The WPA has been going on now for several years. I was lucky enough to go 3 years ago in North Carolina. It’s moving this year to the Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton, WI, an actual training academy.
It’s a long weekend of the most intense training you will ever experience unless you go through a police academy yourself and become a cop. I can’t recommend this conference enough. If you ever wanted to know how real cops are trained you have to go. If you intend to go though, you have to be on the ball, since from the time registration opens, it usually sells out in a few hours. In the previous 2 years Sisters In Crime has subsidized the cost — which isn’t high for a conference of this caliber — and hotels are always very reasonable.
To learn more check it out here and watch out for future announcements.