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


Monday, June 26, at 8:00am




First in the Nation: Rural Sheriff Leverages Smartphones as In-Car Computers & Body Cameras

Monday, June 26, at 9:15am

PRESENTERS: Sheriff Joe Colston, Monroe County (MO) Sheriff’s Office

DESCRIPTION: The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri, is the first law enforcement agency in the country to leverage the power of smartphones to provide in-car computing capability across its entire fleet of patrol cars and to deliver full desktop computing capability at office workstations. Each deputy is assigned a smartphone which also serves as a powerful body camera. In sum, a single device – the smartphone – now supports in-car computing, in-station computing, body worn camera functionality, and replaces other single-purpose devices such as video and still cameras.

The cost savings have been substantial and the user experience of leveraging a single device in so many ways has resulted in improved operational effectiveness and increased situational awareness. As agencies implement technology, several factors must be considered: Is it effective, reliable, and affordable? This workshop will address these questions and provide an in-depth explanation of how the tech transformation was accomplished.


  • Understand the benefits of using smartphone technology as a force multiplier.
  • Recognize how using a single device (smartphone) improves operational efficiency and saves money.
  • Learn how a connected officer improves community engagement and enhances situational awareness.


Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Applications in Public Safety

Monday, June 26, at 10:30am

PRESENTERS: Deputy/UAS Team Leader Jason Grubbs, Story County (IA) Sheriff’s Office and Deputy/Assistant UAS Team Leader Aaron Kester, Story County (IA) Sheriff’s Office

DESCRIPTION: The Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Applications In Public Safety presentation provides an overview of the process of developing, maintaining and enhancing a successful UAS program within a public safety organization. A history of the Story County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) UAS Team will be provided. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements are briefly discussed to include items of consideration as to which method of operation may best suit organizations. The team member selection process is discussed along with initial, recurring and specialized trainings. Specific equipment is discussed to include various UAS, support equipment and supporting software. Real-world application examples will be provided to include missing persons, tactical operations, crime/accident scene documentation, HAZMAT/FD support and dive operations. Application examples are supplemented with video and/or photos from actual events. Other areas that will be briefly discussed include Drone as First Responder, Counter UAS, the DOD/DIU Blue UAS Program, various training opportunities and more.

In 2014, the Story County Sheriff’s Office (IA) began researching the concept of implementing the use of UAS into its organizational mission with the goal of safely, efficiently and effectively conducting operations in support of all disciplines within public safety. The SCSO offers assistance of its special teams including the UAS Team to jurisdictions within the state of Iowa and throughout the nation upon request. The SCSO researched the benefits and uses of UAS in public safety and immediately realized the potential of utilizing the technology in situations that in the past required substantial risk to human assets. Additionally, advantages such as efficiency in operations compared to manned aircraft, portability and rapid deployment capabilities were also acknowledged during the research.

In August of 2020, Story County Sheriff Paul H. Fitzgerald, National Sheriffs Association Past President (2011-12) approved the purchase of six UAS. Currently, the SCSO operates 12 UAS varying in capabilities and applications with features such as thermal imaging, autonomous flight, spotlights, speakers, payload delivery, in-door flight and high-quality zoom cameras. The UAS Team plays an integral role in the daily operations and emergency response capabilities of the SCSO by leveraging the benefits of some of the most advanced unmanned aircraft technology available.
The UAS team consists of twelve FAA, Part 107 certified Remote Pilots and works in coordination with the Story County Attorney’s Office, Information Technology Department, and the FBI to ensure information security and uphold individual privacy rights. UAS Team members are required to attend a UAS Commercial Remote Pilot Training followed by a specialized operator’s course which certifies them on each UAS. The SCSO also conducts monthly UAS Team trainings to ensure members remain proficient in all areas of UAS Operations. In 2022, the SCSO UAS Team was awarded an Association of Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International Xcellence in Mission Award in the Public Safety Category. The team has also conducted presentations across the nation for colleges, DHS Committees and civil organizations.


  • Participants will gain knowledge in how UAS enhance public safety operations and reduce risk to human assets.
  • The audience will learn ways in which to start, manage and implement a UAS program in a public safety organization.
  • Take-away specific applications in which UAS could benefit their organizations and community.
  • Attendees will also be introduced to various aspects of the UAS industry to include equipment, training and resources.

Developing a sustainable citizen engagement strategy: Technology’s role in improving community trust

Tuesday, June 27, at 2:00pm

PRESENTERS: Karen Carlson, Vice President of Product, PowerDMS by NEOGOV and Candace Harris, Arvada Police Department  

DESCRIPTION: Maintaining and increasing community trust is hard when departments are understaffed and overworked. Technology provides sustainable ways to automate citizen outreach, measure citizen satisfaction, and boost officer morale.

In this session, Karen Carlson of PowerDMS by NEOGOV and Candace Harris of Arvada Police Department will walk attendees through how to leverage technology in an effort to positively engage your community, improve transparency, and establish trust.

Carlson and Harris will discuss the agency’s rollout of an automated citizen engagement solution to deepen community relationships and provide an accurate picture of officers’ impact in the community — not what’s portrayed in the media.

They will provide a first-hand look at how Arvada Police Department established goals to improve trust with its community and set out on a journey to implement technology that would help. They will take a deep dive into how to develop a citizen engagement strategy, including how to determine and implement the right technology solution and review results to date – with specific metrics to tell the transformative story of an agency’s improved community relationships.

They will also take a look at the unexpected benefits of a citizen engagement strategy, including displaying positive feedback in real-time to boost officer morale.

