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

De-escalating the System to Help Things go Right for People​

Monday, June 27, at 8:00am in Room 2209

PRESENTERS: Sheriff Sam Hulse, Bonneville (ID) County Sheriff’s Office; and Major Charles “Chip” Huth (Ret), President and CEO, CDH Consulting L.L.C.

DESCRIPTION: People generate and use heuristics for interacting with others. The process keeps us from being like toddlers, reduced to endless exploratory behaviors. For adults, only situations and people that are decidedly novel tend to break into active consciousness. Often, this moment is where police officers deploy behavioral de-escalation tactics. “Houston, we have a problem.” For an extreme example of this problem, consider the DOJ Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department, which lays out a compelling case of a long-term problem that finally came to light following the events of August 9th, 2014. Consider – how likely are tactics deployed at noon on August 9th, 2014, to ‘de-escalate’ the crisis? A crisis that the city’s governance and culture had spent decades creating and ESCALATING.


  • Identify and apply a framework to their unique challenges that will allow them to consider how to de-escalate the system, help things go right for people, and increasingly mitigate novel tragedies.

Bridging the Gap between Tactical Response and Victim Services: Aurora Theater Shooting Case Study

Monday, June 27, at 9:15am in Room 2209

PRESENTERS: Stephen Redfearn, Deputy Chief of Police, Boulder (CO) Police Dept.; Krista Flannigan, ICPTTA Consultant, ICF, Inc.; and Cassidee Carlson, ICPTTA Consultant, ICF, Inc.; Tara Hughes, Project Director, ICF, Inc.

DESCRIPTION: Communities across the country are beginning to plan for how local providers would respond in the aftermath of a mass violence or domestic terrorism event. Incidents of mass violence often bring together stakeholders that otherwise rarely work together: emergency managers, victim service providers, and behavioral health care workers.

In order to help communities understand response structure and the common needs of victims and survivors of mass violence, the presenters will conduct a case study of the Aurora Theater Shooting. Aurora Police Public Information Officer Sergeant Cassidee Carlson, Commander Stephen Redfearn and Krista Flannigan, ICPTTA Consultant will recount the events surrounding the July 20, 2012 shooting at the Century 16 movie theaters with an eye toward how an incident and response impacts victims. The case study is an opportunity for community stakeholders to learn best practices and lessons learned from experts who have responded to mass violence incidents. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions to help them gain a better understanding of mass violence response and their role in planning and responding to events in their community.


  • Describe best practices for response to incidents of mass violence or domestic terrorism that ensure collaboration between traditional response agencies and victims serving agencies
  • Assess planning needs of their respective community
  • Identify avenues to begin needed planning efforts that ensure the inclusion of a focus on victim care after mass violence or domestic terrorism.

Special Victims Methodology for Victims of Human Trafficking

Monday, June 27, at 10:30am in Room 2209

PRESENTERS: Dan Nash, Co-Founder, Human Trafficking Training Center; and Alison Phillips, Co-Founder, Human Trafficking Training Center

DESCRIPTION: Victims of sex trafficking are often mis-identified as criminals engaging in prostitution. This presentation makes an evidenced based argument for starting with the assumption of innocence when encountering individuals engaging in prostitution. Participants will learn techniques for screening for force, fraud and coercion, best practices for conducting interviews with victims of complex trauma and the elements of a victim centered approach. The attendees will understand how trauma impacts the brain, be able to recognize trauma response behaviors and have basic skills for interactions with victims. Attendees will learn and be able to understand traditional vs. modern approaches of human trafficking and vice (prostitution) related crime, why creating a paradigm shift is so important, how to recognize and handle PTSD and trauma bonding in a victim. Attendees will also learn the elements of and how to utilize the Special Victims Methodology in terms of conducting an interview with a human trafficking victim.


  • Participants will learn screening techniques for force, fraud or coercion when encountering vice (prostitution) related crimes.
  • Participants will recognize trauma responses in potential human trafficking victims they encounter in the course of the daily duties.
  • Participants will learn techniques for conducting interviews with human trafficking victims who have experienced complex trauma.

Building Partnerships to Enhance Community Engagement

Tuesday, June 28, at 2:00pm in Room 2209

PRESENTERS: Reverend Markel Hutchins, MovementForward, Inc.

