Writers’ Police Academy: Jeffery Deaver Trains With The Recruits


This is one entry team no criminal wants to face. WPA recruit Rebekah Aidukatis, ATF Special Agent Rick McMahan, and the master of the twisted ending himself, Jeffery Deaver, made quick work of drug dealers and other armed thugs during the WPA FATS training. When these three entered a building you knew they were there and that they meant business.

Criminal justice instructor Bill Lanning was described by the recruits as AWESOME. That’s pretty much his opinion of the Bone Collector, as well.


Firing an M-4 using three-round bursts, Deaver found his targets with laser-like accuracy. This guy can really shoot!

WPA organizer and my guardian angel, Nancy Metzner, was mother hen to all. Here she looks on, I’m sure, to see to it that Jeffery Deaver had no problems during his training.


Instructor Stan Lawhorne helps a recruit and first-time shooter. We called her “Number 4” because many of her rounds (marked by a number 4) were often found landing in unusual places, like tree tops, street signs, and generally any place where the bad guys weren’t. She was a great sport and by the time the training was over she’d found her mark. Learning to shoot is difficult enough, but she learned the hard way—in the dark, under stressful conditions, and with moving targets.


Julie Goyette (WPA staff), Jeffery Deaver, and Nancy Metzner look on as EMS personnel treat a shooting victim in the academy hallway.


Verna Dreisbach, Jeffery Deaver, Lee Lofland, and Marco Conelli at the Friday night meet and greet reception.

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Writers’ Police Academy photo of the day!



Sophie Littlefield in an “arresting” pose.

9 replies
  1. GunDiva
    GunDiva says:

    I actually heard both Diet Pepsi and Mountain Dew that weekend. My informant tells me it means to “get over yourself”. Guess I’ve got some work to do if I want to earn that M-4.

    I was just writing up my post on Day One and can’t believe everything that we did. The day just flew by, it wasn’t until I sat down tonight and started writing that I realized just how much we accomplished.

  2. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    #4 had a lot of fun, I think.

    Let’s see…I’ll tell you what, if you write a Bone Collector by next year the M-4 is all yours for your session. 🙂

    I lived in the south for many years and never heard the biscuit and Mountain Dew expression, or was it Pepsi??

  3. GunDiva
    GunDiva says:

    Loved Bill Lanning’s presentation, but one of his idioms had me completely stumped…”eat a six pack of biscuits and drink a Diet Pepsi”. Huh? Had to go to my resident Southerner at work to figure that one out 🙂

  4. GunDiva
    GunDiva says:

    The improvements #4 showed in a short half hour were amazing! She’s going to be dangerous next year 🙂

    Who do I have to bribe to get to shoot the M4 next year?

  5. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    Toni – Dave spoke at our event last year. He’s the Graveyard Shift’s interview and interrogation expert.

    I think Jeff’s photos reflect his SWAT face. He is, indeed, a very nice person. In fact, how many other superstars would take the time to hang out with everyone?

  6. Toni Anderson
    Toni Anderson says:

    Dave–you were obviously cuffing the ‘wrong’ people 🙂

    Jeffrey Deaver with a gun. How scary is that? His photographs don’t reveal his warm and friendly personality 🙂

  7. Dave Swords
    Dave Swords says:

    I put the cuffs on a lot of people over the years, but I don’t recall anyone ever giggling at the time.

    Maybe I wasn’t doing it right. 🙂

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