Conference Sessions — Friday 8/19

Free Conference Sessions

Friday, August 19, 2022

Princeton PRESENTER: Thomas Lemmer, Secure 1776 - Public Safety Professional Resource, LLC
Illingen ROOM: North Pavilion 1

Public safety in America’s cities and towns relies heavily upon the strength of the police-community relationship. Public perceptions relative to police legitimacy and the appropriateness of police actions are greatly influenced by media coverage, particularly negative coverage. Contentious encounters involving the police, even in small numbers and spread across the country, when highlighted in the national media can create their own reality. Following the August 2014 officer-involved-shooting incident in Ferguson, Missouri, two threats to the police-community relationship began to grow dramatically. First, a false media narrative that the nation is suffering from an “epidemic of police violence.” Second, groups with deep political agendas have seized upon (and continue to grow) this narrative by weaponizing a core American value for fairness. During 2020, across America, seismic damage was inflicted upon the police-community relationship. The nation’s police officers were cast by increasingly successful political forces into the role of "them"- that is to say, the police profession is to an alarming degree being separated from the communities it serves. Whenever the police are viewed as separate and apart from the community, the police will fail in their public safety efforts, disorder and violence will increase, and an increased frequency of incidents viewed as abuses of authority are inevitable. Both public officials and the public-at-large have been increasingly urged by activists (aided by the media and others) to view the police against a deliberately unattainable standard that can best be described as “tragedy-free” policing.

Within this changed policing environment are the management accountability principle at the foundation of CompStat still a best practice? How does this translate for smaller agencies? Accountability approaches must go beyond traditional activity measures. Experience from CompStat implementation by the presenter while a Deputy Chief for the Chicago Police Department identified the what can be described as the “Three R’s.” “Readiness,” examining factors relating to agency preparations to meet its assigned responsibilities. “Response,” examining factors relating to the agency’s activities and operations. “Reach,” examining factors relating to the agency’s internal staff utilization and coordination between agency units and with other agencies and the community. These “Three R’s” can improve external agency support. LEARNING OBJECTIVES:

The session will utilize a PowerPoint presentation to organize the concepts within a participatory lecture approach. Additionally, the participants will be shown brief video clips providing scenes which will allow them to observe and identify key learning concepts. The following four learning objectives will be met.

  • Participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of “Tragedy-Free Policing,” a worldview that holds that: (a) the police should never take any actions that could cause harm; (b) their actions should never use any force; and (c) they must act without ever making a mistake.
  • Participants require an understanding of the impossibility of a "tragedy-free" policing as a standard, and the need to counter it through a continuing commitment to professionalism and community outreach.
  • Participants will be able to identify how management accountability approaches are essential to agency effectiveness by (a) improving operational capacity, (b) improving police-community relations, and (c) enhancing public safety.
  • Participants will explore how the fundamentals of large-agency CompStat processes are based on fundamentals that are scalable to even the smallest agencies.

PRESENTER: Chief Steve Petrilli, Normal Police Department
ROOM: North Pavilion 2/3

This class will provide fact-based information and debunk the numerous nutrition, health and wellness “fads” that exist. I will empower attendees with science-based information to make positive changes to their nutrition, fitness, and overall health. Attendees will leave this training session with the knowledge and resources to have better informed conversations with their personal physicians and ultimately become the best advocates for their own health optimization.

This course is designed for administrators/supervisors as well as line staff. This program is interactive and will take a commonsense approach to explaining the subject of health, wellness, and fitness. The training will cover in detail - not vague suggestive terms - how to build a successful wellness/fitness program for individuals as well as organizations.

The fitness programming portion of the class is appropriate for beginners as well as experienced practitioners. The topics covered include fitness best practices, workout programming, breathing exercises and how to begin a safe, effective workout routine immediately regardless of current fitness or skill level.


