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

Increasing Women in Law Enforcement

Sunday, February 6  |  8:00am to 9:00am

Women make up only 12% of law enforcement officers and 3% of command staff members. These numbers that have been stagnant for decades. Yet a growing body of research demonstrates the unique value of women officers – they use less force and excessive force, are perceived as more trustworthy and compassionate, get better outcomes for crime victims, and are named proportionally less in community complaints and lawsuits. NAWLEE is a cofounder of the 30×30 Initiative which aims to improve the representation of women in policing to 30% of women in police recruit classes by the year 2030, while simultaneously addressing barriers to the advancement of women in police departments across the country. Launched in March of this year, the Initiative already has over 120 agencies who have taken the 30×30 Pledge – a series of no and low-cost actions police departments can take to improve both the representation and experiences of women in their department. These actions span the entire lifecycle of a woman officer’s career – from recruitment and assessment, through retention and promotion, while also addressing agency culture. This presentation will provide an overview of the existing research on women in policing, explore the importance of gender diversity in the police profession, and provide details on how agencies can ensure their departments support the success of under-represented officers. This interactive panel discussion will include audience feedback and discussions and leave ample time for questions and comments from attendees. The objective is to provide law enforcement leaders with actionable information they can take back and implement in their agency, while also highlighting the critical importance of the issue.

PRESENTERS: Kym Craven, Executive Director, National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, and Jenn Rineer, Principal Investigator, RTI

Kym Craven is the Executive Director of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives and the director of the Public Safety Strategies Group LLC.  Ms. Craven began her 35-year career at the Lowell, Massachusetts Police Department working in several areas including traffic safety, community engagement, and grants management.  During her career, Ms. Craven has provided assistance to over 350 municipalities and state agencies. She specializes in facilitating and conducting organizational assessments; strategic planning; survey development; data analysis; staffing analysis; police district boundary assessments; grant writing and management, along with helping agencies implement strategies to build trust with and engage communities.  Her passion is ensuring diversity, equity, and inclusion in law enforcement- both internally and externally.

Ms. Craven holds a BS in criminal justice from the University of Lowell and a MA in criminal justice from Anna Maria College. A former police officer Ms. Craven holds certificates in community policing, leadership facilitation, incident command, vulnerability assessments, emergency response planning, terrorism threat assessment, and numerous other criminal justice programs.

Ms. Craven is a member of the International Association of Chief of Police, New England Chiefs of Police, and the International Association of Women in Policing.

Dr. Jennifer Rineer is an expert in the health, well-being, and performance of employees and organizations. As a program manager and research psychologist in RTI International’s Center for Policing Research and Investigative Science, she applies her academic and applied experience in industrial and organizational psychology and occupational health to workplace and workforce surveys, qualitative studies, employee trainings, evaluations, and experimental research in criminal legal contexts. Her research focuses on worker health, job-related stress, diversity and inclusion, organizational effectiveness, and related topics.

Currently, Dr. Rineer serves as the principal investigator for a Department of Justice-funded project to develop programs to reduce stress for law-enforcement officers across the United States. She also leads two National Institute of Justice-funded projects: From Research to Reality: Recruiting More Women into the Policing Profession and Understanding Work-Related Stress among Medicolegal Death Investigators [MDIs]: A National Survey and Mixed-Methods Impact Study.

Dr. Rineer joined RTI in 2015. Her professional background includes several positions conducting research on employment-related issues for the Center for Parental Leave Leadership, Catalyst, Inc., and the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, among others.

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Personal Robotics, the Future of Law Enforcement Officer Safety

Sunday, February 6  |  8:00am to 9:00am

This presentation will introduce the attending law enforcement leaders to the concept and innovations in personalized robots for the field LEO in patrol, traffic investigation, tactical operations, explosive ordinance, and any other hazardous operations. Rather than very expensive robots with limited portability, this presentation will discuss miniaturized devices that bring cloud-based computing, controller-less operations from officer’s cellphones and command center workstations, two-way communications with barricaded suspects and hostage-takers, real-time video in high resolution and IR, and motion detection for fixed surveillance.

