Thursday, June 26th


Removing Law Enforcment Leaders for the Disciplinary Process

8:00am – 9:00am | Room 1 | future of law enforcement 

Coming to a community near you: Police Accountability Boards, Civilian Charging committees and citizen led trial boards.

Learn how Maryland went backwards in their haste to pass “Police Reform. In their race to be first; the State of Maryland has completely revamped the disciplinary process for Law Enforcement Officers and have largely removed police leaders from deciding punishment for the men and women of their respective agencies. Director of Legislative Affairs Erik Robey; will discuss the process the Maryland Legislature went through to pass these drastic changes. He will discuss the function of the Police Accountability Boards, Administrative Charging committee and citizen led trial boards. Harford County Sheriff Jeff Gahler; will discuss the impact the law has had on administering discipline and the significant challenges and time constraints on investigations because of the new process. Attorney Mellisa Lambert; will discuss gaps in the current law that allow for inconsistent interpretation of discipline due to different processes established in each jurisdiction and the lack of uniformity.

PRESENTERS: Sheriff Jeff Gahler, Harford County Sheriff’s Office, Melissa Lambert, Harford County Sheriff’s Office

2024 Grant Funding Forecast for Public Safety Technology

8:00am – 9:00am | Room 2 | public safety

Looking for alternate ways to fund your agency’s next technology deployment? Please join us to discuss the grant funding landscape for large, small, rural, and tribal agencies, as well as how to justify the inclusion of equipment in a proposal.

PRESENTER: Shannon Day, Senior Grants Development Consultant, Grants Office, LLC

Shannon Day is a Senior Grants Development Consultant for Grants Office, LLC, heading the state and local government team, specializing in public safety. In that role, she supports organizations in their pursuit of funding for various public safety and emergency response initiatives. Shannon’s education in information science and her 16 years of experience working in the public safety sector gives her an insider’s perspective in the pursuit of grant funding.

Take It Down: Disrupting the circulation of images of child sexual exploitation

8:00am – 9:00am | Room 3 | public safety

This seminar will share advice sheriff’s offices can give to sexual exploitation survivors and their families on removing explicit content from the internet, what resources are available, instructions for reporting images or videos directly to the tech companies and through NCMEC’s “Take It Down” initiative;  NCMEC resources that may help survivors recover from child sexual exploitation; how to use NCMEC’s CyberTipline public reporting platform; how reports are processed and made available to sheriff’s offices; and how sheriffs can use the CyberTipline Web Banner on their agency website to share a link to NCMEC’s CyberTipline.

PRESENTER: Alfred Miller, Senior Program Manager, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Alfred “Fred” Miller served over 40 years in county law enforcement. During that time his assignments included crimes against children investigator; communications, patrol shift supervisor, training supervisor, accreditation manager, and command level assignments in all divisions as Public Safety Communications Director, Criminal Justice Training Academy Director and Deputy CID Commander overseeing Special Victims, Internet Crimes Against Children, Digital Forensics and Missing Children investigations. Fred retired from law enforcement in January 2019 and is the Senior Manager of Training Programs for the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). He managed the 2021 revision of NCMEC’s Model Law-Enforcement Policy and Procedures for Reports of Missing and Abducted Children. Fred was co-chair of the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials International (APCO) workgroup for the 2022 revision of the APCO ANSI Standard for Public Safety Telecommunicators When Responding to Calls of Missing, Abducted and Sexually Exploited Children and member of the workgroup for the 2022 revision of the IACP Law Enforcement Policy Center Model Policy on Missing Persons. He serves on the IACP Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Committee, and currently is a member of the workgroup revising the IACP Model Policy on Missing Children. His professional active memberships include the National Sheriffs Association, IACP, APCO and the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST). Since 1996, Fred has served as a contracted Assessment Team leader for the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

Paradigm Shift: The Growing Threat Posed by Chinese Money Laundering Organizations

8:00AM – 9:00AM | Room 5 | Public safety

In response to the emerging threat Chinese money laundering organizations (CMLOs) pose to our nation’s security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) recently established the Cross-Border Financial Crime Center (CBFCC) – a public-private partnership – to strengthen the United States’ anti-money laundering framework. The CBFCC convenes domestic law enforcement agencies, partner nation authorities, financial institutions, and financial technology companies to support the prosecution, disruption, and dismantlement of Mexican cartels, CMLOs, and other criminal actors engaged in illicit cross-border financial activity.

