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  • Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative (VTRI) Monthly Training Series

    Contains 15 Component(s), Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 10/06/2021 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

    A monthly training series geared towards addressing vicarious trauma response across VTRI Community Implementation Site partners.

    A monthly training series geared towards addressing vicarious trauma response across VTRI Community Implementation Site partners.

    Target Audience: Community Implementation Sites

    Overall Objective: A training series hosted by the Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative for all partner organizations across the 12 Community Implementation Sites focusing on mitigating the negative effects of work-related trauma exposure and building partnerships and collaborations to address vicarious trauma response on an organizational level.

    Project Funding Provided By: The Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice

    Includes: Monthly webinars hosted by the Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative 

    Rob Fanelli

    Captain

    Gainesville, Florida, Police Department

    Captain Rob Fanelli is currently an operations commander at the Gainesville Police Department. Prior to his promotion to captain he was the Criminal Investigations Division Commander. He has 18 years of law enforcement experience with a diverse career. He has experience in policy writing and compliance, investigations, street crime units, and administration. His goal is to improve the profession of Law Enforcement by challenging thoughts and misconceptions, sharing ideas, encouraging communication across agencies and disciplines, and passing knowledge on to a new generation of law enforcement officers.     

    Captain Fanelli has a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Florida in Criminology. He went on to receive a Master’s in Business Administration from Saint Leo University and completed his dissertation on Effective Police Organizational Structure: Managerial Economics of a Police Department. As a result of his participation in several IACP projects on enhancing response to gender-based violence he now provides technical assistance and is a consultant for the IACP. He is currently enrolled as a fellow in the Bloomberg School of Public at Johns Hopkins pursuing a Master’s In Public Health with a focus on violence in communities.       

    Karen Hangartner

    LMSW

    National Children's Advocacy Center

    Karen Hangartner, LMSW, is Project Director for the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, a project of the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC) and a TTA Coordinator with the Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative (VTRI). The NCAC was the first Child Advocacy Center in the world, and continues to provide prevention and intervention services for child abuse victims in Huntsville/Madison County, AL; and, also houses the NCAC Training Center, the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, the NCAC Virtual Training Center, and the Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO). Ms. Hangartner holds a BS degree in Psychology from Athens State University and Masters in Social Work from The University of Alabama. She has been with the National Children’s Advocacy Center since 2003, spending four years in the Prevention department before beginning work with the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center. As Project Director for SRCAC, Karen is responsible for developing and delivering training for Children’s Advocacy Centers, Multidisciplinary teams, and State Chapter organizations across 16 states and the District of Columbia. She has conducted more than 200 trainings for MDTs, CACs and Chapters in the Southern region. She also presents at state, national and international conferences on a variety of topics including, Secondary Traumatic Stress, Trauma Informed Multidisciplinary Teams, Team Functioning, and Leading in a Multidisciplinary Environment. She also works with regional and national partners on collaborative projects. Prior to joining the NCAC staff, Karen served as Children’s Minister at First Baptist Church in Huntsville, Alabama.

    Meg Hefty

    Associate Director

    Sarah's Inn

    Meg has over twenty years of experience as a Domestic Violence professional.  As Associate Director of Sarah’s Inn, one of the largest and most comprehensive domestic violence agencies serving Chicago and the West Cook County suburbs, Ms. Hefty oversees all advocacy and counseling programs, including the legal advocacy program and partner abuse intervention program.  During her nineteen years with Sarah’s Inn, she has built successful partnerships for solid legal programming at two courthouses, became the lead trainer for law enforcement personnel, and was named Advocate of the Year by the States Attorneys’ Office (2006).  Ms. Hefty is also served as co-chair of the Cicero Community Collaborative, a coalition of local service providers focused on improving the health, education, and well-being of Cicero children, youth and families. Ms. Hefty served for many years on the Board of the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professionals, Inc. and City of Chicago's Community Development Advisory Committee. She has also served as an expert witness in several domestic violence related Child Welfare cases. She holds a B.A. in Behavioral Science and Law from University of Wisconsin, Madison and is an Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional and a Partner Abuse Intervention Program counselor. 