By the time of this presentation, John Abbey will have completed a focused three-phase research project with a total of 25 Sheriffs, Police, and State Patrol agencies to research and validate use-cases, test the prioritized cases, and develop draft policies, procedures, and accreditation standards for the use of personalized robots in law enforcement. This effort will be the seminal study on law enforcement robotics.

The presentation will include testing scenario videos of actual officers and tactical operators from real law enforcement agencies; large and small. This presentation will include live operational scenarios and the attending law enforcement leaders will leave with the information and outlines to address personalized robotics, and other innovations in their respective agencies. The goal of the presenter is involving the attendees and going well beyond the usual PowerPoint presentation.

In the recent past, one major robotics firm was contracted by two very large agencies for their advanced robotic solution. Absent comprehensive use case analysis and testing, an unfriendly press decimated the program and the programs were cancelled. The same dynamic occurred at the inception of law enforcement drone programs, resulting in unrealistic legislative limitations on what has proved to be a highly successful tool for a majority of law enforcement agencies. The main takeaway of this program is a process to thoroughly validate innovative technologies before they are introduced to operations.

PRESENTER: John D. Abbey, Chief of Police (retired) – Public Safety Futurist and Innovator, SafeFlight Corporation – California Law Enforcement

John Abbey is a retired Chief of Police from California’s Silicon Valley and nationally recognized as a thought leader in the innovation and strategic implementation of new technology and practices in law enforcement.  With nearly a quarter of a century of experience as a law enforcement practitioner, John has mastered successful practices and technologies, as well as the development of private sector strategies to successfully market public safety and other services and products.  John is the founder of SafeFlight Corporation, providing the technology for air traffic control, 9-1-1 centers, and field responders to address and enforcement UAS/ drone violations.

John has worked with the largest corporations and consulting firms who provide products and services to public safety agencies, including Company Six Robotics, Andersen Consulting (Accenture), Hewlett Packard, Motorola, AT&T, and others.  Since service retirement, John Abbey has provided consulting services, integration, and executive and operational management of public safety system projects, including robotics, UAS Drone regulation and enforcement, core law enforcement systems, and mobile/ wireless computing technologies.  Among other disruptive innovations in public safety, John led the teams that introduced the first laptops into police units and created an international standard.

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When a 1st Amendment Auditor Comes to Your Town

Sunday, February 6  |  10:00am to 11:00am

Senior Deputy Keith Jackson conducted a routine traffic stop during the evening hours of May 4, 2021, in Edgewood, MD. During the stop, he was approached by an unknown man with cell phone camera who refused to obey commands, potentially jeopardizing the safety of the deputy, the driver at the traffic stop, and himself. The Auditor was placed under arrest for hindering, and the rest is YouTube history. Hear firsthand from Sr. Dep. Jackson how the situation unfolded and the professional and personal challenges the video created. Watch body worn camera footage of the entire event versus what was posted on YouTube. Hear from our Director of Media and Public Relations about how the Agency managed hundreds of phone calls, emails, social media messages, and took control of the narrative. Lastly, hear how the incident and investigation came to a surprise conclusion.

Participants will walk away with questions to take back to their Agency and a clear plan for managing the message and maintaining both community and Agency trust.

PRESENTERS: Keith Jackson, Senior Deputy, and Cristie Hopkins, Director of Media and Public Relations, Harford County (MD) Sheriff’s Office

Sr Dep Keith Jackson is a 22 year member of the Harford County Sheriff’s Office. The deputy spent his first few years on patrol, completing a rotation through each shift, and requested to be placed on Shift 3 (4p-12a) in the county’s busiest sector. Sr Dep Jackson soon entered the Special Operations Division by joining the Crime Suppression Unit (CSU). The focus of this unit is on high crime/high drug areas of the county with special attention given to gang activity, violent offenders, and major crimes. When not tasked with specific investigations, members of CSU take a proactive approach to policing by way of community interaction, foot patrols and traffic related interdiction. CSU often works as the “hands on” team to HCSO’s Narcotics and Criminal Investigation Divisions. CSU members receive constant updates on crime/drug trends in the county, concealment methods for weapons/CDS and subjects of interest.