This seminar will focus on the rise of CMLOs operating throughout the United States, and how Mexican cartels and other transnational criminal organizations increasingly rely on CMLOs to move, conceal, and launder billions of dollars of criminal proceeds. CMLOs represent one of the most worrisome new threats in combating transnational organized crime. Virtually unheard less than a decade ago, CMLOs – comprising small cells of Chinese visa holders, lawful permanent residents, and U.S. citizens – have become one of the dominate actors in laundering money within the United States. These networks, many with suspected associations with Fujian Organized Crime groups, have become key cogs in the multi-billion-dollar criminal empires run by Mexican cartels and other transnational criminal organizations. The actions of CMLOs enable the deadly flow of fentanyl across our southern border to continue, levying lethal consequences on everyday Americans. Using case studies and compelling vignettes, HSI’s CBFCC will describe how CMLOs use complex money laundering schemes, such as underground banking, to move vast sums of dirty money quickly, cheaply, and quietly. Attendees will gain insights from the CBFCC into the increasingly challenging threat environment, including investigative ramifications for law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.

PRESENTER: Brian Davis, Director, Cross-Border Financial Crime Center, DHS/Homeland Security Investigations

Brian S. Davis currently serves as the Director of the Cross-Border Financial Crime Center for Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the principal investigative component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). HSI investigates, disrupts, and dismantles transnational criminal organizations and terrorist networks that threaten or seek to exploit the customs and immigration laws of the United States.

In his current role Mr. Davis leads agency efforts to support the prosecution, disruption, and dismantlement of illicit finance networks; strengthen the financial and fintech industries against illicit activity; and enhance communication between government and private sector partners. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Davis worked in the Office of the Executive Associate Director where he led HSI’s Congressional Program and overall engagement with the United States Congress. Mr. Davis began his federal law enforcement career in 1999 and has since held a variety of leadership positions within HSI, including as the Deputy Chief of Staff, HSI Attaché in The Hague, Netherlands, and HSI Attaché in Brussels, Belgium.

Mr. Davis has extensive experience with conducting and leading complex criminal investigations and operations, including those involving money laundering; terrorism finance; bank fraud and wire fraud violations; technology proliferation; intellectual property theft; and the smuggling of humans, weapons, bulk currency, narcotics, and other contraband. Mr. Davis also served as a DHS Fellow to the U.S. Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations where he authored a 150-page investigative report in 2020, The Art Industry and U.S. Policies that Undermine Sanctions, that identified legislative gaps and vulnerabilities that enabled Russian oligarchs to evade and abet U.S. economic sanctions.

Mr. Davis is a Certified Anti-Money Specialist (CAMS) and graduated with High Honors from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.

Rising Physical Violence Against Electric Power Grid

9:15AM – 10:15AM | Room 1 | public safety

2023 Broke all records for physical violence committed against the U.S. Electric Power Grid showing a 141% increase over year, 2022. Our panel gives a glimpse into what to expect in 2024 and will give EACH SHERRIF the locations of the of top 1% of the Electric Power Grid locations that would be most impactful protecting lives in each law jurisdiction.

PRESENTERS: Clare Lopez, Counterterrorism Director, Task Force on National & Homeland Security, Don Davidson, National Education Director, Task Force on National & Homeland Security, Leonard Januzik, East Director, Task Force on National & Homeland Security, David Hilt, Illinois Director. Task Force on National & Homeland Security, Mike T. Swearingen, Utility Industry Advisor to Task Force on National & Homeland Security, Mark Wingate, Texas Director, Task Force on National & Homeland Security, Glenn Rhoades, National Ops Dir Eastern Grid Oversight

Ms. Ayers is a national security threat analyst and consultant, having retired from the National Security Agency (NSA) in 2011 with over 38 years of military and civil service (combined).  Her intelligence community career included a position as NSA Representative to the DCI’s Counterterrorism Center at CIA headquarters, where she worked throughout the attack on the USS Cole and the 9/11 crisis (2000-2002).  Her government service culminated in an eight-year assignment as the National Security Agency’s Visiting Professor to the U.S. Army War College (USAWC), where she taught electives on contemporary threats to national security from an intelligence perspective (cyber warfare, terrorism, etc.) as well as military applications of artificial intelligence. She advised students on research concerning strategic intelligence, counterterrorism, information operations/warfare, cyber warfare, critical infrastructure protection and community resilience.

