Last Year's Agenda

June 13, 2021

4:00PM - 6:00PM CT
Welcome Reception

June 14, 2021

8:30AM - 6:30PM CT
Exhibit Hall Open
7:30AM – 8:30AM CT
Registration and Networking Breakfast

7:45AM-8:30AM CT

Breakfast Breakout for Women in Public Safety Professionals in Police, Fire, and Correctional Facilities

Network with conference attendees preceding the conference to share uplifting stories, personal successes, and occupational struggles in preparation for a fantastic educational experience throughout the conference.

 

 

Sabrina E. Richardson B.S., Captain,

New Orleans Police Department

 

Karen Mory, Senior Special Agent (Retired),

California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation

8:30AM – 8:40AM CT

Welcome Remarks

Cliff Knight, Sergeant,

Metro Nashville Police Department 

8:40AM – 9:25AM CT

Analyze the Impact of COVID 19 on Recruitment and Retention

  • Review the past 18 months to identify the true impact of COVID 19 on your department and the community you serve
  • Examine new strategies and techniques to reduce psychological pressures within your department to improve overall wellbeing and retention
  • Explore the challenges that new recruits will face when joining your department that may not have existed pre-COVID

 

Marvin “Ben” Haiman, Executive Director, Professional Development Bureau

Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department

 

9:25AM – 10:05AM CT

Assess the Impact of the Defund the Police Sentiment on Both Recruitment and Retention

  • Analyze the impact of the defund the police movement has had on your community and develop communication strategies to regain trust
  • Create unique messaging that highlights the concerns to your recruiting pool and current employees to offer assurance of the strength of your team
  • Build bridges with the community your serve to reestablish the bond between the police and the people

 

Lindsey Alli, MBA, CLEE, Sergeant, Cadet Program Coordinator, Recruiting Unit,

Columbus Division of Police

 

10:05AM-10:50AM CT

Unique Techniques to Increase Diversity Throughout Your Organization

  • Examine cultural and characteristic traits your department offers to new candidates and discover opportunity for growth
  • Generate advertising campaigns highlighting the opportunities open to all genders, races, and sexual orientations to become part of your professional family
  • Highlight experiences and success stories within your department that express inclusion of all minorities and utilize them as marketing tools

 

Natalie Lokey, Deputy Chief,
Metro Nashville Police Department

 

Antionette Tull, Chief Executive Officer,
Hurtle, LLC

10:50AM – 11:05AM CT
Networking Break

11:05AM-11:50PM CT

Successful Techniques to Stretch Funds and Recruit on Low to Zero Budget

  • Explore all avenues available to your department at low to zero cost leaving no stone unturned to remain competitive within your region
  • Strategize which platforms can produce success to sub sections of your pool, and maximize messaging based on potential candidates interests
  • Generate a marketing calendar to ensure that your message is being viewed through all platforms by your intended targets

 

 

Melanie A. Talia, J.D., President & CEO,

New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation

 

Kevin White, Program Director,  

New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation 

11:50PM-12:35PM CT

4 Steps to Successful Recruiting: Research, Content Creation, Recruiting Website, and Online Advertising

  • Understand today's job seeker and meet them where they are.   
  • Develop a brand and produce professional content.
  • Why a recruiting website matters... It's all about the data.
  • Use online advertising to increase reach, generate awareness, and drive conversions

  

Sam Blonder, CEO 

Epic Recruiting 

 

Davis Berryhill, Director of Digital Strategy & Marketing

Epic Recruiting 

12:35PM-1:30PM CT
Networking Lunch

1:30PM – 2:30PM CT

Concurrent Sessions

Track A: Police Recruitment and Retention

 

Cliff Knight, Sergeant,  

Metro Nashville Police Department 

 

Track B: Women in Public Safety

 