    Meghan Meyer, Ed.D

    School Psychologist

    Community Consolidated School District 15, Formerly at J. Sterling Morton High School District 201

    Dr. Meghan Meyer is a former member of the Cicero Community Collaborative Health and Safety Committee and current member of the Beyond Trauma team. Through her work with supporting students in her career as a school psychologist, she has become a passionate advocate and educator on trauma as she recognizes how trauma significantly impacts youth and communities. Meghan received her doctorate in school psychology with a specialization in mental health from Loyola University and focused on building a trauma-informed school for her dissertation research. She worked within her former and current school districts and the communities to build awareness on trauma in hopes to build resilience and better support students, teachers and families. In her free time, she loves spending time with her young children and her family. Reading, walking and traveling help keep her life in balance.

    Jackie Wallen, LCPC

    Resiliency Counseling Collective

    Jackie Wallen earned degrees from Cedarville University and Chicago State University.  Prior to her recent move to the East Coast, she resided for 14 years in Cicero, IL where she was actively involved in helping the local communities become more trauma informed, focusing on school systems and law enforcement . She served as the Associate Director of Counseling Services at Youth Crossroads, a youth serving non-profit that works with marginalized youth and family.  She was instrumental in helping Cicero PD and Maywood PD develop officer wellness programs in her role as their Department Clinician.  She is currently working with Volunteers of America Alaska and the Anchorage Public School System to develop school based counseling programs in 9 public schools.  She frequently finds herself in the role bridge builder—finding great meaning in helping marginalized individuals/groups and systems work together for the betterment of all.  When she isn’t working, Jackie loves having adventures with her husband, Joel, and their children, Justus and Deacon. 

    Meg Garvin

    Executive Director & Clinical Professor of Law, MA, JD

    National Crime Victim Law Institute

    Meg Garvin is the Executive Director of the National Crime Victim Law Institute (NCVLI) and a Clinical Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark Law School. Ms. Garvin is recognized as a leading expert on victims’ rights. She has testified before Congress, state legislatures and the Judicial Proceedings Panel on Sexual Assault in the Military. In her expert capacity she has served on the Defense Advisory Committee on Investigation, Prosecution and Defense of Sexual Assault in the Armed Forces, the Victims Advisory Group of the United States Sentencing Commission, and the Victim Services Subcommittee, of the Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crime Panel of the United States Department of Defense, as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Victims Committee, co-chair of the Oregon Attorney General’s Crime Victims’ Rights Task Force and as a member of the Legislative & Public Policy Committee of the Oregon Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force.  She has received numerous awards in recognition of her work, including in 2015 the John W. Gillis Leadership Award from National Parents of Murdered Children; in 2020, the American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section’s Frank Carrington Crime Victim Attorney Award, and in 2021, the Hardy Myers Victim Advocacy Award from the Oregon Crime Victims Law Center. Prior to joining NCVLI, Ms. Garvin practiced law in Minneapolis, Minnesota and clerked for the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Pronouns: she/her/hers. 

    Chris Newlin

    Executive Director, MS LPC

    National Children's Advocacy Center

    Chris Newlin is the executive director of the National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC) in Huntsville, AL, where he is responsible for providing leadership and management of the agency, as well as participating in national and international training and leadership activities regarding the protection of children.  The NCAC was the first Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) in the world and provides child abuse prevention and intervention services in Huntsville/Madison County; and also houses the NCAC Training Center, the Southern Regional Children’s Advocacy Center, the NCAC Virtual Training Center, and the Child Abuse Library Online (CALiO).  The NCAC is a past multi-year winner of the Better Business Bureau’s Torch Award for Workplace Ethics; 2012 Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit of the Year; 2016 Federal Bureau of Investigation Director’s Community Leadership Award recipient; (multi-year finalist), winner in 2017 and 2019 of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce Best Places to Work; and a Private Sector Member of the Virtual Global Taskforce.  Chris has more than 24 years of experience working in CACs as a forensic interviewervictim advocateclinical director, and executive director. He has provided training in more than 30 countries at numerous international conferences and continues to provide technical assistance on a regular basis to professionals working to develop multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) and CACs throughout the world. Chris received his master’s degree in school psychology from the University of Central Arkansas, is a licensed professional counselor, and has completed coursework at the Harvard University Business School Executive Education Program.