Post-retirement, Ms. Ayers was employed as Vice President of EMPact America, a bipartisan, not-for-profit group working in support of electric grid vulnerability mitigation and community education. She then worked as a temporary, part-time research assistant and consultant with George Mason University’s Learning Agent Center on a grant concerning artificial intelligence-based systems, and as an independent cyberwarfare consultant within the Strategic Concepts and Doctrine Division of the Center for Strategic Leadership, U.S. Army War College.  She also spent two years as a Senior Advisor to the Executive Director of the Patuxent Partnership. Throughout the year 2020, she assisted senior military and civilian leaders in developing and prosecuting a program used for the cognitive assessment of U.S. Army candidates for the rank of Brigadier General. In August of 2022, Ms. Ayers was granted the position of Executive Director of the congressionally sponsored Task Force on National and Homeland Security, an organization in which she performed as Deputy to the Executive Director (Dr. Peter Vincent Pry) since 2012.

Ms. Ayers has provided a plethora of briefings and presentations on critical infrastructure issues at organizational gatherings, conferences, and workshops to members of the non-profit sector, government entities, and interested groups within academic institutions. She has testified before the Canadian Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defense; the Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities, and Technology of the Maine State Legislature; the Energy Policy Committee of the Michigan State Legislature; members of Indiana’s State Legislature, and the reestablished Congressional EMP Commission.    

Ms. Ayers has written several published articles on critical infrastructure and national security issues, a monograph on cyber sovereignty (Rethinking Sovereignty in the Context of Cyberspace), and co-authored academic papers on the development of cognitive agents for intelligence analysis. Most recently, she contributed to and ensured the completion of Dr. Peter Vincent Pry’s last book (Catastrophe Now: America’s Last Chance to Prevent an EMP Disaster).

Clare M. Lopez is Founder/President of Lopez Liberty LLC, w/a mission to alert Americans to national security threats, both international & from the Islamic Movement/Muslim Brotherhood & their Marxist collaborators in this country. She supported former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan & Tom Trento at Defend the Border/The United West & was an instructor for John Guandolo’s Understanding the Threat “Into Action” program & its online National Security Academy. In mid[1]2023, Lopez offered expertise as national security advisor to U.S. Presidential candidate Bishop E.W. Jackson. She is also senior advisory board member & Director of U.S. Geostrategic Security Issues for Near East Center for Strategic Engagement. She served as advisor/mentor to Special Forces students in a fall 2020 DoD course. From 2014-2020, Lopez served as VP for Research & Analysis at the Center for Security Policy. In 2016, she was named to Sen. Ted Cruz’s presidential campaign national security advisory team.

From 2013-2016, Lopez served as a member of the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi & continues as a member of the Citizens’ Commission on National Security. Formerly VP of the Intelligence Summit, she was a career operations officer with the CIA, professor at Centre for Counterintelligence & Security Studies, Executive Director of the Iran Policy Committee from 2005-2006 & has served as a consultant, instructor, intelligence analyst & researcher for a variety of defense firms. She was named a 2011 Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute.

In Feb 2012, Ms. Lopez was named a member of the Congressional Task Force on National & Homeland Security, which focuses on the Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) threat & serves as its Director for Counterterrorism. She has served as a member of the Boards of Advisors/Directors for the Center for Democracy & Human Rights in Saudi Arabia, the United West & Voice of the Copts. She has been a Visiting Researcher & guest lecturer on counterterrorism, national defense & international relations at Georgetown University. Ms. Lopez is a regular contributor to a range of media on China, Russia, Iran & the Middle East. She is the co-author of two published books on Iran, author of multiple book chapters plus numerous articles on China & its civilian-military fusion Biological Weapons program. She is the author of The Rise of the Iran Lobby & co[1]author/editor of CSP’s Team B II study, Shariah: The Threat to America as well as The Tiger Team’s The Secure Freedom Strategy: A Plan for Victory Over the Global Jihad Movement. She co-authored Gulen & the Gulenist Movement w/CSP’s VP for Outreach, Christopher Holton, See No Shariah: ‘Countering Violent Extremism & the Disarming of America’s First Line of Defense with Frank Gaffney, CSP’s past President & is both editor & co-author of the Center’s Ally No More: Erdogan’s New Turkish Caliphate & the Rising Jihadist Threat to the West. She has contributed chapters to “Barack Obama’s True Legacy”, edited by Jamie Glazov & Elizabeth Sabbaditsch Wolff’s 2019 book, “The Truth is No Defense”.

Lopez received a B.A. in Communications & French from Notre Dame College of Ohio & an M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. She completed Marine Corps Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Quantico, Virginia before declining a military commission to join the CIA.