Chairperson to be announced

Police Recruitment and Retention

Strategies to Minimize Risk When Recruiting New Candidates

  • Gauge the financial cost of losing a new recruit that has been through the training process and join your department to emphasize the impact
  • Highlight red flags, characteristics, and traits that short-term serving officers portray to educate your recruiters to be aware of
  • Incorporate negative tendencies into recruiter training to detect poor recruit selections in advance

 

Mike Boward, Sergeant - Police Personnel and Training Unit,

Fort Collins Police

Women in Public Safety

Eliminate Barriers Preventing Female Candidates Climbing the Corporate Ladder

  • Survey all potential barriers that may exist for female candidates that may prevent them reaching their professional goals
  • Implement practices to help qualified candidates manage essential life components such as childcare, school drop off and pick up, and time away from family to enhance their opportunities for growth
  • Promote positive cultural changes to express support to female professionals in the department and offer them guidance as they prepare for promotion

 

Sabrina E. Richardson B.S., Captain,

New Orleans Police Department

2:30PM- 3:15PM CT

Concurrent Sessions

Police Recruitment and Retention

Separate Your Department from the Crowd when Recruiting Virtually

  • Identify best practices for a streamlined virtual recruiting process to assure efficiency and attain your goals
  • Examine competitor departments processes to pinpoint new approaches to improve your current methods
  • Incorporate training programs to confirm all stakeholders involved in the virtual recruiting process excel in their roles

 

Kevin White, Program Director,  

New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation 

Women in Public Safety

Tried and Tested! Strategies to Excel when Applying for Promotion

  • Utilize proven approaches to separate yourself from the crowd when applying for a promotional opportunity
  • Utilize experience of others within your field to gain experience and best practices while conducting interviews
  • Prepare by conducting mock interviews with members of your mentorship team

 

Lindsey Alli, MBA, CLEE, Sergeant, Cadet Program Coordinator, Recruiting Unit,
Columbus Division of Police

  

Karen Mory, Senior Special Agent (Retired),
California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation

 

3:15PM- 3:35PM CT
Networking Break

3:35PM-4:35PM CT

Concurrent Sessions

Police Recruitment and Retention

Identify Highflyers Early in the Recruiting Process

  • Educate your recruiting team on key attributes to search for to capture highflyers early in the recruiting process
  • Create an action plan once a stand-out recruit has been identified to nurture their success
  • Replicate and instruct desired attributes to all prospects during training to increase probability of a strong recruiting class entering your department

 

Melanie A. Talia, J.D., President & CEO,

New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation

Women in Public Safety

Drive Mentorship and Emotional Intelligence within your Department

  • Capitalize on experienced professionals to guide young females and offer support throughout their career
  • Utilize mentors with emotional intelligence skillsets that understand the struggles of female officers generating a long-term career in the police
  • Strengthen the bond within your department to show unity and backing for female officers and provide security

  

Karen Mory, Senior Special Agent (Retired),
California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation

4:35PM-5:25PM CT

Leveraging Technology to Improve Efficiency, Quality and Reduce Cost

  • Examine best practices to leverage technology to benefit your organization in a Post-COVID 
  • Assess a variety of demonstrations of technology platforms to dramatically reduce processing times and staffing requirements
  • Improve the quality of screening by running an efficient and interconnected process, minimizing investigative gaps

  

Marvin “Ben” Haiman, Executive Director, Professional Development Bureau 

Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department 

5:25PM-5:30PM CT

Chairperson’s Recap of Day 1

Cliff Knight, Sergeant,  

Metro Nashville Police Department 

5:30PM – 6:30PM CT
Networking Cocktail Reception

June 15, 2021

8:30AM - 3:30PM CT
Exhibit Hall Open
7:30AM – 8:30AM CT
Networking Breakfast

8:30AM – 8:35AM CT

Opening Remarks

Cliff Knight, Sergeant,  

Metro Nashville Police Department 

8:35AM – 9:20AM CT

Evolution of Recruitment and Retention: Which Changes Will You Keep Post-COVID?

