FUTURE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT SEMINARS

All seminars are located at the Kansas City Convention Center, unless otherwise noted.

The Proactive Power of Polling: Putting Your Agency in a Forward Public Position

Monday, June 27, at 8:00am in Room 2210

PRESENTERS: James Palmer, Executive Director, Wisconsin Professional Police Association; and Roger Wright Putnam, CEO, SQUID Communications

DESCRIPTION: Scientific polling has been a central proactive strategic tool as part of a ten-year law enforcement case study in Wisconsin. The effort has received national and international attention as it has helped the state’s law enforcement community during the most difficult and turbulent times. Armed with data-driven opinion research, law enforcement leaders are able to accurately point to fact vs. fiction regarding media-driven public perceptions about issues like community safety, racism, officer involved shootings and specific policy issues driving community and news media interest. The effort has greatly aided law enforcement leaders in developing messages and tactics during difficult and chaotic times.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Participants will learn how to establish a proactive, public relations campaign (polling) that will positively position their departments with the communities they serve.
  • This presentation will give real-life crises where critical core messages born out of polling data helped departments get through some very difficult situations.
  • Learn how to develop polling data and critical messages into a tactical progression that positively positions your department with your larger community.

Use of Force in the United States: Lessons Learned from Minnesota

Monday, June 27, at 9:15am in Room 2210

PRESENTER: Imran Ali, Eckberg Lammers, LETAC

DESCRIPTION: Since the events of Ferguson, MO, polices and laws have changed regarding law enforcement. From the riots in Minneapolis around George Floyd’s death, to the prosecution of Kim Potter mistakenly using a firearm, instead of a taser, resulting the death of Daunte Wright. This course will be presented by two prosecutors involved in in both of these cases. Learn about the changing laws on use of force and qualified immunity and the polices that are now requested for LEO all over the country. Learn why one prosecutor finally had enough of the politics and quit his job involving the prosecution of Kim Potter. This presentation will be engaging and entertaining.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Learn about Use of Force and other laws in the US
  • Case study for State vs. Derek Chauvin and State vs. Kim Potter
  • Take away useful information to prepare your city from the unknown

Exploring the Impact of Stigma on People with Substance Use Disorders in our Criminal Justice System

Monday, June 27, at 10:30am in Room 2210

PRESENTER: Tom Maioli, Consultant, and Dr. Sean Fogler, Co-Founder, Elevyst

DESCRIPTION: On April 3rd, 2022, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported over 106,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States during the 12-month period ending in November 2021. This historic high highlights a public health crisis of epic proportions and the past policies and practices that have failed to fully address substance use and the resultant harms.

Our criminal justice system is on the front lines of this crisis and has been tasked with examining and responding to a wide range of complex mental health and substance use disorders, often with limited resources. To effectively address these challenges we need to understand the perceptions and beliefs of every criminal justice system stakeholder. These perceptions are what drive stigma and the policies that deliver negative outcomes. To improve outcomes and community health and safety we need to uncover these perceptions and deliver data-driven interventions that affect change for every stakeholder, ultimately improving the lives of all people who use substances and those impacted by the disease of addiction.

People who use drugs and those with substance use disorders have always been engaged with and impacted by the criminal justice system. The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports more than half of state prisoners and two thirds of sentenced jail inmates meet the criteria for drug dependence or misuse. The criminal justice system, healthcare, and costs of lost productivity exceed 1 trillion dollars each year. Numerous studies demonstrate that drug use among those in the criminal justice system leads to high rates of recidivism. Despite great efforts by criminal justice system stakeholders to address substance use, success continues to be elusive.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Explore perceptions
  • Identify barriers
  • Find evidence-based solutions that improve outcomes

How Law Enforcement Can Work Effectively with Election Officials to Secure Elections

Tuesday, June 28, at 2:00pm in Room 2210

PRESENTERS: Chris Harvey, Deputy Executive Director, GA POST

DESCRIPTION: This presentation is the result of 20+ years of service in law enforcement interrupted by a six-year stint (2015-2021) as Georgia’s Elections Director. This program will highlight the recent threats to election officials, threats to polling places and voters, and how law enforcement can work intelligently and creatively to provide needed protection without encroaching on the openness of elections. Elections have been transformed from boring and routine exercises to become front-page news stories that now last more than simply the events of election day. Law enforcement agencies must adapt and respond to these new challenges without becoming an overbearing presence in the election processes.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • The first objective is to educate the participants in the breadth and depth of elections, including the many concerns election officials face before, during, and after the votes have been cast and counted.
  • The second objective is to offer ways that law enforcement can bring their experience and expertise to the election workers who increasingly find themselves under siege (sometimes literally) from hostile citizens and interest groups.
  • The third objective is to explore and explain how law enforcement can continue their public service in the pursuit of restoring confidence in the democratic process of running elections, and why this is such a critical task.

