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Contains 53 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes Multiple Live Events. The next is on 06/30/2022 at 1:00 PM (EDT)
This 7-session, interactive virtual training will instill deeper understanding of response to violence against women crimes as well as adult learning principles so that participants can effectively conduct training for their agency members. The training is based on the IACP’s new curricula which contains customizable lesson plans and PowerPoints for trauma-informed sexual assault investigations training, which is available here: https://www.theiacp.org/resources/trauma-informed-sexual-assault-investigation-training-curriculum.
This 7-session virtual training offers a unique opportunity to:
- Enhance existing training curricula on sexual assault and co-occurring and interconnected crimes
- The impact and neurobiology of trauma, and trauma-informed, offender-focused investigations
- Recognize culture and its effect on responding to sexual assault to maximize training efforts
- Strengthen presentation, facilitation, and classroom management skills
- Share successes, challenges, and solutions with law enforcement peers that train on sexual assault
Target Audience: Law enforcement agency personnel who are primary trainers on sexual assault investigations within their agencies
Overall Objectives: The Virtual Train-the-Trainer Series: Trauma-Informed Sexual Assault Investigations is intended for law enforcement personnel who provide training on sexual assault. This 7-session, interactive virtual training will instill deeper understanding of responses to and investigations of sexual assault, as well as adult learning principles so participants can effectively conduct training for their agency members.
Project Funding Provided By: This project is supported by Cooperative Agreement 2019-V3-GX-K142 awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, U.S. Department of Justice, to the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime.
Includes: Seven live virtual classroom sessions, access to relevant PowerPoints and activity handouts on the impact of trauma and sexual assault investigations, and opportunities for discussion and collaboration with other law enforcement personnel.
International Association of Chiefs of Police
Jesenia Alonso is a Program Manager at the International Association of Chiefs of Police working on numerous Department of Justice projects that address domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, strangulation and other intimate partner crimes. Prior to joining the staff at the IACP, Ms. Alonso was the Director of Victim Resources for the National Center for Victims of Crime, overseeing the DC Victim Hotline, a local resource for victims of crime in the District of Colombia and VictimConnect Resource Center, a national resource providing information and referrals to victims of crime via phone, online chat, and text messages.
Ms. Alonso has over 10 years of experience working in the victim services field. During her role as the Bilingual Senior Victim Advocate in Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, she provided direct services and education about the civil and criminal justice system, and resources to victims of domestic and sexual violence and stalking. She used her extensive knowledge of the civil and criminal justice system to provide trainings to victim advocates, law enforcement, court personnel, and other professionals in the field. Ms. Alonso collaborated with law enforcement from different jurisdictions, providing trainings to new recruits at the police academy on topics related to domestic violence, protective orders, and other civil matters from a trauma informed and victim-centered perspective.
Ms. Alonso has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Marymount University and a master’s degree in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms. Alonso was awarded the 2015 Fairfax County Domestic Violence Network Service Provider Award of Excellence. She was also featured on an NBC segment, “How to Get a Protective Order in Fairfax County” where she discussed the significance of collaborative efforts of the court system, law enforcement, and community-based organizations when helping victims navigate the criminal and civil justice systems. Ms. Alonso is a licensed clinical social worker, certified as a clinical trauma specialist.
International Association of Chiefs of Police
Alana Richardson is a Project Manager at the International Association of Chiefs of Police with a portfolio that includes community-police engagement, alternatives to arrest, front-end diversion, public health and policing, and gender-based violence. Prior to her role at IACP, Ms. Richardson interned for a strategic intelligence and advisory firm that specialized in strategy consulting, bespoke analysis, briefings, and trainings focused on geopolitical opportunity and risk for companies and other organizations working internationally. In this role, Alana prepared risk assessments and strategic security reports for international environments, major corporations, and governments. Ms. Richardson received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology with an emphasis in Criminal Justice from Whitworth University, Spokane, Washington and her master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from George Washington University, Washington, District of Colombia.
International Association of Chiefs of Police
Macy Sigward is a Project Coordinator at the IACP and is involved in several projects within the organization. Primarily, Ms. Sigward works on projects related to Gender-Based Violence and the Safety and Justice Challenge. Macy received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Kent State University in 2020 and received her master’s degree in Forensic Psychology from the George Washington University in May of 2022. Prior to working with the IACP, Ms. Sigward was a crisis worker with PRS CrisisLink and worked on the hotline, assisting individuals facing mental health crises. She also worked with Dr. Yossef Ben-Porath as a research assistant on the development of the MMPI-3 during her time at Kent State University.
