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2022 NSA Winter Conference
J.W. Marriott Washington DC
Washington, DC

Managing Risks During Intake

Monday, February 7  |  8:00am to 9:00am

Intake screening is one of the most, if not the most important interactions that both medical and custody personnel will have with an inmate. This presentation will encompass various scenarios related to medical, mental health and security risks during the intake process. The presenter will discuss issues such as drug and alcohol intoxication, opiate overdose, detection and management of withdrawal syndromes, serious medical conditions, and identifying urgent, immediate, or imminent medical and/or mental health conditions. Training objectives will include a review of the best practice standards for comprehensive and timely medical receiving screening and improve communication between the medical and custody personnel; particularly in the intake area of the correctional facility.

PRESENTER: Kaveh Ofogh, MD, Founder and CEO of MEDIKO, Inc.

As an internist, Dr. Kaveh Ofogh began his medical career as an emergency room attending physician and assistant professor at the Medical College of Virginia. In 1996 he discovered his professional life’s mission in the field of correctional medicine and established his company, MEDIKO.  Dr. Ofogh has a passion for the unique challenges and issues facing correctional medical departments, and has committed 100% of his clinical practice to correctional medicine for 25 years.  Dr. Ofogh has provided expert witness services for both individual and class action lawsuits filed by inmate populations against correctional facilities. In each instance, the findings were in favor of the side he represented. Additionally, he has published many articles in Correctional Healthcare Report, American Jail Magazine and National Sheriff Magazine. He has delivered management and clinical presentations at a regional, state, national and, most recently, an international forum for International Corrections and Prisons Association, providing insight and solutions to correctional staff to improve medical services, address specific issues and/or find savings opportunities. Through direct experience in multiple correctional settings, Dr. Ofogh has developed a keen sense for developing strategies that successfully integrate security concerns while addressing medical needs. His understanding of the administrative and economic issues faced by security leaders today has resulted in developing programs that produce both improved access to care and cost savings.  Dr. Ofogh is the founder and CEO of Mediko, a correctional healthcare company that provides comprehensive medical care to county, city and regional jails in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.  Mediko is the only company in the nation that provides comprehensive healthcare to correctional facilities that has not had a single judgement since it’s inception 25 years ago.

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Information Sharing Framework: Key to Situational Awareness

Monday, February 7  |  8:00am to 9:00am

Information available to first responders is at a pivotal point in time where transformational networks and systems will enable public safety to receive and use data that were not available through legacy networks. 5G support multimedia data and massive IoT deployment that can be a major source of data from the public or from connected cities into the next generation 911 communication centers. 5G can also be the conduit that relays mission critical, incident relevant information to the first responder out in the field once FirstNet or other public safety centric networks are fully upgraded to 5G standards. Since massive amount of data in the forms of voice, text, video and data are expected to be available to public safety stakeholders, the end-to-end system that supports the intake, processing, analysis, storing and sharing of data must be considered using a holistic view of the challenges. While 5G is a big step forward in capacity and capability, information sharing across that network will not happen without addressing “people and process” issues as well as a proper information sharing architecture. In order to accommodate this need, a framework, called the Information Sharing Framework (ISF), is envisioned to address these three important parameters of people/process/technology. The ISF is a systems view using a data, integration and presentation layer concept designed to address major aspects of data and system interoperability.

PRESENTERS: Nicholas Lennie, Captain, Story County (IA) Sheriff’s Office; John M. Contestabile, Director of Public Safety Solutions, Skyline Technology Solutions; and Rob Dew, Senior Technologist Advisor, Dept. of Homeland Security – Cyber Infrastructure Security Administration

Captain Nicholas A. Lennie began his law enforcement career in April 2006 with the Meskwaki Nation Police Department as a law enforcement officer.  He attended the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy and graduated in July of 2006.  During the academy, he was awarded the “McCartney Award” and also recognized for his achievement/induction into the “300 Point Club”. 

Capt. Lennie was hired by the Story County Sheriff’s Office in July 2008.  During his tenure at the sheriff’s office, he has served in many capacities, including time as a Patrol Deputy, Field Training Officer and Supervisor, Lead Firearms Instructor, Emergency Response Team member, Team Leader, and Commander.

