This training will be POST certified for Minnesota, Missouri and North Dakota.

Finding Our Way Forward

Eric P. Daigle
Daigle Law Group

Considering events around the country that underscore the need for and importance of lasting collaborative relationships between police and the public, there is a focus for law enforcement to strengthen community policing and build trust within the communities they serve.

This session will identify various national issues, providing clarity in looking for a way forward together through legal protection, better policy, better training, and community involvement.  Understanding current trends in legal standards, operational standards, community concern and more importantly, the intersection between them to provide recommendations for departments to move forward in this challenging environment.

Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops

Joe Smarro
SolutionPoint+/San Antonio Police Department, (TX) – retired

This session will preview Ernie and Joe: Crisis Cops, an intimate portrait of two Texas officers which is helping change the way police respond to mental health calls. The film takes audiences on a personal journey, weaving together two officers’ experiences during their daily encounters with people in crisis. Ernie and Joe show care and compassion each time they are called out on a crisis call. This is a true story of officers not only trying but succeeding in doing it right.

Joe Smarro, featured in this film, will be in-person discussing the film and how law enforcement can better deal with these situations. Discussion on ways to de-escalate the situation and communicate on an equal level, hopefully resulting in better outcomes.

Leadership Applications of Criminal Intelligence (LACI)

David Wood
Education Outreach Analyst

LACI examines the need for a comprehensive criminal intelligence program within law enforcement organizations. This session specifically identifies the numerous benefits to police agencies and the role of the law enforcement executive in the design, implementation and operation of a successful criminal intelligence program. This session is for law enforcement leaders who want to establish or improve their intelligence capabilities.

Effective Communication and Active Listening

Joe Smarro
SolutionPoint+/San Antonio Police Department, (TX) – retired

This course will provide you with both basic and advanced skills on how to effectively communicate with anyone. You will learn the fundamental skills of communication and be provided with a proven framework on how to actively listen. This is not just an ordinary communication course and the skills taught are universal in their application. These skills will enhance your communications at work, and benefit communications in the field, including interrogations and crisis negotiations. These skills can also benefit you every day at home and during important transactions such as buying a car or a house. Mastering them will change the way you interact with the world.

Suicide and Self-Harm Death Investigations

Darren Dake
Death Investigation Training Academy

Death by suicide and other self-harm activity can be challenging for investigators and patrol officers alike. These deaths scenes are rich in scene features and biohazards and are the most common manner of death a patrol officer will encounter.

This session will introduce obstacles in investigating these deaths and discuss common mistakes associated with self-harm death investigations. Also covered will be what to look for in staged scenes and how best to determine if a scene may have been staged to appear as a death by suicide.

Internet of Things: The Next Greatest Threat to Law Enforcement?

Greg Kaminski
Forensic Consultant
Lineal Services

Internet of Things (IoT) is the concept of connecting any device to the internet, such as an Alexa or Ring doorbell. The total number of IoT connected devices is projected to be around seventy-five billion units worldwide by 2025. While this technology is emerging and growing by the day, it also poses a great threat to law enforcement. Criminals can use this technology to evade arrest, encrypt/delete evidence, and even cause physical harm to law enforcement. Learn about the basics of how this technology works, its capabilities, and how IoT can be used to support your case.

Managing Community Conversations and Media During Controversial Incidents

Alexander Jones
Chief of Police
Arlington Police Department (TX)

Christopher Cook
Chief of Police
White Settlement Police Department (TX)

Considering recent events over the past few years, the law enforcement profession has struggled in certain areas related to public messaging when controversial force incidents emerge in communities.

This session will provide a basic foundation for agencies to consider when confronted with a controversial issue that generates public interest. Often, agencies must deal with intense public and media scrutiny while attempting to restore normalcy and order in a community. Lessons learned and best practices will be shared that can place law enforcement organizations on the highest ground possible when dealing with these types of incidents.

Identifying the Imposter

James Scott
Founder/Identity Theft Recognition Program
Retired Patrolman
Saugus Police Department (MA)

This one of a kind session teaches those in law enforcement how to recognize and analyze an extremely specific kind of identity theft, the Impostor. The Impostor is someone who has acquired a real and matching name, DOB and SSN and, along with supporting documents, has walked into a RMV or DMV in the United States and been issued a driver’s license or state ID while assuming that stolen identity.

This event is even more documented when this same Impostor is arrested, booked and fingerprinted using this same stolen identity. It is also quite common for our Impostors to alter and mutilate their fingerprints in an attempt to conceal their identity and past criminal history.

Identity theft has been a major issue for decades in the United States, and this session teaches how to recognize and process the significant crime scene that is left behind.

De-Escalation Techniques for Law Enforcement

Robert Woolsey
Owner and Managing Partner/Silver State Consulting
Lieutenant-City of Las Vegas Police Department – retired

De-Escalation skills and techniques are the cornerstone to crisis resolution, and typically begin long before they are needed. Attendees will be able to explain social, behavioral, legal, ethical, and tactical considerations that are intended to de-escalate a situation or prevent escalation into an undesirable confrontation. Additionally, they will be able to describe methods to solicit and obtain cooperation from a potentially uncooperative but non-threatening subject.

Regional Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Update

For nearly fifty years, the Outlaw Motorcycle Gang’s (OMG’s), the Galloping Goose MC and the El Forastero MC, along with their supporters, controlled this central region of the mid-west in the motorcycle club world and kept other outlaw clubs at bay. Prior to 2010, Missouri had not had a “Big Four” OMG chapter. In the mid 2000’s, some of the local leaders and members of both clubs were charged and convicted in a criminal case and were incarcerated for a substantial amount of time. As soon as the local leadership of those clubs were incarcerated, big clubs from other parts of the country began eyeing the region and making moves to establish a presence in Missouri and surrounding states.

Today, in addition to the Galloping Goose and El Forastero, the region is home to the Vagos, Sons of Silence, Outlaws, Mongols, Hells Angels, Pagans and the Bandidos, all of which are considered “Outlaw” clubs by law enforcement. Most of these OMG’s have also established support clubs in the region to help them further their sometimes-violent endeavors.

This session will discuss the history of the events that have led to the current situation regarding the regions OMG activity. Additionally, we will discuss each of these clubs and their significance to the trends currently being seen by law enforcement in the area.