Summer Project Intern
International Association of Chiefs of Police
Cherish Dargan is a summer intern at the IACP involved in projects related to initiatives to address gender-based violence, reduce incarceration, and address the impact of vicarious trauma on law enforcement. Previously, Ms. Dargan interned as a Data Monitoring & Analysis Intern to facilitate media engagement. Additionally, she worked as an Employee Relations Specialist for the U.S. Government Publishing Office entering adverse cases into the agency’s database. Ms. Dargan earned a double degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice at University of Maryland, College Park. While attending the University of Maryland, Ms. Dargan was a research assistant analyzing provided qualitative data to improve mental health on campus. In the future, Cherish hopes to gain experience in different areas of law to improve policing profession.
Putnam County, West Virginia, Sheriff’s Office
Lieutenant Tony Craigo is a 20-year veteran of the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department. Lt. Craigo works as the Lieutenant over Criminal Investigations and the Domestic Violence Unit for the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department. He is a batterer intervention prevention facilitator and instructs law enforcement at the West Virginia State Police Academy on domestic violence, lethality assessment, and strangulation investigation. Craigo has instructed law enforcement along with many other disciplines on domestic violence, sexual assault, strangulation, elder abuse, strangulation, stress management, human trafficking, and stalking. Lt. Craigo has been awarded the Purple Ribbon Award by the WV Coalition Against Domestic Violence and was also recognized by the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of West Virginia twice for Distinguished Service and Excellency. Craigo has represented rural policing in Washington D.C. on forums to include body camera use and gender bias in Violence Against Women’s crimes. Lt. Craigo has testified in front of the WV House/Senate Interim Judiciary Committee regarding West Virginia’s strangulation bill and most recently educated members of Congress in Washington, D.C. at a Congressional Informational Briefing on behalf of Legal Aid regarding representation of rural victims of domestic violence. Lt. Craigo trains nationally for the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life and locally for the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the WV Foundation for Rape Information Services.
Gainesville, Florida, Police Department
Captain Rob Fanelli is currently the Criminal Investigations Division Commander at the Gainesville, Florida Police Department. He currently oversees robbery/homicide, sexual Assault, ICAC, domestic violence, and the forensic unit. He has a diverse career and has experience in a number of different areas including policy writing and compliance, investigations, street crime units, and administration.
In 2006 he was awarded Officer of the Year. In 2007 he was transferred to administration as the Accreditation Manager. From 2007-2009 he wrote, or updated 153 department policies and subsequently the Gainesville Police Department was awarded 100% approval for accreditation through the Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. From 2013-2017 he worked on a newly formed street crimes burglary unit. The unit was an extreme success and became a model for other agencies. In 2017 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.
Captain Fanelli has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida in Criminology. He was a board member of the Criminology and Law Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society and graduated with honors. He went on to receive a Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Leo University. He is currently an instructor with Advanced Police Concepts and at the Institute of Public Safety.
Spokane, Washington, Police Department
Sergeant Jordan Ferguson has been with the Spokane Police Department since 1999. Prior to SPD he worked as a law enforcement officer with three other agencies. He has been a Field Training Officer, Polygraph Examiner, and Background Investigator. He teaches a class Background Investigations for Law Enforcement to agencies across the country. He has also been a guest lecturer at Eastern Washington University and Washington State University. He has provided training to several law enforcement agencies on strangulation training and the lethality assessment program He has worked as a consultant with the Battered Women’s Justice Project, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Alliance for Gun Responsibility on the intersection of Firearms and DV. He completed master’s in Criminal Justice at Washington State University and graduated summer of 2018 with an emphasis in neuroscience and the effect fear has on humans.
Baltimore County, Maryland, Police Department
Sergeant Moe Greenberg has been a proud member of Maryland law enforcement for nearly twenty-five years. Throughout his career has worked to advocate for and serve the victims of his community in a variety of specialized investigative units, including Special Victims, Child Sexual Abuse, Violent Crimes, Homicide, and Robbery. In addition, he has served as a patrol supervisor and supervisor of detectives. He is currently assigned to the Special Victim’s Cold Case Squad, where he and his staff are working on a large-scale DNA project to help identify and bring to justice the perpetrators of past sexual assaults. He is also a former hostage negotiator. He earned his Master’s Degree in Management from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Police Executive Leadership Program. He also teaches at the police academy, two universities, and a local community college. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking, reading, writing, and spending time with his family.