He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2013 and later filled the role of Administrative Sgt. in the Field Services Division. Capt. Lennie was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2019 and subsequently promoted to Captain with the appointment to the Chief Deputy Position in 2019.  Capt. Lennie is the recipient of three Sheriff Commendations during his tenure with the Story County Sheriff’s Office. 

He is a member of and involved in various local and national organizations and a past president of the Iowa Crime Prevention Association.  He is a graduate of the F.BI. National Academy, Session 280.

Capt. Lennie lives in Colo, IA with his wife Amy and daughter Emma.

John M. Contestabile is the Director of Public Safety Solutions at Skyline Technology Solutions. He works closely with the public safety community providing consulting services and developing solutions to meet their operational needs. These solutions can involve cyber security, video interoperability, communications and network operations.

He joined Skyline in 2019 after 10 years with Johns Hopkins University – Applied Physics Lab where he was the Program Manager for Homeland Security/Emergency Response Systems. In that capacity he worked with various government sponsors (DHS – S&T, CISA, FEMA, FirstNet) to develop technology projects to meet their needs related to: transportation security, critical infrastructure resilience, and interoperable communications (to include Geographic Information, Wireless Broadband and Video Systems)

Prior to that, he served for over 30 years with the State of Maryland Department of Transportation [MDOT] in a variety of technical/engineering and management roles raising to the position of Acting Assistant Secretary for Administration. In that role he was responsible for the engineering, procurement, emergency management, homeland security and human resource functions. In addition to working at MDOT, Mr. Contestabile was named by Maryland Governor O’Malley as the Director of the Maryland Statewide Communications Interoperability Program, reporting to the Superintendent of the Maryland State Police. Previously, Mr. Contestabile served on assignment with the Governor’s Office during the Ehrlich administration as the Acting Deputy Director of the Office of Homeland Security.

Mr. Contestabile currently participates on a number of committees including: Chair of the Resilience Section for the Transportation Research Board [TRB], Chair of the National Public Safety Telecommunications Council [NPSTC] Video Technology Advisory Committee, and member of the Department of Homeland Security – Science and Technology Directorate Video Quality in Public Safety [VQiPS] leadership team. He recently completed a three-year appointment to the District of Columbia – Homeland Security Commission. Also, in November of 2017, Mr. Contestabile was appointed by Maryland Governor Hogan as a member of the Washington Metrorail Safety Commission where he recently completed that term.

Mr. Contestabile was also a former board member of the Public Safety Spectrum Trust [PSST], who held the national license for the 700 MHz National Public Safety Broadband system [e.g. “FirstNet”]. He is a former Vice Chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials [AASHTO] Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management, a former member of the National Infrastructure Advisory Committee [NIAC] Transportation Resilience work group, as well as a former member of the Department of Homeland Security’s “Safecom” Interoperable Communications Advisory Committee.

He belongs to several organizations including: the All Hazards Consortium, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the International Association of Emergency Managers, the Maryland Emergency Management Association, the National Public Safety Telecommunications Consortium, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Domestic Preparedness Coalition.

He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Baltimore (UB) in Baltimore, Maryland and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts. 

Rob Dew serves as the Senior Technologist Advisor for Emergency Communications within the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) since July 2018. In this capacity, Rob provides overall technical advisement on design, development, testing, and deployment of priority and interoperability of Next Generation Network Priority Services (NGN-PS), Wireless Priority Service (WPS), Long Term Evolution (LTE) transition to 5G, secure data exchange and Internet-of-Things (loT) capabilities for emergency communications stakeholders.  Previous to this assignment, he served as a Wireless Broadband Subject Matter Expert (SME) and Electronics Engineer in the Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) providing engineering and managerial leadership, governance and policy, consultation, and expertise to emergency communications for National Security and Emergency Preparedness (NS/EP) personnel  and Public Safety first responders and stakeholders with guidance, research, development, test, and evaluation of wireline and wireless broadband networks.

Prior to joining the OEC in 2015, Rob spent over 20 years in private industry in technologist, technical director, project management, and senior engineering positions for Global 500 and Fortune 500 service providers and vendors, Federal agencies, and consulting firms such as DHS, AirTouch International, Sprint-Nextel, Ericsson, Telefonica, Qualcomm, LCC, Leidos, SAIC and Marconi.  Rob managed and engineered from concept to design to operational capability projects worldwide in excess of $USD 5 billion servicing over 300 million subscribers while managing in excess of 2,000 staff comprised of directors, managers, engineers, and analysts in the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia. 

