Education Descriptions

Speakers’ List*
(Speakers will be added as information becomes available; subject to change)

Plenary Session #1
Topic: 21st Century Leadership
Speaker: Commissioner Charles A. Ramsey (Ret.), Philadelphia Police Department
Scheduled: Monday, April 29; 10:15 am – 11:45 am
Bio: Charles H. Ramsey is the former Police Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department, leading the fourth largest police department in the country with over 6,600 sworn members and 800 civilian members. His knowledge and experience spans over forty years in the law enforcement profession. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Commissioner Ramsey served in the Chicago Police Department for nearly three decades in a variety of assignments. He began his career in 1968, at the age of 18, as a Chicago Police cadet. He became a police officer in February 1971, and was promoted through the ranks, eventually serving as commander of patrol, detectives and narcotics units. In 1994, he was named Deputy Superintendent of the Bureau of Staff Services, where he managed the department’s education and training, research and development, labor affairs, crime prevention and professional counseling functions.

Prior to his current appointment in Philadelphia, he served as the Chief of Police of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department from 1998 to 2006. Ramsey was the longest serving chief of the Metropolitan Police Department since DC Home Rule and the second longest-serving in the Department’s history. Under then Chief Ramsey’s leadership, the Department regained its reputation as a national leader in urban policing. Crime rates declined by approximately 40 percent during his tenure, community policing and traffic safety programs were expanded, and MPDC recruiting and hiring standards, training, equipment, facilities and fleet were all dramatic upgraded. He also oversaw and participated in numerous high profile investigations and events in Washington DC, such as: The 1998 murders of two United States Capitol Police officers inside the U.S. Capitol Building; The Y2K National Celebration in Washington, DC; The International Monetary Fund/World Bank Protests in April, 2000; The Chandra Levy Murder Investigation, The 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, The 2001 Anthrax Attacks; The 2002 DC Sniper Investigation; The funeral of President Ronald W. Reagan and the 2001 and 2005 Presidential Inaugurations.

Commissioner Ramsey holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in criminal justice from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the National Executive Institute. After his retirement from the Washington DC Police Department, he served as a member of the Independent Commission on Security Forces of Iraq, led by now National Security Advisor General James L. Jones, and also led the group of law enforcement professionals that reviewed the Iraqi police forces which garnered international attention for their work. He completed the Executive Leadership Program at the Naval Postgraduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security in February 2008.  Commissioner Ramsey has lectured nationally on community policing and is seen as an expert in the area of policing and homeland security. He currently serves as President of the Police Executive Research Forum, First Vice President of the Major Cities Chiefs, and is a member of the Executive Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He now serves on the National Advisory Council for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), comprising experts in the field of emergency preparedness, management and response.


Plenary Session # 2
 Topic: Women Executive Leadership
Speaker:  Lieutenant General Nadja West, Surgeon General of the U.S. Army and Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Command
Scheduled: Monday, April 29; 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
Bio: Lt. Gen. Nadja Y. West is the 44th Surgeon General of the United States Army and Commanding General, US Army Medical Command.

West is a graduate of the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering. She earned a Doctorate of Medicine Degree from George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC.

She completed her internship and residency in Family Medicine at Martin Army Hospital, Fort Benning, GA. During this assignment, she deployed to Operation Desert Shield with the 197th Infantry BDE, 24th ID, and was attached to the 2/69th Armor BN during Desert Storm. She then served at Blanchfield Army Hospital, Fort Campbell, KY as a staff family physician and then Officer in Charge of the Aviation Medicine Clinic. She also participated in a medical mission with the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne).

West completed a second residency in dermatology at Fitzsimons Army Medical Center and University of Colorado Medical Center in Denver, CO. She then served as Chief, Dermatology Service at Heidelberg Army Hospital, Germany. West then served as Division Surgeon of the 1st AD, Bad Kreuznach, Germany; deploying to the former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia and Kosovo as Deputy Task Force Surgeon.