U.S. Marshals Service Violent Crime Reduction Platform

Tuesday, June 28, at 3:15pm in Room 2210

PRESENTERS: Eric Mayo, Chief Inspector, United States Marshals Service

DESCRIPTION:

  • The United States Marshals Service USMS has two specific adaptable gang enforcement initiatives to address gang-related violence: Operation Triple Beam (OTB) and the shorter duration Operation Washout (OWO).
  • Operation Triple Beam is a 60-90-day, USMS-led, collaborative counter-gang initiative that partners federal, local, and state law enforcement to focus on specific areas impacted by significant gang violence, while targeting the most violent gang members and organizations.
  • The OTB model uses a holistic approach to counter gang violence, with each agency bringing its specialized skills to the operation. Counter-gang fugitive investigations are augmented by narcotics and firearms investigations, proactive street patrols, and the development of actionable human intelligence. The result of this investigative methodology is the disruption and destabilization of targeted criminal enterprises, and a reduction of gang associated violence within the focused area of operations.
  • The OWO model utilizes similar strategies as an OTB, however are shorter in duration and often conducted in high crime areas where local law enforcement cannot dedicate long term resources or manpower, but require immediate responses to increased levels of hyper-violence.
  • The OTB model has proven to be an effective method of reducing street level gang violence through the targeting of gang leadership and those actively involved in the criminal enterprise.
  • Through collaboration and strategic targeting, investigators remove criminal elements from the street while seizing the centers of gravity – firearms, narcotics and cash.
  • OTB arrests often lead to federal firearms and narcotics prosecutions, and longer-term enterprise investigations led by the USMS’ federal partners involved in the operations.
  • OTB serves as an effective enhancement to the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Forces and the Public Safety Partnership.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • The policing of America requires innovative and evolving techniques. This course will seek to demonstrate a usable platform to leverage in combating violent street crime
  • This presentation seeks to educate its audience about the viability of partnering with the United States Marshals Service for short duration operations that may evolve into long term, productive partnerships
  • This presentation explains the importance of utilizing metrics to track the effectiveness of crime reduction from these targeted operations to demonstrate results to the public

The Future of Public / Private Partnerships in Pipeline Emergencies

Tuesday, June 28, at 4:30pm in Room 2210

PRESENTERS: Steve Roberts, Vice President of Training, Paradigm Liaison Services

DESCRIPTION:
This program is designed to provide information on the future of public / private partnerships between Sheriff’s Offices and Pipeline Companies in pipeline emergencies. This includes

  1. Where to find information about federally-regulated pipelines that may be in your jurisdiction.
  2. How to identify the owner / operator of those pipelines.
  3. How to find the commodity transported in those pipelines.
  4. The characteristics and hazards of the commodities transported in the pipelines.
  5. The overarching importance of public / private partnerships between county government and pipeline companies and making those governments aware of the response resources available from the pipeline companies.
  6. Accessing pipeline company emergency response plans

LEARNING OJBECTIVES:

  • Identify local jurisdictional pipeline companies, local pipeline operators, local pipeline facility types, products, characteristics, and their hazards
  • Discuss the need to visit with local operators about their pipeline systems and the resources those pipeline companies have available to assist in responding to a pipeline emergency.

Veterans Justice Programs: Services for Veterans Involved in the Criminal Justice System

Wednesday, June 29, at 2:00pm in Room 2210

PRESENTERS: Matthew Stimmel, National Training Director, Veterans Justice Programs, US Department of Veterans Affairs

DESCRIPTION: This seminar focuses on the future of law enforcement by describing how the work of Veterans Justice Outreach specialists (VJO), licensed clinicians from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), can support prevention, early intervention and service linkage through partnership with law enforcement agencies at the front end of the criminal justice system.

Incarceration as an adult male is the most powerful predictor of homelessness. VA services for justice-involved Veterans are therefore provided through two dedicated national programs, both prevention-oriented components of VA’s Homeless Programs: Health Care for Reentry Veterans (HCRV) and Veterans Justice Outreach (VJO). Known collectively as the Veterans Justice Programs (VJP), HCRV and VJO facilitate access to needed VA health care and other services for Veterans at all stages of the criminal justice process, from initial contact with law enforcement through community reentry following extended incarceration.

VJO Specialists serve Veterans at earlier stages of the criminal justice process, with a three-pronged focus on outreach to community law enforcement, jails, and courts. VJO Specialists at each VAMC engage with local law enforcement, conduct outreach in local jails, and work with Veterans in the local criminal courts (including but not limited to the Veterans Treatment Courts, or VTCs). Each VA medical center has at least one VJO Specialist, who serves as a liaison between VA and the local criminal justice system. This seminar will describe the demographic and diagnostic characteristics of Veterans seen by VJO specialists, the connections these Veterans make to VA healthcare, and examples of model programs these specialists have established with local criminal justice partners that increases access and services to these Veterans.