Rob holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech and a M.S. in Engineering Management from The George Washington University.   

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Incorporating Research-Based De-Escalation Skills Throughout Law Enforcement Training

Monday, February 7  |  10:30am to 11:30am

Recent high-profile use-of-force incidents continue to raise public concern about officer judgment and decision making when using force. One response to this concern is training to teach officers de-escalation techniques as an alternative to using force. However, little evidence exists to clarify which techniques are effective in policing situations. Thus, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), in partnership with Arizona State University and Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Division conducted research using bodycam and dashcam videos to explore the factors that influence de-escalation/escalation of events during interactions between patrol officers/deputies and community members. The purpose of this presentation is share findings from this research project and illustrate how FLETC incorporates into training the skills that promote suspect compliance and cooperation while reducing force levels. Rather than stand-alone de-escalation training, FLETC will highlight how these skills are woven into both communication/interviewing courses and use of force training. Attendees will hear details about these courses and how they work together to produce law enforcement professionals prepared to perform in today’s operational environment.

PRESENTERS: Scott Donovan, Behavioral Science Division Chief, FLETC; Michael Ausmus, Instructor, FLETC; and Laura Zimmerman, PhD, FLETC

Scott Donovan is the Chief of the Behavioral Science Division U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC).  Previous assignments at the FLETC include Division Chief of the Firearms Training Division; Division Chief of the  Leadership and International Capacity Building Division,  Division Chief, Investigative Operations Division; Branch Chief Behavioral Science Division, Behavioral Methodologies Branch where he managed both Basic and Advanced Interviewing Training Programs;  Senior Instructor Investigative Operations Division, General Skills Branch, where he instructed students in the Criminal Investigator’s Training Program in all aspects of criminal investigation and Lead Instructor Behavioral Science Division where he taught interviewing and communication skills to Criminal Investigators and Uniformed Police students.  Mr. Donovan is the co-author and creator of the FLETC Advanced Interviewing and Interrogation Program titled “A 360 Degree Look at Criminal Interrogation.”

Mr. Donovan’s law enforcement career includes 3 years as a Uniformed Patrol Officer with the Dallas Police Department and 22 years as a Special Agent and Supervisory Special Agent with the United States Secret Service, retiring as Assistant to the Special Agent in Charge in the Atlanta Field Office.  Mr. Donovan’s Secret Service career included 7 permanent assignments including New York, Dallas and Washington D.C.  Mr. Donovan has an extensive criminal investigative background including numerous investigations of Russian Organized Criminal Groups as a Case Agent, Undercover Agent and Supervisory Agent.  Mr. Donovan also served as a Polygraph Examiner in the Secret Service for 5 years.    

Mr. Donovan holds a Bachelor of Science Criminal Justice and Russian from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and has completed graduate work in Psychology and Physiology at the University of Virginia.  Mr. Donovan also has graduated from the Federal Polygraph Institute, the Defense Language Institute (Monterey, California) and Johns Hopkins University Law Enforcement Management Institute.  Mr. Donovan also has been a Visiting Fellow at the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) in Manley, Australia. 

Mr. Donovan is Fluent in Russian and French.

Mr. Donovan and his wife Patricia have two children, Sean and Emma.  They reside in St. Simons Island , Georgia.   

Michael Ausmus is a law enforcement ranger with the National Park Service.  He is currently an instructor at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, Ga.  At FLETC, Mr. Ausmus is assigned to the Practical Application Branch and instructs hundreds of uniform, land management, and federal agents.  This instruction primarily consists of classroom and scenario-based use of force training.  Mr. Ausmus has over 22 years of police experience beginning with the Middlesboro Police Department in Kentucky.  Mr. Ausmus has a degree in Criminal Justice and is a certified Force Science Analyst. 