Mr. Januzik has over 40 years of progressive experience in several areas of power system planning and operations. His qualifications include years of hands–on power system analysis experience in both transmission and generation expansion. He has both regional and national industry committee experience through NERC and has developed and implemented numerous aspects of FERC transmission open access methods and procedures. Mr. Januzik specializes in electric system risk analysis, infrastructure protection and heuristic modeling algorithms. He was the principal developer of a heuristic algorithm for the determination and ranking of critical bulk power facilities on the interconnected systems of North America. Mr. Januzik has conducted several major risk assessments on the electric grid including: The Risk review done on the PG&E bulk power system after the attack on their Metcalf 500kV substation in April of 2013, a system-wide risk assessment for the Texas Public Utility Commission to measure the vulnerability of the state’s electric system to extreme weather events, network risk analysis for the Consolidated Edison system to help determine the locations of new protection equipment after the events of 9/11, and a classified study for the DOE on the potential impacts of EMP produced due to the atmospheric explosion of a nuclear device.

Mr. Januzik has developed several heuristic algorithms associated with electric system security including: The Vulnerability Assessment Tool which identifies the most critical facilities on the grid and produces tabular and GIS based graphical output along with projected loss of load values, and the N+1 system expansion tool which can optimize the addition of new electric facilities to mitigate define grid problems. 

David W. Hilt, P.E., President and Owner, has over 40 years of experience in electric power system engineering, operation, and regulatory activities. He has been a manager responsible for the design, specification, and construction of electric substations from distribution to EHV including protective relaying. He has also managed transmission and resource planning activities for a major Midwestern electric and natural gas utility providing expert testimony before FERC and state regulators for transmission expansion and 20 year resource plans. Mr. Hilt has directed the development and installation of state estimation and OASIS systems for a Midwestern Reliability Coordination Center. As a Vice President at NERC, he led the development of the compliance monitoring and enforcement program for the bulk-power system reliability standards in North America working closely with the industry, FERC, and Canadian regulatory authorities. He also developed audit programs as well as event analysis and investigation processes. While at NERC he led the investigation of the August 2003 blackout in the Northeastern United States and Canada providing the technical input to the U.S. – Canada Power System Outage Task Force report. Mr. Hilt’s recent experience includes assessment of risk from cyber and physical attack and grid resiliency.

Mr. Glenn Rhoades, spent over 36 years at Martin Marietta (MMC), Lockheed Martin (LMCO), Jefferson County Government, Home Depot, Best Buy, Lowes, National Non-Profits and Organizational Advisory Boards in various positions including: executive management, engineering planning, special product sales/consulting, operations, administration, subcontract management.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design (Urban and Product Design) degree from the University of Colorado and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix. From 1979 through 1982, Mr. Rhoades studied language at the Mangold Institute in Madrid, Spain and worked for the Christian ministry, The Navigators, at the University of Santiago de Compostella in Spain and studied philosophy and ethics at L’Abri Fellowship in Huémoz, Switzerland.

He joined Martin Marietta in 1979 and retired in 1999 from the Lockheed Martin Corporation. He was on the 1988 Martin Marietta Operations team that took over operations of Johns Manville’s World Corporate Headquarters located in Deer Creek canyon southwest of Denver and later helped the LMCO facilities team relocate the newly acquired General Dynamics Centaur and Atlas Rocket programs from San Diego to Denver. In 1990, Mr. Rhoades was presented the Marietta Martin Peter B. Teets Presidential Inventors Award for his work on the Graphic Equivalency Ruler, a concept tool that Martin Marietta deemed as having a significant potential use by aerospace engineers and designers.

Some of the MMC and LMCO projects included the Instrumentation and Flight Safety System Program (IFSS), the Small Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Program (SICBM), the Peacekeeper Missile Program (MX), the Barstow, California Heliostat plant and various interplanetary spacecraft lab and operations support. He holds a Martin Marietta patent award for the Graphics Equivalency ruler which MMC deemed a valuable tool for engineers to translate drawings from one scale to another with ease.

In 2002, he was the Republican Nominee for Colorado’s newest 7th Congressional District’s State Board of Education seat and later for Colorado House District 26 in 2006. He also served as an Associate Member of the Foresight Institute, which promoted nanotechnology awareness and education and served on the Jefferson Center of Mental Health Board of Directors.

