WHAT: The Biggest and Best Gang Training Conference --- Gang School 2017.


When? --- August 7th, August 8th, August 9th, 2017


Where is it being held? --- Chicago: Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel


Why Attend? Read more inside this on-line version of the brochure.

 

Who Should Attend: Anyone who is impacted by the gang problem, whatever your role, rank, or status in life. If you can be potentially enlisted in the fight against gangs, you are welcome. From prosecutor to corrections professional, from gang specialist police officer to gang counselor at the local high school or a local prevention program; or maybe you are just someone who wants to learn a lot more about gangs and network with others nationwide.

How to Attend: A registration form is provided at the end of this file, you can fax it in or mail it in. You can print out just the Registration Form itself at www.ngcrc.com/register.html        

 

NGCRC CONTACT INFO: (TEL: 708 258-9111; FAX 708 258-9546).

 


The 2017 NGCRC 20th International Gang Specialist Training Conference


2017 Conference Information Site--- The Full Text On-Line Version


Last UPDATED: April 7, 2017

 

 

© Copyright 2017, NGCRC, Chicago, IL.. You are now in the "2017 Conference" section of the National Gang Crime Research Center, this is a lengthy fext file that explains everything you could possibly want to know about the exciting gang training conference being held in Chicago, August 7-9, 2017; the main website of the NGCRC is: www.ngcrc.com Click here if you want to visit the main page of the NGCRC: www.ngcrc.com.

 

 

What's New: We Have Over 100 Sessions Already Listed for the 2017 Conference

       We have already started to list the sessions being offered for the 2017 NGCRC Gang Training Conference. Towards the end of this file you will find the listing. And you can see them at: www.ngcrc.com/courses.html        Currently there are over N = 100 courses listed. This is an advance or early listing of the 2017 course curriculum.

 

What's New: We Have the Schedule Ready

       The schedule of classes, day, time, room number, and more is listed in this file and at www.ngcrc.com/schedule.html

      You can study the schedule, pick out the 24 hours of classroom training you want to attend, have your own personalized training schedule.

 

What's New: We Have the "Criss-Cross" Study Guide Ready

     The "Criss-Cross" study guide allows you to instantly identify the courses that give credit for the training track you signed up for. See below, and at: www.ngcrc.com/studyguide.html

 

What's New: We Have Listed the Bios for the Presenters for 2017

      We have listed the presenter bios for the 2017 NGCRC Gang Training Conference. You will find this listing inside this file below. It is useful to you if you are looking to network with persons in certain specialized skill areas. You can also see them at this webpage: www.ngcrc.com/presenters.html

 

What's New: Get Your Free Ticket to a Baseball Game:

          We have bought 100 tickets to the Chicago White Sox vs. Houston Astros game happening 7:10pm on Tuesday August 8th, 2017. Get your free ticket to this Baseball Networking Event. See information below. We also ordered 50 tickets to the Sunday August 6th, 2017 afternoon game for the Cubs at Wrigley Field, the Cubs are playing the Washington Nationals. More information below..

 

What's New: The Statistical Evaluation Results are Now Available for the 2016 NGCRC Gang Training Conference:

         Read these compelling findings to see why the NGCRC Gang Training conference sets the "gold standard" for gang training and is the biggest and best in the world today. Read more below.


This is Your Invitation to Attend the August 7-9, 2017 Conference:

          It's the conference you cannot afford to miss. In the summer of 2017, the National Gang Crime Research Center will hold its 20th international gang training conference in Chicago --- once again bringing together the Nation's top experts on gangs and gang-related issues.

             It's the experience you’ve come to expect --- the opportunity to network with law enforcement, corrections, private sector professionals from all over the country and abroad.

          Once again, the NGCRC will be offering you an enormous variety of choices to craft the education that is most pertinent to you and your jurisdiction.

          You'll come away with new insights, the latest intell, and the most effective strategies to combat gangs.

            You cannot afford to miss the NGCRC's 19th International Gang Specialist Training Conference in Chicago next summer (2017).

          Don't delay!

          There is a registration form for you at www.ngcrc.com/register.html and at the end of this large text file which describes the training conference in great detail.

 


 

AN INVITATION FOR GANG SPECIALIST PRESENTERS:


Dear Gang Specialist:


 The NGCRC cordially invites you to consider making a presentation at the 2017 Twentieth NGCRC International Gang Specialist Training Conference (August 7-9, 2017 at the Westin Hotel). The 2017 event is going to be a major event, as the NGCRC celebrates two decades (20 years) of successful gang training. There will be some new and wonderful events at the 2017 NGCRC Conference, you will want to be a part of it. Perhaps doing so as both an attendee, plus being a presenter too. There is still a little time to get a session added to the 2017 conference.



 This is your formal invitation to submit one or more “session proposals”. What makes you particularly competitive as a potential presenter is of course the fact that you already know the NGCRC training conference format. So you pretty much know how we do things.



 To help you get started, below, please find a "Session Proposal Form". It is simple, there are only a couple things we need on the form. The most important is going to be the topic and the abstract. We encourage you to think creatively. We can also help you if you want it: we can help you with picking a topic, or with finalizing a topic. To get help, just call (708) 258-9111 and ask to speak to someone from the 2017 Curriculum Committee. Or leave a number, and someone will call you.

 

The NGCRC supplies the following equipment to all training rooms and thus to all presenters: an LCD or data projector. We do not supplie laptop computers. You must bring your own laptop to connect to the LCD projector. The NGCRC also supplies a screen, work or equipment table, a lecturn, and a power strip. Overhead projectors are not provided.

 

If you need audio equipment, we have an assortment of computer speakers that can be checked out of the Goodwill Ambassador's Equipment Room, you will need to check in with them when you first arrive at the conference. Some audio equipment like the large and powerful speakers (we have a few of the Bose Sound Dock Series I speakers, has connector to iPod or iPhone) need to be reserved at the Equipment Room if you want it set up in advance in your room, so check in with them Sunday evening or Monday morning. If you need to buy your own connector cables or anything for your laptop there is a BestBuy right across the street from the conference hotel. You need to go to the equipment room as soon as you get to the conference to check in with them if you want any sound system or speakers. Feel free to bring your own speakers even your own LCD or data projector if you like.

 

You can also get help with “creative ideas” for a new session proposal. We already know what some of the “need areas are”, so you can get good feedback and counseling from the NGCRC on the type of session that will be “popular” and well attended in 2017. We can do this interactively with you on the phone, again, just call (708) 258-9111 and ask to speak to someone from the 2017 Curriculum Committee. Or leave a number, and someone will call you. You will find more information about the call for presenters below. Note: The call for presenters will likely end early this year, as we had over N = 130 different sessions in the 2016 program. So act now if you are interested.



Cordially,

 

 

George W. Knox, Ph.D.

Executive Director

NGCRC




CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS FOR THE 2017 NGCRC 20th INTERNATIONAL GANG SPECIALIST TRAINING CONFERENCE:


 This is an official invitation for you to be a presenter at the 2017 NGCRC 20th International Gang Specialist Training Conference to be held in Chicago, August 7-9, 2017 at the Westin Hotel Michigan Avenue.


You want to act quickly on this invitation to become a presenter at the 2017 NGCRC conference. We are planning on some new and exciting events this year. You want to become a part of this exciting 2017 Conference. Please note, though, that no financial incentives of any kind (including waiver of registration fees) can be offered. Presenters will be expected to be registered for the conference, unless special arrangements are made.


 You are cordially invited to submit a session proposal for the 2017 NGCRC gang training conference. You are allowed to submit and present more than one proposal.


 The presentations may vary in length from a minimum of one hour to a maximum of three hours. Most sessions are one or two hours in length. You will need to select a title that accurately reflects what people will learn in the session; you need to specify how long the session will last in duration; you need to decide which “tracks” your session will give credit for; you need to provide a short “abstract” or description of what the session will cover; and you need to provide a short "bio" about yourself.


The "Session Proposal Form" is provided below for your use. Please follow that as a template or guideline. Feel free to call if you have questions (call 708-258-9111, just ask to speak with someone from the 2017 Curriculum Committee).


 If there was a topic you wanted to consider for a session, but you needed some information or clarification: then again, you are encouraged to call any time in this regard ---- for example, just to “run an idea” up the flag pole, would a certain topic be useful at the conference, etc. While the NGCRC is very good at nurturing new presenters, we are not able to offer you any type of financial assistance. Note: The call for presenters will end shortly.


Your proposal(s) will be evaluated by the 2017 Curriculum Committee. We are usually able to get back to you with a decision in ten (10) days. You can use the form below or a facsimile of this form to submit your session proposal.

 



Call for Presenters:


2017 NGCRC Conference Session Proposal Form


 (Worksheet and Outline)


 


Title of Your Session:_________________________________________________________



Duration of Your Session in Hours:_______________ hours



Any restrictions on who can attend? ___Yes ___No (if Yes, who do you want to restrict this to___________)



What Track(s) Will This Session Fit Into?_________________________________________



Abstract (describe what people will learn in your session, about 100-150 words)


__________________________________________________________________________


__________________________________________________________________________


__________________________________________________________________________


__________________________________________________________________________


__________________________________________________________________________



Bio (describe your credentials, achievements, 100-150 words)


___________________________________________________________________________


___________________________________________________________________________


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Please submit your session proposal soon, call if you have any questions. Fax it to: (708) 258-9546 and then mail it to make sure we get it: NGCRC, 2017 Curriculum Committee, PO Box 990, Peotone, IL 60468. Warning: The call for presenters will close early this year.



Here is one sample of a session from a previous NGCRC conference, note the format has a “gang” issue in the title; gives a duration; specifies what tracks the session will be useful for (feel free to call about this if you need help: call 708-258-9111, just say you want to talk to someone from the Curriculum Committee).


 "Gangs and Extremists in the American Workplace and Military: A Current Assessment", by Dr. Michael J. Witkowski, CPP, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI.


 Duration: Two (2) hours


 Session Credits: Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gangs in the Military.


 Abstract


 Gang member infiltration of American occupations now includes legitimate businesses/corporations as well as military careers. Gang life on many military installations is now common as gang members move with parents in the military from place to place helping disseminate gang culture. Some so-called super gangs (e.g., Gangster Disciples) encourage military ties for gaining access to weapons and training. This security concern with gangs in the American workplace and military is legitimate given present day terrorist linkages. This segment will seek to enlighten security and law enforcement professionals on the emergent threats posed by street gangs and extremist groups who are increasingly entering mainstream occupations and the armed services.


 Bio


 Dr. Michael J. Witkowski, CPP is a nationally known security litigation expert with many years experience in handling civil litigation relating to street gangs. He has researched gang activity in a variety of venues including: public housing, casinos, fast-food restaurants, apartment complexes, concerts, shopping centers, and convenience stores. He is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and administers the Graduate Program in Security Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy. He teaches courses in Juvenile Justice and Gangs and Deviant Social Groups and is a regular presenter to the Detroit Police 80 Hour Crime Prevention School. He is also a member of the Crime Prevention Association of Michigan (CPAM).




THE NGCRC IS NOT ABLE TO PROVIDE ANY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE OF ANY KIND TO PRESENTERS:


 This is a longstanding policy, but needs to be formally declared in writing when dealing with the issue of invitations for presentations. Please be advised that the NGCRC is not able to provide any financial assistance of any kind to presenters. The NGCRC does not ask for any government subsidy, and thus no funding is available to assist presenters along these lines. The NGCRC treasures the intellectual freedom it has in addressing the kinds of issues it addresses, and it may not be able to offer some of its curriculum features with government subsidies or there could be a disadvantageous expectation from government funding that relates to our current “independence”. The NGCRC by making this invitation for session proposals specifically declares that this it is not able to provide any kind of financial assistance, subsidy, allowance, fee, honorarium, per diem, travel, or reimbursement of expenses, etc for such persons make presentations.



TOPICS WE REALLY NEED PRESENTERS FOR:


"How To 'Gang Proof' the School Zones in Your Jurisdiction".


 “How to Achieve Better Community Relations and Still Achieve Effective Gang Enforcement”.


"How to Achieve Pure Primary Gang Prevention in the School".

 

"Zero to Low Cost Gang Prevention and Intervention Program Services You Can Offer in Your Jurisdiction".


“How to Start a Gang Court in Your County”.

"Innovative Techniques for Interviewing Gang Members and Gang Associates".


"What We Really Need for Gang Prevention Laws in the Next Decade"


"The Use of the Polygraph in Gang Interviews/Debriefings".

 

"What We Really Need for Gang Investigation Skills in the Next Decade"

  

"How to Start a New Gang Renunciation Program in Your Correctional Facility".

 

"How the Federal Procurement Process Works for Getting Federal Grants and Funding for Your Gang Prevention/Intervention Program: NIJ, OJJDP and Others"

 

"New Technology to Fight the War Against Gang Violence".

 

"Dealing With Gangs on the Reservation"

 

"Gang Involvement in Credit Card Fraud"

 

"Gang Involvement in Identity Theft"

 

"An Analysis of Native American Gangs" .

 

“The Anatomy of a Gang Prosecution: From Crime Scene to Final Appeals and Parole Hearings”


"Advanced Gang Identification About Crips"

 

"Advanced Gang Identification for Blood Gangs".

 

"Recent Developments in Hate Groups/White Racist Extremist Gangs".


“New Developments in Social Media Usage by Gang Members”

 

"New Laws that We Really Need for Gang Prosecution in the Next Decade"

 

"How to Monitor the Internet Sites Related to Your Community That May Have Gang Shout Outs and Gang-Related Activity (Recruiting, Gang Message Boards, etc)"

 

"New Policies/Procedures We Need in Corrections to Deal More Effectively With Gangs/STG in the Next 10 years".

 

"Things that Work and Don't Work in Dealing With Gang Members in Juvenile Correctional Facilities"

 

"How to Effectively Use Anonymous Cash Rewards for Solving Cold Case Gang-Related Crimes".  


"New Policies/Procedures We Need in K-12 Public Schools to Deal More Effectively With Gangs in the Next 10 Years".


"How to Start a New Faith-Based Gang Prevention/Intervention in Your City".

 

"How to Increase Respect for the Law Among At-Risk Youths and Gang Members"

 

"How to Implement a Gang Victim Assistance Program"

 

"Building Trust in Our Communities: Overcoming the Stop Snitching Gang Distrust Problem"

 

"How to Increase Ethnic, Racial and Cross-Cultural Tolerance Within a Gang or At-Risk Population"

 

"Gangs and Organized Crime Involvement in the Sale of Body Parts"

 


 

 

What's New: Get Your Free Ticket to a Baseball Game:

 

This IS A BASEBALL NETWORKING EVENT

       These tickets are available free to those registered for Certification or Non-Certification, one per person on a first come, first served basis. One ticket per person. Only one baseball networking event per person. We have N = 100 of the White Sox tickets purchased for the Tuesday evening August 8th, 2017 game. We also purchased 50 tickets for the Sunday afternoon, August 6th, 2017 game for the Chicago Cubs at the Wrigley Field location on the northside.

             The NGCRC has purchased 100 tickets to the White Sox vs. Houston Astros game, starts 7:10p.m., Tuesday, August 8th, 2016. We have already purchased the 100 tickets and we now have them in custody and we are mailing these out as soon as they are requested on the Registration Form or Ticket Request Form. We have the tickets in hand for the White Sox game, we have a nice block of seats in the left field lower corner (good spot to catch a ball). Gates to the White Sox game open at 5:40p.m.

        The Cubs tickets have not yet arrived. To those signed up: we will mail them out as soon as we get them.

            How do you get a ticket: Just check “yes” on the registration form for the question “I want to attend a baseball networking event Tuesday evening”. The NGCRC is giving away tickets to this game to those who are registered for the conference (one per person). You will be sitting in good company as you will be seated in a large group of other gang specialists: people attending the NGCRC Conference. So it is a remarkable way to network as well. When we have purchased the Cubs tickets, we will provide the option here to request a Cubs ticket.

            To get to the White Sox game, we suggest you take the train to the 35th Street stop on the Dan Ryan. That is right there at the stadium. The CTA train is cheap, fast. Please note: transportation to and from the game from the hotel is not provided by the NGCRC. You simply need to call or visit the website (www.transitchicago.com) for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and you will find there is very cheap transportation by train or bus. Should you want to pool in a taxi with some others from the NGCRC, or your own group that is attending, hey, fine, just remember you are on your own: the NGCRC is not paying for the transportation. We paid a premium price for the tickets. Our advice: buy a round-trip CTA train ticket. We recommend using the CTA train, it is very cheap, and the fastest way to and from the ball park.

          For travel to see the White Sox, take the CTA Red line south to 35th Street (the ball park for where the White Sox have their home is now technically called "Guaranteed Rate Field", 333 West 35th Street).

          For travel to see the Cubs, take the Red Line north to Addison.

             Your ticket will be mailed directly to you when you register. So do not lose the ticket, we cannot replace it if it is lost or destroyed. We have the tickets now, and we are mailing them out on a first come, first served basis. These tickets while paid for by the NGCRC are being distributed free of charge to officially registered trainees to enhance their social networking experience at the NGCRC training conference. We truly ask that you not exploit this by requesting a ticket and then trying to sell it: because whoever gets the ticket will have to sit with a lot of gang specialists. If you request a ticket, and if we provide you one, and you change your mind about attending this networking event: no problem, just hand in your ticket at anytime to the NGCRC.

            You can submit the Baseball Networking Event Ticket Request Form (provided below) at any time.

             If you registered early, before we had the tickets, then you can submit the Ticket Request Form at any time after registering, during the time frame that we still have such tickets to give away. We cannot guarantee tickets to anyone. Again: first come, first served. When they are gone, they are gone. Make sure your request is mailed by means of the United States Postal Service. Please follow the procedure described here.

YES, We Still Have Tickets to the game.

             If you want a ticket to attend one of the games, and you are already registered for the Conference: then complete the form below. Or for redundancy, attach it to your registration form when you send in or fax in or email in your registration form.

 

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BASEBALL NETWORKING EVENT

TICKET REQUEST FORM

 

Please mail me one free Baseball Networking Event ticket to:

 


Print Name: ________________________________________________________________

                       First                               Last


Street Address:______________________________________________________________


Agency (optional):___________________________________________________________

 

Telephone numbers to call you if there are any problems:_____________________________________________________


City, State, Zip:______________________________________________________________

 

I am registered to attend the 2017 NGCRC Conference and I want to receive a ticket to one of the Baseball Networking Events. I understand that I need to select from one of the options below. Here is the ONE that I want. (INSTRUCTION: “CHECK” one and only ONE of the choices)

 

____I am requesting one ticket to the Tuesday, August 9th game (7:10pm start).

 

____I am requesting a ticket to attend the Aug. 6th, Sunday, 2017, Chicago Cubs vs. Nationals baseball game networking event.

 

Mail this form to: NGCRC Conference Processing Center, P.O. Box 990, Peotone, IL 60468-0990

Or fax this form to: (708) 258-9546
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 Meet the Speakers and Presenters at the 2017 NGCRC 20th International Gang Specialist

Training Conference (August 7-9, 2017):


Last Updated: April 6, 2017

 

Det. Esekia “Skee” Afatasi

            Detective Esekia “Skee” Afatasi is a member of the Salt Lake Area Gang Project’s Metro Gang Task Force, a state task force housed at the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake. He has been in Law Enforcement for 13 years beginning in 2002 as a Correctional Officer in the Salt Lake County Metro Jail for 3 ½ years before becoming a road officer. He worked 3 years as a patrol officer and 2 years as a Detective in the COP (Community Oriented Policing) Unit. While working the COP Unit, he formed a localized gang unit in the Oquirrh Division called the “The OG’s” (Oquirrh Gang/Graffiti Group). This unit was formed to assist the Metro Gang Unit in combating gangs in the area. As a result of his efforts and hard work as a COP Detective, he was awarded “Deputy of the Year” in 2009 and his unit was awarded “Unit of the Year” in 2010. Skee has been a detective with the Metro Gang Unit since 2011.

 

Dr. Sally-Ann Ashton

            Sally-Ann Ashton is a postgraduate researcher in the International Centre for Investigative Psychology at University of Huddersfield. Her research uses the Pathways to Desistance data to investigate the relationship of static and dynamic risk factors to gang membership and to desistance from crime. Sally-Ann has over 10 years of experience running training workshops in English prisons. The presentation is co-authored with two colleagues, first, Dr. Maria Ioannou, a Chartered Forensic Psychologist and Read in Investigative Psychology and Course Director for the M.S.c. in Investigative Psychology at the University of Huddersfield. Maria has been involved in the assessment of intervention programmes for reducing/preventing a range of different forms of criminality. And the second co-author is Dr. Laura Hammond, Senior Lecturer and Assistant Course Director for the M.S.c. at Huddersfield and who has worked with academic groups, and law enforcement agencies around the world on a range of consultancy and criminal legal cases.

 

Ashley Augustin 

            Ashley Augustin attained her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado - Boulder and graduated from the California Western School of Law. Ms. Augustin has served as a prosecutor with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office for ten years. She is currently assigned to the Felony Trial Division and prosecutes any number of felonies to include violent crimes, sexual offenses, and homicides. For the past three years, Ms. Augustin has been assigned as the County’s Arson Prosecutor.

 

Jim Bailey

            Officer Tyler Sutherland and Officer Jim Bailey have been assigned to the Battle Creek Police Department Gang Suppression Unit for over 6 years and were road patrol officers prior to this for five years. As members of the Gang Unit, both have been directly involved as the lead investigators in a number of gang and violent crime cases that have resulted in courtroom trials and jury convictions. While participating in all aspects of gang investigations and court room prosecution, Tyler, Jim, and other members of their Battle Creek Gang Unit have been qualified as, and testified as, gang experts in U.S. District Court and the State of Michigan, more than 15 times in the last five years. One of their gang cases was the first criminal gang enhancement jury conviction in the State of Michigan since the state statute was created. Tyler and Jim have also been involved in cell phone investigations, writing and executing search warrants, surveillance techniques, undercover drug buys, and managing confidential informants. Jim is also a K-9 handler for the Battle Creek Police Department.


Dr. Andy Bain

            Andy Bain is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Mount Union, Ohio, USA. He holds a Ph.D. in Offender Behavior, a Msc. Criminal Justice and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology. Andy is the co-author of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs: A Theoretical Perspective (with Mark Lauchs & Peter Bell), and previously co-authored Professional Risk Taking with People: A Guide to Decision-Making in Health, Social Care & Criminal Justice (with David Carson). In addition Andy has published in a number of leading international academic and professional journals. His professional background includes four years with the National Probation Service (England & Wales) and six years running a successful Criminal Justice Consultancy Group, providing guidance and advice to offender groups, law enforcement agencies and correctional bodies. This, in turn led to the publication of a number of local and national policing and corrections reports.


Michael Bickis

            Michael Bickis, a graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law, has been an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the Stark County Prosecutor’s Office in Canton, Ohio since 2003. Attorney Bickis, who has previously attended the NGCRC conference, serves as the office’s gang crime specialist. In addition to dealing with street gangs, he has prosecuted cases against institutional gangs, such as the Heartless Felons, inside the Indian River Juvenile Correctional Facility located in Stark County. Prior to Attorney Bickis, the office had never had a gang prosecution program. Consequently, he has had to build the gang prosecution from the ground up. Stark County has developed a successful gang prosecution program despite the lack of a full-time gang unit.


Renae Brantley

            Renae Brantley is the Managing Director of Aubergine Communications, a fund development and marketing consultancy. She works with boards on governance and strategic planning to ensure organizational readiness for growth. She began her career in the U.S. Congress, where she worked with governmental organizations, obtaining millions of dollars in federal funding for a wide range of projects. She has worked in the Fund-raising arena for 30 years. She has providing fundraising and grant writing consultant services to many organizations and law enforcement agencies. Renae’s career in fundraising spans 30 years. She is a widely sought after grantwriting consultant.


Robert M. Brzenchek

            Robert M. Brzenchek is currently the Chief Executive Officer of All Source International Security LLC based in the Philadelphia metropolitan area and travels worldwide to present/train on gangs. He augments this position with research conducted as a PhD student at Capella University with a proposed dissertation focus on predictive gang prevention programs. Robert has teamed up with current Florida law enforcement gang investigators Ben Peiper and Garrick Ploncynski to co-author The Gang Life: Laugh Now Cry Later - Suppression to Prevention. The book is published by CRC Press/Taylor Francis and will be released Fall 2016. Robert also brings his expertise into the higher education classrooms as the Criminal Justice Program Manager/Assistant Criminal Justice Professor at Peirce College in Philadelphia, PA. In the public sector, Mr. Brzenchek worked with dozens of national agencies, governments, and international organizations as a Navy Intelligence Specialist and law enforcement official. The previous experience provides him the subject matter expertise to contribute to NBC 10 as their on-air Security Expert. Mr. Brzenchek has performed suppression and intervention techniques with various gangs ranging from MS-13, Bloods, Crips, and Latin Kings in his capacity as a law enforcement official. In the private sector, Mr. Brzenchek has worked with organizations as diverse as DHS, DOD, major corporations, ports, and public utilities on security matters, risk management, policy, and technologies.


William A. Campbell

            William A. Campbell, Training Academy Coordinator/Lead training Instructor for the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice - Training Branch. Professional Certified Gang Specialist. Originally a native of Chicago, attended Christian Fenger Academy, graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. He has 21 years of experience in working with at-risk juveniles with 12 years in Juvenile Justice. He conducts training modules on a variety of topics (e.g., advanced gang identification, security threat groups, gang counseling techniques, special needs offenders, crisis prevention, and therapeutic helping relationships). He has served 8 years in the United States Army as an Artillery Cannon Crew Chief. He is also a Gulf War vet. He is a member of the National Gangs Management Task Force, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Omicron Nu Lambda Chapter at Ft. Knox, KY which mentors to young men within the community through community service projects. He has done gang presentations for Kentucky Council on Crime & Delinquency, American Corrections Association, and National Gang Crime Research Center. He is a recipient of the KY Dept of Juvenile Justice Professional Development Employee of the Year Award 2010.


Aaron Cunningham

            Aaron Cunningham is a 17 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, currently assigned to the CPIC Fusion Center. Aaron is a highly decorated officer with extensive gang experience and past assignments to PSN Task Force, Area Gun Team, Intelligence Officer, and Tactical Team member. Aaron is also an internationalist having dedicated himself to organizing large National level Counterterrorism and C4ISR training events in North Asia. He is currently involved in training projects for the El Salvador Policia National Civil (PNC). 


Det. Kenneth Davis

            Kenneth Davis is presently a detective with the Yonkers Police Department’s Gang/Narcotics Unit. Since the early 1990s, Ken has been involved with investigating and researching active gang members and prolific graffiti writers; as well as being one of the department’s community/human relations instructor. In 2013, Ken was assigned as the department’s liaison for YMCA Project SNUG (Cure Violence/Violence Interrupters/Cease Fire) and one of the members of the Re-Entry Team (Reducing Recidivism). In addition to acquiring numerous credit hours in gang and graffiti studies, he has a MS degree in Human Resource Management from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York.


James Duffy

            James Duffy’s Law enforcement career began in 1975 working for the Bensenville Police Department. There he served until 2001, retiring as a patrol Sergeant. He is currently employed by the Du Page County States Attorneys Office as an Investigator. He has been involved with gathering intelligence on motorcycle gangs since 1996. James is also an instructor for North East Multi-Regional Training, NEMRT where he teaches patrolmen and gang specialists how to recognize and survive encounters with motorcycle gangs. He has been an instructor for the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association Conference, Des Moines, Iowa; Midwest Cycle Intelligence Organization; and the Illinois State Police in preparation for the Hells Angel USA Run 2013. Testified as Motorcycle Gang Expert, 2015 McHenry County, IL.


Dr. Gregg W. Etter Sr. Ed.D.

            Dr. Gregg W. Etter Sr. Ed.D. is a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Missouri. He retired as a Lieutenant with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Wichita, Kansas after serving from 1977 to 2006. He is rated as a gang expert by the National Gang Crime Research Center. He has written extensively and presented classes on gangs, white supremacist groups and police management topics in the United States and Canada. Dr. Etter earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Wichita State University and his Doctorate degree from Oklahoma State University.


Robert “Bob” Fuller

            Senior Investigator Robert “Bob” Fuller is a thirty-eight year veteran of law enforcement. Bob retired from the Adams County Sheriff’s Department as a Sergeant assigned to the Metro Gang Task Force after twenty-six years. Bob has been with the Denver District Attorney’s Office for the past twelve years, assigned to the Witness Protection Unit/Metro Gang Task Force. Bob has been assigned to the Metro Gang Task Force for a total of twenty three years. Bob has participated in numerous wiretap/conspiracy / R.I.C.O. Federal and Colorado Organized Crime Control Act State investigations over the course of his assignment at Metro Gang Task Force. In 2011, he received the Colorado Attorney Generals Excellence in Law Enforcement Award for Gang Investigations.


D. Lee Gilbertson, Ph.D.

            D. Lee Gilbertson has been teaching research methods since August 2000 at Saint Cloud State University. He has consulted with law enforcement in the areas of forensic victimology, crime analysis, and racial profiling. He has studied gangs, militias, and extremist groups since 1995, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. Lee is a published author and has participated in 14 of the NGCRC Gang Colleges, is a two-time recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award, is a reviewing editor of the Journal of Gang Research, and is a member of the NGCRC staff. His background includes a doctorate in sociology, masters in criminal justice, and 16 years of exemplary military service (infantry and signals intelligence).


Jesse Hambrick

            Jesse Hambrick is presently a Sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division at the Douglas County (Georgia) Sheriff’s Office. He holds a high profile position in charge of the School Resource Officer’s Unit, composed of 15 officers, as well as several community-oriented programs. He has 25 years of law enforcement experience. He authored the book entitled Prisoners of Meth, and coordinates the Douglas County Meth Task Force. Hambrick has excelled as an investigator and has received national and state awards for excellence in the field of investigative work and leadership. Through his position at the Sheriff’s Office, Jesse Hambrick has developed and teaches several courses for law enforcement and the public, including drug and gang awareness.


Mario L. Hesse, Ph.D.

            Mario L. Hesse, Ph.D. is a professor of criminal justice at the St. Cloud State University (MN). Dr. Hesse’s research and teaching interests are in corrections, gangs and media and crime. Mario has extensive experience working in the corrections field (adult community-based programs, juvenile detention centers, and juvenile probation). Mario has published articles in ACJS Today, Corrections Today, Criminal Justice Review, and the Journal of Gang Research. Currently, Mario is a reviewing editor for the Journal of Gang Research and an associate editor for Forensics Scholars Today. He is a coauthor of Gangs (2016) and Juvenile Justice: The Essentials (2010) textbooks. Mario is a frequent presenter at the National Gang Crime Research Center’s annual training conference.


Jewel N. Jones, MPA

            Jewel N. Jones, MPA. Jewel has worked in juvenile justice for over 16 years. She is currently a Juvenile Parole Officer and the STG/Gang Coordinator with the State of Ohio. As a Certified Gang Specialist, she serves as the contact for intelligence regarding local gang and organized crime activity within Cleveland and surrounding areas as well as providing supervision for adjudicated youth that have been committed to ODYS. She is the juvenile liaison at PSN STANCE Law Enforcement Executive Meetings with FBI. Her responsibilities are networking, discussion, and collaboration with all law enforcement in development of initiatives to keep our communities safe. Prior to ODYS, Jewel was a Program Manager for the Gang Prevention program within Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction; a Patrol Officer for Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department; and an Investigative Case Worker for Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services.


Dr. Janice Joseph

            Janice Joseph, Ph.D. is a professor of the Criminal Justice Program at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She is the Editor for Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice. She earned her Ph.D. degree from York University in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of the book: Black Youths, Delinquency, and Juvenile Justice; and she co-edited the book With Justice for All: Minorities and Women in Criminal Justice; and she has published numerous articles on delinquency, gangs, violence against women, and minorities and crime. She has earned a Frederic Thrasher Award for her research on gangs and has successfully completed several gang specialist training programs at the National Gang Crime Research Center.


Kevin Kreuser

            Kevin Kreuser, B.S., Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago; 18 years as a Probation Officer — Cook County, ILL. Juvenile Court.


Det. James Louis

            James Louis is presently a Detective in the Community Response Division(Juvenile Unit) at the West Palm Beach Police Department. Louis has eight years Law Enforcement experience. Detective Lois has served as the Department’s Juvenile Arrest and Monitor (JAM) officer for the past 5 years. In 2014 Detective Louis and his team were named the Gang Unit of the Year by the Florida Gang Investigators Association for their diligent work in the community. Louis is very passionate about reducing crime involving youth violence in the community.

     

Stine Lukowski

            Stine Lukowski is working in the municipality of Koege and the Danish National Police Force. In Koege Stine is working with crime prevention targeting gang and OMǴs. The goal is to prevent recruiting, motivate existing members to leave the gang and structuring exit programs for those who choose to do so. In the Danish National Police force, Stine is working together with law enforcement officers and the prison and probation service. Together they are supporting, teaching, developing and evaluating exit strategies nationwide.


Sarah Lund

            Sarah Lund has been employed as a Crime Lab Technician with the Omaha, NE Police Department Crime Lab since 2010. Past experience includes working as a Correctional Officer with the State of Minnesota Department of Corrections, and part-time adjunct faculty at St. Cloud State University, in St. Cloud, MN, as the instructor of the Forensic Photography course. She is a graduate of the Criminal Justice Master of Science program at SCSU, where she also earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. As part of her undergraduate thesis research, Sarah interned with the Forensic Imaging Bureau of the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner Department, photographing autopsies, death scenes, and evidence, and authored a photography manual for law enforcement. This year marks her twelfth year of attendance at the NGCRC training conference, the ninth year presenting with the NGCRC, and the ninth year serving as the official NGCRC conference photographer.

 

Kate Mahoney, MSW, LCSW

            Kate Mahoney has devoted the past 25 years to leading an organization that is recognized for its cutting edge approaches to preventing and treating substance abuse problems. She has presented at national conferences in Atlanta, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Dallas and New Orleans. Her expertise in the addiction treatment field has won her the prestigious Dole/Nyswander Award from the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, the Judy Miller Award from the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association as well as the George Schwab Distinguished Service Award also from the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association.


Keiron McConnell

            Keiron holds a Bachelor of General Studies Degree from the Open University of British Columbia, a Masters of Science Degree in Policing and Public Order Studies from the University of Leicester, a Diploma in Police Leadership from Dalhousie University and a Certificate in Public Sector Leadership from Royal Roads University. This academic achievement comes with 22 years of operational experience with a large Criminal Justice Agency. In addition, Keiron has provided consulting services that included the Royal Saudi Arabian Police and the Peoples Republic of China Police. He has instructed at the JIBC-Police Academy for three years in Professional Patrol Tactics and continues as a guest lecturer. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Royal Roads University, and at Douglas College in the Criminology Program. He is a regular guest instructor for the policing program at Simon Fraser University and is the author of the textbook “Legal and Regulatory Influences for Public Safety Communications”. He is currently a Doctorate Candidate at the London Metropolitan University in London, England.


