Building a Better Law Enforcement Mental Health Wellness Culture
Saturday, February 5 | 8:00am to 9:00am
This presentation is based on a variety of sources to include the COPS Office 11 Case Studies of Police Agencies and a survey of relevant research sources. Attendees will learn about the neurological effects of trauma, effective treatment responses and ways to address a police culture resistant to mental health problems. These include reluctance to self-report mental health problems, fear of confidentiality breaches, stigma around being considered “weak” and lack of knowledge about techniques ASICS as EMDR and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Attendees will learn how to incorporate mental health experiences into hiring practices, promotional assessment centers and incentivize the agency to adopt mental health policies and awareness.
PRESENTER: J. Mitchell Cunningham, Training Coordinator-Deputy Chief (ret.), Cape Fear Community College
Deputy Chief Mitch Cunningham (ret.) has been a police officer for 36 years, most recently as Deputy Chief for the Wilmington North Carolina Police Department. Prior to that he was a police officer for the Montgomery County Department of Police, in Maryland. In Montgomery County Maryland he started a number of crime fighting initiatives including the first Career Criminal Unit, the first Auto Theft Team and the award winning pawn data sharing system called RPDSS (now RAPID) that is used across the country. He also started the regional data sharing system called NCR LInX in the National Capitol Region which connects hundreds of police agencies, leading to countless arrests and also supporting anti-terrorism efforts in the awake of 9-11.
As Deputy Chief for Support Services at WPD, he started a number of efforts to address and drive down gang violence plaguing the city. He also started the agency’s first Peer Support team, a police college scholarship fundraiser Send a Cop to College to assist with the professionalization of its future leaders and worked to outfit WPD officers with naloxone, the only second jurisdiction in North Carolina to do so. He also began the LEAD program, a pre-arrest diversion program which was also the second site in North Carolina.
He currently works as a law enforcement training coordinator for Cape Fear Community College as well as teaching for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and Louisiana State University. Additionally he is a consultant with the National Sheriffs Association and International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Effective Disaster & Critical Incident Planning and Response
Saturday, February 5 | 8:00am to 9:00am
Even before the overwhelming response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001, police agencies have had the responsibility to maintain and implement detailed critical incident and disaster response plans. While not every contingency can be planned for, the development of a basic emergency response plan is key to ensure than any disaster or crisis can be effectively addressed. Lessons learned from the police response on 9-11 will be evaluated for their significance on the development on the NIMS and ICS protocols used nationally to ensure coordinated response to major incidents and events. Steps to comprehensively develop a basic jurisdictional emergency response plan, specific challenges that have been encountered, and methods and strategies to deal with mass demonstrations and rioting will be among the many substantial issues that will be thoroughly addressed within this presentation. In addition, comparisons will be made involving effective critical incident planning and deployment on the global stage.
PRESENTERS: James F. Albrecht, Police Chief (ret.); and Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Senior Police Trainer/Research, South African Police Service
Bios coming soon!
Drugs, Death, Destruction, and the US Border
Saturday, February 5 | 9:15am to 10:15am
This presentation is not for the faint of heart. It focuses on Mexican Drug Cartels and the major role they play in the US drug and human trafficking trades. See and hear first-hand accounts of the cartels’ ruthless nature and how their idolatry of the Patron Saints of the Mexican Drug Underworld (Santa Muerte, Jesus Malverde, San Ramon, etc.) helps shape and influence their organizations and those around them. Understanding the depth and breadth of these cartels and their extreme violence and victimization will help explain why it is paramount for law enforcement to understand their role so we can better equip ourselves to deal with the devastating effects it is having on our communities. Please note this presentation includes extremely graphic material.
PRESENTER: Sheriff Kieran Donahue, Canyon County (ID) Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Donahue is serving his third term as Sheriff of Canyon County, Idaho. He holds an Executive Certificate with the Idaho Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) which is the highest-level certification in the State of Idaho.