Veterans who are seen by VJO Specialists access VA mental health and substance use treatment at high rates. Most Veterans seen in the VJO program have a mental health (75 percent) or substance use disorder (56 percent) diagnosis, or both (48 percent). Within one year of their VJO outreach visit, 92 percent of Veterans with mental health diagnoses had had at least one VHA mental health visit, averaging 13 visits in that year. Within the same timeframe, 66 percent of Veterans with substance use disorder diagnoses had had at least one VHA substance use disorder visit, averaging 12 visits in that year.

Unlike other community-facing VA outreach programs, the VJP’s core functions are performed in controlled environments to which VA has no right of access. The work of VJP is therefore uniquely dependent on the ability of its field staff to build and maintain relationships with partners in their communities’ criminal justice systems. Differences among local criminal justice systems, as well as the partnership-driven nature of the work, mean that VJP operations can look significantly different from one location to the next. The seminar will conclude with a discussion with attendees about how they can collaborate with VJO specialists to meet the needs of Veterans in their communities.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Participants will be able to describe the role of Veterans Justice Outreach specialists in the criminal justice system
  • Participants will be able to list at least three examples of promising partnerships between law enforcement and VJO Specialists
  • Participants will know how to contact their local VJO Specialist in order to link Veterans in their community to services

Rural and Agricultural Policing

Wednesday, June 29, at 3:15pm in Room 2210

PRESENTER: Kip Wills, Deseret Ranches/AgReserves, Inc.

DESCRIPTION: A presentation that will help officers identify agricultural crime trends as well as strategies to combat crime in extremely rural areas. The emphasis is an overview of how various commodities are harvested and transported as well as their points of vulnerability for theft.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

  • Attendees will be able to identify common agricultural practices and equipment so that they can more readily spot anomalies that may indicate criminal behaviors.
  • Attendees will discuss the available resources specific to rural and agricultural crimes, to include such things as state brand inspectors, NCIB assistance, Livestock Associations, federal land agencies, etc..
  • Attendees will be provided a variety of strategies to combat crime in agricultural areas.

Responding to Transnational Fraud Schemes that Target Older Adults

Wednesday, June 29, at 3:15pm in Room 2214

PRESENTERS: James Foley, Vice President, NW3C

DESCRIPTION: Transnational elder fraud is a growing problem, perpetrated through telemarketing, mass-mailing, and tech-support scams. These scams can be difficult to investigate; law enforcement and advocates are often not trained on how to approach these crimes, and victims aren’t aware of available resources. This presentation will provide information on common scams and what actions can be taken to assist victims. We will review the agencies and organizations where victims should be referred and will discuss resources specifically for law enforcement that can facilitate investigations.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Participants will understand how common transnational fraud scams are carried out and tactics that perpetrators use to commit these crimes.
  • Participants will be able to identify agencies and organizations that can provide further assistance to victims.
  • Participants will be able to identify resources for law enforcement that can assist with investigating challenging transnational elder fraud cases

The Money Counter Network–Quickly Count, Connect, Collaborate, and Follow the Cash

Wednesday, June 29, at 4:30pm in Room 2210

PRESENTER: David P. Lewis, Senior Policy Advisor, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs. U.S. Department of Justice; and Matt McDonald, RISS Chief Information Officer, Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS)

DESCRIPTION: The days of spending hours counting stacks of cash are gone. Technology has brought an innovative, streamlined way to follow the cash. The Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) Money Counter Network (MCN) stores currency serial numbers for comparison to currency submitted by officers in previous cases. Authorized users can query the MCN to determine whether a note has been previously stored. Using money counter scanning devices, currency information is captured, stored, and uploaded to the MCN.

This session will showcase this powerful time-saving tool, how it helps combat crimes, such as money laundering, and how your agency can integrate MCN into your operations. A demonstration and example success stories will be shared so attendees can see MCN in action.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: 

  • Learn about the power of the Money Counter Network, its features and functionality through a live demonstration, and how agencies can integrate it into their operations.
  • Learn practical applications of the Money Counter Network to connect cases and collaborate across jurisdictions through real-world examples.
  • Learn how to participate in the Money Counter Network, time-saving tools, and tips to advance investigations.

The Kelsey Smith Case – The investigation and its Long-Term Impact on Law Enforcement

Thursday, June 30, at 8:00am in Room 2210

PRESENTERS: Greg Smith, Executive Director, Kelsey Smith Foundation, Inc.; and Missey Smith, Co-Founder, Kelsey Smith Foundation, Inc.