  • Insulin Resistance, Inflammation, Heart Health, Disease Prevention and how they are related.
  • Guidance to help attendees understand their own blood work and how it relates to overall health.
  • Employee Wellness Program development with a focus on Nutrition, Supplements, Fitness Training, Financial Planning and Mental Health Awareness.
  • How to gauge success in wellness/fitness programs to include pre- and post-testing
    options and how to fund them.
  • Nutrition instruction that will discuss in detail what to eat for reduction in bodily inflammation and health optimization. Macro nutrient based nutritional protocols will be an area of emphasis during class instruction.
  • How proper nutrition protocols directly relate to improved blood health markers, disease prevention, insulin response and reduction of bodily inflammation.
  • The importance of adequate sleep, stress reduction, hydration, and recovery.

PRESENTER: Sandra Stibbards, Camelot Investigations
ROOM: North Pavilion 4

All companies, agencies and individuals utilize the internet for research & open source investigations when preparing for EP details, conducting risk / threat assessments, due diligence, and for auditing your business or employees. The highest priority is to secure your identity, maintain privacy, keep your system safe, and protect your information. Prior to maneuvering in and out of websites and databases, be sure you're not giving up details about you and your business by providing vulnerabilities that could compromise your information. This session will offer resources, tools, and downloads to help secure your digital footprint. In addition, this course will teach you how to maneuver covertly and stay anonymous. Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops for a hands-on experience.


  • It is a priority to secure your online identity, systems, and activity prior to searching the internet. This course teaches you a defense in protecting your digital footprint.
  • Anonymizing your online activity allows for a safe environment for you and your company when utilizing the internet. It’s imperative for your personal and business security to have the knowledge to maneuver covertly and not leave a digital trail.
  • Securing the privacy of your websites and social media will assist in minimizing the digital footprint.

PRESENTER: Sara Sefried, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police/Illinois State Police
ROOM: North Pavilion 5

This training will introduce the realities of sex and labor trafficking and provide a foundation for your anti-trafficking efforts. An emphasis on taking a victim-centered, trauma-informed, and collaborative approach will be highlighted.

Sara Sefried is the coordinator of the Central Illinois Human Trafficking. Task Force, employed through a collaboration between the Illinois State Police and Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police. Sara is assigned to the Division of Criminal Investigations within the Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center.


  • Define sex and labor trafficking and understand the dynamics of each.
  • Recognize the vulnerabilities and indicators associated with sex and labor trafficking.
  • Become familiar with the importance of taking a trauma-informed and victim-centered approach.
  • Learn about the resources available and multi-disciplinary framework.

PRESENTERS: Michael Healy, Craig Carter, BKV Group
ROOM: North Pavilion 6

The Fridley Police Department and Fire Department recently moved into a state-of-the-art shared facility. The Police Station boasts a fire range, squad garage, detention area, evidence intake and storage spaces, various training spaces, and spacious staff areas. The Fire Station has six double-deep drive through apparatus bays, five bunks, indoor and outdoor hands-on training opportunities, living quarters, and administration offices. There are many shared spaces and opportunities for staff interaction, but some compromises were necessary as well.

Healy and Carter explain how the design process is changed when working with multiple-user groups and then focus on the finished project.

PRESENTER: Officer Jack Barba, Arson Dog Zoe, Bensenville Police Department
ROOM: Conference Room 1

The DuPage County Arson TaskForce is relied upon to assist many agencies with suspicious fires that occur in the county. Specially trained arson dogs often assist fire and police investigators with determining how fires started.While investigators could often take hours or days to sift through evidence, an arson dog can search a building in a matter of minutes.


  • Learn the process in which arson dogs are trained.
  • Arson dogs are able to identify between 30-60 different types of hydrocarbons, which are used to start fires.
  • Discover how arson dogs can use “scent discrimination.”

