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LAW ENFORCEMENT

American Academy of Forensic Sciences
http://www.aafs.org/
Includes listing of colleges and additional forensic links

American Polygraph Association
http://www.polygraph.org/
Has articles on polygraphs, including admissibility, validity research, FAQs

American Society of Criminology
http://www.critcrim.org/
On the academic side, but has some info on crime statistics and solutions

Association for Crime Scene Reconstruction
http://www.acsr.org/
News and more links

Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners
http://www.afte.org/
Has a list of forensic suppliers, firearms cross-reference search, expert referrals, and forensics links

Association for Intelligence Officers
http://www.afio.com/
Has notes and news from the world of intelligence

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Division of Forensic Sciences
http://dofs.gbi.georgia.gov/02/gbi/divison/0,2650,75166109,00.html
Has articles listing procedures for evidence submission and service descriptions

International Association of Arson Investigators
http://www.firearson.com/

International Association for Identification
http://www.theiai.org/
Info on forensic certification requirements

International Association of Bloodstain Pattern Analysts
http://iabpa.org/

International Association for Property and Evidence
http://www.iape.org/
Headlines, articles, procedural downloads, property room storage designs, pictures, tips and tricks, and fun but strange accounts of what not to do

Michigan State University Associations Links
http://staff.lib.msu.edu/harris23/crimjust/lawenfor.htm
Nice list of other links

Scientific Working Group on Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
http://www.swgstain.org/

Virginia Department of Forensic Science
http://www.dfs.virginia.gov/
Articles on Breath Alcohol, Controlled Substances, Firearms & Toolmarks, Forensic   Biology, Forensic Imaging, Forensic Toxicology, Questioned Documents, Trace Evidence


ORGANIZATIONS, MYSTERY

Capital Crime Writers

http://www.capitalcrimewriters.com/newSite/public/index.html
A group of mystery/crime writers based in Ottawa.

Crime Writers Association
http://www.thecwa.co.uk/
The Crime Writers’ Association was founded in 1953 by John Creasey with the aim of supporting professional writers and promoting the genre, and they sponsor the annual Dagger Awards.  Membership is open to any author who has had one crime novel produced by a bona fide publisher.
 
Crime Writers of Canada
http://crimewriterscanada.com
The Crime Writers of Canada is a national organization for Canadian crime writers, associated professionals, and anyone else with a serious interest in Canadian crime writing. Its mission is to promote Canadian crime writing and to raise the profile of Canadian crime writers from coast to coast.
 
Horror Writers Association
http://www.horror.org/
A group which promotes the horror genre and sponsors the annual Stoker Award.

International Thriller Writers
http://www.thrillerwriters.org/
A group formed in 2005 to promote the thriller genre and its writers, with an annual conference and awards.

Mystery Writers of America
http://www.mysterywriters.org/
MWA bills itself as the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. MWA is dedicated to promoting higher regard for crime writing and recognition and respect for those who write within the genre. They provide scholarships for writers, sponsor a youth literacy program,  symposia and conferences, present the Edgar® Awards, and conduct other activities to further a better appreciation and higher regard for crime writing.

          MWA Mid-Atlantic Chapter
         
http://www.mwa-ma.org/

          MWA Midwest Chapter
          http://mwamidwest.com/

          MWA New England Chapter
         
http://www.mwane.org/

          MWA New York Chapter
         
http://www.mwa-ny.org/

          MWA Northwest Chapter
          http://mwanorthwest.com/

          MWA Southeast Chapter
          http://semwa.com/

          MWA Southern California Chapter
          http://www.socalmwa.com/home.htm

          MWA Southwest Chapter
         
http://www.mwasw.org/

Nero Wolfe Society
http://www.nerowolfe.org/
The Wolfe Pack is a forum to discuss, explore, and enjoy the 72 Nero Wolfe books and short stories. The organization promotes fellowship and extends friendship to those who enjoy these great literary works of mystery through a series of events, book discussions, and a journal devoted to study of the genius detective, Nero Wolfe, and his intrepid assistant, Archie Goodwin.
 
Private Eye Writers of America
http://www.privateeyewriters.com
This organization, composed of writers of private eye fiction, presents the annual Shamus Awards.

Sisters in Crime
http://www.sistersincrime.org/
SinC inludes 3400 members in 48 chapters world-wide, offering networking, advice and support to mystery authors. Members are authors, readers, publishers, agents, booksellers and librarians bound by affection for the mystery genre and support of women who write mysteries. Sisters in Crime was founded by Sara Paretsky and a group of women at the 1986 Bouchercon in Baltimore.
 