Dr. Barry S. McCrary

            Dr. McCrary is currently an assistant professor at Western Illinois University (WIU) teaching in the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. Prior to WIU he worked for Juvenile Court and in the field of juvenile justice in Pittsburgh, PA, for over twenty years. Dr. McCrary worked as a program supervisor, where he was responsible for counseling, designing, implementing and monitoring a progressive treatment program. Other responsibilities include supervision of the probation officers, probation counselors, and drug and alcohol counselors. His responsibilities also include parent training, life skill training, and research in the area of criminal behavior. He is also the founder of Maleness to Manhood Inc, a non profit, faith based organization. The purpose of this organization is to improve the educational and social developmental needs of inner-city youth by promoting the importance of an education and designing, implementing and developing progressive programming for urban youth, particularly African American males. 


FTO Steven Mooney

            Steven Mooney is presently a Field Training Officer in the Patrol Division at the West Palm Beach Police Department. Mooney has thirteen years Law Enforcement experience. Mooney is also one of the creators of Operation Youth Violence which has been presented at numerous events to include: The Florida Gang Investigators Association Annual Conference, the Annual Gang Prevention and Intervention Summit, and the National Conference for Preventing Crime in the Black Community. Mooney also serves on the Department’s SWAT team.


Fred Moreno 

            Fred Moreno is a veteran of the Chicago Police Department, retiring with the rank of Gang Specialist. For the past 8 years, he has been served as an investigator with the Cook County State’s Attorney Office — Gang Investigation Section. Fred is also the co-chair of the NGCRC’s Vet Reception, being held this year and in previous years. Fred is also host of the NGCRC Opening Ceremony.


Robert Mulvaney

           Robert Mulvaney has an extensive background in the Criminal Justice field including positions as a correctional officer, prison counselor, parole officer and STG specialist. In addition he has taught numerous Criminal Justice courses as an adjunct faculty member. He has been a member/coordinator of various research and prevention organizations and has conducted Gang/STG related training at various levels of local, state and federal government. He has also written articles for professional correctional organizations as well as the Journal of Gang Research.


Detective William Kimball Murdock

            William Kimball Murdock is an Atlanta Police Department Detective with 22 years of experience. He currently serves in the department’s Gang Unit and is assigned as a Task Force Officer with the FBI Atlanta Gang Task Force. Detective Murdock has been a primary case agent on both large and small scale federal and state investigations leading to the indictment and arrest of more than 100 gang members. Detective Murdock has testified as a gang expert several times in Georgia and regularly instructs Georgia law enforcement on topics ranging from Gangs to Search and Seizure law. Detective Murdock is a member of the Georgia Gang Investigators Association and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice (Summa Cum Laude) from Herzing University.


Kris Murphy

            Kris Murphy, CLF, SSW, Salt Lake Area Gang Project, Gang Programs Director. Kris has worked with at risk youth for 18 years, the last 8 specifically with gang involved youth. In 2008 she developed and directed the Ogden CROSS Gang Intervention Program in Ogden, Utah. The CROSS program was labelled highly effective by an independent evaluation conducted by the University of Utah. Kris joined the Salt Lake City Area Gang Project in 2014 to develop and implement intervention and prevention services throughout Salt Lake County. During her time working with gang issues, she has provided intense intervention services for over 200 high risk, gang involved youth, ages 12-20. Kris also provides prevention and intervention training and education for school administrators, educators, program managers, juvenile courts and juvenile justice services.


Sgt. William Nealy

            William Nealy is a Sergeant in the Community Response Division (Juvenile Unit) at the West Palm Beach Police Department. Nealy has twelve years Law Enforcement experience. Nealy is one of the creators of Operation Youth Violence which has been presented at numerous events to include: The Florida Gang Investigators Association Annual Conference, the Annual Gang Prevention and Intervention Summit, and the National Conference for Preventing Crime in the Black Community. Nealy was also recognized by Congresswoman Lois Frankel for the outstanding work being done in the local community.


Dr. Todd D. Negola

            Todd D. Negola is a clinical/forensic psychologist who has worked with the National Gang Crime Research Center for over 10 years. He also serves as the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Gang Investigator’s Association. He has been studying and researching gangs and criminal mindedness for almost 20 years. He has worked with and studied juvenile and adult criminal populations, in and out of prison, both at the state and federal levels. He conducts training and consults with federal, state and local law enforcement as well as public and private educational institutions, community programs and mental health personnel. He has published research in the Journal of Gang Research, Addiction and Research, The Journal and co-authored a chapter in the book, Treating the Juvenile Offender. He has multiple television appearances, participated in nationally syndicated and local radio programs and has consulted in gang documentaries. Lastly, he is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Research and Exemplary Scholarship in the Psychology of Gangs and is a Reviewing Editor for the National Gang Crime Research Center’s Journal of Gang Research.


Stephen L. Nelson

            Steve Nelson is an Assistant United States Attorney and currently serves as the Anti-Gang Coordinator for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah. Steve has been prosecuting (at both the federal and state levels) adult and juvenile gang members in Utah for over 13 years. In 2008, Steve was named the Utah Gang Investigators Association Gang Prosecutor of the year; in 2012, Steve was awarded the 2012 Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Award for Superior Performance as a Litigative Team for his work on a gang-related federal RICO trial. Steve earned his J.D. (2002) and Ph.D. (2010) from the University of Utah. He also serves as an Associate Instructor of Political Science at the University of Utah, and has taught over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students in his teaching career.


Michael G. Nerheim 

            Lake County State’s Attorney Michael G. Nerheim has extensive experience working in all criminal divisions of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office. As a former assistant state’s attorney and now as the Lake County State’s Attorney, his experience includes areas of complex litigation, criminal defense and municipal law. Michael G. Nerheim demonstrates strong leadership and business experience, and is heavily involved in the Lake County community.


Detective William Noon

            Detective Noon is a 20 year veteran of the Toledo Police Department. Detective Noon has been assigned to the Toledo Police Gang Unit for 14 years and a Task Force with the BATF for 7 years. Detective Noon has been recognized as an expert in numerous gang trials.


Deepa Patel, CSOTP, LCSW

            Ms. Patel (CSOTP, LCSW) is currently the Executive Director of Trauma and Hope, LLC, in Springfield, Virginia. Her practice specifically focuses towards victims of violence, sexual exploitation, gang prevention and intervention, and sex offender evaluations and treatment. She previously was the Coordinator of the Sex Offender Program and Director of the Gang Intervention and Sexual Exploitation Programs at an Outpatient Clinic in Springfield, Virginia. Ms. Patel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider, and is a Gang Specialist through the National Gang Crime Research Center. She is a dynamic clinician who has developed an expertise in non-voluntary clients, specifically juvenile and adult gang members and sex offenders. For the past eleven years, she has developed a proficient style of work with adolescents who are gang involved. Through her understanding and clinical devotion to her clients, she has widened her competency to develop an outpatient and inpatient treatment program for female gang controlled sexual exploitation victims. The inpatient treatment program specifically serves victims of sexual exploitation and has been implemented in six residential facilities. Ms. Patel has a unique ability to relate to her clients that has resulted in her having significant success treating her clients. Ms. Patel is often sought out throughout the USA and abroad to provide training and education regarding gang involved youth, sexual exploitation and sex offenders. Her passion and competency in her outpatient therapeutic program with gangs and gang controlled sexual exploitation victims led her to become a recipient of the 2012 Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Service in Gang Prevention. In addition, she was selected in 2013 for the CACIE (Central American Community Impact Exchange) an initiative formed by the FBI and the White House and the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children in Holland to share her success in treatment for gang involved youth, victims of sex trafficking and sex offenders. In addition, she is the Victim Services Chair for the Just Ask Prevention Project which is a statewide prevention human trafficking project and a member of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force.


Stacia Pottoroff

            Ms. Stacia Pottoroff, B.S. is a graduate student in Criminal Justice at the University of Central Missouri. She is a member of the American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon. She was a recipient of the 2015 UCM Undergradaute Research Grant and the UCM 2016 Graduate School Travel Grant.


Roger L. Rice

            Proudly served in the United States Navy, currently a Training Administrator for the State of Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. Worked at the Cheltenham Youth Facility as a Youth Supervisor up a Unit Manager of a living cottage for 13 years. Supervised the Prince George’s County Evening Reporting Center which utilizes the “Cook County” model which is a detention alternative for 7 years. Certified Instructor with the Maryland and Police Training Commission since 1996. Certified as an Instructor in Crisis Prevention and Management, Suicide Prevention and Education, Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse Neglect, Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, Verbal De-Escalation, First Aid/CPR/AED, Prison Rape Elimination Act, Gang (Youth) Awareness, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Safety & Security, Report Writing, Driver Improvement. Received Instructor of the Year for 2011.

            

Sgt. Stephen Roche

            I am a 26 year veteran of the Worcester Police Department with a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Curry College. I have presented at the following: 2006 U.S. Attorney’s Project Safe Neighborhood Seminar, Boston; 2006 Panelist U.S. Dept. Of Justice Gang Survey; 2011 Massachusetts Education Opportunity Association; 2013 U.S. Attorney’s Conference on Gang Violence, Marlboro, MA.       


Dr. Jeffery P. Rush

            This is Dr. Jeffery P. Rush. I am in my 24nd year of college teaching and I am an assistant professor at Troy University. My areas of expertise include terrorism/homeland security, gangs, law enforcement, leadership and juvenile justice. A published author in all these areas, I am a graduate of SWOTT and I’m certified as an Instructor with State and Local Terrorism Training (SLATT). I was an active duty street cop for approximately ten years and have been a reserve deputy sheriff since 1988 working in courtroom security for approximately ten years and currently assigned as a patrol deputy sergeant. I served as a juvenile probation officer for five years and for the past 20 years have worked in private security (including retail, concerts, special events and executive protection). A past president of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, I am an author and trainer and (soon to be) former co-editor of The Police Forum. My doctorate is in Public Administration from the 2009 college football national champions the University of Alabama (Rooooolllll Tide), my Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice all were received from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


Eddie Savage

            Task Force Officer Eddie Savage is an 11 year member of the Waterloo Police Department. He graduated from the Cook County Police Academy in September 1992 and the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in 2007. He spent 3.5 years on the Violent Crimes Apprehension Team. He is currently assigned to the FBI Waterloo Safe Streets Task Force. He teaches at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy at Hawkeye Community College. He conducts gang talks to various community organizations throughout the city of Waterloo. He has earned two gang specialist certificates from the NGCRC and is a member of the Midwest Gang Investigators Association.


Gregory E. Scarbro

            Mr. Scarbro has been with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for thirty-five years, serving in a program management capacity for a majority of that time. He currently serves as the Unit Chief for the FBI, Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS), Biometric Services Section (BSS), Customer Support Unit. He is responsible for all customer service outreach associated with the various FBI BSS person-centric services. He formally served as the Unit Chief for the FBI, Uniform Crime Reporting Program and as Program Manager for the development of the FBI CJIS Division advisory policy process.


Tom Schneider, M.S.

            Tom Schneider retired from the Cook County Illinois Juvenile Probation Department in January of 2013 after forty years on the street as a juvenile probation officer. He holds a BA degree from the University of Illinois Chicago in the Administration of Criminal Justice and a M.S. degree from Chicago State University in Correction and Criminal Justice. He is currently conducting Anger Management/Violence Prevention groups for juvenile probationers and is the Director of Project Lifeline, the Cook County Juvenile Court scholarship program.


Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D.

                        Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D. has been a nonprofit leader for more than three decades, including 12 years as Executive Director of the Gang Alternatives Program in Los Angeles County. He provides professional develoment in the area of gang prevention to the LAUSD K-12 school counselors; serves in various advisory capacities with local law enforcement, including LAPD and LASD; works on various city and county agencies in the areas of violence reduction and community rebuilding; and works actively with nationally-known academic institutions and corporations to improve the quality of life, health, and equity for kids and families in gang-controlled and violent communities. He is currently the Director of the Gangfree Life Academy®.


Carter F. Smith, J.D., Ph.D.

            Carter was a special agent in Army CID for over twenty-two years. He served fifteen of those years at Fort Campbell, KY, where he identified the growing gang problem in the early 1990s and later started the Army’s first Gang & Extremist investigations team. He investigates and researches topics like spontaneous gang formation, military-trained gang members, gangs and their use of technology, and gang members in colleges and universities. He has been interviewed about gangs by several news sources, and has appeared twice in the History Channel’s Gangland series. He was a founding (and still serving) board member of the Tennessee Gang Investigators Association, and is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award of the National Gang Crime Research Center.


Earl Smith

            A teacher and administrator of at-risk youth for over 20 years in the Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. Supervise staff that service over 40,000 foster youth and homeless students in San Bernardino county. I am the current Executive Director of the San Bernardino Countywide Gangs and Drugs Task Force.


Grant E. Smith

            Mr. Grant Smith is a member of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) National Crime Information Center (NCIC) external training staff. Mr. Smith is a retired police officer with twenty-two years of law enforcement experience. For twelve of the twenty-two years, he was assigned to a multi-jurisdiction and multi-agency narcotics and violence crime task force as a task force agent and supervisor. Other law enforcement experience includes time in the Patrol Division, Investigations Division, and as a Special Response Team as a team leader. He also served as an investigator on the county’s Child Sexual Abuse Task Force. Additionally, he was a member of the department’s Counter Drug Reaction Team, and the department’s Police Honor Guard. Immediately upon retirement from the police department, Mr. Smith served as a member of a forensic team with the Combined Explosive Exploitation Cell (CEXC) in Baghdad, Iraq.

            As an FBI training instructor, Mr. Smith conducts training for municipal, county, state and federal agencies. He is also part of the FBI’s New Agent Training Team in Quantico, VA and participates in CJIS internal training. In 2015, Mr. Smith was the recipient of the Frederic Thrasher Award for Superior Service in Law Enforcement Training. Mr. Smith is a United States Navy Veteran.


Eric Dean Spruth

            Eric Dean Spruth is a trained artist, graduating from the school of the Art Institute of Chicago with an undergraduate degree in fine art with a minor in psychology and philosophy, and a Master’s degree in art therapy. He has served as a professor at the Adler School of Professional Psychology Art Therapy program. An expressive art therapist with the Cook County Bureau of Health & Mental Health Services/Cermak Health at the Cook County Jail. A victim advocate at the Cook County’s Victim Witness Program. Spruth has a private practice in Chicago as well as the founder of Sacred Transformations. His efforts have been featured and recognized by many forms of media.


Terrance L. Stone

            Terrance graduated from California State University, Los Angeles, with a credential as a State Certified Gang Intervention Specialist. He serves on several committees which include the Sand Bernadino County Sheriff’s Citizen Advisory, the San Bernardino City Chief of Police African American Advisory Committee, Executive Board Member and Chair of the San Bernardino Countywide Gangs and Drugs Task Force, past board member of the African American Chamber of Commerce, and the San Bernardino NAACP chapter. He was selected by former Mayor of San Bernardino, Pat Morris, to join his office on the California Cities Gang Prevention Network. He is committed to steering young people away from gangs. While his main program office is in San Bernardino, his program has developed offices in Atlanta, Georgia, and Phoenix, Arizona, along with Houston, Texas and Denver, Colorado.


Sgt. Tom Strausborger

            Sergeant Tom Strausborger is assigned to the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Gang and Violent Crimes Unit and has been an officer for twenty years. Prior to his current assignment he has worked in Vice and Narcotics, the Investigative Support Division as well as patrol. He is also currently the Assistant Team Commander for the Emergency Services Team (SWAT) and the Sniper Team Leader. Sergeant Strausborger also works as an Adjunct Professor for Indiana Tech University and works as a Security Consultant for low-income/section 8 housing complexes.


Tyler Sutherland

            Officer Tyler Sutherland and Officer Jim Bailey have been assigned to the Battle Creek Police Department Gang Suppression Unit for over 6 years and were road patrol officers prior to this for five years. As members of the Gang Unit, both have been directly involved as the lead investigators in a number of gang and violent crime cases that have resulted in courtroom trials and jury convictions. While participating in all aspects of gang investigations and court room prosecution, Tyler, Jim, and other members of their Battle Creek Gang Unit have been qualified as, and testified as, gang experts in U.S. District Court and the State of Michigan, more than 15 times in the last five years. One of their gang cases was the first criminal gang enhancement jury conviction in the State of Michigan since the state statute was created. Tyler and Jim have also been involved in cell phone investigations, writing and executing search warrants, surveillance techniques, undercover drug buys, and managing confidential informants. Jim is also a K-9 handler for the Battle Creek Police Department.


Lt. Timothy T. Tyler

            Lieutenant Timothy T. Tyler assumed the position of MEPAT Detail Commander on July 1, 2014. In this capacity, he oversees ISP Troopers and Special Agents serving in the Metro East area of Illinois. The sustaining goal of MEPAT is to improve the safety and qualify of life for citizens in these communities by reducing gang activity. This new initiative focuses on pro-active policy to combat violent crime, homicides, and pen air drug sales in and around the Metro East area through consensual encounters, traffic stops, and reports from concerned citizens through the use of overt and covert police units. MEPAT’s primary responsibilities include gathering intelligence, carrying out investigations, applying suppression/enforcement, and offering education (for prevention and intervention purposes). 


Det. Ricky Valdez

            Ricky Valdez has been in law enforcement for nearly 20 years and the majority of his law enforcement career has focused on working some particular aspects of gangs. He is currently assigned as a Detective with the Metro Gang Task Force (MGTF) in Denver, and his parent agency is the Lakewood Police Department. He has been recognized as a gang expert for the purpose of court room testimony surrounding gang culture, mannerisms, and dynamics. He has worked gang cases involving racketeering at both the State and Federal level. He has operated in an undercover capacity posing as a gang member for the sole purpose of a murder-for-hire, the purchasing of firearms, and controlled substances. He was awarded the first-ever Detective of the Year Award through the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and also the 2015 Detective of the Year Award from the Lakewood Police Department.

            

ADA Kristi Wilson

            Kristi Wilson is presently an Assistant District Attorney with the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office. Currently, she holds the position as lead prosecutor in the Juvenile Court of Douglas County. Ms. Wilson also prosecutes cases in the Superior Court of Douglas County. For the last three years, Ms. Wilson’s focus has been on prosecuting criminal street gang activity and often involves the transfer of juveniles to adult court. As a former chair of the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Georgia Bar’s Community Service Committee, Ms. Wilson has dedicated hundreds of hours volunteering in neighborhoods impacted by criminal street gangs. Ms. Wilson also works with elementary schools to educate students on criminal street gangs and the risks they pose.


Doris D. Yates, Ph.D.

            Twenty nine years with CSU East Bay, Hayward, CA in the department of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism. Have attended 13 of the 16 NGCRC conferences and have presented at 12. Former recipient of the Thrasher Award, member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Gang Research, and the 2011 recipient of the NGCRC “Spirit Award”. During the 2011 and 2012 conferences offered presentations that garnered participants continuing education units. During the 2011 conference completed requisite hours for the Mental Health First Aid first responder certificate.

 

 

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STUDY THE SCHEDULE FOR THE 2017 NGCRC TRAINING CONFERENCE

 

The Preliminary Schedule of Session Day, Time, and Room Locations for the 2017 NGCRC 20th International Gang Specialist Training Conference (August 7-9, 2017):

Version 1.0 Last updated: 6 April 2017


            LEGEND of Symbols: “Ts” = Tracks = the session credits = the training tracks that particular session gives credit for attending (the training track number is provided after the “Ts” symbol appears). Room location names are in all caps.


Schedule Entry Example: the course being taught on Monday from 8:00am-9:00am (when) is Session #21 (what), entitled “Graffiti Identity 1”, by Det. Ken Davis (who), and it is taught in the Chicago Ballroom room (where), and it gives session credit for training tracks 1, 4, 7, 9, 19, 20, 29 and 30.. Track #1 is “Gang Crime Investigation Skills”. There are 32 different tracks. You need to know your track name and your track number. The list of the tracks and track numbers is on the registration form and at the main conference website: www.ngcrc.com/2017.conference.html



Sunday, August 6, 2017:


12:00pm Noon Exactly: NGCRC staff and volunteers assemble in the Operations Center (GARFIELD PARK ROOM), on the third floor, to unload the truck and prepare the Goody Bags.


3pm-8pm: Registration - pick up your ID, your registration file folder, and your goody bag at the Operations Center (GARFIELD PARK ROOM), on the third floor.

 

3:00pm - 5:00pm:

(52) “Understanding and Preparation for the Interview of a Suspected Gang/Threat Group Member: A Workshop on Asking, Listening and Assessing Information”, by Robert Mulvaney, M.A., Gang Specialist, NGCRC Staff. MILLENIUM. Ts: 1; 2; 5; 7; 10; 11; 12; 13; 16; 17; 20; 22; 25; 31.

 

   

 

Monday, August 7, 2017:

6:00am:

Registration - pick up your ID, your registration file folder, and your goody bag at the Operations Center (GARFIELD PARK ROOM), on the third floor.

                        

7:00am - 7:45am

Opening Ceremony: Chicago Ballroom, 16th Floor (west end of the hotel). Welcoming. Awards Ceremony. Everyone urged to attend.


8:00am-9:00am:

(21) “Graffiti Identity 1", by Kenneth Davis, Detective, Yonkers Police Department, Gang/Narcotics Unit, Yonkers, NY. CHICAGO BALLROOM. Ts: 1; 4; 7; 9; 19; 20; 29; 30.

(32)  “How to Develop, Select and Train a Diverse STG Intelligence Team in a Jail/Prison Environment”, by Robert Mulvaney, M.A., Gang/Specialist. MILLENIUM PARK. Ts: 1; 2; 4; 6; 8; 9; 12; 13; 15; 16; 19; 20; 21; 25; 30.

            

8:00am - 9:30am:

(47) “Gangs and Gang Violence in Britain”, by Janice Joseph, Ph.D., Criminal Justice Program, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, New Jersey. WASHINGTON PARK 2. Ts: 1; 14; 20; 23.

            

8:00am - 10:00am:

(37) “Introduction to Gangs and Deviant Groups”, by Todd D. Negola, Psy.D., Gang Consultant, NGCRC. ONTARIO. Ts: 1; 7; 13; 16; 19; 22.

(79) “Russian Organized Crime: Examining the Russian Mafiya”, by Dr. Gregg W. Etter Sr., Ed.D., Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO; and Ms. Stacia Pottoroff, B.S., Graduate Student, Dept. Of Criminal Justice, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO. LINCOLN PARK. Ts: 1; 6; 20; 21.

(80) “Better Intel and Prevention: Monitoring Gang Problems in Bars and Nightclubs”, by Keiron McConnell, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. HURON A&B. Ts: 1; 21; 22; 23.

(91) “Gang Witness and Flippers: Keeping Them Alive to Testify”, by Robert Fuller, Senior Criminal Investigator, District Attorney’s Office, Denver, CO; and Ricky Ray Valdez, Denver Metro Gang Task Force. SUPERIOR WEST. Ts: 1; 3; 6; 8; 12; 21; 25.

(93) “How to Qualify and Testify as an Expert Witness on Gangs”, Carter F. Smith, J.D., Ph.D., Criminal Justice Professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN. WASHINGTON PARK 1. Ts: 1; 3; 4; 9; 13; 15; 21.

                                    

9:00am - 11:00am:

(5) “The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Gang File”, by Grant E. Smith, FBI, CJIS Division, TSEU/NCIC, Clarksburg, WV. Special restriction: Sworn law enforcement and corrections ONLY. CHICAGO BALLROOM. Ts: 1; 3; 13; 20; 25.

 

9:00am - 12:00pm:

(8) “Gang Trial Evidentiary Issues: Hearsay, The Confrontation Clause, “Unfair” Prejudice, and Other Objections to Evidence in Gang Trials”, by Michael Bickis, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Stark County Prosecutors Office, Canton, OH. MILLENIUM PARK. Ts:

1; 21.

9:30am - 11:00am:

(62) “Evaluation of Primary Gang Prevention: A Case Study”, by Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D., Special Executive to the Board and Chief Learning Officer, Gang Alternatives Program, Los Angeles Unified School District Human Relation Commission; Chair, UCLA/RAND Prevention Research Center Community Advisory Board; Los Angeles, CA. WASHINGTON PARK 2. Ts: 5; 10; 17; 18; 22.

            

10:00am - 11:00am:

(104)A Basic Street Gangs Investigation", by Kenneth Davis, Detective, Yonkers Police Department, Gang/Narcotics Unit, Yonkers, NY. HURON A&B. Ts: 1; 4; 7; 9; 19; 20; 29; 30.

(102) “Keeping the P.E.A.C.E.: Establishing Partnerships with Law Enforcement, Parole, and Community Resources to Address Gang Activity”, by Jewel N. Jones, Juvenile Parole Officer/STG-Gang Coordinator, Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS), Northern Region Parole - District 2, Cleveland, OH. WASHINGTON PARK 1. Ts: 2; 10; 11; 16; 22.


10:00am - 12:00pm:

(25) “Gang Involvement in the Social Justice Movement”, by Detective William Kimball Murdock, Atlanta Police Department, Atlanta, GA. LINCOLN PARK. Restricted attendance: Sworn LEO, Analysts, and Prosecutors. Ts: 1; 20; 29.

(27) “Veterans Issues for Law Enforcement”, by Todd D. Negola, Psy.D., Gang Consultant, NGCRC. ONTARIO. Ts: 7; 12; 32.

(12) “Gangsta Girls: The Many Levels of Female Gang Involvement”, by Kris Murphy, CLFE, SSW, Gang Programs Director, Salt Lake Area Gang Project, Salt Lake City, UT. SUPERIOR WEST. Ts: 11; 22; 26.

                        

11:00am - 12:00pm:

(81) Getting the Streets to Talk”, by Sergeant Tom Strausborger, Fort Wayne Police Department, Fort Wayne, IN. CHICAGO BALLROOM. Ts: 1; 8; 12.

(7) “Enforcement-Based Gang Prevention Initiative”, by Sgt. Stephen Roche, Worcester Police Department, Worcester, MA. HURON A&B. Ts: 1; 2; 5; 16; 21; 22.

(103) “Operation Youth Violence – R.I.P. (Reduction, Intervention, Prevention)”, by William Nealy, Sergeant, West Palm Beach Police Department Juvenile Unit, West Palm Beach, FL; James Louis, Juvenile Detective, West Palm Beach Police Department Juvenile Unit, West Palm Beach, FL; Steven Mooney, Field Training Officer, West Palm Beach Police Department, West Palm Beach, FL. WASHINGTON PARK 1. Ts: 5; 11; 22.

(34) “Issues for Gang Members on Probation/Parole”, by Dr. Mario L. Hesse, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN. Ts: 2; 10.


12:00pm - 1:00pm:

(60) “The Veterans Reception: For Vets Only”, by Dr. Todd Negola, NGCRC Staff; Fred Moreno, Investigator, NGCRC Staff, Chicago, IL; and D. Lee Gilbertson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN. GRANT PARK. Ts: 1; 7.

 

1:00pm - 2:00pm:

(44) “Cyberbullying”, by Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D., Special Executive to the Board and Chief Learning Officer, Gang Alternatives Program, Los Angeles Unified School District Human Relation Commission; Chair, UCLA/RAND Prevention Research Center Community Advisory Board; Los Angeles, CA. HURON A&B. Ts: 5; 7; 9; 17; 18; 22.


1:00pm - 2:30pm:

(16) “Gang Mapping 101: An Introduction ”, by D. Lee Gilbertson, Ph.D., NGCRC Staff and Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Studies, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN; Kristopher Hansgen, Graduate Student, Criminal Justice Studies, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN. SUPERIOR WEST. Ts: 12; 28.

(89) “Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Gang Involved Youth”, by Kate Mahoney, MSW, LCSW, Executive Director, Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute, Chicago, IL. WASHINGTON PARK 1. Ts: 2; 4; 5; 7; 22.

(41) “Best Websites for Grant Seekers”, by Renae Brantley, Managing Director, Aubergine Communications, Hobart, IN. WASHINGTON PARK 2. Ts: 12; 22; 27.


1:00pm - 3:00pm:

(71) “An Introduction to Understanding Prison Gangs”, by Todd D. Negola, Psy.D., Gang Consultant, NGCRC. MILLENIUM PARK. Ts: 1; 7; 13; 16; 19; 22.

(31) “Gang Controlled Exploitation: Treatment that Works”,by Deepa Patel, CSOTP, LCSW, Executive Director of Trauma and Hope, LLC, Springfield, VA. ONTARIO. Ts: 2; 7; 8; 11; 18; 22; 26.

(10) “Governmental Exit Strategies from Street Gangs and Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs in Denmark, Europe” by Stine Lukowski, Special Consultant, Master of Science in Social Work, Municipality of Koege, Denmark. LINCOLN PARK. Ts: 12; 15; 22; 23.

            

1:00pm - 5:00pm:

(48) “Danger in the Community: Gangsters, Bikers, and Extremists in the Military”, by Carter F. Smith, J.D., Ph.D., Criminal Justice Professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN. CHICAGO BALLROOM. Ts: 1; 2; 4; 9; 13; 14; 21; 32.

            

2:00pm - 3:00pm:

(9)  “A Brief Introduction to Some of the Basics of Graffiti Identification and Analysis: An Instructional Workshop (Part 1 of a 3 Part Series)”, by Robert Mulvaney, M.A., Gang Specialist, NGCRC Staff. HURON A&B. Ts: 1; 4; 5; 7; 8; 10; 11; 12; 16; 17; 20; 22; 25; 30; 31.

            

2:30pm - 4:00pm:

(92)A Justice That Heals”, by Tom Schneider, M.S., Director, Project Lifeline, Chicago, IL;

and Kevin Kreuser, Cook County Juvenile Court, Chicago, IL. WASHINGTON PARK 1. Ts: 2; 5; 10; 16; 18; 22; 31.

(77) “Seven Steps to a Winning Grant Proposal”, by Renae Brantley, Managing Director, Aubergine Communications, Hobart, IN. WASHINGTON PARK 2. Ts: 12; 22; 27.


3:00pm - 4:00pm:

(29) Street Gangs Well Defined", by Kenneth Davis, Detective, Yonkers Police Department, Gang/Narcotics Unit, Yonkers, NY. HURON A&B. Ts: 1; 4; 7; 9; 19; 20; 29; 30.

            

3:00pm - 4:30pm:

(73) “The Role of Primary Prevention in Anti-Gang Strategy”, by Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D., Special Executive to the Board and Chief Learning Officer, Gang Alternatives Program, Los Angeles Unified School District Human Relation Commission; Chair, UCLA/RAND Prevention Research Center Community Advisory Board; Los Angeles, CA. MILLENIUM PARK. Ts: 5; 10; 17; 18; 22.

          

3:00pm - 5:00pm:

(88) “Gang Communication: Technology-enhanced Communication Options”, by Carter F. Smith, J.D., Ph.D., Criminal Justice Professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN. ONTARIO. Ts: 1; 2; 4; 9; 13; 14; 21.

(56) “Sex, Money and My Crew: Understanding Gang Controlled Sexual Exploitation”,by Deepa Patel, CSOTP, LCSW, Executive Director of Trauma and Hope, LLC, Springfield, VA. LINCOLN PARK. Ts: 7; 8; 11; 18; 22; 26.


4:00pm - 5:00pm:

(3) “Prosecuting Gang Crimes: Writing Gang Search Warrants”, by William Noon, Detective, Toledo Police Department, Toledo, OH. HURON A&B. Ts: 1; 21.

(76) “Gunrunning for Dummies”, by Dr. Gregg W. Etter Sr., Ed.D., Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO. WASHINGTON PARK 1. Ts: 1; 2; 4; 5; 6; 13; 16.

                        

5:00pm - 6:00pm:

(98) Gang Prevention - Intervention - Counseling Networking Reception”. This is hosted by Douglas L. Semark, Special Executive to the Board, Gang Alternatives Program, Los Angeles, CA. MILLENIUM PARK. Ts: 5; 7; 12; 18; 22. 


6:00pm- 7:00pm:


7:00pm - 8:00pm:



 

TUESDAY, August 8, 2017:


06:00am - 08:00am:

(40) “The NCIC Violent Person File”, by Grant E. Smith, FBI, CJIS Division, TSEU/NCIC, Clarksburg, WV. Special restriction: Sworn law enforcement and corrections ONLY. MILLENIUM PARK. Ts: 1; 3; 13; 20; 25.


8:00am - 9:00am:

(85) “Snap, Tweet, Face: How To Monitor Social Media Use by Gang Members”, by by Deepa Patel, CSOTP, LCSW, Executive Director of Trauma and Hope, LLC, Springfield, VA. LINCOLN PARK. Ts: 8; 9; 11; 18; 26.


8:00am - 9:30am:

(65) “Present-Day European Extremism”, by D. Lee Gilbertson, Ph.D., NGCRC Staff and Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Studies, St. Cloud State University, MN. WASHINGTON PARK 1. Ts: 1; 14; 20; 23; 24.

            

8:00am - 10:00am:

(45) “Hybrid Gangs: How to Identify Local Gang Culture”, by Jim Bailey, Battle Creek Police Department, Battle Creek, MI; and Tyler Sutherland, Gang Suppression Unit, Battle Creek Police Department, Battle Creek, MI. MILLENIUM PARK. Ts: 1; 3; 19; 21.

(69) “Gangs, Organized Crime, and Terrorism”, by Carter F. Smith, J.D., Ph.D., Criminal Justice Professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN; and Dr. Jeffery P. Rush, Chair, Dept. Of Criminal Justice, Troy University, Troy, AL. CHICAGO BALLROOM. Ts: 1; 6; 9; 20; 23; 25.

(54) “Verbal De-Escalation”, by Roger L. Rice, Training Administrator, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, Parkville, MD. HURON A&B. Ts: 2; 5; 16.

 

8:00am - 10:30am:

(95) “Active Shooter Training”, by Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D., Special Executive to the Board and Chief Learning Officer, Gang Alternatives Program; Director, Gangfree Life Academy®; Chair, UCLA/RAND Prevention Research CAB; Los Angeles, CA. ONTARIO. Ts: 2; 5; 16; 17.

 

9:00am - 10:00am:

(97) Using Google-Alerts and How to Use Them for Investigative and Research Purposes”, by Kenneth Davis, Detective, Yonkers Police Department, Gang/Narcotics Unit, Yonkers, NY. LINCOLN PARK. Ts: 1; 4; ;9; 19; 20; 29.

 

9:30am - 11:00am:

(107) “San Bernardino Countywide Gangs and Drugs Task Force”, by Earl Smith, Program Manager, San Bernardino, CA. WASHINGTON PARK 1. Ts: 4; 5; 7; 10; 22.


10:00am- 11:00am:

(61) Gathering Gang/Threat Group Intelligence and Team Building in Non-Traditonal/Multiple Environments”, by Robert Mulvaney, M.A., Gang/STG Specialist. CHICAGO BALLROOM. Ts: 1; 5; 7; 10; 11; 12; 17; 20; 22; 30; 31.

(2) “Gangs, Guns and Violence in Small Town Iowa”, by Eddie Savage, Task Force Officer, FBI Safe Street Task Force, Waterloo, IA. GRANT PARK. Ts: 1; 4; 25.

 

10:00am - 12:00pm:

(33)Burnout in Blue: Exploring Burnout in Law Enforcement and Related Careers”, by Todd D. Negola, Psy.D., Gang Consultant, NGCRC. MILLENIUM PARK. Ts: 7; 12; 18.

