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POST for Law Enforcement Public Safety Professionals

lawThe following sessions will offer POST (Peace Officer Standards and Training) credits for attendees. The Pre-Conference Session (Law Enforcement Needs to be a Jack of All Trades, but Most Don’t Know Jack about De-escalation) consists of three 2-hour sessions. All regular sessions are 1 hour in length.

Note: To try and accommodate evening shift officers, a few of the presentations will have 2 different presentation times (3:00pm CT or 8:00pm CT).

Law Enforcement Schedule

Tuesday, February 16
1:00pm CT

Law Enforcement needs to be a Jack of All Trades, but most don’t know Jack about De-escalation: Part 1
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Presenter: Sgt. Christopher Bartolotta and Nancy McGee, JD

BartolottaMcgee The first 15 to 45 minutes of any crisis incident are the most critical of any time frame during an incident. The average crisis management team’s response time is 45 to 60 minutes. Then, if you add into the mix the unknown effects of alcohol and drugs ingested by the subject and/or the dark shadow of the many mental health issues that are prominent within society today, you have a recipe for an unmitigated disaster. Therefore, it makes sense that the initial responding Law Enforcement Officer should attempt to initiate a dialog with a subject to de-escalate the confrontation in order to start the process of lowering tensions. However, many of our first responders are ill prepared to deal with one facet of this recipe, let alone mixing all of it together. This pre-conference session will expose the attendee to the numerous aspects of the crisis state, including mental health and suicide awareness, as well as, the de-escalation techniques used to manage many of these situations, by the conclusion of the session.

Tuesday, February 23
1:00pm CT

Law Enforcement needs to be a Jack of All Trades, but most don’t know Jack about De-escalation: Part 2
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Presenter: Sgt. Christopher Bartolotta and Nancy McGee, JD

BartolottaMcgee The first 15 to 45 minutes of any crisis incident are the most critical of any time frame during an incident. The average crisis management team’s response time is 45 to 60 minutes. Then, if you add into the mix the unknown effects of alcohol and drugs ingested by the subject and/or the dark shadow of the many mental health issues that are prominent within society today, you have a recipe for an unmitigated disaster. Therefore, it makes sense that the initial responding Law Enforcement Officer should attempt to initiate a dialog with a subject to de-escalate the confrontation in order to start the process of lowering tensions. However, many of our first responders are ill prepared to deal with one facet of this recipe, let alone mixing all of it together. This pre-conference session will expose the attendee to the numerous aspects of the crisis state, including mental health and suicide awareness, as well as, the de-escalation techniques used to manage many of these situations, by the conclusion of the session.

Tuesday, March 2
1:00pm CT

Law Enforcement needs to be a Jack of All Trades, but most don’t know Jack about De-escalation: Part 3
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Presenter: Sgt. Christopher Bartolotta and Nancy McGee, JD

BartolottaMcgee The first 15 to 45 minutes of any crisis incident are the most critical of any time frame during an incident. The average crisis management team’s response time is 45 to 60 minutes. Then, if you add into the mix the unknown effects of alcohol and drugs ingested by the subject and/or the dark shadow of the many mental health issues that are prominent within society today, you have a recipe for an unmitigated disaster. Therefore, it makes sense that the initial responding Law Enforcement Officer should attempt to initiate a dialog with a subject to de-escalate the confrontation in order to start the process of lowering tensions. However, many of our first responders are ill prepared to deal with one facet of this recipe, let alone mixing all of it together. This pre-conference session will expose the attendee to the numerous aspects of the crisis state, including mental health and suicide awareness, as well as, the de-escalation techniques used to manage many of these situations, by the conclusion of the session.

Tuesday, March 9
3:00pm CT or
8:00pm CT

Law Enforcement Supporting Civil Discourse While Avoiding Civil Disturbances on Campus
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Presenter: Lt. Amanda Cullin, Northwest Missouri State University Police Department

CullinThe First Amendment of the United States Constitution protects our freedom of speech, religion, press, peaceful protest and the right to petition the government. Campuses across the United States foster and facilitate our First Amendment Rights through civil discourse in and out of the classroom. Campus law enforcement departments are on the front lines of maintaining the peace while protecting these First Amendment Rights. Prepare yourself, your team, and your department by exploring the options and resources available and engaging your peers through collaboration and discussion

Tuesday, March 16
3:00pm CT or
8:00pm CT

R.A.D. Systems for College Credit
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Presenter: Chief Ken Kennedy, Missouri Southern State University

KennedyThis session will prepare an individual police officer to move an existing R.A.D. self-defense course to a for-credit college class. Being a traditional college class makes it more attractive to college females as they need hours to complete a degree and remain more committed. During an entire semester the students become very proficient in protecting themselves. The officer will learn the steps to navigate the college accreditation system to ensure that the class can be certified for college credit.

Tuesday, March 23
1:00pm CT

Mood Altering Substances: Kratom and other Prevalent Synthetic Substances
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Presenter: Sgt. Christopher Bartolotta

BartolottaThe world of better living through chemistry gets more difficult everyday with the advent of the internet. What we know today within the ‘drug culture’ can dramatically change by tomorrow. And our youth are being given misguided information that is not factually based. This conference session will expose the attendee to the new and ever changing concepts of “being under the influence”, understanding the recent drug trends (statewide and nationally), help recognizing the new terminology of synthetic psychoactive substances, recognizing the different drug categories and the associated signs and symptoms and how the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST’s) can be effectively facilitated to identify impairment.

Tuesday, March 30
3:00pm CT or
8:00pm CT

Today’s DWI Testimony: Video on Trial
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Presenter: Sgt. Joe Jennings, University of Central Missouri Police Department

JenningsDash cameras have long been in use by law enforcement, but within the past decade, the prevalence of body cameras has continued to increase. Body cameras mutually benefit law enforcement and communities by showing, at least partially, an officer’s perspective. With the increased use of body cameras in driving while intoxicated cases, this video can either help or hinder criminal prosecution and administrative processes. Video evidence from body cameras either can definitively show what an officer reports or testifies to or it can bring the officer’s credibility into question. This course will assist participants in understanding how to utilize their body cameras effectively to provide unquestionable video evidence in trial in addition to articulating and explaining body camera video in reports and testimony.

Tuesday, April 6
1:00pm CT

QPR for Emergency Service Professionals
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Presenter: Kathleen Ratcliff, MPA, CPS, Executive Director, Upstream Prevention Inc.

RatcliffQPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. This training will also include QPR’s Bonus CALM Module, which addresses the importance of reducing lethal means, especially firearms, for those in crisis.