Attendees will walk away with an understanding of the key elements of a citizen engagement strategy, the role automation can play, and tangible ideas to implement a strategy that can bring a new level of openness and transparency to the communities in which they work.


  • Understand the basis of a positive police/community relationship and modern technology’s role.
  • Roll out a cohesive citizen engagement and feedback solution in his agency to build community trust.
  • Identify metrics to measure community trust, improve transparency and boost officer morale.

The Role of Sheriffs in Implementing Deflection and Pre-arrest Diversion Initiatives

Tuesday, June 27, at 3:15pm

PRESENTERS: Phil Ross, Program Manager, TASC’s Center for Health and Justice, Sheriff Jerry L. Clayton, Washtenaw County (MI) and Sheriff James M. Gannon, Morris County (NJ)

DESCRIPTION: Sheriffs and other local law enforcement leaders serve a pivotal role in the creation, implementation, and management of effective deflection and pre-arrest diversion initiatives at the city and county level. The scale of their position provides county sheriffs with insight into the challenges and sociocultural dynamics present within their communities, as well as an understanding of how these can affect community relationships with law enforcement and contribute to the ongoing epidemic of substance use disorder. By incorporating this knowledge into the design and implementation of deflection initiatives, sheriffs are able to ensure that these efforts are tailored to address the specific needs and challenges faced by the communities they serve. In this panel, representatives from the Washtenaw County, MI, Sheriff’s Office and the Morris County, NJ, Sheriff’s Office will discuss their roles in the creation and implementation of deflection initiatives, as well as the challenges they have faced throughout the process. They will also describe the nuances of their deflection programs and the ways in which these programs can benefit individual citizens, law enforcement agencies, and communities as a whole.


  • Explore the unique role that sheriffs can play in creating and/or supporting deflection initiatives.
  • Identify challenges and barriers to implementing and sustaining deflection initiatives in both rural and urban communities.
  • Identify the benefits of sheriff-led deflection initiatives in rural and urban communities and discuss lessons learned and successful strategies.

Internet Crimes Against Children

Tuesday, June 27, at 4:30pm

PRESENTERS:  Captain Stephen Anders, Bedford County (VA) Sheriff’s Office/SOVA-ICAC Task Force

DESCRIPTION: An overview of technology facilitated crimes against children, and how training and skills developed by investigating these crimes and working with your local ICAC task force can assist in other criminal investigations.


  • Identify various ways children can be sexually exploited online.
  • Identify how to leverage consumer technology to identify potential evidence in criminal investigations.
  • Identify one of the root causes of sexual exploitation.

Delivering on the promise of 5g

Wednesday, June 28, at 2:00pm

PRESENTERS: Jason Mitchell, Senior Manager, Verizon Crisis Response Team; Danielle Galloway, Michigan Response Team, Verizon Crisis Response Team; and Caleb Ford

DESCRIPTION: We’re living in a transformative era of innovation in public safety communications and technology powered by 5G. Hear how Verizon Frontline is delivering on the promise of 5G for public safety today while continuing to work with first responders to meet their unique and evolving needs well into the future. Our team will review Verizon Frontline offerings and innovative new communications technology like the Rapid Response Connectivity Unit developed in partnership with Pelsue.


Basic interdiction with passenger vehicles, roadside interviews and commercial motor vehicles: Free training opportunities through cri-tac

Wednesday, June 28, at 3:15pm

PRESENTERS: Mitch Cunningham, Chief Law Enforcement Advisor, National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), Ryan Daugirda, Project Manager, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Captain Tully Yount, Collin County (TX) Sheriff’s Office and Lieutenant Rudy Lopez, Genesee County (MI) Sheriff’s Office

DESCRIPTION: In a time of significant change in law enforcement with a number of societal challenges that law enforcement is called upon to address, some agencies have the need for technical assistance to guide them with best practices, policy enhancements, process assessment and many others. This seminar will discuss basic interdiction techniques along with how to take advantage of the CRI-TAC process to obtain law enforcement technical assistance.

The Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC) sponsored by a number of police associations and the Department of Justice, has been providing free resources and technical assistance since 2017. With experienced, world class experts who have initiated successful change in their own agencies, CRI-TAC over the years has worked with hundreds of agencies to help them meet their goals and the needs of their community. In this seminar attendees will learn about the CRI-TAC process and hear about the interdiction training that NSA has provided for free to numerous sheriff’s offices.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about and take advantage of cost free, highly effective resources you can use to obtain the impacts you want for your organization.


  • Attendees will learn about the CRI-TAC process.
  • Attendees will understand what is expected of them as they participate in the CRI-TAC process.
  • Attendees will learn about other COPS Office resources that will assist their agency.
  • Attendees will learn about interdiction techniques and how to implement an interdiction process in their own jurisdiction.

NCMEC Resources for Missing Child Cases

Wednesday, June 28, at 4:30pm

PRESENTERS: Amanda Bixler, Program Specialist, Missing Children Division, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Jessica Konecke, Case Manager, Missing Children Division, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

DESCRIPTION: The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children has served as the nation’s central resource center for missing and exploited children since 1984. NCMEC offers a wide range of free case resources and services to support law enforcement agencies and families to help bring home missing children. This presentation will dive into the types of cases NCMEC can support, how law enforcement can access missing child case resources, as well as highlight specialized resources like forensic partnerships, age progressions, and facial reconstructions.


  • Participants will learn about the case resources available to law enforcement agencies.
  • Participants will learn how to report missing children to NCMEC and the specialized services available.
  • Participants will learn about NCMEC’s forensic partnerships and how to utilize those unique programs.