Concurrent to his time in CSU, Sr Dep Jackson has been a member of Harford County’s Special Response Team (SRT). The deputy acted as the primary breacher on the team from 2003 to 2010 and has carried a dual role as Counter Sniper from 2005 to present. The deputy is completing his 19th year on SRT and hopes to remain on the team until retirement.

Due to the high-profile nature of some of the cases handled by both CSU & SRT, Sr Dep Jackson was one of the first members of HCSO to be given an in-car camera system.  With the introduction of body worn cameras to policing, the deputy requested to participate in a 10-officer yearlong BWC pilot program. Members of that program tested BWC hardware, applied it to daily activities and provided feedback to agency command to help form policy and procedure.

Cristie Hopkins currently serves the citizens of Harford County, MD as the Director of Media and Public Relations for the Harford County Sheriff’s Office.  She joined the Agency in 2013 and was promoted to the Chief Spokesperson in 2014.  As Director, she oversees all aspects of Communications, Public and Media Relations, as well as Marketing for the Agency, and hosts the Agency television show, Behind the Badge.

Ms. Hopkins holds Bachelors degree in Communications with a minor in Marketing; beginning her communications career in 1998 at a Harford County nonprofit (with nothing but a fax machine!). 

Since arriving at the Sheriff’s Office, her focus has been integrating social media into all aspects of public relations as well as crime solving.  During her time at the Sheriff’s Office, Ms. Hopkins has managed the communications of two line of duty deaths, two active shooter incidents, and many other critical incidents.  As a result, she has been a sought after speaker at both the local, state, and national level to discuss her use of social media to effectively communicate public safety messaging during an active incident.

Ms. Hopkins lives in Bel Air, MD with her husband, children, and two furry four legged friends.

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Unacceptable Losses:
Keeping Our Deputies Safe as Our Highest Priority

Sunday, February 6  |  10:00am to 11:00am

An audience-interactive discussion of current officer safety issues and concerns with an emphasis on preventing traffic-related fatalities, which lead all categories of violent death for law enforcement officers, with particular attention on Sheriffs Deputies.  Of particular concern are struck-by and Move Over related fatalities and injuries that currently account for one-half of all traffic-related deaths.

The seminar will have a panel of subject matter experts to discuss a variety of subjects that impact the safety of deputies, facilitated by a moderator who will engage the panel and audience to generate discussion and an exchange of ideas.  Video presentations will be included to enhance the seminar, including brief videos produced by NSA in coordination with NHTSA that serve as public service announcements and acknowledge the work and sacrifices of our law enforcement officers.

The panel will be moderated by Tim Burrows, National LEL Program Manager.  The panel will include:

  • Sheriff John Whetsel, Oklahoma County, OK (ret)
  • Nick Breul, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
  • Captain Nikki Renfroe, Georgia State Patrol
  • Wil Price, Senior Highway Safety Specialist, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

PRESENTERS: Sheriff Garry McFadden, Mecklenburg County (NC) Sheriff’s Office; Sheriff (ret.) John Whetsel, Oklahoma County (OK) Sheriff’s Office; Captain Nikki Renfroe, Georgia State Patrol; Nick Breul, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund; Wil Price, Senior Highway Safety Specialist, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; and Tim Burrows, National LEL Program Manager, Governors Highway Safety Association

Sheriff Garry L McFadden is a thirty-nine year veteran of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (“CMPD”). Sheriff McFadden is one of the most decorated law enforcement officers in the history of CMPD. He spent thirty years as a detective and twenty two of those in the homicide unit. 

After a stellar career, Sheriff McFadden retired from Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department on July 31, 2011 and was immediately re-hired by the City of Charlotte and assigned to work in the Office of  the Chief to the Community Relations Unit to help implement  programs within the community 

In 2015 Sheriff McFadden was honored as Charlotte Citizen of the Year 

In 2015 while working for Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Sheriff McFadden and three local barbers created a community initiative called; Cops & Barbers, the initiative captured the attention of “The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing”, and as a result, President Obama invited the group to the White House. President Obama considered this vision as one of the top ten initiative in creating meaningful relationships in communities.

