Webinar Archives

Federal Victim Assistance Grant Funds for Law Enforcement Agencies and Crime Victims: What the Funds Are and How Local Law Enforcement is Underutilizing Them
December 08, 2016

The recent increase of funds available under the U.S. Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) presents an exceptional opportunity for law enforcement agencies to enhance their efforts to assist crime victims through their own agency-based victim assistance unit and utilization of their state’s crime victim compensation program.  This webinar will help law enforcement better understand and utilize VOCA funds for their local agencies and crime victims.

This webinar is funded through cooperative agreement #2015-VF-GX-K008 from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

Presenters: Steve Derene, Executive Director, National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators and Dan Eddy, Executive Director, National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards.

Carrots or Sticks? How to Get Employees to Do What You Want
November 10, 2016

Employee motivation in the U.S. is in a critical state with over 50% of employees admitting they only do the minimum to get by and over 80% admitting they could work harder on the job. These troubling statistics are made worse by the status of our ever changing economy, which has increased stress and reduced motivation. This webinar will briefly describe the two main types of motivation and explain how these influence employee behavior, identify the keys to unlocking the motivation of employees, provide strategies supervisors can use to get the best from their employees and explore the benefits (i.e., increased productivity reduced absences, and higher satisfaction) of using these approaches.

Presenter: Dr. Kimberly Miller, Licensed Psychologist & Law Enforcement Consultant

Practice like you want to Perform: Scenario-Based Training to Solidify Better Outcomes
October 13, 2016

We are only as good as our programming and as such default to what we have practiced on a regular basis. Although agencies provide at minimum basic training in the hard skills (i.e., firearms, defensive tactics), the format of these trainings does not always mirror the real life situations officers face on the street. As such, many times under stressful conditions officers do not respond in the way the agency desires, which leads to injury, liability and/or damaged public perception. If we expect officers to be proficient in their responses to incidents, we must train under those same conditions. This means we must utilize scenario based training (SBT) with real life dynamics to ensure that the same responses will happen in the field. Additionally, integration of the soft skills (e.g., conflict resolution, de-escalation, communication, decision making and leadership) into these scenarios is critical for officer success. Since all calls are dynamic in nature and require a variety of response options officers must be trained from an integrated framework. This course will explore the limitations of traditional training, describe how to create an integrated, scenario-based system and lay out the specific benefits (i.e., more well-rounded officers, improved response to stressful events, reduced liability, enhanced public perception) of utilizing this approach. 


Lt. David Pearson, Fort Collins, Colorado Police Services

Sgt. Paul Wood, Fort Collins, Colorado Police Services

The Impact of Officer-Involved Shootings
September 08, 2016

This webinar is designed to help members of law enforcement understand and recognize the effects an officer- involved shooting may have on them. This webinar will provide information on who is impacted and will describe the symptoms associated with potential stress responses.

Presenter: Nancy Bohl-Penrod, Ph.D., Director, The Counseling Team International                 

Interjurisdictional Data Sharing
August 11, 2016

In this webinar you will learn what interjurisdictional data sharing is and its benefits.

Speaker: Daniel Seals, Public Safety Industry Expert, Motorola Solutions and Retired Detective Criminal Intelligence Division-Covington Police Department

Is Your Court Security Operation Prepared?
July 14, 2016

This program is important for everyone responsible for security and safety in the courts.  Sheriffs and Police Chiefs, their staff, Judges, Court Administrators, state and local officials are all stakeholders and need to know what constitutes the current essential elements of an effective court security operation.  Participants will then be able to evaluate the court security operation in their jurisdiction and develop a plan to address vulnerabilities.  Incidents of courthouse violence will also be reviewed and discussed. Because, “it’s not a matter of IF – it’s a matter of WHEN!” 

Speaker:Tom Lorito, Executive Assistant to the Administrative Judge (ret.), Suffolk County Courts, NY

Dealing With A Weak Bench: Building Your Leaders Of Tomorrow
June 09, 2016

Many organizations are faced with having to promote people who are not the "ideal" because at the moment, the ideal is not available. Although this is a reality that many agencies face, selecting a weak leader today will not secure the future of your agency tomorrow. This webinar will explore the organizational and interpersonal variables that contribute to the weakness of your bench and provide specific tools and strategies to use to strengthen the leaders on your team. Additionally, we will explore the importance of creating a formalized succession plan for your organization and how doing so will ensure a pipeline of strong leadership for the future. At the end of the presentation participants will know how to effectively assist under developed leaders, know the basics of succession planning and have the strategies necessary to improve their bench strength so they are no longer forced to select from a pool of unprepared applicants.


Speaker: Kimberly A. Miller, Ph.D.

Improving Tactical Decision Making: Knowing the Whys & Hows
May 12, 2016
We are plagued with stories about poor tactics and excessive use of force and as such public outcry for change is louder than ever. As a result, many agencies have attempted quick fixes without a true understanding of some of the underlying use-of-force concepts and principles that create a strong and defendable decision-making paradigm. Additionally, a better understanding of these foundational concepts will provide deputies with decision-making abilities and de-escalation skills (soft skills) that will complement their hard skills, make them more well-rounded responders and reduce use of force incidents. This course will discuss in detail concepts like Jeopardy, Less Lethal Opportunity, the Safety Priorities, and Space and Time, as well as de-escalation techniques in a way to help officers create a foundation to help them navigate any situation. Regardless of your rank or position, you will come away with a better understanding of these tactical concepts and learn how to make better, repeatable, and defendable decisions in stressful incidents. The ability to make these decisions will not only improve officer's confidence, but also lead to more consistency across employees, reduced liability and improved public perception.
Lt. David Pearson, Fort Collins, Colorado Police Services
Sgt. Paul Wood, Fort Collins, Colorado Police Services

Are You Managing The Change Or Is The Change Managing You?
April 14, 2016

Although change is really the only constant in life, most of us were never provided the skills and strategies to successfully implement a change effort in our personal and professional lives. As a result, many personal and professional change efforts are conducted in ways that lead to less than successful results. This webinar will define what change is and the different ways it is perceived, explore the challenges in implementing any change effort, review the main reasons people resist change and how to directly address these, explore how to get people bought into and embracing of change, and describe the specific steps required for a successful change effort. By the end of the webinar, participants can expect to have a new perspective on change and the tools they need to both more effectively manage the changes that life brings to them and also the ones they are in charge of facilitating.

Speaker: Dr. Kimberly Miller, Licensed Psychologist & Law Enforcement Consultant, Fort Collins, Colorado

FirstNet From Three Perspectives
March 10, 2016

Amanda Hilliard, Director for Outreach at FirstNet, will begin the webinar with an update on FirstNet's progress toward deploying the nationwide public safety broadband network, and lessons learned from engaging with the law enforcement community across the country.  Next, a FirstNet staff member and former law enforcement professional will present a recent use case of how FirstNet technology could improve law enforcement response and effectiveness. Finally, attendees will hear from a county sheriff on the potential use of FirstNet in his operating environment.

Amanda Hilliard, Director for Outreach, FirstNet
David Cook, Consultation Lead, Region 2, FirstNet
Sheriff Larry Amerson, Calhoun County, AL