West served as Chief, Department of Medicine and Dermatology Service at 121st General Hospital in Seoul, Republic of Korea. West then commanded McDonald Army Community Hospital, Fort Eustis, VA. After command she served as Deputy Commander for Integration at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. She then served as J-3, Director of Operations, Joint Task Force National Capital Regional Medical. Next, she commanded Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg and went on to serve as Commanding General, Europe Regional Medical Command.

West served as Deputy Chief of Staff, G1/4/6, Office of the Surgeon General, Falls Church, VA. Her most recent assignment was Joint Staff Surgeon at the Pentagon. As Joint Staff Surgeon she served as chief medical advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and coordinated all Health Services issues related to include operational medicine, force health protection, and readiness within the US military.

West completed the Army Medical Department Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, and also graduated from the Army Command and General Staff College and the National War College.

Her awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, NATO Medal, Combat Medical Badge, Flight Surgeon Badge, Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and Gold German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge. She is a member of the Order of Military Medical Merit, Order of Saint Christopher, a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Academy of Family Practice.


Plenary Session #3
Topic: Community Partnerships
Speaker: Commissioner James P. O’Neill, New York Police Department
Scheduled: Monday, April 29; 2:45 pm – 4:00 pm
Bio: James P. O’Neill was appointed the 43rd police commissioner of the City of New York by Mayor Bill de Blasio in September 2016. He had served previously as chief of department, the NYPD’s highest uniformed rank. He was instrumental in developing neighborhood policing, which is renewing and recasting the NYPD’s patrol function to provide greater police and community interaction and collaboration.  Widely experienced in both the patrol and the investigative sides of the department, Commissioner O’Neill is a hands-on police practitioner and a dedicated police reformer. He speaks with urgency about the need for police to evolve if they are to succeed in connecting with communities, and about keeping people safe in the 21st century.  Police Commissioner O’Neill began his law enforcement career in 1983 with the Transit Police, which was then an independent police department. He credits his time on patrol on the trains and platforms of the subway system with helping him learn how to interact and communicate with a wide range of people, a skill he regards as essential to successful police work. He had risen to lieutenant by the time of the 1995 merger of the Transit Police with the NYPD.  As a lieutenant in the NYPD, he worked at the police academy and the warrant squad before being promoted to captain and executive officer in the 52nd Precinct in the northern Bronx. He served as the commanding officer of three successive precincts: Central Park, the 25th Precinct in eastern Harlem, and the 44th Precinct in the western Bronx. He was C.O. of the 25th Precinct during the attacks of September 11th and remembers being proud of the way his fellow officers from all across the department came together to help and protect people during that crisis.  It was as C.O. of the 44th Precinct, one of the busier commands in the city, that Commissioner O’Neill began to think seriously about reforming the NYPD patrol model. The precinct workload in the NYPD had long been divided between patrol officers who answered a steady stream of calls for service, and specialty officers who worked at correcting conditions and community outreach. As Commissioner O’Neill saw it, police departments had been asking their patrol officers to connect with community members for generations without ever giving them the time or the opportunity to do so. He envisioned a model with fewer specialists and more generalist officers, who answered calls, worked at problem-solving and local crime-fighting, and collaborated far more effectively with community members.

Promoted to inspector and then to deputy chief, Commissioner O’Neill moved to the investigative side of the department, serving tours as commanding officer of the Vice Division, the Narcotics Division, and the Fugitive Enforcement Division. He worked in all three divisions to keep cases focused on reducing crime and supporting the priorities of precinct commanders.  In March 2014, he was appointed commanding officer of Police Commissioner William Bratton’s office and played a key role in the department’s reengineering process, concentrating on operational reforms. As chief of patrol from June 2014, he began the development of neighborhood policing by anchoring officers in sectors and providing them with off-radio time to connect with community members and work at local problem-solving and crime-fighting.  He was appointed chief of department in December 2014, and early on in his term, he helped lead the department through the shock and mourning that followed the assassinations of Detectives Rafael Ramos and WenJian Liu.  Neighborhood policing—which is a crime-fighting plan above all else—has been implemented in more than half of New York City precincts, as well as all of the NYPD Housing Bureau police service areas and is serving more than three million New Yorkers. It is the largest, best-funded, best-staffed community-policing initiative ever undertaken in the United States. Commissioner O’Neill’s reforms are taking hold and will have a far-reaching and positive influence all across New York City.