PRESENTER: Thomas Lemmer, Secure 1776 - Public Safety Professional Resource, LLC
ROOM: North Pavilion 1

When we first think about the topic of leadership, we often make an immediate association with a person holding a formal title. Yet leadership is a far more comprehensive concept, particularly in professions where lives can be on the line. Events in policing can spiral into crisis quickly, requiring immediate action to prevent or respond to tragedy. Such are leadership moments, even when no formal leader is on the scene. Each police officer, even those not holding a formal rank has the sworn duty to lead by example on two key levels. First, within the community that the officer serves. Second, among the other members of the officer’s unit, department, and profession. The best formal leaders understand that fundamentally, leadership is about persuasion. These leaders, draw upon their own informal (or relational) leadership abilities, and they do not rely upon the power of their rank alone to get others to act. They inspire. The best leaders understand that leadership is more than words – it is the full expression of all of their actions. They develop and draw upon the skills of those around them. They understand a fundamental truth – in life, none of us can do absolutely everything ourselves. This is true for the newest police officer, and for the chief of police. The best formal leaders seek to build a highly-effective organization, which is comprised of highly-effective individuals, performing at all-levels within the group. Each individual officer – for their part of the mission – is the "key piece of the puzzle” that makes it all work. It is a responsibility of those holding formal leadership positions, to help everyone within their organization understand this core principle. In policing, leadership is an all-levels responsibility. The course is presented by Chicago Police Department Deputy Chief Thomas Lemmer (Retired), where he served for more than 34 years. Overall, he has worked more than 40 years advancing public safety, and he holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Criminal Justice. For seven years he was an adjunct professor in the field of Criminal Justice at Loyola University Chicago. As a law enforcement supervisor, Lemmer served in several challenging settings. Additionally, he has two decades of experience directing, managing, and assessing other law enforcement supervisors and executives. As deputy chief, he led the Chicago Police Department’s management accountability processes, and authored the department’s formal CompStat directive. He has combined his academic studies, research abilities, university-level teaching, in-service police training experience with this supervisory expertise. From this background, he has provided training on problem-solving, all-levels leadership, supervisory engagement, and management accountability best practices. His training courses have been accepted by the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board Executive Institute.


The session will utilize a PowerPoint presentation to organize the concepts within a participatory lecture approach. Additionally, the participants will be shown brief video clips providing scenes which will allow them to observe and identify key learning concepts. The following four learning objectives will be met.

  • Participants will be able to articulate the distinction between formal and informal leadership and identify why the best formal leaders both: (a) draw upon their own informal leadership abilities, and (b) develop the informal leadership skills of others around them.
  • Participants will be able to distinguish between management activities that stifle all-levels leadership and approaches that foster a highly effective agency built on a foundation of leaders actively engaged at all levels.
  • Participants will be able to describe how all-levels leadership within their agency is essential to agency effectiveness by (a) improving operational capacity, (b) improving police-community relations, and (c) enhancing public safety.
  • Participants will be provided encouragement in fostering all-levels leadership in their own agency.

PRESENTERS: Patrick Hoey, Meg Krase, Carpentersville Police Department; Teresa Drewes, Angela Baiocchi, Northbrook Police Department; Rich Miller, Orland Park Police Department
ROOM: North Pavilion 2/3

Therapy K-9s are a valuable resource to any organization and will greatly assist Police Departments in day-to-day operations. The function of the Therapy K-9 is to provide interaction during investigations involving children or adults to reduce anxiety and increase communication between the adult or child victim/witness and investigators, to provide comfort for people during times of crisis, and to provide aid and comfort to individuals, groups and communities impacted by violence, tragedy, or traumatic events. A Therapy K-9 will also be a highly effective tool for helping Officers deal with the stress and impact of what they experience on the job.

A Therapy K-9 is also a valuable tool in fostering dialog and communications between the police department and the community we serve. A Therapy K-9 can effectively be used in the Department’s community policing efforts.

This breakout room will be a panel discussion regarding how 3 IL police departments are incorporating Therapy K9’s into their operations, the benefits, the drawbacks, the expenses and the lessons learned. This panel will moderated by Chief Patrick Hoey out of Carpentersville. Panel guests will be Officers Theresa Drewes and Angela Baiocchi from Northbrook police department (K9 Chloe), Social Worker Meg Krase from the Carpentersville Police Department (K9 Walter), and Officer Rich Miller from Orland Park Police Department (K9 Leo).

How 3 IL Police Departments are incorporating Therapy K9’s into their operations, the benefits, the drawbacks, the expenses and the lessons learned.