Clark County, Ohio, Sheriff's Office
Sergeant Jones has been in law enforcement for over 18 years. She came to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office in March of 2007. She began her career in law enforcement in January of 2000 with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. Sergeant Jones has served in multiple divisions including corrections, court services, and road patrol. She was promoted in June of 2015 serving as a supervisor in both the Jail and Road Patrol divisions and now the Professional Standards Division.
She works primarily with intimate partner crime such as stalking, domestic violence, strangulation, and protection order violations along with conducting internal investigations, training, and orientation. Sergeant Jones has been engaged in changing her department’s culture, the department’s response to intimate partner crime, and establishing new policy and procedures with regards to issues within the minority populations of the community and intimate partner crime.
Sergeant Denise Jones served in the Ohio Army National Guard for six years after graduating from high school. She has continued her education throughout her tenure at the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, graduating with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration along with her Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice Administration and Master of Science degree in Emergency Services Management, and is working on a Bachelor of Science degree in Homeland Security from Columbia Southern University.
Nashville Metropolitan, Tennessee, Police Department
Mark Wynn is a retired Lieutenant and twenty-year member of the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department in Nashville, Tennessee. During his career in law enforcement, he served as Lieutenant to the Domestic Violence Division and a member of the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) Team for fifteen years. He currently runs Wynn Consulting, providing prevention, training, and consulting on the topics of domestic violence and sexual violence.
Mr. Wynn has been a consultant on the issues of domestic violence and sexual violence for numerous organizations nationally and internationally. He is also a renowned educator, as an adjunct instructor to the University of Houston Law School - National College of District Attorney's conferences on Family Violence; the University of Nevada's National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges on issues of family violence; the University of Tennessee's Law Enforcement Satellite Tele-conference Network; the Metropolitan Police Academy and the Tennessee Law Enforcement Academy on the issues of family violence. He is an international lecturer at police academies in Australia, Germany, England, Northern Ireland, Russia, the Republic of Mauritius, the Republic of Georgia, the Federated States of Micronesia, and China.
Mr. Wynn serves as a board member to the American Bar Association's Commission on Domestic Violence as well as a Nashville-based batterers program, the Project to End Abuse through Counseling Education. He is also a member of the Nashville Coalition Against Domestic Violence and the Domestic Violence State Coordinating Council. Additionally, he is a former member of the National Advisory Board of the Department of Justice's Office for Victims of Crime on Law Enforcement Response to Family Violence.
Nampa, Idaho, Police Department
Corporal Angela Weekes (retired) from Nampa Police Department. She recently retired after over twenty-six years at the department. Her most recent position was as a Corporal in the Crimes Against Person’s Unit in the investigations division. Corporal Weekes is an active member of the Canyon County Multidisciplinary Team of Child Abuse, the Canyon County SART and the Canyon County Child Death Review team. Corporal Weekes is also the visionary component of the Nampa Family Justice Center. Nampa was recognized for their efforts in this field by their selection as a model site to develop Family Justice Centers.
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Improving officer safety and wellness enhances the health and effectiveness of officers, as well as the safety of the community.
If you missed the IACP 2022 Officer Safety and Wellness Symposium, it's not too late! Included in this package are some of the most popular workshops, covering topics from resilience to financial wellness.
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This presentation discusses the laws surrounding peer support in order to guide teams in their creation, implementation, and maintenance of their own programs.
This presentation discusses the laws surrounding peer support in order to guide teams in their creation, implementation, and maintenance of their own programs. The presenter uses the laws of the California government code as a model to guide team policies, particularly for those in states that do not currently have peer support legislation. The goal is to have a peer support team that will be able to maintain confidentiality, integrity, and protection from liability or potential litigation.
- Identify the best practices to implement their team.
- Define appropriate confidentiality requirements and exceptions.
- Conduct training that will assist in creating liability protection for their agency, team, and individual supporters.
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This presentation and interactive demonstration addressed common misconceptions about yoga, cites research that shows the benefits of yoga for law enforcement, and introduces job-specific and culturally-informed exercises and techniques that have made yoga successful in law enforcement settings.
This presentation and interactive demonstration addressed common misconceptions about yoga, cites research that shows the benefits of yoga for law enforcement, and introduces job-specific and culturally-informed exercises and techniques that have made yoga successful in law enforcement settings. This session presents key concepts from Yoga For First Responders (YFFR) training protocol including tactical breathwork, physical drills/mobility training, and mindfulness techniques that YFFR teaches as a tangible skill set to proactively protect from post-traumatic stress, sleep disorders, and common injuries, as well as how to effectively process stress, build resilience, and enhance performance. With this interactive session, participants leave with tools to immediately integrate into their daily lives.