    Paula Gomez Stordy

    Senior Director of National Training and Technical Assistance

    Esperanza United

    Paula Gomez Stordy has more than 25 years of experience working in the field of gender-based violence, of which 17 years were in non-profit management. She is the Senior Director of National Training and Technical Assistance for Esperanza United: National Latin@ Network for Healthy Families and Communities, a national resource center with a focus on providing training, research, and policy advocacy to prevent and end domestic violence and sexual assault. Ms. Gomez Stordy directs national training and technical assistance overseeing federal grants, programming, and supervision of staff to enhance culturally responsive approaches and capacity to both mainstream and culturally specific organizations across the country.

    Leo Martinez

    Project Manager

    Esperanza United

    Leo Martinez is a Project Manager with Esperanza United, formerly Casa de Esperanza - National Latin@ Network. With Esperanza United he currently works providing Language Access and Cultural Responsiveness training as part of the national resource center on domestic violence in the Latino community; he is a Training and Technical Assistance lead with the Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative, a national initiative funded by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and led by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); he informs the Intimate Partner Homicide project focused on Latino victims and funded by the Office on Violence against Women (OVW). He also collaborates on the Enhancing Access Peer to Peer project focused on language access, funded also by the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC). 

    Rosanna Balistreri

    President

    National Council on Interpreting in Health Care

    Rosanna Balistreri is the founder of REACH-reaching diversity and has 30 years of professional background in translation, interpreting, and teaching.  As an experienced trainer and curriculum developer for Spanish Translation & Interpretation programs, she has taught at SDSU, CSUF and CSUSM.  She is a past President of the California Healthcare Interpreting Association, and is presently the President of the National Council on Interpreting in Health Care, where she previously served as Chair of the Standards and Training Committee & Co-chair of the Languages of Limited Diffusion Work Group. Her academic background is in General Linguistics and Spanish Applied Linguistics, and she is a licensed trainer for the Applied Suicide Intervention Skill Training (ASIST).  Through REACH she has developed assessment tools and quality educational and training content for healthcare interpreters and healthcare professionals, and provides consulting in the areas of diversity, leadership skills & cross-cultural communication. 

    Eliana Lobo

    National Council on Interpreting in Health Care

    An experienced court and medical interpreter, Eliana is a DSHS-WA state authorized medical interpreter, a certified Trainer of Trainers (ToT™) of medical interpreters, and a nationally certified CoreCHI™ healthcare interpreter. Holding two M.A.s from Brown University, in Bilingual Education, and Portuguese & Brazilian Studies, Eliana began her career as a Spanish/Portuguese medical interpreter at RI Hospital. In 2008, hired as the Trainer and Supervisor for Harborview Medical Center’s Interpreter Services. Subsequently, served as the National Director of Interpreter Quality for InDemand, and Director of Multicultural Programs and Services for IEO. Currently, the Director of Lobo Language Access in Tacoma WA, Eliana consults on language access plans, and interpreter training curricula. As an Adjunct Professor at Highline College, she teaches a 120-hour Professional healthcare Interpreter course during the Spring and Fall quarters. A frequent speaker at healthcare interpreter conferences, presenter/co- host for NCIHC’s “Home for Trainers” webinar series, she has hosted nearly fifty webinars for medical interpreter trainers since 2015. NCIHC Board member, and currently, the Standards and Training Committee Chair, Eliana also volunteers as a CCHI Commissioner. 

  • Officer Family Wellness Podcast Series

    Contains 5 Component(s)

    Officer Family Wellness Podcast Series interviews experts on various health and wellness topics to inform law enforcement leaders and help families thrive.

    Officer Family Wellness Podcast Series features a variety of subject matter experts with insight for those looking to create or enhance family wellness both in policing agencies and at home. Episodes feature discussions on sleep hygiene, communication in families, financial wellness, suicide prevention, and family resilience. 

    Target Audience: Agency leadership, officers and policing families. 

    Overall Objective: Provide insight and tangible actions for law enforcement stakeholders looking to enhance officer family wellness. 

    Project Funding Provided By: Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) 

    Includes: Podcast episode topics include healthy sleep habits, communication, financial wellness, suicide prevention, and family resilience.