In 2003, he became the CEO and founder of the Colorado Nanotech Initiative, Inc., a 501-c3 non- profit. He joined the group in February of 2003 whose mission was to bring Colorado into the National Nanotechnology Infrastructure Network (NNIN). In that same year he became a member of the National Science Foundation’s workshop on the ethical, societal and legal implications of nanotechnology.

On November 16th, 2006 he helped open the University of Colorado’s Nanofabrication Lab which finally allowed Colorado to be accepted into the NNIN. Later in 2008, Mr. Rhoades was appointed to the International Editorial Advisory Panel for the International Journal for Green Nanotechnology-Biomedicine published by the Taylor and Francis Group London, England. He also served as an advisor to Left Side Research, Montana. 

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design (BED – Architectural/Product Design) degree from the University of Colorado and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Phoenix in 1993. 

Thomas J. Holiday has 49 years of full-time employment in the Electromagnetic Spectrum for U.S. Communications Industry at Radio and TV stations in Ohio, Florida, Texas, California, and Oklahoma. Missions involved improving the performance of licensed Broadcast properties for greater profitability, and better service to community. He has expertise in recruiting talent, team building, retaining talent, FCC license renewal, create & produce programs to enhance image, build morale, establish greater service to community and enhance station profitability. He has a mission to ensure that Oklahoma’s population is protected from threats to any of our 16 critical infrastructures necessary for life: Water and Wastewater systems, Electric Power Grid, Food & Agriculture, Emergency Services, Communications, Healthcare, Financial Services, Dams, Transportation, Information, Materials & Waste, and Government Facilities.

Emerging Threats CBRNE for Law Enforcement

9:15AM – 10:15AM | Room 2 | public safety

This workshop offers a comprehensive examination of operational challenges in managing Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) and Hazardous Material (HAZMAT) incidents at the state and local levels. Through case studies and discussions, attendees will explore the evolution of terrorism, the historical context of law enforcement involvement in HAZMAT incidents, and national directives guiding response efforts. Emphasis will be placed on Incident Command System protocols, equipment procurement, and the implementation of an all-hazards approach. By the end of the session, participants will have refreshed their understanding of operational complexities and gained insights into enhancing preparedness and response strategies within their respective jurisdictions.

PRESENTER: Doug Huffmaster, Manager of CBRNE Customer Success, 908 Devices

Douglas G. Huffmaster, a retired LVMPD Police Sergeant with over 30 years of operational experience, specializes in coordinating, performing, and commanding multi-agency operations related to Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) incidents. With an extensive background, Doug is a combat veteran with 11 years of service in the U.S. Army, serving as a Nuclear Biological, and Chemical Non-commissioned Officer in the 82nd Airborne Division and the 1st Ranger Battalion. He holds certifications as a Hazmat Technician, Confined Space Rescue Technician, Tactical Explosive Breacher, and is an FBI certified Bomb Technician. Doug served as a Detective in the ARMOR task force, ultimately retiring as the Sergeant of the team in 2017. Currently, he serves as the Manager of CBRNE Customer Success for 908 Devices.

Harnessing Leadership Wisdom: The Crucial Role of Coaching for Sheriff’s Executives

9:15AM – 10:15AM | Room 3 | leadership

With the changing public safety landscape, executive staff in leadership roles need development and consistent, up to date, real world learning to navigate today’s complex environments. Honing leadership skills not only enhances individual potential but also fosters a culture of innovation, competence, and adaptability on teams and in organizations. In this session, participants will learn the critical role leadership coaching plays in driving growth, fostering collaboration, increasing employee retention and navigating challenges. Participants will also learn the difference between mentoring and coaching, the value of receiving specialized guidance in the form of seasoned sheriffs who work behind the scenes and at the sides of executive staff, and how a coach can guide a sheriff’s executive staff in a structured way so they achieve the outcomes they seek.

PRESENTERS: Jerald Monahan, Director of Justice Studies, Yavapai College Justice Institute

Jerald Monahan has served the public safety community for over four decades, including leadership positions as the Chief Deputy of the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, the Chief of Police for the City of Apache Junction and Prescott and service as the Chief of Police for the Yavapai Community College District. Chief Monahan currently serves as the Associate Director of Operations for the National Center for the Prevention of Community Violence and Associate Director of Training and Business Development for the Kipper Group. Chief Monahan is also the current Program Director of the Administration of Justice Studies (AJS) program at Yavapai College. As the AJS program director, he oversees the operation of the Northern Arizona Regional Training Academy (NARTA) which is located on the Yavapai College Prescott Campus.