- Explain the intention of yoga for law enforcement, address misconceptions about yoga, and understand how yoga can influence the basic functions of the nervous system and stress response.
- Define mindfulness, awareness, and resilience, and be able to practice tangible techniques for each of these areas.
- Illustrate how yoga trains an officer to perform at their highest level of functioning for tactical performance, career longevity, and personal life satisfaction including learning basic techniques to share with others.
Olivia Mead, ERYT 500
Yoga For First Responders
Olivia Mead is Founder and CEO of the non-profit organization YogaShield® Yoga For First Responders® (YFFR). Olivia is a life-long yoga practitioner along with studying Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Human Performance and Trauma-Sensitive Yoga for Veterans. She has taught yoga since 2003 and has focused primarily on public safety since 2013 starting at Los Angeles Fire Department and Los Angeles Police Department. Since then, Olivia has taught and spoken around the county at several trade conferences and public safety agencies. Olivia is a member of the Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association and the International Society of Fire Service Instructors. YFFR recently launched an online platform and app available on desktop and the app store.
Patricia Froehlich, JD
Retired State's Attorney, Instructor II
Yoga For First RespondersPatricia (Trish) Froehlich has been regularly practicing yoga since 2008, although she fondly remembers her adult education yoga classes from the early 1980s! A doctor suggested Trish practice yoga to help with asthma. She immediately found breath control techniques beneficial, not just with asthma but with the sense of calm the breathwork provided. Trish served as a Connecticut prosecutor for over 26 years, starting in Connecticut’s Judicial District of Danbury and retiring in 2016 as State’s Attorney for the Judicial District of Windham. From one end of Connecticut to the other, Trish found immense stress relief not only while practicing but also off the mat, taking to the courtroom and office the deep breathing techniques and focus she learned on the mat. From 2012-2015 Trish represented CT on the National District Attorneys Association’s Board of Directors and often found yoga studios at which to practice while traveling the country to attend meetings. During her career Trish often practiced using DVDs and online programs but has always favored the energy and camaraderie that comes from practicing with others when possible. She earned her 200-hour teacher training certificate at Nadi Om Wellness in Ocala, FL and is excited about continuing to share yoga. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200) with Yoga Alliance. Trish is also certified as a Level II instructor by Yoga for First Responders. She is certified by Laskshmi Voelker to teach chair yoga and by Bernie Clark to teach yin yoga. Trish believes that yoga should be accessible to people of every size, shape, age, and fitness level. She currently teaches at four fitness centers in Ocala, FL and is among a small group of teachers offering free yoga at Ocala’s Sholom Park.
Joseph J. Froehlich, BS
Retired Deputy Chief, Instructor II
Yoga For First RespondersJoe Froehlich spent 32 years in Connecticut law enforcement, holding positions in patrol and major crime and was a canine handler, tactical team member, and eventually an administrator. He spent most of his career working for the Connecticut State Police. In 2007 he was appointed deputy chief in the Putnam Police Department. Upon his retirement from law enforcement Joe served as Director of Law Enforcement Services for the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence. He is recognized by the federal Office on Violence Against Women to train law enforcement and domestic violence advocates across the country in the area of response to and prevention of domestic violence. While serving as a deputy chief Joe discovered that yoga was so much more than just a good stretch. He found yoga to be a great relief from the stressors that face law enforcement officers. Along with support from his wife and friends he found yoga helped him through the challenges of being a deputy chief. Yoga is part of the resilience that has served Joe well throughout his career and into retirement. Joe completed his RYT-200-hour yoga teaching certificate in 2021. He is a certified Instructor 2 with Yoga for First Responders and a member of Veterans Yoga Project Teacher Alliance. He also has certifications in Chair Yoga and Yin Yoga. He currently teaches yoga at four different fitness centers located in Ocala, FL. He enjoys a variety of different practices from a gentle practice to a challenging practice designed to energize the body while regulating the entire nervous system.
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This presentation is part of the VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Program. As a law enforcement officer, the body is one of the greatest tools on the job. Physical health can make all the difference when apprehending a subject, surviving a critical incident, and much more.
