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National Law Enforcement Liaison Training Conference
Agenda

 

Monday, November 13

7:30 a.m. Attendee check-in

Location: Auditorium Foyer

8:00 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Location: Auditorium
Presentation of Colors by the Maryland Transportation Authority Police Color Guard

Facilitator: Vernon Betkey, Program Manager, National Law Enforcement Liaison Program, Governors Highway Safety Association

Speakers:
•  Heidi King, Acting Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
•  Harris Blackwood, Director, Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, and Vice Chair, Governors Highway Safety Association
•  John Whetsel, Retired Sheriff, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, and Chair, Traffic Safety Committee, National Sheriffs’ Association
•  Domingo Herraiz, Director of Programs, International Association of Chiefs of Police

9:15 a.m. Training Purpose, Approach, and Expectations

Location: Auditorium

Speakers:
•  Wil Price, Highway Safety Specialist, Enforcement and Justice Services Division, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
•  Pete Abrams, Law Enforcement Liaison, Highway Safety Program, Wyoming Department of Transportation

9:30 a.m. Morning Break/Networking

10:00 a.m. LEL Panel Discussion: Assessing the Current Traffic Safety Environment

Location: Auditorium
Panelists and attendees will discuss the trends, attitudes and societal challenges facing those charged with enforcing our traffic laws, as well as action steps to begin changing the mindset of enforcement and changing behavior and culture. Topics include fatality trend data, findings from regional forums and state-level assessments of law enforcement challenges and attitudes, how one state educates agencies on the importance of traffic safety enforcement, and the societal view that differentiates traffic law violators from “criminals.”

Facilitator: Richard Sullivan, Law Enforcement Highway Safety Coordinator, Municipal Police Training Academy, Rhode Island Department of Public Safety

Speakers:
•  Umesh Shankar, Division Chief, Data Reporting and Information Division, National Center for Statistics and Analysis, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
•  Michael Morris, Region 2 Law Enforcement Liaison, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
•  Garry Parker, Law Enforcement Liaison, Texas Municipal Police Association
•  Bob Thompson, Statewide Law Enforcement Liaison, Washington Traffic Safety Commission

12:00 p.m. Lunch/Networking

1:15 p.m. Chiefs Panel: Traffic Safety Leadership and Influencing Action

Location: Auditorium
This panel of law enforcement executives representing town, county and state agencies will take a deep dive into the issues of leadership, resources, operations, and interoperability that face law enforcement across the country. The discussion will highlight action steps that law enforcement leadership can embrace to influence action and overcome a lack of focus on traffic safety.

Facilitator: Michael Geraci, Regional Administrator, Region 2, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Speakers:
•  John Whetsel, Retired Sheriff, Oklahoma County, Oklahoma, and Chair, Traffic Safety Committee, National Sheriffs’ Association
•  Chief Daniel Sharp, Oro Valley (Arizona) Police Department, and Chair, Highway Safety Committee, International Association of Chiefs of Police
•  Sheriff Michael Lewis, Wicomico County (Maryland) Sheriff’s Office
•  Colonel Kedrick Wills, Director, Idaho State Police

4:30 p.m. Activities end

Dinner on your own.

Tuesday, November 14

8:00 a.m. Breakout Session: Law Enforcement Engagement: Addressing Key Obstacles – Leadership, Resources, and Operations

These five breakouts are designed to obtain LEL input on the key obstacles identified in the series of law enforcement engagement discussions and webinars that were held in 2016 and 2017: leadership, resources, and operational deployment. The goal is to develop guidelines, tools, and action steps that LELs across the country can begin to use immediately to overcome the deterrents and barriers that are hindering law enforcement engagement in traffic safety.

Team 1: Internal Leadership
Location: A300
Facilitators: Brett Reichart, East Central Region Law Enforcement Liaison, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute William Sullivan, Region 7 Law Enforcement Liaison, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Team 2: External Leadership
Location: A304
Facilitators: Daniel Kent, Law Enforcement Liaison Program Supervisor, Illinois Division of Traffic Safety Michael Bible, Law Enforcement Program Manager, Maryland Highway Safety Office

Team 3: Resources
Location: A307
Facilitators: Richard Sullivan, Law Enforcement Highway Safety Coordinator, Municipal Police Training Academy, Rhode Island Department of Public Safety Scott Kristiansen, Law Enforcement Liaison, Illinois Division of Traffic Safety

Team 4: Operations
Location: Classroom #2
Facilitators: Tim Roberts, Law Enforcement Liaison Coordinator, Florida LEL Program Katie Alexander, Law Enforcement Liaison, Texas Municipal Police Association

Team 5: Measuring Results
Location: Classroom #3
Facilitators: Steven Rutzebeck, Central Region Law Enforcement Liaison, Maryland Highway Safety Office Michael Morris, Region 2 Law Enforcement Liaison, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

10:00 a.m. Morning break

10:25 a.m. Breakout Team Reports and Discussion: Law Enforcement Engagement

Location: Auditorium

Facilitator: Michael Geraci, Regional Administrator, Region 2, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

11:45 p.m. Lunch/Networking

12:45 p.m. Officer Safety Panel Discussion: Integrating Officer Safety Messaging and Advocacy into Daily Operations

Location: Auditorium
How can we sustain and enhance the gains made thus far in developing a culture of safety within law enforcement agencies? Speakers will examine best practices and lessons learned in the area of officer safety, and discuss action steps that an LEL can implement to maintain positive gains and avoid complacency. The panel will discuss how to integrate officer safety messaging and advocacy into daily LEL operations and techniques for officer safety advocacy.