As a detective with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, Sheriff McFadden has been featured on; American Most Wanted, The First 48 and The Justice Files and a contributor to People magazine and other national media outlets.

On June 14, 2016, Investigative Discovery channel presented “I Am Homicide” a docuseries highlighting a few of Sheriff McFadden’s  most complex homicide cases as a homicide detective with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department that he worked over the span of three decades. The début of this nationally and international television show allowed Sheriff  McFadden to be the first African American Law Enforcement Officer to have his own television show. He completed 3 seasons with ID

In 2015 he was named Charlotte’s  Citizen of The Year- Mayor’s Office City of Charlotte 

In 2020 named Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Citizen of the Year 

On May 8th 2018 the voters of Mecklenburg County in North Carolina elected McFadden  as their next Sheriff making him the first African American Sheriff in the history of the county.

On December 4th 2018 Sheriff Garry McFadden became the 45th Sheriff of Mecklenburg County.

Sheriff John Whetsel retired on March 1, 2017, in his 21st year and sixth term as Oklahoma County Sheriff, completing 50 years in law enforcement. John is now a consultant, traffic safety advocate and speaker.

John and wife Mitzi live in Choctaw OK and attend St. John’s Catholic Church in Edmond where he serves on the Safety and Security Committee.

Whetsel began his career in 1967, served as Jones Police Chief before joining the Choctaw Police in 1973 where he served as Police Chief for 21 years before being elected Sheriff. Whetsel has Associate and Bachelor Degrees and Master’s studies.

He chairs the National Sheriffs’ Traffic Safety Committee, serves on the MADD Law Enforcement Advisory Board, the Traffic Incident Management Executive Leadership Group, on several national working groups for several national organizations, and is a Past President International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Sheriff Whetsel is a recipient of the J. Stannard Baker Excellence in Traffic Safety Award, the Governor’s Highway Safety Association Trail Blazer Award and the Michael J Garner Traffic Advocate Award.

Whetsel was named the 2006 Oklahoma Sheriff of the Year and in 2011 was inducted into the Oklahoma Sheriffs’ Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Law Enforcement Hall of Fame. In 2018, he was inducted into the Oklahoma Board of Chemical Tests Hall of Fame.

Capt. Nikki Renfroe is a 27-year veteran of the Georgia State Patrol. As a state trooper she has worked in various assignments throughout the State, to include 6 years as Troop C Commander. That assignment gave her responsibility over State Patrol operations within the metro-Atlanta area. She currently serves in the role of Planning & Research Coordinator for the Georgia Dept. of Public Safety.

Capt. Renfroe served as co-Chair for the Traffic Incident Management Enhancement (TIME) Task Force in Georgia for 6 years. Her work in traffic incident management has centered around training and best practices for responders, safe and quick clearance of roadway incidents, multi-agency coordination, and public education. She has been afforded opportunities to participate in traffic related working groups with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), U.S. Department of Transportation, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and the Traffic Safety Committee for the National Sheriff’s Association.

Capt. Renfroe is a graduate of Columbus State University, Georgia Law Enforcement Command College, and the FBI National Academy.  She is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and is a Leadership Georgia alum.

Lieutenant Nicholas Breul (retired) is currently a senior project manager for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF). Mr. Breul has worked in officer safety and wellness for the NLEOMF since 2014.  Before joining the NLEOMF, he was the Director of Security for the Washington National Cathedral, holding that position for two years. Prior to that, he served for 26 years with the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Department (MPDC).  During his tenure with the MPDC, he worked as a detective, a patrol sergeant, an internal affairs agent, a homicide supervisor, and the public information officer, before retiring as the lieutenant in charge of the Traffic Safety Branch.  He is a graduate of Hobart College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History.

Wil Price is a Senior Highway Safety Specialist with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Enforcement and Justice Services Division.  In his 16 years with NHTSA, Wil has worked with all of the national level law enforcement professional organizations, including serving as the project manager for the agency’s relationship with the National Sheriffs Association since 2007.  He currently manages contracts and grant projects with the NSA, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).  Wil is also the national program manager for the Law Enforcement Liaison Program.