This presentation is part of the VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Program. As a law enforcement officer, the body is one of the greatest tools on the job. Physical health can make all the difference when apprehending a subject, surviving a critical incident, and much more. However, some law enforcement officers de-prioritize their physical health and endanger themselves by not being physically prepared for the job. This panel discussion features lessons learned and techniques for making behavior changes based on promising practices and personal stories of law enforcement executive leaders from across the country. It will show officers how to improve their overall health and wellness through simple tasks, such as maintaining a proper diet and getting quality sleep.
- Articulate the importance of strength training and functional fitness as it relates to the law enforcement profession.
- Articulate the importance of maintaining a healthy relationship with food and the importance of meal planning.
- Articulate the concept that sleep is beneficial to both their bodies and minds, and how it can enhance their physical health and safety.
Sonia Quinones, MPA
Chief of Police (Ret)
Hallandale Beach Florida Police DepartmentChief Sonia Quiñones (retired) served in law enforcement for more than 28 years, 21 of which were in management. Her career began in 1993, as a patrol officer for the City of Hallandale Beach, Florida. She worked her way up through the ranks and was appointed to Chief of Police in 2017. Chief Quiñones earned her master’s degree in public administration at Barry University. She is a 2012 graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (FBINA). Chief Quiñones continues to contribute to the betterment of law enforcement as an instructor with the VALOR Officer Safety and Wellness Program and the National Suicide Awareness for Law Enforcement Officer (SAFLEO) Program. She is the First Vice President for the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE) and a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Human and Civil Rights Committee.
Interim Chief of Police
Georgetown Police DepartmentInterim Chief Cory J. Tchida has more than 25 years of experience in law enforcement, including duties in corrections, patrol, narcotics, traffic, professional standards, and administration. Currently, he is the Interim Chief of the Georgetown, Texas, Police Department. In this position, he manages and leads the day-to-day operations of the department, including patrol, criminal investigations, traffic, records, community engagement, and communications. He has more than 20 years of experience leading police officers and civilians at all levels of the organization. Interim Chief Tchida’s teaching experience includes topics such as use of force, racial profiling, crime statistics, traffic safety, wellness, fitness, suicide prevention, and leadership and supervision. Interim Chief Tchida has been with the Georgetown Police Department for more than 25 years, beginning his career as a patrol officer. For ten years, he was a sergeant responsible for patrol, training, traffic, and narcotics. He created a workload metric tracking system for patrol officers, coordinated department training, conducted a complete rewrite of the standard operating procedures for the Narcotics Unit, and reformed the Traffic Unit. When he became lieutenant of patrol and administration, among other duties, he assisted in the restructuring of the department firearms training program, including phased levels of training and metric tracking of performance issues. Interim Chief Tchida has made presentations to Citizen Police Academy classes, citizens’ groups, and peace officers all over the country. He is a longtime board member of the Williamson County CASA. He earned a master of science degree in criminal justice leadership and management from Sam Houston State University and a bachelor of arts degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin. Interim Chief Tchida is a 2014 graduate of Northwestern University’s School of Police Staff and Command and a 2018 graduate of the FBI National Academy Session #272.
Bureau of Justice Assistance, U.S. Department of Justice
William Balling, MA
Chief of Police
Sidney Police DepartmentWilliam P. Balling Chief William P. Balling has more than 28 years of experience within law enforcement, 25 of those being in a supervisory role in the state of Ohio. Chief Balling began his law enforcement career with the Sidney, Ohio, Police Department in 1994 and has worked through the ranks, becoming Chief in 2013. He has developed a training program for the department’s officers and dispatchers and started community programs such as the Citizens Academy, Juvenile Academy, and Coffee with a Cop. Chief Balling has presented for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office on the importance of health and wellness programs for law enforcement departments. He is an assessor and helped create the health and wellness standards for the Ohio Collaborative. Chief Balling has served as president of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. He has received the Officer of the Year Award; the Life Savings Award; and, as a department, the Destination Zero and Ascension Award. He earned his master’s degree in justice administration from Tiffin University. Chief Balling graduated in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in city administration, with a focus on criminal justice, from Wright State University.
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This workshop discusses other indicators of mental unwellness, focusing on police officer behavior and not just tragic outcomes. This course will contextualize how trauma manifests itself in police officer behaviors while also providing insight on how to develop mental resiliency, individually and organizationally.
Too often mental wellness, or unwellness rather, is discussed and measured by the amount deaths by suicide an agency has or has not had. While the suicide rate among law enforcement is too high and unacceptable, that outcome is not a complete measure of how mentally well an agency's officers are. This workshop discusses other indicators of mental unwellness, focusing on police officer behavior and not just tragic outcomes. This course will contextualize how trauma manifests itself in police officer behaviors while also providing insight on how to develop mental resiliency, individually and organizationally.