In January 2021, Idaho Governor Brad Little Appointed Sheriff Donahue to the Idaho Criminal Justice Commission to represent the Sheriffs of Idaho for a four-year term.
Sheriff Donahue is a Past President of the Idaho Sheriffs’ Association and is a current member of the ISA Board of Directors. He also currently holds the seat of Chairman of the ISA Legislative Committee and serves on the Idaho Association of Counties Legislative Committee and ISA Jail Standards Committee.
He is a member of the Western States Sheriff’s Association (WSSA) and serves on the Western States Policy Committee.
He has served for many years, on numerous committees for the National Sheriffs’ Association including Government Affairs, Border Security, Domestic Violence and Crime Victim Services, as well as Youth Programs and Juvenile Justice. In June 2021 Sheriff Donahue was the first Idaho Sheriff to be elected to the National Sheriffs’ Association Executive Committee and is now serving as the 3rd Vice President of the NSA.
Sheriff Donahue is the Founder and Chairman of the Man Up Crusade, a National and International, non-profit, public awareness campaign on the issue of domestic violence.
On the Outside Looking In
Saturday, February 5 | 9:15am to 10:15am
The panel will provide insight to Sheriffs in utilizing outside and independent resources to provide independent perspectives. Areas that benefit from using independent outside resources include, but are not limited to, highlighting the transparent efforts in investigations and incidents response; addressing concerns raised by the community and addressing the press in an effective and positive manner.
Outside, independent resources will assist Sheriffs and their departments in creating a culture of modern, transparent, and accountable policing. Sheriffs will benefit by receiving independent compliance reviews; internal audits of offices and programs; independent investigations of major incidents, unclear actions taken by department personnel, incidents that have occurred that have garnered significant community and media attention.
An independent, outside resource should offer experienced investigative personnel including those specializing in misconduct, internal criminal acts and personnel investigations; due diligence investigations; community engagement support; sexual harassment in the workplace; whistleblower enforcement; Anti-Human trafficking compliance; and expert witnesses.
When looking to engage outside, independent resources, Sheriffs should look for a company that utilizes a holistic approach. The team must include experienced law enforcement professionals, experienced criminal and civil attorneys, auditors, analyst and compliance specialists. This team make up allows for a 360 degree view of the matter being addressed.
For a department facing possible indictment or other regulatory outcomes Sheriffs should advocate for an independent expert to monitor their operations to ensure that existing problems are eliminated and prevented in the future. Sheriffs should look for a monitor that has a multi-disciplinary team that understands the difficult positions organizations face when compelled to hire independent monitors.
PRESENTER: Scot R. Rittenberg, Managing Director, Guidepost Solutions
Scot R. Rittenberg is a managing director at Guidepost Solutions, a global leader in compliance, investigations, monitoring, and security and technology consulting. He brings a wealth of experience to the Immigration and Border Services practice at Guidepost, with an additional focus on export controls and Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering consulting. Additionally, he concentrates his efforts on expanding the Guidepost Federal Practice.
Mr. Rittenberg served for more than 30 years as a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security and the US Customs Service. He operated as the second in command of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). During his tenure, OPR created and implemented an expedited contractor preliminary clearance process for critical agency contracts; developed and implemented the agency’s Insider Threat Program that successfully identified individuals attempting to exploit both physical and logical access vulnerabilities; established a threat management process; and increased the success rate of timely and thorough misconduct investigations.
Mr. Rittenberg has extensive experience in border security, smuggling, intellectual property rights, national security matters, and transnational criminal organizations. His assignments included land borders, international airports, and seaports. He led multiple investigations into the smuggling of non-taxed cigarettes into the United States via cross-border Native American reservations, the smuggling of grey market export only cigarettes into the from Europe, as well as the distribution of counterfeit cigarettes. These investigations utilized multiple techniques including intelligence collection, undercover operations, and partnership with industry leaders.