Plenary Session #4
Topic: Never Stop on a Hill
Speaker: Commissioner Chris Lewis (Ret.), Ontario Provincial Police
Scheduled: Tuesday, April 30; 8:30 am – 9:45 am
Bio: Chris D. Lewis became Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) on August 1, 2010 assuming leadership of one of North America’s largest deployed police services. As Commissioner, he oversaw front-line policing, traffic and marine operations, emergency response and specialized and multi-jurisdictional investigations throughout the Province of Ontario, including service to 324 municipalities; 600,000 square miles of rural and urban territory, highways and waterways; delivered through almost 9,000 personnel.

After joining the OPP in 1978, Commissioner Lewis amassed a wealth of operational policing experience across Ontario, particularly in front-line service delivery, tactical operations and various investigative disciplines – including homicide; organized crime; polygraph examination and technical surveillance. He commanded the OPP’s Criminal Investigation Branch; Emergency Management Bureau; Investigation Bureau; Information Technology Bureau; and the Eastern Region, as well as long-term assignments to both the RCMP and to the Criminal Intelligence Service of Ontario.  He was also the Executive Lead for a number of high-profile events including major public protests; U.S. Presidential visits; and the OPP’s planning and preparation for the roll-over to the year 2000. From 2007 until his appointment as Commissioner, Lewis served as Deputy Commissioner of Field Operations.  Lewis retired from the OPP on March 31st, 2014, but continues to lecture on leadership and policing issues, across North America. He has authored numerous articles and in 2016 he published a book on leadership, entitled: Never Stop on a Hill, the profits from which are entirely committed to Special Olympics Ontario. He is currently the Public Safety Analyst for the CTV Television Network, appearing regularly in local and national news stories.


Plenary Session #5
Topic: Digital Video Evidence: Critical Implications for the Police Investigator
Speakers: Mr. Grant Fredericks, Founder, Forensic Video Solutions
Scheduled: Tuesday, April 30; 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Bio: Grant Fredericks is a contract instructor of video sciences at the FBI National Academy and is one of the most experienced video experts in North America. Grant is a Certified Forensic Video Analyst, who has testified as an expert witness over 300 times in courts at all levels. He is recognized as a leading instructor in the science of Photographic/Video Comparison, Reverse Projection and Vehicle Speed Analysis. 

Grant is a former police officer and coordinator of the Vancouver Police Forensic Video Unit in Canada.  For many years, he was an adjunct instructor of Forensic Video Analysis at the Digital Multimedia Evidence Processing Lab at the University of Indianapolis.  He has processed video evidence for criminal and civil investigations for nearly 30 years.


Plenary Session #6
Topic: Leadership and Self-Deception: Developing an Outward Mindset
Speaker: Major Charles Huth, Kansas City Police Department
Scheduled: Tuesday, April 30; 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Bio: In addition to serving as a senior consultant with Arbinger, Charles “Chip” Huth is a Major with the Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department. He has 26 years of law enforcement experience, commands KCPD’s Special Operations Division, and is the State of Missouri’s defensive tactics subject matter expert. He also consults for international law enforcement, military, and corporate clients. He formerly led the Street Crimes Unit Tactical Enforcement Squad and has planned, coordinated, and executed over 2500 high-risk tactical operations. Chip’s speeches are entertaining and inspiring, linking his law enforcement experiences with Arbinger principles. He leads audiences through powerful stories, weaving in lessons about mindset change and answering the question, “How does this mindset stuff work in real life?” His energy and the applicability of his stories leave audiences excited and motivated to create change in their lives and work. Chip regularly gives keynotes and other presentations to law enforcement, corporate, government, and other audiences. A few of these engagements include speeches at TEDx, WINx, police departments nationwide, U.S. Army Medical Command, and U.S. Air Force Aviation Commands. Chip is also an accomplished author: He co-wrote Unleashing the Power of Unconditional Respect—Transforming Law Enforcement and Police Training, a textbook used in officer development and graduate programs. Chip has a bachelor’s degree in multi-disciplinary studies from Grantham University and an associate’s degree in political science from Park University. He is the former president of the National Law Enforcement Training Center, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to delivering effective training to the international law enforcement, corrections, security, and military communities. He has 35 years of experience in martial arts and is a veteran of the U.S. Army.