    Dr. Lois James

    Assistant Professor

    Washington State University College of Nursing

    Lois James, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Washington State University (WSU) College of Nursing, where she focuses on bias, stress, sleep, and performance in “high stress” populations such as police officers, military personnel, nurses, and top tier athletes. 

    Cyndi Doyle, LPC-S, NCC, CDWF, CCISM

    Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor

    Code4Couples

    Cyndi Doyle is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in Texas, National Certified Counselor, and Certified Daring Way Facilitator for Dr. Brene Brown. She is the co-owner of Pecan Branch Counseling in Denton, Texas. Cyndi is certified in Critical Incident Stress Management and serves on local CISM teams as well as the Dallas/Fort Worth regional team. Cyndi's passions include serving the first responder community and other mental health professionals. In 2017, Cyndi's passion for first responders and their spouses inspired her to found Code4Couples, a company dedicated to support and increase resilience in first responders, their spouses, and their relationships. Through her Code4Couples podcast, Cyndi normalizes experiences of first responders and their spouses by sharing her own journey and stories as a Law Enforcement spouse, educates them on related mental health and relationship difficulties, empowers them with tools, techniques, and resources, and promotes connection within the First Responder community.  

    Daniel Scesney

    Chief

    Grand Prairie, Texas Police Department

    Chief Daniel Scesney (Grand Prairie, Texas Police Department) came to Texas in 1998 after serving his country in the United States Marine Corps as a Military Police Officer. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Texas Christian University (TCU). His career with GPPD began in 2001 during which time he served in a variety of capacities including Patrol Officer, Directed Patrol Unit, SWAT Team Leader, Narcotics, Property Crimes, Domestic Crimes, Major Crimes (including adult and child homicide investigations), Patrol Supervisor, and has commanded both the Special Operations and Investigative Services Bureau as the Assistant Chief of Police.  

    Deborah Marson, CDFA, M.B.A., IACP Women’s Leadership Institute

    Deborah Marson teaches the financial wellness lesson of IACP’s Women’s Leadership Institute course, in which she discusses retirement, investments, estate planning, and other pertinent financial topics to law enforcement professionals from around the globe. Ms. Marson has over 12 years of experience specializing in comprehensive financial planning.  Her professional expertise in financial planning includes the areas of Budgeting, Investments, Tax Planning, Retirement, College Planning and Life, Disability and Long-Term Care Insurance.  

    Dr. Robert Cipriano

    Police Psychologist

    SIMCIP GROUP Forensic-Psychological Consultants

    Dr. Robert J. Cipriano Jr. has been working with the community professionally within the field of psychology for 22 years. His undergraduate training in psychology was completed at Florida State University and he completed a doctoral program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) in clinical psychology at Carlos Albizu University in Miami, Florida. He completed his doctoral internship at one of the largest state hospitals that housed the “criminally insane” within the Central United States. He currently owns and has developed his training and consulting business, SIMCIP GROUP Forensic-Psychological Consultants, located in Pembroke Pines, Florida. 

    Ret. Deputy Chief Dianne Bernhard

    Executive Director

    Concerns of Police Survivors

    During her 21 years with the Columbia Police Department, Dianne Bernhard rose from patrol officer to deputy chief, supervised the Youth Services Unit, and served as the president of the Missouri School Resource Officer Association. 

    Bernhard retired from CPD to take a job as executive director of Concerns of Police Survivors — a national organization that supports the families of officers killed in the line of duty. Bernhard knows what it's like to lose a colleague. She said the hardest day of her career was when Officer Molly Bowden was killed during a traffic stop in 2005. 

    Bernhard joined CPD in 1992 as a patrol officer. Five years later, after serving as a detective and a community police officer, she was promoted to sergeant. In 2007, she was promoted to lieutenant and was responsible for daytime and evening patrols. She was promoted to deputy chief in 2012.

    As executive director, Bernhard leads an organization whose programs have helped 32,000 people. 

    Sgt. Kevin Kinney and Megan Kinney

    Sergeant Kevin Kinney is a Headquarters Sergeant with the State of South Dakota Highway Patrol. Kevin has been with the agency for over 17 years. One of his roles is working on officer and staff wellness and helping the officers learn how to be resilient in this type of job that tends to wear people out. 

