Law Enforcement Training Sessions

The Conference host committee, executive board, national staff and FBI created a line-up of first rate training sessions and keynote presentations for member delegates and guests.

The Conference provides training certificates for attendance at delegate sessions and keynote presentations.

Sessions for NAA Members and Law Enforcement Attendees.  Washington DC will be a special place for training.

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Sunday, July 30

2:45 pm – Delegate Breakout Session (guests may also attend this session)
Processing Stress and Enhancing Performance with Yoga for First Responders
Olivia Kvitne, Founder and Director, Yoga for First Responders

Yoga has shown to strengthen neurological self-regulation, build resiliency, and increase performance. Yoga for First Responders roots itself in the foundation of yoga while adding tactical breath work and physical drills paired with cognitive training.  The result is optimal functioning of the entire system. Attendees will receive the knowledge of how the neurological system is effected by the cumulative stress of a career in law enforcement as well as a skill-set they can start using immediately, and share with their agencies, for increasing job performance, emotional adaptability and transitioning from work life to home life.


2:45 pm – Delegate Breakout Session
Using Social Media to Connect with Your Community
Sherry Llewellyn, Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs, Howard County PD (MD)

Social media is an invaluable tool in an agency’s day-to-day communication with the community and the press. It can also be a critical resource that allows an agency to become the primary news source for the public during a crisis or emergency. This presentation will address those issues and will examine the successful use of social media during an active shooter incident at a busy shopping mall in Columbia, Maryland. Sherry Llewellyn, who has 17 years of experience as a police PIO in the Baltimore-Washington, D.C. area, will discuss strategies for ensuring YOUR agency’s accurate messages are clearly heard in the sometimes chaotic social media climate. With a current social media following of nearly 130K users, Howard County PD has developed best practices to integrate social media into your evolving and ever-changing community outreach and media relations efforts.


2:45 pm – Delegate Breakout Session
First Responders: The First Line of Defense in Counterterrorism
Matthew Lehman, Ph.D., FBI Office of Partner Engagement, Deputy Director, Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team (JCAT)
Karunya Jayasena-Hernandez, FBI Detailee to the Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team (JCAT), JCAT Production Coordinator

This presentation is provided by the Joint Counterterrorism Assessment Team (JCAT) and will focus on the Terrorist Attack Planning Cycle and the Intelligence Cycle, and how they both play role in enhanced collection at the SLTT-level.

Understanding the terrorist attack planning cycle can help first responders and public safety personnel recognize preoperational activities. Terrorists generally plan attacks in observable stages, although specific details, sequencing, and timing can vary greatly and change over time. The attack planning cycle consists of seven stages: Target Selection, Initial Surveillance, Final Target Selection, Pre-Attack Surveillance, Planning, Rehearsal, and Execution. These stages of the attack planning cycle are often observable to bystanders and can offer opportunities to First Responders for identifying plots and preventing attacks.  


4:00 pm – Delegate Breakout Session
Strengthening Law Enforcement Partnerships with Youth and Community
Major Darren Grimshaw, Burlington PD (IA)
Jen Rinehart, Afterschool Alliance

Law enforcement leaders in many communities across the nation have turned to afterschool programs as a vehicle to help support children and youth and build strong relationships with the community.  Learn about the landscape of the afterschool field, strategies for engaging with afterschool providers, and how partnerships can help support your agency’s goals. 


4:00 pm – Delegate Breakout Session
FBI Science and Technology: Advancing Resources and State-of-the-Art Tools for Law Enforcement
Todd McCall, Assistant Director, Operational Technology Division, Science and Technology Branch, FBI

The FBI is mobilizing a wide range of advanced scientific techniques and operational technologies to help counter terrorism and criminal threats. This session is an overview of the Bureau’s efforts within the Science and Technology Branch (STB), which focuses on creating, adapting, and deploying state-of-the-art tools and techniques to collect, analyze, and share information and evidence.