In addition to those leadership positions, Chief Monahan has served as the Chairperson for the Arizona Governor’s Commission to Prevent Violence Against Women; the Board President for End Violence Against Women International; the Board Chair for the Community Alliance Against Family Abuse and the President of the Arizona Police Chiefs Association. Chief Monahan served as an advisor/counselor, instructor and interim director of the Central Arizona Regional Law Officer’s Training Academy in Coolidge Arizona from 1992 to 2002.

Chief Monahan continues to train and consult both nationally and internationally on topics related to preventing domestic and sexual violence, leadership in public and private organizations, 1st responder wellness and criminal justice reform related issues.

Chief Monahan holds a Master’s degree in Leadership and a Bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Administration both from Grand Canyon University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the 230th Session.

Funding for Impactful Programs (Show me the money)

9:15AM – 10:15AM | Room 4 | jail operations

Our County Jails have become the de facto substance abuse and mental health treatment centers without obvious and readily available resources. Finding the funds for intensive addiction and mental health programs has become crucial. With the opioid epidemic moving from OxyContin to Fentanyl and killing 107,325 American in 2022, the need has become even more urgent. In this presentation we discuss exactly how we broke barriers to access funds and examine the types of programs, outcome reporting, screening, and engagement that captures the attention of participants and meets requirements for funding.

PRESENTERS: Scott Wisenbaker, Founder & Executive Director, Solutions of North Texas, Jeff Davis, Captain, CID, Solutions of North Texas

Scott Wisenbaker is a Speaker, Author, and Founding Executive Director of Solutions of North Texas. (SONTX) Clean and sober since 1995, Scott has worked in the addiction field since 1997. In 2006 he saw the need for a unique approach to fighting addiction on a community level and a robust Re-Entry program to reintegrate men and women recovering from addiction back into the community and founded Solutions of North Texas. In 2023 he launched a 12-week intensive addiction recovery & re-entry program for county jails and became a partner of I.G.N.I.T.E. through the National Sheriff’s Association.




Captain Jeff Davis is a U.S. Army Veteran, serving in Desert Storm/Shield, and has law enforcement experience from 1997-Present. Captain Jeff Davis has participated as a Special Federal Officer (Northern Drug Squad) with the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Task Force Officer (Bulk Currency Initiative) with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Special Deputy U.S. Marshal with the United States Marshal’s Service (USMS). Captain Davis is a founding member of the North Texas High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Group (HIDTA) and is deemed an expert witness in Narcotics Smuggling, Storage, and Distribution Techniques.

Captain Davis has been awarded Police Officer of the Year, National VFW Narcotics Officer of the Year in 2003 and the FBI Golden Eagle Award in 2003. Captain Davis received the Cooperative Effort Award (ONDCP) in 2003 from the Office of the President of the United States under President George W. Bush. 

24 Years Post Columbine- Many Challenges Remain the Same

9:15AM – 10:15AM | Room 5 | case study


Uvalde, Parkland, Columbine, and many other tragedies, serve as lessons that must be taken seriously when it comes to response. Locks, security systems, fences, and panic buttons were of no use once the active threat was present. Nothing but clear communication and coordinated police efforts bring a swift resolution to these tragic events.

PRESENTER: Joe Dooley, Director, Public Safety & Security Solutions Chief of Police (Ret) – FBINAA 148th, Mutualink Inc, Chrissie Coon, Chief Strategy Officer, Mutualink Inc, Ben Buller, Client Solutions Executive, Mutualink Inc

Chrissie Coon, Chief Strategy Officer at Mutualink, where she brings a unique blend of real-world law enforcement experience and a deep understanding of technology’s critical role in operational emergency response and public safety.

Chrissie began her career as a commissioned law enforcement officer more than 22 years ago in Las Vegas, NV, where she developed a profound appreciation for the challenges and complexities of public safety operations. Her career in law enforcement, characterized by leadership roles, technology innovation, and special projects, laid a strong foundation for her transition into the technology sector, specifically focusing on solutions that address communication and interoperability challenges in emergency response scenarios.

At Mutualink, Chrissie leverages her extensive background to drive strategic initiatives that enhance collaboration and situational awareness among law enforcement agencies and technology innovators. Her thought leadership and insights into the operational application of technology in law enforcement have made her a sought-after speaker and advisor on public safety technology strategies. Through her work, Chrissie Coon continues to make a significant impact on the field of public safety technology, ensuring that law enforcement agencies are equipped with the tools and knowledge they need to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Beyond Search and Rescue — How to leverage apex predator behavior in the search for evidence in long-term-missing cases and cold-case murders in wilderness areas

10:30AM – 11:30am | Room 1 | future of law enforcement


This PowerPoint-based seminar will describe how search and rescue operators and investigators can leverage the behavior of local apex predators — Nature’s K-9s, such as the bear, wolf, cougar, bobcat, coyote, fox, dog, etc. — to locate physical evidence (human remains, biological evidence, clothing, gear, etc.) in unsolved long-term-missing (LTM) persons cases and cold-case murders in wilderness areas.