PRESENTER: Travis Hooker, CDO Executives LLC.
ROOM: North Pavilion 4

Define and discuss implicit and explicit biases. Provide a definition for culture. Provide a definition for the term religion. Recognize what it looks like when a person has a minority cultural heritage based on historical religious beliefs but may not be a practicing member of that religion and/or are of a different belief system. Define the term B.I.P.O.C- Black, Indigenous, People of Color and how it is used to describe specific added risks within the community who are also B.I.P.O.C. Use of words to deescalate and/or better interact with members of Minority Religions & Cultures community. Define High Context vs. Low Context Language. Identify the six main religions within the U.S. Discuss how they are similar and how they differ. Buddhism, Christianity, Hindu, Islam, Judaism, and Sikh. Discuss strategies to help identify the culture or religion and areas to avoid to inadvertently offend a person from that group. Discuss responses to reporting; Domestic Battery, Criminal Sexual Assault, Child Abuse, and Understanding the history of mistrusting law enforcement within these subgroups. Discuss community partnership, Chaplains programs, and ways to better interact with members of these minority religions & cultures. Working to building better community partnerships. Discuss updates related to US Civil Rights, IL Civil Rights, Hate Crimes, and Cultural Competency within the context of Minority Religions & Cultures community.

To better handle calls for service, crime prevention, and community bridge building with the minority culture and religious populace.

PRESENTER: Joseph Willis, First H.E.L.P. (aka Blue H.E.L.P.)
ROOM: North Pavilion 5

Wellness is an officer safety issue. Suicide outnumbers line of duty deaths year after year. But it is just the tip of the iceberg. Far more often than suicide, operational stress and trauma contribute to experience disciplinary issues, marital problems, health concerns, and a list of other challenges. First H.E.L.P.’s #ResponderReadiness program develops critical identification and intervention skills where they are needed most — as early as possible and as close to officer as possible.


The 50-Minute #ResponderReadiness Executive Presentation provides the following:


  • Define Stress and differentiate between two types of stress.
  • Recognize the effects of stress on physical and mental performance. 


  • Initiate an #IWillListen / #IWillTalk conversation.
  • Identify at least five resources that first responders in your agency can trun to for help.


  • Explore resilience and healthy habits.
  • Use First H.E.L.P.’s R.A.N.G.E. of resilience Skills on a regular basis and select an appropriate real-time resilience skill to manage acute stress.
  • Identify at least five resources that first responders in your agency can trun to for help.

PRESENTERS: Samuel-Louis Bandy, Vivian Main Bandy, Elsinore Security Services
ROOM: North Pavilion 6

A Brief Overview of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED). This wil include a brief history of the , concept and a review of the three basic elements as described by the late Tim Crowe in his writings. Examples of how CPTED can be applied and used in addition to other types of security measure.


  • Attendees will learn the three basic concepts that drive CPTED.
  • Attendees will see the value of using CPTED before, or in conjunction with, other types of basic physical security concepts.
  • Attendees will learn resources to further study this discipline, as well as other resources to enhance their knowledge of physical security (such as the Protection of Assets Manual) and how to integrate the ideas from both sources rather than create conflicts.

PRESENTER: Jason Wuestenberg, National Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors Association (NLEFIA)
ROOM: Bremen

This presentation will cover why firearms qualifications are necessary but often over-emphasised, when qualifications should be administered and when they should not, considerations for redesigning a qualification, and legal issues surrounding firearms qualification (case law and court litigation). Real world examples will be used for illustration.

Attendees will have a better understanding of the issues surrounding firearms qualifications and a foundation for conducting research for their own agency.

PRESENTER: Donald Zoufal, Crowz Nest Consulting, Inc.
ROOM: North Pavilion 1

Facial Biometrics are measurements of facial characteristics that can be used to identify an individual. Facial Biometrics are used every day by people who unlock their phone or start their car. What makes Facial Biometrics now a hot topic with polar opposite acceptance or rejection? While there is a vast amount of vendor rhetoric and legal concerns over what Facial Biometrics is, not only in the United States but across the world; companies and cities are weighing the options of Facial Biometrics to enhance security and reduce crime.. Fortunately, more scientific analysis like that conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) help cut through the confusion. Additionally there is a swirl of activity by governments nationally and internationally that are seeing to control Facial Biometrics. This session will examine the use of Facial Biometrics in several contexts including: access control, investigations and general surveillance. Discussions will focus on how Facial Biometrics can be successfully in those contexts. .Session participants will be engaged in an active discussion of Facial Biometric use , success and failures with time reserved for questions.