4:00 pm – Delegate Breakout Session
Moral Evolution in Law Enforcement: From Auxiliary to Professional
Christopher Dreisbach, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Faculty Lead and Director of Applied Ethics and Humanities for the Division of Public Safety Leadership, Johns Hopkins University’s School of Education

As law enforcement becomes more sophisticated, and thus more complexly professional, the future promises greater moral challenges heavily influenced by globalization, new technologies, and new theories about policing.  This delegate session focuses on the moral evolution of law enforcement with emphasis on its professionalization, integrity and accountability.   Dr. Dreisbach builds on the strengths of morally good professionals rather than focusing on the corruption or misconduct of morally bad professionals.  This presentation promotes the individual to exercise his or her moral muscle in the face of personal and corporate temptations to do otherwise.

Monday, July 31

8:30 am – Delegate Keynote Session
21st Century Training: Who’s Getting It Right?
Chief Thomas Manger, Montgomery County PD; President, Major Cities Chiefs Association

Montgomery County Chief and Major Cities Chiefs Association President Thomas Manger brings his leadership and professional experience to the FBINAA Conference in a special presentation and interview format focused on training in the 21st Century. 


1:00 pm – Delegate Keynote Session
A Conversation with the Bureau


2:30 pm – Delegate Keynote Session
High Profile Terrorist Incidents in Our Communities
David L. Bowdich, Associate Deputy Director, FBI

An important Bureau briefing on high-profile terrorist incidents.   Associate Deputy Director Bowdich currently oversees the management of all FBI personnel, budget, administration and infrastructure.   Prior to his appointment as ADD, he served as the Assistant Director in Charge of the Los Angeles Field Office and Special Agent in Charge of the Counterterrorism Division in the Los Angeles Field Office where he led the Joint Terrorism Task Force responsible for all International and Domestic Terrorism investigations in the Los Angeles region and extra-territorial region of Southeast Asia. 


4:00 pm – Delegate Breakout Session
Verizon Next Gen Law Enforcement Solutions: 5G, CDMA Shutdown, Mobile Biometrics, Surveillance, Tactical Mobile Incident Command and FirstNet
Steven K. Miller, Verizon National Security Team

From the worldwide shutdown of CDMA networks to the launch of Verizon’s next gen 5G network, there are so many exciting wireless advancements happening.  These are having an enormous impact on Public Safety and law enforcement.  Verizon’s national security team will provide an exciting overview of these next generation solutions and advancements.


4:00 pm – Delegate Breakout Session
Adult Human Trafficking: Bureau Program Briefing
Tamara McKen, Supervisory Special Agent, Civil Rights Unit, FBI
Jeff T. Stiff, Supervisory Special Agent, Civil Rights Unit, FBI

Overview of the Bureau’s Human Trafficking Program which facilitates introductory and advanced trainings in investigative techniques used in sex and labor trafficking violations for law enforcement partners, federal and state prosecutors, non-profit organizations, and international law enforcement audiences.  


4:00 pm – Delegate Breakout Session
Who You Are Is Not Who You Are Going to Be: Transitioning to the Private Sector
Alan Malinchak, CEO, Eclat Transitions LLC (NAA Member – Session 163)

As a valued service to its membership, the FBINAA has initiated a greater effort to help members with skills and opportunities to transition from the public to private sector.  Alan Malinchak will share his insights on transitional issues, retirement drivers, financial considerations, professional reinvention, emotional factors, and skills you need to venture into the private sector.   This session is also intended to spark dialogue between members and FBINAA sponsor companies about employment opportunities and successful transition.


