All seminars are located at the DEVOS Place Convention Center, unless otherwise noted.

Targeted Violence Prevention: Rapport-Based Law Enforcement Interviewing for Threat Assessment and Threat Management Investigations

Monday, June 26, at 8:00am

PRESENTERS: Erin Langill and Jonathan Schanke, Instructors, Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC)

DESCRIPTION: Targeted violence attacks continue to devastate communities across our nation and have proven to have far-reaching and long-lasting impacts. At the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, the Behavioral Science Division and the Counterterrorism Division collaborated to develop and deliver training specifically for front line law enforcement officers in the prevention of targeted violence through rapport-based law enforcement interviewing.

This training, which is supported by the latest research and current industry standards, combines targeted violence prevention concepts with rapport-based interviewing tactics. Rapport-based interviewing, including the skilled and purposeful use of the Principles of Persuasion and Motivational Interviewing, have been proven to increase the amount of information provided by interviewees, allowing for thorough threat assessment and appropriate and effective threat management to prevent targeted violence attacks.

Based on the multidisciplinary team approach to the prevention of targeted violence, this training prepares law enforcement officers to use rapport-based law enforcement interviewing tactics to contribute to multidisciplinary community threat assessment and threat management teams for the prevention of targeted violence attacks.


  • Attendees will understand the basic concepts of targeted violence attacks, including the Pathway to Violence and the multidisciplinary community team approach to the prevention of targeted violence.
  • Attendees will be introduced to rapport-based law enforcement interviewing tactics, including the Principles of Persuasion and Motivational Interviewing Strategies for increased information collection.
  • Attendees will be able to apply rapport-based interviewing tactics to further threat assessment and threat management investigations both independently and as members of multidisciplinary community teams.

Starting or Expanding Your Drone Program: Drone Guide 101 to ensure you are successful in understanding the pitfalls of a UAS program

Monday, June 26, at 9:15am

PRESENTER: Don Redmond, VP Advanced Public Safety Projects, BRINC Drones

DESCRIPTION: Privacy advocates are sounding the alarm about Fourth Amendment concerns when first responders utilize drones. Police agencies have had to ground their drone programs because no public outreach has occurred, and community activists seize the opportunity to question the legitimacy of their drone usage. UAS technology (commonly referred to as drones) can be used by public safety agencies to enhance community service, increase situational awareness, and provide de-escalation strategies to keep first responders and the community safe. Agencies implementing a drone program must recognize and understand the legitimate public concerns about surveillance and privacy and take steps to ensure their drone program is accepted by their community. Special focus must occur on addressing concerns about public trust, civil liberties, and the public’s right to privacy during UAS operations. Public engagement, identifying ethical landmines, and a commitment to transparency are key factors to a successful public safety UAS program.

Retired Police Captain Don Redmond who managed the Chula Vista Police Department Drone as First Responder (DFR) program will present a basic overview of the benefits and challenges of starting and growing an agency drone program. Topics will include the different methods of using a drone including patrol tactical deployment, mapping, indoor, and DFR. Participants will gain an understanding of FAA regulations, and the different use cases for drones while recognizing and understanding the legitimate public concerns about surveillance and privacy. Participants will understand a drone program is not about drones, but the use of drones and community acceptance and will take away steps for gaining and improving community support for their program. Key takeaways will include the importance of public engagement in developing UAS policy, working with stakeholders including your local politicians and the ACLU, and engaging the media and social media to ensure there are no surprises with the community.


  • The attendees will be able to describe the benefits and challenges of an agency drone program and its impact on the community.
  • The attendees will be able to list the different use cases for drones in law enforcement and the pros and cons of each.
  • The attendees will be able to describe the steps in gaining community support in implementing or expanding their drone program.

How Proactive Policing is winning the war on Drug Addiction

Monday, June 26, at 10:30am

PRESENTER: Erik Robey, Director, Community and Legislative Affairs, Harford County (MD) Sheriff’s Office

DESCRIPTION:  For the last decade the Harford County Sheriff’s Office has taken a multifaceted approach to fighting drug addiction and overdoses in Harford County. The HOPE House, CORE Program and Pledge Program all addresses specific presentation topics for each age group and provides the tools to address addiction issues for a lifetime.
Erik Robey will describe in detail the three programs, show two short interactive videos and discuss how these proactive programs have built community support and trust for Law Enforcement and have a profound impact on lower the number of overdose deaths in Harford County Maryland.
HOPE House: Developed in 2016; is a 40-foot mobile exhibited designed as a teenager’s bedroom. Adults over 21 (Mostly Parents) tour the exhibit and trained volunteers show parents where Law Enforcement have found teenagers hiding drugs and signs to look for that may indicate drug use or interest.
CORE Program: Focus on Middle and High School students by using technology to deliver three video scenarios where students will see real life situations that might result in kids encountering challenges in their lives that might result in them making a decision that will lead to drug and addiction problems. A Deputy interacts directly with the students to evaluate and determine a students understand of addiction and then allows the student to interactively view up to three scenarios and then provides the opportunity to make a different choice which will result in a more positive outcome.
Pledge Program: Sheriff’s Community Police Deputies work with the Office of Drug Control Policy and teach drug refusal skills to 4th and 5th grade students. For the final class student’s role paly scenarios and apply the anti-drug and addiction message they learned from the Deputies.


  • Attendees we learn how community members have a different perspective on Law Enforcement Officers after viewing them as instructors, friends and mentors and seeing them in a proactive vs reactive environment.
  • Attendees will take away ideas and concepts that they can bring back to their agencies and implement to help reduce the addiction and overdose problem in their specific community.
  • Attendees will understand that in today’s world Law Enforcement can no longer just be a reactive profession, we must take part in proactive programs and initiatives to develop strong relations with the community and prevent future crime from occurring.

