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 H. 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: De-Escalation: Current Trends on Use of Force Training
Speaker:  Mr. Eric Daigle, Esq., Daigle Law Group, LLC
Scheduled: Monday, April 29; 1:15 pm – 2:30 pm
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 #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: Small Group Culture: Leadership Lessons from My Lai Vietnam
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: Burning Shield
Speaker: Mr. Jason Schechterle, Retired Phoenix Police Officer
Scheduled: Wednesday, May 1; 8:30 am – 9:45 am
Bio: After serving four years in the Air Force, at the age 26, Jason achieved his goal to work on the streets of Phoenix as a rookie police officer. Then, only 14 months into his career, Jason’s life took an unexpected tragic turn. On the night of March 26th, 2001, a taxi cab crashed into the rear of Jason’s patrol car. Upon impact, Jason’s car burst into flames, trapping him inside.

Through a series of miraculous and fateful circumstances, Jason survived the crash and ensuing physical and emotional catastrophe. He suffered severe burns to over 40% of his body which drastically altered his appearance. He has undergone more than 50 surgeries just to have the ability to accomplish simple daily tasks we often take for granted.

Jason’s journey chronicles his fight for life, his triumph over tragedy and the inspiration that enables him to continue to overcome unimaginable adversity. His personal narrative exemplifies that the power of the human spirit can never be underestimated or extinguished.

Plenary Session #9
Topic: Importance of Mobile Digital Evidence on Criminal Cases
Speaker: Mr. Buddy Tidwell, Vice President of Global Training, Cellebrite
Scheduled:  Wednesday, May 1; 10:15 am – 11:30 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 #10
Topic: Communicating When It Matters: How to avoid misinformation during large events and critical incidents
Speaker: Judy Pal, FBI-LEEDA Media and Public Relations Instructor
Scheduled: Wednesday, May 1; 1:15 pm –   2:30 pm

This presentation covers strategies and tactics to help inform, engage and empower your community during crises. Departments can be proactive before, during and after an event to avoid misinformation, including creating communications plans and setting the tone beforehand, communicating rapidly during the event, and taking steps to help staff and your community recover afterwards.  Most agencies prepare tactical operational plans in advance of an event or for critical incidents, this presentation provides practical take-aways for ensuring timely and factual communication to your community through both traditional and social media to help recover and maintain or regain trust afterwards.

Bio: With more than 30 years’ experience, Judy Pal has served in management and public relations positions for public safety, government, and the professional sports and entertainment industry in both Canada and the United States. A former broadcast journalist and news anchor; Judy has served in management and executive staff positions with law enforcement across North America. She has extensive experience dealing with sensitive, image‐threatening issues including criminal conduct of police officers, international scandal, and acts of terrorism. Prior to embarking on a full‐time teaching and consulting career, she served as an Assistant Commissioner with the NYPD, Director of Operations for the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI‐LEEDA) Chief of Staff with the Baltimore and Milwaukee Police Departments, and was a member of the command staff of the Atlanta, Savannah and Halifax (Canada) police departments. She also worked in the private sector with former NYPD Commissioner William J. Bratton working on international law enforcement projects with the Government of Chile and the Trinidad & Tobago Police Service. She has spoken at events across North America, as well as Australia, Uruguay and Manila. She is a regular instructor for FBI Regional Command Colleges across the country, FBI‐LEEDA, the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration in Texas, and is proud to have conducted training for thousands of law enforcement professionals, including commanders with the NYPD.Pal is a past president of the National Information Officers Association and is a former columnist with The Insighter magazine of FBI‐LEEDA and Blue Line Magazine, the national law enforcement publication in Canada. She authored a guide entitled, Preparing for Crisis: A First Responder’s Guide to Messaging When it Really Matters (available on Amazon), a chapter on media relations in the Air Medical Physician’s Association Principals and Directions of Air Medical Transport (2012, 2007) and served as a subject matter expert editor for the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors publication, Response to a High-Profile Tragic Event Involving a Person with a Severe Mental Illness (2010).

Pal began her career in professional sports, working with the Stanley Cup-winning Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League before joining the Edmonton‐based Canadian affiliate of Ogilvy‐Mather as a consultant. She moved to the east coast to pursue broadcast journalism with Global Television, serving as a program host, anchor, producer and reporter before moving to law enforcement.

Upon moving to the U.S., Pal worked with Madison Square Garden as the Public Relations Director for the Hartford Civic Center, Rentschler Field and the minor league affiliate of the New York Rangers before returning to law enforcement.

Pal holds a Masters of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University and earned her Certificate in Police Leadership from Dalhousie University, both in Canada.

Plenary Session #11
Topic: Touching the Dragon
Speaker: Mr. James Hatch, Founder, Spikes K9 Fund
Scheduled: Wednesday, May 1; 2:45 pm – 4:15 pm
Bio: James Hatch, a retired wounded veteran, is the founder and president of both Spikes Consulting and Spikes K9 Fund, a non-profit dedicated to raising funds for better gear for our service dogs to after-care when they become sick or injured. James served for more than 25 years in the US Navy, 22 of those years with the SEAL Teams, and several as a Team Leader of an elite group of SEALs based in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Today, James continues to serve by imparting his hard-earned lessons learned from his career and personal experience around the world at a multitude of speaking engagements. His audiences range from enlisted sailors about to deploy to hedge fund managers on Wall Street.

“While I was a member of the military I learned that I had a good ability to communicate and to convey difficult concepts clearly and efficiently. I was qualified as a “Master Training Specialist” which is a big word that means I completed all the necessary requirements to train other service-members in things like live close-quarters shooting and high altitude parachuting. I did multiple combat tours beginning in Bosnia in the 90’s and finishing up with multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan,” James recalls, “The period of my life post being wounded was probably the most difficult thing I’ve encountered and I learned, as I was merely a spectator at this point, that the human spirit is indeed something special.” Owing to that lived-experience, after every principle he was taught was pressure- tested in ways most of us never know, James relates the tenets of his own recovery and resilience in a compelling way that resonates with men and women, whether they have seen combat or only heard about it in the news.

Master of Ceremonies and Closing Banquet Keynote
Topic: Leading with Purpose
Speaker: Mr. Paul Butler, Paul Butler Presentations
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: