PostHeaderIcon Chief of Police Scott Silverii: Who Knew?


Arriving into Greensboro, NC’s airport I had no idea or expectation for what awaited me at the 2013 WPA. Stepping off the plane I saw a lady holding a piece of paper with what looked like my name written on it. Since I sit in the last rows when traveling (cop thing) I figured it was for me. Who knew?

Meeting Lee Lofland, Rick McMahan (ATF Agent) and Mike Roche (Secret Service Agent) was like a family reunion for folks who’d never met. The cop fraternity bonds us regardless of being strangers (cop thing). These men were the kindest, most humble professionals I’ve ever met. Who knew?

Lee said the writers would be the most curious and information starved crew I’ll ever present to. Sometimes officers in training are bored and cynical (cop thing). I was inundated with questions. With smart, insightful, knowledgeable, hilarious and challenging questions. Who knew?

I was so nervous before my first presentation; Chiefs v. Sheriffs. Not knowing what to expect from the writers, I could just see my information as being boring or irrelevant to their needs or interests. Both sessions included laughs, great comments, cutting edge questions and inquisitive hands raised. Who knew?

Day 2’s presentations; SWAT – From Let’s Roll to Code 4 was even more nerve wracking. I’ve not seen main characters written as SWAT Operators. Most plots set the SWAT team in the hall ready to roll, as a detective whose short sleeve button down shirt stretches across his broad belly while he kicks in the door with a snub nose revolver in hand. The crime writers were totally energized, and promised to never write the sloppy detective kicking in the door scenario ever again. Who knew?


The “real” VIPS, as Lee let slip in front of Rick, Mike and me (kidding) were entertaining, educational and just amazing. Writing and presenting are two very different skill sets. Mastering both; Dr. Dan Krane, Kathy Reichs and Lisa Gardner were informal, approachable and inspiring. Who knew?

The banquet allowed me an opportunity to continue conversations about writing and ideas and penning passions to paper. It was such a great time and then CJ Lyons asked me to sign my book. Sign my book? I froze. It’s CJ Lyons. I have no pen. I have no idea what to write. She was kind enough to say, “You’ve got till desert time to come up with a pen and autograph line.” Who knew?

I took away an understanding of distinction. The speakers were fantastic, and they are talented celebrities. The writers; those who burn with a passion for understanding policing to memorialize them in story and script are the real VIPs. They were aggressive, inquisitive, razor-sharp on details and tenacious for taking away everything available. SWAT class included talk about a certain tattoo. In joking I responded that it was on my a**. In unison, both classes demanded to see it. Who knew!!!

Leaving on Sunday, I felt a tug at my heart as I said good-bye to Lee and Mike, and several writers I met during the weekend. I came there as a long-time SWAT and chief of police offering information and experiences. I left believing that I too, might just be a writer. Who knew?

I offered my e-mail ( at WPA and have been joyously overwhelmed by the communications with so many of the VIPS. I’m enjoying and learning so much from everyone I’ve chatted with. A writer was so kind as to use me as her character base, and promised to make me taller, but she refused to negotiate on giving me less gray hair.

Whatever bit of light I may shine from my experiences, are yours for the asking. The PowerPoints are also still yours for the taking. I only ask for a connect on Twitter and a check out on my blog

A Darker Shade of Blue: From Public Servant to Professional Deviant is still available on Amazon, but will (might) go deep undercover once the Taylor & Francis Group (CRC Press) releases Cop Culture: Why Good Cops Go Bad in January 2014.

Lee Lofland willing, I’ll see you at WPA 2014. I might even show ya’ll that tattoo.


16 Responses to “Chief of Police Scott Silverii: Who Knew?”

  • Mollie Bryan says:

    Wait. You didn’t mention that tattoo in the police chief/sheriff class….;-) Thanks for the interesting class, even if you didn’t mention it, or show it. Cheers!

  • Scott, it was a pleasure to meet you! I didn’t get to make your classes, but Kristen Heitzman sang your praises. :) I would love to get the power points. I’m following you on Twitter. Looking forward to your new releases. Thanks for sharing your time and knowledge. See you next year. Lee Lofland willing, of course. :)


  • The Chief v Sheriffs class was fantastic! I was so sorry I missed the SWAT class and am looking forward to you teaching it again next year so I can attend.

  • Fiona Quinn says:

    You never did show us your tattoo. I say no fair! Fun article – great meeting you! ~ Fiona

  • Enjoyed both your classes. Am reading your book between rewrites on my latest novel. In case you’e still wondering, you can write, chief! Thanks for answering my questions and for enjoying your workshops as much as we did. There’s nothing better than a presenter enthusiastic about his/her subject. Hope to see you next year.

  • Nancy DeMarco says:

    I missed those classes! But I heard high praises, and I look forward to taking them next year. Regarding that tat, perhaps WPA can provide a pair of drop-seat cargo pants suitable for quickly and minimally exposing the relevant real estate. We are a detail-hungry bunch. :)

  • Great post, Chief. Even though I missed your workshop this year, I will be looking forward to taking it next year!

  • Drop-seat cargo pants?? That is the solution, and I’m sure Lee is online ordering them right now (Lee hint, hint)

    False hype isn’t my M.O., so when I express appreciation and excitement, there are no truer words to speak.

    I’ve so enjoyed communicating with everyone and hope we keep the lines of communications open. Already booked a few conference appearances for next, but WPA is and will always be my first!! Thanks Lee for sharing your passion for policing and publications.


  • Donna Albrecht/Hannah Cassidy says:

    I took your Chiefs vs Sheriffs and it answered all my questions about the difference (not that I might not come up with more later…). I have a short story I thought I was ready to send out until I heard your presentation. Now I’m reworking a critical part of it. Thanks for making me look good! I hope to take your SWAT class next year.

  • Thanks Donna Albrecht/Hannah Cassidy,

    If the PP presentations help at all, please e-mail me, and I’ll attach them over.
    Deal & we will see you in SWAT School next year.


  • Rick says:

    Tattoo? Sounds like Captain Randy Shepherd has competition for his nickname!

  • Oh no, One one honey bun.
    Well, maybe 2 with Mike

  • Jenna Blue says:

    Chief, looks like you learned as much as we did! Thanks for taking the plunge, and we’ll be thrilled to see you again next year!

  • Simone Cooper says:

    I missed 2013, so I’m glad to hear you’ll be back for 2014. Your experience of the wonderful sharing, inquisitive, thoughtful people on both sides of the podium at Writer’s Police Academy mirrors my own. Welcome to the crew!


  • Holly says:

    I’m sorry I missed the conference. What’s the title of your book, Scott?

  • Nancy Sweetland says:

    I loved your presentation and would like the power points, too – hope to get to the SWAT team presentation next year if there is one.

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