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

Interoperability and ICE Information Sharing

Monday, June 27, at 8:00am in Room 2208

PRESENTERS: Lisa Perdue, Management Program Analyst, Enforcement and Removal Operations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement

DESCRIPTION: Interoperability involves the automatic transmission of criminal history and immigration status data between state and local and federal law enforcement agencies (LEAs). When an arrest is made, biometric (fingerprint) data is automatically submitted to the FBI and compared against DHS databases.

Interoperability is most effective for the agencies’ shared public safety/national security missions when also supported by information sharing, meaningful collaboration, and communication amongst all parties. Proactive data sharing among federal and state/local agencies can improve mission outcomes for all parties, particularly when enhanced data is used to support task force operations and priority enforcement initiatives.


  • Refresh stakeholders on what Interoperability is and the overall goals of Interoperability data transmission, including the data contained in an Immigration Alien Query and Immigration Alien Response
  • Discuss how state, local, and federal data/information is utilized/shared for the benefit of each stakeholder group.
  • Provide information on how immigration and border security enforcement data can be leveraged to support local operations, whether patrol, custody, and/or investigations.

Producing Media for Innovation in Solving Cold Cases

Monday, June 27, at 9:15am in Room 2208

PRESENTERS: Sheriff Brent Waak, Polk County (WI) Sheriff’s Office; Investigator Andrew Vitalis, Polk County (WI) Sheriff’s Office; and Kirk Anderson, Media Producer, Interactive Business Solutions

DESCRIPTION: In January of 2014 the Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a double-fatal hit and run incident that resulted in the death of Richard Cobenais and Ben Juarez. Despite numerous tips that were received throughout the next several years the case remained unsolved. In 2019, to mark the five-year anniversary of the incident the Sheriff’s Office organized a media campaign- to include the production of a short documentary video highlighting the case and requesting cooperation from the public. The video specifically focused on capturing the raw emotion of the victim’s family and their plea for justice. Methods to spread the message included a specific and organized approach of disseminating the video to specific geographical locations to reach the largest audience. Eventually, a tip that was generated through the media campaign was received. The tip ultimately led to the identification of the driver responsible, the vehicle passenger and the recovery of the vehicle was that involved. In January 2022 the driver was convicted and sentenced to five years in state prison. As a result of the successful investigation, Polk County Deputy was awarded the NSA Deputy Sheriff of the year in 2021.


  • Process involved to produce media
  • Techniques to maximize target audience
  • Media platforms
  • Compassion for victims families
  • Presenting your case outside of law enforcement using another voice
  • Administration buy-in

How Sumter County Sheriff’s Office’s Proactive Response to Wandering in Alzheimer’s/Dementia Improved Outcomes for The Villages in Florida

Monday, June 27, at 10:30am in Room 2208

PRESENTERS: Sharon Howard, Victim Services Manager, Sumter County Sheriff’s Office

DESCRIPTION: Sumter County Sheriff’s Office serves the largest retirement community in the world with more residents living with ALZ/dementia, increasing SCSO’s calls to find wanderers. SCSO created a new approach with technology that reduced SARs by 50% & improved community satisfaction.

SCSO’s grant from DOJ is for a new GPS-enabled watch that families use to track, locate & communicate with wanderers. Families quickly locate wanderers without SCSO involvement, improving community satisfaction; reducing costs of wanderer recovery.


  • How communities benefit from using new technology for faster, less expensive recovery of persons with Alzheimer’s/dementia who wander.
  • How to choose technology, get funding, and provide law enforcement training/response regarding persons with ALZ/dementia and their families.
  • Key success factors of a complete service, using not only technology but training and resources for the family and law enforcement. Our holistic approach has greatly improved community relations.