(46) “Causes, Effects, and Treatments: Impact of Gang Culture and Violence on Elementary, Middle, and High School Aged Children”, by Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D., Special Executive to the Board and Chief Learning Officer, Gang Alternatives Program, Los Angeles Unified School District Human Relation Commission; Chair, UCLA/RAND Prevention Research Center Community Advisory Board; Los Angeles, CA. LINCOLN PARK. Ts: 5; 10; 17; 18; 22.

(75) “View from the Trenches: How Gang Investigations Have Changed in the Past Twenty Three Years, Current Trends, and What The Future Holds”, by Robert Fuller, Senior Criminal Investigator, District Attorney’s Office, Denver, CO; and Ricky Ray Valdez, Denver Metro Gang Task Force. HURON A&B. Ts: 1; 3; 6; 8; 12; 21; 25.

            

10:30am - 12:00pm:

(72) “Gangs in Central America”, by Janice Joseph, Ph.D., Criminal Justice Program, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, New Jersey. ONTARIO. Ts: 1; ;6; 14; 20; 23.

            

11:00am-12:00pm:

(26) “FBI/Next Generation Identification (NGI) Overview”, by Gregory E. Scarbro, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Clarksburg, WV. Special Note: Restricted to Law Enforcement. CHICAGO BALLROOM. Ts: 1; 3; 13; 20; 21; 25.

(58) “Gangs, Guns and Drugs in Canada”, by Keiron McConnell, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. GRANT PARK. Ts: 1; 4; 23.

            

12:00pm - 1:00pm:


1:00pm - 2:00pm:

(43) “The Need for Insider Research: The Opportunities and Challenges of Doing Research Within Your Own Agency”, by Keiron McConnell, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. GRANT PARK. Ts: 1; 12.

(51) “Gangs Invade the Ivory Tower”, by Carter F. Smith, J.D., Ph.D., Criminal Justice Professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN. HURON A&B. Ts: 1; 2; 4; ;9; 13; 14; 21.


            

1:00pm-3:00pm:

(14) “Tactical Interviewing: Interviewing the Criminal Mind”, by Todd D. Negola, Psy.D., Gang Consultant, NGCRC. MILLENIUM PARK. Ts: 1; 7; 8; 18.

(83) “Post Game Summary – Operation Bang-Bang: The GKI Gang”, by Robert “Bob” Fuller, Senior Criminal Investigator, District Attorney’s Office, Denver, CO; and Ricky Ray Valdez, Denver Metro Gang Task Force. CHICAGO BALLROOM. Ts: 1; 3; 8; 19; 20; 21; 25.

(96) “Working With Gang Involved Youth”, by Tom Schneider, M.S., Director, Project Lifeline, Chicago, IL; and Kevin Kreuser, Cook County Juvenile Court, Chicago, IL. LINCOLN PARK. Ts: 2; 5; 10; 11; 16; 18; 22; 31.

(24) “Gang Mapping 201: Theory and Praxis ”, by D. Lee Gilbertson, Ph.D., NGCRC Staff and Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Studies, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN; Kristopher Hansgen, Graduate Student, Criminal Justice Studies, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN. WASHINGTON PARK 1. Ts: 12; 28.

                        

1:00pm - 5:00pm:

(1) “The Anatomy of Gang Prosecution 101", by Kristi Wilson, Assistant District Attorney (ADA), Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, Douglasville, GA; and Sgt. Jesse Hambrick, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglasville, GA. ONTARIO. Ts: 1; 21.


2:00pm - 3:00pm:

(23) “The Implications and Prevalence of Gangs on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: Is it Recruitment, Glamorization, or Put-Downs?”, by Chris Przemieniecki, Ph.D., West Chester University, West Chester, PA; and Mario L. Hesse, Ph.D., St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN. GRANT PARK. Ts: 1; 9; 19; 20; 22.

(13)   “A Brief Introduction to Some of the Basics of Midwest Graffiti Identification and Analysis: An Instructional Workshop (Part 2 of a 3 Part Series)”, by Robert Mulvaney, M.A., Gang Specialist, NGCRC Staff. HURON A&B. Ts: 1; 4; 5; 8; 10; 11; 12; 16; 17; 20; 22; 25; 30; 31.


3:00pm-4:00pm

(15) “Community, Police, and Gangs", by Kenneth Davis, Detective, Yonkers Police Department, Gang/Narcotics Unit, Yonkers, NY. LINCOLN PARK. Ts: 1; 4; 7; 9; 19; 20; 29; 30.

(64) “Why Young People Join Gangs”, by Dr. Barry S. McCrary, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL. WASHINGTON PARK 1. Ts: 2; 5; 10; 11; 17; 18; 22.


3:00pm - 4:30pm:

(19) “Lake County’s Approach to Our Regions Opiate Epidemic: Attack Supply AND

Demand”, by Michael G. Nerheim, Lake County State’s Attorney, Waukegan, IL. GRANT PARK. Ts: 1; 4; 6; 21.

                        

3:00pm-5:00pm:

(50) “Training for Trainers: The Development of Your Own Gang Presentation”, by Todd D. Negola, Psy.D., Gang Consultant, NGCRC. MILLENIUM PARK. Ts: 12; 27.

(28) “Juggalos - More Than Just Fans?”, by Detective Esekia “Skee” Afatasi, Metro Gang Task Force, Salt Lake City, UT. CHICAGO BALLROOM. Ts: 2; 11; 20; 22.

(52) “Understanding and Preparation for the Interview of a Suspected Gang/Threat Group Member: A Workshop on Asking, Listening and Assessing Information”, by Robert Mulvaney, M.A., Gang Specialist, NGCRC Staff. HURON A&B. Ts: 1; 2; 5; 7; 10; 11; 12; 13; 16; 17; 20; 22; 25; 31.

                        

4:00pm-5:00pm:

(35) “Graffiti Abatement: An Artistic Approach”, by Doris D. Yates, Ph.D., California State University - East Bay, Dept. Of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism, Hayward, CA. LINCOLN PARK. Ts: 5; 10; 11; 17; 22; 30.

 

5:00pm-6:00pm:

(94) “The Law Enforcement, Prosecution, and Corrections Networking Reception”, by Fred Moreno and Dr. Gregg W. Etter, NGCRC Staff. Ts: 1; 2; 13; 16.

 

5:30pm - 8:00pm:


6:00pm-7:00pm:


6:00pm - 8:00pm:



WEDNESDAY, August 9, 2017:


6:00am - 8:00am:

(54) “Verbal De-Escalation”, by Roger L. Rice, Training Administrator, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, Parkville, MD. MILLENIUM PARK. Ts: 2; 5; 16.

(5) “The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Gang File”, by Grant E. Smith, FBI, CJIS Division, TSEU/NCIC, Clarksburg, WV. Special restriction: Sworn law enforcement and corrections ONLY. GRANT PARK. Ts: 1; 3; 13; 20; 25.


8:00am-9:00am:

(36) “Gangs in the Caribbean”, by Dr. Janice Joseph, professor, Criminal Justice Program, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. WASHINGTON PARK 2. Ts: 1; 4; 20; 23.

(101) “The Evolving Situation With Biker Gangs 2017", by Dr. Gregg W. Etter Sr., Ed.D., Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO; and Ms. Stacia Pottoroff, B.S., Graduate Student, Dept. Of Criminal Justice, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO. MILLENIUM PARK. Ts: 1; 4; 9; 15.

(57) “Modern Policing - Under Fire: The Fall of Rome: The end of law enforcement as we know it?”, by Todd D. Negola, Psy.D., Gang Consultant, NGCRC. CHICAGO BALLROOM. Ts: 7; 12.

            

8:00am - 9:30am:

(63) A Panel Discussion With Former Gang Members”, by Tom Schneider, Director, Project Lifeline, Chicago, IL. WASHINGTON PARK 1. Ts: 2; 5; 16; 18; 22.

                        

8:00am-10:00am:

(53) “A Threat Analysis of MSTA: Gang, STG, Hate Group, Organized Crime — And More”, by Carter F. Smith, J.D., Ph.D., Criminal Justice Professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN. Note: This session is restricted to police and other government employees who are official criminal justice personnel. ONTARIO. Ts: 1; 6; 13; 16; 20.

(39) “The Targeted Killing of Police Officers by Gangs in El Salvador and the Northern Triangle: A Current Trend in Criminal Tactics”, by Aaron Cunningham, Chicago Police Department, Chicago, IL. Note: This session is restricted to Law Enforcement. LINCOLN PARK. Ts: 1; 3; 4; 6; 23; 25.

(6) “Street Gangs”, by Lt. Timothy T. Tyler, Illinois State Police, Collinsville, IL. GRANT PARK. Ts: 1; 4; 19.

(78) “Gang Crisis Prevention in Juvenile Facilities”, by William A. Campbell, Kentucky Juvenile Justice Training, Richmond, KY. SUPERIOR WEST. Ts: 16; 19; 22.


9:00am-10:00am:

(87) “The OMCG in a Global Perspective”, by Dr. Andy Bain, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Mount Union, Alliance, OH. MILLENIUM PARK. Ts: 15; 23.

(38) “Street Gangs: Utilizing their Roll Calls for Investigative and Research Purposes”, by Kenneth Davis, Detective, Yonkers Police Department, Gang/Narcotics Unit, Yonkers, NY. CHICAGO BALLROOM. Ts: 1; 4; 9; 19; 20; 29.


9:00am - 11:00am:

(99) “Doing Gang Research and Writing About It”, by D. Lee Gilbertson, Ph.D., NGCRC Staff and Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Studies, St. Cloud State University, MN. WASHINGTON PARK 2. Ts: 10; 12; 13; 27.

                        

10:00am-11:00am:

(40) “The NCIC Violent Person File”, by Grant E. Smith, FBI, CJIS Division, TSEU/NCIC, Clarksburg, WV. Special restriction: Sworn law enforcement and corrections ONLY. CHICAGO BALLROOM. Ts: 1; 3; 13; 20; 25.

(18)  “A Brief Introduction to Some of the Basics of West Coast Graffiti Identification and Analysis: An Instructional Workshop (Part 3 of a 3 Part Series)”, by Robert Mulvaney, M.A., Gang Specialist, NGCRC Staff. SUPERIOR WEST. Ts: 1; 4; 5; 7; 8; 10; 11; 12; 16; 17; 20; 22; 25; 30; 31.


10:00am-12:00pm:

(20) The Criminal Mind and the Gangster”, by Todd D. Negola, Psy.D., Gang Consultant, NGCRC. MILLENIUM PARK. Ts: 1; 3; 7; 12; 13; 16; 18.

(86) “Gang Prevention and Prosecution Strategies for the Next Twenty Years”, by Carter F. Smith, J.D., Ph.D., Criminal Justice Professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN. ONTARIO. Ts: 1; 2; 4; 9; 13; 14; 21.

(22) “Beyond the 101 of Gang Controlled Exploitation: Assessment, Treatment, and Safety Planning for Professionals”, by Deepa Patel, CSOTP, LCSW, Executive Director of Trauma and Hope, LLC, Springfield, VA. LINCOLN PARK. Ts: 7; 8; 9; 11; 18; 26.

(68) “Implementing Predictive Gang Prevention: A Qualitative Study of Criminal Justice Leaders”, by Robert Brzenchek, MA, Assistant Professor, Legal Studies Department, Peirce College, Philadelphia, PA. GRANT PARK. Ts: 12; 22.


11:00am-12:00pm:

(55) “Got Ink and Tai Chi Chih?”, by Doris D. Yates, Ph.D., California State University - East Bay, Dept. Of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism, Hayward, CA. CHICAGO BALLROOM. Ts: 2; 5; 10; 11; 17; 18; 22.

(49) “How To Start a New Faith-Based Gang Prevention/Intervention Program in Your City: Lessons Learned From The Maleness to Manhood Gang Mentoring Initiative”, by Dr. Barry S. McCrary, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL. WASHINGTON PARK 2. Ts: 2; 10; 11; 17; 18; 31.

(82) “Gang Intervention Counseling: Clinical Interventions with Gang Involved Youth”, by Deepa Patel, CSOTP, LCSW, Executive Director of Trauma and Hope, LLC, Springfield, VA. SUPERIOR WEST. Ts: 2; 7; 8; 11; 18; 22; 26.

 

12:00pm - 1:00pm:

 

1:00pm - 2:00pm:

(70) “Advanced Identification About Crips and Bloods”, by William Noon, Detective, Toledo Police Department, Toledo, OH. MILLENIUM PARK. Ts: 1; 19; 20.

(42) “Critical Incident Management and the First Responder”, by Todd D. Negola, Psy.D., Gang Consultant, NGCRC. ONTARIO. Ts: 1; 3; 5; 7; 13; 13; 14; 25.

(90) “Understanding the Relationship Between the Individual, Their Attitudes, Gang Membership, and Desistance from Crime”, by Dr. Sally-Ann Ashton, Postgrad Researcher, International Centre for Investigative Psychology, University of Huddersfield, England. LINCOLN PARK. Ts: 2; 18.


1:00pm-3:00pm:

(100) “Motorcycle Gangs”, by James Duffy, Du Page County State’s Attorney’s Office, Wheaton, IL. Restricted to Law Enforcement Only. CHICAGO BALLROOM. Ts: 1; 15; 21; 24; 25; 26.

(74) “Gang Mapping 301: Modeling and Mapping ”, by D. Lee Gilbertson, Ph.D., NGCRC Staff and Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Studies, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN; Kristopher Hansgen, Graduate Student, Criminal Justice Studies, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN. WASHINGTON PARK 1. Ts: 12; 28.

(106) “Gangs and Their Membership”, by Dr. Andy Bain, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Mount Union, Alliance, OH.; and Dr. Keiron McConnell, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. WASHINGTON PARK 2. Ts: 6.


2:00pm - 3:00pm:

(66) Graffiti Identity 2", by Kenneth Davis, Detective, Yonkers Police Department, Gang/Narcotics Unit, Yonkers, NY. LINCOLN PARK. Ts: 1; 4; 7; 9; 19; 20; 29; 30.

(105) “Crime Scene Response for the Gang Investigator”, by Sarah Lund, Crime Lab Technician, Omaha Police Department, Omaha, NE. Note: Restricted Session — For Law Enforcement Only. WASHINGTON PARK 2. Ts: 1; 3; 6; 20; 30.

                         

2:00pm - 4:00pm:

(108) “A New Prosecution Leadership Model in Anti-Gang Efforts: A Discussion of the Utah Gang Initiative”, by Steve Nelson, Assistant United States Attorney and Anti-Gang Coordinator for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. ONTARIO. Ts: 1; 21; 25.


2:00pm-5:00pm:

(59) “Gang Expert Testimony: Bringing Your Gang Investigation into Court”, by Tyler Sutherland, Gang Suppression Unit, Battle Creek Police Department, Battle Creek, MI; and Jim Bailey, Battle Creek Police Department, Battle Creek, MI. MILLENIUM PARK. Ts: 1; 3; 21.

(67) “Understanding Gang Involved Youth”, by Kris Murphy, CLFE, SSW, Gang Programs Director, Salt Lake Area Gang Project, Salt Lake City, UT; and Detective Esekia “Skee” Afatasi, Salt Lake City Metro Gang Task Force, Salt Lake City, UT. GRANT PARK. Ts: 10; 11; 18; 22.

 

3:00pm - 5:00pm:

(11) “Taking Videotaped Statements from Suspects”, by Ashley Augustin, Assistant District Attorney, Golden, CO. CHICAGO BALLROOM. Ts: 1; 8; 13; 21.

(17) “Sacred Transformations: Free Tattoo, Scar, Burn and Tattoo Transformations”, by Eric Dean Spruth, MA, ATR, Sacred Transformations, Chicago, IL. WASHINGTON PARK 1. Ts: 10; 11; 18; 22; 31.

            

4:00pm - 5:00pm:

(30) “Opiate Abuse: A Man Made Epidemic”, by Dr. Gregg W. Etter Sr., Ed.D., Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO. ONTARIO. Ts: 1; 2; 4; 5; 6; 7; 13; 16.

(84) “Working to Instill a Change of Heart in Gang-Involved Youths”, by Terrance L. Stone, Founder/President of Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy, San Bernardino, CA. Ts: 11; 18; 22.

 

                          

5:00pm: ALL TRAINING IS OVER WITH. TRAINING ROOMS NOW BEING EVACUATED.


5:00pm-6:00pm:

PROCEED TO THE NGCRC OPERATIONS CENTER (GARFIELD PARK) TO SUBMIT YOUR EVALUATION FORM TO THE NGCRC STAFF.

PICK UP YOUR CERTIFICATES IN GARFIELD PARK. NOTE: HAVE YOUR EVALUATION FORM READY TO BE EXAMINED TO SEE IF YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE MINUMUM HOURS REQUIRED (24 overall, at least 4 of which are in your Training Track).


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WE WISH YOU SAFE TRAVEL ON YOUR RETURN HOME. WE HOPE WE SEE YOU NEXT YEAR.

 

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HOW DO YOU USE THE CRISS-CROSS STUDY GUIDE?

            This was designed to be a study aide. It saves you the step of actually reading all the session descriptions. If you read the session descriptions (copy this url to your browser: www.ngcrc.com/courses.html), you will see each course being taught at the NGCRC Gang Training Conference (Aug 7-9, 2017) has consistent data elements such as: title, duration, session credits, abstract, bio. And in that order.

            We recommend reading each and every course offering and having the registered trainee make the decision “do I want to attend this session?”. Because in reading all of the courses or sessions you will read the abstracts and the bios. We certainly recommend that if you want to increase your professional networking contacts, that you closely study also the bios also listed at the website (copy this url to your browser: www.ngcrc.com/presenters.html). 

            You do not have enough time in three days to attend over 100 courses, so you need to make decisions.

            The first decision you need to make if you are registered for Certification is what courses you want to take in your track area. In the file describing the courses at the website (copy this url to your browser: www.ngcrc.com/courses.html), you will find a data element called “Session Credits”, this is where you find out if the course gives credit for your track. If your track is listed under the session credits for a particular course or session, then that course or session gives credit for your track. You need to accumulate a minimum of N = 4 hours in your track specialty area. That is not hard to do. You have to pick and choose what you want to attend.

            So if you did not want to study the courses, just use the “Criss-Cross Study Guide”. Look up your track on the Criss-Cross Study Guide, and it will reveal what session numbers give credit for your track, and the number of hours that specific course provides.

         Here is an example: assume you signed up for Gang Crime Investigation Skills as your track. You will see all kinds of sessions listed for that track on the Criss-Cross Study Guide, starting from Session #1 which is two (2) hours in length, and goes on and on, there are nearly fifty courses that give session credits for this track. So when you see the digits “1 (2)”, and that these data elements are always separated by a semicolon “;”, so that means Session #1 in the course listings gives two (2) hours of credit for this track. Similarly, Session #2 gives 1.5 hours of credit for this course. And session #3 provides two (2) hours of credit for this track. So if you just completed the first three listings you would have completed your minimum requirement of accumulating at least four (4) hours in your track area. All of the courses are listed sequentially by session number in ascending order, from #1 to beyond #100, in the “courses” section we recommend you study at the website.  

            Once you get to the conference, you will find a book in your goody bag that is like a printed version of the “COURSES” listing at the NGCRC website. It is the grey book: specifically identified as Volume 24, Number 3, Spring 2017 issue of the Journal of Gang Research. It has the full course descriptions in print, those we knew about prior to going to press in the Spring, of course; newly added courses would not be printed in the Vol. 23, No. 3 issue, you would need to check at the website for updates.

            The training program requires you accumulate a total of 24 hours of training. Within that 24 hours of training, 4 of them need to be in your track area. You can spend the other 20 hours as electives: concentrating in your track area, or any other area you are eligible to enroll in (only criminal justice personnel can enroll in the Motorcycle Gang track). If you are a Double Major, you need four hours in each of the two tracks, leaving 16 hours of “electives”: you can spend those 16 hours in any of the courses you are eligible to attend (note that a small number of the courses are restrict attendance to police officers).

            You do not need any of this information if you are registered for Non-Certification. This information is useful only if you are registered for Certification.


The Criss-Cross Study Guide:

The Listing of Sessions that give credit for specific training tracks.

This classifies sessions #1 thru #108 by Track (courses that give credit for that track). Last updated: April 6, 2017. 


(1) Gang Crime Investigation Skills Track: 1 (4); 2 (1); 3 (1); 5 (2); 6 (2); 7 (1); 8 (3); 9 (1); 11 (2); 13 (1); 14 (2); 15 (1); 18 (1); 19 (1.5); 20 (2); 21 (1); 23 (1); 25 (2); 26 (1); 29 (1); 30 (1); 32 (1); 36 (1); 37 (2); 38 (1); 39 (2); 40 (1); 42 (1); 43 (1); 45 (2); 47 (1.5); 48 (4); 51 (1); 52 (2); 53 (2); 58 (1); 59 (3); 60 (1); 61 (1); 65 (1.5); 66 (1); 69 (2); 70 (1); 71 (2); 72 (1.5); 75 (2); 76 (1); 79 (2); 80 (2); 83 (2); 86 (2); 88 (2); 91 (2); 93 (2); 94 (1); 97 (1); 100 (2); 101 (1); 104 (1); 105 (1); 108 (2);


(2) Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole Track: 7 (1); 28 (2); 30 (1); 31 (2); 32 (1); 34 (1); 48 (4); 49 (1); 51 (1); 52 (2); 54 (2); 55 (1); 63 (1.5); 64 (1); 76 (1); 82 (1); 86 (2); 88 (2); 89 (1.5); 90 (1); 92 (1.5); 94 (1); 95 (2.5); 96 (2); 102 (1);


(3) Gang Homicide Investigation Skills Track: 5 (2); 20 (2); 26 (1); 39 (2); 40 (1); 42 (1); 45 (2); 59 (3); 75 (2); 83 (2); 91 (2); 93 (2); 105 (1);


(4) Gangs and Drugs Track: 2 (1); 6 (2); 9 (1); 13 (1); 15 (1); 18 (1); 19 (1.5); 21 (1); 29 (1); 30 (1); 32 (1); 36 (1); 38 (1); 39 (2); 48 (4); 51 (1); 58 (1); 66 (1); 76 (1); 86 (2); 88 (2); 89 (1.5); 93 (2); 97 (1); 101 (1); 104 (1); 107 (1.5);


(5) Gang Problems in K-12 Schools Track: 7 (1); 9 (1); 13 (1); 18 (1); 30 (1); 35 (1); 42 (1); 44 (1); 46 (2); 52 (2); 54 (2); 55 (1); 61 (1); 62 (1.5); 63 (1.5); 64 (1); 73 (1.5); 76 (1); 89 (1.5); 92 (1.5); 95 (2.5); 96 (2); 98 (1); 103 (1); 107 (1.5);


(6) Gangs and Organized Crime: 19 (1.5); 30 (1); 32 (1); 39 (2); 53 (2); 69 (2); 72 (1.5); 75 (2); 76 (1); 79 (2); 91 (2); 105 (1); 106 (1);


(7) Gangs and Mental Health Track: 9 (1); 13 (1); 14 (2); 15 (1); 18 (1); 20 (2); 21 (1); 22 (2); 27 (2); 29 (1); 30 (1); 31 (2); 33 (2); 37 (2); 42 (1); 44 (1); 52 (2); 56 (2); 57 (1); 60 (1); 61 (1); 66 (1); 71 (2); 82 (1); 89 (1.5); 98 (1); 104 (1); 107 (1.5);


(8) Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills Track: 9 (1); 11 (2); 13 (1); 14 (2); 18 (1); 22 (2); 31 (2); 32 (1); 56 (2); 75 (2); 81 (1); 82 (1); 83 (2); 85 (1); 91 (2);


(9) Gang Internet Investigation: 15 (1); 21 (1); 22 (2); 23 (1); 29 (1); 32 (1); 38 (1); 44 (1); 48 (4); 51 (1); 66 (1); 69 (2); 85 (1); 86 (2); 88 (2); 93 (2); 97 (1); 101 (1); 104 (1);


(10) Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services Track: 9 (1); 13 (1); 17 (2); 18 (1); 34 (1); 35 (1); 46 (2); 49 (1); 52 (2); 55 (1); 61 (1); 62 (1.5); 64 (1); 67 (3); 73 (1.5); 91 (2); 92 (1.5); 96 (2); 99 (2); 102 (1); 107 (1.5);


(11) Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills Track: 9 (1); 12 (2); 13 (1); 17 (2); 18 (1); 22 (2); 28 (2); 31 (2); 35 (1); 49 (1); 52 (2); 55 (1); 56 (2); 61 (1); 64 (1); 67 (3); 82 (1); 84 (1); 85 (1); 92 (1.5); 96 (2); 102 (1); 103 (1);


(12) Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists: 9 (1); 10 (2); 13 (1); 16 (1.5); 18 (1); 20 (2); 24 (2); 27 (2); 32 (1); 33 (2); 41 (1.5); 42 (1); 43 (1); 50 (2); 52 (2); 57 (1); 61 (1); 68 (2); 74 (2); 75 (2); 77 (1.5); 81 (1); 98 (1); 99 (2);


(13) Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence Track: 5 (2); 11 (2); 20 (2); 26 (1); 30 (1); 32 (1); 37 (2); 40 (1); 42 (1); 48 (4); 51 (1); 52 (2); 53 (2); 71 (2); 76 (1); 86 (2); 88 (2); 93 (2); 94 (1); 99 (2);


(14) Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills Track: 42 (1); 47 (1.5); 48 (4); 51 (1); 65 (1.5); 72 (1.5); 86 (2); 88 (2);


(15) Motorcycle Gangs (restricted: for Criminal Justice Personnel only): 10 (2); 32 (1); 87 (1); 93 (2); 100 (2); 101 (1);

 

(16) Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities: 7 (1); 9 (1); 13 (1); 18 (1); 20 (2); 30 (1); 32 (1); 37 (2); 52 (2); 53 (2); 54 (2); 63 (1.5); 71 (2); 76 (1); 78 (2); 92 (1.5); 94 (1); 95 (2.5); 96 (2); 102 (1);


(17) Gang and Violence Prevention Skills for School Administrators: 9 (1); 13 (1); 18 (1); 35 (1); 44 (1); 46 (2); 49 (1); 52 (2); 55 (1); 61 (1); 62 (1.5); 64 (1); 73 (1.5); 95 (2.5);


(18) Gang Counseling Skills Track: 14 (2); 17 (2); 20 (2); 22 (2); 31 (2); 33 (2); 44 (1); 46 (2); 49 (1); 55 (1); 56 (2); 62 (1.5); 63 (1.5); 64 (1); 67 (3); 73 (1.5); 82 (1); 85 (1); 90 (1); 92 (1.5); 96 (2); 98 (1);

 

(19) Advanced Gang Identification: 6 (2); 15 (1); 21 (1); 23 (1); 29 (1); 32 (1); 37 (2); 38 (1); 45 (2); 66 (1); 70 (1); 71 (2); 78 (2); 83 (2); 97 (1); 104 (1);


(20) Gang Profile Analysis Track: 5 (2); 9 (1); 13 (1); 15 (1); 18 (1); 21 (1); 23 (1); 25 (2); 26 (1); 28 (2); 29 (1); 32 (1); 36 (1); 38 (1); 40 (1); 47 (1.5); 52 (2); 53 (2); 61 (1); 65 (1.5); 66 (1); 69 (2); 70 (1); 72 (1.5); 79 (2); 83 (2); 97 (1); 104 (1); 105 (1);


(21) Gang Prosecution Track: 1 (4); 3 (1); 7 (1); 8 (3); 11 (2); 19 (1.5); 26 (1); 32 (1); 45 (2); 48 (4); 51 (1); 59 (3); 75 (2); 79 (2); 80 (2); 83 (2); 86 (2); 88 (2); 91 (2); 93 (2); 100 (2); 108 (2);


(22) Gang Prevention Skills Track: 7 (1); 9 (1); 10 (2); 12 (2); 13 (1); 17 (2); 18 (1); 23 (1); 28 (2); 31 (2); 35 (1); 37 (2); 41 (1.5); 44 (1); 46 (2); 52 (2); 55 (1); 56 (2); 61 (1); 62 (1.5); 63 (1.5); 64 (1); 67 (3); 68 (2); 71 (2); 73 (1.5); 77 (1.5); 78 (2); 80 (2); 82 (1); 84 (1); 89 (1.5); 92 (1.5); 96 (2); 98 (1); 102 (1); 103 (1); 107 (1.5);


(23) International and Transnational Gang Problems Track: 10 (2); 36 (1); 39 (2); 47 (1.5); 58 (1); 65 (1.5); 69 (2); 72 (1.5); 80 (2); 87 (1);

 

(24) Hate Groups/White Racist Extremist Gangs Track: 65 (1.5); 100 (2);


(25) Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs Track: 2 (1); 5 (2); 9 (1); 13 (1); 18 (1); 26 (1); 32 (1); 39 (2); 40 (1); 42 (1); 52 (2); 69 (2); 75 (2); 83 (2); 91 (2); 100 (2); 108 (2);


(26) Female Gangs/Female Gang Members.Track: 12 (2); 22 (2); 31 (2); 56 (2); 82 (1); 85 (1); 100 (2);


(27) Gang Program Grantwriting/Fundraising Skills Track: 41 (1.5); 50 (2); 77 (1.5); 99 (2);


(28) Gang Crime Analysis & Mapping Track: 16 (1.5); 24 (2); 74 (2);


(29) Gangs and the Mass Media Track: 15 (1); 21 (1); 25 (2); 29 (1); 38 (1); 66 (1); 97 (1); 104 (1);


(30) Graffiti Identification and Analysis: 9 (1); 13 (1); 15 (1); 18 (1); 21 (1); 29 (1); 32 (1); 35 (1); 61 (1); 66 (1); 104 (1); 106 (1);


(31) Faith-Based Programs for Gang Intervention Track: 9 (1); 13 (1); 17 (2); 18 (1); 49 (1); 52 (2); 61 (1); 92 (1.5); 96 (2);


(32) Dealing With Military Trained Gang Members: 27 (2); 48 (4);



Q & A about the “Study Guide”


Q: Could I spend my entire 24 hours of training picking only courses that offer credit for Gang Crime Investigation Skills?

A: Yes, as seen in the Study Guide, for example at the 2017 Conference the curriculum was so big (over 100 courses or sessions to pick from) in terms of session material on the schedule to pick from; so a person could easily spend their entire 24 hours by attending only sessions that offer credit in Gang Crime Investigation Skills. But if you selected the training track for Gang Crime Investigation Skills, your 2nd certificate still only recognizes the minimum requirement that you spent at least four hours in your training track area.



 

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 Statistical Evaluation Results from the

2016 NGCRC Training Conference:


INTRODUCTION

            The 2016 Nineteenth International NGCRC Gang Specialist Training Conference was held during August 8-10, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. The statistical evaluation results are reported here from the large number of persons attending the conference who provided such evaluation surveys. What this documents is an amazing level of “success” as measured in terms of the satisfaction of those who attended.

            The bottom line finding here is that the NGCRC offers training that is consistently rated as exceptional in value and quality.


THE NGCRC ATTRACTS THOSE WITH AND WITHOUT PRIOR TRAINING ON GANGS

            One statistical result from the evaluation forms completed by those attending the 2016 NGCRC training conference reveals the NGCRC attracts those with and without prior training in gangs. The question on the evaluation form was “Have you received training at other gang seminars?“ In fact, for 2016 some 37.35 percent indicated that they had not previously received any training about gangs. Thus, some 62.7 percent of those attending the NGCRC training conference indicated that they had in fact been previously trained on gangs.


FEW ARGUE WITH THE FACTS: THE NGCRC OFFERS MORE CHOICES THAN ANYONE ELSE

            One very powerful statistical result from the evaluation forms completed by those attending the 2016 NGCRC conference relates to the number of choices a person does or does not have in terms of different options for classes to attend. In some training programs there is no choice at all, or few or very limited choices. Some 99.4 percent of those attending the NGCRC 2016 conference reported that “compared to other gang conferences I have attended, the NGCRC had more choices for sessions”.


THE NGCRC ATTRACTS NEW AND REPEAT TRAINEES

            The NGCRC 2016 Evaluation Survey asked the trainees whether this was the first time they had attended an NGCRC conference. The question on the evaluation form was, “This is the first time I have ever attended one of the Gang Training Conferences by the NGCRC.” The results indicated that 62.2 percent of those attending the 2016 conference did so for the first time. In other words, over a third (some 37.8 percent) of those who attended the 2016 conference did in fact have previous training at an official NGCRC training conference.


OVERWHELMING MAJORITY REPORT “BEST GANG TRAINING EVER”

            As a testament to the high quality of the training experience at the 2016 NGCRC training conference, another significant statistical result from the evaluation indicated an exceptionally high level of satisfaction with the training. Some 84.0 percent of those attending the conference reported that it was, “in my opinion, the best gang training event I have ever attended.” Such high levels of praise from people all over the USA and abroad are indeed hard to achieve.


ALMOST EVERYONE WANTS TO COME BACK NEXT YEAR

            Another measure of the validity of high levels of satisfaction among those attending the NGCRC’’s 2016 conference is found in the results to the question measuring intention to “come back next year”.

            The evaluation instrument included the following question: “I would like to attend the NGCRC 19th International Gang Specialist Training Conference that the National Gang Crime Research Center is currently planning. ___True ___False”.

            Some 94.6 percent of those who attended the 2016 conference indicated that they want to attend the 2016 conference as well.


ACHIEVING NETWORKING: A GUARANTEED RESULT AT THE NGCRC CONFERENCE

            Three separate evaluation questions addressed the issue of “networking” because this is always an important “added benefit” of any training, and it becomes particularly valuable as a resource when dealing with gang problems.

            The first question asked, “Did you meet any new gang specialists that you may be able to network with in the future while you were at this conference”. The results of the evaluation question about whether the participants at the 2016 NGCRC training conference were able to achieve networking showed an astounding 99.6 percent reported that they were able to achieve such networking while at the conference.

            The second question sought to establish a baseline for how important the factor of “networking” was to those attending the 2016 NGCRC conference. The second question therefore asked the participants “Was the opportunity to network with other gang specialists something that you wanted to achieve while at this conference?” Here we find that 95.6 percent indicated that networking was an important goal for them at the conference. Based on this, it is safe to say that everyone achieved their goal of networking at the 2016 NGCRC Training Conference.

            A number of specialized “networking receptions” were available to anyone who wanted to participate in these events during after hours. These are well planned and well managed events designed to enhance networking among professionals. Thus, a third and final question about networking in the evaluation survey asked, “Did you attend any of the special networking receptions?” Here we find that over two-thirds, some 68.4 percent, attended one or more of these specialized reception events.


VERY HIGH LEVELS OF SATISFACTION WITH THE QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF TAKE HOME TRAINING MATERIALS

            The rating system used by the NGCRC to evaluate the performance of the trainers and presenters, as well as its own operations, utilizes a “scale” of values from an absolute low value of “zero” to indicate the low extreme of “not satisfied” to an absolute high value of ten (10) to indicate the high extreme of “very satisfied”. Thus, the “score” in such cases is easy to interpret: the higher the score, the higher the level of satisfaction.

            The “mean score” is what is used to calculate an overall score for performance. The mean is the arithmetic mean, a measure of central tendency in the data, and it is calculated by means of an SPSS analysis. SPSS is a statistical software package widely used in the social sciences and criminology.

            The evaluation form included the following question measuring the quality of materials: “How satisfied were you with the quality of the take home training materials provided to you?”. Each participant is provided with a “take home goody bag” that contains various printed training materials for future use. The results indicated a mean score of 7.60 on a zero to 10 point scale.

