The Writers’ Police Academy is an event like no other. Those of you who’ve attended the WPA have seen the size and scope of the event, and you know what a monster it must be to plan and organize. Actually, it’s a massive undertaking involving well over 100 dedicated planners, law enforcement professionals, forensics experts, EMS personnel, firefighters, volunteers, speakers, and others. Hundreds of hours and hard work go into planning the WPA.
Not only are we tasked with coming up with a fantastic program each year, we have to be sure our hands-on workshops are safe. After all, we’re not the typical writers conference. Our attendees don’t sit in hotel meeting rooms for hours on end. Instead, our recruits train at an actual police/fire/EMS academy, and we want you to have the experience of a lifetime—a writer’s Disneyland! Without a doubt, though, the effort is extremely worthwhile.
And then there are the “recruits,” the writers who attend to shoot, drive, handcuff, and fingerprint for nearly three days. There’s door-kicking, underwater evidence recovery (someone may actually get to suit up next year and do a little diving with the team), shallow graves, firefighting, gunshot wounds to treat, police k-9’s, and much, much more! And we get bigger and better each year. 2013 will be no exception. Man, have we ever got some excitement in store for next year!!
Of course, we can’t forget all the generous people who donate books and other items for the raffle and silent auction. And, our wonderful sponsors and guest presenters who help make the WPA possible each and every year…thank you so much. Your kindness and generosity is very much appreciated. We couldn’t do this without you. *A special thank you to Sisters in Crime!
Anyway, you guys know how this works…we pay all the bills, set aside a little for the next year’s start-up, and then donate the remaining funds to GTCC’s criminal justice foundation. The money is used to supplement the college’s strained public safety training and education budget. Remember, the dozens of police, fire, forensics, and EMS professionals all donate their time to help you, so it’s only proper that we, in turn, give back to them!
So, I’ve said all that to say this…Yesterday, Denene and I traveled to the campus of Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC), the home of the Writers’ Police Academy, to present the WPA’s 2012 donation to the Criminal Justice Technology Foundation. Receiving the check from me (pictured above) is Eric Holloman, chair of the criminal justice department. Also pictured, from left to right, are Denene Lofland, Sandra Neal, and Andy Russell.
So, before I reveal the amount, could I have a drum roll, please…
This year, thanks to all of you, we were pleased to present the foundation with a check in the amount of $12,300.00. That brings our donation total to over $30,000.00 over the past three years.
Again, we could not do this without your support. Therefore, on behalf of the Writers’ Police Academy and everyone involved, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
See you in 2013!