          Sisters in Crime, Guppies (Internet Critique Group) Chapter
         
http://www.sinc-guppies.org/

          Sisters in Crime, Atlanta Chapter
          http://www.sistersincrimeatlantachapter.com/

          Sisters in Crime, Australia Chapter
          http://www.sistersincrime.org.au/

          Sisters in Crime, California Central Coast
          http://www.centralcoastsisters.blogspot.com/

          Sisters in Crime, Chesapeake Chapter
         
http://www.chessiechapter.org/

          Sisters in Crime, Chicago Chapter
          http://sincchicago.com/

          Sisters in Crime, Connecticut Chapter
         
http://www.sincne.org/

          Sisters in Crime, Desert Sleuths Chapter (Phoenix)
          http://www.desertsleuths.com/

          Sisters in Crime, Florida Chapter
          http://www.floridasistersincrime.com/

          Sisters in Crime, Heart of Texas Chapter
         
http://www.hotxsinc.org/

          Sisters in Crime, Indiana Chapter (Speed City)
         
http://sistersincrimeindiana.weebly.com/

          Sisters in Crime, Los Angeles Chapter
         
http://www.sistersincrimela.com/

          Sisters in Crime, Middle Tennessee Chapter
          http://www.sinc-midtn.org/

          Sisters in Crime, Missouri (Greater St. Louis) Chapter
          http://www.sistersincrimestl.org/

          Sisters in Crime, New England Chapter
         
http://www.sincne.org/

          Sisters in Crime, Central New Jersey Chapter
          http://www.sistersincrimenj.org/

          Sisters in Crime, New Mexico Chapter
         
http://www.croak-and-dagger.com/

          Sisters in Crime, New York/Tri-State Chapter
          http://nysinc.org/

          Sisters in Crime, Northern California Chapter
          http://www.sincnorcal.org/

          Sisters in Crime, Orange County, CA, Chapter
         
http://www.ocsistersincrime.org/

          Sisters in Crime, Puget Sound Chapter
          http://www2.whidbey.net/sinc/

          Sisters in Crime, Toronto Chapter
         
http://www.torontosistersincrime.ca/

          Sisters in Crime, Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) Chapter
         
http://www.twincitysinc.org/ 

          Sisters in Crime, Washington (Puget Sound) Chapter
         
http://www2.whidbey.net/sinc/


Science Fiction Writers of America
http://www.sfwa.org/
The SFWA includes over 1200 science fiction and fantasy writers, artists, editors, and allied professionals are members. Each year they present the Nebula Awards for the science fiction or fantasy best short story, novelette, novella, and novel of the year.


ORGANIZATIONS, GENERAL WRITING

American Society of Authors and Writers
http://amsaw.org/
A professional media society which provides members a laminated Press Identification Card, access to other media professionals, marketing and book promotional tools, SCRIBE! Media Magazine (which includes editor, publisher, literary agent, producer, director, and other media contacts).

American Society of Journalists and Authors
http://www.asja.org
ASJA is the nation's leading organization of independent nonfiction writers. Our membership consists of more than 1,100 outstanding freelance writers of magazine articles, trade books, and many other forms of nonfiction writing. Membership provides a newsletter with insider information on the writing business, a freelance database, members-only workshops and seminars, interest groups and forums, a press card, access to group health insurance, and more.

Authors Guild
http://www.authorsguild.org/
The Authors Guild bills itself  as the nation's leading advocate for writers' interests in effective copyright protection, fair contracts and free expression, ever since it was founded as the Authors League of America in 1912.  To be eligible, book authors must be published by an established American publisher. Freelance writers must have published three works, fiction or non-fiction, by a periodical of general circulation within the last eighteen months. Membership provides access to health insurance, legal services, web site hosting, and publications.
 
Novelists, Inc.
http://www.ninc.com/
Ninc is the an organization for multi-published authors across all elements of popular fiction. They provide annual conferences, a monthly newsletter, networking, an agent guide and Publishers Weekly discount, and more.

Writers Guild of America, East
http://www.wgaeast.org/
The Writers Guild of America, East, is a labor union representing professional writers in film, television and radio. M\embers write for animation, entertainment, network and local news operations, independent stations in major cities, and for any other media production companies.

Writers Guild of America, West
http://www.wga.org/
The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) is a labor union composed of the thousands of writers who write the television shows, movies, news programs, documentaries, animation, CD-ROMs, and content for new-media technologies.


ORGANIZATIONS, PUBLISHING

American Booksellers Association
http://www.bookweb.org/index.html
The ABA is a national, not for profit trade association, and exists to protect and promote the interests of its members: independently owned bookstores (not just mystery-themed), large and small, with storefront locations in towns and cities nationwide. The site includes an online searchable database of independent book stores.
 
Independent Mystery Booksellers Association
http://www.mysterybooksellers.com/
The IMBA is a trade association of owners of retail businesses wholly or substantially devoted to the sale of mystery books, whose goals include promoting specialty mystery booksellers to both the book-buying and the publishing communities and offering support to fellow booksellers. The web includes a directory of their member stores. IMBA also sponsors the annual Dilys Awards.