DESCRIPTION: MovementForward, Inc. (MFI), parent organization of National Faith & Blue Weekend (Faith & Blue) and the One Congregation One Precinct (OneCOP) initiative, will host a session on how to create and sustain partnership-based models that enhance community engagement. The session will pull from the success of Faith & Blue with 2,000 events in all fifty states in 2021 and OneCOP’s launch in communities across the country, and also from the Supporting the Blue campaign that was facilitated by the National Sheriff’s Association, with MFI as a contractor. Through organizing and holding community activities, Supporting the Blue generated important data and information from officer and resident sentiments on what enables officers to serve their communities with greater support. That feedback also led to the creation of a full toolkit of resources for implementing an engagement campaign, including activities, fact sheets, talking points, and how to manage challenging developments.

During the session, the underlying research, strategies, resources, and successes of these three programs – Supporting the Blue, Faith & Blue, and OneCOP will be described in detail to the participants, with an intention to provide actionable tools for directly utilizing these programs on a local level. What connects all three is a partnership focus – that agencies should not roll out community engagement programming on their own, but must identify and work with the community resources that are already in place, in part but not only faith-based organizations. These partners provide legitimacy, trust, and connections with diverse members of the public. Working with partners requires a different approach, including the big three: cultivation, coordination, and collaboration. Reverend Markel Hutchins, CEO and Lead Organizer of MFI would provide an introduction and overview of how partnership work enhances community engagement, which would then be followed by a moderated discussion for participant questions and answers on best practices and how to utilize these resources.


  • Learning about the existing resources and opportunities to expand community engagement through Faith & Blue, Supporting the Blue toolkit, and OneCOP.
  • To understand the strategies and concepts that underlie community engagement and contact theory, and to become familiar with best practices for implementing them on a local level.
  • To learn how to develop and collaborate with partners, particularly but not exclusively faith-based, to generate deep and impactful community engagement.

The Peace Officer Promise: Realizing the True Purpose of Policing

Tuesday, June 28, at 3:15pm in Room 2209

PRESENTERS: Sheriff Leon Lott, Richland County (SC) Sheriff’s Department; and Lisa Broderick, Executive Director, Police2Peace

DESCRIPTION: Presents an innovative new framework for reimagining public safety: The Peace Officer Promise. The Promise is a powerful way for agencies to build trust by making public affirmations of their commitment to serve and protect and reads:

“We, the members of the (insert name,) promise that while doing our best to control crime, we will do everything in our power to do no harm to the communities we serve and protect.”

The Peace Officer Promise represents a renewal of vows which agencies would take, witnessed by the community. Like any promise, it is a declaration on the part of the agency of the sacred oath that each officer in America takes about upholding the constitution and protecting the people of their communities. The Promise on the other hand is made to the community.


  • Understand The Peace Officer Promise, the implications for an agency making The Promise and that it is not a soft on crime approach.
  • Use the power that making The Promise may have to locally build trust and confidence in the police and increase public trust.
  • Utilize The Promise to engage stakeholder groups, including officers, elected officials and community members to find common ground and inoculate the agency and community against possible, future police events which may otherwise be divisive and adversarial.

21st Century Community Policing: Addressing the Paradigm in Law Enforcement Community Relations

Tuesday, June 28, at 4:30pm in Room 2209

PRESENTER: Anthony W Williams, M.Ed., Aims Consulting and Training

DESCRIPTION: This course is designed to address topics of national concern relating to police-community relations. Participants will examine a pathway to building good relationship within the communities they serve which is imperative to establishing a valued community policing organization. Insights from community groups and responses from police professionals were instrumental in developing the course to promote effective dialogue from all parties involved to have a positive impact on creating action plans and values systems that are supportive of collaboration and cooperation.


  • Define Community Oriented Policing/Crime Prevention and examine its evolution.
  • Revisiting community policing programs to determine the effectiveness of each within the police organization.
  • Identify and recognize police and community behaviors.
  • Identify situations that may contribute to community and police mistrust
  • Conduct agency self-examinations and mitigate behaviors that pose as a negative impact to communities.
  • Identify strategies to reconnect and bridge the gaps in community/police relations.
  • Create effective communicative pathways within the community.