DESCRIPTION: This presentation will discuss the Kelsey Smith abduction and murder case, which occurred in the Kansas City area and received national attention. The case has been featured in multiple documentaries on national and international television. The presenter is Kelsey’s father and he will highlight the evidence, law enforcement response, and the technology considerations that eventually led to the arrest and conviction of Kelsey’s murderer. Issues discussed will include cellular device location techniques, suspect interview cues, multi-jurisdictional considerations, and law enforcement/victim advocate response. The Kelsey Smith case set the standard for the use of wireless technology to locate victims in exigent circumstances.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Describe the Kelsey Smith Case
  • Analyze how the Kelsey Smith case impacted the use of technology in criminal investigations.
  • Contrast and compare Federal Law, Federal Case Law, and State Law concerning wireless location.
  • Analyze Policy Considerations for wireless location techniques.

Civilian Advisory versus Civilian Oversight: Benefits to Law Enforcement Agencies Opting for Civilian Advisory Boards

Thursday, June 30, at 9:15am in Room 2210

PRESENTER: Marcy Calnan, College of the Canyons and Community Advisory Committee (Los Angeles Sheriff’s Dept, Palmdale Station)

DESCRIPTION: At least 24 states have passed enactments to expand law enforcement oversight by civilian entities. However, there is little empirical evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of the oversight entities, but the trend of civilian boards is continuing to expand. These boards come in a variety of forms: investigatory bodies, quality review bodies, and advisory bodies. In 22 states, Officers’ Bill of Rights laws protect officers from outside-of-agency investigations, but states have recently started to repeal such laws. In this ever changing landscape, law enforcement agencies might want to consider creating a Civilian Advisory entity to avoid future mandates of Civilian Oversight.

Advisory entities work alongside the law enforcement agency to improve community relations, increase public confidence and understanding of the agency, and provide input from civilian perspectives to agency leadership. The most important difference between Advisory Boards and Civilian Oversight is Advisory Boards do not investigate personnel matters. Advisory Boards are part of a community policing approach. Advisory Boards as part of an overall Community Policing agenda allows agency leadership to have a role in selecting those community leaders. When an agency chooses to form an advisory board, it is publicly signaling to the community that it desires civilian input. It is in the best interest of law enforcement personnel, their unions, and agency leadership to voluntarily add a community advisory board to improve the overall public perception of law enforcement, improve the community’s reaction to the agency personnel, and bridge the gap between the agency and the community it serves. It’s also in the best interest of the community to have a civilian board to approach with complaints, commendations, or concerns about police practices in their neighborhoods. The Civilian Advisory Board enhances the reputation of the law enforcement agency through partnership, transparency, and understanding.

Integrating advisory boards successfully into an agency’s transformative plan depends on selection, frequent exchanges of information, and public events. First, the selection process must be equitable. Advisory Boards should be composed of voluntary members representing a cross-section of the communities within the jurisdiction. Members should be stakeholders in the community, either residing or working in the jurisdiction. Final selection from the pool of candidates should include approval of the Captain. Once selections are made, a meeting schedule should be a priority, so the board and leadership discuss community concerns regularly. Beyond meetings, Public Forums should be periodically held by the board in conjunction with agency leadership, to hear directly from the public. Community Events should also be jointly held for the public to see both entities working together. Finally, successful integration includes educating the advisors on present day policing, so they can pass along their observations to the public. Educating Advisors can include ride-alongs, briefings, and be included in training offered to the ranks.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

  • Describe how Advisory Boards are an integral part of Community Policing Strategies.
  • Differentiate between Advisory Boards and Oversight Panels.
  • Identify the steps to building a successful Advisory Board.

Verizon Frontline: The Role of Reliability, Resiliency and 5G in Emergency Response

Thursday, June 30, at 10:30am in Room 2210

PRESENTERS: Jason Mitchell, Senior Manager (East), Verizon Response Team; and Matthew Brungardt, Manager (Great Plains), Verizon Response Team

DESCRIPTION: We will discuss the future of emergency response and the important work our Verizon Frontline Response Team does in support of public safety agencies across the nation.. This team provides on-demand, emergency assistance during crisis situations to government agencies, emergency responders, nonprofits and communities on a 24/7 basis. Verizon Frontline Response Team members set up portable cell sites, WiFi hotspots, free charging stations and other Verizon Frontline devices and solutions that enable mission-critical communications and/or boost network performance when it matters most.

We will also discuss how 5G is transforming the public safety landscape and the innovations and capabilities it is helping enable. Reliability, resiliency, network security and the evolution of deployables will also be explored. Innovative deployable solutions are being used more often to provide reliable and secure mission-critical communications, even in areas that lack existing network infrastructure. These assets, ranging from trailer-based mobile command centers to
airborne solutions supplying short-range connectivity from the sky, give first responders the communications support they need when lives are on the line and every second matters.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

  1. Disaster Response
  2. Disaster Connectivity
  3. Non-Traditional means of communications