PRESENTER: Michael Neiger, Lead Investigator, Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue (MibSAR), Long Range Special Operations Group (LRSOG)

Michael Neiger was a Det./Sgt. with Michigan State Police, 26 years. He is the founder and Lead Investigator with Michigan Backcountry Search and Rescue’s (MibSAR) Long Range Special Operations Group (LRSOG), which investigates unsolved long-term-missing (LTM) persons cases and cold-case murders in the remote bush between the Upper Great Lakes in the US and the Arctic Ocean in Ontario, Canada, 16 years. Certified as a SAR TECH 1 and Crew Leader by the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR). Author of the Missing-Person Sourcebook: A How-To Manual for Families Searching for a Missing or Murdered Loved One — Best Practices from the World’s Top Experts (2022). Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

How BWCs Can Help Address the Unique Challenges Facing Law Enforcement In Small and Rural Communities

10:30AM – 11:30am | Room 2 | rural and small agency

Small and rural police agencies have recently begun to plan and use body-worn cameras in their jurisdictions. Panelists will describe their challenges and successes in implementing their BWC programs. Sheriff’s from Hot Springs, WY and Morton, ND will discuss issues regarding BWC policies, storage of BWC footage, and release of information to the public. Importantly, they will provide examples of success stories and challenges that will benefit other jurisdictions. Dr. Shellie Solomon, Executive Project Director of BJA’s Small, Rural and Tribal Body-Worn Camera program will facilitate.

PRESENTERS: Shellie Solomon, Ph.d., CEO/Facilitator, Justice & Security Strategies, Inc., Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier, Morton County Sheriff;s Office, ND, Sheriff Jerimie Kraushaar, Hot Springs County Sheriff’s Office, WY


Dr. Shellie Solomon is the Chief Executive Officer of Justice & Security Strategies, Inc. (JSS), a consulting firm that specializes in conducting research and evaluation issues related to criminal justice, homeland security, children and youth violence, public health, and public policy.

She currently serves as the executive project director for the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance Small, Rural and Tribal Law Enforcement Body Worn Camera Policy and Implementation Program, funding over 400 agencies with micro-grants. She is also the research partner for the Miami Crime Gun Initiative Research and provides leadership on a number of Project Safe Neighborhood and Community Violence Initiative evaluation efforts.  Her previous research has included projects on geospatial predictive policing, police early warning system, child support parenting time, gang intervention, mortgage fraud and collective efficacy. She has worked in over 50 law enforcement agencies across the United States, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Trinidad and Tobago.

Dr. Shellie E. Solomon is also the President of Children of Inmates, Inc. Children of Inmates, Inc. a non-profit social service agency that transform the lives of children of inmates, enabling them to achieve happier, more productive lives.  We meet them where they are, caring for them and their unique needs through family bonding, data-driven care coordination, and advocacy.  Since its inception in 2007, Children of Inmates, Inc. has served over 6,000 children and 2,500 families. 

Prior to joining JSS, Dr. Solomon served as a Deputy Budget Director for the U.S. Census Bureau and Senior Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice. Dr. Solomon received her Ph.D. in 2019 from the University of Maastricht, Netherlands, UNU Merit Program (United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute).  Dr. Solomon’s dissertation, Neighborhoods Matter, adopts geostatistical methods from the physical sciences to examine neighborhood functioning as related to crime and housing at the micro-level.  She also holds a M.S. from the University of Rochester in Public Policy Analysis and a B.A. in Economics with Highest Honors from the University of Oklahoma.

Kyle Kirchmeier, Morton County Sheriff., was elected in Nov 2014 and took over the duties of Sheriff on January 1, 2015.

Kyle has been involved in Law Enforcement in one way or another since 1982, and was a member of the ND National Guard 191st MP Unit. He has worked as a small-town police officer, correctional officer and field deputy. Was a member of the North Dakota Highway Patrol for 29 years and retired as a Captain and Commander of the SW Region. He has over 5,000 hours of post certified training hours. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a graduate of Northwestern University Staff and Command.

