Southern Police Institute Alumni Association


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Training Agenda SPIAA Conference

North Myrtle Beach, SC

 July 10-13, 2017**

(Updated 6-23-17)


Monday July 10, 2017

1200-1600     Conference Registration at Beach Cove Resort Room, 2nd Floor Foyer (Executive Board and Treasurer on hand to run late registration)


1700-1830     Thomas Hughes, Ph.D., University of Louisville


Title: Research Updates 2017:  Let’s Be Evidence-Based Out There”


Researchers were busy in 2017.  This presentation reviews some of the research relating to the areas covered in the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.  Over the last year, the impact of technology and the relationship between police and the communities they serve have received substantial attention.   Specifically, the areas of body-worn camera systems, procedural justice, as well as community perceptions of the police will be highlighted.  Juvenile curfews, criminal careers and updates on Hot Spots police research will also be discussed. 


Venue:  Bully’s Pub and Grill, 4868 US-17, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582


Tuesday July 11, 2017

0700-0800     Late Conference Registration at Beach Cove Resort Room, 2nd Floor Foyer (Executive Board and Treasurer on hand to run late registration)


0730-0830     Continental Breakfast, 2nd Floor


0830-0900     Opening Ceremony

                   Prayer: Chaplain Jay Ortiz (North Myrtle Beach DPS)

Posting of Colors: (Pledge of Allegiance) North Myrtle Beach DPS Color Guard


Chief Amy Prock (Myrtle Beach PD)

Solicitor Jimmy Richardson, (15th Judicial Circuit)

Mayor Marilyn Hatley ( City of North Myrtle Beach)


0900-1700     Training Sessions

0900-0915     Thomas Hughes, Ph.D., University of Louisville


Title:  Training Overview-The Report-Creation and Core Areas




The President’s Task Force Report on 21st Century police established six pillars for the advancement of policing in the United States. The areas established were:


1.     Building trust and legitimacy

2.     Policy and oversight

3.     Technology and Social media

4.     Community Policing and crime reduction

5.     Training and education

6.     Officer Wellness and safety


These areas represent important sociological, technological, organizational and individual level concerns that shape American policing. Each of these areas will be briefly defined and the relationship of the training agenda to the report will be highlighted. 


0915-1015     John Reed, Ph.D., Associate Director, Southern Police Institute 


Title: Blue Betrayal: Social Undermining in Police Organizations



Social undermining in police organizations is a common phenomenon and can have detrimental effects on organizations, employees and the work environment.  During this presentation, we will discuss the types and impact of social undermining.  We will also discuss the results of a study conducted with mid-level managers throughout the United States related to social undermining.


1030- 1130    Edward S. Pocock III, Southington (CT) Town Council Member and former Chairman; Director, J. Allen Lamb & Edward S. Pocock III Foundation


Title: Politics in Post-Ferguson Policing



The blend of politics and policing generates many immediate emotions, ranging from thoughts of early Political Era policing habits (pre-1930) to our current condition in a post-Ferguson policing world.  How does politics” really effect police work and what can we do?  The answer continues to rest in the four core elements of Sir Robert Peel: Mission, Professionalism, Unity and Measurement.  This seminar will explore an 1829 axiom with The President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing (May 2015) and how the police can transform to meet current realities in their political world.  

1200-1330     Lunch


1330-1445     Captain Josh Kyle, Riley County (KS) Police Department


Title: Operation ARC: A Procedurally Just Traffic Safety Initiative




Operation ARC is a traffic safety initiative based on the elements of procedural justice (voice, neutrality, trustworthy motives, dignity and respect). Operation ARC arose after a previous traffic initiative, based on DDACTs, was rejected by the Riley County (KS) community as illegitimate.  A series of focus groups were put together by a local university, which revealed that five primary traffic violations concerned the community and led to traffic accidents. Next, a training program was developed to teach officers the elements of procedural justice and apply these elements in the context of traffic safety stops. Officers were given the opportunity to construct their own PJ-based scripts as part of the program. Currently, a study is being conducted by Kansas State University to determine how officers responded to the training and if the scripts used by the officers had any impact on driver's attitudes about traffic law, the Riley County Police Department, or its traffic enforcement efforts. Attendees of this session will learn how to construct a legitimacy building policing initiative within a traffic enforcement context.  They will also learn how to train officers to build legitimacy with the public and the importance of academic-community-police partnerships for goal setting and program evaluation.


1500-1600     Inspector Chip Googe. Mount Pleasant (SC) Police Department


Title: Social Media in Times of Crisis




Hurricane Matthew gave the Town of Mount Pleasant Police Department the opportunity to utilize many different social media platforms to communicate with their citizens. The use of Facebook, Twitter, Nextdoor, Blogger, a smartphone application, and live steaming allowed citizens to stay informed throughout the event. Social media allowed two-way communication with citizens that dispelled rumors and corrected information that was inaccurate. 


