2023 Conference Schedule

Schedule for the Writers' Police Academy

Thursday - June 8

All times are Eastern Standard Time.

  • 12:00 to 4:00 pm

    Touch a Truck - a variety of public safety vehicles, fire apparatus, CSI Unit, police boats, drones, SWAT robot, and other  equipment for attendees to view and explore. Officers and firefighters will be on hand to explain the functions of these vehicles. Q&A and demo. Indoor event. Location – Fox Cities Exhibition Center, Hall C

  • 2:00 to 5:30 pm

    Event Registration/Check-in
    Location - Exhibition Hall Pre-Function

  • Dinner

    On your own

  • 6:30 pm

    Cash bar

  • 7:00 to 7:45 pm

    Welcome/Orientation
    Location - Hotel Grand Ballroom

  • 8:00 pm

    The Story in Photos of the Darrell Brooks Trial and Waukesha Parade Attack 
    Location - Hotel Grand Ballroom

    When Darrell Brooks drove his red Ford Escape SUV through the Waukesha Christmas Parade on Nov. 21, 2021, killing 6 people and injuring dozens of others, it shook the city of 70,000 and the entire state of Wisconsin.  Less than a year after the attack, Brooks would be charged and prosecuted in a Waukesha County Court. The four-week long trial was replete with disruptions and delays from Brooks, who decided just days before the proceedings began that he would defend himself.  

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photojournalist Mike De Sisti spent a majority of the time as the sole pool photographer in the court. He’ll show you in images what that process was like. De Sisti also responded to the scene of the parade attack the night of Nov. 21 and covered the aftermath the days following.  

Friday - June 9

All times are Eastern Standard Time.

  • 6:00 to 7:15 am

    Breakfast Buffet
    Salon A

  • 8:00 to 9:30 am

    General Session – Live scenario.

     Location – NWTC Main Campus

    *This is the only session during the event where audio and video recordings are permitted and encouraged. 

  • 9:30 am

    Board Buses by Group (A&B)

  • 9:45 to 10:15 am

    Travel from General Session to Public Safety Academy.

  • 10:15 to 11:45 am

    Session 1

  • 11:45 am to 12:30 pm

    Lunch - provided

  • 12:45 to 2:15 pm

    Session 2

  • 2:30 to 4:00 pm

    Session 3

  • 4:10 pm

    Board buses to return to hotel

  • Dinner on your own

  • 6:30 pm

    Bookstore opens
    Location – Corridor to Grand Ballroom

  • 6:45 to 8:00 pm

    Meet and Mingle with Cash Bar
    Grand Ballroom

  • 8:00 to 9:00 pm

    The Spingola Files: An Evening with Steven Spingola

    A captivating session presented by author Steven Spingola, a nationally renowned death investigator who was heavily involved in the high-profile case of serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Known to his colleagues as “the sleuth with the proof,” Spingola is an investigator and on-air personality for Cold Justice, a popular Oxygen Channel true crime program. 

    Location - Hotel Grand Ballroom

Saturday - June 10

All times are Eastern Standard Time.

  • 6:00 to 7:15 am

    Breakfast Buffet
    Salon A

  • 7:30 am

    Travel to Universal Driving Facility (UDF).

  • 8:30 to 10:00 am

    Session 1

  • 10:15 to 11:45 am

    Session 2

  • 11:45 am to 12:30 pm

    Lunch - provided

  • 12:45 to 2:15 pm

    Session 3

  • 2:20 pm

    Board buses for travel to lecture hall

  • 2:45 to 4:30 pm

    Dr. Katherine Ramsland: The Candy Man’s Handyman … and Killer

    Some youthful offenders have been lured onto criminal teams and carefully groomed to participate in murder. Their experience of killing is different from that of a primary predator, as is their post-murder response. For over a year, I've worked with Elmer Wayne Henley, Jr., one of the two accomplices to "Candy Man" Dean Corll, who killed at least 27 boys during the 1970s in Houston, Texas.

    Henley reveals the mechanism of manipulation and describes where it went wrong as he resisted, then killed his murder mentor. Henley does not excuse his crimes, but he does wonder how he could ever have been involved. Through him, we learn how predators like Corll bait their potential partners and control their behavior.    

    Location - Lecture Hall, NWTC Main Campus

  • 4:40 pm

    Board buses to return to hotel

  • 6:30 pm

    Bookstore and cash bar open
    Location – Corridor to Grand Ballroom

  • 7:00 to 8:45 pm

    Banquet featuring Guest of Honor Hank Phillippi Ryan
    Hotel Grand Ballroom

  • 9:00 pm

    Booksigning

Sunday - June 11

All times are Eastern Standard Time.

  • 10:00 am to Noon

    Panel Discussion and Q&A with the experts
    Location – Exhibition Hall A

  • 12:00 pm

    Ending Tour of Duty – End of 2022 Event

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