Plenary Session #7
Topic: Leadership Lessons from My Lai
Speaker: Chief Jim Cervera, Virginia Beach Police Department
Scheduled: Tuesday, April 30; 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm
Bio James A. (Jim) Cervera was appointed Chief of Police by City Manager James K. Spore effective September 1, 2010.  After having served two years with the Montclair, New Jersey Police Department, Jim joined the department in 1978 and was promoted through the ranks.  As a sergeant, he served as a SWAT team leader; as a lieutenant, he was assigned to the Labor Day Task Force, and as a captain, he commanded the Second Precinct.  He also has held posts in Professional Development and Training and assignments on the Chief’s Staff.  He was appointed Deputy Chief of Operations in 2000. During his years as Deputy Chief, he supervised the Operations Division and the Investigative Division. 

During his tenure, he has been instrumental in developing and implementing the city’s gang prevention program. He authored and secured a series of grants for a community policing program, then coordinated and supervised its implementation. He also introduced the COMPSTAT program to the department, which uses GIS technology to map crime and identify problems, brings precinct commanders together to discuss the problems and devise strategies to solve those problems and to reduce crime. As Chief, he reorganized the department and developed the Professional Standards Division. He is a leader in community policing and holds positions with a number of organizations including The Hampton Roads Community Foundation, The State Department of Criminal Justice Services and is a Board member of the Major City Chiefs Association.  Jim was also appointed to Governor Bob McDonald’s and Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Transition Teams. ​Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from St. Leo University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Old Dominion University.  He graduated from the FBI National Academy 171 session in Quantico, VA, the Police Executive Leadership School at the University of Richmond, the University of Virginia’s Senior Executive Institute, the Senior Management Program in Policing from Boston University, and the National Executive Institute.


Plenary Session #8
Topic: Importance of Mobile Digital Evidence on Criminal Cases
Speaker: Mr. Buddy Tidwell, Vice President of Global Training, Cellebrite
Scheduled:  Wednesday, May 1; 8:30 am – 9:45 am
Bio: Buddy Tidwell is serving as the driving force behind the Cellebrite Academy. Formerly a career Police Detective and master forensic instructor for a major computer forensic software company, Buddy served as a Forensic Lab Manager and Senior Computer Forensic Examiner at the Joint Computer Forensics Lab for Law Enforcement in Middle Tennessee recovering data from Computers, Mobile Devices, and other electronic mediums.  With a long and credentialed career in law enforcement and computer/mobile forensics, he served as a lead investigator in hundreds of Cyber Crime incidents and complex felony investigations. He has testified in US Federal, State, and Local Courts as a recognized expert in the field of digital forensics. Buddy regularly provides training to law enforcement agencies in the investigation of computer and mobile device-related offenses, and the recovery of digital evidence and serves as a member of the Computer Crimes and Digital Evidence (CCDE) Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP.) Buddy holds credentials as an IACIS Certified Computer Forensic Examiner; a Cellebrite Certified Instructor and Mobile Device Examiner (CCME) and is a member of the High Tech Crime Investigators Association.
Description: Mobile devices are the most prolific source of evidence available to police investigators today. Mobile devices have gone far beyond the bounds of telephony and now serve as mobile computers, cameras, video capture, and storage devices, GPS devices and location repositories, social media portals and contain a myriad of other items of critical importance in investigations. This engaging seminar demonstrates that mobile evidence can be easily destroyed or mishandled and requires some special training and evidence handling to maintain its integrity and become admissible in criminal proceedings. This session considers the value of hybrid-training for the mobile forensic specialist and the first responder, in a world where there are more active cellular phones on networks than there are people on the planet.