            A second question asked, “How satisfied were you with the quantity of take home training materials provided to you?” And here again a very high score emerges, a mean value of 7.55 was found for this factor.


MANY WON SOMETHING IN ONE OF THE RAFFLES

            There are various raffles at the NGCRC conference, some occur at the networking receptions and some are scheduled through the Operations Center.

            The evaluation form asked the conference participants, “Did you win anything in any of the raffles?” The results indicated that over half of those who attended, or 56.7 percent of those attending the conference, reported winning something in one of the raffles.


OVER A THIRD DID FIELD TRAINING OR BALLGAME

            The exit survey question in the evaluation form ask the attendees “did you go on any of the tours, ballgames, or ride-a-longs”? Some 44.3 percent of the attendees, over a third, indicated that in fact they had in face went on a tour, or attended an NGCRC sponsored ballgame event, or a ride-along.


HIGH LEVELS OF SATISFACTION WITH NGCRC STAFF

            The evaluation form included the question “How satisfied were you with the staff and volunteers of the National Gang Crime Research Center in terms of making your experience at the training conference a quality time?”. The results indicated a mean score of 9.00 on a scale between zero and ten, again a very high level of satisfaction with the NGCRC staff. The staff provide a number of useful functions to the conference participants, from security to equipment technician support.


NGCRC GUESTS OFTEN BRING ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBERS WITH THEM

            The NGCRC promises a “family friendly” environment for its conference participants and provided some special features in this regard (e.g., Family ID cards allowing them to take advantage of discounts at restaurants, etc in the area). The evaluation form asked “Did you bring other family members to Chicago this visit?” and the results indicated that 10 percent brought one or more other family members with to the conference. There was even a separate question asking attendees to “rate” the hotel, and they gave it very high marks, a mean score of 8.77 on a zero to ten rating scale is a very high level of satisfaction.


CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS GAVE “HIGH GRADES” TO THE NGCRC AS AN OVERALL EVALUATION RESULT

            Finally, another question on the evaluation form asked the 2016 NGCRC conference participants to “Give us your grade for how we did overall in trying to make this conference experience a good one for you. For a final grade, I give this conference an ___A ___B ___C ___D ___F.”

            The results indicated that most (65%) gave the NGCRC an “A”. An additional 29.6 percent gave the NGCRC a grade of “B”. Thus, 94.7 percent of the trainees rated the NGCRC training experience as an “A” or “B”, the highest possible grades. Again, from a different way of measuring the same thing (overall training experience), we find additional strong evidence of a high level of satisfaction among persons who attended the conference. A GPA of 3.59 (where 4=A, 3=B, 2=C,1=D,0=F) was the mean score from this analysis. Thus, conference attendees gave the NGCRC an overall grade of “A minus/B Plus” it would appear from the 2016 evaluation results: again, a remarkable achievement.

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Comments from those who attended the 2016 NGCRC Training Conference in Chicago:


SAMPLE COMMENTS FROM 2016 ATTENDEES:

 

“ ‘Networking’ with others was very helpful in gaining intel.”, “Baseball game” and “The variation of classes and the freedom of choosing the sessions I want to attend”. Captain Loretta D. Wells, Nebraska Department of Corrections, Omaha, NE.

 

“I have been to the conference 4 times over the last 5 years and there has been new material presented each year.” Crystal Thomas, Evansville Police Department, Evansville, IN.

 

“I have been to many drug and gang conferences. The NGCRC Conference is, by far, the best conference I have attended. Very few will offer such a wide range of expertise.” Mike O’Brien, F.B.I. Federal Gang Task Force, Moline, IL.

 

“The overall conference was great! I appreciate how organized everything was. The location was perfect. Most of the presenters appeared to be subject matter experts. This was my first time attending, it will not be my last.” Zaneta P. Simpson, Mecklenburg County Sheriffs Office, Charlotte, NC.

 

“The best part of the conference is you can always find what your looking for from the vast array of instructors. From a basic class to a more extensive approach. This training is still the best in the nation & you will get out of it exactly what you put into it.Michael Robbins, Adams County Sheriffs Office, Brighton, CO.

 

“As always 1st class training totally relevant useful information. Best gang training conference in the country, networking heaven!! Thank you Dr Knox and staff, looking forward to next year.Dominick J. Cicala, New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission, Trenton, NJ.

 

“You have some of the best instructors that I have ever heard and I've taken classes for over 21 years.Det. Jason Dwight Hudson, Louisville Metro Police Department, Louisville, KY.

 

“I have been a gang detective for 9 years and actually learned new things about street gangs and gang culture.Det. Rigoberto Amaro, Waukegan Police Department, Waukegan, IL.

 

“Very well organized. Up to date information.” Lt. Kenneth Winklepleck, Douglasville Police Department, Douglasville, GA.

 

“I really like the way classes are setup. You can travel from class to class and go to the ones that interest you the most. Also really enjoyed the variety of topics”. William Noon, Toledo Police Department, Toledo, OH.

 

 

SAMPLE COMMENTS FROM PREVENTION/INTERVENTION AREA:

 

“As an educator that works with At-Risk youth I feel as though I am much more informed and prepared to address gang members/activity. I feel as though all of my presenters were experts and will to help me understand my students.” Jennifer Shimon, teacher, Kenosha Unified School District, Kenosha, WI.

 

“Variety of option in courses to choose from. Hotel was great environment for conference & centrally located. Opportunity to network w/ people across the nation & world.” Chevist Johnson, S.O.E. Kingdom, Sacramento, CA.

 

“Networking and all the amazing information from the speakers.Edgar Caceres, Lawrence Family Development & Education Fund, Lawrence, MA.

 

“The presenters are always very professional and every year I leave the conference with a new level of expertise.” Christopher L. Mallette, Executive Director, Chicago Violence Prevention Strategy, Chicago, IL.

 

“Out of all the conferences that I attend, this organization has been the most effective. The topics & presenters have inspired me to do more w/ at risk youth”. Leonard D. Hunt, Cincinnati Job Corps, Cincinnati, OH.

 

“All instructors and classes were great.” John Reyes, Second Chance Through Faith, Colorado Springs, CO.

 

“The vast amount of information and knowledge in the courses, I wish I could have done more. My dept. could not find the money for this conference. I paid my own way and I will do it again.” Edward Savage, Shelby County Schools, Project Prevent, Memphis, TN.

 

“Meeting everyone was the best experience. Being able to network and get contacts was an experience I will not forget”. Osiris Gomez, Lawrence Family Development & Education Fund, Lawrence, MA.

 

“I learned some very valuable information to use when I get back to my community.” Lorenzo Lawson, Youth Empowerment Zone, Columbia, MO.

 

“Great way to network and obtain new ideas and programs to try.” Kelly W. Roberts, Topeka Public Schools Police, Topeka, KS.

 

“The conference offered a large buffet of trainings with subject matter experts.” Lonnie L. Hall, Gary Job Corps Center, San Marcos, TX.

 

“Lots of classes to pick from”, “Lots of people to network with”, “2nd time attending.” and “Always learn something and find the sessions to be full of information.” Scott Hatch, Penobscot Job Corps, Bangor, ME.

 

“There was so much valuable information that can be learned and applied in so many situations.” Steven Cochran, Penobscot Job Corps, Bangor, ME.

 

 

SAMPLE COMMENTS FROM CORRECTIONS AREA:

 

“The presenter(s)s were excellent”. John Douglas “A-Train" Atkinsson, Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center, Milwaukee, WI.

 

“I’ve been coming to this conference since 2009! I’ve met some great people and have been afforded the opportunity to be a presenter, networking and collaborating with like minded professionals. Always looking forward to learning more and doing more for Gang Research and the NGCRC! Can’t wait until next year.” William A. Campbell, Training Academy Coordinator, Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice - Training Center, Elizabethtown, KY.

 

“This conference provides opportunity to network and collaborate with other presenters in establishment of purposeful and meaningful relationships.Jewel N. Jones, STG-Gang Coordinator, Ohio Department of Youth Services, Cleveland, OH.

 

“Very informative, instructors were very knowledgeable, information was easy to understand.” Jeff Caskey, detention supervisor, Polk County Sheriffs Office, Des Moines, IA.

 

“The variety and quality of classes and speakers”. Michael Artmann, Jail Intelligence Deputy, Hennepin County Sheriffs Office, Minneapolis, MN.

 

“The ability to complete the track to your own needs”, “Thanks” and “Love the experience”. Captain Matilda Serna, Nebraska Department of Corrections, Tecumseh, NE.

 

“Eye opening - work being done by LEO & Corrections to research & communicate what is happening”. Captain James Foster, Nebraska Department of Corrections, Lincoln, NE.

 

“Breakfast & Snacks!”, “The speakers are very smart & interactive!”, “The chairs w/cushions on them.”, “Carter F Smith, Dr. Simon Harding, Todd D. Negola & Deepa Patel are fantastic, very smart, intelligent, funny, interactive and keep the presentation entertaining.” and “Thank you to them.” Natalya Kandakova, Minnesota Department of Corrections, Burnsville, MN.

 

“Great speakers”. Clint LaFar, Peoria County Juvenile Detention Center, Peoria, IL.

 

“I have been teaching and working with juveniles for 5 years and I learned more about these gang culture, how to better work with them, and how the gangs are evolving in the last 3 days than my 5 previous years”. Timothy E. Cech, Peoria County Juvenile Detention Center, Peoria, IL.

 

“Presentation material.” Captain Shawn Freese, Nebraska Department of Corrections, Lincoln, NE.

 

 

COMMENTS FROM PROSECUTION AREA:

  

“Network; great selection of classes; I learned a lot!”. Lindsey Moreland, Assistant District Attorney, Nashville, TN

 

“Opening ceremony is a fantastic start, with so many tracks it's the only event that is open to everyone being together.” Elizabeth Caratini Buerger, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Palatine, IL.

 

“I liked the format (cafeteria style course selection)”. Crystal Uhe, Madison County State’s Attorneys office, Edwardsville, IL.

 

“The various professionals that were available to speak - from educators to attorneys, investigators, and parole|probation officers. To hear the different perspectives was extremely valuable. The presentation on Tactical Interviewing was AMAZING! By far the most interesting and helpful presentation throughout the course.” Merry M. Saunders, Athens County Prosecuting Attorneys Office, Athens, OH.

 

“Opportunity network, speakers willing to discuss class outside of session. Location|hotel & price were great. The opportunity to meet w/ experts & individuals heavily versed in the world of gangs provides for a priceless opportunity to learn & grow as a prosecutor.Kristi Wilson, Assistant District Attorney, Douglas County District Attorneys Office, Douglasville, GA.

 

“The classes being non-regimented were nice having different lengths starting at different times and no breaks in between made the day far more seamless.” Kyle Aber, District Attorneys Office, Pueblo, CO.

 

 

COMMENTS FROM PROBATION/PAROLE/AFTERCARE AREA:

 

“Networking, Topic discussion”. Derrick Parker, Aftercare Specialist, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, Chicago, IL.

 

“My best part of this conference was receiving one of the spirit awards. I can only imagine all the hard work that Mr. Knox and his staff puts into this training and to take the time to learn what certain people are doing in this field and then recognizing them is such an honor. The knowledge I gained from this training is something I am excited to take back to my team and share to move forward on our Gang Court and addressing gang issues.” Kelly Hobbs, Probation Officer, Metro Juvenile Court, Nashville, TN.

 

“Some great new sessions”. Kevin Kreuser, Cook County Juvenile Probation, Chicago, IL.

 

“The quality & knowledge of the trainers was exceptional. Additionally, everyone was very open|available to answer questions afterwards.” Matt Mills, juvenile probation officer, DeKalb County Court Services, Sycamore, IL.

 

“Great Overall Speakers.Luis Lopez, Cook County Juvenile Court, Chicago, IL.

 

“I learned new & useful information.Sara J. Mentore, Supervisory U.S. Probation Officer, U.S. Office of Probation & Pretrial Services, Gulf Port, MS.

 

“The information that I learned increased my knowledge of gangs”. Valencia E. Dedaux, U.S. Probation Office, Gulf Port, MS.

 

“The variety of topics available and the chosen presenters.” John Steinhilber, U.S. Probation Officer, Miami, FL.

 

 

COMMENTS FROM OTHERS:

“I like the location of the conference, and the variety of choices given.” Marcial Perez, Pleasant Hills, Iowa.

 

“All of the work shops that I attended were very informative & applicable to the work that I am involved in.Thomas Hurley, Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy, Chicago, IL.

 

“Excellent Information!”. Robert Brzenchek , Douglasville, PA.

 

“NGCRC is something I look forward to every year, and every time I come to this conference, it exceeds my expectations.” Kristopher B.E. Hansgen, Gang Specialist, St. Joseph, MN.

 

“Wonderful Networking opportunity with people all over the world”. Stacia Potorff, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO.

 

“It was very pleasant to hear a combination of academics & real world practitioners on gang activities.” Carlos Hernandorena, Falls Church, VA.

 

“Best training I’ve been to. I learned so many new things both professionally & personally. It energized me & makes me excited be part of this field!” and “Thank you!”. Mallory Fuchs, Owatonna, MN.

 

“So many different class options...just about every aspect of "Gangs" were covered!”. Melissa Cordeiro, City of Tacoma, Tacoma, WA.

 

“Networking and having the ability to connect with other people in your field from other states. Finding out how they handle their gang issues and compare it to how my work handles it. The speakers were also outstanding!”. Kyra Luepke, Graduate Student, Prinsburg, MN.

 

“The Cyber Bullying gave essential information on the subject not only for my work but for my personal life with my 16 year old and red flags to pay attention to. Thank you!” and “Extremely Good Presenter!”. Debra A. Higens, Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy, Chicago, IL.

 

“The networking opportunities are excellent!”. Randall Strickland, Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy, Chicago, IL.

 

“A great opportunity to meet past colleagues and friends which provides the best circumstance to network and build professional ties.Dr. Andy Bain, University of Mount Union, Alliance, OH.

 

“Registration staff were wonderful.Mario Hesse, Professor, Dept. Of Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN.

 

“Networking receptions are a great way to met others and decompress after absorbing a lot of information.James A Anderson, Deputy State Fire Marshall, Little Falls, MN.

 

“The presenters and materials were well organized, professional and interesting!”. April Lyskowsky, Lawrence Family Development & Education Fund, Lawrence, MA.

 

“Everything”. Carlos Collazo, Lawrence Family Development & Education Fund, Lawrence, MA.

 

“It was very informative and the networking was very good.William Rodriguez, Lawrence Family Development & Education Fund, Lawrence, MA.

 

“I enjoyed the excellent assistance received from student assistants and office staff. NGCRC staff did a great job.” Dr. Manuel R. Roman Jr., Sacramento, CA.

 

“By far an amazing training as always”. Deepa R. Patel, Springfield, VA.

 

 

COMMENTS FROM POLICE:

 

“I like the location of the conference, and the variety of choices given.” Marcial Perez, Pleasant Hills, Iowa. 

 

“Opportunities to network and gather info on gangs/issues across the country not just my region.” Kris Murphy, Salt Lake Area Gang Project, Salt Lake City, UT.

 

“Great Hotel!! Great networking with other gang detectives from across the country.” Det. Esekia Afatas, Salt Lake Area Gang Project, Salt Lake City, UT.

 

“I really appreciated the veterans reception. I thought it was a great idea and haven't been to anything similar in the past. The number of training options was great.Erin Nelson, Fairfax County Police Department, Springfield, VA.

 

“Enjoyed the "criminal mind and the gangster." I enjoyed the large number of offerings for training - the facility (hotel) was nice.Jesse Hambrick, Douglas County Sheriffs Dept., Douglasville, GA.

 

“Meeting new officers and investigators”. Officer Eric Scott, Shelby County Schools, Memphis, TN.

 

“Well organized, great staff and excellent presenters”. Constable Boris Sark, Victoria Police Department, Victoria, BC, Canada.

 

“The variety of classes, allowed me to try different areas of training that I never would have before.Anthony Caliendo, Deputy Sheriff, Lake County Sheriffs Office, Waukegan, IL.

 

“The volume of classes was nice to be able to choose from.Officer Michael R. Ball, Sonoma County Sheriffs Office, Santa Rosa, CA.

 

“Recognition of our nations vets and law enforcement’s fallen - networking with old friends and new contacts”. Fred Moreno, Chicago, IL.

 

“Great Topics”. Det. Christopher Ryan Geoghegan, Louisville Metro Police Department, Louisville, KY.

 

“There were great instructors”. Gary Hensler, Fort Wayne Police Department, Fort Wayne, IN.

 

“Networking”. Morris Franklin, Peoria Police Department, Peoria, IL.

 

“The workshops were great Dr. Todd Negola and Ken Davis were great”. Terrance Stone, Chairman, San Bernardino County Gangs & Drugs Task Force, San Bernardino, CA.

 

“Very informative, great venue”. Matthew Foote, Fort Wayne Police Department, Fort Wayne, IN. 

 

“The presenters for each class that I attended were very knowledgeable.Adele Gardner, Police Officer, Detroit Public Schools Police Department, Detroit, MI.

 

“The high level of specialists that were speakers.Dante A. Salinas, patrolman, Waukegan Police Department, Waukegan, IL.

 

“Wide range of topics from all across, United States.Det. Alan Beckman, Will County Sheriffs Office, Joliet, IL.

 

“Lots of great information”. Samer Kato, Macomb County Sheriffs Office, Mt. Clemens, MI.

 

“Really enjoyed Carter Smith, Todd Negola & Chris Przemieriecki Great speakers”. Stephen D. Stollar, Carroll County Sheriffs Office, Carrollton, GA.

 

“Extensive material”. Det. Michael Pivowar, Parke County Sheriffs Office, Rockville, IN.

 

“This was the first conference I have attended in my 9 years of law enforcement and it was a fantastic learning experience.” Justin J. Closen, Decatur Police Department, Decatur, IL.

 

“Great Instructors and Great Class Diversity and Selection”. Jason Danner Decatur Police Department, Decatur, IL.

 

“Ken Davis & Dr. Rush they were great.” Michael Deese, Douglasville County Sheriffs Office, Douglasville, GA.

 

“Wide range of information available.” Jacob Beck, Peoria Police Department, Peoria, IL.

 

“Tons of classes” and “Really enjoyed classes 64 & 20.” Marc Deshales, Ft. Wayne Police Department, Ft. Wayne, IN.

 

“I feel that my skills were expanded by attending”. Sgt. William Ceci Sr., Will County Sheriffs Office, Joliet, IL.

 

“The opportunity to listen to and learn from different specialists in gang investigations was great. Bringing different experiences and perspectives under one roof will elevate us all in the L.E. profession.” Marco A. Ayala, Lawrence Police Department, Lawrence, MA.

 

“NCIC class was great.” and “Most presenters seemed well organized & knowledgeable”. Officer Trent Howard, Portage Police Department, Portage, IN.

 

“Your not in the same class listening to the same instructor in the same room the whole time”. Michael Spence, Knoxville Police Department, Knoxville, TN.

 

“Well organized considering the amount of classes.” and “I really enjoyed class 102. The instructor was excellent”. Laura Lightfoot, Portage Police Department, Portage, IN.

 

“Training” and “Meeting Contacts From Over Country (Networking)”. Bryan Sylvester, Peoria Police Department, Peoria, IL.

 

“The conference provided a wealth of different subjects and expert presenters on those topics.” Robert Leman, Oakland County Sheriffs Office, Pontiac, MI.

 

“Presenters were very knowledgeable and informative.” John J. Grant, Indiana State Police, Ft. Wayne, IN.

 

“The amount of information”. Clint Fore, investigator, Biloxi Police Department, Biloxi, MS.

 

“Great instructors, great training.” Richard Hilliard, investigator, Biloxi Police Department, Biloxi, MS.

 

“The experience and good amount of knowledge.” Adam K. Siefman, Decatur Police Department, Decatur, IL.

 

“Variety of classes & fields.” Dustin Lind, Investigator, Lincoln Police Department, Lincoln, NE.

 

“The various classes and number of options for specialization”. Officer Lucas Liddle, Cedar Rapids Police Department, Cedar Rapids, IA.

 

“Presenters have a great passion for topics”. Det. Carlton Conway, Elkhart Police Department, Elkhart, IN.

 

“The Information!”. Keyon David Ashe, Department of Public Safety, Raleigh, NC.

 

“Excellent variety of classes and instructors.” Mark A. Taylor, Knoxville Police Department, Knoxville, TN.

 

“Networking and organization”. Chris Carter, FBI Federal Gang Task Force, Moline, IL.

 

“I enjoy how professional this conference is ran! Thank You!” and “I LOVE CHICAGO!”. Det. M. Santiago, Seattle Police Dept (Gang Unit), Seattle, WA.

 

“The instructors are very knowledgeable about what they are teaching.” Will Haley, Oakland County Sheriffs Office, Pontiac, MI.

 

“Freedom to choose my classes”. Michael Geddings, Knoxville Police Department, Knoxville, TN.

 

“The variety of courses & various times available to attend the classes made it possible to attend the classes I wanted !!!” and “Thank You!!”. Robert T. Sevaaetasi, Gang Unit, Seattle Police Department, Bellevue, WA.

 

“Learned a lot of new and useful information.” Shalandra Burch, Department of Juvenile Justice, Chicago, IL.

 

“The instructors were very knowledgeable.” Brandon Singleton, Salt Lake Area Gang Project, Salt Lake City, UT.

 

“The NGCRC staff. Good communication with attendees.” Lt. William Loescher, Puyallup Tribal Police Department, Puyallup Tribee of Indians , Tacoma, WA.

 

“Getting to network with officers from around the country!”. Det. Juan Gonzalez, Douglasville Police Department, Douglasville, GA.

 

“Diversity of Education”. Benjamin A. Tobey, Portage Police Department, Portage, IN.

 

“The networking, resources learned. Also good updates since the last time I was here.” Ben Durian, Wyoming Department of Public Safety, Wyoming, MI.

 

“The variety of speakers, topics, & classes.” Jason Caster, Wyoming Department of Public Safety, Wyoming, MI.

 

“The speakers were very educated and professional, but kept the information unfiltered.” Jelani Coppage, Wyandotte County Sheriffs Office, Kansas City, KS.

 

“Many of the presenters were very knowledgeable, and had a great intel of the information they presented.” Adrienne D. Gilchrist, Wyandotte County Sheriffs Office, Kansas City, KS.

 

“I really enjoyed interacting with people of different agencies and backgrounds to learn about different gang problems & techniques”. Mark Boudreau, Flint Police Department, Flint, MI.

 

“Todd Negola is a phenomenal speaker, very interesting & keeps audience engaged”. Officer Sean McCoy, North Aurora Police Department, North Aurora, IL.

 

“Staff and presenters were very informative and helpful. Hotel was great and very clean. It was great networking with LEO’s from all over country”. Officer David Parr, North Aurora Police Department, North Aurora, IL.

 

“A large choice of courses.” Robert G. Rose, Knoxville Police Department, Knoxville, TN.

 

“Several quality speakers presented new ideas and concepts I can take back to my department.”and “The networking reception & complimentary cubs ticket are always a plus!”. Thomas W. Epps, Knoxville Police Department, Knoxville, TN.

 

“The ability to network with other law enforcement officers that can assist with investigations and issues that are entering in Canada.” Constable David Jorgensen, Victoria Police Department, Victoria, BC, Canada.

 

“I liked being able to choose which classes to attend. Great variety.” Shauna K. Spurgess, FBI, Detroit, MI.

 

“The amount of seminars”. Joe Piscitelli, Rosemont Police Service, Rosemont, IL.

 

“Wide range of topics covered”. Anthony DiIacova, Rosemont Police Service, Rosemont, IL.

 


 

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 Statistical Evaluation Results from the

2015 NGCRC Training Conference:


INTRODUCTION

            The 2015 Eighteenth International NGCRC Gang Specialist Training Conference was held during August 10-12, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. The statistical evaluation results are reported here from the large number of persons attending the conference who provided such evaluation surveys. What this documents is an amazing level of “success” as measured in terms of the satisfaction of those who attended.

            The bottom line finding here is that the NGCRC offers training that is consistently rated as exceptional in value and quality.


THE NGCRC ATTRACTS THOSE WITH AND WITHOUT PRIOR TRAINING ON GANGS

            One statistical result from the evaluation forms completed by those attending the 2015 NGCRC training conference reveals the NGCRC attracts those with and without prior training in gangs. The question on the evaluation form was “Have you received training at other gang seminars?“ In fact, for 2015 some 48.5 percent indicated that they had not previously received any training about gangs. Thus, some 51.5 percent of those attending the NGCRC training conference indicated that they had in fact been previously trained on gangs.


FEW ARGUE WITH THE FACTS: THE NGCRC OFFERS MORE CHOICES THAN ANYONE ELSE

            One very powerful statistical result from the evaluation forms completed by those attending the 2015 NGCRC conference relates to the number of choices a person does or does not have in terms of different options for classes to attend. In some training programs there is no choice at all, or few or very limited choices. Some 97.5 percent of those attending the NGCRC 2015 conference reported that “the NGCRC had more choices for sessions”.


THE NGCRC ATTRACTS NEW AND REPEAT TRAINEES

            The NGCRC 2015 Evaluation Survey asked the trainees whether this was the first time they had attended an NGCRC conference. The question on the evaluation form was, “This is the first time I have ever attended one of the Gang Training Conferences by the NGCRC.” The results indicated that 72.9 percent of those attending the 2015 conference did so for the first time. In other words, a third (some 32.1 percent) of those who attended the 2015 conference did in fact have previous training at an official NGCRC training conference.


OVERWHELMING MAJORITY REPORT “BEST GANG TRAINING EVER”

            As a testament to the high quality of the training experience at the 2015 NGCRC training conference, another significant statistical result from the evaluation indicated an exceptionally high level of satisfaction with the training. Some 77.9 percent of those attending the conference reported that it was, “in my opinion, the best gang training event I have ever attended.” Such high levels of praise from people all over the USA and abroad are indeed hard to achieve.


ALMOST EVERYONE WANTS TO COME BACK NEXT YEAR

            Another measure of the validity of high levels of satisfaction among those attending the NGCRC’’s 2015 conference is found in the results to the question measuring intention to “come back next year”.

            The evaluation instrument included the following question: “I would like to attend the NGCRC 19th International Gang Specialist Training Conference that the National Gang Crime Research Center is currently planning. ___True ___False”.

            Some 89.8 percent of those who attended the 2015 conference indicated that they want to attend the 2016 conference as well.


ACHIEVING NETWORKING: A GUARANTEED RESULT AT THE NGCRC CONFERENCE

            Three separate evaluation questions addressed the issue of “networking” because this is always an important “added benefit” of any training, and it becomes particularly valuable as a resource when dealing with gang problems.

            The first question asked, “Did you meet any new gang specialists that you may be able to network with in the future while you were at this conference”. The results of the evaluation question about whether the participants at the 2015 NGCRC training conference were able to achieve networking showed an astounding 91.7 percent reported that they were able to achieve such networking while at the conference.

            The second question sought to establish a baseline for how important the factor of “networking” was to those attending the 2015 NGCRC conference. The second question therefore asked the participants “Was the opportunity to network with other gang specialists something that you wanted to achieve while at this conference?” Here we find that 93.2 percent indicated that networking was an important goal for them at the conference. Based on this, it is safe to say that everyone achieved their goal of networking at the 2015 NGCRC Training Conference.

            A number of specialized “networking receptions” were available to anyone who wanted to participate in these events during after hours. These are well planned and well managed events designed to enhance networking among professionals. Thus, a third and final question about networking in the evaluation survey asked, “Did you attend any of the special networking receptions?” Here we find that 55.6 percent attended one or more of these specialized reception events.


VERY HIGH LEVELS OF SATISFACTION WITH THE QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF TAKE HOME TRAINING MATERIALS

            The rating system used by the NGCRC to evaluate the performance of the trainers and presenters, as well as its own operations, utilizes a “scale” of values from an absolute low value of “zero” to indicate the low extreme of “not satisfied” to an absolute high value of ten (10) to indicate the high extreme of “very satisfied”. Thus, the “score” in such cases is easy to interpret: the higher the score, the higher the level of satisfaction.

            The “mean score” is what is used to calculate an overall score for performance. The mean is the arithmetic mean, a measure of central tendency in the data, and it is calculated by means of an SPSS analysis. SPSS is a statistical software package widely used in the social sciences and criminology.

            The evaluation form included the following question measuring the quality of materials: “How satisfied were you with the quality of the take home training materials provided to you?”. Each participant is provided with a “take home goody bag” that contains various printed training materials for future use. The results indicated a mean score of 7.49 on a zero to 10 point scale.

            A second question asked, “How satisfied were you with the quantity of take home training materials provided to you?” And here again a very high score emerges, a mean value of 7.58 was found for this factor.


MANY WON SOMETHING IN ONE OF THE RAFFLES

            There are various raffles at the NGCRC conference, some occur at the networking receptions and some are scheduled through the Operations Center.

            The evaluation form asked the conference participants, “Did you win anything in any of the raffles?” The results indicated that 44.8 percent of those attending the conference reported winning something in one of the raffles.


OVER A THIRD DID FIELD TRAINING OR BALLGAME

            The exit survey question in the evaluation form ask the attendees “did you go on any of the tours, ballgames, or ride-a-longs”? Some 35.3 percent of the attendees, over a third, indicated that in fact they had in face went on a tour, or attended an NGCRC sponsored ballgame event, or a ride-along.


HIGH LEVELS OF SATISFACTION WITH NGCRC STAFF

            The evaluation form included the question “How satisfied were you with the staff and volunteers of the National Gang Crime Research Center in terms of making your experience at the training conference a quality time?”. The results indicated a mean score of 8.67 on a scale between zero and ten, again a very high level of satisfaction with the NGCRC staff. The staff provide a number of useful functions to the conference participants, from security to equipment technician support.


NGCRC GUESTS OFTEN BRING ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBERS WITH THEM

            The NGCRC promises a “family friendly” environment for its conference participants and provided some special features in this regard (e.g., Family ID cards allowing them to take advantage of discounts at restaurants, etc in the area). The evaluation form asked “Did you bring other family members to Chicago this visit?” and the results indicated that 13.7 percent brought one or more other family members with to the conference. There was even a separate question asking attendees to “rate” the hotel, and they gave it very high marks, a mean score of 8.45 on a zero to ten rating scale is a very high level of satisfaction.


CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS GAVE “HIGH GRADES” TO THE NGCRC AS AN OVERALL EVALUATION RESULT

            Finally, another question on the evaluation form asked the 2015 NGCRC conference participants to “Give us your grade for how we did overall in trying to make this conference experience a good one for you. For a final grade, I give this conference an ___A ___B ___C ___D ___F.”

            The results indicated that most (48.5%) gave the NGCRC an “A”. An additional 41.8 percent gave the NGCRC a grade of “B”. Thus, 90.3 percent of the trainees rated the NGCRC training experience as an “A” or “B”, the highest possible grades. Again, from a different way of measuring the same thing (overall training experience), we find additional strong evidence of a high level of satisfaction among persons who attended the conference. A GPA of 3.36 (where 4=A, 3=B, 2=C,1=D,0=F) was the mean score from this analysis. Thus, conference attendees gave the NGCRC an overall grade of “A minus/B Plus” it would appear from the 2015 evaluation results: again, a remarkable achievement.


 

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Statistical Evaluation Results from the

2014 NGCRC Training Conference:


INTRODUCTION

            The 2014 Seventeenth International NGCRC Gang Specialist Training Conference was held during August 11-13, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The statistical evaluation results are reported here from the large number of persons attending the conference who provided such evaluation surveys. What this documents is an amazing level of “success” as measured in terms of the satisfaction of those who attended.


THE NGCRC ATTRACTS THOSE WITH AND WITHOUT PRIOR TRAINING ON GANGS

            One statistical result from the evaluation forms completed by those attending the 2014 NGCRC training conference reveals the NGCRC attracts those with and without prior training in gangs. The question on the evaluation form was “Have you received training at other gang seminars?“ In fact, for 2014 some 42.1 percent indicated that they had not previously received any training about gangs. Thus, some 57.9 percent of those attending the NGCRC training conference indicated that they had in fact been previously trained on gangs.


THE NGCRC ATTRACTS NEW AND REPEAT TRAINEES

            The NGCRC 2014 Evaluation Survey asked the trainees whether this was the first time they had attended an NGCRC conference. The question on the evaluation form was, “This is the first time I have ever attended one of the Gang Training Conferences by the NGCRC.” The results indicated that 67.9 percent of those attending the 2014 conference did so for the first time. In other words, a third (some 32.1 percent) of those who attended the 2014 conference did in fact have previous training at an official NGCRC training conference.


FEW ARGUE WITH THE FACTS: THE NGCRC OFFERS MORE CHOICES THAN ANYONE ELSE

            One very powerful statistical result from the evaluation forms completed by those attending the 2014 NGCRC conference relates to the number of choices a person does or does not have in terms of different options for classes to attend. In some training programs there is no choice at all, or few or very limited choices. Some 98.8 percent of those attending the NGCRC 2014 conference reported that “the NGCRC had more choices for sessions”.


OVERWHELMING MAJORITY REPORT “BEST GANG TRAINING EVER”

            As a testament to the high quality of the training experience at the 2014 NGCRC training conference, another significant statistical result from the evaluation indicated an exceptionally high level of satisfaction with the training. Some 80.2 percent of those attending the conference reported that it was, “in my opinion, the best gang training event I have ever attended.” Such high levels of praise from people all over the USA and abroad are indeed hard to achieve.


ALMOST EVERYONE WANTS TO COME BACK NEXT YEAR

            Another measure of the validity of high levels of satisfaction among those attending the NGCRC’’s 2014 conference is found in the results to the question measuring intention to “come back next year”.

The evaluation instrument included the following question: “I would like to attend the NGCRC 18th International Gang Specialist Training Conference that the National Gang Crime Research Center is currently planning. ___True ___False”.

            Some 91.9 percent of those who attended the 2014 conference indicated that they want to attend the 2015 conference as well.


ACHIEVING NETWORKING: A GUARANTEED RESULT AT THE NGCRC CONFERENCE

            Three separate evaluation questions addressed the issue of “networking” because this is always an important “added benefit” of any training, and it becomes particularly valuable as a resource when dealing with gang problems.

            The first question asked, “Did you meet any new gang specialists that you may be able to network with in the future while you were at this conference”. The results of the evaluation question about whether the participants at the 2014 NGCRC training conference were able to achieve networking showed an astounding 98.8 percent reported that they were able to achieve such networking while at the conference (up slightly from 2013).

            The second question sought to establish a baseline for how important the factor of “networking” was to those attending the 2014 NGCRC conference. The second question therefore asked the participants “Was the opportunity to network with other gang specialists something that you wanted to achieve while at this conference?” Here we find that 95.6 percent indicated that networking was an important goal for them at the conference. Based on this, it is safe to say that everyone achieved their goal of networking at the 2014 NGCRC Training Conference.

            A number of specialized “networking receptions” were available to anyone who wanted to participate in these events during after hours. These are well planned and well managed events designed to enhance networking among professionals. Thus, a third and final question about networking in the evaluation survey asked, “Did you attend any of the special networking receptions?” Here we find that 64.7 percent attended one or more of these specialized reception events.