    Megan Kinney has been married to Kevin Kinney for 20 years. She is very passionate about Officer Wellness and how the family is involved in supporting their officer. Megan and Kevin have four daughters that keep them pretty busy. 

  • Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative: Virtual Listening Sessions for Public Safety Personnel Focused on Vicarious Trauma and the Impact of COVID-19

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    A series of virtual listening sessions that provide public safety personnel with information on the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on providing emergency services and responding to victims through vicarious trauma lens.

    A series of virtual listening sessions that provide public safety personnel with information on the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on providing emergency services and responding to victims through vicarious trauma lens. 

    Target Audience: Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel

    Overall Objective: To provide Fire and EMS personnel with information on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and vicarious trauma strategies.

    Project Funding Provided By: The Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime.

    Includes: A series of virtual listening sessions featuring discussions between subject matter experts, including IACP President Chief Steven R. Casstevens, that provide Fire and EMS personnel with information on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on emergency responders, and vicarious trauma response strategies.

  • Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative: Virtual Listening Sessions on Policing and COVID-19

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    A series of virtual listening sessions that provide law enforcement and first responder personnel with information on strategies and lessons learned around supporting victims and agency personnel as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    A series of virtual listening sessions that provide law enforcement and first responder personnel with information on strategies and lessons learned around supporting victims and agency personnel as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Target Audience: Law enforcement officers and first responder personnel

    Overall Objective: To provide information on the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on policing through a vicarious trauma lens.

    Project Funding Provided By: The Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime.

    Includes: A series of virtual listening sessions featuring discussions between subject matter experts, including IACP President Chief Steven R. Casstevens, that provide law enforcement officers and first responder personnel with information on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on policing and vicarious trauma response strategies.

  • Recognizing Officer Distress: Individual and Agency Strategies to Prevent and Mitigate Cumulative Stress

    Contains 1 Component(s)

    This webinar will cover specific, demonstrated approaches from an individual and agency perspective to identify, respond to, manage, and prevent distress that impacts an officer’s ability to do their job effectively.

    Stress is a normal reaction to daily pressures. Law enforcement officers’ stress can build up over the course of navigating difficult life and work events. When this stress becomes too much to deal with or overwhelms an officer’s coping mechanisms, distress can occur and impact safety and wellness. To maintain a healthy and optimal level of functioning, individuals and agencies must recognize when distress is occurring and be equipped to employ strategies to restore balance. Whether it is recognizing when yourself or your fellow officer might need more support or implementing organizational changes to support officer safety and wellness, everyone has a role to play when distress occurs. 

    Target Audience: Law enforcement officers

    Overall Objectives: To provide law enforcement officers with strategies to help prevent distress from occurring and to restore balance

    Project Funding Provided By: Bureau of Justice Assistance

    Includes: A webinar that highlights stress prevention approaches from an individual and agency perspective 

    Jennifer D. Griffin, Captain, PhD

    Captain / Ph.D.

    Delaware State Police / University of Delaware

    Captain Jennifer D. Griffin, Ph.D. is a Patrol Operations Commander and Chair of the Employee Wellness Unit for the Delaware State Police, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Delaware (U.D.), a certified Performance Coach, Yoga Alliance RYT 200 Yoga Instructor, and a Performance and Mental Training Coach for the U.D. Div. 1 Women’s Field Hockey Team. She has over 21 years of law enforcement experience in a variety of assignments and ranks. She has a Doctorate from the University of Delaware Sociology / Criminal Justice Department, where she currently teaches four classes. Captain Griffin is a peer-reviewed author and presents nationally and internationally to include: The United States of America, China, Taiwan, and Canada. She is an F.B.I. National Academy Associates Training Committee member & Comprehensive Officer Resiliency Program Master Instructor, and a recognized Resiliency Subject Matter Expert with the United States Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Collaborative Reform Initiative Technical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC). She is also a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy graduate of Session 268, United States Secret Service Dignitary Protection Seminar, and the I.A.C.P. Leadership in Police Organizations (L.P.O.) Program. She has presented numerous times at both the I.A.C.P. Annual Conference and the I.A.C.P. Officer Safety and Wellness Symposium.