Crime Prevention & Community Engagement on a Shoestring Budget

Wednesday, June 29, at 2:00pm in Room 2209

PRESENTERS: John DiPietro, CPS, CLEE, NPSII, Senior Instructor, Ohio Crime Prevention

DESCRIPTION: Everyone wants to build public trust through Community Engagement, Crime Prevention and Outreach programs, but Crime Prevention is usually the first thing to go, when budgets get tight.

We’re going to provide plenty of new ideas and options on how you can provide these programs for next to no money or our favorite word FREE!

We’ll provide an overview of The Citizens Crime Prevention Academy, hear Success Stories from fellow Sheriffs Departments, get updates on available resources, materials, and hear details about what Grant Monies are out there, plus more!


  • Reinforce that Community Engagement should remain a priority even without a budget, it can be done.
  • Crime Prevention specific training for Officers benefits EVERYONE (the Officer, the Department, the Community).
  • You are not alone. You have an entire Law Enforcement Community and Associations, who are very willing to share ideas, resources and to help!

De-Escalate, Communicate and Negotiate Using Science Instead of Speculation!

Wednesday, June 29, at 3:15pm in Room 2209

PRESENTERS: Kerry Mensior, Executive Director, International De-Escalation Association – IDEA

DESCRIPTION: Have you found the exact De-Escalation techniques that are safe, realistic AND effective, even with people who are drunk or on drugs? You know your Agency is mostly there, but something is still lacking. Have you given up on finding that missing piece that you know can work to consistently De-Escalate tense situations? Learn about the latest research, how simple this is to implement in your Agency and how you’ll also be able to enhance the relationship with your Community, regardless of size!


  • Identify the areas of the brain that affect human behavior the most
  • Demonstrate how to leverage Neuroscience, Personality Science and Core Human Drivers for maximum De-Escalation, Communication and Negotiation results.
  • Demonstrate new communication skills to authentically and rapidly connect with people and build trust.

A New Vision in Justice Construction: Integrating Technology to Drive Usability, Design and Construction

Wednesday, June 29, at 4:30pm in Room 2209

PRESENTERS: : Michael Comer, Vice President, JE Dunn Construction; Sarah Paul, VDC Manager, JE Dunn Construction; Chief Deputy Jeff Gromer, Minnehaha County (SD) Sheriff’s Office; and Lieutenant Michael McGovern, Minnehaha County (SD) Sheriff’s Office

DESCRIPTION: Trends in correctional facilities to meet the needs of staff as well as incarcerated persons means early collaboration and communication between owners, architects, and contractors, as well as leveraging technology to deliver efficient, safe, and cost-effective facilities. A panel comprised of a General Contractor, Owner, and Virtual Design and Construction specialist will demonstrate the collaborative experience at Minnehaha County Jail, which used Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality technology to involve user groups in the design and construction of the facility.


  • Importance of user group and stakeholder collaboration and input in design and construction of justice facilities
  • Considerations for correctional facility process flow to promote staff safety and efficient circulation
  • How to save time and money on mockups using Virtual Reality to experience and approve space configurations, materials, and details, including the details needed to make sure all building systems are installed in the right place the first time
  • Train staff in facility operations

Threat Assessment and Management – Tools for Front Line Officers Pertaining to Mass Casualty Violence

Wednesday, June 29, at 4:30pm in Room 2214

PRESENTERS: Erin Langill, MPA, Instructor, Counterterrorism Division/Behavioral Science Division, FLETC; and Jon Schanke, Instructor, Behavioral Science Division, FLETC.

DESCRIPTION: Mass attacks and targeted violence continue to persist in communities across our nation and have proven to have devastating and far-reaching impacts. At FLETC, the Behavioral Science Counterterrorism Divisions collaborated to develop and deliver training to in the prevention of mass attacks and targeted violence. This training, supported by current research, includes an overview of the scope of this issue and explores the team approach to threat assessment and management.


  • Attendees will learn how to implement the team approach to threat assessment and management to prevent mass attacks and targeted violence.
  • Attendees will examine risk factors, protective factors, and behaviors associated with persons of concern as identified by researchers.
  • Attendees will learn recommended investigate, interview, assessment, and management techniques they can implement to help prevent mass attacks and targeted violence.

