Last weekend, I enjoyed attending my second Writers Police Academy at Guilford Technical Community College in NC. It was all fun until someone lost a finger (see photo below).
Actually, it was fun after that someone lost a finger, since that someone was a fake cadaver buried in a shallow grave in the woods.
|Finger off cadaver in Shallow Grave workshop.|
The academy was so full of workshops, I couldn't attend them all. But at every class and with every presentation, I learned new information and terminology, like when the ATF agent said the bullet fairy visited him. (His gun wasn't loaded.)
|I got to lift my own fingerprints off a variety of mediums in the fingerprinting workshop. Fun and crafty!|
Special speakers included Lee Child and Marcia Clark. (See photo below.) While I enjoyed their presentations, my favorite was given by a forensic scientist.
|Does this photo really need a caption? Lee Child and Marcia Clark by the fake cadaver in the shallow grave.|
My favorite workshop was the Underwater Evidence Recovery where divers explained how they search for and recover evidence and bodies from underwater. I even got to hold the rope as a diver in a pool searched for a fake gun.
|A diver searches for "evidence" (a.k.a. a fake gun, which I circled in red), and the rope (red arrow) is held and extended to control where he searches.|
I got to experience all kinds of great demos. See the photos below - and they're not the half of it!
|Chase scenario: Give up, bad guys!|
|The bad guys pull over, and the driver steps out in this mock arrest scenario. The police have him back up. They cuff him and load him in a car. But there's still a passenger in the vehicle.|
|K-9 Unit, ready if needed.|
|The "bad guy" gets out of the silver vehicle and shoots at the police. Nice pants, wrong attitude!|
|In the scenario, the "bad guy" is shot.|
|Police approach with care after the "bad guy" is shot in the scenario.|