Drug Enforcement Administration Special Intelligence Link (DEASIL) LPR Program

Tuesday, June 28, at 2:00pm in Room 2208

PRESENTERS: D. Stuart Hurst, Senior Special Agent, Staff Coordinator, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) – El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) – DEASIL LPR

DESCRIPTION: The Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National License Plate Reader Program (NLPRP) is a law enforcement tool, developed and used by DEA to enforce Title 21 authorities by facilitating the investigation of drug trafficking, bulk cash smuggling and other illegal activities associated with the drug trade.  Given its unique capabilities, secure and vetted access to this tool is also shared with state, local and other federal law enforcement partners nationwide.  The goal is to assist with criminal investigations, within the statutory authority of partner agencies, occurring on high-level drug and money trafficking corridors and other public roadways throughout theUnited States.   The DEA has instituted NLPRP policies and procedures that protect individual privacy and civil liberties.

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National License Plate Reader Program (NLPRP) is a Federation of existing LPR cameras, owned by DEA, and a variety of local, state, federal, tribal law enforcement, or other government entities, who choose to share their reader data under written memorandum’s of understanding (MOU) between each agency and DEA.  Currently standing, the system ingests over 4,000 reads from across the country, contributed from a variety of LPR vendors.  The free-to-use application is available to all Law Enforcement affiliates with vetting through the El Paso Intelligence Center.

The application offers a federated query amongst all contributing sites, and allows a 90 day historical search, as well as a 30 day forward alert system.


  • How to be vetted through the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC) – to gain access to free-to-use resources, to include DEASIL.
  • How to navigate the program.
  • How to contribute your local aLPR feeds to the National System.

“Alexa, Turn on Pain”: Rethinking Mobile Device Seizure

Tuesday, June 28, at 3:15pm in Room 2208

PRESENTERS: Isaac Strickland, Senior Law Enforcement Instructor, FLETC; and Barclay Brinson, Special Agent, FLETC

DESCRIPTION: This will be an introduction to mobile device seizure/collection that will cover the importance of seizing a mobile device correctly. Attendees will observe the correct way to collect a mobile device and secure the device in a faraday bag or aluminum foil. This will cover what works and what doesn’t when it comes to faraday bags. There will be a demonstration of how these devices interact with IoT devices using recipes and shortcuts.


  • Best Practices of Mobile Device Seizure
  • Faraday Bag vs. Airplane Mode Considerations
  • How To Be Prepared

How Using Innovative Data Sharing and Collaboration Can Reduce Violent Crime and Recidivism: One Year into NSA’s RAPIDS Project

Tuesday, June 28, at 4:30pm in Room 2208

PRESENTERS: Patrick Labat, Sheriff, Fulton County, and Sean Mullin, President & CEO, BI2 Technologies

DESCRIPTION: A year after implementation, RAPIDS (Reduce violent crime and recidivism And Produce Improvement through Data Sharing) is producing results.

Attendees will see and hear how Sheriffs’ Offices, Police Departments, Prosecutors, and elected officials are using the RAPIDS system to improve data sharing and to create unique and effective collaborations to reduce violent crime and recidivism. Implemented in conjunction with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, the BJA-funded, Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI) grant to the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) has deployed an integrated data analysis, sharing, and notification system to the criminal justice community in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. RAPIDS enables participating agencies to make data-driven decisions by seamlessly sharing critically-needed information among federal, state, county, and local law enforcement partners.

Presenters will share a sample of actual cases impacted by using RAPIDS and the resulting positive outcomes. Following the presentation, attendees will have an opportunity to use the project’s technologies to better understand how they can be used in their communities.


  • Learn about the RAPIDS system and who’s participating
  • Review three years of historical arrest data in Fulton County, Georgia, as well as a snapshot of the what the numbers look like now.
  • Hear about case studies and how RAPIDS assists law enforcement agencies to reduce violent crime and recidivism in the greater Atlanta area.
  • Be given a preview of the project’s next steps.

How a Rural Sheriff’s Office Rolled Out a Cost-Effective Smartphone Deployment – Benefits Have Included Body-worn Cameras!