    Audrey Fellingham

    Officer

    Metropolitan Nashville, Tennessee, Police Department

    Audrey Fellingham has been a law enforcement officer for eight years total. She was first a patrol officer for Metropolitan Nashville Police Department in Nashville, TN. and currently is a patrol officer for Durham Police Department in North Carolina. Audrey is also a military veteran having served two tours of duty in Iraq while she was an active duty soldier assigned to 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, KY. and is currently an Army Reservist Staff Sergeant with the 377th CBRN Company.

  • Vicarious Trauma Response Initiative: Virtual Listening Sessions on Victim Advocacy, Vicarious Trauma, and the Impact of COVID-19

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits

    A series of virtual listening sessions that provide first responder personnel with information around the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the field of victim advocacy. The sessions explore strategies and lessons learned to continue providing trauma informed services to victims while ensuring first responders are healthy and resilient.

    A series of virtual listening sessions that provide first responder personnel with information around the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the field of victim advocacy. The sessions explore strategies and lessons learned to continue providing trauma informed services to victims while ensuring first responders are healthy and resilient.

    Target Audience: Law enforcement officers, first responder personnel, and victim advocates/victim services personnel

    Overall Objective: To provide information on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the victim advocacy field and vicarious trauma response strategies.

    Project Funding Provided By: The Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime.

    Includes: A series of virtual listening sessions featuring discussions between subject matter experts, including IACP President Chief Steven R. Casstevens, that provide law enforcement officers, first responder personnel, and victim advocates with information on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and vicarious trauma response strategies.

  • Grief & Loss in Law Enforcement: Helping Officers and Agencies Recover and Heal

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    Understanding the effects of grief, signs of complicated grief, and strategies that can be supportive after a loss is critical for officers to continue to be able to do their work effectively. Implementing policies and programs to help officers recognize and access appropriate supports to process the pain from grief and loss can help officers heal and agencies to continue to operate. This webinar will present both agency and individual best practices that can help officers heal and grow from grief and loss. Officers, command staff, law enforcement employee assistance program personnel, officer safety and wellness staff, and mental health professionals all have a role to play in helping individuals and agencies struggling with these issues and are encouraged to attend.

    Understanding the effects of grief, signs of complicated grief, and strategies that can be supportive after a loss is critical for officers to continue to be able to do their work effectively. Implementing policies and programs to help officers recognize and access appropriate supports to process the pain from grief and loss can help officers heal and agencies to continue to operate. This webinar will present both agency and individual best practices that can help officers heal and grow from grief and loss. Officers, command staff, law enforcement employee assistance program personnel, officer safety and wellness staff, and mental health professionals all have a role to play in helping individuals and agencies struggling with these issues and are encouraged to attend.

    Target Audience: Law enforcement professionals

    Overall Objective: To provide agencies and individuals with best practices that can help officers heal and grow from grief and loss

    Project Funding Provided By: Bureau of Justice Assistance

    Includes: A webinar featuring subject matter experts discussing strategies to help officers heal and grow from grief and loss

    Robert A. Swartz

    Detective/Director

    Taunton, Massachusetts, Police Department /Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council CISM

    Detective Robert Swartz is a 32-year Law Enforcement veteran. Swartz is currently assigned to the City of Taunton Massachusetts Police Department’s Detective Division.  In addition, Detective Swartz was a key participant in the creation of the Southeastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council’s Critical Incident Stress Management and Peer Support Team.  Swartz has served as the Director/Commander since the team’s inception. He is personally familiar with trauma and the result of exposure and is a certified instructor in Critical Incident Stress Management.

    Lewis Schlosser, PhD

    Police Psychologist

    The Institute for Forensic Psychology

    Lewis Z. Schlosser, PhD, ABPP, is the managing partner at the Institute for Forensic Psychology, which is a police and public safety focused specialty practice based in Oakland, New Jersey. Dr. Schlosser is a licensed psychologist in New York (#16482), New Jersey (#4822), and Maine (PS2163). He is Board Certified in Police and Public Safety Psychology (#8539) and Counseling Psychology (#6558) by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He is a former tenured Associate Professor at Seton Hall University and former in-house Director of Psychological Services for the New York City Correction Department. Dr. Schlosser has conducted over 10,000 law enforcement psychological evaluations, including pre-employment, promotional, and fitness for duty evaluations. He provides training to police personnel on a variety of topics related to officer mental health, with special expertise in officer wellness and fitness for duty.Dr. Schlosser is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Police Psychological Services Section. He currently serves on the Executive Board of the Police Psychological Services Section as the General Chair. Dr. Schlosser is also an affiliate member of the New Jersey State Association of Chiefs of Police and the Bergen County Police Chief's Association. He was recently named as the first Chief Psychologist for the New Jersey Association of Chiefs of Police. He is a member of the New Jersey Police Surgeons. Dr. Schlosser is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.Dr. Schlosser earned his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, his Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, and his PhD in Counseling Psychology, all from the University of Maryland at College Park.