4:00 pm – Delegate Breakout Session
Building and Marketing a Strong Law Enforcement/Public Service Brand
Lt. Colonel James Vance, USMC (Ret); Educator, FBI Academy (Ret)

Based on the premise that all elements of the modern law enforcement, first responder and public service community should work tirelessly to dig a “reservoir of community good will” before they become the news, this contemporary issues-focused presentation deals with practical public relations and organizational communications strategies for these challenging times.  Moreover, it promotes a culture – both inside the agency and out - of long term outreach for the public service profession as a means of enlisting community stakeholders to be full partners in the fight to provide safe, secure communities.  Relying on foundational principles/best-practices from progressive state/local government entities and the business community and applied to the public service environment by the facilitator’s over 40 years personal practice, this session explores such topics as developing a productive organizational culture, what “customer service” should mean for today’s law enforcement and public service community, and “brand” placement/development through marketing strategies.  

Tuesday, August 1

8:30 am – Delegate Keynote Session
Establishing Trust with Your Community: Sanford and the Aftermath of the Trayvon Martin Case
Chief Cecil Smith, Sanford PD (FL) (NAA Member - Session 234)
Deputy Chief Tony Raimondo, Sanford PD (FL) (NAA Member - Session 260)

An overview of events prior to, during and after the shooting of Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman and discuss the creation of the #BlackLiveMatter movement which had its’ beginnings in the City of Sanford during the summer of 2013 after the acquittal of George Zimmerman.  The session will examine the relationship with the Department of Justice (CRS) and The COPS office, and how the 21st Century Community Policing Concept, faith based groups, community leaders and the media have been engaged to rebuild the trust within the Sanford community.”   

Chief Cecil Smith was selected to lead the Sanford Police after serving 25 with Elgin Police, Elgin Illinois and retiring at the rank of Deputy Chief. His selection to lead the Sanford Police Department on April 1, 2013 came during one of the most publicized and controversial times in recent law enforcement and racial history, the Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman incident.  Under Chief Smith’s leadership, his collaboration with Community Leaders, Faith Based Organizations, other Local, County, State, and Federal law enforcement agencies prevented what many around the nation expected to be the destruction of the city of Sanford. The result of this collaboration encouraged several peaceful gatherings and expression of disappointments within the community.  Unlike many larger cities around the county, Sanford remained cool under fire and has remained calm since the verdict.


1:00 pm – Delegate Keynote Session
Facing Unique Challenges: An Interview with the Los Angeles County Sheriff
Sheriff James McDonnell, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

The FBINAA will sit down with Los Angeles County Sheriff McDonnell to talk one-on-one about the challenges of stepping into an agency faced with special challenges and the effort to rebuild trust and relationships within the community.  Sheriff McDonnell draws from his 35 years of service to lead the largest Sheriff’s Department in the world.  The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department provides police services for more than ten million residents throughout a geographic area of 4,751 square miles, roughly the size of Connecticut.  The Department maintains the largest jail system in the nation, housing more than 17,000 inmates daily.  The Department also monitors the largest court system in the nation, encompassing 37 Superior Courts.  Through Sheriff McDonnell’s reformative direction, the Department is well on its way to accomplishing a number of long-term projects and goals, including the successful completion of consent decrees and settlement agreements with the Department of Justice.  Ultimately, our goal is to provide the safest possible environment for all residents and visitors to Los Angeles.


2:30 pm – Delegate Keynote Session
Incident Briefing: The Orlando Pulse Nightclub
Chief John Mina, Orlando PD (FL) (NAA Member - Session 254)

On June 12, 2016, the Pulse Night Club gained international attention, as it was the scene of the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history and the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the events of September 11, 2001; 49 people were killed, and 53 were injured.  Chief Mina will provide an in-depth look at his agency's response and aftermath of this tragic event.  This overview will provide accurate information on the lessons learned/takeaways from this incident and the sheer magnitude of a similar event occurring in our community.


