August 14, 2014

"Murder and the Media"
with Mike Edwards

David M. (Mike) Edwards, retired police chief and former director of state certification for the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, will address the August 9th meeting of SinC-Atlanta on “Murder and the Media.” His talk will include a discussion of a) necessary investigation procedures the media leaves out, b) ways the media can distort the facts, c) why police don't like to talk to the media except during press conferences, d) how TV dramas and reality differ, and e) balancing the public's right to know with the goal of a successful outcome.

Edwards began his law enforcement career in 1961 as a police officer with the Atlanta Police Department. He has served as Assistant Chief of Police in Atlanta, as Division Commander in the Forest Park Police Department, Chief of Police in Riverdale, Assistant Superintendent of the Georgia Police Academy, and most recently, Director of State Certification for the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. Mike has long supported more training and higher education for law enforcement. To that end, he has developed courses and provided training to law enforcement officials in more than 15 states and has been an adjunct instructor in several Georgia Universities since 1971.

Monthly meetings are held the second Saturday of the month from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM at the Smyrna library and are usually followed by a Dutch treat lunch at a nearby restaurant. Visitors are welcome to attend. For maps of the location, click here. (Maps provided by Google Maps.)

2014 Upcoming Meetings

  • 9 August 2014: Mike Edwards, "Murder and the Media"

  • 13 September 2014: Member Critiques

Past Meetings

  • July 2014: Summer Break, No Meeting

  • 14 June 2014: Eric Echols, "How a PI's Evidence Can Affect Justice"

  • 10 May 2014: Kelsey Browning, "Romance Your Creativity (Before it Walks Out on You)"

  • 12 April 2014:Fran Stewart, "Verbs: Make Your Writing Powerful, Crisp, Evocative"

  • 8 March 2014: Larissa Reinhart, "Humor in Mysteries"

  • 8 February 2014: Lane Stone, Roundtable Discussion: Writers' Conferences

  • 11 January 2014: Dr. Melissa Pasquale, "Death Investigation and the Medical Examiner: Real Life is Better Than TV"

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August 2014

Mike Edwards

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