  • Digital Assets Managing Cost, Capacity, Risk, and Integrity

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This conference workshop presentation features a panel that examines a range of compelling cases and promising approaches to help police leaders better understand digital information best practices to address shrinking resources.

    This conference workshop presentation features a panel that examines a range of compelling cases and promising approaches to help police leaders better understand digital information best practices to address shrinking resources. Police digital retention demands integrity, whether operational or administrative. With increases of records, evidence, video capture, digitization of operations and training, department digital storage costs and cyber risk exposure are driven up. Police budgets are shrinking due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the scrutiny of police use of technology, resulting in public calls for criminal justice reform.

    Craig Allen

    Lieutenant Colonel, Chief Fiscal Officer, State Purchasing Officer (Ret.)

    Illinois State Police

    James Emerson

    Vice President

    National White Collar Crime Center

    Lt. Colonel James J. Emerson, USMC (Ret.), is Vice President at the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).  Jim has more than 42 years of law enforcement and security experience, encompassing a wide spectrum of national security and public safety disciplines with a 17 year focus on cybercrime investigation, computer forensics, and related criminal intelligence. In addition to holding numerous certifications in cybersecurity and digital forensics, Jim has presented both evidence and expert testimony related to digital evidence in US Federal Court and trained law enforcement executives, criminal investigators, and prosecutors regarding digital evidence and forensics. Jim has been the Chairman of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Computer Crime and Digital Evidence Committee for over ten years and currently serves on a NCMEC task force to their Advisory Council.

    Thomas Ruocco

    Chief, Criminal Investigations

    Texas Department of Public Safety

    Mr. Ruocco is Chief of the Criminal Investigations Division at the Texas Department of Public Safety. He oversees 832 employees statewide that conduct criminal enterprise investigations targeting those organized criminal groups that constitute the greatest threat to Texas. This includes programs focused on drug trafficking, human trafficking, gang activity and other specialized investigations such as fraud, cargo theft, human smuggling, vehicle theft and illegal gambling. CID works closely with local, state, and federal agencies to identify and arrest high threat criminals such as sex offenders and other violent fugitives. CID also provides technical investigative support both within the Department and to other law enforcement agencies. Mr. Ruocco is a member of the International Association of the Chiefs of Police, where he serves as the chairperson of the Police Investigative Operations Committee; Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies, where he served as chairperson of the Human Trafficking Committee; Criminal Intelligence Coordination Council, where he serves as the vice chairperson. He was also a member of the National Domestic Communications Assistance Center, where he served on the executive advisory board; the National Association of Missing and Exploited Children, where he served on the advisory board; and the Presidential Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice, where he served as the Co-Chairman of the Technology Working Group. Mr. Ruocco is the former FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the San Antonio Division, Austin Resident Agency. In this capacity, his duties included management and oversight of the Austin Resident Agency, Waco Resident Agency, and the Counterterrorism Program. In July 2008 Mr. Ruocco retired from the FBI.In February 2009 Mr. Ruocco began his employment with the Texas Department of Public Safety, when he was appointed chief of the Criminal Law Enforcement Division.