Prior to joining NHTSA, Wil was the Chief of Security Operations for the Harvard University Art Museums for three years after retiring from the Tempe Arizona Police Department where he served for 22 years.  During his law enforcement career, Wil served in a variety of assignments, including two tours in the Traffic Bureau.

Wil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Management and currently lives in Fountain Hills, Arizona.

Tim Burrows was a sworn police officer for 25 years with experience in front line operations, primary response, detective operations, traffic enforcement, investigations, and supervision. The majority of his career was spent in traffic operations as a motor officer with roles in enforcement, collision investigation, communications, safety programs and supervision.

In 2019, Tim was appointed as the National Law Enforcement Liaison Program Manager for the Governors Highway Safety Association where he serves an advisor to a national network of state law enforcement liaisons providing technical assistance, training and guidance and is a representative at national meetings promoting traffic safety.

His role as the National Law Enforcement Liaison Manager allows him to support the nation’s 200 Law Enforcement Liaisons as the advance the life saving strategies and priorities created within their state highway safety plans.

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Hiring and Managing Law Enforcement Personnel with Pre-Existing Psychological Conditions

Sunday, February 6  |  11:15am to 12:15pm

Law enforcement leadership is faced with unprecedented challenges hiring sworn personnel in today’s employment market. National statistics reflect a growing shortage of law enforcement officers, and it is expected to get worse. At a time when the requirements and criteria for hiring deputies, detention officers, and law enforcement personnel is under tremendous scrutiny, many agencies are forced to change or even lower hiring requirements or criteria. Two common and valuable resources for agencies are ex-military personnel and experienced law enforcement officers who are relocating or changing agencies. These individuals come with valuable experience and are often instant assets to an agency. Part of that experience can also include the existence of pre-existing psychological conditions. While, in no way, should such a condition in and of itself eliminate a law enforcement applicant from employment consideration, understanding the nature and dynamics of that condition is vital. Dr. McDougall will utilize his decades of experience with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies across the U.S. to examine ways in which organizations can identify and mitigate possible risks during the pre-employment hiring process. He will use examples from real cases and scenarios to examine how pre-existing psychological conditions such as PTSD, depression, anxiety, and substance abuse should be addressed by law enforcement administrators to ensure they are making the best possible hires. Attendees will be provided with policies, strategies, and guidelines that have proven to be successful for agencies that have hired and managed law enforcement officers with pre-existing psychological conditions.

PRESENTER: Dr. Grant McDougall, Southeastern Counseling and Consultation

Dr. Grant McDougall is licensed mental health counselor, a national board-certified counselor, and a recognized speaker and trainer at national and international law enforcement and first responder conferences.  He is a board member of the National Sheriff’s Association’s Psychological Services Section and the Small & Rural Law Enforcement Executives Association.  He owns and operates Southeastern Counseling and Consultation; a private organization with multiple offices in Florida that specializes in serving first responders.    

Dr. McDougall and his company provide psychological services for numerous law enforcement agencies throughout Florida.  He has provided thousands of pre-employment psychological evaluations, along with critical incident debriefings, fitness-for-duty evaluations and mental health counseling for first responders and their families. 

He has worked directly with officers and administrators on-scene during mass casualty events and officer-involved shootings.  He is an internationally recognized expert on stress and trauma, PTSD, critical incidents, and marriage and families in law enforcement.

Dr. McDougall has developed a reputation for being an engaging and entertaining speaker, and having a thorough understanding of the law enforcement and first responder culture.  He spends a tremendous amount of time in the field with front line officers and utilizes that experience to provide relevant and applicable training and consultation.

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Community Connections/STAR

Sunday, February 6  |  11:15am to 12:15pm

This presentation will describe a new program called Community Connections. It was developed in conjunction with our county Sheriff and Judges to assist court involved individuals get connected with necessary services to prevent them from re-entering the Criminal Justice System. The following services are offered to help these individuals: mental health resources, substance use and recovery programs, employment, as well as benefits through the Office of Temporary Assistance, such as food stamps (SNAP), cash assistance for individuals and couples (GA) and cash assistance for needy families (TANF). With the help of the STAR (Successful Transition And Re-Entry) Program, Community Connections is able to refer clients to various services. STAR is a division of The Office of Temporary Assistance designed to increase the likelihood of success for clients being released back into the community, with hopes of decreasing recidivism.