VERY HIGH LEVELS OF SATISFACTION WITH THE QUALITY AND QUANTITY OF TAKE HOME TRAINING MATERIALS

            The rating system used by the NGCRC to evaluate the performance of the trainers and presenters, as well as its own operations, utilizes a “scale” of values from an absolute low value of “zero” to indicate the low extreme of “not satisfied” to an absolute high value of ten (10) to indicate the high extreme of “very satisfied”. Thus, the “score” in such cases is easy to interpret: the higher the score, the higher the level of satisfaction.

The “mean score” is what is used to calculate an overall score for performance. The mean is the arithmetic mean, a measure of central tendency in the data, and it is calculated by means of an SPSS analysis. SPSS is a statistical software package widely used in the social sciences and criminology.

            The evaluation form included the following question measuring the quality of materials: “How satisfied were you with the quality of the take home training materials provided to you?”. Each participant is provided with a “take home goody bag” that contains various printed training materials for future use. The results indicated a mean score of 7.95 on a zero to 10 point scale.

            A second question asked, “How satisfied were you with the quantity of take home training materials provided to you?” And here again a very high score emerges, a mean value of 7.91 was found for this factor.


HIGH LEVELS OF SATISFACTION WITH NGCRC STAFF

            The evaluation form included the question “How satisfied were you with the staff and volunteers of the National Gang Crime Research Center in terms of making your experience at the training conference a quality time?”. The results indicated a mean score of 9.00 on a scale between zero and ten, again a very high level of satisfaction with the NGCRC staff. The staff provide a number of useful functions to the conference participants, from security to equipment technician support.


MANY WON SOMETHING IN ONE OF THE RAFFLES

            There are various raffles at the NGCRC conference, some occur at the networking receptions and some are scheduled through the Operations Center.

            The evaluation form asked the conference participants, “Did you win anything in any of the raffles?” The results indicated that 44.5 percent of those attending the conference reported winning something in one of the raffles.


NGCRC GUESTS OFTEN BRING ADDITIONAL FAMILY MEMBERS WITH THEM

            The NGCRC promises a “family friendly” environment for its conference participants and provided some special features in this regard (e.g., Family ID cards allowing them to take advantage of discounts at restaurants, etc in the area). The evaluation form asked “Did you bring other family members to Chicago this visit?” and the results indicated that 15.2 percent brought one or more other family members with to the conference. There was even a separate question asking attendees to “rate” the hotel, and they gave it very high marks, a mean score of 8.71 on a zero to ten rating scale is a very high level of satisfaction.


CONFERENCE PARTICIPANTS GAVE "HIGH GRADES" TO THE NGCRC AS AN OVERALL EVALUATION RESULT

            Finally, another question on the evaluation form asked the 2014 NGCRC conference participants to “Give us your grade for how we did overall in trying to make this conference experience a good one for you. For a final grade, I give this conference an ___A ___B ___C ___D ___F.”

The results indicated that most (61.0%) gave the NGCRC an "A". An additional 31.7 percent gave the NGCRC a grade of "B". Thus, 92.7 percent of the trainees rated the NGCRC training experience as an "A" or "B", the highest possible grades. Again, from a different way of measuring the same thing (overall training experience), we find additional strong evidence of a high level of satisfaction among persons who attended the conference. A GPA of 3.53 was the mean score from this analysis. Thus, conference attendees gave the NGCRC an overall grade of “A minus/B Plus” it would appear from the 2014 evaluation results: again, a remarkable achievement.


 

   

 

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Quotes From the 2015 NGCRC Conference Attendees:

Here is what attendees said about the 2015 NGCRC Training Conference (things they liked about the NGCRC conference):

 

            “Obtained some good information”. Daniel Duncan, Peoria Police Department, Peoria, IL.

            “Plenty of class choices and flexibility”. James E. Roy, Integrated Wellness Group, New Haven, CT.

            “The Brother Raymond speaker and Cabrini Green tour!”. Monica D. Lofton, CIRGV, Dayton, OH.

            “Amount of class / options”. Erin Barisch, Peoria Police Department, Peoria, IL.

            “This conference afforded me the opportunity to network with other professionals; as well as acquire new techniques for working with gang-affiliated youth. The NGCRC staff were very courteous and welcoming.” Jewel N. Jones, STG Coordinator, Ohio Dept. Of Youth Services, Cleveland, OH. 

            “Each instructor was extremely knowledgeable + passionate in their areas of study which made learning very enjoyable. I’ve been in policing for 14 years + learned things about gangs I haven’t learned before. I think having representation from so many diverse areas also assisted in bringing unique information to the seminar. I really had a great time.” Jennifer Marcellis, Sandwich Police Department, Wayne, IL.

            “The people, staff and attendees were awesome. Fred was wonderful and very passionate. I enjoyed the opportunity to network and meet new people.” Darrah M. Metz, Deputy Sheriff, Franklin County Sheriffs Office, Columbus, OH.

            “The networking was outstanding”. Christopher L. Mallette, Executive Director, Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy, Chicago, IL.

            “It was very informative. I really enjoyed it.” Frank Galley Jr., Integrated Wellness Group, New Haven, CT.

            “Networking”. Krista Coleman, Community Service Coordinator, Peoria Police Department, Peoria, IL.

            “Overall this conference is/was great (smiley face). I enjoyed my session. Conference staff was very kind and flexible to us. Great work NGCRC (smiley face). Anthony Hall, Pathways to Peace, Rochester, NY.

            “Well organized, very informational”. Allen Mitchell, Juvenile Justice Commission, Trenton, NJ.

            “Being able to network and learn new things. Learning about gangs, drugs and policing in other countries”. Kirk Turner, Cook County Juvenile Detention, Chicago IL.

            “Schedule was easy to follow”. Chris Stephens, Deputy, Multnomah County Sheriffs Office, Portland, OR.

            “The NGCRC brings presenters in from all around the country to share their knowledge that I feel helps me learn about different gangs/STG’s around the country that may end up in my area at some point. Most trainings I’ve been to are directed more toward basic gang identification and/or studies of gangs more common to my geographic area”. Sgt. Bobby Farley, Rutherford County Sheriffs Office, Murfreesboro, TN.

            “Interesting to hear what others around the country are doing with respect to prevention and intervention”. Rodney M. Evans, CEO, MAYS, Omaha, NE.

            “I enjoyed networking with so many people.” Earle Lobo, City of New Haven, Dept. Of Youth Services, New Haven, CT.

            “It was a unique experience in meetings and in sessions with both law enforcement officers and community organizations. It allowed me to hear and listen to their experience.” Christopher Jenkins, Irvington Police Dept., Irvington, NJ.

            “Networking, meeting like minded people.” Thomas Smith Sr., Summit County Juvenile Court, Akron, OH.

            “I appreciated the ability to network and interact with all the stakeholders that deal with gangs”. Sgt. James Chiola, Peoria Police Department, Peoria, IL.

            “I love to network & I was glad to meet new people & speak with different agencies”. Krystal Thomas, Watersloo, IA.

            “Very informative for me. Was able to learn new ways of working with our clients that are heavily gang affiliated”. Sylvia Rivera, Juvenile Probation Officer, Chicago, IL.

            “Networking and caring, creative people who are fighting the good fight for justice”. Marlon Shackleford, Human Relations Council, Dayton, OH.

            “I enjoyed all the instructors and training”. Sean Murray, Juvenile Justice Commission, Trenton, NJ.

            “Speakers were experts in their field. Classes offered before 8am and after 5pm”.Jerry Garza, Multnomah County Dept. Of Criminal Justice, Portland, OR. 

            “Big class selections”. Leticia Barrera, Juvenile Probation Officer, Chicago, IL.

            “Networking.” Billi Patzius, Lindenwood University, Wentzville, MO.

            “I learned a lot and was able to network with a lot of people”. Isaac Hunt Jr., Goodwill Industries, South Bend, IN.

            “The quantity & quality of the classes offered”. Emilio Mendoza, L.A. Impact, Commerce, CA.

            “The ability to communicate with investigators through out the country to receive real time data on trends, and operations of gangs nationwide”. Jarrett D. Parks, Shelby County Sheriffs Office, Memphis, TN.

            “Loved it, Dr. Knox even stated that he would offer his support regarding my Ph.D. dissertation. That meant a lot”. Stacey M. Jenkins, Indiana Technical University, Fort Wayne, IN.

            “Networking with other professionals”. Gregg Etter, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO.

            “I enjoyed all the wonderful speakers who shared their different gang expertise”. Willard A. Roberts, Juvenile Justice Commission, Trenton, NJ.

            “Invaluable information disseminated that can be taken back to my community to make a positive impact”. Robert Matthew Brzenchek, New Town, PA.

            “The networking, great speakers, very diverse, group from police, probation, non-profit outreach”. Darren Byrd, Omega CDC, Human Relations Council, Dayton, OH.

            “The diversity of the students attending”. Timothy D. Mayerbock, Illinois State Police, Desplaines, IL.

            “The gun running class was amazing”. Jason Mitchem, Bolingbrook Police Department, Bolingbrook, IL.

            “A lot of activities and class time that really fill up the entire span of time while we are here”. Sgt. Joshua Shaffer, Knoxville Police Department, Knoxville, TN.

            “Information was extremely relevant and something I can take back to my agency + make plans to implement immediately”. Kevin A. Shepherd, Training Coordinator, Ohio Department of Youth Services, Orient, OH.

            “Great experience”. Michael Brooks Sr., Pathways to Peace, Rochester, NY.

            “The conference is always a great experience with a great variety of information and people”. Kristopher Hansgen, St. Cloud State University, St. Joseph, MN.

            “The Mental Health First Aid Certification option was an incredible opportunity. All of the presenters were so willing to stay in contact in the future or share materials if appropriate”. Katelyn Regan, Renz Addiction Counseling Center, Elgin, IL.

             “Great participants. The student assistants were of great help. Good source for networking”. Manuel R. Roman, Jr., Brandman University, Sacramento, CA.

            “Greatly enjoyed Michael Nerheim & Dr. Manuel Roman’s presentations”. Johanna M. Almaraz.

            “Highly qualified professionals for all presentations”. Brad Robertson, Fairview Police Department - East Metro Gangs, Fairview, OR.

            “Great speakers”. James Carmody, Worcester Police Department, Worcester, MA.

            “Networking”. Captain Eric Decker, Detroit Police Department, Detroit, MI.

            “All of the different classes offered and the people I met from different departments”. Leslie Murphy, Hudson County Prosecutors Office, Jersey City, NJ.

            “Great presentations, great networking”. Duane L. Gordon, Chicago Police Department, Chicago, IL.

            “There were some very interesting and relevant trainings available”. Jana L. Walker, Youth Rehabilitation and Treatment Center, Kearney, NE.

            “The staff is always helpful and attentive to our needs. There are so many people to network with”. Lt. Aaron Juenger, Mower County Police Reserves, Austin, MN.

            “Staff bent over backwards to help attendees with any problem”. Det. Jonathan Juenger (Ret.), Mower County Sheriffs Office, Austin, MN.

            “The 3-day training experience provides an opportunity to share gang-specific knowledge and skills with others. Therein, when others thank you for that and make you feel valued as an instructor, it is personally rewarding beyond any workplace monetary salary”. D. Lee Gilbertson, professor, Department of Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN.

            “Excellent new courses and wonderful presenters made this an amazing conference”. Stacia Pottoroff, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO.

            “The selection of classes and different topics revolving around the gang problems our communities face”. Det. Christopher Cavera, Will County Sheriffs Department, Joliet, IL.

            “Todd Negola - presentations were phenomenal. Det. Marc Vanek - Wonderful, took so much from class! All staff was extremely helpful & friendly. Thank you! Also really enjoyed Larry Parham & Deepa Patel”. Teri Schilling, Boonville County Juvenile Probation, Idaho Falls, ID.

            “The knowledge of all the trainers in all sessions”. Brian Atkins, FSFSC, Washington, DC.

            “The staff are pleasant & helpful. The receptions are a valuable networking tool. Sweets in the workshop rooms would be a nice bonus”. Thomas M. Hurley, Senior Project Manager, Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy, Chicago, IL.

            “Networking with gang investigators & researchers. The variety of classes”. Det. Kenneth A. Davis, Yonkers Police Dept., Yonkers, NY.

            “Crucial knowledge for police, corrections, educators, and concerned citizens”. John Douglas “A-Train” Atkisson, Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center, Milwaukee, WI.

            “Presenters, material + handouts were outstanding overall”. Randell Strickland, Assistant Project Manager, Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy, Chicago, IL.

            “The staff with NGCRC are great. This training sets the standard when it comes to gang training. Plus having the opportunity to network with gang professionals is extremely valuable. Will be back next year”. Christopher Calhoun, Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, Noblesville, IN.

            “Meeting a lot of people from other agencies was very beneficial”. Shane Turley, Officer, Madison-Morgan Co. HIDTA.

            “The presenters were well informed & answered all the questions”. Chris Potter, Booneville Juvenile Probation, Idaho Falls, ID.

            “There were a wide variety of classes offered.” Jennifer Musselwhite, Assistant District Attorney, Office of the District Attorney, Hernando, MS.

            “Staff were very kind, organized. As always, great location”. Donna Moore-Brown, Kent County Sheriff’s Office, Grand Rapids, MI.

            “The variety of sessions and the presenters”. Bobby D. Johnson, Memphis Police Department, Memphis, TN.

            “Fred, Todd Negola, and networking is the highlights of this conference”. Shawn Short, deputy sheriff, Franklin County Sheriffs Office, Columbus, OH.

            “The number of classes to choose from was outstanding”. Jarrod Shaw, U.S. Probation, Albuquerque, NM.

            “Amazing presentations”. Carlos Martinez, Chicago, IL.

            “The amount of classes to choose from”. Christopher F. Connelly, Nebraska Department of Corrections, Tecumseh, NE.

            “This was my first gang training and I really enjoyed it. I’m hoping my employer will allow me and other members of my team to attend next year”. Keith Williams, Case Manager, Vandburgh County Treatment Court, Evansville, IN.

            “Very qualified instructors. Good mix of academics and real world experience”. Peter C. Franzen, Knoxville Police Department, Knoxville, TN.

            “Networking”, Peter Chambers, Chicago Police Department, Chicago, IL.

            “Networking”, Nicholaus Lesch, Chicago Police Department, Chicago, IL.

            “Meeting new participants and guests and helping them enjoy the conference as much as possible”. Edward Sanchez, NGCRC Staff Volunteer, Chicago, IL.

            “The networking, the city is great, Fred and the rest of the staff are doing great. Todd Negola to me is by far the single best presenter here. I hope if I come back next year is he is here again. Thank you.” Jonathan Stickel, Deputy Sheriff, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus, OH.

            “The conference did a great job in having overall training in the area of working with gangs. Each training I found to provide insight into what I should be looking for or gave me a knowledge base to explain what I have noticed with my gang involved probationers to my organization and stake holders”. Kristi Bender, Specialized Probation Officer, Lancaster County Adult Probation, Lincoln, NE.

            “Variety of classes on location”. Dustin A. Lind, Lincoln Police Department, Lincoln, NE.

            “Appreciate the variety of talent, disciplines and topics represented by presenters!” Erin Nelson-Serrano, Program Director, Community Action Board, Watsonville, CA.

            “Chicago is a great place”. DeWayne McQueen, Deputy, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office, Portland, OR.

            “Conference had an extensive variety of classes to choose from. Instructors were well prepared”. James M. Crogan, Springfield Police Department, Springfield, MA.

            “Staff at the NGCRC was excellent”. Captain Clifford C. Duncan, Texas Department of Public Safety, Austin, TX.

            “I liked the wide range of topics as well as being involved with people in research, community fields, juvenile fields, corrections, etc”. Joseph A. Cole, South Bend Police Department, South Bend, IN.

            “Multiple instructors with a variety of field expertise & knowledge willing to go the extra mile to share information & skills. Todd Negola A+++!” Marshall M. Ellett, Caroline County Sheriff’s Office, Bowling Green, VA.

            “It was very well organized, informative & helpful”. Linda Torres, Social Services, Skokie, IL.

            “All of the presenters were professional and had current data and information about gangs and tips and tools to reduce gang influence in our schools and communities”. Scott Hatch, Penobscot Job Corps Center, Bangor, ME.

            “Networking”. Semantha Hepler, Abraxas Youth Center, South Mountain, PA.

            “Top notch and knowledgeable trainers!” Matthew L. Wilcox, Sault St. Marie, MI.

            “I really enjoyed the amount of different classes and the time length for the classes”. Sgt. John Pearce, Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Kissimmee, FL.

            “I look forward to returning next year”. Nicole Embry-Heard, Cincinnati Job Corps, Cincinnati, OH.

            “Great networking. There is nothing like speaking to someone else in your field that deals with your same issues, but handles them differently”. Musa L. Eubanks, Esq., Director, Office of Community Relations, Upper Marlboro, MD.

            “As a first time attendee, I do feel like I was exposed to gang terminology and other related topics that I was unfamiliar with prior to attending the conference. Attending the conference has piqued my budding interest in learning more about gangs in general and in my jurisdiction”. Neshondria (Shon) Ellerby, Assistant District Attorney, District Attorney’s Office, Paqscagoula, MS.

            “Well organized”. Marc DeLuca, Detroit Police Department, Detroit, MI.

            “The ability to choose from a variety of sessions was fantastic, it allowed me an opportunity to sample a wide range of material you would not normally get during a traditional training class. I also enjoyed the ability to network with gang specialists in different disciples from around the country”. Sgt. Joseph J. Gorski, North Aurora Police Department, North Aurora, IL.

            “Great information & knowledgeable instructors. Approachable staff”. Mickey P. Brown, Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Fox Lake, IL.

            “A ton of good information, a lot to take back with us”. Cassy Poirier, Cook County Sheriff’s Office, Evergreen Park, IL.

            “Hearing so many other ideas about the topic of gangs, real emphasis on collaboration, a lot of networking”. Kevin Sinacore, Cook County Juvenile Probation, Westchester, IL.

            “The opportunity to learn about criminology & psychology - job related”. Diego R. Rodriguez, Juvenile Court Probation, Skokie, IL.

            “I appreciated the vast selection of topics and tracks. The experience, knowledge and expertise”. Anthony O. Townsend Sr., The Community Builders, Chicago, IL.

            “Session #98 - incredible work! The detail and insight on how to build a case via cell phone networks! Very timely topics - insight into the criminal mind & gang mentality”. Debra A. Higens, Project Manager, Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy, Chicago, IL.

            “Had some very good instructors, that were friendly and willing to answer your questions. Great location”. Brett Anderson, Bismarck Police Department, Bismarck, ND.

            “Very informative and networking capability. Plenty of interesting classes and a lot of knowledgeable instructors”. Candice M. Burns, Chicago Police Department, Chicago, IL.

            “Quality presenters”. Steven Young, Police Officer, Decatur Police Department, Decatur, IL.

            “Lots of great information from experienced professionals”. John Towns, Worcester Police Department, Worcester, MA.

            “I enjoyed the knowledgeable instructors as well as networking with other gang investigators”. Colin Griffin, Aurora Police Department, Aurora, IL.

            “Overall very good”. Marek Grobla, Chicago Police Department, Chicago, IL.

            “The ability to network with others”. James A. Anderson, M.S., Deputy State Fire Marshall, Little Falls, MN.

            “Speakers knowledgeable and very willing to help and talk”. Brian T. Bailey, Louisville Police Department, Louisville, KY.

            “I really enjoyed the training and networking opportunities that were available to me.” Kimberlin Gomez-Dew, Chicago, IL.

            “The wide variation of speakers and people present at the conference to meet”. Travis Norris, Orland Park, IL

            “Exceptional number + diverse program offerings. Great presenters. Tracks are geared for anyone that works with gangs”. Bruce Johnson, Nicasa Behavioral Health Services, Barrington, IL.

            “Hotel, rooms were very nice. Great venue. McConnell + Nerheim were very good instructors”. Kevin R. Slavens, Police Officer, Peoria Police Department, Peoria, IL.

            “Great new session on the Russkaya Mafia by Dr. Etter and Ms. Pottorff”. Fred Moreno, NGCRC Chicago.

            “The opportunity to actually attend also it is a great networking experience”. Nicole A. Jungnickel, Coleta, IL.

            “All gang identification classes / tattoo information – law enforcement reception, was very nice”. Amy Mayer, Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, Mt. Clemens, MI.

            “Todd Negola/James Duffy/Jason Wilke were dynamic + informative. The information + research they shared I found invaluable”. Det./Sgt. Melissa Stevens, Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, Mt. Clemens, MI.

            “I had a nice time meeting new people and networking”. Sheila Bethea, Juvenile Justice Commission, Trenton, NJ.

            “Good presenters and viable information that will definitely help my job”. Sherell Taylor-Page, Los Angeles County Probation, Los Angeles, CA.

            “The how to section of #114 was very helpful. I was fortunate to attend many classes where the instructors were facing the same issues that my city is facing. They had several ideas and protocols that helped them, that would also benefit us”. Crystal Thomas, Evansville Police Department, Evansville, IN.

            “The variety of training options. It was easier to find sessions than it was my 1st year. Thanks for putting them on the back of our ID (badge)”. Jason L. Smith, Investigator, District Attorney’s Office, Pascagoula, MS.

            “Loved the variety of different backgrounds that come to conference”. Coqui Baez, Analyst, DHS I&A, Washington, DC.

            “Variety of classes taught by a variety of people with different experiences”. Joseph Villamonte, Lincoln Police Department, Lincoln, NE.

            “Great experience so many choices to choose from. You can “a’ la carte” your own training curriculum allowing yourself to target a specific area of interest”. Det.William Felt, Jr., Astabula City Police, Astabula, OH.

            “Excellent drug related classes this year”. Douglas E. Copeland, Police Officer, Smyrna Police Department, Smyrna, GA. 

            “Knowledgeable speakers”. Scott Jones, Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, Mt. Clemens, MI.

            “Very structured”. Tracey Miller, Detroit Police Department, Detroit, MI.

            “Everyone was knowledgeable on the material, friendly, broad variety of classes”. Det. Ryan Malone, Covington Police Department, Covington, KY.

            “The selection and variety of courses was awesome. Great staff”. Mark Alexander, Analyst, DHS I&A, Washington, DC.

            “Excellent networking experience. I have met people who have helped me from other jurisdictions”. Det. Gregrey Andrews, Covington Police Dept., Covington, KY

            “The variety of the classes were impressive”. Sgt. Jerry King, Madison-Morgan County HIDTA, Huntsville, AL.

            “Relevant information. Nice staff and instructors”. Aaron Watkins, Peoria Police Department, Peoria, IL.

            “This training raises everyone who attends game in combating gangs in their communities”. Larry Parham, Sedalia Police Department, Sedalia, MO.

            “I enjoyed the event @ the Cubs game (really nice people but nobody near LA, CA where I am from). I liked the Mental Health First Aid course & I feel I can use it. Presenter Deepa Patel was great @ her subject matter”. Erasmo Aguilar, DEC Supervisor, LA Impact, Commerce, CA.

            “For this being my first experience I was beyond impressed with this training. The information presented, given, and learned was very beneficial. I was able to network with other agencies, programs, and businesses. You never reach the point where you know everything, we learn something everyday and I definitely learned a lot at this training”. Eddie Collins, Childrens Home Association of Illinois, Peoria, IL.

            “The presenters were very knowledgeable about their specific areas. It was great networking with other officers from around the nation”. Tyler McDowell, Deputy Sheriff, Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Columbus, OH.

            “It provided information on various aspects of gangs and gang investigations”. Andrea Testa, U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services, Nashville, TN.

            “Very diverse selection of sessions to attend. Great information and format”. Sharon McBride, Director, St. Joseph’s County Community Corrections, South Bend, IN.

            “All of the options for different training + different presenters. Location was perfect. Cubs game very nice”. Jason Caster, Officer, Wyoming Police Department, Wyoming, MI.

            “Very diverse + wide variety of sessions to attend”. Kelli Duimstra, Officer, Wyoming Police Department, Wyoming, MI.

            “Once again, the training far exceeded any other gang training I have ever received, including other national conferences”. Mike O’Brien, Quad City Gang Task Force, Moline, IL.

            “Networking and variety of knowledge/experience”. David Bartlett, Police Officer, Smyrna Police Department, Smyrna, GA.

            “I really enjoyed the wide variety of classes and the flexibility to pick and choose, to come and go from many different classes. I enjoyed all the speakers who have many years of experience, as a cop with 2.5 years on I really appreciate hearing from the guys who have been around for awhile”. Douglas Brickner, East Moline Police Department, East Moline, IL.

            “All of the different options for classes & the opportunity to earn a certificate. Additionally, all of the instructors were very knowledgeable in their respective fields”. Leigh Ann Davidson, U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services, Nashville, TN.

            “All presenters did good work and kept it interesting”. Zach Johnson, New Prague, MN.

            “The presenters seemed very knowledgeable and charismatic”. Adriana Lara, U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services, Nashville, TN.

            “Getting to network with professionals in this field betters my ability to gain knowledge on the streets back home”. William Woodward, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Omaha, NE.

            “You truly get different perspectives”. Nathan Thorn, Boulder County Juvenile Assessment Center, Boulder, CO.

            “Good presenters, willing to speak after sessions. 4 hour session was awesome felt like 2!! (smiley face)”. Joy M. Jefferson, City of Rochester, Pathways to Peace, Rochester, NY.

            “Good group of overall speakers”. Scott Britnell, Special Agent, Illinois State Police, Rockford, IL.

            “The number of sessions and ability to sample different courses was great”. Edwin Lee, Jr., Juvenile Justice Commission, Trenton, NJ.

            “The diversity of subject matter was helpful”. Andrew Boatman, Knoxville Police Department, Knoxville, TN.

            “A lot of options”. Det. Joe Piscitelli, Rosemont Public Safety, Rosemont, IL.

            “Lots of speakers to select & attend”. Det. Thomas Doulas, Rosemont Public Safety, Rosemont, IL.

            “The experience the presenter had on the subjects they presented”. Michael Basile, Chicago Police Department, Chicago, IL.

            “It is always like come home. Friendly, caring NGCRC staff & trainers are awesome. Most make learning new things fun”. Jody Simmonds-Brooks, Puyallup Tribe Community Family Services, Tacoma, WA.

            “The amount of knowledge, training and networking gained at the NGCRC gang specialist training is second to none. Getting all asepects related to gangs makes this training very well rounded overall”. Kyle Dombrowski, South Bend Police Dept., South Bend, IN.

            “Great speakers. Especially Todd Negola”. Bob Morris, Assistant District Attorney, Office of the District Attorney, Hernando, MS.

            “Networking”. John A. McGuire, Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office, West Palm Beach, FL.

            “Different variety of classes, provided a diversity of knowledge and information to bring and utilize back on the job”. Joseph Flores, Glendale Heights, IL.

            “Knowledge! There are few conferences in which you actually have that light bulb go on (hand drawn symbol of light bulb glowing). This is one of them in which the bulb goes on and stays on the entire conference”. Sean Thompson, Quad City Gang Task Force, Moline, IL.

            “This was a very beneficial training conference for me. I didn’t know what to expect when I signed up. But I am glad I did. This is by far one of the best trainings I have ever attended. The information provided and presented was great. The ability to network was a bonus. I have made some very beneficial network connections. If anyone hasn’t attended this conference I strongly recommend they attend. This training conference is definitely an opportunity of a lifetime”. Shay Weldy, Childrens Home Association of Illinois, Peoria, IL.

            “It’s great hearing from people all across the country. You learn a little something different from everyone”. Paul R. Girskis, F.B.I. Quad City Gang Task Force, Moline, IL.             “Networking”. Kristina Veruchi, New Milford, IL.

            “The classes were very educational”. Jacob Day, Lawndale, IL.

            “Very informative and relevant information”. Laminta Poe, U.S. Probation & Pretrial Services, Nashville, TN.

 

 

 

 

 

List of the possible "Tracks" for 2017:

A "track" is an area of expertise. Think of it as a kind of "major" in college. For example, if you pick the track "Gang Prevention Skills", then you need to spend atleast four (4) hours of your 24 hours of training in courses or sessions that give session credit for "Gang Prevention Skills". A "track" is a specific topical area of study and concern in the world of the gang specialist. Here is a complete list of the "tracks" that are offered for training by the NGCRC.

(1) Gang Crime Investigation Skills Track

(2) Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole Track

(3) Gang Homicide Investigation Skills Track

(4) Gangs and Drugs Track

(5) Gang Problems in K-12 Schools Track

(6) Gangs and Organized Crime

(7) Gangs and Mental Health Track

(8) Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills Track

(9) Gang Internet Investigation

(10) Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services Track

(11) Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills Track

(12) Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists

(13) Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence Track

(14) Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills Track

(15) Motorcycle Gangs (restricted: for Criminal Justice Personnel only)

(16) Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities

(17) Gang and Violence Prevention Skills for School Administrators

(18) Gang Counseling Skills Track

(19) Advanced Gang Identification

(20) Gang Profile Analysis Track

(21) Gang Prosecution Track

(22) Gang Prevention Skills Track

(23) International and Transnational Gang Problems Track

(24) Hate Groups/White Racist Extremist Gangs Track

(25) Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs Track

(26) Female Gangs/Female Gang Members.Track

(27) Gang Program Grantwriting/Fundraising Skills Track

(28) Gang Crime Analysis & Mapping Track

(29) Gangs and the Mass Media Track

(30) Graffiti Identification and Analysis

(31) Faith-Based Programs for Gang Intervention Track

(32) Dealing With Military Trained Gang Members

 

 

You can always wait until July 15, 2017 to actually declare your track; just mark on your form "TBA" to be announced; TBPL to be picked later; and after registering we will send you a form that allows you to make your decision at a later date.



THRASHER AWARDS:

A Call for Nominations

The Thrasher Award is named in honor of Frederic Milton Thrasher, the 1927 author of the classic study of Chicago gangs, who generated the first social scientific analysis of gangs. Some say he started a new field of study: gangology.


Thrasher is known for his book The Gang: 1,313 Gangs in Chicago. Some copies of this book may be given away free of charge in one of the raffles at the 2017 Conference: in one of the “door prize drawings”.


 The Thrasher Awards recognize outstanding contributions in research, scholarship, service, leadership, and other related accomplishments in dealing with the gang problem.


If you know someone who has achieved something outstanding in this area, then please send your nominations to: The 2017 Thrasher Awards Committee, National Gang Crime Research Center, P.O. Box 990, Peotone, IL 60468.

 

The policy of the NGCRC is to provide complete and absolute identity protection to those who would want to nominate someone for a Thrasher Awards. The identity of a person or organization that would nominate someone for a Thrasher Award is therefore protected by this explicit written policy of the NGCRC. We will not reveal this information to recipients, it is considered confidential information. But by the same token, the NGCRC cannot accept "anonymous nominations".


As a general guideline, for "how to prepare" a nomination: one cover letter, and then whatever attachments you feel are necessary to support the nomination. Attachments can include: statements or letters from others, corroborating the nomination, newspaper coverage, any forms of documentation that can support the nomination.


Thrasher Awards will be made at NGCRC's 2017 Twentieth International Gang Specialist Training Program for persons who have made outstanding contributions in research, scholarship, service, leadership, and other accomplishments in dealing with the gang problem. These Awards cannot be made in absentia.

 

            Thrasher Awards are made on-site during the Conference in a special ceremony. These awards cannot be made in absentia. Awards ceremony time and date (during the 2017 Conference in Chicago, 7:00 am Opening Ceremony for the Conference), scheduled for Monday, 7:00am, August 7, 2017. Recipients must be seated in the front row area. Arrive just before 7am and check in with the staff in front, tell them you are an Award Recipient.

 

Preliminary List of Thrasher Award Recipients for 2017:

 

TBA

 

 

Why the NGCRC has continued to set the "Gold Standard" for Gang Training:

            The National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC) has pioneered the field by first of all being producers of gang knowledge, publishing and disseminating useful information recognized at the highest levels of the social scientific community. Additionally, the NGCRC has a long track record of service (1990 to present) to law enforcement and correctional agencies nationwide in the goal of reducing gang violence. The research and intelligence analysis developed by the NGCRC over the years, and published in its scholarly journal, the Journal of Gang Research (now in its 24th year of publication), is of great practical value for gang investigators in law enforcement and STG coordinators in the field of corrections. Gang investigators at all levels of government, here and abroad, as well as gang/STG experts in corrections who attend the NGCRC training conferences have clearly made their views known that the NGCRC training is the best in regard to offering high quality practical choices. Police and corrections experts teach a variety of courses at the NGCRC training conference.

         The NGCRC, unlike other gang training groups, has a high level of transparency. The NGCRC provides a enormous amount of information about all details of the training conference. A lot of work goes into providing attendees with voluminous information about every aspect of the conference: from information about the trainers, to the descriptions of courses, to the tours, receptions, and special networkng events. The NGCRC even provides a preliminary schedule of events months before the actual training date, so that an attendee can literally "map out" and create an full personlized training experience by picking and choosing what to attend in advance. The NGCRC model illustrates a high level of professionalism.

      The NGCRC training conference is specifically designed to “train the trainer”: someone who completes the training will be able to return to their police department or institution equipped to train others. Investigators return with a wealth of printed information, and lots of new “networking contacts”: persons to call upon in the future.

 

 

   

GOOD TO VERIFY IF YOU ARE ACTUALLY REGISTED FOR THIS CONFERENCE:

 It is good to verify it if you think you are registered for this conference and if you have not received what is called a "Registration Confirmation" letter from the NGCRC.

  

The NGCRC sends out a "registration confirmation" to everyone who is actually registered for the conference. This letter documents what training track you may have signed up for, and can also serve as a receipt for payment of conference fees.

 

So if you think you are registered and you have not received a "Registration Confirmation", then you may want to use a VERIFY MY REGISTRATION FORM. This form can be faxed or mailed in to the NGCRC and we will be able to promptly verify back to you if you are or are not registered. Please no phone or email inquiries: we need it in writing.

 

This procedure is particularly helpful if your agency has "dropped the ball" in terms of getting the registration form/payment mailed off to the NGCRC.

 

You would not be eligible to register for the conference if you cannot sign the Policy statement on the regular NGCRC registration form; as a long standing rule, we do not allow journalists or defense attorneys because of the disruptive chilling effect they have. This is a mostly police conference: no one is authorized to take photographs or digitital recordings of any kind at the NGCRC conference, it is simply true that we get a lot of undercover detectives who deserve to have their privacy protected. We do not allow researchers to attend the Conference with the intent to use the attendees as informal or qualitative "data".

 


The Verify My Registration Form

 

Name:_______________________________________________________________________________________

 

Mailing address:________________________________________________________________________________

 

________________________________________________________________________________

 

City, State, Zip:________________________________________________________________________________

 

Fax my confirmation back to me at this fax number: Area Code:________ Fax Number:__________________________

 



PROCEDURE FOR REGISTERING BY MEANS OF A PURCHASE ORDER

This explains the new streamlined policy and procedure for persons from government agencies who seek to register for the 2017 NGCRC Training Conference by means of a Purchase Order or related type of procurement method. There are three main provisions of this policy and procedure and they are as follows:

1. A purchase order number must be provided on the form used by the Agency, and it must bear a signature. It should reflect that the payee will be the NGCRC and the form should also reflect the specific amount payable to the NGCRC (call if you have any questions in this regard). Please provide any special billing information (e.g., who specifically we should make the Invoice out to and where specifically we should mail the Invoice to).