    Zhivago Dames

    Chief Superintendent

    Royal Bahamas Police Force

    Zhivago H. Dames enlisted in the Royal Bahamas Police Force on August 13th, 1990. His exemplary service, dedication, loyalty, and commitment to his organization propelled him through the ranks, leading up to his current rank, Chief Superintendent of Police. He is the Officer-In-Charge of the Cable Beach Division and Covid-19 Enforcement Unit. Further, his responsibilities include a supervisory and oversight role in negotiations and implementation of major governmental initiatives. Examples are RBPF contract with Motorola for an upgrade and maintenance of Astron Digital Trunking and 919 Systems; ShotSpotter Technology; implementation of RBPF Real-Time Crime Center. Chief Superintendent Dames is an active member of the International Association of Chief of Police (IACP) and a member of IACP's Communication and Technology Committee. He is the proud recipient of the Police Force Medals for Meritorious Service, Long Service and Good Conduct. He has an Associate's and Bachelor of Arts Degree in Information Technology from Atlantic College and an MBA from Barry University in Miami. He is married and is the father of four children. Along with his family, he worships at Five Porches of Deliverance Centre Apostolic Tabernacle Church, where he holds the office of Pastor of Special Projects.

  • Cybersecurity for the Small Law Enforcement Agency

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This conference workshop presentation discusses practical guidance and realistic best practices, along with down-to-earth suggestions on how to best address cybersecurity issues, including an introduction to the NIST cybersecurity framework.

    This conference workshop presentation discusses practical guidance and realistic best practices, along with down-to-earth suggestions on how to best address cybersecurity issues, including an introduction to the NIST cybersecurity framework. A non-technical discussion of key concepts a chief must understand to effectively mitigate current cybersecurity and ransomware threats. One of the most common misconceptions is that defending against these threats is costly. But that does not have to be the case if cybersecurity is addressed with some basic best practices and some knowledge.

    Ciro Cetrangolo, CISSP

    Chief of Police

    Village of Richmond, Illinois, Police Department

    Ciro Cetrangolo, CISSP is an information security consultant, published author, instructor, and speaker with over 30 years of experience consulting in IT and security. He has been providing both strategic and technical guidance to both businesses and units of government. In addition, Ciro also has over 25 years of experience in law enforcement, having served in multiple specialties and assignments while working up through the ranks and proudly currently serves his jurisdiction as the Chief of Police.When he?s not serving his community or his clients, he enjoys spending time with his family and his two German Shepherd dogs.

  • Law Enforcement Cyber Center: “A Valuable Resource for Investigators”

    Contains 2 Component(s), Includes Credits

    This conference workshop presentation asks viewers to navigate the LECC website as the panelists explain the many valuable resources that can be utilized.

    This conference workshop presentation asks viewers to navigate the LECC website as the panelists explain the many valuable resources that can be utilized. The Law Enforcement Cyber Center (LECC) was developed to enhance the awareness, expand the education, and build the capacity of justice and public safety agencies to prevent, investigate, prosecute, and respond to cyber threats and cybercrimes. The LECC is a collaborative project between the IACP, NW3C, and PERF and is funded through the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

    Jeff Lybarger

    Associate Vice President

    National White Collar Crime Center

    Mr. Lybarger is an Associate Vice President at the National White Collar Crime Center. In this capacity, he is responsible for managing the daily operations of the training section, grant management, and oversight of NW3C training personnel. Prior to this position, Mr. Lybarger supervised the High-Tech Crime Section within NW3C where he oversaw the development and delivery of digital forensics and cybercrime courses to law enforcement agencies nationwide. Mr. Lybarger also spent 12 years as a Training Instructor for NW3C teaching classes on Financial Crime Investigations and Intelligence Analysis. Before he joined the Training Division of NW3C, Mr. Lybarger worked as an Internet Crime Analyst reviewing and analyzing Internet crime related com-plaints and assisting law enforcement agencies with investigations.  Mr. Lybarger holds a bachelor's and master's degree from West Virginia University 

    Jim Emerson

    LTC (Ret.) Marines, US Vice President

    National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C)

    Ryan Daugirda

    Project Manager

    IACP

    Ryan Daugirda joined the IACP in 2009 and currently serves as a Project Manager working on various initiatives such as the Law Enforcement Cyber Center (LECC), National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X), Response to Transnational Elder Fraud, and the IACP Technology Conference. He also serves as staff liason to the Law Enforcement Information & Technology (LEIT) Section and has served on the AAMVA License Plate Standards and License Plate Reader Working Groups. Ryan holds a Master?s Degree in Homeland Security-Geospatial Intelligence and a Bachelor?s Degree in Crime, Law, & Justice from the Pennsylvania State University.

    Jessica Tolliver

    Director of Technical Services

    Police Executive Research Forum (PERF)