1600-1700     Captain Brian Unmisig, Pinellas Park Police Department


Title: Technology and Community Based Engagement 




The 21st Century Policing Taskforce recommended the adoption of model policies and best practices for technology-based community engagement, in an effort to increase community trust and access.  This discussion will examine how agencies are using technology to increase transparency and accessibility to information such as crime statistics, neighborhood level crime mapping, and current calls for service.  In addition, the discussion will expand on the topic of social media and focus on how agencies are utilizing social media as a means of community interaction and relationship building.         


Wednesday July 12, 2017


0700-0800:    Past Presidents Breakfast


0730-0830     Continental Breakfast, 2nd Floor


0900-1600     Training Sessions


0900-1200:    Officer Vanessa Westley, Project Coordinator for Bridging the Divide, Chicago (IL) Police Department and Lt. Commander (Ret.) Kurt Boshart, Harrisonburg (VA) Police Department


Title: Police and Community Relations through Restorative Justice



Restorative justice is often referred to as the missing piece in law enforcement.” You will learn why police chiefs around the country have been utilizing or are incorporating restorative justice as an option within their organization. From victim advocacy, to offender accountability, restorative justice provides many benefits to an entire community. Police departments can experience high rates of victim satisfaction, community engagement, and reduction in offender recidivism, which ultimately result in open dialogue with communities, procedural justice and police legitimacy.


                   - Why implement Restorative Justice in police organizations?

                   - Building value in high risk/high crime neighborhoods

                   - Brief overview of Restorative Justice

                   - Case study: Chicago, Illinois


1200-1330:   Lunch


1330-1600:    Title:  Police and Community Relations through Restorative Justice (cont.)


                        - Does RJ have an impact on recidivism rates, crime statistics,                       incarceration rates?

                   - Case study:  Reedley, CA

                   - Challenges when building coalition; political, local/ state/ federal requirements, community dynamics

                   - Case study:  Harrisonburg, Virginia

                   - Walk the talk? Use of RJ with internal conflict. Citizen complaints?

                   -Case study: Davis, CA


                   Panel discussion/Q & A


1600-1700:    Business Meeting (Election of Officers)


Thursday July 13, 2017


0730-0830     Continental Breakfast, 2nd Floor


0830-1630     Training Sessions


0830-1000     Deputy Chief Chris Davis, Fayetteville (NC) Police Department


Title: Organizational Stress: You Can Survive




With the current police environment,” there is a huge demand for police wellness / education.” The presentation focuses on the effects of Organizational Stress / Trauma and how to mitigate its impact on your personal and professional life.


1000-1045     Scott Wolfe, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Michigan State University


Title: The Ferguson Effect: What We Know and How it Can be Prevented




There has been much discussion about the Ferguson Effect over the past several years. In the face of unprecedented levels of public scrutiny stemming from recent high-profile police-involved citizen deaths, it is argued that officers have become less motivated and view the job as more dangerous. The Ferguson Effect argument suggests that officers will begin withdrawing from their duties out of fear of becoming the next viral video or being assaulted by antagonistic citizens. Increased crime rates are the supposed result. This presentation will focus on several key questions regarding the Ferguson Effect: (1) is de-policing occurring, (2) has crime increased in the wake of high-profile incidents, (3) how has the Ferguson Effect impacted officers, and (4) what can be down from a managerial standpoint to minimize the harmful effects of public scrutiny?


1100-1145     Major Nicole Rutland, DeKalb County (GA) Police Department 


Title: Officer Involved Shootings: Process and Change




Officer-involved shootings and certain in-custody deaths have gained national attention in the past few years. Traditional handling of these incidents involved interagency investigation and criminal misconduct clearance or referral of involved officers to criminal court. Public outcry demanded more transparency and outside agency investigation of these infrequent yet controversial events. DeKalb County, Ga. PD decided to change its process and implement outside agency investigation. Additionally, innovative outreach programs were developed to educate the community on the reality of officer-citizen deadly use of force encounters and policy regarding officer use of deadly force.


1200-1330     Lunch


1330-1530     Terry Edwards, Professor of Criminal Justice, Skagit Valley College, WA


Title: Legal Updates 2017:  Take me back to Muhlenberg County




This training presentation will entail an overview of recent court decisions relating to law enforcement operations and administration to include a discussion of contemporary legal issues encountered by police officers, agencies and CEOs.


1530-1630     Director Cindy Shain/ Dr. Tad Hughes


Closing discussion:  Topics for Future Training


1800-2100     Final Banquet   (Banquet Included with Conference Fee, Additional persons can be purchase:  Adults $50.00, Children 3-11 $25.00)


          Keynote Speaker: State Senator Greg Hembree (South Carolina, District 28)


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