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Crime Writers Consultations - Police Scene Review


Crime Writers Consultations offers you affordable consultation services for writers and movie makers everywhere. Novelists and screenwriters from as far away from Norway have come to learn from Sgt. Derek Pacifico, 22-year veteran of Southern California sheriff's department. His six years spent as a homicide detective with nearly 200 murders and officer involved shootings is sure to provide you with enough story assistance, dialogue and procedural realism to take your project over the top!

Set up your appointment today with Sgt. Pacifico and learn the real deal on murders, officer involved shootings and suspicious deaths, interview and interrogation, and general police work. He'll review your police scene in your novel or screenplay and offer you corrections and suggestions to get the facts accurate and believable enough that even real cops will keep reading or watchin!

But if a telephone conversation or script review isn't enough, you can always come see him live at one of his Writers Homicide School seminars, a two-day intense course into the world of law enforcement and homicide investigations.

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Derek Pacifico

Sgt. Derek Pacifico, is an accessible crowd pleaser and dynamic speaker. His lectures for Sisters In Crime, the California Crime Writers Conference and Scriptwriters Network at CBS Studios in Burbank, California were huge hits that launched his career in the world of mystery and crime writing consultation.His firm Crime Writers Consultations, and his course Writers Homicide School have been featured in Emmy Magazine, Suspense Magazine, and on NPR Radio.


Sergeant Derek Pacifico is a dynamic, personable and funny instructor who is sure to entertain while educating. His captivating story telling style, his humor and his insight in to the real world of police work is unmatched. Here is but one of many testimonials from a student of Sgt. Pacifico’s Writers Homicide School.


“Derek has superior law enforcement knowledge as well as a great sense of humor. He presents cases in a well balanced format that pulls from his 20 plus years of experience solving complex crimes. It's easy to understand how his dogged determination, intelligence and the talent to communicate clearly and effectively made him a highly effective cop. I would recommend this course to all people interested in great storytelling.


Keep up the good work Derek. The information in the class is very interesting and there are more people out there that would benefit by taking your class. Again, when you walked us through the cases and how you solved them it was amazing!!”  - Joel Clark Ackerman, Writer / Producer

Crime Writers Consultations

In the competitive world of crime drama development and writing, the life and death of your story depends on authentic detail. In this 2-day intensive workshop, veteran homicide detective, Sgt. Derek Pacifico, presents an illuminating and informative look into the real lives of homicide detectives—and the complex, fascinating and dangerous world in which they live, work and survive. 


Sgt. Pacifico draws from his extensive experience in law enforcement, homicide investigation, police interrogation and officer training to help writers of film, television and novels develop stories, characters and dialog with an authentic edge. This 2-day course for writers (born from the curriculum of the 2-week Homicide School that Pacifico designed for actual California homicide detectives) delivers a wealth of content, context, insight and advice, covering the following topics: 


  • The art and science of homicide investigation.
  • Developing true-to-life characters and dialogue.

- Authentic police and criminal vernacular.

- Breaking down the crime scene.

  • Accurate portrayal of police procedure.
  • The mind of the murderer.
  • Navigating inter- and intra-departmental politics, conflict and collaboration.
  • Expert police interrogation techniques.
  • The true trails, tribulations, and rewards in the daily (and nightly) life of a detective.
  • Crime Scene Investigation technology and techniques.
  • The truth about shoot outs, car chases, police weaponry and blood spatter.


... and much, much more.


Your instructor, Sgt. Derek Pacifico, is a 22-year veteran of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, having spent 6 years working nearly 200 murders, officer involved shootings and other suspicious deaths in the Sheriff's Homicide Detail. Through the courses he has developed, written and instructed for the California law enforcement community, Sgt. Pacifico has trained cops to be better cops. Now, at The Writers Homicide School, he can help you to write cops better.


Private and On-Set Consultations available to Writers, Directors & Producers


Want your actors to walk, talk, dress, drive and shoot like real cops? From pre-production consultations to on-set assistance and training, Crime Writers Consultations will ensure accuracy, authenticity and continuity throughout your project. Sign up for a Writers Homicide School in your area or contact Sgt. Pacifico directly at to schedule a private consultation.