CRIME WRITERS WEEKEND 2013
It's nearly impossible to flick through TV channels or look at the theater listings these days and not find show that involves law enforcement and crime. Whether it's CSI, Dexter, a gritty thriller feature or even Boardwalk Empire, the authorities are involved at some level. And if there's one thing that will make the show fail, it's getting the unique dialogue and tactics of the various agencies wrong.
Knowing this, Filmmaker Junction is pleased to announce a new event aimed at giving crime, thriller, mystery and other writers/novelists a chance to interface with those that have done the job day in and day out. You will get first hand advice on what's true, what's junk and new ideas to keep your brain percolating long after the event.
Come to the Crime Writers Weekend and get the 411 on 5-0!
FOR COMPLETE SCHEDULE: CLICK HERE
When: April 13-14, 2013 9a-5p both days
Where: The Satellite, 3110 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA 90405
Lunch: Not included, refreshments provided
Parking: On site and street parking
Scheduled to speak...more to come!
Tom Hart/Special Investigations
Tom started his career with the LAPD's Metro Surveillance Team, assigned to assist HQ Robbery, Narco and Homicide details that required our services. The unit was responsible for following and arresting kidnapping suspects, extortionists, murder suspects, bank robbery suspects, serial robbery suspects, drug dealers, and unfortunately, some deputies who went to the dark side. We assisted in witness protection and transportation assignments. Later in his career, Tom was assigned primarily to work kidnap for ransom and murder for hire cases. His murder for hire cases involved county supervisors, attorneys and presidents/CEO's of companies along with the custody issue and very upset spouses. Tom spent his final year on the department as a member of the Columbian Jewelry Theft Task Force (LASD, LAPD, FBI, CHP, ICE). He maintained offices at the Wilshire FBI building and LAPD Parker Center while working with an LAPD surveillance team. He was assigned to follow and arrest Columbian Nationals responsible for the jewelry thefts emanating from the Los Angeles Jewelry district.
Officer Tony Samuelson/LAPD SWAT
Officer Tony Samuelson is one of our nation’s foremost authorities on current Special Weapons and Tactics for law enforcement entities. After serving honorably in the United States Marine Corps, including a deployment in Operation Desert Shield, Officer Samuelson became a member of the Los Angeles Police Department. Officer Samuelson is currently one of the senior members of the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite SWAT Team.
Officer Samuelson provides a vast amount of experience in law enforcement tactical situations that include some of the following situations:
Hostage Rescue, Barricaded gunman, Service of High Risk Search / Arrest Warrants, Dignitary Protection for Heads of State, Riot / Crowd Control, Crime Suppression, Patrol / Field Training Officer, LEAD Consultants,Instructor in SWAT Tactics.
Sergeant Chris Canales/Los Angeles Police Department (Retired)
Chris Canales is a graduate from both, the San Diego and the Los Angeles Police Academies. He is a highly decorated investigator with over twenty three years of law enforcement experience and he possesses a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice.
Mr. Canales is currently the President and CEO of CCI Private Investigations Incorporated and has worked closely with investigators and operators from the United States Marshall’s Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, United States Justice Department, United States Secret Service, the United States Department of State, Los Angeles Police Department SWAT, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department SWAT, members of the United States Navy Special Warfare Command, and the United States Army Special Forces as well as several international law enforcement agencies.
Throughout his career, Mr. Canales has conducted numerous successful undercover investigations with a variety of local, State and Federal law enforcement agencies. Mr. Canales, while undercover utilized a variety of different identities and disguises in order to accomplish the countless investigations he was involved with.
Mr. Canales is currently utilized as a technical advisor for the Motion Picture & Television industry and is a highly sought after law enforcement instructor in the areas of “Under Cover” investigations and tactical deployment.
Robert Holcomb - NARCOTICS - LAPD (retired)
Robert is a retired 32 year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department with the last 25 of those years assigned to various street level narcotics enforcement details. These included undercover operations, high visibility drug task forces targeting drug users (reverse sting operations) and buyers, drug influence evaluation, report writing and expert testimony. He has participated in and supervised thousands of narcotics investigations from a street buy of a few grams to high level trafficking of kilos of cocaine, marijuana and pills. He planned, served and/or participated in over a thousand narcotics related search warrants involving forced entry into all types of locations from ”rock houses”, warehouses, mansions in the hills to “tweaker pads”. He recruited and trained scores of patrol officers and turned them into highly successful and effective narcotics detectives.
He is a Lifetime Member of the California Narcotics Officers Association and was an instructor for the LAPD in all areas of narcotics enforcement. Most recently he helped develop the investigative protocol for investigations involving Store Front Marijuana sales locations often referred to as marijuana clinics.
Harry Penny - BEAT PATROL - LA Sheriffs Department
Harry has over twenty years of law enforcement experience. Harry Penny has been a police officer for the Buena Park Police Department and a deputy sheriff with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. During his ten year career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department he worked jail division, technical services division and spent five years in patrol as a field training officer.
Harry D. Penny has also been a Special Deputy in the US Marshal Service, working in Court Security; and, a reserve police officer for the Chula Vista Police Department as well as the Barstow Police Department. In addition to his domestic law enforcement service, Harry Penny served over 20 years with the United States Navy. Harry Penny has authored several works including the book, Behind the Badge: The Funny Side of the Thin Blue Line.
Laura Yriarte - Victims Service Rep - LA District Attorney's Office
Laura spent over 20 years as Victim Service Representative assigned to the Detective Bureau at Temple City Sheriff Station. When the crime occurred, Laura determined if the victim was innocent of events leading to the crime and would reach out to the victim/witness or their families. Duties performed were crisis intervention, emergency money assistance, assist in helping family with problem directly related to the crime and organizing funeral arrangements. In addition, she would helped them apply for financial assistance thru the State of California Victims of Crime Program; relocate victims of gang and domestic violence; and refer them to appropriate agencies for further assistance such as Medi-Cal, State Disability etc. But most importantly, Laura was responsible for keeping the victim/witness able to cooperative and willing to testify which could be months or years later.
Pete Fosselman - SEARCH AND RESCUE (L.A. Sheriffs Department).
BIO to come!
HOMICIDE - Speaker to be announced shortly!
FORENSICS - Speaker to be announced shortly!