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Workshop Descriptions

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Instructor: Troy Janda
Learn how a projectile behaves when it hits its mark and then transfers its kinetic energy to the target.


Instructor: Dr. Katherine Ramsland
Crime scenes always tell a story, which shows up most clearly in behavioral clues. This can mean anything from signatures that link crimes to indicators of staged crimes to predictors of dangerous future behavior. This session shows writers how to spot and interpret behavioral clues during criminal profiling or psychological autopsy.


Instructor: R.J. Beam
The science behind bloodstain patterns and spatter. Hands-on session that includes time with SPATTER HEAD! *HIT class


This is a HOT session. A vehicle is fully engulfed and it's up to you and your team to extinguish the flames. *HIT class


Instructor: Carrie Stuart Parks
Forensic art - composite drawing, facial reconstruction and unknown remains, cognitive interviewing, signs of deception.


Experience the sights, sounds, odors, and emotions associated with rescuing victims trapped in confined spaces. *HIT class


Instructor: Judge Kevin Rathburn
Officers must follow the law of the land and this session details the law as it pertains to traffic stops.


Instructor: ATF Special Agent Rick McMahan
Is the most likely officer to die the rookie officer on a call at midnight on Saturday night? Well ...


Instructor: Knetzger
Techniques used to control behavior of cooperative and uncooperative suspects. *HIT class


Instructor: Zawacki
Session explores DNA evidence, samples, the testing process, and errors often found in books, TV, and film.


Instructor: Various
Police dogs doing what they do best.


Instructor: Heenan & Johnson
Experience the difficulty of multitasking while driving, observing, and communicating, and all while utilizing lights and siren. *HIT class


Instructor: R.J. Beam
Dusting, fuming, and difficult to print surfaces are just a few of the fingerprinting techniques you'll learn in this detailed hands-on session. *HIT class


A heart-pounding, eye-opening, and extremely realistic session where you must decide, within a fraction of a second, whether or not to use deadly force. *HIT class


Instructor: Knetzger & Nejedlo
As police officers, you and your partner respond to an alarm at a local business. It is up to you to search clear the building. Part of "clearing" involves looking for criminal suspects who may or may not be hiding. Of course, the person you encounter could be the janitor. Or is he?? *Participants will be required to wear protective gear during this hands-on exercise.  *HIT class


Instructor: Staff
Hit List - the list of HIT workshops


Instructor: Staff
Human trafficking - Details TBA


Instructor: Various


Instructor: NWTC Staff/Range Instructors
Learn the basics of the .223 patrol rifle, nomenclature, field stripping, fundamentals, and live fire on the rifle range. *HIT class


Instructor: Esoma Kung Fu Master Instructor Howard Lewis
If you’re writing a character who has studied or uses martial arts, pick a discipline that matches his or her personality and physical strengths. It will make your character more credible. We’ll give you information to help you choose wisely. You’ll also learn how martial artists in various disciplines are trained. This determines how they think and react when confronted. See what they see. Hear what they hear. A perfect way to build suspense in your fight scenes.


Instructor: Dr. Denene Lofland
Why carry a gun when you can let a microscopic creature do the job for you? A collection of my most interesting and deadly microbiology cases. This workshop provides an opportunity for audience participation. Download the student version of the Socrative app so you can provide your anonymous (if you want) opinion on these fascinating cases.


Instructor: Dr. Katherine Ramsland
More people now resort to public acts of extreme violence than in the past. Although it is still difficult to identify individuals who will act out violently, threat evaluation has improved. This session shows specific risk factors associated with the violent mind, understanding prediction limitations, and devising plans of action.


Instructor: ATF Special Agent Rick McMahan
Discussion of 1%er “motorcycle clubs” (read criminal organizations), their history and origins of the Big 4 biker gangs.


Instructor: Mike Black
An examination of basic police procedures and how incidents can get distorted by the media.


Instructor: Special Agent Mike Roche, U.S. Secret Service
What causes PTSD? The effects on officers and their families. The symptoms of PTSD and treatments. How departments and other officers respond to those suffering the effects of PTSD. How cumulative stress can impact performance and health.


Instructor: Heenan/Johnson
High Speed Pursuit! You will drive the pursuit vehicle! *HIT class


Instructor: Special Agent Mike Roche, U.S. Secret Service
Examining the love tendencies of law enforcement officers. From scandalous infidelity, to office romance and the sparks ignited while answering calls. We will rip the sheets off the mattress and expose the inside world of love in the cop world.


Instructor: Jordan
More than an Aerosmith song title, "Walk This Way" is a room-clearing tactic used by American Law Enforcement. Session also details how to distinguish whether or not someone is or was a police officer, and if they're on or off-duty. Say what??


Instructor: Jordan
You will never approach or view staircases the same way again, ever! This session details how officers safely approach, explore, and evaluate stairways. Hands-on.


Each year we incorporate surprise sessions that are designed to excite the senses of WPA attendees. The purpose is to allow you to experience "events" that unfold in real time, just as officers and other first responders experience in the real world.


Instructor: Knetzger & Jedi
Ready, Set ... Blow Down Those Doors! KABOOM! Yes, you and your fellow SWAT team members will learn to use explosive charges and other methods of gaining entry into "hard-to-reach" places. This is the real deal! *HIT class


Instructor: Gilbert
Police officers sustain gunshot wounds in the field and it is often up to their partners to perform life-saving first aid techniques. Now you, too, have the unique opportunity to stop an arterial bleed, seal a sucking chest wound, or to stop bleeding from a gaping wound. Never before have writers been offered this behind the scenes, hands-on experience. Bring life to your characters. Realism beyond belief!


Instructor: Rathburn
Actual courtroom testimony. Experience what it's like to testify as a police officer, recalling incidents, responding to legal questions, etc. Learn how your testimony as a law enforcement officer affects and influences a jury.


You conduct the traffic stop. Various scenarios. Be prepared for ... well, anything!


Instructor: Paul Bishop
Do you know the truth when you hear it or see it? Join nationally recognized behaviorist, interrogation expert, and experience LAPD detective Paul Bishop as he guides you into the intimate world of interrogation—where success or failure is determined before the first question is asked.


Instructor: Marco Conelli
Undercover with NYPD Detective Marco Conelli - Description TBA


Instructor: Janda
Explore gun types to match the personalities of various characters of different eras.


Instructor: Mike Black
How TV, movies, and fiction distort police work


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