- Upon completion, participants will be able to list the categories of PTSD symptoms.
- Upon completion, participants will be able to identify common negative police behavior that can be directly related to unprocessed trauma.
- Upon completion, participants will be able to identify self-care strategies to implement mental resilience, individually and organizationally.
Jesse Trevino, MS, PhD candidate
SolutionPointPlusJesse is a former police detective, current social science academic, and master trainer who is an expert in policy evaluation and mental health jail diversion processes. Jesse served with the San Antonio Police Department for over 10 years. He worked on the Mental Health Unit and implemented nationally recognized programs addressing mental illness, homelessness, and chemical dependency. He went on to serve as an instructor and training coordinator at the San Antonio Police Training Academy, one of the top police academies in the nation. After promoting to detective Jesse became the threat assessment program coordinator for the Southwest Texas Fusion Center, establishing the current national model for behavioral threat assessments in law enforcement. He frequently peer-reviews grant submissions for the Department of Justice. Jesse has an AA from Northwest Vista College, a BA in Criminal Justice, and an MS in Criminal Justice and Criminology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is in the dissertation phase of the criminal justice program at Walden University, pursing a PhD. Jesse is the President and co-founder of SolutionPoint+, the international consulting and training firm.
CEO and Co-Founder
SolutionPoint+ / San Antonio, Texas, Police Department
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This session discusses how peer support training and approaches can be tailored to meet the wellness and resilience needs of small and rural agencies
This session discusses how peer support training and approaches can be tailored to meet the wellness and resilience needs of small and rural agencies. Panelists discussed different considerations for peer prevention and resilience support, peer intervention during difficult times, and peer postvention following critical incidents. Using lessons learned from the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMWHA) Peer Support in Small and Rural Agencies pilot project, presenters will discuss how to develop manageable, sustainable peer support services. New resources from COPS Office LEMWHA program and the IACP OSW initiatives will be shared.
- Explain unique training approaches for small and rural agencies.
- Demonstrate skills from peer support training.
- Discuss training and resource options for small and rural agencies from the COPS Office, IACP, and Cop 2 Cop.
Jennifer Styles is a Program Manager at the International Association of Chiefs of Police. She is an experienced criminal justice grant manager with a strong ability to translate the needs of the field into tangible resources, services, and trainings. Ms. Styles specializes in community-police relations, officer safety and wellness, pretrial justice, volunteer management, emergency preparedness, and tribal and smaller agency issues. Ms. Styles currently oversees IACP’s portfolio of officer safety and wellness work to include the Officer Safety and Wellness Symposium, National Consortium on the Prevention of Law Enforcement Suicide, Innovative Approaches to Officer Safety and Wellness, VALOR Law Enforcement Resilience Training Program, National Peer Support Program for Small and Rural Agencies, and Law Enforcement Family Wellness Training and Technical Assistance Program.
Sunriver Police DepartmentCory Darling is currently the chief of police for the Sunriver Police Department. He has over 32 years of law enforcement service. He has served with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office as a Marine Patrol Deputy, an officer with the Sunriver Department of Public Safety, a Trooper with the Washington State Patrol and has held the positions of Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain with the City of Bend Police Department. Cory has also served in numerous special assignments, including: 5 years as a Narcotics Investigator for the Central Oregon Drug Enforcement Team (CODE) and 16 years with Central Oregon Emergency Response Team (SWAT), Motor Officer, Street Crimes Sergeant, Firearms Instructor, Integrated Use of Force Instructor and Field Training Officer. Cory holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy class 237. He also has served or currently holds positions as Past President of the Oregon Tactical Officers Association (OTOA), Past Vice President of the Oregon Narcotics Officers Association (ONEA), Past Central Oregon Police Chaplaincy Board Member, Current Oregon Association Chiefs of Police (OACP) liaison for the Oregon Terrorism Information Threat Analysis Network (TITAN) Fusion Center, Current Vice President of the Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation, Past Chair of the Deschutes County Crisis Intervention (CIT) Steering Committee, Past National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI).