Kyle is married and has one adult son, daughter in-law & two grandchildren.


Jerimie Kraushaar is the Sheriff of Hot Springs County Sheriff’s Office located in Thermopolis, Wyoming. Jerimie was elected Sheriff in 2018 and is now serving his second term as Sheriff. Prior to becoming Sheriff, Jerimie started his career as a Patrol Deputy and then was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2010. Jerimie was the first Sheriff in the United States to be a Certified Drug Recognition Expert after obtaining his certification in 2014. Jerimie along with his full staffing of 4 Patrol Deputies are tasked with patrolling the 2004 square miles of Hot Springs County, which include the towns of Thermopolis and Kirby, WY along with large expanses of high plains desert and high altitude forested mountains. Due to staffing Jerimie and his deputies are required to be self-sufficient while on patrol and do use audio/video technology whenever possible.

Why people leave and why they stay: Insights from a national study of retention

10:30AM – 11:30am | Room 3 | recruitment, retention, & training


Despite much of the focus paid to recruitment of new officers, much less focus is being placed on developing strategies to keep good people and to target retention in sheriff’s agencies. Little is known about why law enforcement officers leave, where they go, whether or not they stay in law enforcement, and what strategies to keep good people actually work. This seminar presents results of a national study which examines reasons for current and former law enforcement officers leaving – and staying in – the profession. Discussion includes variables which have been identified as reasons for people leaving, whether or not they leave law enforcement entirely or just switch agencies, and whether or not solutions to offset voluntary turnover in law enforcement are viable given the current economic and hiring climate.

PRESENTERS: Charlie Scheer, Associate Professor, The University of Southern Mississippi, Sheriff Steve Rushing, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, Lieutenant David Hart, Hancock County Sheriff’s Office, Bay St. Louis, MS

Dr. Charlie Scheer is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at The University of Southern Mississippi.  His research specializations are police workforce management, police training, and police leadership pathways.  His research has been published in Police Quarterly, Policing: An International Journal, Justice Research and Policy, and Police Practice and Research. He has provided briefings and testimony at academic and professional conferences such as the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement & Administration of Justice, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference, FBI National Academy Associates, and Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Conference on Recruitment and Retention. He is also a sworn sheriff’s deputy.




Sheriff Steve Rushing is a native of Lincoln County, graduated West Lincoln School in 1991, Co-Lin Community College in 1993, and University of Southern Mississippi in 1996 with a degree in criminal justice.

Began working for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in June 1996, was appointed as Sheriff in September 2006.  Elected 5 times as Sheriff and currently serving as Sheriff of Lincoln County.

Served twice as President of the Mississippi Sheriff’s Association and is a lifetime member of the National Sheriff’s Association.


Tools to Recognize and Combat Human Trafficking

10:30AM – 11:30am | Room 4 | Future of Law Enforcement


The DHS Center for Countering Human Trafficking (CCHT) is the first unified, inter-component coordination center for countering human trafficking and the importation of goods produced with forced labor. Led by DHS’ Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the CCHT integrates the efforts of every component within DHS involved in combating human trafficking. DHS efforts range across criminal investigations, victim assistance, identifying and reporting human trafficking, external outreach, intelligence, and training federal, state, local, tribal and territorial law enforcement partners. The CCHT better equips and positions DHS to accomplish and improve every aspect of its counter human trafficking efforts. Our presentation will provide a comprehensive review of CCHT’s capabilities as well as best practices for implementing a victim-centered approach to human trafficking investigations, forms of immigration relief available to noncitizen victims, and the Blue Campaign’s resources for bringing awareness to private industry partners.

PRESENTER: Amy Pugh, Management and Program Analyst, DHS Center for Countering Human Trafficking,

Amy Pugh is a Management Program Analyst (MPA) for the Victim Protection Program at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center for Countering Human Trafficking (CCHT), led by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). In this capacity Ms. Pugh promotes efforts to advance the victim-centered approach, engage survivors, and provide immigration relief for noncitizen victims through the administration of the Continued Presence program. Prior to being assigned to CCHT, Ms. Pugh was a Policy Analyst with the HSI Cyber Crimes Center, an MPA with HSI International Operations an MPA with DHS Privacy and FOIA Office and has held various other positions within the federal government. Ms. Pugh began her federal career with Department of the Army in 2002 and is a Veteran of the United States Army after proudly serving for 10 years.

Ms. Pugh holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Chamindae University, a Master of Arts in Social Work and Masters in Public Policy from George Mason University.