Deflection and Pre-arrest Diversion: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Challenges for Law Enforcement Going Forward

Thursday, June 30, at 8:00am in Room 2209

PRESENTERS: Jillian Snider, Director of Criminal Justice and Civil Liberties, R Street Institute

DESCRIPTION: Evolving over the last decade, deflection and pre-arrest diversion programs are increasingly being used in many jurisdictions to address low-level offenses with the goals of reducing recidivism, improving public safety and order, minimizing jail crowding and costs, improving law enforcement-community relations, and shifting the burden of social service responses from law enforcement to housing, behavioral health and substance abuse community providers. This presentation delves into deflection and pre-arrest diversion programs that are currently being used in different jurisdictions and the strategies and challenges faced by law enforcement in implementing successful programs. The presentation will explore the potential benefits and drawbacks of deflection and pre-arrest diversion programs from a law enforcement/ public safety perspective and invite open, honest dialogue about the practicality, viability and utility of these programs now and in the future.


  • Provide law enforcement officers with an overview of the current landscape with respect to an every-growing variety of deflection and pre-arrest diversion programs being used across the country;
  • Identify strengths and weaknesses in deflection and pre-arrest diversion programs, challenges to implementation, and methods for maximizing program success; and
  • Encourage law enforcement officers to engage in frank dialogue, exploration and discussion about the potential benefits and drawbacks of deflection and pre-arrest diversion programs and what is needed if these programs are to succeed as a crime control tool in the future.

The Top 10 Reasons to Start a Police Homeless Outreach Team (and How)

Thursday, June 30, at 9:15am in Room 2209

PRESENTERS: Daniel McDonald, President, Homeless Innovations, LLC

DESCRIPTION: Un-arresting away homelessness in your community through the development of a homeless outreach team is one of the hottest trends in policing today. If your agency continues to struggle with more questions than answers, consider the top-ten reasons why you should start a homeless outreach team (and how).

Homelessness is expensive. Each chronically homeless person on the streets of your community consumes up to $30,000 annually in public resources (such as jail stays and emergency room visits).

By breaking the “homeless circle of life” with an effective homeless outreach team, your agency can now offer strategy, solutions and savings.


  • Participants often know what is a police homelessness outreach team (HOT). In this presentation, participants can explain the top-ten reasons why starting a police homeless outreach team is an effective, evidence-based model for solving homelessness in their communities while reducing calls for service as well as their risk of litigation.
  • Tools you can use: The presenter will offer an overview of the building blocks for starting a homelessness program, as well as highlighting common scenarios with start-to-finish solutions. Participants can leverage this knowledge to implement practical and cost-effective homeless solutions in their community.
  • The legal complexities of homelessness and resulting fears of litigation often paralyze the development of an effective homelessness policy.
  • Participants will be able to apply alternatives to the criminalization of homelessness in their communities, such as alternative court dockets and harm-reduction tools to achieve measurable results.

Crisis Solutions for Rural Communities

Thursday, June 30, at 10:30am in Room 2209

PRESENTERS: Nick Margiotta, Detective (Ret.), Crisis System Solutions; Daren Fry, Senior Director of Regional Operations, Community Bridges, Inc.; and Dr. Vicki Phillips, Deputy Chief of Programs, Community Bridges, Inc.

DESCRIPTION: As policing continues to evolve and communities strive to “re-envision” law enforcement’s role, many find there are limited alternative behavioral-health related crisis solutions designed to meet the unique needs of law-enforcement. This is exacerbated in rural communities, that are challenged by limited resources and large distances. Ironically a wide array of crisis solutions are not only possible for rural communities, but are cost-effective, while reducing the burden on law-enforcement.


  • Participants will be able to explain how seamless access to crisis services, is critical when law-enforcement encounters individuals who may be experiencing a mental illness or substance-induced crisis.
  • Participants will be able to identify the critical roles and benefits by the infusion of Peers in crisis services.
  • Participants will be able to identify the unique needs of law-enforcement and how to incorporate these into the design and operations of crisis services.