Laura Zimmerman, Ph.D. is a senior researcher at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC). Her research focuses on high stake decision making, primarily in law enforcement and military domains. She is currently conducting research to characterize de-escalation and escalation behaviors during police-community member interactions. She also developed, and is currently validating, a law enforcement critical communication model and is working to ensure all FLETC training curriculum is evidence-based. In a previous program of research, sponsored by the FBI/DIA’s High-Value Detainee Interrogation Group (HIG), she tested evidence-based interrogation techniques and characterized interrogator decision making. Throughout her career, her research has focused on police eyewitness identification and interview techniques, high-stakes decision-making during large-scale multi-agency emergencies, threat detection during military patrol, and issues surrounding the transition of military veterans to law enforcement careers. Dr. Zimmerman earned her bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and her Master and Ph.D. degrees in experimental psychology from University of Texas at El Paso.

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K9s and sUAS Drone Integration

Monday, February 7  |  10:30am to 11:30pm

The presentation will cover how K9 Units and sUAS/Drone work together to located suspects and missing persons. Examples will be give as to how this joint venture works. Joint training will be discussed. Photographs and videos will be shown through a PowerPoint presentation. How the use of sUAS/Drones can relieve K9’s from searching large open areas so the K9 does not lose the scent of the person being tracked. How sUAS/Drones can assist in keeping the K9, Handler and support team safe during the search. How sUAS/Drones can assist in eliminating areas to be searched. Also how response for both units can be addressed.

PRESENTER: Doug Daniels, Special Deputy/Part 107 Remote Pilot, Highland County (OH) Sheriff’s Office

Doug Daniels served as a full-time Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy instructor for 20 years, retiring in 2020. Prior to that, he served 23 years with the Greenfield Police Department. Doug currently serves as a Special Deputy and Remote Pilot with the Highland County Sheriff’s Office. Doug is the Airborne Public Safety Association (APSA) Midwest Region Deputy Director and a member of the AUVSI, AOPA, DRONERSPONDERS, IPSA, LEDA, and ILEETA. Doug instructs and conducts research for Public Safety UAS.

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Elder Abuse Cases: Tools for First Responders

Monday, February 7  |  1:00pm to 2:00pm

The Elder Abuse Guide for Law Enforcement (EAGLE) continues to be the cornerstone of elder abuse resources for law enforcement. EAGLE was created with the input of law enforcement departments across the U.S. The EAGLE tool offers guidelines in best practices, state-specific penal codes, tools for documentation, and a resource referral tool.   This session presented by the National Center on Elder Abuse will cover elder abuse and the signs of abuse, challenges faced during the pandemic, multidisciplinary teams, and legislative insight provided by Paul Greenwood. EAGLE tools will also be showcased and then used during an interactive case scenario where Law Enforcement officers can fine-tune their elder abuse knowledge. 1 in 10 older adults in the U.S. experience elder abuse, and Law enforcement personnel are among the first contact points for elder abuse cases. EAGLE will provide the tools you need to protect and serve the older adults in your community.

PRESENTERS: Julie Schoen, Deputy Director, National Center on Elder Abuse; and Alexis Calleros, National Center on Elder Abuse – Keck School of Medicine of USC

Julie Schoen brings her passion for all aspects of aging issues to her role as Deputy Director of the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. She is an attorney with a strong background in Medicare Advocacy who is now having impact in the area of Elder Abuse. Like you, she hopes to build public awareness by collaborating with experts in the field. She is an active board member of the Elder Financial Protection Network (EFPN) and the National Organization of Victim Assistance (NOVA). Julie’s influence in the aging field has been well documented in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and USA Today as well as frequent guest appearance on KFWB, Talk Radio, Money 101.

Alexis Calleros has been with the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) for two years after obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology with an emphasis on social inequality at the University of California, Santa Cruz. As the current NCEA Project Assistant, she provides logistical and administrative support for various projects and has co-presented at multiple conferences. In addition to the NCEA, Alexis assists the Elder Abuse Guide for Law Enforcement (EAGLE) in outreach, technical assistance, and producing training materials for law enforcement.

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Bulletproof Spirit: Trauma Recovery, Resilience, and Wellness

Monday, February 7  |  1:00pm to 2:00pm

This presentation details how our daily work traumas can not only injure an officer’s brain (causing post-traumatic stress and a host of other serious issues), but it can kill us (suicide – Officers’ annual #1 cause of death.) It provides several practical, proactive wellness and resilience strategies to strengthen officer resilience (and officer safety) and officer wellness; to enable recovery and to heal from traumas; and to enable professional, compassionate, and ethical service. It also discusses one of the most powerful treatments to heal from even the most severe trauma – EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), which the instructor has experienced firsthand.