Mr. Rittenberg held numerous key leadership positions within ICE and the US Customs Service including deputy associate director for OPR; division director of OPR Investigations; Homeland Security Investigations; acting and deputy special agent-in-charge (SAC) of the Washington, DC, field office; acting and assistant special SAC of the Baltimore field office; chief of staff for the headquarters of Investigations; interim chief of the headquarters’ Contraband Smuggling Unit; and interim Treasury liaison for the US Customs Service.
Mr. Rittenberg received a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Northeastern University.
Unmask Sex Trafficking: Learn the Signs to Combat the Crime
Saturday, February 5 | 10:30am to 11:30am
Sheriffs’ and deputies’ unique vantage points of communities puts them in a perfect position for identifying and helping victims of sex trafficking. Through a survivor’s story, a sheriff’s perspective and a sheriff’s community liaison/survivor-advocate’s expertise, learn about links among domestic violence, drugs, cell phone apps and sex trafficking. Leave with practical tips for incorporating anti-sex trafficking efforts into your packed schedule including identifying victims, understanding what makes people vulnerable to traffickers and where victims and traffickers will most likely meet. Introduction by Chester County Sheriff Fredda Maddox. Special guest speaker and trafficking survivor Tammy McDonnell.
PRESENTERS: Sheriff Fredda Maddox, Chester County (PA) Sheriff’s Office; Carol Metzker, Chester County Sheriff’s Office Community Outreach; and Tammy McDonnell, Youth Advisor, Covenant House of Pennsylvania
In 2020, Fredda L. Maddox became the first African American woman elected and sworn in as Chester County (Pennsylvania) Sheriff. The law enforcement veteran and former attorney in domestic violence and family law has a lifelong record of serving the community, protecting people and protecting rights.
Maddox was the first African American woman to serve as a Pennsylvania State Trooper in Chester County. She was a Narcotics Agent for the Bureau of Narcotics in the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and a Special Agent in the Bureau of Criminal Investigations. She earned a Master of Criminal Justice from West Chester University and completed training at the Pennsylvania State Police Academy and FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia.
While working full time in law enforcement, Maddox earned a law degree from Widener University School of Law. She was a practicing attorney for 20 years, representing clients of domestic violence, child abuse and those needing help with family law. For more than a decade, she served as a court-appointed guardian ad litem.
Carol Metzker is an ally for survivors of human trafficking, educator, TEDx presenter, author of Facing the Monster: How One Person Can Fight Child Slavery, and coauthor of A Shield Against the Monster: Protecting Children from Human Trafficking with sex-trafficking survivor Ann Marie Jones. She works in community outreach at the Chester County (PA) Sheriff’s Office and has consulted to The Salvation Army’s New Day to Stop Trafficking Program. As a volunteer for 10 years, she has worked with local survivors of sex trafficking/commercial exploitation at residential program Dawn’s Place and has led international projects for survivors and prevention in India, Nepal, the United States and Kenya. She is the recipient of several human rights/humanitarian awards.
As a communication specialist, Carol has delivered presentations about human trafficking in Seoul, Sydney, Toronto and Kathmandu as well as throughout the United States and close to her home in Pennsylvania. In addition to penning books and articles, she created training scenarios for anti-human trafficking coalition members that were adapted for use by the Department of Homeland Security for the PA Governor’s Office.
Tammy McDonnell is a graduate of Dawn’s Place, youth advisor for Covenant House of Pennsylvania and an advisory board member at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation. She also works part-time at an Equine Therapy horse stable. She is highly motivated and passionate about making a difference in the fight to end human trafficking and advocates strongly as a survivor.
Tammy is also a runner who has completed numerous races and obstacle courses, and works as a fitness coach.
Tammy expects to receive her Associate’s Degree from the Community College of Philadelphia in 2022 with a double major in Paralegal Studies and Criminal Justice. She aspires to earning a bachelor’s degree and studying law in the future.
Using Drones to Serve and Protect Citizens
Saturday, February 5 | 10:30am to 11:30pm
The presentation will focus on how agencies can use drones to assist in everyday law enforcement functions and more specific functions such as search and rescue and assisting other public safety organizations in serving and protecting citizens. Drones can also be a force multiplier and can enhance the safety of law enforcement and citizens when used during special events, court security, and the execution of warrants. Drones are sometimes seen negatively by citizens, but when you can demonstrate the positive uses you can receive support for starting or expanding a drone program.
