How To Tell Who’s Who: Behind The Pins And Medals

How do officers know, at a glance, when they're addressing a ranking officer from another department? Well, the answer is as clear as everything else pertaining to law enforcement...it depends. Police departments use many symbols of rank…

Write Slower ‘Cause I Don’t Read As Fast As I Used To … Y’all

It's Saturday night, almost midnight, and your hero has just arrested a couple of strangers who sort of sound as if they're speaking English. Sure, every third or fourth word is recognizable, but phrases such as, "If'n you don't let me go I'ma…

Reserve Your Spot at the THRILLING 2022 Writers’ Police Academy!!

Exciting News! The Writers’ Police Academy is pleased to announce the June 2022 return to in-person, hands-on training in Green Bay, Wi., at one of the country’s top law enforcement training academies. Registration for this action-packed,…
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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Strengthen Your Writing Muscles

Lee provides in-depth details about crime, police procedures, and the tools used in real life investigations to help you develop better scenes and characters.

Speaking Engagements & Workshops.

Lee Lofland is a popular speaker for writers conferences and workshops. He also consults for writers of all genres.

Online Courses.

Writers’ Police Academy Online – classes and workshops for writers featuring law enforcement & forensic procedures, and the craft of storytelling.

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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The 11th annual Writers’ Police Academy is an exciting special event, MurderCon.

MurderCon is a rare opportunity for writers to participate in hands-on “for law enforcement eyes only” training, using modern testing and evidence collection tools and equipment, in workshops taught by some of the world’s leading homicide investigation experts. This incredibly detailed, cutting-edge instruction has never before been available to writers, anywhere. Until now.

 August 1-4, 2019

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