up in the sessions I would forget to take photos! Wish I’d taken more shots to post. There were so many sessions to choose from, I hope I get to make a return visit to take more of the classes.

    • Mary Stojak on August 28, 2015 at 9:11 am
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    That sounds very cool! I never thought of my live of mysteries to be Nancy Drew envy before, but I think you’re right. I’ll have to go to this next year. Mary

    1. Great, Mary — I hope to see you there!

  2. It was my first WPA as well. Great experience! I recommend it to any mystery writer.

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