The presentation will feature actual cases of drone use in law enforcement with pictures and video footage from incidents. The presentation will also review various types of drones and drone manufacturers and software programs that can be used to enhance a drone program.
PRESENTER: Alex Armstrong, Deputy Sheriff, Fauquier County (VA) Sheriff’s Office
Bio coming soon
Caring for Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorder: What is the role of Jails?
Saturday, February 5 | 1:00pm to 2:00pm
This session will discuss the impact of the opioid epidemic on an often-overlooked population that comes through jails—pregnant women. The presentation will discuss how common this condition is in jails, what the best practices are, and what jails should be doing to care for this vulnerable population of pregnant women to ensure optimal outcomes for them and their babies. The session will also present research data from a national survey of jails on their practices regarding care and services for pregnant women with opioid use disorder. Finally, the session will leave time for discussion and brainstorming on challenges and opportunities for jails to make an impact on providing care for pregnant women with opioid use disorder.
PRESENTER: Carolyn Sufrin, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Carolyn Sufrin, MD, PhD, is an obstetrician-gynecologist and researcher Johns Hopkins University where she is Associate Professor in the Department of Gyn/Ob and in Health, Behavior and Society at the School of Public Health. She has worked extensively on reproductive health issues affecting incarcerated women, from providing clinical care in jail, to research, policy, and advocacy. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Commission on Correctional Health Care and is a Certified Correctional Health Professional. Dr. Sufrin is founder and director of the Hopkins based research group Advocacy and Research on Reproductive Wellness of Incarcerated People (ARRWIP). Her work is situated at the intersection of reproductive justice, health care, and mass incarceration, which she examines in her book, Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women Behind Bars.
Building Your Own Threat Assessment & Threat Management Team
Saturday, February 5 | 1:00pm to 2:00pm
This presentation will provide law enforcement agencies around the country with the tools and know how to develop and implement their own multi-disciplinary threat assessment and threat management team. Modeled after the FBI, DHS and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office TATM, attendees will learn how to not only build and implement their team but acquire the knowledge of how to identify, assess, and manage a potential serious violent offender. Sheriff Randy Retter of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office, second vice President of the Indiana Sheriff’s Association, will provide opening remarks to the presentation and be available for questions for other administrators on how to conquer obstacles to form these teams in their organizations.
PRESENTERS: Sergeant Adam J. Blanton, Wayne County (IN) Sheriff’s Office; and Patrolman Brandon Krofta, Wayne County (IN) Sheriff’s Office
Sergeant Blanton is a veteran of a medium sized Sheriff’s Office located in East Central Indiana. Sergeant Blanton is a Board-Certified Workplace Violence Threat Specialist and a member of the Association for Threat Assessment Professionals and belongs to the Chicago Chapter of the group. Blanton serves as a Master instructor of the National Threat Evaluation and Reporting Program through the United States Department of Homeland Security. Sergeant Blanton is presently attached to the Indianapolis Field Office of the FBI as a Task Force Officer and liaison of the office between local government and the FBI’S famed Behavioral Analysis Unit and Behavioral Threat Assessment Center. Sergeant Blanton is the Head of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office interdisciplinary Threat Assessment Threat Management Team (TATM) and is a member of the K-12 School safety consortium. Blanton also serves as the Supervisor of the K9 program and handles a dual purpose Belgian Malinois named Ozzy. Blanton is the co-commander of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office ERT team Corrections.