Plenary Session #9
Topic: Legal Update
Speaker: Mr. Eric Daigle, Esq., Daigle Law Group, LLC
Scheduled: Wednesday, May 1; 10:15 am – 11:30 am
Bio Eric P. Daigle practices civil litigation in federal and state courts, with an emphasis on municipalities and public officials. His experience includes defending municipal clients in civil rights actions, including police misconduct litigation and employment actions, as well as premises and general tort liability. Attorney Daigle also defends the rights of officers charged with criminal acts and has brought civil actions against those who have violated the legal rights of officers.

Attorney Daigle acts as a legal advisor to police departments across the Country. He provides legal advice to law enforcement command staff and officers in the areas of legal liability, internal affairs, discipline, policy drafting, employment issues, use of force, laws of arrest, and search and seizure. His experience focuses on officers’ use of force, specifically in the training, investigation, and supervision of force, as well as deadly force incidents involving law enforcement.

 Attorney Daigle acts in his capacity as a Law Enforcement Consultant providing guidance and oversight to department command staff on operations, organizational structure and risk management. Many departments have retained Attorney Daigle to assist with the review, development, and revision of department policies to maintain and reflect current police practices. Attorney Daigle has served as a member of independent monitoring teams and acts as an auditor in reviewing police department organizational compliance with procedural revisions directed or overseen by the Federal court system.

From 1992 to 2002, Attorney Daigle worked for the Connecticut State Police, during which time he spent many years as a detective assigned to investigative units. His experience included leading investigations; processing crime scenes for the collection of forensic evidence; and preparing cases for prosecution. Attorney Daigle is currently assigned as a reserve officer and maintains his Connecticut Police certification. 

Attorney Daigle conducted training nationally on critical legal issues including operational management, use of force and force investigations, internal affairs operations, First Amendment Rights and Fourth Amendment application. Attorney Daigle is a CT POST approved instructor who provides legal training to law enforcement officers throughout the state for recruit and in-service training.

Attorney Daigle is General Counsel for FBI- Law Enforcement Executive Development Association and a member of their instructor cadre teaching Supervisory Liability. He is General Counsel for the National Internal Affairs Investigators Association (NIAIA) He is a member of the Board of Directors for American for Effective Law Enforcement (AELE), he holds his Certified Litigation Specialist Certificate and is a member of their instructor cadre He is the past Chairman of the IACP Legal Officers Section and instructs at the IACP conference. Attorney Daigle is the Chairman of the Legal Section for the National Tactical Officers Association (NTOA) and is a member of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) where he holds the Certified Practitioner of Oversight from NACOLE. He has completed the Force Science Institute Certification and Advanced Specialist training programs.

Attorney Daigle is a member of the Connecticut Chiefs of Police Association and on the Board of Directors. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and is also a Past President of the New Britain Bar Association.



Plenary Session #10
Topic: Media Relations
Speaker: Deputy Commissioner John Miller, New York Police Department
Scheduled: Wednesday, May 1; 1:15 pm –   2:30 pm
Bio: John Miller was appointed Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism on Jan 8, 2014 by Police Commissioner William J. Bratton.

Deputy Commissioner Miller oversees both the NYPD’s Intelligence Bureau which is responsible for intelligence collection and analysis as well as the NYPD’s Counterterrorism Bureau operations, including the partnership in the FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorism Task Force, the nation’s first and largest JTTF.