  • Understand the differing use cases of Facial Biometrics and the implications of those differences
  • Assess the legal and ethical issues raised by Faial Biometric use
  • Evaluate the implication of growing national and international legal and regulatory frameworks that ae being developed to address Facial Biometric use.

PRESENTER: Mark Bushhouse, Williams Architects
ROOM: North Pavilion 2/3

The average lifespan of a police facility is 40 to 50 years, although new facilities strive for 50 to 75 years. If your facility was built 40 years ago, many changes have occurred since it was first constructed. Amazing things have happened – just think, the Commodore 64 was released that same year with a whopping 64kb of RAM. Apple released the first iPhone in 2007, just 15 years ago! And these changes affect the work environment for your police officers. Whether building a new facility or exploring the option to make improvements to an existing facility, there are factors to consider to help ensure your facility can adapt to the ever-changing needs of your police staff and community.


  • Understand how improvements can provide a police station that is welcoming and inclusive to the community and staff alike.
  • Discover how technological changes impact the size and type of spaces needed to meet the changing needs of staff and citizens effectively.
  • Discuss trends in incorporating mental health/social worker professionals into a department and the facility

PRESENTER: Travis Hooker, CDO Executives LLC.
ROOM: North Pavilion 4

Discussing the upward trend of persons with ASD. Query as to if the numbers are getting higher or diagnosis just getting better. Define and discuss implicit and explicit biases as it relates to ASD. Use of words, tones, sight words and time to deescalate and/or better interact with members of Autistic community. Discuss updates related to US Civil Rights, IL Civil Rights, Hate Crimes, EEOC, ADA, and Cultural Competency within the context of the Autistic population. Increased Rates of Comorbidity with other conditions, High Rate of Unreported Abuse by Caregivers. Higher Rate of Victimization Per-Capita, Increased Risks of Persons of Color who are Autistic, Increased Rate of Prison Rape, Communication Issues and Misunderstanding Reactions to Stimuli. Discuss stimming. Avoid jargon and understanding using clear & concise questions. Statements and/or questions will be taken literally. Allow extra time for a response. Handling calls for service. Responding a “Wondering Call”. Risk assessments to include, Wondering, Medical needs, and Melt-down vs. Tantrum. Transporting a person with Autism; Caregiver transport, EMS transport, or L.E. transport. Partnering with Local Available Resources, identifying those in your community with Autism, Premise Alerts-If elected by caregiver and Frequent Interactions to build trust, calm, and less sensory overload. Discuss partnering with fire department, schools, social-service agencies, support groups to have regular interactions with members of the ASD community. These regularly scheduled interactions will help build trust, understanding and lead to better community partnerships.

To better handle calls for service, crime prevention, and community bridge building with Persons with Autism and their Caregivers.

PRESENTERS: Phillip DeRuntz, M.Ed. CBT, Jeffrey S Bedore, Lake County Health Department
ROOM: North Pavilion 5

This will be a 50 minute presentation incorporating an overview of the Mental Health First Aid for Law Enforcement curriculum and a discussion of practical applications by Law Enforcement in the field.

The goal of Mental Health First Aid training is to be able to quickly identify and appropriately respond to individuals with severe mental health disorders.

PRESENTER: Sev Meneshian, Public Retirement Planners
ROOM: North Pavilion 6

2022 has been a rough year in the stock market given we've had to content with Inflation, war, rising interest rates and the upcoming mid-term elections, among other things. We might not see the bottom of the market until 2023, so how can you protect your portiolio and take advantage of lower stock prices? Sev Meneshian is a Certified Financial Planner™ practitioner and will address these questions during his presentation.


  • How to protect your portfolio
  • How to take advantage of market weakness
  • How to use stock options to protect and grow your portfolio
  • How to make the right moves now with your investments
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