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Sep 22, 2015

Writer's Police Academy

What a busy summer I had this year. After traveling to New York City to attend Romance Writer's of America's national conference, traveled to Appleton Wisconsin to attend the 7th annual Writer's Police Academy. This was such a fabulous adventure for me. Well, for any suspense writer. There were hands on classes, demonstrations and lectures where I took notes until my hand cramped.
I'm definitely going back because there was only so much I could absorb at one time.

Here's some fun photos of the trip.
 As we drove up to the facility for the first time.
Inside the lobby

The back of the fire engine
They even had their own plane to train on

 Watching a rescue litter demonstration
 Watching traffic stop demonstrations

 One of the many buildings in the 'town' for simulated training

 The fire captain demonstrating his turnout gear
All dressed and ready for a fire. 

A rescue dummy. I couldn't even move it. It weighed 170lbs. 

 The back of the fire truck

The fire truck with the ladder

Fellow Love Inspired Author Tina Radcliffe and I waiting our turn to ride in one of the fire vehicles
 The back of the seat inside the fire truck

 The view from the passenger seat of the fire truck

The driver's side with lots of equipment

 That little button on the floor by my foot turns on the siren on the passenger side

This is a fire engine--means it doesn't have a ladder

Turnout gear storage

 A hands on demonstration. We cleared the motel during a simulated fire done with theatrical smoke. The smoke was more disorienting than darkness.

Above-the view from my hotel room. A pretty park in Appleton. And to the right an Irish pub. The name cracked me up. And below we had fried cheese curds. When in Wisconsin...

Such a fun group of women. Debby Giusti, Christy Reese, Tina Radcliffe, Rhonda Starnes, Margaret Daley and me.

 A K-9 demonstration. The dog was a black German shepherd so he's hard to see but he has a hold of the 'suspect' who is wearing a bite suit.

 Here we are again. It was a sunny and windy day in Wisconsin

 Here the SWAT team showed off their equipment.

The back of an ambulance with a dummy on the gurney

K-9 officer

K-9 officers ride

K-9 officer and his handler at work sniffing out drugs in a car
As you can see it was a full schedule with so much to learn. 
There were two featured guest author speakers: Allison Brennan and Karin Slaughter. Both were amazing and funny and informative.
Allison Brennan

Karin Slaughter
Master of ceremonies and the brain behind the WPA Lee Lofland
Another fun thing that happened at WPA is I got to meet one of my favorite romantic suspense writer's Mary Burton
Mary Burton and me.  A very windy day but so fun

If you'd like more information about the Writer's Police Academy you can find their website here or visit their Facebook page 

I highly recommend it!

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