  • Review the changes that you were forced to make due to the pandemic and how they have altered the way you recruit and operate internally
  • Identify which operational changes have generated positive outcomes and have the potential to remain as a permanent part of your organizational plan
  • Prepare for internal education on adopted modifications to processes with the goal of continuous growth for success

 

Sabrina E. Richardson B.S., Captain,

New Orleans Police Department

 

Melanie A. Talia, J.D., President & CEO,

New Orleans Police and Justice Foundation

9:20AM – 9:50AM CT

Build Bridges Within Your Community During Unprecedented Times

  • Emphasize with community members to reassure them of your presence in the community
  • Create and implement opportunities to reconnect with the people you are sworn to serve to revitalize distressed relationships 
  • Strengthen the bond between your department and the community to assure the commitment you have made to protect and serve

 

9:50AM – 10:05AM CT
Networking Break

10:05AM- 10:50AM CT

Recruit from Within! Maximize Exposure within your Community to Recruit New Talent

  • Educate your officers that every interaction with the community is an opportunity to enhance the image of your department and the profession
  • Attend all community events to ensure visibility within your community while educating potential candidates of the benefits of joining the police
  • Interact with older members of the community to identify family members that have the characteristics of a successful officer and provide information on how they can apply

 

Ryan Hampton, Lieutenant, 

Metro Nashville Police Department 

 

Salah Czapary, Chief of Staff, Professional Development Bureau,   

Metropolitan Police Department 

10:50AM-11:35AM CT

Concurrent Sessions

Track A: Police Recruitment and Retention

 

Cliff Knight, Sergeant,  

Metro Nashville Police Department 

 

Track B: Women in Public Safety

 

Chairperson to be announced

Police Recruitment and Retention

Invest in Your Employees to Improve Retention

  • Generate a culture of belonging and purpose for your long-serving officers to improve retention rates
  • Remove barriers, where possible to open avenues for career advancement
  • Offer training and development opportunities to your employees to improve job satisfaction and career longevity

 

Titus E. Burgess Jr., Sergeant – Personnel and Recruiting Unit

Lynchburg Police Department

 

Adam Sexton, Lieutenant, Criminal Investigations

Lynchburg Police Department 

Women in Public Safety

Innovative Marketing Strategies to a Powerful and Creative Generation of Female Officers

  • Assess generational changes between current employees and future candidates to examine the differences in characteristics which will benefit your department
  • Adapt your recruiting processes to target forward thinking creative women that will enhance your organization
  • Target powerful female candidates through a variety of virtual platforms to engage and provide pertinent information on how they can positively impact the communities they serve

 

Sabrina E. Richardson B.S., Captain, 

New Orleans Police Department 

 

Vereen Barton, MAFP, MPhil, Captain, 

Assistant Division Chief,  

Director of Investigative & OAO Services,  

Maryland-National Capital Park Police 

11:35AM-12:20PM CT

Concurrent Sessions

Police Recruitment and Retention

Case Study: Motivational Factors for Minorities to Become Police Officers

  • Examine the different motivational factors that minorities consider when pursuing the opportunity to join the police force
  • Create a plan of action to capitalize this information and incorporate the motivational factors into your recruiting processes
  • Review the outcome to verify the process is truly working through data analytics of applicants that have come through the process and successfully completed training

 

Jennifer Beskid, Director of Grants and Special Projects,

Maryland Police & Correctional Training Commissions

Women in Public Safety

Incorporate Scenario Based Training to Increase Levels of Physical Comfort in the Profession

  • Identify common scenarios that female officers will encounter when on the job that may be difficult to manage without professional training
  • Implement real life scenarios into daily training to build confidence and awareness of techniques to remain in control
  • Assist female officers with psychological training to be assertive with male counterparts to establish confidence in their abilities to defuse confrontations

 

Mandy Nice, Tactical Program Manager,
National Strength and Conditioning Association 

 

Brandi Burque-DeCarlo, Ph.D., Psychologist,
Owner, PRO Wellness Services PLLC
Bexar County Sheriff's Office

 