PRESENTER: Justin Sudol, Community Connections Officer, Morris County (NJ) Sheriff’s Office; and Ann-Marie Castagna, Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance.

Correctional Police Officer Justin Sudol is a motivated law enforcement professional with over 9 years of experience.  He is dedicated to maintaining a high level of professionalism in his agency. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Montclair State University in 2007. In 2012, he began his career with the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, where he was assigned to work in the Morris County Correctional Facility. Throughout his career, he has provided safety and security within the correctional facility. Officer Sudol was just recently chosen to design and lead a new innovative program called Community Connections.  The Program is designed to assist court involved individuals and provide those individuals to an array of services including recovery support, mental health services and social services including SNAP, cash assistance, housing and employment. His drive to help people reintegrate into the community and reduce recidivism is reflected in this program.

Ann-Marie Castagna is a Human Services Specialist 1 at the Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance.  Ann- Marie has worked for the County of Morris for 3 years.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, with a minor in Family and Human Development, from Arizona State University in 2018.  Ann-Marie began working with the Successful Transitions and Re-Entry Program “STAR” in 2021 where she works hands-on with inmates in the Morris County Correctional Facility on successful re-integration back into the community. STAR was created and launched in 2018 as an innovative partnership between the Morris County Department of Human Services’ Office of Temporary Assistance and the Sherriff’s Office/Morris County Correctional Facility.  STAR is a reentry case management program that helps inmates successfully re-enter society, helping to prevent recidivism.  It is the only program in the State of New Jersey to have trained human services workers within the jail setting. Ann-Marie determines welfare benefits eligibility for inmates within the jail facility, provides case management services to inmates and former-inmates, and provides a catered approach to directly address the wide spectrum of needs for those being released from the jail.  She brings her expertise in welfare benefits and her drive to help others to her daily collaborative work within the STAR program and the greater Morris County community.

Throughout her short time with the STAR program, Ann-Marie has become an expert on the program and needs of Morris County inmates.  She has helped the initiative expand in scope of services, working closely with the Sheriff’s Office’s new Community Connections Program to ensure that those involved in the jail and court systems get access to all needed resources and supports.

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Clinical Guidelines for Jail-Based Substance Withdrawal Management

Sunday, February 6  |  3:00pm to 4:00pm

This seminar will describe the development process and evidence base for the upcoming publication Clinical Guidelines for Jail-Based Substance Withdrawal Management. The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), in partnership with the National Institute of Corrections, is working with the National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) to develop clinical guidelines and protocols that will help jail administrators, correctional officers, and jail-based clinicians identify and safely manage substance withdrawal in jail-based settings. NCCHC, in collaboration with the American Society of Addiction Medicine and Advocates for Human Potential, Inc., is working with an expert advisory committee to guide the development of this publication.

Presenters will describe the development process and how an expert advisory committee was used to ensure the guidelines are informed by best and evidence-based medical practice, while accounting for the practical realities of medication-managed withdrawal in a correctional facility. Presenters will also discuss a soon-to-be-released brief from BJA’s Comprehensive Opioid, Stimulant, and Substance Abuse Program that includes an overview of constitutional rights and key legislation related to substance use withdrawal, as well as steps for creating a comprehensive response to substance use disorders. Presenters will describe how application of the forthcoming clinical guidelines can help key stakeholders in this process.

PRESENTERS: Stephen Amos, Chief, Jails Division, National Institute of Corrections, and Ruby Qazilbash, Associate Deputy Director, Bureau of Justice Assistance

Stephen Amos is the Chief of the Jails Division at the National Institute of Corrections within the U.S. Department of Justice. Mr. Amos has directed frontline training, technical assistance, information dissemination, program planning, and policy development for the past six years in support of the nation’s jails and detention facilities at the federal, state, local and tribal levels. In addition to a broad array of agency-specific mission-critical services provided to the field by his team of expert Correctional Program Specialists,  some of the select broader impacting initiatives achieved include: DOJ Jails Technical Assistance and Training Working Group; Jail Collaborative Reform Initiative; Jail-Based Medication-Assisted Treatment: Promising Practices, Guidelines, and Resources for the Field (publication); Texas Mental Health Officer Training Initiative; Justice-Involved Veteran’s Initiative;  National Sheriff’s Institute Expansion Initiative: National Institute of Corrections and American Jail Association Curriculum Collaboration Initiative: Strategic Inmate Management Initiative: Restrictive Housing Initiative, and the Massachusetts Special Commission on Correctional Funding Staffing Analysis Initiative.

