In the Midnight Hour: A Cup of Joe, Maggots, Memories, and Run-On Sentences

Working the first 240 minutes of the graveyard shift, when the crazies and criminals come out to play, and when many normal and sane folks allow alcohol and drugs to take over the part of the mind that controls mean and nasty, is a timeframe…

Writers, Name Your Poison

Writers of various genres are forever devising clever ways to send murder victims to their graves with undetected causes of death. One such favored method, poisoning, has proven quite reliable on the written page. Here are a few of the deadly…

Elaine Munsch: An Arresting Visit – The Writer’s Police Academy in Wisconsin

Author Elaine Munsch joins us today to share her experiences at the 2022 Writers' Police Academy. Welcome to The Graveyard Shift, Elaine. It's always a pleasure to have a guest on the site. I'll now quickly exit and the floor is yours. For…
Police Procedure & Investigation: A Guide for Writers

Police Procedure and Investigation: A Guide for Writers.

As part of the latest Writers Digest Books Howdunit series, Police Procedure and Investigation is an authoritative guide that provides insight into a cop’s world; the terminology used by police officers; an in-depth look at the tools of the trade; squad house hierarchy; legal terms; courtroom terminology; jail, gang, and convict slang; street talk; drug crime information; con air procedures; information on autopsies and death penalty executions; cadet training procedures; fingerprinting details; a breakdown of murder and manslaughter charges; and tons of other useful information; all the things that explain why and how cops do what they do. A retired police detective, Lofland gives the lowdown on how everyday folks, as well as writers and journalists, misunderstand or incorrectly portray how the police work. Find out what mistakes you’re likely to make in your work. This book is the next best thing to having a police detective personally assigned to the reader.

With a career in law enforcement that spanned nearly two decades, author Lee Lofland is a nationally acclaimed expert on police procedures and crime scene investigations who consults regularly with best-selling authors and television producers. Now you can benefit from his years of experience with Police Procedure & Investigation.

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Learn in-depth details about crime, crime scene and police procedures, and the tools used in real life investigations to help you develop realistic scenes and believable characters.

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Learn About Lee Lofland.

Lee Lofland is a veteran police investigator who began his law-enforcement career working as an officer in Virginia’s prison system. He later became a sheriff’s deputy, a patrol officer, and finally, he achieved the highly-prized gold shield of detective. Along the way, he gained a breadth of experience that’s unusual to find in the career of a single officer.

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It’s time to register for the 2022 Writers’ Police Academy!

The 14th annual Writers’ Police Academy returns to in-person training at the renowned NWTC public safety training academy in Green Bay, Wi.!

The Writers’ Police Academy a rare opportunity for writers to participate in the same hands-on training taught to law enforcement officers, investigators, EMS, and firefighters. Attendees drive patrol cars on closed courses, conduct traffic stops and explosive building entries, shoot firearms, and much more. This action-packed, intense, hands-on instruction is available at the one and only Writers’ Police Academy!

June 2-5, 2022

FOUR DAYS
THRILLING WORKSHOPS
GUEST of Honor
VETERAN INSTRUCTORS
SHORT STORY CONTEST