Shannon Purkiss, Officer,  
San Antonio Police Department 

12:20PM-1:05PM CT
Networking Lunch

1:05PM-1:50PM CT

Concurrent Sessions

Police Recruitment and Retention

Explore the Impact of Legalization of Marijuana on Recruitment and Retention Efforts

  • Examine your current processes and how the legalization of marijuana usage may create internal issues impacting retention
  • Explore your current application criteria and generate possible amendments to avoid losing out on strong candidates due to recreational usage
  • Discuss long-term changes internally that need to be made to evolve and remain competitive within your region

 

Mike Boward, Sergeant - Police Personnel and Training Unit, 

Fort Collins Police 

 

Jennifer Beskid, Director of Grants and Special Projects, 

Maryland Police & Correctional Training Commissions 

Women in Public Safety

Techniques to Achieve a Balanced Lifestyle and Achieve Professional Goals

  • Analyze your upcoming schedule including professional and personal needs to plan accordingly and reduce unnecessary stress
  • Capitalize on relationships with supervisors and colleagues to help communicate needs to balance multiple responsibilities
  • Seek guidance from experienced professionals for advice on how to achieve personal and professional objectives and attain your career goals

 

Candace Brown, Captain/Paramedic, Shift Fire Investigator, EMS Supervisor,

Lynchburg Fire Department

 

Lindsey Alli, MBA, CLEE, Sergeant, Cadet Program Coordinator, Recruiting Unit,

Columbus Division of Police

 

Natalie Lokey, Deputy Chief,
Metro Nashville Police Department

1:50PM- 2:35PM CT

Concurrent Sessions

Police Recruitment and Retention

Techniques to Retain Highly Educated Officers Eager to Progress

  • Identify which personnel have entered your department with high levels of education and may be looking for quick experience before moving on to the next opportunity
  • Enter in dialogue with individuals to calculate their career goals and professional objectives
  • Generate avenues for them to achieve their goals within your department to avoid losing highly qualified candidates to competitor organizations

 

Vereen Barton, MAFP, MPhil, Captain, 

Assistant Division Chief,  

Director of Investigative & OAO Services,  

Maryland-National Capital Park Police 

Women in Public Safety

Strategies to Improve Success for Females Preparing for the Physical Ability Test

  • Create and implement training programs that replicate the actual test to increase percentage of success
  • Educate candidates on the areas of individual weakness they must focus on to improve and offer exercises to guide them
  • Assess training program over time to adjust and adapt to evolve depending on the candidates you are working with.

 

Mandy Nice, Tactical Program Manager,

The National Strength and Conditioning Association 

2:35PM-3:20PM CT

More Important Now Than Ever! Mental Health Awareness and Assistance

  • Offer support to all employees that have amplified occupational pressures throughout the pandemic and civil unrest
  • Assure communication opportunities are available to all members of your department to allow for discussion with professionals to help overcome psychologically damaging experiences
  • Analyze new techniques to release pressure during day-to-day work environments such as meditation lounges, yoga sessions, and quiet rooms where personnel can release harmful stressors

 

Brandi Burque-DeCarlo, Ph.D., Psychologist,
Owner, PRO Wellness Services PLLC
Bexar County Sheriff's Office

 

Shannon Purkiss, Officer,  
San Antonio Police Department 

3:20PM-3:30PM CT

Closing Remarks

Cliff Knight, Sergeant,  

Metro Nashville Police Department 

3:30PM CT
Main Conference Adjourns

3:30PM-4:00PM CT

Women in Public Safety Conference Debrief

Join us at the conclusion of the conference for an open forum discussion highlighting key educational information gained from the conference, and any particular items you are excited to share with your team or implement in your department. This is also an opportunity to discuss any items that were not covered and potential topics for the next conference.

 

Panel:

Sabrina E. Richardson B.S., Captain,

New Orleans Police Department 

 

Karen Mory, Senior Special Agent (Retired),

California Department of Correction and Rehabilitation