4:00 pm – Delegate Breakout Session
One Approach Toward Improving Police-Community Relations: The RAND Police-Community Tabletop Exercise
Meagan Cahill, Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

The past few years have seen many serious conflicts between police officers and members of the communities they serve, raising the visibility of police-community relations nationwide and the intensity of discussions about them. While gaming has often been applied in defense/military and public health contexts, RAND believes a serious game or exercise could contribute to efforts to improve police-community relations in communities across the U.S., and applied its well-known skill with serious and problem-oriented gaming to the topic. RAND developed a tabletop exercise (TTX) using hypothetical scenarios based on real-life occurrences; the TTX engages communities to consider and discuss what they would do if faced with a crisis event.  RAND’s TTX empowers participants to talk through issues relevant to their community’s real conditions via the more neutral space of the hypothetical scenarios. Through these discussions, participants can identify their community’s areas of strength as well as potential vulnerabilities, and participants who might not otherwise get a chance to communicate or collaborate in an informal environment together have the opportunity to talk.

This presentation will provide details on the specifics of the game and review lessons and findings from the pilot TTX. The presentation will also discuss RAND’s plans for future expansion and use of the game, and how individuals can take advantage of this resource to improve their own communities.


4:00 pm – Delegate Breakout Session
Who You Are Is Not Who You Are Going to Be: Transitioning to the Private Sector
Alan Malinchak, CEO, Eclat Transitions LLC (NAA Member – Session 163)

As a valued service to its membership, the FBINAA has initiated a greater effort to help members with skills and opportunities to transition from the public to private sector.  Alan Malinchak will share his insights on transitional issues, retirement drivers, financial considerations, professional reinvention, emotional factors, and skills you need to venture into the private sector.   This session is also intended to spark dialogue between members and FBINAA sponsor companies about employment opportunities and successful transition.


4:00 pm – Delegate Breakout Session
DarkNet/Digital Currency Overview
James Deater, Jr., Director, American Military University

An introductory overview to discuss how the DarkNet/DarkWeb is defined. Learn about the multiple purposes of the DarkNet, including both its legitimate and illicit uses.  Mr. Deater will also touch upon the digital currencies used to purchase items.  Attendees will walk away with a solid foundational knowledge of the DarkNet.   Jim Deater is a 27-year veteran of the Maryland State Police, 18 of which he spent in the Homeland Security and Intelligence Bureau.  He has investigated large-scale national and international drug trafficking organizations, homicides and gangs.

Wednesday, August 2

8:30 am - Keynote Session (delegates and guests)
Character Does Matter: A Story of Honor and Appreciation
Colonel Tom Manion, USMC (Ret); Author of Brothers Forever
Lieutenant Colonel Albert M. Ponenti, Commander, Regional Operations & Intelligence Center, New Jersey State Police (NAA Member - Session 248)
Michael Ponenti, Student, Rumson Fair Haven High School; Travis Manion Foundation Project Leader for Operation Legacy and Co-Director for the 911 Heroes Run

A special family breakfast presentation of an incredible story of a sixth-grade book project, a New Jersey school student, his New Jersey State Police father and a family foundation honoring the legacy of two fallen heroes.  It’s a story how they all connect to exemplify a re-defining American character. 

The story of two young men - Travis Manion, a fallen US Marine, and Brendan Looney, a fallen US Navy SEAL – is one of courage and ultimate sacrifice.  Although they were killed three years apart, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, these two best friends and former roommates were now buried together in Arlington National Cemetery ― “brothers forever.”  In honor of Travis and Brendan, award-winning journalist Tom Sileo and Travis’s father, former Marine colonel Tom Manion, authored Brothers Forever and tell the intimate and personal story of how these Naval Academy roommates defined a generation’s sacrifice after 9/11, and how Travis and Brendan’s loved ones overcame heartbreak to carry on in their memory.  From Travis’s incredible heroism on the streets of Fallujah to Brendan’s anguished Navy SEAL training in the wake of his friend’s death and his own heroism in the mountains of Afghanistan, Brothers Forever is a remarkable story of friendship, family, and war. 