2. Fax your registration forms and the Purchase Order to the NGCRC ASAP. The NGCRC fax number is (708) 258-9546. After faxing it in, simply complete the registration form and attach a purchase order and mail it in ASAP to: National Gang Crime Research Center, 2017 Conference Processing Center, PO Box 990, Peotone, IL 60468. We do need it faxed and mailed as well. Please note that the deadline for Purchase Orders faxed to the NGCRC is July 30, 2017 (unless you call and obtain exemption from this deadline). Please note that the NGCRC will not accept “onsite” registrations by means of oral declarations that “my agency is going to pay for it”, and will not accept on-site purchase orders. If you are planning to pay by means of Purchase Order, then it must be done before the conference.

 3. Upon receipt of the registration form(s) and the purchase order form (or a letter head version) the NGCRC will register the persons(s) and issue their agency an Invoice. At the same time, the NGCRC will send individual letters confirming the registration to those persons. There are no “on-site” registration options for payment by means of a Purchase Order.


Those registering by means of a Purchase Order or if paying by a credit card can simply fax in their registrations, the fax number for the NGCRC is (708) 258-9546.

 

THE TRAINING SCHEDULE:

 The training schedule is as follows:

August 6 (Sunday), 2017: You can register from 3:00pm to 10:00pm, pick up your badge and bag of goodies.

August 7 (Monday), 2017: Opening day begins 7am with an Official Welcoming Ceremony. Classes begin at 8:00am. And continue into the night.

August 8 (Tuesday), 2017: early riser sessions begin 6am; regular sessions begin 8am and continue into the night.

August 9 (Wednesday), 2017: early riser sessions begin 6am; regular sessions begin 8am, and terminate at 5:00p.m. You must pick up your certificates before 6:00pm.

 Note: we provide early morning sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday; we provide noon sessions; and we provide early evening sessions on Mon. And Tues. Evenings — this "extra credit" allows persons to accumulate 24 hours of training by using the “customized schedule”, and by accumulating four hours out of the regular schedule allows you to leave at noon on Wednesday (giving you much flexibility on airline schedules for departing Chicago on Wednesday). These "early morning sessions" begin at either 6am or 7am; the evening courses begin at 5pm and can go up till 10pm if we need to. Thus, when you complete your 24 hours, you are eligible to depart with your certificates. Clothing suggestion: business casual.


An Option for 2017: The Double Major


(Signing Up for Two Tracks)


 The NGCRC has had repeated requests for this over the years, the idea of having a "double major": i.e., to be able to sign up for two (2) different specialty track areas. The benefit, of course, is that such a "double major" would result in two different specialty track certificates: one certificate for each of the two tracks.


The NGCRC is pleased to announce that the double major option is now available and it is described here.


Q: What does it mean to have a double major?


A: All it means is you can have two "tracks"; you have to log in a minimum of four hours in each of the two specialty areas.


Q: How many certificates do I get if I am registered for non-certification?


 A: None.


 Q: How many certificates do I get if I registered for certification?


 A: Two: one for your program of study reflecting the completion of the 2017 program consisting of 24 hours of training, and one for your specialty area. Previously in history people attending the conference could only have one track.


 Q: If I sign up for the Double Major or "two track option", how many certificates will I get?


 A: Three: your basic 24 hour program completion certificate, and then one each for each of the two (2) different tracks.


Q: How much does it cost to sign up for the Two Track Option?


 A: $90.00 if paid before July 1st; $105 if paid on or after that or onsite.


Q: What if there is a scheduling conflict and I discover at the conference I cannot accumulate the minimum number of hours in one of the two tracks?


A: We will refund your Two Track Option amount in full, no problem; and return you to the one track registration mode of your choice.


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The Two Track Sign Up Form



Print Name:____________________________________________________



Address:______________________________________________________



City, State, Zip:_________________________________________________



Print name of 2nd Track here:_______________________________________



Enclose $90.00 check or money order made payable to the National Gang Crime Research Center, and mail to: NGCRC, PO Box 990, Peotone, IL 60468-0990.


If paying on or after August 1, 2017 please note that the fee increases to $105.


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GOT QUESTIONS: Call the NGCRC at (708) 258-9111


 


The "Added Value" of NGCRC Training:


 The added value of NGCRC training is easy to explain and it is designed to be different than other groups who sponsor such training conferences: you get more for your money. You see that reflected in the evaluation results from previous NGCRC Conferences. Other people "copy" what we do, or they try to. But you can do a quick check of facts here: who else offers as many different sessions or courses than the NGCRC? It is such a huge and massive undertaking, that persons who attend this conference benefit from the very factor of "diversity" in the choices they have --- what they want to learn, what instructors they want to learn from, etc


First, all NGCRC trainees are given a wealth of high-quality take home printed training materials. The value of these books, reflecting the official books and journals from the NGCRC and related topics of interest about gangs, is itself a value comparable to the price of training itself. Most gang training programs provide a small amount of take-home written training materials, while the NGCRC provides an abundance of high-quality written take-home training materials. All persons attending the conference receive a "bag of goodies" which includes these kinds of useful written take-home training materials.


Secondly, no other training organization in the world provides the large variety of training options that the NGCRC provides; the NGCRC brings in more trainers and provides, therefore, more "choices" to trainees. NGCRC provides a large professional training experience in an environment designed for training. For example in the 2016 Conference there were over one hundred and thirthy different sessions. Typically, gang conferences offer a small selection of training options. So if you think a variety of choices is a good thing, then you need to attend our training conference.


 Thirdly, the NGCRC training is designed to produce "trainers": trainees who attend and complete the training typically return to their respective jurisdictions with an incredible new arsenal of training tools to train others in the field. You will get new and useful gang information at our 2017 Training Conference.


 Fourthly, the NGCRC training includes social opportunities that are structured to enhance the ability of the trainee to network with others in the field at a national and international level.



BENEFITS OF ATTENDING THE 2017 NGCRC TRAINING CONFERENCE:


 You have the power to "choose" what you want to learn. You have the right to "major in" what area of specialization or concentration you are interested in. Our conference provides an incredible array of different professional gang training sessions that trainees can make up their own minds what they want to attend. This is not the "one size fits all" model of training where every trainee attends each of a small limited number of training sessions and every trainer works all day to give the same talk three or four times. Our training program provides what we think people really want: the freedom to choose what kind of training they want from an incredible list of available choices. If you wanted a "Crash Course" on gangs, then this would be it.


 There has never been a gang training conference where people can "specialize" in a wide variety of areas of expertise. So the 2017 NGCRC Gang Training Conference really is a "history making event". It allows persons to network with others in their special area of interests and it has the organizational strength of much diversity among the trainers. It also has curriculum materials that are truly "cutting-edge". No one else promises you NETWORKING RESULTS. We do, based on previous performance.


 Obviously, no single person could ever attend each and every one of the many different sessions that will be available for the 2017 NGCRC 20th International Gang Specialist Training Program: one person has only 24 hours to spend in classroom training. There may be six or more different "sessions" being taught at the same time: you can only be in one place at one time. So make your session choices wisely by studying the huge curriculum.

 

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPTIONS:


 Trainees can register for Non-Certification or they can register for Certification. Both of these registration options are explained below.


 Non-Certification: This option is for those who do not need a transcript to be maintained of their training experience and who do not desire a high quality certificate in an upward path of gang specialist training. This option is best for those who just want to attend, get the training materials, and be free to come and go as they wish. Trainees are eligible to receive 24 hours of on-site training during the conference. Please note that if you register for non-certification you do not receive any certificates of your training. Non-certification trainees do receive the same high quality set of take home training materials as those who register for Certification. Persons registering for non-certification are allowed to "upgrade" their registration to Certification; please inquire in writing about this procedure.


 Certification: The certification is provided by the National Gang Crime Research Center, the premier gang research organization in the world, founded in 1990 it publishes the only professional international refereed journal about gangs (the Journal of Gang Research), it does extensive research on gangs, and it has a strong positive track record for providing high quality training on gang issues. TheJournal of Gang Research has over 20 years of gang research publishing experience and as the Official Publication of the NGCRC it is abstracted in the Psychological Abstracts, Criminal Justice Abstracts, Sociological Abstracts, Social Service Abstracts, and other international organizations that recognize professional journals. For more information about the accomplishments of the NGCRC, see its webpage information (www.ngcrc.com). The NGCRC was given much positive attention in the November/December 2002 (No. 67) National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Catalog, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs as a source of useful information on gangs (pp. 15, 17; this is not "advertising", because the NGCRC reports it recommended at our Web site were not government-funded and the NGCRC is not government funded, thus it is simply achieved positive recognition.

 

 There are a number of different choices for a person seeking certification. You must select ONE of these areas of specialization for your own designated track when you register for certification.


When you register for certification, you select one "track" as your primary interest area. Your "track" is like your "major" in college. You must spend at least four hours in sessions designated for your "track". The other 20 hours of training are "electives": spend that time in any session you want to attend.


When you register for certification you receive two professionally printed color certificates of high display quality reflecting your training. One of these certificates reflects the completion of the 2017 Training Program (acknowleging you have completed 24 hours of training while in Chicago); and the second certificate reflects your specialized training in your chosen track area (acknowledging that you have completed a minimum of four hours of training in this track area). Those registering for non-certification do not receive such certificates.

 

The certificate we offer is designed for the gang specialist. The gang specialist is a person who works in the fields of expertise in the track areas and who deals in some way with the gang problem. The certificate we offer is not designed for the general public as a route to being employed in any of these track areas. The NGCRC training is not like the "Gangs 101" training offered by a local police or corrections training academy. The NGCRC training is more cerebral, it is more appreciative of criminological research and it is recognizes that sworn personnel can integrate with civilian specialists in the learning environment. The NGCRC does not solicit attendance from the general public. Rather the NGCRC explicitly reaches out to those persons working in a variety of professions that deal with the gang problem (law enforcement, county jail, county adult and juvenile probation officers, state prison and parole staff, prosecutors, public school safety/SRO staff, etc.

 

While there is no educational requirement or prerequisite to receive NGCRC training, the NGCRC does not promise that by receiving its certificates that it would be a key to the door of a job in any profession. Mostly professionals attend NGCRC training, people with college degrees of some sort. We get a number of Ph.D.'s who attend the training. And of course we receive a number of people with less than two years of college or university training. There is much occupational and educational diversity among the trainees who attend the NGCRC training conference. Our ideal trainer is not just a published professional, but also a pioneer and recognized leader in his/her field.

 

Some Q & A:

 

Q: I see a lot of your presenters have Ph.D.'s or are lawyers with the JD degree, do you have to have a graduate degree to teach for the NGCRC?

A: No, but we prefer that our presenters be published professionals. The NGCRC recruits presenters who are highly qualified to speak to whatever subject matter their presentation focuses on.

Q: What distinguishes the NGCRC from other providers of gang training services?

A: The NGCRC has over 20 years of service to the American criminal justice system (law enforcement, adult and juvenile corrections, prosecution, probation, etc); the NGCRC has a legacy of carrying out large scale gang research projects of much import and usefulness to the criminal justice system and schools, communities; the NGCRC has a remarkable and unparalleled history of publishing and disseminating useful information about dealing with the gang problem through the Journal of Gang Research (the official publication of the NGCRC) and The Gang Specialist newspaper we distribute free of charge; the NGCRC has a high level of accountability, each attendee has a lengthy evaluation form which becomes the transcript and official record of their attendance at any NGCRC training event; there is an NGCRC management and planning committee that reviews these annual evaluations for the purpose of improving operations and for feedback to specific presenters (an SPSS statistical analysis is made of the evaluation data and presenter feedback is provided to presenters, while general feedback is reported in full at the NGCRC website); the NGCRC is highly organized and leaves little to chance, the most important functions at the NGCRC conference are directly supervised by NGCRC staff who are also on one of the Conference Management Committees, examples include the networking receptions which typically have the same experienced professional and courteous staff from one year to the next, this provides continuity in supervision over a span of years, so these NGCRC staff have no learning curve to face, they know what they are doing, and they know how to do it.

 

Q: How do I pick my courses, how do I pick what sessions I should attend?

A: You will have an evaluation form where you check off how much time you spent at the conference, and in which sessions. If you are registered for certification, then You need to log in (accumulate) four (N = 4) hours in your track area, and another 20 hours so that you have a total of N = 24 hours logged in during the three day conference. If you have a double major (two tracks), you need four hours minimum in each track, and then another 16 hours in any sessions you want to attend. The way to pick your classes is read the course listings (www.ngcrc.com/courses.html), you will notive that all sessions have a section called "Session Credits:" where the session lists the training tracks that it gives credit for. Look for sessions in your track area, you need a minimum of 4 hours in your track, the remaining 20 hours can be spent in your track or anywhere, it is your choice. You cannot attend all 100+ courses. You need to make a decision about what will help you the most. Do this by reading the session information (www.ngcrc.com/courses.html), then pick out 24 hours or so that you want to attend. Then go to the schedule and see if this works: www.ngcrc.com/schedule.html. If two of your choices are being taught at the same time, you have to pick one of them: most of the sessions or courses to not "repeat". You may need to go back to the session description information (www.ngcrc.com/courses.html) and pick a different session. Then check the schedule until you know you have a schedule that works for you.

 

CERTIFICATION UPGRADE:


 This is applicable ONLY for those who have previously received certification from the NGCRC. The NGCRC provides for Certification Upgrades as explained here, free, automatically when you indicate your previous certification training with the NGCRC.


The registration form asks if you have completed prior Certification Training with the NGCRC. If you have, then you are eligible for a Certification Upgrade, so fill this out on the registration form. This Certification Upgrade procedure recognizes the cumulative nature of training over time (1997-present).


The intermediate, advanced, expert, professional, and master levels of certification therefore recognize this prior NGCRC training. The Basic Training Program is for those persons who have completed no prior certification with the NGCRC. When you register for Certification, you receive two certificates: one in your area of specialization, and one reflecting your level of Certification. The levels of certification are explained below.


 If you have previously obtained Certification from the NGCRC, then you are eligible for a Certification Upgrade to one of the following options:


 Intermediate Level Training Program: completed 24 hours of prior certification with NGCRC.


Advanced Level Training Program: completed 48 hours of prior certification with NGCRC.


Expert Level Training Program: completed 72 hours of prior certification with NGCRC.


Trainer/Consultant Level Training Program: completed 96 hours of prior certification with the NGCRC.


Master Level 1 (First Degree) Training Program: completed 120 hours of prior certification with the NGCRC.

Master Level 2 (Second Degree) Training Program: completed 144 hours of prior certification with the NGCRC.


Master Level 3 (Third Degree) Training Program: completed 168 hours of prior certification with the NGCRC.

Master Level 4 (Fourth Degree) Training Program: completed 192 hours of prior certification with the NGCRC.

Master Level 5 (Fifth Degree) Training Program: completed 216 hours of prior certification with the NGCRC.


Master Level 6 (Sixth Degree) Training Program: completed 240 hours of prior certification with the NGCRC.

Master Level 7 (Seventh Degree) Training Program: completed 264 hours of prior certification with the NGCRC.

 

Master Level 8 (Eighth Degree) Training Program: completed 288 hours of prior certification with the NGCRC.

 

Master Level 9 (Ninth Degree) Training Program: completed 312 hours of prior certification with the NGCRC.

 

Master Level 10 (Tenth Degree) Training Program: completed 336 hours of prior certification with the NGCRC.

 

Professional Level 1 (First Degree) Training Program: completed 360 hours of prior certification with the NGCRC.

 

Professional Level 2 (Second Degree) Training Program: completed 384 hours of prior certification with the NGCRC

 

Professional Level 3 (Third Degree) Training Program: completed 408 hours of prior certification with the NGCRC

 

Professional Level 4 (Fourth Degree) Training Program: Completed 432 hours of prior certification with the NGCRC


CERTIFICATION OPTIONS: Those who register for certification receive two high quality certificates reflecting their training. Those who register for non-certification receive no certificate. However, those who register for non-certification are eligible to upgrade to full certification anytime prior to the conference itself, just pay the $100 additional cost.

 

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Upgrade from Non-Certification to Full Certification Form

 

My name is:_______________________________________________________________

I am already registered for Non-Certification. I wish to change my registration to full Certification.

My training track will be:______________________________________________________

I enclose $100.00 to upgrade my registration to full Certification.

You can also just pay for this On Site at the conference.

Mail this form to: NGCRC, Conference Processing Center, PO Box 990, Peotone, IL 60468

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When registering for certification, the trainee selects one special "track" from the available list. What this means is that the trainee must spend at least four (4) hours in attending sessions designed for that specific "track"; the remaining twenty (20) hours can be used attending anything the trainee wants to attend.

 

 

Select Your Certification Specialty Choice From a List of Different Options (Training Tracks):

       Those who register for certification receive two high quality 8 " x 11" certificates reflecting their training. The certificates carry the seal of the National Gang Crime Research Center. If you register for certification, then you receive two certificates (1) one reflects that you completed the NGCRC's 2017 program consisting of 24 hours of intensive training, and (2) the second certificate reflects that you completed a minimum of four hours in a specialized topical area, i.e., your "track". Those who register for non-certification do not receive any certificates. Registering for non-certification is cheaper. However, those who register for non-certification are eligible to upgrade their enrollment to full certification on or before July 1, 2017, just pay the extra $100 additional cost accompanied with the "Upgrade to Certification" form. The NGCRC conference does attract head hunters and administrators who may not necessarily need or want certification. But if you ever anticipate the need to provide quality proof of your training, you probably want to sign up for certification. When registering for certification, you need to select ONE (1) of the special gang certification training tracks from the available list. There are over 30 options on the list. You need to pick one. What this means is that the trainee must spend at least four (4) hours in attending sessions designed for that specific "track", and the remaining twenty (20) hours can be used attending anything the trainee wants to attend.


SPECIAL TRAINING TRACKS: Several specialized training tracks exist for those registering for Certification. The trainee receives a second certificate for the one area of chosen concentration, reflecting an intensive 4-hour minimum training requirement that is fulfilled during regular training sessions at the conference. A trainee registering for Certification must pick ONE of the specialized training track options. Current areas for choices in the specialized training tracks include the following options:


(1) Gang Crime Investigation Skills Track

(2) Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole Track

(3) Gang Homicide Investigation Skills Track

(4) Gangs and Drugs Track

(5) Gang Problems in K-12 Schools Track

(6) Gangs and Organized Crime

(7) Gangs and Mental Health Track

(8) Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills Track

(9) Gang Internet Investigation

(10) Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services Track

(11) Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills Track

(12) Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists

(13) Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence Track

(14) Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills Track

(15) Motorcycle Gangs (restricted: for Criminal Justice Personnel only)

(16) Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities

(17) Gang and Violence Prevention Skills for School Administrators

(18) Gang Counseling Skills Track

(19) Advanced Gang Identification

(20) Gang Profile Analysis Track

(21) Gang Prosecution Track

(22) Gang Prevention Skills Track

(23) International and Transnational Gang Problems Track

(24) Hate Groups/White Racist Extremist Gangs Track

(25) Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs Track

(26) Female Gangs/Female Gang Members.Track

(27) Gang Program Grantwriting/Fundraising Skills Track

(28) Gang Crime Analysis & Mapping Track

(29) Gangs and the Mass Media Track

(30) Graffiti Identification and Analysis

(31) Faith-Based Programs for Gang Intervention Track

(32) Dealing With Military Trained Gang Members

 

Please note: you have the option to delay making a decision about your track by just marking your form "TBA" where it asks for your track name, and this will be treated as "To Be Announced", and you have until July 15, 2017 to actually make up your mind about what track you want to have.

Also, you can change your "Track" at anytime on or before July 15, 2017. To change your track, just fax a memo to that effect to the NGCRC Conference Registration Center: (708) 258-9546.


Cancellation, Refunds, and Replacements Policy:


If you cancel on or before May 21, 2017, and the cancellation form is received on or before May 21, 2017, all of your registration fee minus the $75 cancellation fee will be refunded to you (refund checks are mailed out approximately 2 weeks AFTER the conference is over with).


If you cancel on or after May 22, 2017 and the cancellation form is received by the NGCRC on or before June 21, 2017, you are entitled to a refund in the amount of half (50%) of the registration fee, minus the $75 cancellation fee as well; refund checks are mailed out approximately 2 weeks AFTER the conference is over with.

Note: After 6-22-2017 there are no longer any refunds allowed. No-shows are non-refundable. We cannot be responsible for any transportation problems you had.


Note: It is not an affirmative defense to say you had trouble with our fax machine getting your cancellation form submitted "on time". You need to be using the United States Postal Service as your primary vehicle of notification, so that it has an official "time and date" stamp on it. If you are "late" with regard to dates for cancelling, then late means the terms and conditions apply. There are no exceptions to the terms and conditions for cancellation and refunds and replacements as listed here.

Note: You can "swap" or replace someone for a paid position. There is no additional cost for replacements. Just make sure you promptly do this on agency stationary and get it faxed and mailed in ASAP.

 

As always the NGCRC will provide prompt refunds in cases where a trainee must cancel and contacts us to that effect, with sufficient advance notice, before the conference. However, because I.D.'s, credentials, and materials have already been prepared at time of the receipt of registration, and other related expenses will have already been incurred by the NGCRC on behalf of the registered trainee, a $75.00 fee will be assessed for any cancellation. If you need to cancel your registration, therefore, the NGCRC is responsible only for your registration fee refund minus the $75.00 cancellation fee. Further, there is a long-standing policy in a number of organizations providing training such as this to limit the amount of the refund: thus, if the cancellation request is received on or before May 21st, 2017, we will refund the entire registration fee minus the $75 cancellation fee.


However, if the cancellation request is received after May 22, 2017 and on or before June 21st, 2017 only 50% of the amount will be refundable (minus the additional $75 cancellation fee); and if the cancellation request is received on or after June 22nd, 2017, there are no refunds allowed. There are no special exceptions such as health, sickness, court duty, etc. It is important that you follow the format of the cancellation request: the cancellation request must be in writing, a phone call will not suffice; the written request must be mailed to the NGCRC, PO Box 990, Peotone, IL 60468; and please fax us a copy as well (708) 258-9546, in the request please state who we should make the refund check payable to. No cancellations will be accepted by Email service or over the internet: U.S. Postal Service and fax are the two methods you need to use.

 

Replacements: replacements are allowed at any time. Should someone who has been registered for the conference be unable to attend, the agency may send a replacement at no extra cost. However, if you intend to do this, please notify us in writing so that the notice is received one week in advance to be able to have the proper ID Badge ready at time of registration. If you wait until the last minute, then it is still possible to send a replacement: but we would have to make their ID BADGE on-site at the Conference location. If you do want to send a replacement, kindly fax that request to (708) 258-9546 and follow-up with a phone call to (708) 258-9111. On-site replacements are also allowed.

 

The NGCRC refund policy supercedes any credit card policy if the person so registered for the conference has paid conference fees by means of a credit card.

No-Shows Non-Refundable: Those who are registered, but do not show up for the conference are not eligible for a refund.


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Please Print and Execute this Refund Form if you Want a Refund:


 REFUND FORM:


My name is _________________________ Today’s date is _______ . I paid $_______ for registration for the 2014 Seventeenth International Gang Specialist Training Program, and I will not be able to attend, and I am requesting a refund.

I understand that if this form is received by the NGCRC before May 21st, 2017 I am entitled to a full refund minus the $75 cancellation fee.
I understand if the cancellation request is received after May 22nd, 2017 and on or before June 21st, 2017 only 50% of the amount will be refundable (minus the $75 cancellation fee); and if the cancellation request is received on or after June 22nd, 2017, there are no refunds allowed


Please make the refund check payable to _________________________


Mail it to:__________________________________________________


Note: Refund Form must be “received” by fax or U.S. Postal Service on or before designated eligibility dates.


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After June 22nd, 2017 no REFUNDS ARE ALLOWED. However, you can have a free "replacement". Just complete the replacement form provided here.


Replacement and Cancellation Form


Name of registration being cancelled:_____________________________________________


Name of Replacement for the above cancellation:____________________________________



Attach new registration form for the replacement and fax this on your letterhead to NGCRC: (708) 258-9546




POLICY WITH REGARD TO ON-SITE REGISTRATIONS:

 1. Please beware that the NGCRC may not accept your on-site registration due to a lack of space (it is expected that the registrations will close early this year). One of the things the NGCRC does is prepare a very elaborate and valuable "goody bag" for all persons attending the conference, and we spend a great deal of effort and manpower in preparing exactly the number of bags needed. We cannot create more bags for unexpected “new arrivals”. If you are planning on registering onsite, even for a one day pass, you should call in advance to make sure we have room.

 2. Everyone who is registered for this conference receives POSITIVE PROOF of their registration in the form of a confirmation letter from the NGCRC. If you have never received one of these letters from the NGCRC confirming your registration for the conference, then it is clear: you may not be registered for the conference.

3. Because of past abuses: the NGCRC will no longer accept promises of payment from agencies or individuals on-site. You will not be able to show up with a Purchase Order and register onsite.


REGISTRATION COSTS:


Note that the cost schedule refers to when exactly the payment is actually made for the training registration. There have been no increases in costs for the NGCRC Training Conference; the costs for 2017 remain the same as in 2016.


Thus the earlier the registration is processed the cheaper the registration cost. This sliding scale provides an incentive to register early in case "slots" for the training conference fill up early; as we do expect them to fill up early; we may at some point therefore not accept additional registrations if space is filled. Watch this Website for the notice of whether slots are available.

 

 

 

ADVANCE REGISTRATION:

Paying on or before April 30, 2017: Non-Certification $650, Certification $700

 

EARLY REGISTRATION PERIOD:

Paying on or after April 1, 2017 and on or before May 31, 2017: Non-Certification $700, Certification $750

 

REGULAR REGISTRATION PERIODS:

Paying on or after June 1, 2017 and on or before June 30, 2017: Non-Certification $750, Certification $800

Paying on or after July 1, 2017 and on or before July 31, 2017: Non-Certification $800, Certification $850

 

LATE REGISTRATION PERIOD:

Paying on or after August 1, 2017 and on or before August 6th, 2017: Non-Certification, $900, Certification $950

 

ONSITE REGISTRATION: An Onsite Registration is any registration made on or after August 7, 2017.

Paying On-Site (If slots are available): Non-Certification $950, Certification $1000

 

 

Price for the One-Day Pass: $395 per day.

You need to specify which day: ___Monday ___Tuesday ___Wednesday

 

 

Special Notice on On-Site Registration: (1) it is best that you get an advance "approval" from the NGCRC for any intention of trying to register for on-site registration, this is true for several reasons, including the lack of space, (2) because space is limited and we will not admit you automatically you are urged to notify the NGCRC in writing of your intent to register on-site, further that the NGCRC have this notification on or before July 15, (3) get your "clearance code" to register on-site, as we cannot guarantee any space available for "walkins".


Multiple Registration Discount:


Any agency registering three persons, simultaneously, is eligible for a $100 discount off the total training cost (by which we mean a $33.33 discount for each of the three). Additional discounts would apply for those agencies registering four or more persons (simultaneously) for training. An agency registering more than three persons, simultaneously, will qualify for a Group Discount Code. Call the National Gang Crime Research Center to inquire about group rates (708 258-9111). The Group Discount Code provides a sliding-scale group rate discount. There is no retroactive value: if you do not apply for a Group Discount Code in advance of registration then you are not eligible for it. Inquire about your eligibility for other discounts (e.g., if you were registered for some other gang training conference that had to be cancelled if they are reputable organizations the NGCRC might have established discount incentives we can offer persons who were not able to attend due to the conference being cancelled --- the NGCRC works with a lot of such organizations.....so just inquire to see if you are eligible for a discount, sometimes we can help, sometimes we can't....it depends on what organization cancelled out on you.....the one thing you can always count on is that the NGCRC will never cancel on you).

There are no multiple registration discounts for the One Day Pass.

 

 

EXHIBITORS:


 Various exhibitors are expected at the Conference, including books, materials about gangs. If you are a company that wants to exhibit, call the NGCRC for details, (708) 258-9111. Vendors are not allowed to attend training sessions. Vendors get about 20 hours of exhibit time (from 9am Monday until noon Wednesday).

 


PICKING UP YOUR REGISTRATION MATERIALS:


 Trainees need to pick up their registration materials, these include: I.D. Badge, Evaluation Form, Conference Proceedings, and related materials distributed to trainees. You pick up your registration materials at the Training Site: the hotel, ask for the NGCRC Operations Center room, or follow conspicuously posted signage.


Trainees may pick up their registration materials during the evening of Sunday, August 6, 2017. That is early registration. This will start at 3:00 p.m. and last until 10:00 p.m.


 Trainees may also pick up their registration materials during the early morning registration period (starting at 6:00 a.m. on Monday August 7, 2017). That is the regular registration.


 Trainees may also pick up their registration materials at any time during the training schedule by coming to the Operations Room at the Training Site. That would cover anyone arriving for late registration.


 


THE REGULAR TRAINING TIME SCHEDULE


 Here is the Monday (August 7, 2017), Tuesday (August 8, 2017), Wednesday (August 9, 2017) training schedule (August 7-9, 2017): training sessions 8:00 am-noon, 1 hour lunch break, training sessions 1:00 pm-5:00 pm. Thus, a total of 24 training hours are logged in during the regular training schedule. We do, of course, offer "pre-conference" sessions for credit (on Sunday afternoon: mostly for those new to gang training).


Some evening functions (after 5:00 p.m.) are also going to be scheduled. There are also "early riser" sessions: for those who want a session before 8am. There will even be "noon sessions": we are doing this to accommodate travel arrangements where persons may arrive late, or where they may have to leave the training site to return early. Dress code: informal. All training rooms are airconditioned.


THE NGCRC IS A FAMILY FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT:


The NGCRC, unlike most other conferences, is "family friendly". If you have a spouse or children who may need to visit with you during your training time period, the NGCRC has established the "family friendly policy" of providing Conference Identification Badges to family members (spouses, children, etc). This allows them to come in and have coffee and donuts with you, etc. Thus, you are not "isolated" from your family. To receive I.D. badge credentials for your family members, just ask for "Family ID Credentials" in a fax or written letter to the NGCRC: Give their names. When you register, to pick up your own Registration Materials, you will find their "Family ID's" in your own registration kit. They will be allowed into the "secure areas" so they may contact you. These "family members" will not receive "Goody Bags" or conference materials, but they will be allowed past the security check points and will therefore be able to pass without delay or hindrance to meet with you if necessary. Some restaurants and eateries give NGCRC trainees a discount (no discount on liquor, food only), and all you have to do is show your Conference Identification Badge. The "Family ID's" are good for the food discounts. An example of this is the famous German restaurant "The Berghoff Restaurant", 17 West Adams, Chicago, IL; in your goody bag we include a card for a free bavarian pretzel, and you get 15% off your food when you display your conference ID card.





Enhancements --- EARLY, NOON, and EVENING SESSIONS:


            To accommodate those individuals who want to leave early on Wednesday August 9th, and still allow them to accumulate their 24 hours of training, we are this year planning to offer some early morning, lunch time, and evening sessions. The current plan is to have a few such sessions available for this purpose. This will provide at least four (4) hours of training outside of the regular training schedule, which will allow persons who need to leave at noon on Friday to do so.

            Rooms are available at the Hotel at the same rate for Friday nights and Saturday as well, at the same rates, if anyone is interested in getting cheaper flights by staying an extra day or so: just ask the hotel registration personnel. You should be able to get the same rate for two days prior and two days after the 8-10 August time frame. If you have trouble with the hotel, feel free to call the NGCRC and ask for the "hotel liaison" to see if there is anything we can do to help. Sometimes the "block of bumper rooms" sells out (bumper rooms are those before and after the conference).

            You basically "pick and choose" your own custom-made training schedule. You can take your pick from a number of different session choices. There are typically six or seven sessions going on at any particular time. So, you just "vote with your feet". The full schedule of courses by room numbers, and day/time slots will be posted at this website prior to the conference. You can therefore study it and more effectively use your training time prior to arrival.




DRESS CODE:


            We have had a number of questions about "dress code" from persons registered to attend the conference. We can clarify this now: there is no dress code. Dress casual, it is summer time. If you want to dress more formally, that's okay too. Your laminated military-style identification badge for the conference gives you access to the building locations you need access to.


USE OF COMMUNICATION DEVICES AND MATERIALS AT THE NGCRC GANG TRAINING CONFERENCE: SPECIFIC RESTRICTIONS AND SPECIFIC PROHIBITIONS

1. BACKGROUND
The National Gang Crime Research Center's annual gang specialist training conferences often relate sensitive information and/or data via various forms of communication, and are attended by undercover officers.
2. DEFINITIONS
A. Communication Devices: Are defined as digital or film cameras, digital or videotape recorders, digital or tape voice recorders, cellular telephones capable of transmitting visual images or recording audio memos, and apparatuses capable of transmitting or recording textual messages.
B. Materials: Are defined as any spoken words of an instructor, any MS PowerPoint slides, any photocopied handouts, any official and unofficial publications, and the visual identity (facial recognition) of any undercover agents.
C. Originator: Is defined as the person, persons, organization, or agency responsible for the authorship (i.e., preparation, presentation, publication, and/or utterance) of any of the above materials.
3. POLICY
This policy is, therefore, established for the use and protection of the aforementioned.
A. Communication devices capable of recording are prohibited from use within the training area--noting the following.
(1) Except as employed by NGCRC staff or security personnel.
(2) Except as authorized by the NGCRC Director or Security Staff Chief.
B. Communication devices capable of transmission are prohibited from use within the training area--noting the following.
(1) Except as necessary to remain in contact for official business related to one's employment.
(2) Cellular telephones and pagers may remain on, but must be set at the least distractive alert setting possible [such as "vibrate"].
(3) All conversation or messaging will be conducted in the hallways and not in classrooms during class sessions.
C. An originator's written permission must be obtained before quoting, paraphrasing, or otherwise referencing any portion of the above-mentioned materials under the following conditions.
(1) When within any journalistic context.
(2) When within any mass media context.
(3) When within any proceedings of an official nature

4. VIOLATIONS

Any violations of this policy shall be grounds for immediate and permanent expulsion of said persons violating this policy from the conference.



THE CHRISTIAN GANG SPECIALIST RECEPTION:


      This is available only to persons registered for the conference. This will be held during an "off time" in the regular conference schedule. If you answered "YES" to the question on your registration form "I am interested in networking with Christian gang specialists while at this conference", then your I.D. Badge is already coded with a special ticket code that allows you into this reception. If you answered "NO" or left the quastion blank, it was assumed you are not interested. If you fall into the latter category, the Session Attendance Simulation Survey will ask you a second time if you want to be added to the group of persons who will attend this special networking reception. As we need to plan on how many are attending, no "walk ins" will be allowed. And as is the NGCRC tradition, of course, there are "door prizes" at this reception. Come prepared for some amazing testimony.

         The format this year will likely be a light luncheon format (we are still working out specific arrangements: so stay tuned to this website for further details and developments). As always, there is no extra "charge" for signing up for receptions that may also provide you with food, beverages, etc. It is something you are automatically entitled to as a part of your conference registration fee. We will modify this announcement as needed. The Christian Gang Specialist Networking Reception is scheduled for Noon, Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

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The Christian Gang Specialist Network Reception Ticket Request Form

 

I am registered for the Conference. Please Sign me up for the Christian Gang Specialist Network Reception.