Wednesday, June 29, at 2:00pm in Room 2208

PRESENTERS: Sheriff Steve Cox, Livingston County (MO) Sheriff’s Office

DESCRIPTION: Equipping field personnel with smartphones can increase situational awareness, expand capabilities, and enhance community engagement. Smartphones can even serve as effective body-worn cameras and deliver a level of utility that far exceeds single-purpose devices. This will be an agency presentation that will include lessons learned, benefits realized, and information on how agencies can roll out a mobile program cost-effectively, realizing an immediate return on investment.


  • Awareness of advances in mobile technology that make it possible for a smartphone to provide a high level of utility to field personnel and serve as an effective body-worn camera system. The system also improves situational awareness.
  • Comprehension of the importance of evidence management and the advantages of cloud storage for body-worn cameras.
  • Understanding how an agency can cost-effectively implement a smartphone deployment and realize a return on investment.

Bridging the Gap: Building Community Resilience

Wednesday, June 29, at 3:15pm in Room 2208

PRESENTERS: James Podlucky, Industry Solutions Manager, Public Safety, Everbridge

DESCRIPTION: Community resilience is the ability to recover quickly from challenges to public safety. One of the biggest hurdles agencies face is closing the communication gaps directly to the public. Some residents also face “message fatigue” when they receive too much information or receive notifications that is not germane to their everyday lives. This presentation will cover how emergency officials can increase their reach to residents when disasters strike.


  • Best practices in avoiding fatigue and re-engaging the community on receiving alerts and warnings
  • Creating a Common Operating Picture to more effectively manage critical events that threatens resident safety
  • Evaluating after-action plans and overall performance and identify any areas of concern or areas for improvement.

Law Enforcement and Big Data: Leveraging Open Source and PAI to Enhance Investigations and Intelligence

Wednesday, June 29, at 4:30pm in Room 2208

PRESENTERS: Paul Hamrick, Director, A1C Partners, LLC

DESCRIPTION: The use of open source information in policing is not new. However, since the 2004 creation of Facebook, the worlds largest social media platform, open source information and social media platforms have become an essential tool sitting at the intersection of law enforcement, investigations and intelligence. Its exploitation by criminals and their organizations to conceal unlawful activities and to obfuscate their true identities is well known. We will discuss tradecraft methodologies, and explore force-multiplier opportunities smaller agencies may employ to overcome the lack of personnel, financial resources, and specialized expertise to take advantage of this seemingly limitless source of potentially critical information.

Information will be presented using a panel of three experts and a moderator. Richard Denholm is a retired federal agent and attorney with more than 25 years of experience with the FBI; Kyle Millinger is an all-source intelligence analyst who manages a team of all-source analysts supporting a major U.S. law enforcement agency in its use of open source and social media information; Jill Everitt is a former U.S. State Department Analyst and a subject matter expert in the use of open source and social media information to more fully understand suspects, their networks, and their organizations; Paul Hamrick is a retired federal agent with more than 30 years of investigative and intelligence analysis experience supporting U.S. Customs and Border Protection; U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and the former U.S. Customs Service.


  • Describe how individuals and criminal organizations are using open source technologies and social media platforms to obfuscate their true identities and to facilitate their unlawful activities.
  • Evaluate the benefits of including the collection and analysis of open source and social media intelligence information in their law enforcement and investigative operations.
  • Assess the feasibility of and design an agency-specific, force-multiplier strategy for implementing a best-in-class open source and social media intelligence collection and analysis strategy.

Air Space Security – Challenges of creating and deploying a Counter – UAS/Drone Team

Thursday, June 30, at 8:00am in Room 2208

PRESENTERS: Ralph Gonzalez, President, Atlas Unmanned Solutions

DESCRIPTION: This presentation is designed to share skills needed to identify, detect, disrupt, and prevent a potential UAS attack orchestrated by and or involving an individual who is a member of a terrorist organization, a solo actor, or acting with criminal negligence. The materials will train participants to identify anomalies in their operational environment that indicate illegal UAS incidents. This will give justification for a stop of suspicious subjects.