Three years ago, Michael Ponenti, now a student at Rumson Fair Haven High School, read Brothers Forever as a 6th grader and delivered a book talk to his class about Travis Manion and Brendan Looney.  Michael passed the book on to his father with a strong recommendation that he too read about the lives of these two fallen heroes.  Not long after, Michael’s father Al, now a New Jersey State Police Lieutenant Colonel, was inspired by his son and reached out to the Travis Manion Foundation with the offer to support our mission to empower our nation’s veterans and families of the fallen.  Last fall, Lieutenant Colonel Ponenti joined over 150 Veterans and Survivors as a volunteer for the Foundation’s Character Does Matter program. 

Our three special guests, Michael Ponenti, Al Ponenti and Tom Manion will share their story.


9:45 am – Delegate Breakout Session
Building Trust Between Youth and Law Enforcement
John Miller, Senior Vice President of Field Services, Boys & Girls Club of America


9:45 am – Delegate Breakout Session
Security for Major Events
Deputy Chief Edward Tomba, Cleveland PD (NAA Member - Session 209)

Deputy Chief Tomba will brief on several major events which occurred in Cleveland in 2016 and will focus on the pre-planning of these events and the challenges of each created for law enforcement.  Events include the Cleveland Cavalier Championship celebration parade which drew 1.3 million to downtown and the 2016 Republican National Convention (RNC) one month later.   The RNC was designated as a National Special Security Event.  He will share is experience and expertise as the lead planner and operations chief for these events, as well as his efforts to coordinate with a variety of different law enforcement agencies, including the US Secret Service.  


9:45 am – Delegate Breakout Session
Bureau Overview of Counterterrorism (FBI)
Nikki Floris, CT DAD, National Security Branch, FBI

Combating terrorism is the FBI’s top investigative priority. Working closely with a range of partners, the Bureau uses its investigative and intelligence capabilities to neutralize terrorist cells and operatives here in the U.S., to help dismantle extremist networks worldwide, and to cut off financing and other forms of support provided by terrorist sympathizers. The overall goal, as the FBI leads law enforcement and domestic intelligence efforts to defeat terrorism, is to eliminate the risk of terrorism, both international and domestic, to the homeland and to U.S. interests abroad. This session will provide an overview of the Bureau’s efforts to combat terrorism.


11:00 am – Delegate Breakout Session
Rapid DNA Technology as an Investigational Tool
Todd Doss, Assistant Director, FBI Laboratory
Dr. Joseph DiZinno, Assistant Director (Ret), FBI Laboratory; Assistant Professor, George Mason University
Dr. Grayson D. Amick, Laboratory Director, Richland County Sheriff's Department
Louis Grever, Executive Assistant Director (Ret), FBI Science and Technology Branch (Moderator)

Rapid DNA is a new and powerful tool available to law enforcement. It can now be used – in addition to screening suspects and arrestees in a timely manner – to gain vital investigative information while a case is in its early stages. For the last three decades, the application of DNA technology in modern policing has led to the resolution of many a criminal investigation, exonerated hosts of falsely accused, and has gained the confidence of jurors as invaluable evidence at trial. An expert panel of forensic scientists, policymakers and law enforcement leaders will discuss how Rapid DNA technology can be integrated specifically in the booking environment and, more broadly, the investigative process.


11:00 am – Delegate Breakout Session
NIBRS: National Use of Force Data Collection
Amy Blasher, Unit Chief, Crime Statistics Management Unit, FBI
Ronald C. Ruecker, Special Advisor, Office of Partner Engagement, FBI

An overview of Crime Data Modernization (CDM) which improves the nation’s crime statistics for reliability, accuracy, accessibility, and timeliness of the data. The initiative comprises five key areas to generate comprehensive, nationally representative data:  nationwide transition to the National Incident-Based Reporting System; development of a National Use-of-Force Data Collection; facilitation of Federal Bureau of Investigation and federal agency reporting to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program; and development of a Crime Data Explorer. CDM will produce reliable data for law enforcement administration, operations, and management and enable clearer conversations within our communities.


