''Double, Double, Toil and Trouble'': The Dangers, Politics, and Misconduct in Police Work
Understanding the world of police work is essential to write accurately and realistically about cops and crime. Enhance your stories by revealing what happens behind the scenes beyond the crime-fighting—the fears, the infighting, the occasional transgressions.
This course is divided into three topics. The first week covers the dangers of police work, how cops are taught to survive and the mentality that can arise from that training to create an "us versus them" attitude. The next session explores office politics, how internal pressures and outside influences affect individual officers, their performance, and their stress level. The course wraps up with a detailed look at misconduct and corruption, its magnitude and how it occurs. The internal affairs process will be discussed, including what an officer goes through when accused of misconduct or involved in a critical incident.
In addition to a law enforcement career spanning over 40 years, Wesley Harris has written professionally for over three decades, authoring several books and many articles on police procedure and American history. His work has appeared in national magazines like POLICE, Law Officer, Mature Living, Wild West, and America’s Civil War. He has served in nearly every position in law enforcement—patrol officer, detective, trainer, section commander, and police chief. Currently, he is a manager for Louisiana State Parks and serves on the criminal justice faculty of the University of Phoenix. He also operates WriteCrimeRight.com, a consulting and editing service for writers.
Tread lightly...But know that while we are all working together here, the conversation can turn quickly to death, destruction and mayhem. And we are fine with that. We'll even abet you as you work to do the same, to become the best spinner of romantic mysteries and thrillers that you can be. So come on in, the water's warm...as blood.