PRESENTER: Dan Willis, Police Captain (ret.)/National Instructor on Trauma Recovery, Resilience, and Wellness, National Command and Staff College/International Academy of Public Safety

Captain Dan Willis (ret.) served with the La Mesa (CA) Police Department for 30 years as a crimes of violence-sexual assault-child molest and homicide detective; SWAT Commander; Wellness Unit coordinator; and Peer Support team leader. He’s a graduate of the FBI National Academy where he studied emotional survival, wellness, and resiliency. He is an international instructor on trauma recovery, resilience and wellness individually, as well as with the National Command and Staff College and the International Academy of Public Safety. He is the author of the wellness guidebook “Bulletproof Spirit: The First Responders Essential Resource for Protecting and Healing Mind and Heart,” which is required reading at the FBI National Academy. He has instructed in 34 states and Canada to over 7,000 peace officers.


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A Call to Action: Police Evolution

Monday, February 7  |  2:15pm to 3:15pm

As law enforcement leaders across this nation, we have the ultimate duty to protect and serve. In the wake of the killing of George Floyd spirited conversations occurred regarding police reform, social justice, and defunding the police. Defunding the police is not an option, but police evolution is one solution to change the way we lead our police force.  Its time we evolve like never before, through training, discipline, transparency, and ultimately unity.  Today, I call on you to not only commit to protecting and serving but unifying your community through police evolution.

PRESENTER: Sheriff Chris Swanson, Genesee County (MI) Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Christopher R. Swanson was born in Medina, Ohio, and is a third generation law enforcement officer. Both his father and grandfather served with the Detroit Police Department. As a career police officer with experience spanning three decades, Chris has served in a multitude of positions including: corrections, patrol, narcotics, criminal investigation, death investigation, human trafficking investigation, elder abuse, and command operations.

As Sheriff, Chris oversees the 5th largest Sheriff’s Office in the State of Michigan. His career has led him to witness some of the most heinous crimes and acts of violence on imagine. He shares these experiences to audiences across the country to make a positive impact on their lives using lessons from the living and the dead.

In May 2020, during a time of volatile protest across the Nation in response to the killing of George Floyd, Chris brought protesters and officers in Flint, Michigan together. Those actions led to a viral message of hope for the nation and world that was seen by more than three billion people in 24 hours.
In the days that followed, Chris was asked by media outlets across the world, “what’s next?”

His response, “ACTION.”

Chris has made it his mission to bridge divide through unity – by breaking the chains of generational incarceration and promoting social justice & police evolution. Chris works every day to have a big influence & big impact and inspire people around the world by pouring his life into others.


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The Importance of Social Media Search Warrant Data in Today’s Cases

Monday, February 7  |  2:15pm to 3:15pm

This session will start from a historical standpoint and discuss useful tips on what to ask for on search warrant returns from Google, Facebook, Instagram, Apple iCloud, and Snapchat in order to successfully gain intelligence on today’s criminals. It will also help you gain an understanding of some of the data Google can provide in addition to email and login information—such as search and location history, device information, and storage—and show you how useful Apple iCloud search warrant returns can be to a case. You’ll then take a deep dive into live intercept data for targets and learn how often data is sent by social media providers like Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. You’ll discover effective ways to easily monitor and decipher this data as it flows in for a case, along with all the information that can be acquired from it. Lastly, you’ll see how precision location can positively impact a case, using integration tools to make your life easier.

PRESENTER: Scott Tuma, IP Program Director, PenLink

With almost 15 years of experience at PenLink, Scott Tuma has worked with law enforcement at the state, federal, and international levels. He has helped design and develop PenLink tools while working with law enforcement to effectively complete entire investigations, and understands the unique requirements related to dealing with large volumes of data from providers like Google, Facebook, Instagram, Apple iCloud, and Snapchat. He has worked extensively on historical datasets, as well as live intercepts from many different Internet, webmail, and social media providers. Scott has worked numerous high-profile cases concentrating on Internet investigations around drugs, gang activity, homicide, kidnapping, child sexual abuse, human trafficking, extortion, money laundering, conspiracy, and cyber intrusion. He also works to educate other professionals on the importance of spotlighting data from many different providers.

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