 

Name:__________________________________________

Address:________________________________________

City, ST, ZIP:____________________________________

 

Fax and mail this to the NGCRC: Fax (708) 258-9546.

Mail: NGCRC, 2017 Conference Processing Center, PO Box 990, Peotone, IL 60468-0990

 

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The Law Enforcement, Prosecution, Corrections Network Reception:


 This is available only to persons who work in law enforcement, prosecution, or corrections agencies. How do you sign up? Through the Registration Form itself or use the special request form below. If you do, you are in and a ticket will be in your registration file folder when you arrive at the conference. No ticket, no entrance to the event.


 It is headed up by Fred Moreno (Chicago, Illinois) and Dr. Gregg W. Etter (University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO).


At this year's training conference we are sponsoring a "Agency Patch Exchange" within the networking function designed for corrections and law enforcement personnel. If you are interested, please secure some of your agency's patches and bring them with you. We will have a time set aside for this at the Corrections/Law Enforcement Network function. So bring your appetite and your patches and have a great time! As always, there is no extra "charge" for signing up for receptions that may also provide you with food, beverages, etc. It is something you are automatically entitled to as a part of your conference registration fee.


And as is the NGCRC tradition, of course, there are "door prizes" at this reception. The Corrections/Law Enforcement Reception is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 8, 2017.

 

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The Corrections/Law Enforcement Network Reception Ticket Request Form

 

I work in Law Enforcement, Prosecution, or Corrections. Please Sign me up for the Law Enforcement, Prosecution, Corrections Network Reception.

 

Name:__________________________________________

Address:________________________________________

City, ST, ZIP:____________________________________

 

Fax and mail this to the NGCRC: Fax (708) 258-9546.

Mail: NGCRC, 2017 Conference Processing Center, PO Box 990, Peotone, IL 60468-0990

 

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The Veterans Reception: For Vets Only, by Dr. Todd Negola, NGCRC Staff; Fred Moreno, NGCRC Staff, Chicago, IL and NGCRC staff; and D. Lee Gilbertson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN, and NGCRC staff.

            One (1) hour  Scheduled for Monday August 7th, noon.

            Session Credits: Gang Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            This is a special reception for vets only. It is held during the lunch hour on Monday. The purpose is to express appreciation to veterans for their service in the defense of freedom. If you are a vet, come and attend, find a warm, friendly environment. Door prizes. Great chances to network and mingle. Learn something new, meet somebody new. Sponsored by the NGCRC staff, you will feel appreciated here.

Bios

            These men are are long time staff of the NGCRC, and are well known for their gang expertise. Todd is also a psychologist whose practice is with vets through the VA. Fred is an investigator with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Lee is a vet who still fits into his issued uniform and teaches gang mapping technology, among other topics.

         No ticket is required for the Veterans Reception.

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The Prevention/Intervention/Counseling Networking Reception:


 This is available to anyone attending the conference. Just sign up for it on your registration form. This is one of the exciting features of the 2017 Conference. The purpose is to allow specialized networking among those persons in schools, private programs, and those in the helping professions who work directly with gang members in a prevention, intervention, or counseling capacity. Come prepared to meet other like-minded persons from a wide variety of occupational backgrounds; come prepared to make some new friends who will last a life time.

 

The 2017 NGCRC Prevention/Intervention/Counseling Network Reception is open to anyone signed up for the conference, there is a "check list" on the registration form itself: you need to check "yes" that you want to attend the Prevention/Intervention/Counseling Networking Reception. You get one (1) hour of session attendance credit for it. It occurs, however, in the early evening. Stay tuned for further details as they will be announced here at this website. As always, there is no extra "charge" for signing up for receptions that may also provide you with food, beverages, etc. It is something you are automatically entitled to as a part of your conference registration fee. The Prevention/Intervention/Counseling Reception is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. Monday, August 7, 2017.

 

Here is the Session information for the Prevention/Intervention/Counseling Networking Reception:

 

(56) Gang Prevention - Intervention - Counseling Networking Reception”. This is hosted by Dr. Douglas L. Semark, Gang Alternatives Program, Los Angeles, CA.

            One (1) hour 

            Special Note: 5pm-6pm in the Millenium Park Room, Monday, August 7, 2017. You need a ticket for the event, you get the ticket by signing up for it on your registration form. The ticket will be waiting for you in your registration packet you receive when you pick up your conference ID credentials.

            Session Credits: Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Gang Counseling Skills; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gangs and Mental Health.

            Special Procedure for Sign Up: You need to check the “box” on your registration form in order to qualify to attend this event. It is a “ticketed” event. You get the ticket one way: by signing up for it on the registration form itself.

            Abstract

            The gang intervention/prevention reception is a special event at the NGCRC and it has a long history of also being a valuable networking session. Come hear some analysis of the current state of affairs in gang prevention and learn about some people who are really making a difference in the world. This is also the time and venue in which the “NGCRC Spirit of Excellence Awards” are made. There are also door prizes in a random drawing based on your ticket to the event. You need to have a ticket to attend this event. The only way to get a ticket is to sign up for it in advance on the registration form itself.

            Bios

               Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D. has been a nonprofit leader for more than three decades, including 12 years as Executive Director of the Gang Alternatives Program in Los Angeles County. He provides professional develoment in the area of gang prevention to the LAUSD K-12 school counselors; serves in various advisory capacities with local law enforcement, including LAPD and LASD; works on various city and county agencies in the areas of violence reduction and community rebuilding; and works actively with nationally-known academic institutions and corporations to improve the quality of life, health, and equity for kids and families in gang-controlled and violent communities.

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The Prevention/Intervention/Counseling Network Reception Ticket Request Form

 

I am registered for the Conference.. Please Sign me up for the Prevention/Intervention/Counseling Network Reception.

 

Name:__________________________________________

Address:________________________________________

City, ST, ZIP:____________________________________

 

Fax and mail this to the NGCRC: Fax (708) 258-9546.

Mail: NGCRC, 2017 Conference Processing Center, PO Box 990, Peotone, IL 60468-0990

 

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The Probation/Parole Officer Reception: Prescheduled for Monday Evening 6pm-7pm, No Ticket Required, Just Show up.

 

(35) “The Probation/Parole Officer Reception”, by TBA.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Gang Prosecution; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Profile Analysis; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole.

        Note: This is prescheduled for Monday evening, 6pm-7pm, in the Washington Park 1 Room.  

          Abstract

            This reception will have a formal presentation about the current state of affairs in terms of what probation and parole officers are facing around the U.S.A. regarding gangs and gang members. Attendees will be eligible to receive some free door prizes given out. Some attendees may be recognized for their good work in dealing with gang members in probation/parole. A primary goal of the reception is to fulfill needs for networking among those who work in probation and parole.

            Bios 

             TBA (the other co-host information is To Be Announced).

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CODE FOR THE LAMINATED MILITARY-STYLE IDENTIFICATION BADGES USED AT THIS CONFERENCE:


Some badges have unique identifiers that will help you. Watch for these.


A RED star on the Identification Badge indicates someone on the NGCRC's Goodwill Ambassador Staff; they also wear special easily identifiable uniforms; see them if you have any issue, or to report any problems with equipment inside the training rooms.


A BLUE star on the Identification Badge indicates someone who is a trainer or presenter. These are certainly people you need to network with.


A PLATINUM star on the Identification Badge indicates the person is a current or former Reviewing Editor of the Journal of Gang Research, the official publication of the NGCRC.


A GREEN star on the Identification Badge indicates someone who works for the NGCRC: these are NGCRC staff, they can HELP YOU; ask them if you have any questions.


A GOLD star on the Identification Badge indicates someone who is receiving a Thrasher Award this year at the Awards Ceremony.

 


 


Some Typical Questions and Answers:


Q: Can I spend more than four (4) hours in my track area?

A: Yes, of course, if your track area, for example is "Gang Crime Investigation Skills" or "Gang Prevention Skills", then you are going to find you have a heck of a lot of choices; you may be able to log in 24 hours directly in your area of concentration (e.g., your track area).


Q: We have 24 hours of training, and if 4 of those hours have to be in the courses specifically approved for the track, then what do I do for the other 20 hours?

A: The other 20 hours are electives: you can spend then anyway you want to, vote with your feet: if you are eligible to attend a session, then attend it. Remember and please note that some sessions are restricted to law enforcement. But most are not restricted. You can attend anything you want to attend.


Q: I am bringing my wife and three school age children, should I ask for family credentials for all of them?

A. Sure, if you want to. The advantage to the family members is that they can get restaurant discounts with their ID cards.

Q: Can the NGCRC guarantee that I will be able to attend everything I want to attend?

A: No, and obviously not for the simple reason that these courses are NOT REPEATED; the courses are offered once and that is it; you have to make HARD CHOICES between 2 or 3 or more different courses, all of which are attractive --- and so, like we said before one person could never attend all of the courses we offer. We have at least six or seven courses going on at once: these are not repeating courses. If you want to attend two sessions that are going on simultaneously, then you would have to decide which you wanted most. Plan B: split your time between two equally attractive courses.

 

Q: What is the seating style at the NGCRC conference, are there desks to write on?

A: There are no desks to write on, that is often called "student style seating". We use what is called "auditorium style seating". You get a chair, but no table to write on. You might want to consider bringing your posse box to have on your lap, so you can write on that. We do no have desktops to write on.

 Q: Do you have to be a returning participant with certification to attend this conference for certification?

A: No.

 

Q: When I see the NGCRC Training Conference referred to as "Gang College", does that phrase mean that the training converts to, or is equivalent in any respect to, college credit towards a college or university degree program?

A: No. The NGCRC has in its two decades of experience in training actually embedded the opportunity to complete college or university credit as a supplemental part of the training program, but we found that there was very little interest in that option, and we have not offered the college credit option for years. Do some professors who work with the NGCRC offer partial course credit, for example towards some college credit course, yes, that is certainly possible, but it would not be open to the public, it would be available only at the local college or university in question; it is not something you can sign up for with the regular registration application form. The NGCRC continues to work with a number of faculty members from different institutions of higher learning where criminal justice students are provided an opportunity to attend the NGCRC training conference. Has the NGCRC offered CEU's (Continuing Education Units) for some of its courses in the overall training program, yes, but we make no guarantee of offering this because again we found that few people wanted to take advantage of this enhancement option. Does the NGCRC training program include "cross training" by other accrediting bodies, yes, the Mental Health First Aid course would be a good example of this. The NGCRC cannot assure you that you will ever be able to receive college credit of any kind for the training it offers.

 

Q: What is the seating style, student seating with tables, or theater style?

A: The seating style is threater style. No tables to writing on. You can bring a clip board or writing tablet to make it easier to take notes while seated in a chair.

 

Q: I hear a lot of the hotels in Chicago require a deposit for "incidentals"?

A: Yes, Chicago is a big city, big city hotels do this. Incidentals refers to phone calls, room service, the liquors/goodies in the fridge. You can always tell the front desk they can take out the phone and the fridge and make a note that there will be no room service for your room.

 

Q: I am a defense attorney or journalist, can I attend and exploit your environment for my personal benefit?

A: No

 

Q: Do you need to have any specific educational qualifications to attend this conference?

A: No (but you must be 18 years of age or older at the time you register).

 

Q: What do I do if I am in that situation of finding my top two courses being offered at the same time?

A: Well it is possible to get credit for partial attendance at a session, you can indicate on your Conference Evaluation Form that you attended the session, but mark on it that you were there for 30 minutes or 1 hour, etc. But normally we do not run courses in the same track up against each other.


Q: What I would like to do is sample from a large number of different areas of expertise after I knock out my minimum of four hours in my track area, but how do I know which classes or courses or sessions "count" towards my track area?

A: Just look at the "Session Credits" line of information inside each session. This provides the types of tracks that the session is geared towards. If your track is listed in the Session Credits, then that course will count towards the minimum of four (4) hours you have to accumulate in your one track area. You can obviously spend a lot more than four (4) hours in some of the tracks, that is up to you.

 

Q: Is the NGCRC training "Accredited" by any board of higher education?

A: No. The term "accredited" normally applies to college/legal/continuing education credits. In past years the NGCRC has offered college credit and CEU's, from obviously accredited universities. Similarly, the NGCRC training has been approved and accepted by the accrediting body in some states for attorneys or prosecutors (State Supreme Court), but again, this is such a rare interest area, we do not seek it out and we do not offer it as one of the features of our training program. If you know someone who should "accredit" gang training, write to us with your concerns as we feel we should be on "their" board due to our leadership in this field for over a decade. We do not have a "static" program, our program is new and expanded every year: with new material added on a constant basis for over one hundred different courses, this is not a typical "gang training program" (where the typical gang training program has a few, a dozen or so, choices of sessions or courses to take: we have much more material and much more diversity).

Q: Does the NGCRC offer "CEU's" or Continuing Education Units in 2017?

A: No. We are not continuing this because there was little interest.



THE TRAINING SITE:

The Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel


 This hotel is in a classy part of the north Loop. It is situated in the "Gold Coast" area of north Michigan Avenue (the shopping district) by Chicago's Water Tower. The "Water Tower" is Chicago's famous landmark. The Westin Hotel is known as a favorite hotel for sports celebrities when they stay in Chicago. It is easy to get to, conveniently located, well known, and has many amenities to offer. It has scored favorably in the annual evaluations the NGCRC has conducted as well (the Conference Evaluation Form asks attendees to evaluate a lot of things, including the experience with hotel).

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS:

The site where the training is occurring is the Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago hotel.

 

The Westin Michigan Avenue is located at 909 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Telephone number for the Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel is (312) 943-7200. The toll free number for the Central Reservations Call Center is: 1 (888) 627-8385. When making reservations, the "code" for the conference is "NGCRC Gang Conference". They need that "code" to give you the reduced hotel rates.

 

The cut-off date for getting the rates here is July 17, 2017: Singles $195, Double $195, Triple $220, Quad Rate $245.

 

Trainees will, as in past NGCRC training conferences, be able to pick up their "goody bags" the evening before training begins. Opening Ceremony is 0700 Monday in the Chicago Ballroom; actual Training begins 8am Monday morning, August 7, 2017. However, you will be able to pick up your registration materials, your Identification Badge, the final schedule, and your "goody bag" the night before: we expect to be able to start giving out registration materials about 3pm on Sunday, 6 August 2017. We will be open to provide this service until about 8:00 p.m. Just go the the NGCRC Operations Center (The Garfield Park Room is the NGCRC Operations Center) to pick up your materials. Signs will be prominently displayed.

 

LOOKING FOR FOOD/ENTERTAINMENT DEALS WHILE IN TOWN?

           For special deals on dining and entertainment while in Chicago, you might want to check a reliable source that Chicagoans use: www.190north.com

           The website www.190north.com contains good and reliable information on unique dining and entertainment deals in Chicago. 

 

 


The 2017 NGCRC 20th International Gang Specialist

Training Conference:

The Preliminary or Advance

Curriculum and Detailed Course Offerings

for August 7-9, 2017



             Please note that the 2017 program is just now getting started and the curriculum is still adding courses.
            This is only an early preliminary listing, or an advance listing of the courses already approved for inclusion in the Official 2017 Curriculum. We expect to be adding more sessions to this curriculum on a regular basis. Note: The session numbering is subject to change.

 

 

There are N = 107 courses listed here as of April 4, 2017.                                                     

 

(1) “The Anatomy of Gang Prosecution 101", by Kristi Wilson, Assistant District Attorney (ADA), Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, Douglasville, GA; and Sgt. Jesse Hambrick, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglasville, GA..

            Four (4) hours

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Prosecution.

            Abstract

            The purpose of this segment is to provide law enforcement officers and prosecutors with the basic tools they need to successfully prosecute criminal street gang activity. The first 1.5 hours will focus on the laws aimed at preventing criminal street gang activity and will provide attendees with an understanding of what criminal street gang activity is. The second 1.5 hours will focus on investigative techniques that can help identify gang activity. And the last hour will focus on presenting the case in court. The last two segments will be taught using a case investigated by Sgt. Jesse Hambrick and prosecuted by Kristi Wilson. By the end of the session, attendees will be able to conduct a basic gang investigation, build a case file, and present the case in court. 

            Bio 

            Kristi Wilson is presently an Assistant District Attorney with the Douglas County District Attorney’s Office. Currently, she holds the position as lead prosecutor in the Juvenile Court of Douglas County. Ms. Wilson also prosecutes cases in the Superior Court of Douglas County. For the last three years, Ms. Wilson’s focus has been on prosecuting criminal street gang activity and often involves the transfer of juveniles to adult court. As a former chair of the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Georgia Bar’s Community Service Committee, Ms. Wilson has dedicated hundreds of hours volunteering in neighborhoods impacted by criminal street gangs. Ms. Wilson also works with elementary schools to educate students on criminal street gangs and the risks they pose.

            Jesse Hambrick is presently a Sergeant in the Criminal Investigations Division at the Douglas County (Georgia) Sheriff’s Office. He holds a high profile position in charge of the School Resource Officer’s Unit, composed of 15 officers, as well as several community-oriented programs. He has 25 years of law enforcement experience. He authored the book entitled Prisoners of Meth, and coordinates the Douglas County Meth Task Force. Hambrick has excelled as an investigator and has received national and state awards for excellence in the field of investigative work and leadership. Through his position at the Sheriff’s Office, Jesse Hambrick has developed and teaches several courses for law enforcement and the public, including drug and gang awareness.


(2) “Gangs, Guns and Violence in Small Town Iowa”, by Eddie Savage, Task Force Officer, FBI Safe Street Task Force, Waterloo, IA.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gangs and Drugs; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs.

            Abstract

            Violent hybrid gangs are nothing new to small towns in Iowa. The Waterloo Police Department applied for a federal grant in 2010 and created its first Violent Crimes Apprehension Team. The VCAT became the cities first real “gang unit” and for the past 6.5 years has slowly dismantled several gangs and taken almost 250 guns off the streets. The Waterloo Police Department is now a part of the 2nd state of Iowa FBI Safe Streets Task Force. This class will seek to show that in a contextual sense that small towns throughout the Midwest are seeing the same issues that larger cities are seeing. We will question if Zero Tolerance is really working, and can the police really stop gangs without they communities buy in. The class will be taught through the eyes os the VCAT/WSSTF and how they approached various gang issues.

            Bio

            Task Force Officer Eddie Savage is an 11 year member of the Waterloo Police Department. He graduated from the Cook County Police Academy in September 1992 and the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in 2007. He spent 3.5 years on the Violent Crimes Apprehension Team. He is currently assigned to the FBI Waterloo Safe Streets Task Force. He teaches at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy at Hawkeye Community College. He conducts gang talks to various community organizations throughout the city of Waterloo. He has earned two gang specialist certificates from the NGCRC and is a member of the Midwest Gang Investigators Association.


(3) “Prosecuting Gang Crimes: Writing Gang Search Warrants”, by William Noon, Detective, Toledo Police Department, Toledo, OH.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Prosecution; Gang Crime Investigation.

            Abstract

            Attend this session to gain new insights into gang prosecution. Attendees will learn how to build gang cases and successfully prosecute them. Learn how and when to write “gang paraphernalia warrants” and more.

            Bio 

            Detective Noon is a 20 year veteran of the Toledo Police Department. Detective Noon has been assigned to the Toledo Police Gang Unit for 14 years and a Task Force with the BATF for 7 years. Detective Noon has been recognized as an expert in numerous gang trials.







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(5) “The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Gang File”, by Grant E. Smith, FBI, CJIS Division, TSEU/NCIC, Clarksburg, WV.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits (the training tracks that the session gives credit for): Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Gang Homicide Investigation Skills; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs.

            Special restriction: Sworn law enforcement and corrections ONLY.

            Abstract 

            This session is an officer safety and investigative tool offered by the NCIC for all levels of law enforcement. It provides near instantaneous information about a suspect’s recorded gang affiliation, personal identifying information, and the officer caution indicators in relation to individual gang members. The NCIC Gang File can convey two categories of information, Gang Group Reference Capability (GRC) and Group Member Capability (GMC). This segment of training will focus on retrieving information from the Gang File with an emphasis on how it can be used for investigative purposes and officer safety. 

            Bio 

            Mr. Grant Smith is a member of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) National Crime Information Center (NCIC) external training staff. Mr. Smith is a retired police officer with twenty-two years of law enforcement experience. For twelve of the twenty-two years, he was assigned to a multi-jurisdiction and multi-agency narcotics and violence crime task force as a task force agent and supervisor. Other law enforcement experience includes time in the Patrol Division, Investigations Division, and as a Special Response Team as a team leader. He also served as an investigator on the county’s Child Sexual Abuse Task Force. Additionally, he was a member of the department’s Counter Drug Reaction Team, and the department’s Police Honor Guard. Immediately upon retirement from the police department, Mr. Smith served as a member of a forensic team with the Combined Explosive Exploitation Cell (CEXC) in Baghdad, Iraq.  

            As an FBI training instructor, Mr. Smith conducts training for municipal, county, state and federal agencies. He is also part of the FBI’s New Agent Training Team in Quantico, VA and participates in CJIS internal training. In 2015, Mr. Smith was the recipient of the Frederic Thrasher Award for Superior Service in Law Enforcement Training. Mr. Smith is a United States Navy Veteran.


(6) “Street Gangs”, by Lt. Timothy T. Tyler, Illinois State Police, Collinsville, IL.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Advanced Gang Identification Skills; Gangs and Drugs.

            Abstract

            The Street Gangs Course will educate the public regarding the dangers organized street gangs pose to the safety of our communities. The presentation is an essential educational resource for any member of law enforcement, educator, parent, or community member wishing to learn more about street gangs.

            Bio

            Lieutenant Timothy T. Tyler assumed the position of MEPAT Detail Commander on July 1, 2014. In this capacity, he oversees ISP Troopers and Special Agents serving in the Metro East area of Illinois. The sustaining goal of MEPAT is to improve the safety and qualify of life for citizens in these communities by reducing gang activity. This new initiative focuses on pro-active policy to combat violent crime, homicides, and pen air drug sales in and around the Metro East area through consensual encounters, traffic stops, and reports from concerned citizens through the use of overt and covert police units. MEPAT’s primary responsibilities include gathering intelligence, carrying out investigations, applying suppression/enforcement, and offering education (for prevention and intervention purposes). 


(7) “Enforcement-Based Gang Prevention Initiative”, by Sgt. Stephen Roche, Worcester Police Department, Worcester, MA.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Prosecution; Gang Prevention Skills; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools.

            Note: This session is scheduled for Tuesday, 10:00am-11:00am.

            Abstract

            This session is designed to related a 4 year strategy that has proven results in arresting and prosecuting gang members and violent offenders as well as solving closed cases. I wills tart from the beginning with forming a S.R.T. (Shooting Response Team) within a Gang Unit, Detective Bureau, or Street Violence Unit and explain their mission and goals. Then I will walk through how to take a closed case or case with uncooperative victims or witnesses using probation, prosecutors office, grand jury, etc. Also relate criminal statutes that other jurisdictions may have.

            Bio

            I am a 26 year veteran of the Worcester Police Department with a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Curry College. I have presented at the following: 2006 U.S. Attorney’s Project Safe Neighborhood Seminar, Boston; 2006 Panelist U.S. Dept. Of Justice Gang Survey; 2011 Massachusetts Education Opportunity Association; 2013 U.S. Attorney’s Conference on Gang Violence, Marlboro, MA.                                                       



(8) “Gang Trial Evidentiary Issues: Hearsay, The Confrontation Clause, “Unfair” Prejudice, and Other Objections to Evidence in Gang Trials”, by Michael Bickis, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Stark County Prosecutors Office, Canton, OH.

            Three (3) hours

            Session credits: Gang Prosecution; Gang Crime Investigation.

            Abstract

            Presenting a gang case is unlike almost any other trial you will do as a prosecutor. Many gang cases will involve underlying criminal conduct that must be proven despite uncooperative witnesses and victims, which gives rise to a host of potential evidentiary issues. Additionally, because gang statutes require you to prove the criminal nature of a group, the rules of evidence entitle you to present evidence to a jury that would ordinarily never be admitted at trial.

            Unless you have a well-established gang trial unit in your community, (and even then depending on your judiciary) you can expect heavy pushback from defense attorneys and judges when it comes to the admission of gang evidence. Any experienced prosecutor will tell you that what the rules of evidence permit and what a given judge will allow are not always the same thing. The reality is that many judges who are new to gang cases are caught off guard by evidentiary issues that arise in gang cases and if you aren’t prepared and haven’t prepared the Court for potential issues your odds of having valuable evidence excluded are greatly increased. In this session, I will talk about common issues that arise in gang cases and provide prosecutors with strategies and legal arguments to give prosecutors the best chance at getting evidence in front of your jury.

            Bio

            Michael Bickis, a graduate of Valparaiso University School of Law, has been an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney with the Stark County Prosecutor’s Office in Canton, Ohio since 2003. Attorney Bickis, who has previously attended the NGCRC conference, serves as the office’s gang crime specialist. In addition to dealing with street gangs, he has prosecuted cases against institutional gangs, such as the Heartless Felons, inside the Indian River Juvenile Correctional Facility located in Stark County. Prior to Attorney Bickis, the office had never had a gang prosecution program. Consequently, he has had to build the gang prosecution from the ground up. Stark County has developed a successful gang prosecution program despite the lack of a full-time gang unit.


(9)  “A Brief Introduction to Some of the Basics of Graffiti Identification and Analysis: An Instructional Workshop (Part 1 of a 3 Part Series)”, by Robert Mulvaney, M.A., Gang Specialist, NGCRC Staff.

           One (1) hour

           Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs; Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills; Gangs and Drugs; Graffiti Identification and Analysis; Gang and Violence Prevention for School Administrator, Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills, Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention and Intervention Services, Gangs and Mental Health, Faith-Based Programs for Gang Intervention, Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists.

           Abstract

           This course will not only assist the attendee with recognition skills, it will provide an opportunity to analyze different scenarios to develop the skills of a graffiti detective!

           Bio

           Robert Mulvaney has an extensive background in the Criminal Justice field including positions as a correctional officer, prison counselor, parole officer and STG specialist. In addition he has taught numerous Criminal Justice courses as an adjunct faculty member. He has been a member/coordinator of various research and prevention organizations and has conducted Gang/STG related training at various levels of local, state and federal government. He has also written articles for professional correctional organizations as well as the Journal of Gang Research.


(10) “Governmental Exit Strategies from Street Gangs and Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs in Denmark, Europe” by Stine Lukowski, Special Consultant, Master of Science in Social Work, Municipality of Koege, Denmark.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Motorcycle Gangs; Gang Prevention Skills; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; International and Transnational Gang Problems..

            Abstract

            In 2011, the state of Denmark decided by law that persons who wanted to leave a harmful or radicalized environment were entitled to receive aid from the government. OMG and gang environments are perceived as such. That translates into an individually tailored exit strategy or plan with mandatory participation from the three authorities involved. That means law enforcement (police) the prison and probation service (jail), and the receiving municipality, where the exiting member resides (civil society). The session will be about what the gang situation is like in a country where crime and gangs is an optional way of life, how the government handles the exit candidates, and how we try to re-socialise and create conditions for a life without gang related crime. Attend this session to gain inspiration on how to receive a high success rate, through targeted support in the transition from being in a gang to leaving the gang. The session is for the ones who likes to get inspired by new methods.

            Bio

            Stine Lukowski is working in the municipality of Koege and the Danish National Police Force. In Koege Stine is working with crime prevention targeting gang and OMǴs. The goal is to prevent recruiting, motivate existing members to leave the gang and structuring exit programs for those who choose to do so. In the Danish National Police force, Stine is working together with law enforcement officers and the prison and probation service. Together they are supporting, teaching, developing and evaluating exit strategies nationwide.


(11) “Taking Videotaped Statements from Suspects”, by Ashley Augustin, Assistant District Attorney, Golden, CO.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Gang Prosecution; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence.

            Abstract

            Taking a good statement from a suspect is absolutely critical to the investigation and prosecution of gang cases. Today’s jurors expect interviews to be videotaped and doing so helps make our cases stronger. In order to do so, we need to know how to prepare for and conduct the videotaped interview. This presentation will include clips from actual statements which will highlight both effective interviewing techniques and entertaining mistakes from which we can all learn. The presenter will discuss practical approaches to different types of interviews. The course will also cover case law and the legal requirements for the admissibility of the video at trial. The presentation is designed to be interactive for attendees with opportunities for discussion and audience participation.

            Bio

            Ashley Augustin attained her undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado - Boulder and graduated from the California Western School of Law. Ms. Augustin has served as a prosecutor with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office for ten years. She is currently assigned to the Felony Trial Division and prosecutes any number of felonies to include violent crimes, sexual offenses, and homicides. For the past three years, Ms. Augustin has been assigned as the County’s Arson Prosecutor. 


(12) “Gangsta Girls: The Many Levels of Female Gang Involvement”, by Kris Murphy, CLFE, SSW, Gang Programs Director, Salt Lake Area Gang Project, Salt Lake City, UT.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Female Gangs/Female Gang Members; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills.

            Abstract

            Females play many different roles in gang culture. They face a unique set of challenges due to their gender and are often recruited to serve a specific purpose. While often flying under the radar, female gang members are just as devious as their male counterparts. However, being “down for the hood” doesn’t automatically grant them the same level of respect or privilege as the men in the gang. It is critical to understand these dynamics in order to provide effective prevention and intervention services for “Gangsta Girls”.

            Bio

            Kris Murphy, CLF, SSW, Salt Lake Area Gang Project, Gang Programs Director. Kris has worked with at risk youth for 18 years, the last 8 specifically with gang involved youth. In 2008 she developed and directed the Ogden CROSS Gang Intervention Program in Ogden, Utah. The CROSS program was labelled highly effective by an independent evaluation conducted by the University of Utah. Kris joined the Salt Lake City Area Gang Project in 2014 to develop and implement intervention and prevention services throughout Salt Lake County. During her time working with gang issues, she has provided intense intervention services for over 200 high risk, gang involved youth, ages 12-20. Kris also provides prevention and intervention training and education for school administrators, educators, program managers, juvenile courts and juvenile justice services.


(13)   “A Brief Introduction to Some of the Basics of Midwest Graffiti Identification and Analysis: An Instructional Workshop (Part 2 of a 3 Part Series)”, by Robert Mulvaney, M.A., Gang Specialist, NGCRC Staff.

           One (1) hour

           Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs; Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills; Gangs and Drugs; Graffiti Identification and Analysis; Gang and Violence Prevention for School Administrator, Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills, Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention and Intervention Services, Gangs and Mental Health, Faith-Based Programs for Gang Intervention, Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists.

            Abstract

           This course will not only assist the attendee with recognition skills, it will provide an opportunity to analyze different scenarios to develop the skills of a graffiti detective! This session will assist the attendee to understand Midwest graffiti.

           Bio

           Robert Mulvaney has an extensive background in the Criminal Justice field including positions as a correctional officer, prison counselor, parole officer and STG specialist. In addition he has taught numerous Criminal Justice courses as an adjunct faculty member. He has been a member/coordinator of various research and prevention organizations and has conducted Gang/STG related training at various levels of local, state and federal government. He has also written articles for professional correctional organizations as well as the Journal of Gang Research.


(14) “Tactical Interviewing: Interviewing the Criminal Mind”, by Todd D. Negola, Psy.D., Gang Consultant, NGCRC. 

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills; Gang Counseling Skills; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gangs and Mental Health.

            Abstract

            Traditional interviewing and communication protocols are commonly successful with those who do not frequent criminal circles. However, when dealing with “experienced criminal gangsters,” they are well prepared to elude even the best interviewer/interrogator. Whether you are a mental health professional, an educator, intelligence analyst, or a law enforcement officer, being up-to-date on how to conduct an interview with the most savvy of criminally minded is the most essential tool.

            This seminar is intended to explore the concept of Tactical Interviewing (TI). TI is a concept being developed and researched by the National Gang Crime Research Center to better aide those who deal directly with the criminally savvy gangster. Tactical Interviewing involves an exploration in Forensic Psychology, Criminal Profiling, and Lie Detection that are combined to illustrate the taxonomies most commonly seen of a liar. With a better understanding of how the criminal mind works and how they develop their lies, you are better equipped to confront them successfully and more productively.

            Bio

            Todd D. Negola is a clinical/forensic psychologist who has worked with the National Gang Crime Research Center for over 10 years. He also serves as the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Gang Investigator’s Association. He has been studying and researching gangs and criminal mindedness for almost 20 years. He has worked with and studied juvenile and adult criminal populations, in and out of prison, both at the state and federal levels. He conducts training and consults with federal, state and local law enforcement as well as public and private educational institutions, community programs and mental health personnel. He has published research in the Journal of Gang Research, Addiction and Research, The Journal and co-authored a chapter in the book, Treating the Juvenile Offender. He has multiple television appearances, participated in nationally syndicated and local radio programs and has consulted in gang documentaries. Lastly, he is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Research and Exemplary Scholarship in the Psychology of Gangs and is a Reviewing Editor for the National Gang Crime Research Center’s Journal of Gang Research.


(15) “Community, Police, and Gangs", by Kenneth Davis, Detective, Yonkers Police Department, Gang/Narcotics Unit, Yonkers, NY.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Advanced Gang Identification; Graffiti Identification and Analysis; Gang Crime Investigation; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Profile Analysis; Gang Internet Investigation; Gangs and Mental Health; Gangs and the Mass Media

            Abstract

            The instructor will discuss contemporary issues effecting the healthy tri-relationships pertaining to the community, its members, street gangs, and the police officers serving therein.

            Bio

            Kenneth Davis is presently a detective with the Yonkers Police Department’s Gang/Narcotics Unit. Since the early 1990s, Ken has been involved with investigating and researching active gang members and prolific graffiti writers; as well as being one of the department’s community/human relations instructor. In 2013, Ken was assigned as the department’s liaison for YMCA Project SNUG (Cure Violence/Violence Interrupters/Cease Fire) and one of the members of the Re-Entry Team (Reducing Recidivism). In addition to acquiring numerous credit hours in gang and graffiti studies, he has a MS degree in Human Resource Management from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York.


(16) “Gang Mapping 101: An Introduction ”, by D. Lee Gilbertson, Ph.D., NGCRC Staff and Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Studies, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN; Kristopher Hansgen, Graduate Student, Criminal Justice Studies, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session credits: Gang Crime Analysis & Mapping; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists.

            Abstract

            This class is part 1 of a 3 part series. It serves as a starting point for understanding crime analysis, specifically, analytical mapping techniques as applied to gangs. Topics covered in this class: the evolution of crime analysis and mapping from the 1800s to present; intelligence levels, divisions, and processes; and the roles and responsibilities of analysts, administrators, and police officers. See the other two parts of this 3 part series.

            Bios

            D. Lee Gilbertson teaches at Saint Cloud State University. He has studied gangs since 1995 and has presented research papers at numerous national and international conferences. Lee has participated in every iteration of the NGCRC gang school since it began, often bringing undergraduate and graduate students with him. He is a 2002 and 2005 recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award and is a reviewing editor of the Journal of Gang Research. Lee has collaborated on a professional level with several criminal justice agencies in Minnesota. His background in spatio-temporal analysis includes 15 years of military service as an infantry officer and as a signals intelligence analyst. Before returning to college, Lee worked briefly as a defense contractor instructing all-source intelligence collection asset management on a computer system that greatly utilized mapping techniques.