Violent Extremist Threats to the Global Energy Sector

Tuesday, June 27, at 2:00pm

PRESENTERS: Adam Jones, Midwest Regional Representative, National Counterterrorism Center

DESCRIPTION: This presentation will highlight attack trends and tactics used by violent extremists to target the energy sector worldwide. It will also provide an in-depth look at threats to the electricity sector in order to provide first responders with indicators of an attack and post-incident considerations.


  • Better understand the tactics, techniques, and procedures violent extremists use to target the energy sector, and which subsectors are most vulnerable to attack.
  • Increase awareness of pre-attack indicators and how first responders can work with utility owners and operators.
  • Learn what resources are available for information sharing, reporting requirements, and post-incident response.

The Importance of Capturing Institutional Knowledge – Your Black Swan Is Someone Else’s Gray Rhino

Tuesday, June 27, at 3:15pm

PRESENTERS: Gordon Graham, Lexipol

DESCRIPTION: In the study of tragedies in any profession, it is clear there are no new ways to get in trouble. In past presentations, Gordon Graham has spoken about “Black Swans”—the unknown unknowns—and “Gray Rhinos”—massive, obvious problems we fail to recognize. This program builds on that message, stressing that most tragedies law enforcement agencies suffer are Gray Rhinos. But because leaders so often fail to share lessons learned across agencies, we perceive Gray Rhinos as Black Swans. Just because it has not happened in your agency does not mean it has not happened in our profession. Graham will share a seven-step approach to facilitate the sharing of knowledge by and between police departments around America, calling for the need to make “the knowledge of all the knowledge of one.”


  • Upon completion, the participant will be able to articulate the difference between Black Swans and Gray Rhinos and understand why problems that often appear to come out of nowhere can be anticipated with proper cross-agency information sharing.
  • Upon completion, the participant will be able to explain a seven-step process—ranging from post-incident analysis to strategies for capturing institutional knowledge—to facilitate the sharing of knowledge by and between police departments.
  • Upon completion, the participant will be able to create and/or access a “learning management system” to help prevent future tragedies and will understand the importance of learning not just from events within law enforcement, but in all high-risk industries.

Human Trafficking – The Fastest Growing Criminal Enterprise In the World …Sheriffs Unite

Tuesday, June 27, at 4:30pm

PRESENTERS: Sheriff Christopher Swanson, Genesee County (MI) 

 In this session, you will learn the Play by Play on how to conduct a Human Trafficking operation in your county. You will learn that Human Trafficking is real and has no boundaries. Once implemented, your county will recognize you as the protector of the most vulnerable. 

GHOST was conceived in Flint, Michigan in 2018, from an international operation which led to an ultra-successful concept team that has conducted operations in 50 counties in the State of Michigan and 7 States across the United States, including Texas, Nevada, Missouri, Florida, Washington, and Oregon. 


  • Learn the reality of Human Trafficking in your county.
  • To release the GHOST Play Book (for law enforcement eyes only). A battle tested and ready to implement formula for your county. 
  • To schedule your operation and work together to create your GHOST team with no additional cost or staff. 

The Border is not just a border Sheriff’s Problem, it is an all of us Problem

Wednesday, June 28, at 2:00pm

PRESENTERS: Sheriff Troy Wellman, Sheriff, Moody County (SD) and Sheriff Jason Weber, Jerauld County (SD)

DESCRIPTION: South Dakota Sheriff’s Association realized the crisis on the border to be an issue and sent 2 Sheriffs to Arizona and 2 to Texas to visit the border in person with the agreement they would come back and be able to put together a presentation that would allow others to see what was seen firsthand.  To help drive home the point that the border is not a border Sheriff issue, but is an All Sheriffs issue. 


  • See the border crisis from the perspective of 5 South Dakota sheriffs.

Responding to and investigating bomb threats and swatting hoaxes

Wednesday, June 28, at 3:15pm

PRESENTER: Brian LeBlanc, Supervisory Special Agent, FBI

DESCRIPTION: This training provides attendees an overview of the realities of bomb threats and swatting hoaxes, and includes a detailed review of statistics and current trends seen across the country. The training will also cover the characteristics of hoax calls, law enforcement best practices for assessment and response, and the decision-making process for evacuation or sheltering in place. 


Effective Leadership in the golden hour: Law Enforcement and Mass Violence Incidents

Wednesday, June 28, at 4:30pm

PRESENTERS: Dave Thomas, Program Manager, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Mitch Cunningham, Chief Law Enforcement Advisor, National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA)

DESCRIPTION: Mass shootings at schools, nightclubs, grocery stores, and other public venues continue to occur in overwhelming numbers. Mass violence and domestic terrorism incidents (CMV/DT) result in unthinkable devastation for victims, their loved ones, and communities as a whole. As the first to respond, law enforcement officers bear witness to horrific scenes, heartbreaking stories, and complicated investigative and trial processes. In this session, our subject matter experts will discuss the unique challenges that CMV/DT incidents pose for law enforcement and provide strategies that leaders can enact to support their personnel while also mitigating the negative effects of vicarious trauma.


  • Identify at least three key differences between a criminal mass violence and domestic terrorism (CMV/DT) incident and other common incidents law enforcement officers respond to
  • Describe the basic concepts of the neurobiology of trauma induced by mass violence incidents
  • Name at least two impacts of mass violence incidents on law enforcement agencies
  • Explain at least two strategies agencies can implement to mitigate the negative effects of vicarious trauma