11:00 am – Delegate Breakout Session (guests may also attend this session)
Best Practices: When Someone within Your Agency or a Loved One is in Need
Dr. Michael Genovese, MD, JD, Chief Medical Advisor, Acadia Healthcare Recovery Division; FBINAA Officers Safety and Wellness Committee
Janelle Cronk, Strategic Accounts, Acadia Healthcare; FBINAA Officers Safety and Wellness Committee
Chief Joseph Collins, Two Rivers PD (WI)

When you have recognized you can’t do this alone.  This training will be focused on making the call, asking for help, and what that help looks like.  Ms. Janelle Cronk and Dr. Michael Genovese are both active members of the FBINAA Officer Safety and Wellness Committee and have extensive knowledge and expertise in the area of mental health and addiction.  The session will cover awareness of what to expect when making the call for assistance through the entire process of recovery and re-establishing hope within all the lives of those affected.  


1:30 pm – Delegate Keynote Session
The Physical, Emotional and Psychological Challenges of Trauma
Dr. Andrew Dennis,Trauma Surgeon, Chicago’s Cook County Hospital; Founder,; Police Officer and SWAT Team Member


2:45 pm – Delegate Breakout Session
Terrorist Screening Center: Terrorist Encounters and the First Line of Defense
Roger D. Miller, Associate Deputy Director, Terrorist Screening Center, FBI

The TSC is the U.S. Government’s consolidated counterterrorism watchlisting component and is responsible for managing and operating the Terrorist Screening Database or “watchlist.” The TSC partners with law enforcement to share terrorism and national security information to enhance the nation’s counterterrorism early warning and interdiction network. Through its operations center, the TSC supports law enforcement by conducting real-time identity resolution and providing operational coordination and support services for encounters with known or suspected terrorists. The TSC will provide a scenario-based presentation emphasizing the vital role law enforcement personnel play in intelligence collection to support U.S. counterterrorism and national security efforts.


2:45 pm – Delegate Breakout Session
BJA VALOR: Lessons Learned from an Office-Involved Shooting and Creating an Organizational Culture of Safety
John Bouthillette, Chief (Ret), South River PD; Senior Research Associate, Institute for Intergovernmental Research (NAA Member - Session 236)

This session focuses primarily on the aspects associated with surviving critical incidents. Chief Bouthillette was critically wounded in the line of duty and provides personal and valuable insight on how he survived this deadly encounter and the organizational changes that were made after the event.  Chief Bouthillette will discuss issues related to how this horrific event affected his personal life, his family and his department and the issues associated with recovering both mentally and physically from this type of critical incident.   The session also addresses the need for Law Enforcement Executives to develop an organizational culture of safety, which requires an agency investment at all levels that supports officer safety training. This includes the development of specific policies, post incident action plans and realistic training programs designed to reduce injury and death to law enforcement officers and the people that they are sworn to protect and serve. 


2:45 pm – Delegate Breakout Session (this session is 90 minutes)
The Executive S.H.I.E.L.D. Strength and Honor in Everyday Lawful Leadership Decisions
Lieutenant Melvin Allick II, Texas Department of Public Safety, Education Training and Research Division; OSW Committee, FBINAA
Lacy Wolff, Training Specialist VI, Texas Department of Public Safety, Education Training and Research Division; OSW Committee, FBINAA

SHIELD assists Law Enforcement Executive Leaders to effectively deal with the challenges facing their officers both on and off duty by delivering culturally relevant performance optimization training, examination of policies and their impact on officers serving in the field. SHIELD also bridges and encourages the availability and use of existing resources within each agency. As we deliver a dynamic and contemporary approach to resiliency, you as an executive will walk away with a refreshing perception of your ability to care for those who follow your guidance and a very realistic grasp of how to care for yourself first.