Wish I could have been there - look for me there next year!

The Writer’s Police Academy is the coolest thing ever. I went in 2010 and plan to go again next year. Held in September in North Carolina, it’s totally worth a visit if you write books that have anything to do with crime. You can learn about fingerprints, do firearms training, learn handcuff techniques, hear why people kill, ask what it’s like to be a sniper, learn how to defuse a bomb, etc. etc. Last year I got to talk at length to a guy who was on a dive team (for evidence and body retrieval) and he reviewed a chapter in The Night She Disappeared.

Photo gakked from the website: They even staged a hostage taking - solved by a sniper.

Read more about it here - and see more cool pictures.

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It is really fascinating. There was one series of photos I kind of wish I could unsee, but I think we got warned beforehand how graphic it was.

It's worth if for the firearms simulation training alone, which is major fun, with real guns but no real bullets, so not so scary.