Senior Program Specialist, COPS Office
Nazmia E.A. Comrie is a senior program specialist in the Resources and Technical Assistance (RTA) division at the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office). Nazmia provides leadership for the development, implementation, and delivery of technical assistance efforts to state, local, tribal, and campus law enforcement agencies across the county as the program manager for the Collaborative Reform Initiative. She is an issue manager for issues related to human trafficking, hate crimes, interpersonal violence, and mass demonstrations, and has expertise in officer wellness and safety and youth safety. To date Nazmia has authored and coauthored a number of publications relevant to her areas of expertise and the criminal justice field as a whole, including Building Stronger, Safer Communities: A guide for law enforcement and community partners to prevent and respond to hate crimes. In addition Nazmia was a significant contributor to the After-Action Assessment of the Police Response to the August 2014 Demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri report that was released in 2015. Nazmia received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Rochester and her master's degree in criminal justice from University at Albany, where she worked on research involving homicides, wrongful convictions, community policing, and gangs.
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The emotional health of personnel and family members continues to be a top concern for most law enforcement agencies. While our agency has always offered a variety of mental health resources, employee feedback was access to services was challenging to navigate and obtain in a timely manner.
The emotional health of personnel and family members continues to be a top concern for most law enforcement agencies. While our agency has always offered a variety of mental health resources, employee feedback was access to services was challenging to navigate and obtain in a timely manner. Our agency began offering on-site, no-cost behavioral health services in January 2020 by contracting directly with a psychologist who was vetted and culturally competent in law enforcement. The program provides direct, easy access and helped eliminate barriers for reaching out for help. The service continues to be well-utilized and is a positive resource for our employees. The purpose of this presentation is to share about the program development, including preparation, implementation, evaluation, and challenges/opportunities.
- Establish an understanding of how to contract directly with a culturally competent provider.
- Understand the positive and negative aspects of the offering on-site behavioral health services.
- Learn details about examples of how to encourage emotional wellness within law enforcement personnel.
Shannon Kelley, MPH
Human Resources Bureau Manager
Hillsborough County Sheriff's OfficeShannon Kelley joined Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in 2017 and currently works as a Human Resources Bureau Manager. Her current role oversees the Employee Benefits Section, Risk Management Section, and the Health & Wellness Section. She began her career focused on Public Health in 2013. Shannon graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Family and Child Sciences and later received a Master’s in Public Health from University of South Florida. During her career, she has worked in a variety of different roles for organizations including the Florida Department of Health, United Way, and Leon County. She believes that strong emotional wellness is as important as physical wellness.
Allison Agliata, PhD, BCC
Dr. A CoachingDr. Allison Agliata (Dr. A) is an experienced clinician and coach focused on first responders and their families. Although her B.A., M.S. & Ph.D. from the University of Central Florida are dedicated to the field of Clinical Psychology, her career roles have evolved from being an Air Force Captain to the school system, to running her own private practice and consulting business. Dr. A is also a Board Certified Executive Life Coach and holds a Certificate in Advanced Educational Leadership from Harvard University. Skilled in interpersonal dynamics, trauma recovery, communication, leadership training, and crisis intervention, Dr. Agliata uses her experience in education and public speaking to teach individuals and teams how to better care for themselves so that they can maintain their emotional well-being, recover from trauma exposure, and balance their work and home lives while serving their community.
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A critical component of law enforcement wellness programs is effective, culturally competent chaplaincy focused on police officers and their family members. Chaplains can be a trusted resource that is fully integrated into other agency wellness efforts.
A critical component of law enforcement wellness programs is effective, culturally competent chaplaincy focused on police officers and their family members. Chaplains can be a trusted resource that is fully integrated into other agency wellness efforts. This requires having a clear understanding of what effective, culturally competent chaplaincy looks like, how to screen for the right chaplains, how to establish their roles and expectations, and how to train and equip them. Different perspectives, resources, and organizations will be covered as a means to evaluate your current chaplaincy program or start your future program on the right path.
- Upon completion, participants will be able to describe at least three key aspects of an effective, culturally competent police chaplain and chaplaincy program, and determine how to integrate it into established agency wellness programs.
- Upon completion, participants will be able to list at least two of the next steps in order to develop a new chaplaincy program or evaluate their current program.
- Upon completion, participants will be able to list at least three useful chaplaincy resources, organizations, and policies.
Peer Support, Wellness
Fearless Resilience LLCJeremy Wade is the founder of Fearless Resilience LLC, offering resilience, wellness, and peer support training and consulting. He served as a Seattle Police Officer for over 13 years with a long list of accomplishments, including; Medal of Valor, Officer of the Year, Officer of the Month (Washington’s Most Wanted on Q13 FOX), and the City of Seattle Community Outreach Leadership Award. He led a successful peer support team for 5 years, and assisted in developing the department’s first wellness unit. He developed and trained the agency’s first resilience program and mentorship program. He also served as the Seattle Police Chaplains Association Executive Director for over 8 years, and currently oversees training and development for the Fellowship of Christian Peace Officers- USA.