Mr. Amos has been with the DOJ for 12 years, with previous executive experience as the Deputy Director of the Corrections Program Office; and with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics; California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation; State of Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention; and the Oregon Department of Corrections.

Ruby Qazilbash, MPA is the Associate Deputy Director for Corrections, Reentry and Justice Systems Reform Policy at the Bureau of Justice Assistance within the U.S. Department of Justice. For the past ten years she has directed policy and programs to support the criminal justice field to develop community-based alternatives for people with substance use and mental health disorders, and to improve programming, conditions of confinement, and sexual safety in the nation’s jails and prisons. At BJA, Ms. Qazilbash and her team implement the Prison Rape Elimination Act and the Second Chance Act and helped fund, launch, and sustain the Stepping Up Initiative to reduce the prevalence of people with serious mental illness in the nation’s jails. She also oversees the Justice Reinvestment Initiative which uses data to identify and address drivers of crime and state corrections costs, shifting state resources to more effective uses of criminal justice dollars to produce more public safety for the same cost. Ms. Qazilbash has been with DOJ for 17 years, with previous experience at the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; Arlington County, Virginia; and the New York City Mayor’s Office on Criminal Justice.

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ORACLE: Opioid Response As County Law Enforcement

Sunday, February 6  |  4:15pm to 5:15pm

In response to the Opioid epidemic, this program was initiated with the help of a COSSAP grant. It is a 4-phase program:

Phase 1: Education and awareness of opioid addiction (Narcan Training)

Phase 2: High risk mitigation team, responds to overdose victims within 24 hours to assist into getting into rehab, social workers, peer advocates imbedded with law enforcement.

Phase 3: Medical assisted treatment (MAT) at the county Jail, maintenance and induction program, discharge planning and re-entry services.

Phase 4: Employs the “first chance” concept, which includes help with post-release employment training and placement.

PRESENTER: Sheriff Juan Figueroa, Ulster County (NY) Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Juan Figueroa has always been moved by a sense of service to people in his community and country. Juan joined the US Marine Corps straight out of Wallkill Senior high school. Stationed in Japan, South Korea, Camp Lejeune NC, he took back with him important lessons in life: the importance of racial diversity and respect, regardless of personal differences.

After active duty with the Marines for four years, Juan served 18 years with the Marine Corps Reserve. During that time, as Chief Warrant Officer, he held primary responsibilities in Operations, aviation logistics support, budget, training, deployment, and base facilities abroad. In the early 1990s he deployed and was in charge of deploying over 150 Marines and support requirements during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.

Juan became a trooper with the New York State Police in 1988, patrolling roads in Ulster County. During his 25-year career with the State Police, he assumed key leadership roles initially as a Police Academy Instructor and Field Training Officer, then as an Investigator with the Bureau of Criminal Investigation for 19 years. Juan worked on several long term investigations involving Money Laundering / narcotics and drug cartels. Investigations during his term resulted in the seizure of over $60 million in cash, 400+ kilos of drugs, and the arrest of key figures in the drug trade. Juan also was part of investigations relating to organized crime, economic crime, corruption, racketeering, extortion, identity and vehicle theft. With a distinguished career as a veteran and five years in the corporate arena, Juan brings a broad perspective to law enforcement. He believes in upholding the law while working with the community and applying proactive, innovative, and sensible approaches to the county’s most pressing issues, such as the opioid epidemic. Juan represents a brand of leadership that values fairness, compassion, respect, and the highest standards of professionalism at all levels. After many years of public service, he remains bound by an unwavering sense of duty and deep commitment to the community.

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