Deputy Commissioner Miller is the former Deputy Director of the Intelligence Analysis Division at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI). Prior to service with the ODNI, He served as Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), heading the Office of Public Affairs and serving as the FBI’s National Spokesman. In addition, Deputy Commissioner Miller was the accountable executive for developing the Strategy Performance Sessions (SPS) lead by Director Robert Mueller. The SPS is similar to the Compstat system used by major police agencies.  Before joining the FBI, Deputy Commissioner Miller was the Commanding Officer, Counter Terrorism and Criminal Intelligence Bureau of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). Prior to the LAPD, he served as the NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner, Public Information.

Along with his service in law enforcement and intelligence, Deputy Commissioner Miller was a well-known journalist and author. He is the winner of eleven Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards and two DuPont Awards. He has served as an instructor at the FBI National Executive Institute and for the Defense Intelligence Agency Advanced Counterterrorism Analysis Course.


Plenary Session #11
Topic: Leading with Purpose
Speaker: Mr. Paul Butler, Paul Butler Presentations
Scheduled: Wednesday, May 1; 2:45 pm –   4:15 pm
Bio: Paul Butler is a speaker, presenter, instructor, and entertainer. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with a concentration in Culture and Communication, as well as an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He excels in the areas of motivation, leadership, customer service, and attitude empowerment. During his 27 years of law enforcement, he has been a public servant, training officer, sergeant, crisis negotiator, chief of police, and chief deputy. These opportunities have given him a unique perspective on a vast array of situations and circumstances that many people find themselves in every day. These experiences have helped him to develop the answers to questions and cures to problems most people are facing at work and in life on a continual basis.

Paul became the chief of police of the Aynor Police Department at 22 years of age, making him the youngest police chief in the history of South Carolina. Born and raised on a small farm, his parents served as examples of hard work, common sense, personal responsibility, and respect for self and others.  This has played heavily in his success in life and within each organization in which he has served.  He believes the power of a positive attitude can take you to the top or help you simply find happiness and pride in the current role you fill. A healthy attitude is often the key to both personal and professional success – this has certainly been the key to Paul’s success.

As Chief Deputy of the Horry County Sheriff’s Office, he was selected to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 2005 for the 220th Session. This 10-week, executive level course was host to 250 attendees from all 50 states and 29 countries around the world. Paul was selected by his class to be their graduation day speaker alongside then-FBI Director Robert Mueller. He continues to serve on the national level with the FBI National Academy Associates as their official Master of Ceremonies. He has performed with them in Orlando, Philadelphia, Seattle, St. Louis, Washington, D.C., Quebec City, and is already scheduled to appear in Phoenix in 2019.

To increase his outreach, Paul Butler Presentations was formed and he has been traveling the nation speaking, instructing, and entertaining for all types of groups, organizations, and events. He is consistently one of the highest-rated presenters on the market today and comes with strong references and a list of past and future, exciting events on his website:


Closing Banquet Keynote
Speaker: Chief Anne Kirkpatrick, Oakland Police Department
Bio: Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Chief Anne E. Kirkpatrick is a 34- year veteran law enforcement leader. Chief Kirkpatrick is the chief of police for the Oakland (California) Police Department. She previously worked for the Chicago Police Department as Chief of the Bureau of Organizational Development. Kirkpatrick was responsible for the Chicago Police Academy and all police training, Policy and Research Development, and the Integrity and Stop Data sections. She has also served as Chief of Police for the Washington cities of Spokane, Federal Way and Ellensburg over 15 years of her career. She also held the post of Chief Deputy (Undersheriff) in King County, Washington.

Chief Kirkpatrick holds a BA in business administration, a master’s degree in counseling psychology, and a Juris Doctorate from Seattle University Law School. She is a graduate of the three top leadership schools of the FBI: The FBI National Academy, The FBI National Executive Institute, and the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development School. She has conducted trainings nationally on the topics of Procedural Justice, Implicit Bias and Executive Leadership.