Citizen Law Enforcement Academy: Week 4

Last week, my friend Rose and I battled rush hour traffic to arrive at the Sheriff’s Crime Lab in Minneapolis on time.  While I’m pumped to visit the crime lab, I have to admit I gave up on the television show CSI years ago after Director Gil Grissom fell in love (or lust or whatever) with a dominatrix named … Continue reading Citizen Law Enforcement Academy: Week 4

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Citizen Law Enforcement Academy: Week 3

Last week’s class took us off the edge of the map and into Brooklyn Park where Hennepin County’s Enforcement Services is headquartered. Little did I know we were in for an action-packed evening of the “Lethal Weapon” kind, with demonstrations by the Emergency Services Department (ESD), Special Operations Unit (SOU) and Volunteer Services Department (VSD). … Continue reading Citizen Law Enforcement Academy: Week 3

The AWP Conference: Is It For Crime Writers?

About 13,000 writers flocked to Minneapolis last week for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) Conference.  I knew the conference catered to the literary (or as one presenter put it, “boring”) crowd, but since it included many workshops and a gigantic book fair and was being held here in town at a fairly reasonable … Continue reading The AWP Conference: Is It For Crime Writers?

Citizen Law Enforcement Academy: Week 1

Last week, I’m wandering around South 4th Street in Minneapolis with my face buried in a map when a woman wearing a uniform asks me, “Are you here for visiting hours?” Huh? “You’re not here to visit someone in jail?” “No.” Turns out the building I’m looking for also houses the holding jail, but I’m heading … Continue reading Citizen Law Enforcement Academy: Week 1