Patrolman Krofta is a veteran of law enforcement at a medium sized Sheriff’s Department in East Central Indiana. Patrolman Krofta is decorated Patrol Officer and veteran S.W.A.T officer with a multi-jurisdictional team. Krofta is a certified LE firearms instructor and Field Training Officer. Krofta is a distinguished educator and serves as a Master Instructor of the National Threat Evaluation and Reporting Program through the United States Department of Homeland Security. Krofta is Board-Certified Workplace Violence and Threat Specialist. Krofta is also an area leading instructor in Active Shooter and soft target recognition training. Ptl. Krofta is a member of The Association of Threat Assessment Professionals Chicago Chapter. Ptl. Krofta is the Co-founder of the Wayne County Threat Assessment and Threat Management Team (TATM).
A Guide for Reducing Suicide Risk in Incarcerated Populations
Saturday, February 5 | 2:15pm to 3:15pm
The goal of suicide prevention is to reduce risk before it becomes a crisis and, when necessary, defuse a crisis before it becomes fatal. Understanding of suicide risks and warning signs in incarcerated populations is expanding, and effective prevention strategies and interventions are in use. Through the Suicide Prevention Resource Guide, NCCHC and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are working to reduce suicide in jails. This session focuses on three areas: assessment, intervention and treatment, and training.
PRESENTER: Jim Martin, VP, Program Development, National Commission on Correctional Health Care
Jim Martin served nearly 23 years in Law Enforcement, serving as a Lieutenant and Assistant Jail Commander with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office in Southern Indiana. During his career with the Sheriff’s Office, he served as a Motor Patrol Deputy, a K9 handler, a supervisor in the jail and the Court Security Unit, as well as an investigator in the Professional Standards Unit. His duties as the assistant jail commander included serving as the command staff liaison for the Jail’s medical unit and the Community Mental Health Task Force and was part of a transition team during the building of a new jail facility in 2006, overseeing the successful movement of inmates from one facility to another. Jim oversaw the converting from paper records to an electronic jail management system, the move to an electronic kiosk commissary system, and a complete transition from face-to-face inmate visitation to total video visitation. He also established a robust field-training program within the jail, which led to a state approved jail officer training school.
Jim is also an adjunct professor at the University of Evansville providing instruction in public service administration and organizational leadership. Jim currently serves as Vice President of Program Development with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC). During the last several years, he spoken nationally on topics covering correctional health care, suicide prevention, mental health issues and care in our jails and prisons, tactical communications for health care workers, COVID-19 mitigation, and building better working relationships between custody and health care.
Introduction to Homegrown and Domestic Violent Extremism
Saturday, February 5 | 2:15pm to 3:15pm
LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training (LSU NCBRT) will provide an introduction to homegrown and domestic violent extremism. This presentation will discuss the differences between homegrown violent extremism, domestic violent extremism, and foreign terrorist organizations and their rationalization for violence.
PRESENTERS: Jerry Monier, Associate Director, LSU-NCBRT; and Roy Bethge, Course Development Lead, LSU-NCBRT
Jerry Monier is a twenty-nine year law enforcement, emergency management and homeland security professional with experience at the local, state, and federal levels of government. Mr. Monier’s professional experiences supports the development of homeland security and emergency management plans, training programs, and program evaluation within the public and private sectors. In his current role, Mr. Monier provides strategic direction for the development of US Department of Homeland Security certified training courses and other endeavors undertaken by Louisiana State University’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training’s Research and Development Division. Mr. Monier also serves as a Reserve Deputy with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office in Gonzales, Louisiana. Mr. Monier currently serves as a member the International Association of Chiefs of Police Education and Training Committee and is a member of the Volunteer Law Enforcement Officers Alliance.
Roy Bethge is a veteran police leader with more than 31 years of law enforcement experience. He currently serves as the Chief of Police in Cherry Valley, IL. Roy retired in May of 2017 as Deputy Chief of Operations for the Buffalo Grove Police Department in Northern Illinois. He has an extensive background as a trainer in the subject areas of leadership development, active shooter response, use of force, and adult learning. He is a lead instructor and course developer for Louisiana State University’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training as well as a private consultant. Mr. Bethge is the chair of the Education and Training Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Mr. Bethge presents nationally on the topics of Leadership, Instructor Development, Personal Development, and Organizational Change.