The participants will be able to conduct field investigations utilizing modern investigative techniques and better identify modifications to UAS that can be used to conduct attacks on soft targets.

The participants will also be shown how to develop a practical methodology during their daily deployments. During these deployments, the participant’s elevated awareness regarding possible UAS attacks or irresponsible operations within the region will be heightened to identify or disrupt the hostile activity or possibly dangerous activity. This may include pre-operational action or post-incident activity against an individual, a facility, or event.

Everything covered in this presentation will be based on proven real work experience gained while working for NYPD Counterterrorism as C-UAS lead for almost a decade.


  • Gain a higher understanding of the capability of unmanned systems when used irresponsibly or in a criminal fashion.
  • By recognizing the capability of a Commercially available off-the-shelf (COTS) device, homemade device, and military-grade devices, participants will gain a higher understanding a UAS/Drone poses in the hands of the wrong person or organization.
  • The integration of specific tactics and detection technology will widen the scope of environmental and situational awareness.
  • The participants will become focused on a specific activity to identify potential subjects’ intent on creating injury through the use of UAS.  These techniques will be used to better prepare law enforcement and force protection units before large gatherings and protecting critical infrastructure.

K9s and sUAS Drone Integration

Thursday, June 30, at 9:15am in Room 2208

PRESENTERS: Doug Daniels, Special Deputy and Part 107 Remote Pilot, Highland County (OH) Sheriffs’ Office

DESCRIPTION: The presentation will cover how K9 Units and sUAS/Drone Units work together to locate suspects and missing persons. Example will be given as how this joint venture works. Joint training will discussed. Photographs and videos will be shown through a PowerPoints presentation. Also how the use of sUAS/Drones can relieve K9’s from searching large open area so the K9 does not lose the scent of the person being tracked. Through the use of sUAS/Drones the K9, Handler and Support Team can be kept safe during the search/track. The ability to eliminate searching above, behind buildings, and checking open beds of trucks can be done. This seminar will also will show how sUAS/Drones can assist in eliminating large areas to be searched. The seminar will address how both units responding can be addressed.


  • How K9 Unit and sUAS/Drone can work as a team.
  • How sUAS/Drones can eliminate searching large open areas, thus giving the K9 and Handler a break.
  • How when the K9 loses a scent or track, the sUAS/Drone can continue to search and clear areas.
  • How to have effective communication between the K9 Unit and the sUAS/Drone Unit.
  • How the “Clock Technique” can assist in giving the K9 Unit direction from the sUAS/Drone Unit.
  • What cameras are available to use with an sUAS/Drone. Regular camera systems, thermal camera systems, and dual camera (regular & dual in the same unit) systems work.
  • If the sUAS/Drone is equipped with an accessory search light(s), how it can assist in light the pathway out of a wooded area for the K9 Unit. Also how if equipped with a speaker, how the sUAS/Drone operator can reassure a missing or lost person.

The Future of Drone Defense in Public Safety

Thursday, June 30, at 10:30am in Room 2208

PRESENTERS: Jim Carman, Director of Sales, NEWCOM; and Jacob Sullivan, CEO of Flex Force Enterprises, Inc.

DESCRIPTION: In this presentation, they will highlight the growing threat created by unauthorized or malicious drone use and the specific tools available to law enforcement to combat all levels of drones. Carman and Sullivan will provide a brief history of nefarious drone operations plaguing law enforcement agencies. Cartels, corporate espionage, contraband in correctional facilities, hobbyists and more pose a serious and growing threat to public safety. To date, the solutions to mitigate these threats have posed safety risks and are not thoroughly effective enough for actual use. They will discuss in depth the concept of C-UAS, FCC and FAA regulations and military proven solutions now available to state and local law enforcement agencies to protect their communities.


  • How C-UAS works, the technology, equipment, and practical applications.
  • Understanding the rules of C-UAS procurement and use by law enforcement.
  • The future of drone defense and the growing threat drone pose to our communities and the law enforcement profession.