Facilitator: Wil Price, Highway Safety Specialist, Enforcement and Justice Services Division, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Speakers:
•  Keith Williams, Chief, Enforcement and Justice Services Division, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
•  Dale Stockton, Executive Director, Below 100
•  Nick Breul, Senior Director, Officer Safety and Wellness, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund
•  Deputy Chief Raphael Grant, Prince George’s County (Maryland) Police Department

2:00 p.m. Federal Partners Panel Discussion

Location: Auditorium
Federal agency representatives are on hand to highlight areas of common concern where the LEL can play a role in carrying information and programs forward to their law enforcement partners. Speakers will address the issue of timely and quality data necessary for evidence-based programs and initiatives to enhance operations and seek better outcomes.

Facilitator/Speaker: Keith Williams, Chief, Enforcement and Justice Services Division, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Speakers:
•  John Brophy, Special Crash Investigator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
•  Earl Hardy, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Assistant Administrator and Chief Safety Officer, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
•  Mark Kehrli, Director, Transportation Operations, Federal Highway Administration

3:15 p.m. Afternoon break

3:30 p.m. Communications and Communication Strategies Panel Discussion: Maximizing the Impact of Messaging and Coordinated Efforts

Location: Auditorium
Communication is a key component of LEL efforts to build networks and disseminate messages. This panel of peers and professional communicators will focus on the tools, resources and tactics available to LELs to help them influence action, from marketing materials to campaign events to social media.

Facilitator: Amadie Hart, Communications Consultant, Governors Highway Safety Association

Speakers:
•  Corporal Kyle Wills, Law Enforcement Liaison, Boise (Idaho) Police Department
•  Roger Hayes, Director, Law Enforcement Services, Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety
•  Steve Dillard, East Tennessee Law Enforcement Liaison, Tennessee Highway Safety Office
•  Mike Joyce, Marketing Specialist, Office of Communications and Consumer Information, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

4:45 p.m. Activities end

Dinner on your own

Wednesday, November 15

8:00 a.m. JOL-TSRP-LEL Panel Discussion: DUID and the Impact of Marijuana Legalization on Traffic Safety

Location: Auditorium
How can Judicial Outreach Liaisons, Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutors and LELs work together to address the consequences of marijuana legalization on traffic safety and the challenges it places on highway safety plans? Speakers will discuss current trends and concerns arising from the expansion of legalized marijuana, potential impacts on enforcement, and what law enforcement needs to do to adapt to the changing climate for successful prosecutions.

Facilitator/Speaker: The Honorable Earl G. Penrod, Senior Judge, Indiana Office of Court Services, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration/American Bar Association Judicial Fellow

Speakers:
•  Tom Kimball, Director, National Traffic Law Center, National District Attorneys Association
•  Bruce Sheetz, Law Enforcement Coordinator, Colorado Office of Transportation Safety

9:40 a.m. Morning break

10:00 a.m. Breakout Session: LEL Next Steps

Our final breakout session provides attendees with an opportunity to use the knowledge they’ve acquired over the course of the conference to plan specific enhancements to resources and professional development opportunities for the LEL network. The teams will examine five topic areas and develop strategies and action steps that can be used by LELs across regional and state lines.

Team 1: Webinars
Location: A300
Facilitators: Scott McConkey, Southern Minnesota Law Enforcement Liaison, Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety Tom Reagan, Law Enforcement Liaison, Maine Bureau of Highway Safety

Team 2: Awards and Recognition Programs
Location: A304
Facilitators: Pete Abrams, Law Enforcement Liaison, Highway Safety Program, Wyoming Department of Transportation Bob Thompson, Statewide Law Enforcement Liaison, Washington Traffic Safety Commission

Team 3: Operation CARE
Location: A307
Facilitators: James Sanders, Region 6 Law Enforcement Liaison, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Paul Bernat, Law Enforcement Liaison, Delaware Office of Highway Safety

Team 4: National Initiatives
Location: Classroom #2
Facilitators: Dave Corp, Law Enforcement Liaison, Traffic Safety Section, Kansas Department of Transportation Corporal Kyle Wills, Law Enforcement Liaison, Boise (Idaho) Police Department

Team 5: Incentives Programs
Location: Classroom #3
Facilitators: Art Amato, Eastern Region Law Enforcement Liaison, Traffic and Highway Safety Division, Missouri Department of Transportation Bruce Sheetz, Law Enforcement Coordinator, Colorado Office of Transportation Safety

11:30 a.m. Breakout Team Reports and Discussion: LEL Next Steps

Location: Auditorium

Facilitators:
•  Vernon Betkey, Program Manager, National Law Enforcement Liaison Program, Governors Highway Safety Association
•  Wil Price, Highway Safety Specialist, Enforcement and Justice Services Division, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

12:30 p.m. Final conference wrap up

Location: Auditorium

Speakers:
•  Keith Williams, Chief, Enforcement and Justice Services Division, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
•  Wil Price, Highway Safety Specialist, Enforcement and Justice Services Division, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
•  Vernon Betkey, Program Manager, National Law Enforcement Liaison Program, Governors Highway Safety Association

1:00 p.m. Conference adjourns

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