Matt Domyancic, MS, MS, MA
Chaplain, Peer Support, and Wellness Ministry
Global AssociatesMatt Domyancic is a medically retired police officer that worked patrol, peer support, SWAT, and full time police academy instructor for fitness and officer survival. Matt was the Wellness Coordinator for his agency integrating sports nutrition, strength and conditioning, stress management, combatives, and scenario training regarding officers as tactical athletes. He also was concurrently a collegiate strength coach at Yale and Georgetown Universities while a full-time police officer. Later he was a strength coach and mental skills trainer for NFL combine athletes. At Yale, he volunteered for Athletes in Action and at Georgetown, he created an ecumenical ministry Hoyas for Christ. Matt now volunteers as a chaplain, peer support, and wellness advocate for police agencies in Los Angeles. He also is a volunteer for nonprofits that support police officers in crisis, as well as those that are injured and disabled. Matt also spent time as a chaplain for an in-patient substance abuse and PTSD facility for first responders. He believes all first responders can have careers that provide deeper meaning and add richness to their spiritual lives if approached in the right manner. Matt played football and was a competitive powerlifter at the Air Force Academy and Colgate Univeristy where he earned his BA in Political Science. He also has an MS in Forensic Science under Dr. Henry Lee, an MS in Sport Psychology under Dr. Ken Ravizza, and an MA in Pastoral Theology from Loyola Marymount University. Matt is a certified Spiritual Director through Still Point Direction School.
Stephanie Barone McKenny, PhD
Police Psychologist, Los Angeles, California, Police Department
Dr. Stephanie Barone McKenny is an LAPD police psychologist who provides consultation to several elite units including SWAT, Air Support Division, and undercover agents. She has worked with law enforcement personnel at the international, national, state, county, and local levels. Dr. McKenny is also a Diplomate in Sports Psychology, a Nationally Certified Sports Psychologist, a Certified Trauma Professional, and she is Certified in Integrative Medicine for holistic health (mind-body-spirit).
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This presentation discusses, not just the psychology of these three factors of resilience, but the neuroscience as well.
Physical body armor is standard issue, Psychological Body Armor (TM) should be as well. LEOs are far more likely to to have a psychological injury interfere with or even end their career or marriage compared to a physical injury. Resilience from injury is a critical survival skill. Recent findings from Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions reveal human resilience to consist of three factors, not merely one. Resilience has typically been thought of as the ability to bounce back from adversity. However, it seems two other critical aspects of resilience have been overlooked: stress immunity and growth in the wake of adversity. This presentation discusses, not just the psychology of these three factors of resilience, but the neuroscience as well. Cutting edge science suggests that one can change the structure and function of the human brain to make it more resilient.
- Define psychological body armor.
- Describe the neurological bases for developing a stress-resistant brain.
- Practice three techniques to build a stress-resistant brain.
George Everly, PhD, ABPP, FACLP
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public HealthGeorge S. Everly, Jr., PhD, ABPP, FAPA, FAPM, CCISM, is an award-winning author and researcher. From 2016-2020, he was ranked #1 published author in the world by PubMed in two fields: crisis intervention and psychological first aid. He holds appointments as Professor in the Department of International Health (adjunct) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Associate Professor (part time) in Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and was formerly Professor of Psychology at Loyola University in Maryland (core faculty). Trained in public health, neuroscience, and clinical psychology, he is considered one of the founding fathers of the field of disaster mental health. Dr. Everly has served on the adjunct faculty of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the FBI’s National Academy at Quantico, Virginia. He currently serves on the clinical oversight committee for the peer support team for DOJ’s ATF. Dr. Everly was a Harvard Scholar, visiting in psychology, Harvard University; a Visiting Lecturer in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; and Chief Psychologist and Director of Behavioral Medicine for the Johns Hopkins' Homewood Hospital Center. He is co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. He is the author, co-author, or editor of 20 textbooks and over 100 professional papers. Among his texts are STRONGER (AMACOM, 2015), Fostering Human Resilience (Chevron, 2013), The Resilient Leader (DiaMedica, 2010), The Resilient Child (DiaMedica, 2009, Gold Medal Winner), and A Clinical Guide to the Treatment of the Human Stress Response, 4th Edition (Springer, 2019)