            Kristopher B.E.Hansgen is a graduate student at Saint Cloud State University in the Master of Science criminal justice program. He is an NGCRC certified gang specialist (2012) and has previously assisted teaching the Spatio-Temporal Gang Analysis classes at the NGCRC “Gang College”. His background includes a B.A. degree from Saint Cloud State University, where he double-majored in Criminal Justice and Psychology and minored in Forensic Science. Kris wrote two final academic research papers. He is employed in the Public Safety Department at Saint Cloud State University as a Patrol Operations Officer and Dispatch Officer. Kris has studied crime analysis and crime mapping since 2010, and is a member of the International Association of Crime Analysts.


(17) “Sacred Transformations: Free Tattoo, Scar, Burn and Tattoo Transformations”, by Eric Dean Spruth, MA, ATR, Sacred Transformations, Chicago, IL.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills; Gang Counseling Skills; Faith-Based Programs for Gang Intervention; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention and Intervention Services.

            Abstract

            Participants will learn more about the healing and transformation process of tattooing. Our program is dedicated to helping people who are tattooed, scarred, branded and/or burnt from negative experiences to transform those marks into art pieces that celebrate one’s individuality. The experience empowers the individual in their own terms who they are inside. It is our goal for those marks to be converted into a source of daily inspiration to maintain sobriety, to be committed to the welfare and betterment of children, family, community and self. Our organization believes that transformative tattoos will provide a historically qualified link to spirituality and culture and gives the individual a new rite of passage.

            Bio 

            Eric Dean Spruth is a trained artist, graduating from the school of the Art Institute of Chicago with an undergraduate degree in fine art with a minor in psychology and philosophy, and a Master’s degree in art therapy. He has served as a professor at the Adler School of Professional Psychology Art Therapy program. An expressive art therapist with the Cook County Bureau of Health & Mental Health Services/Cermak Health at the Cook County Jail. A victim advocate at the Cook County’s Victim Witness Program. Spruth has a private practice in Chicago as well as the founder of Sacred Transformations. His efforts have been featured and recognized by many forms of media.


(18)  “A Brief Introduction to Some of the Basics of West Coast Graffiti Identification and Analysis: An Instructional Workshop (Part 3 of a 3 Part Series)”, by Robert Mulvaney, M.A., Gang Specialist, NGCRC Staff.

           One (1) hour

           Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs; Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills; Gangs and Drugs; Graffiti Identification and Analysis; Gang and Violence Prevention for School Administrator, Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills, Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention and Intervention Services, Gangs and Mental Health, Faith-Based Programs for Gang Intervention, Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists.

            Abstract

           This course will not only assist the attendee with recognition skills, it will provide an opportunity to analyze different scenarios to develop the skills of a graffiti detective! This session will assist the attendee to understand West Coast graffiti.

           Bio 

           Robert Mulvaney has an extensive background in the Criminal Justice field including positions as a correctional officer, prison counselor, parole officer and STG specialist. In addition he has taught numerous Criminal Justice courses as an adjunct faculty member. He has been a member/coordinator of various research and prevention organizations and has conducted Gang/STG related training at various levels of local, state and federal government. He has also written articles for professional correctional organizations as well as the Journal of Gang Research.


(19) “Lake County’s Approach to Our Regions Opiate Epidemic: Attack Supply AND

Demand”, by Michael G. Nerheim, Lake County State’s Attorney, Waukegan, IL.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session credits: Gangs and Drugs; Gang Prosecution; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gangs and Organized Crime.

            Abstract 

            Lake County, Illinois, like most of the rest of the nation, is experiencing an opiate epidemic. The traditional law enforcement approach to illegal drugs focused on attacking the supply of illegal drugs. Through aggressive investigation and prosecution of drug traffickers, coupled with a community-wide collaborative approach which focuses on treatment and harm reduction, Lake County is attempting to fight this crisis by simultaneously attacking supply and demand.

            Bio

            Lake County State’s Attorney Michael G. Nerheim has extensive experience working in all criminal divisions of the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office. As a former assistant state’s attorney and now as the Lake County State’s Attorney, his experience includes areas of complex litigation, criminal defense and municipal law. Michael G. Nerheim demonstrates strong leadership and business experience, and is heavily involved in the Lake County community.


(20) The Criminal Mind and the Gangster”, by Todd D. Negola, Psy.D., Gang Consultant, NGCRC.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Gang Counseling Skills; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Homicide Investigation Skills; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Dealing With Gang Members in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Gangs and Mental Health.

            Abstract

            The Criminal Mind; is it biology, sociology, psychology, or choice? This presentation will dive deep into the mind of the criminal and the criminal gang member. The concepts of Sociopathy, Antisocial Personality Disorder, and Psychopathy serve as the framework for this exploration. Candid interviews and videotaped vignettes will illustrate some of the thought processes that have served these individuals in forsaking others to get their individual needs met. Attendees will examine how the criminal mind operates and how such individuals have managed to manipulate even the most innocent of victims. Perhaps even more importantly, law enforcement and mental health professionals will learn ways to protect themselves against con games and strategies utilized by this profile.

            Bio:

            Todd D. Negola is a clinical/forensic psychologist who has worked with the National Gang Crime Research Center for over 10 years. He also serves as the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Gang Investigator’s Association. He has been studying and researching gangs and criminal mindedness for almost 20 years. He has worked with and studied juvenile and adult criminal populations, in and out of prison, both at the state and federal levels. He conducts training and consults with federal, state and local law enforcement as well as public and private educational institutions, community programs and mental health personnel. He has published research in the Journal of Gang Research, Addiction and Research, The Journal and co-authored a chapter in the book, Treating the Juvenile Offender. He has multiple television appearances, participated in nationally syndicated and local radio programs and has consulted in gang documentaries. Lastly, he is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Research and Exemplary Scholarship in the Psychology of Gangs and is a Reviewing Editor for the National Gang Crime Research Center’s Journal of Gang Research.


(21) “Graffiti Identity 1", by Kenneth Davis, Detective, Yonkers Police Department, Gang/Narcotics Unit, Yonkers, NY.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Advanced Gang Identification; Graffiti Identification and Analysis; Gang Crime Investigation; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Profile Analysis; Gang Internet Investigation; Gangs and Mental Health; Gangs and the Mass Media

            Abstract

            In today’s tight economy, the majority of police agencies are assigning graffiti vandalism investigations to their street gang or special investigations units. In this session, participants will learn how to distinguish street gang graffiti from taggers’ graffiti, understand the basic graffiti tags and their variations, and the subcultural protocols that govern them. This is part one of a two part course sequence.

            Bio

            Kenneth Davis is presently a detective with the Yonkers Police Department’s Gang/Narcotics Unit. Since the early 1990s, Ken has been involved with investigating and researching active gang members and prolific graffiti writers; as well as being one of the department’s community/human relations instructor. In 2013, Ken was assigned as the department’s liaison for YMCA Project SNUG (Cure Violence/Violence Interrupters/Cease Fire) and one of the members of the Re-Entry Team (Reducing Recidivism). In addition to acquiring numerous credit hours in gang and graffiti studies, he has a MS degree in Human Resource Management from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York.


(22) “Beyond the 101 of Gang Controlled Exploitation: Assessment, Treatment, and Safety Planning for Professionals”, by Deepa Patel, CSOTP, LCSW, Executive Director of Trauma and Hope, LLC, Springfield, VA.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Gang Internet Investigation; Gang Counseling Techniques; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills; Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills; Female Gangs/Female Gang Members; Gangs and Mental Health.

            Abstract

            Sexual exploitation is the sexual abuse of children and youth through the exchange of sex or sexual acts for drugs, food, shelter, protection, money, or other basics of life. While Gang Controlled Exploitation has been an on-going epidemic, there has been a struggle to identify and treat the victims. Often times, juvenile mental health concerns are overlooked due to stereotypes associated with non-compliant behaviors. Victims often enter the juvenile justice system and struggle to address co-occurring disorders (i.e., substance abuse and post-traumatic stress disorder). It is clear that without the appropriate interventions, these victims fall susceptible to further victimization. This presentation will focus beyond the Sexual Exploitation/Gang 101 and direct specific attention towards the safety planning for this at-risk population, engaging families/supports, and ensuring overall safety of others. Specifically, addressing interventions for court-involved youth, developing practical safety plans that will lower the risk of further victimization. This includes information specific to the at-risk youth’s life to keep them and/or family safe at school, home, and throughout the community. 

            Bio

            Ms. Patel (CSOTP, LCSW) is currently the Executive Director of Trauma and Hope, LLC, in Springfield, Virginia. Her practice specifically focuses towards victims of violence, sexual exploitation, gang prevention and intervention, and sex offender evaluations and treatment. She previously was the Coordinator of the Sex Offender Program and Director of the Gang Intervention and Sexual Exploitation Programs at an Outpatient Clinic in Springfield, Virginia. Ms. Patel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider, and is a Gang Specialist through the National Gang Crime Research Center. She is a dynamic clinician who has developed an expertise in non-voluntary clients, specifically juvenile and adult gang members and sex offenders. For the past eleven years, she has developed a proficient style of work with adolescents who are gang involved. Through her understanding and clinical devotion to her clients, she has widened her competency to develop an outpatient and inpatient treatment program for female gang controlled sexual exploitation victims. The inpatient treatment program specifically serves victims of sexual exploitation and has been implemented in six residential facilities. Ms. Patel has a unique ability to relate to her clients that has resulted in her having significant success treating her clients. Ms. Patel is often sought out throughout the USA and abroad to provide training and education regarding gang involved youth, sexual exploitation and sex offenders. Her passion and competency in her outpatient therapeutic program with gangs and gang controlled sexual exploitation victims led her to become a recipient of the 2012 Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Service in Gang Prevention. In addition, she was selected in 2013 for the CACIE (Central American Community Impact Exchange) an initiative formed by the FBI and the White House and the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children in Holland to share her success in treatment for gang involved youth, victims of sex trafficking and sex offenders. In addition, she is the Victim Services Chair for the Just Ask Prevention Project which is a statewide prevention human trafficking project and a member of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force.


(23) “The Implications and Prevalence of Gangs on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: Is it Recruitment, Glamorization, or Put-Downs?”, by Chris Przemieniecki, Ph.D., West Chester University, West Chester, PA; and Mario L. Hesse, Ph.D., St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Internet Investigation; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Advanced Gang Identification; Gang Crime Investigation.

            Abstract

            This presentation will examine the online extent and presence of some of the most prominent street gangs in America today. An analysis was conducted examining the content postings of various street gangs on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The focus of the study was to determine if online presence was utilized by gang members for glamorization or glorification of the gang, a recruitment tool, or mocking and putting down rival gangs. The implications of these findings are important to law enforcement, prosecutors and gang counselors as the consequences of what gang members can post have an impact on how to deal and track gangs online.

            Bios

            Chris Przemieniecki is currently an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at West Chester University, outside of Philadelphia, PA. He recently co-authored and published a book, titled ‘Gangs’. He is a member of the Pennsylvania Gang Investigators Association and has spoken at many youth and gang conferences around the country. Przemieniecki received the Frederic M. Thrasher Award from the NGCRC for “Superior Research” in 2006 and the NGCRC “Outstanding Service Award” in 2014. He is a reviewing editor for the Journal of Gang Research, has published articles about gangs and the mass media, and has spoken at various gang conferences throughout the country. Przemieniecki has also been a youth, collegiate and professional soccer coach for more than 25 years.

              Mario L. Hesse, Ph.D. is a professor of criminal justice at the St. Cloud State University (MN). Dr. Hesse’s research and teaching interests are in corrections, gangs and media and crime. Mario has extensive experience working in the corrections field (adult community-based programs, juvenile detention centers, and juvenile probation). Mario has published articles in ACJS Today, Corrections Today, Criminal Justice Review, and the Journal of Gang Research. Currently, Mario is a reviewing editor for the Journal of Gang Research and an associate editor for Forensics Scholars Today. He is a coauthor of Gangs (2016) and Juvenile Justice: The Essentials (2010) textbooks. Mario is a frequent presenter at the National Gang Crime Research Center’s annual training conference.


(24) “Gang Mapping 201: Theory and Praxis ”, by D. Lee Gilbertson, Ph.D., NGCRC Staff and Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Studies, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN; Kristopher Hansgen, Graduate Student, Criminal Justice Studies, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Gang Crime Analysis & Mapping; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists.

            Abstract

            This class is part 2 of a 3 part series. Participants learn about criminological research and theories that established the practical application of crime mapping and profiling. Three profiling models will be expounded: psychological profiling, geographic offender profiling, and spatio-temporal crime profiling. Methodological, ethical, and legal issues associated with the use of crime mapping will also be discussed. See the other two parts of this 3 part series.

            Bios

            D. Lee Gilbertson teaches at Saint Cloud State University. He has studied gangs since 1995 and has presented research papers at numerous national and international conferences. Lee has participated in every iteration of the NGCRC gang school since it began, often bringing undergraduate and graduate students with him. He is a 2002 and 2005 recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award and is a reviewing editor of the Journal of Gang Research. Lee has collaborated on a professional level with several criminal justice agencies in Minnesota. His background in spatio-temporal analysis includes 15 years of military service as an infantry officer and as a signals intelligence analyst. Before returning to college, Lee worked briefly as a defense contractor instructing all-source intelligence collection asset management on a computer system that greatly utilized mapping techniques.

            Kristopher B.E.Hansgen is a graduate student at Saint Cloud State University in the Master of Science criminal justice program. He is an NGCRC certified gang specialist (2012) and has previously assisted teaching the Spatio-Temporal Gang Analysis classes at the NGCRC “Gang College”. His background includes a B.A. degree from Saint Cloud State University, where he double-majored in Criminal Justice and Psychology and minored in Forensic Science. Kris wrote two final academic research papers. He is employed in the Public Safety Department at Saint Cloud State University as a Patrol Operations Officer and Dispatch Officer. Kris has studied crime analysis and crime mapping since 2010, and is a member of the International Association of Crime Analysts.


(25) “Gang Involvement in the Social Justice Movement”, by Detective William Kimball Murdock, Atlanta Police Department, Atlanta, GA.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Gangs and the Mass Media.

            Restricted attendance: Sworn LEO, Analysts, and Prosecutors.

            Abstract

            Over the last several years, gangs and their members have become increasingly involved in politics, community outreach and the social justice movement. This course will discuss how gangs and their members involve themselves in these movements and activities through the use of 501(c3) non-profit groups, community involvement, LLCs and the use of social and mass media. Through this discussion students will learn how gangs use the movements to form alliances, recruit new members and gain legitimacy within the community.

            Bio

            William Kimball Murdock is an Atlanta Police Department Detective with 22 years of experience. He currently serves in the department’s Gang Unit and is assigned as a Task Force Officer with the FBI Atlanta Gang Task Force. Detective Murdock has been a primary case agent on both large and small scale federal and state investigations leading to the indictment and arrest of more than 100 gang members. Detective Murdock has testified as a gang expert several times in Georgia and regularly instructs Georgia law enforcement on topics ranging from Gangs to Search and Seizure law. Detective Murdock is a member of the Georgia Gang Investigators Association and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice (Summa Cum Laude) from Herzing University.


(26) “FBI/Next Generation Identification (NGI) Overview”, by Gregory E. Scarbro, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Clarksburg, WV.

            One (1) hour

            Special Note: Restricted to Law Enforcement.

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Homicide Investigation Skills; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Gang Profile Analysis; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs; Gang Prosecution.

            Abstract

             Building on the foundation of IAFIS, the NGI brought the FBI’s biometric identification services and criminal history information to the next level. The NGI system improved the efficiency and accuracy of biometric services to address evolving local, state, tribal, federal, national, and international criminal justice requirements. With the Next Generation Identification (NGI) system, attendees will learn current and emerging biometric modalities available to law enforcement to assist in investigative and operational procedures such as the national Rap Back service; the Interstate Photo System; text based searches for images of scars, marks, and tattoos; fingerprint verification services; more complete and accurate identity records; and enhancement to the biometric identification repository.

            Bio

            Mr. Scarbro has been with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for thirty-five years, serving in a program management capacity for a majority of that time. He currently serves as the Unit Chief for the FBI, Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS), Biometric Services Section (BSS), Customer Support Unit. He is responsible for all customer service outreach associated with the various FBI BSS person-centric services. He formally served as the Unit Chief for the FBI, Uniform Crime Reporting Program and as Program Manager for the development of the FBI CJIS Division advisory policy process.


(27) “Veterans Issues for Law Enforcement”, by Todd D. Negola, Psy.D., Gang Consultant, NGCRC.         

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Gangs and Mental Health; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Dealing With Military Trained Gang Members.

            Abstract

            Veterans issues have been in the news since WWII Veterans returned home, isolated themselves and some formed the basis for Outlaw Motorcycle Clubs/Gangs. Today, those who were called to serve, answer the call in Law Enforcement and many other noble careers. Some, however suffer the toils of war and combat until death. Few, turn to criminal activity. Being well trained and well armed poses inherent risks to an unwitting and ill-prepared community. Adding to this, issues such as TBI and PTSD, complicate matters further. This presentation is designed to prepare law enforcement and the community with awareness of Veterans issues that may affect us all in some way. With current models of Crisis Intervention Teams, this presentation will expose attendees to a variety of issues, concerns, and answers.

            Bio

            Todd D. Negola is a clinical/forensic psychologist who has worked with the National Gang Crime Research Center for over 10 years. He also serves as the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Gang Investigator’s Association. He has been studying and researching gangs and criminal mindedness for almost 20 years. He has worked with and studied juvenile and adult criminal populations, in and out of prison, both at the state and federal levels. He conducts training and consults with federal, state and local law enforcement as well as public and private educational institutions, community programs and mental health personnel. He has published research in the Journal of Gang Research, Addiction and Research, The Journal and co-authored a chapter in the book, Treating the Juvenile Offender. He has multiple television appearances, participated in nationally syndicated and local radio programs and has consulted in gang documentaries. Lastly, he is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Research and Exemplary Scholarship in the Psychology of Gangs and is a Reviewing Editor for the National Gang Crime Research Center’s Journal of Gang Research.


(28) “Juggalos - More Than Just Fans?”, by Detective Esekia “Skee” Afatasi, Metro Gang Task Force, Salt Lake City, UT.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Gang Profile Analysis; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole.

            Abstract

            The Juggalos, a subculture of fans devoted to the music of the group Insane Clown Posse, are suing the government for violating their civil liberties. In 2011 the National Gang Intelligence Center classified Juggalos as a “loosely organized hybrid gang” and since that time hundreds of perspectives have emerged on the subject of Juggalos and whether or not Juggalos meet the definition of a gang in certain jurisdictions. This class will take you into the world of Juggalos. You will learn the history, mentality, current trends, and music of Juggalos. We will discuss the most current information on the ongoing lawsuit that was re-filed after an appeal was handed down giving Juggalos the go-ahead for the FBI lawsuit. You may even learn the CHOP CHOP SLIDE (a Juggalo dance). BE AWARE that this class does contain some very explicit material and photos. SEE YOU THERE!!! Whoop! Whoop!

             Bio

            Detective Esekia “Skee” Afatasi is a member of the Salt Lake Area Gang Project’s Metro Gang Task Force, a state task force housed at the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake. He has been in Law Enforcement for 13 years beginning in 2002 as a Correctional Officer in the Salt Lake County Metro Jail for 3 ½ years before becoming a road officer. He worked 3 years as a patrol officer and 2 years as a Detective in the COP (Community Oriented Policing) Unit. While working the COP Unit, he formed a localized gang unit in the Oquirrh Division called the “The OG’s” (Oquirrh Gang/Graffiti Group). This unit was formed to assist the Metro Gang Unit in combating gangs in the area. As a result of his efforts and hard work as a COP Detective, he was awarded “Deputy of the Year” in 2009 and his unit was awarded “Unit of the Year” in 2010. Skee has been a detective with the Metro Gang Unit since 2011.


(29) Street Gangs Well Defined", by Kenneth Davis, Detective, Yonkers Police Department, Gang/Narcotics Unit, Yonkers, NY.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Advanced Gang Identification; Graffiti Identification and Analysis; Gang Crime Investigation; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Profile Analysis; Gang Internet Investigation; Gangs and Mental Health; Gangs and the Mass Media

            Abstract

            Participants will learn how to apply tools and measurement to street groups for research and investigative purposes. The instructor will also address similarities and differences between street gangs, writer-based and artist-based graffiti crews. 

            Bio

            Kenneth Davis is presently a detective with the Yonkers Police Department’s Gang/Narcotics Unit. Since the early 1990s, Ken has been involved with investigating and researching active gang members and prolific graffiti writers; as well as being one of the department’s community/human relations instructor. In 2013, Ken was assigned as the department’s liaison for YMCA Project SNUG (Cure Violence/Violence Interrupters/Cease Fire) and one of the members of the Re-Entry Team (Reducing Recidivism). In addition to acquiring numerous credit hours in gang and graffiti studies, he has a MS degree in Human Resource Management from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York.


(30) “Opiate Abuse: A Man Made Epidemic”, by Dr. Gregg W. Etter Sr., Ed.D., Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gangs and Drugs; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Gangs and Organized Crime; Gangs and Mental Health.

            Abstract

            Once considered to be an exclusively inner city problem, opiate abuse has become a nationwide epidemic. The traditional usage of opium, morphine and heroin has been joined by synthetic opiates such as Chees Heroin, Fentanyl and Krokodil. New patterns of abuse are being observed involving prescription diversion of synthetic opiates such as OxyContin. This class traces the history and origins of opiates, how opiates are acquired, and what new patterns of abuse are being observed and what new variations in drug trafficking patterns are being seen.

            Bio

            Dr. Gregg W. Etter Sr. Ed.D. is a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Missouri. He retired as a Lieutenant with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Wichita, Kansas after serving from 1977 to 2006. He is rated as a gang expert by the National Gang Crime Research Center. He has written extensively and presented classes on gangs, white supremacist groups and police management topics in the United States and Canada. Dr. Etter earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Wichita State University and his Doctorate degree from Oklahoma State University.


(31) “Gang Controlled Exploitation: Treatment that Works”,by Deepa Patel, CSOTP, LCSW, Executive Director of Trauma and Hope, LLC, Springfield, VA.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Female Gangs/Female Gang Members; Gangs and Mental Health; Gang Prevention Skills. Gang Counseling Techniques; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills; Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole.

            Abstract

            Gang controlled exploitation is the sale of sex by a criminal street enterprise. While gang controlled exploitation has been an on-going epidemic, there has been a struggle to identify and treat these victims. Often times, children and adolescent mental health concerns are over looked due to stereotypes associated with gang membership. Victims often enter the juvenile justice system and struggle to address co-occurring disorders (i.e., substance abuse and post traumatic stress disorder). One thing is clear: without the appropriate interventions these victims will fall susceptible to further victimization. This presentation will provide information to counselors, therapists, probation/parole officers and prevention/intervention workers, addressing mental health concerns of gang controlled exploitation, in order to more effectively intervene in communities faced with continued gang violence.

            Bio

            Ms. Patel (CSOTP, LCSW) is currently the Executive Director of Trauma and Hope, LLC, in Springfield, Virginia. Her practice specifically focuses towards victims of violence, sexual exploitation, gang prevention and intervention, and sex offender evaluations and treatment. She previously was the Coordinator of the Sex Offender Program and Director of the Gang Intervention and Sexual Exploitation Programs at an Outpatient Clinic in Springfield, Virginia. Ms. Patel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider, and is a Gang Specialist through the National Gang Crime Research Center. She is a dynamic clinician who has developed an expertise in non-voluntary clients, specifically juvenile and adult gang members and sex offenders. For the past eleven years, she has developed a proficient style of work with adolescents who are gang involved. Through her understanding and clinical devotion to her clients, she has widened her competency to develop an outpatient and inpatient treatment program for female gang controlled sexual exploitation victims. The inpatient treatment program specifically serves victims of sexual exploitation and has been implemented in six residential facilities. Ms. Patel has a unique ability to relate to her clients that has resulted in her having significant success treating her clients. Ms. Patel is often sought out throughout the USA and abroad to provide training and education regarding gang involved youth, sexual exploitation and sex offenders. Her passion and competency in her outpatient therapeutic program with gangs and gang controlled sexual exploitation victims led her to become a recipient of the 2012 Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Service in Gang Prevention. In addition, she was selected in 2013 for the CACIE (Central American Community Impact Exchange) an initiative formed by the FBI and the White House and the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children in Holland to share her success in treatment for gang involved youth, victims of sex trafficking and sex offenders. In addition, she is the Victim Services Chair for the Just Ask Prevention Project which is a statewide prevention human trafficking project and a member of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force.


(32)  “How to Develop, Select and Train a Diverse STG Intelligence Team in a Jail/Prison Environment”, by Robert Mulvaney, M.A., Gang/Specialist.

           One (1) hour

           Session credits: Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Dealing With Gangs in a Juvenile Correctional Facility; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Graffiti Identification and Analysis; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs, Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills, Gangs and Drugs, Gang

Prosecution, Gangs and Organized Crime, Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole, Advanced Gang Identification, Gang Internet Investigation, Motorcycle Gangs

           Abstract

           This course will prepare staff to assist administrators as they cannot be everywhere all the time. Participants will learn how to present information and intelligence and develop a highly skilled and diverse team of Gang Intelligence staff.

           Bio

           Robert Mulvaney has an extensive background in the Criminal Justice field including positions as a correctional officer, prison counselor, parole officer and STG specialist. In addition he has taught numerous Criminal Justice courses as an adjunct faculty member. He has been a member/coordinator of various research and prevention organizations and has conducted Gang/STG related training at various levels of local, state and federal government. He has also written articles for professional correctional organizations as well as the Journal of Gang Research.


(33)Burnout in Blue: Exploring Burnout in Law Enforcement and Related Careers”, by Todd D. Negola, Psy.D., Gang Consultant, NGCRC.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Gangs and Mental Health; Gang Counseling Skills.

            Abstract

            Although rarely discussed and infrequently acknowledged, burnout is a common phenomenon. This course is developed for law enforcement and related audiences to explore the unique and rarely understood stressors inherent in this career arena. The theoretical underpinnings of burnout will be introduced, including exploration into the physiological and psychological processes of this experience. Attendees will then be presented with responses, research, and new tactics that have been developed to help advance resilience and coping skills development. This course is vital for everyone, whether novice or seasoned veteran, because burnout will affect all professionals, either directly or indirectly. Participants will leave with practical knowledge which may add years to their career and longevity.

            Bio:

            Todd D. Negola is a clinical/forensic psychologist who has worked with the National Gang Crime Research Center for over 10 years. He also serves as the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Gang Investigator’s Association. He has been studying and researching gangs and criminal mindedness for almost 20 years. He has worked with and studied juvenile and adult criminal populations, in and out of prison, both at the state and federal levels. He conducts training and consults with federal, state and local law enforcement as well as public and private educational institutions, community programs and mental health personnel. He has published research in the Journal of Gang Research, Addiction and Research, The Journal and co-authored a chapter in the book, Treating the Juvenile Offender. He has multiple television appearances, participated in nationally syndicated and local radio programs and has consulted in gang documentaries. Lastly, he is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Research and Exemplary Scholarship in the Psychology of Gangs and is a Reviewing Editor for the National Gang Crime Research Center’s Journal of Gang Research.


(34) “Issues for Gang Members on Probation/Parole”, by Dr. Mario L. Hesse, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Dealing With Gang Members on Probation/Parole; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services.

            Abstract

            This presentation will address the issues that gang members and parole/probation officials face within community supervision. This presentation will offer suggested formats for delivery of service to gang members.

            Bio

            Mario L. Hesse, Ph.D. is a professor of criminal justice at the St. Cloud State University (MN). Dr. Hesse’s research and teaching interests are in corrections, gangs and media and crime. Mario has extensive experience working in the corrections field (adult community-based programs, juvenile detention centers, and juvenile probation). Mario has published articles in ACJS Today, Corrections Today, Criminal Justice Review, and the Journal of Gang Research. Currently, Mario is a reviewing editor for the Journal of Gang Research and an associate editor for Forensics Scholars Today. He is a coauthor of Gangs (2016) and Juvenile Justice: The Essentials (2010) textbooks. Mario is a frequent presenter at the National Gang Crime Research Center’s annual training conference.


(35) “Graffiti Abatement: An Artistic Approach”, by Doris D. Yates, Ph.D., California State University - East Bay, Dept. Of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism, Hayward, CA.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang and Violence Prevention for School Administrators; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills; Graffiti Identification and Analysis.

            Abstract

            The “Graffiti Battle” was a collaborative venture with HayWallKru, Hayward Area Recreation District, and the Hayward Coalition for Healthy Youth. The purpose of the event was to promote healthy lifestyles, increase awareness of the Hayward Coalition for Healthy Youth. The presentation will be a pictorial of the event with a discussion on how an informal event such as the “Graffiti Battle” can be a positive influence on youth and help them understand the environmental consequences of graffiti in the community. This event had as a theme of “no smoking” thus promoting “healthy youth” and promoting substance use prevention. The presentation will also discuss the general overview of the mural project in the City of Hayward, how the community has and can be involved in the mural project and how community members can report graffiti and have it removed without fear of retaliation and the first Omaha mural.

            Bio

            Twenty nine years with CSU East Bay, Hayward, CA in the department of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism. Have attended 13 of the 16 NGCRC conferences and have presented at 12. Former recipient of the Thrasher Award, member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Gang Research, and the 2011 recipient of the NGCRC “Spirit Award”. During the 2011 and 2012 conferences offered presentations that garnered participants continuing education units. During the 2011 conference completed requisite hours for the Mental Health First Aid first responder certificate.


(36) “Gangs in the Caribbean”, by Dr. Janice Joseph, professor, Criminal Justice Program, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: International and Transnational Gang Problems; Gang Profile Analysis; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gangs and Drugs.

            Abstract

            In the last decade, several Caribbean countries have experienced an alarmingly high growth in gang-related violence. These gangs have become Carribean gangs and are now an international concern because of their involvement in drug and arms trafficking going through various transshipment countries. They are also major security threats to some countries in the Caribbean. Some of these Caribbean states are addressing the gang problem through improved policing and law enforcement and through initiating social projects with an emphasis on public health. This presentation will examine the nature and extent of gangs in the Caribbean and attempts to deal with these gangs.

            Bio

            Janice Joseph, Ph.D. is a professor of the Criminal Justice Program at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She is the Editor for Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice. She earned her Ph.D. degree from York University in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of the book: Black Youths, Delinquency, and Juvenile Justice; and she co-edited the book With Justice for All: Minorities and Women in Criminal Justice; and she has published numerous articles on delinquency, gangs, violence against women, and minorities and crime. She has earned a Frederic Thrasher Award for her research on gangs and has successfully completed several gang specialist training programs at the National Gang Crime Research Center.


(37) “Introduction to Gangs and Deviant Groups”, by Todd D. Negola, Psy.D., Gang Consultant, NGCRC.

            Two (2) hours

            Note: This course will be taught only on Monday, August 7th.

            Session Credits: Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Advanced Gang Identification Skills; Gang Prevention Skills; Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Gangs and Mental Health.

            Abstract 

            Considering everything from a fraternity to a church group, it is better to be in than out. Animals and human beings alike are social and influenced by group norms, values, and activities. From the outside looking in, mainstream America frequently questions why our youth are drawn to gangs and criminal behavior.

            This presentation is designed to develop a fundamental knowledge of the origins, development, and continued prosperity of gangs and deviant subcultures. Attendees will receive a broad overview of the major gang influences in today’s culture and why gangs, despite our best efforts, continue to adapt and evolve while maintaining surprising influences on our youth and adults. This introduction to gangs will serve as a foundation of knowledge upon which additional presentations at the National Gang Crime Research Center will expand.

Bio

            Todd D. Negola is a clinical/forensic psychologist who has worked with the National Gang Crime Research Center for over 10 years. He also serves as the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Gang Investigator’s Association. He has been studying and researching gangs and criminal mindedness for almost 20 years. He has worked with and studied juvenile and adult criminal populations, in and out of prison, both at the state and federal levels. He conducts training and consults with federal, state and local law enforcement as well as public and private educational institutions, community programs and mental health personnel. He has published research in the Journal of Gang Research, Addiction and Research, The Journal and co-authored a chapter in the book, Treating the Juvenile Offender. He has multiple television appearances, participated in nationally syndicated and local radio programs and has consulted in gang documentaries. Lastly, he is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Research and Exemplary Scholarship in the Psychology of Gangs and is a Reviewing Editor for the National Gang Crime Research Center’s Journal of Gang Research.


(38) “Street Gangs: Utilizing their Roll Calls for Investigative and Research Purposes”, by Kenneth Davis, Detective, Yonkers Police Department, Gang/Narcotics Unit, Yonkers, NY.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Profile Analysis; Advanced Gang Identification; Gang Internet Investigation; Gangs and the Mass Media

            Abstract

            In this session you will learn about using gang data from their membership roles, who is an associate, who is a full fledged member, who is a leader, etc. Gangs maintain their roll calls on phones, emails, social media, and other forms. In 2003, the presenter published his first findings about the value of these roll calls for investigative and research purposes. This session will describe some of those findings and more.

            Bio

            Kenneth Davis is presently a detective with the Yonkers Police Department’s Gang/Narcotics Unit. Since the early 1990s, Ken has been involved with investigating and researching active gang members and prolific graffiti writers; as well as being one of the department’s community/human relations instructor. In 2013, Ken was assigned as the department’s liaison for YMCA Project SNUG (Cure Violence/Violence Interrupters/Cease Fire) and one of the members of the Re-Entry Team (Reducing Recidivism). In addition to acquiring numerous credit hours in gang and graffiti studies, he has a MS degree in Human Resource Management from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York.


(39) “The Targeted Killing of Police Officers by Gangs in El Salvador and the Northern Triangle: A Current Trend in Criminal Tactics”, by Aaron Cunningham, Chicago Police Department, Chicago, IL.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs; International and Transnational Gang Problems; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Homicide Investigation Skills; Gangs and Drugs; Gangs and Organized Crime.

            Note: This session is restricted to Law Enforcement.

            Abstract

            This presentation will conduct a survey of assassinations and targeted killings of law enforcement members by criminal organizations within the Northern Triangle region and El Salvador. From 2015 to date, over seventy-two (72) officers and ten (10) LE family members have been targeted in ambush style attacks resulting in death, primarily when off-duty and alone. The two primary transnational organized crime groups or gangs responsible for these killings are the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 organizations. These gangs are also engaged in historical competition over territory and economic control of extortion rackets, kidnapping, and narcotics sales. An overview will be provided of the current threat situation, national response, and programmatic initiatives aimed at addressing this problem.

            Bio

            Aaron Cunningham is a 17 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, currently assigned to the CPIC Fusion Center. Aaron is a highly decorated officer with extensive gang experience and past assignments to PSN Task Force, Area Gun Team, Intelligence Officer, and Tactical Team member. Aaron is also an internationalist having dedicated himself to organizing large National level Counterterrorism and C4ISR training events in North Asia. He is currently involved in training projects for the El Salvador Policia National Civil (PNC). 


(40) “The NCIC Violent Person File”, by Grant E. Smith, FBI, CJIS Division, TSEU/NCIC, Clarksburg, WV.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Gang Homicide Investigation Skills; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs.

            Special restriction: Sworn law enforcement and corrections ONLY.

            Abstract

            The Violent Person File or VPF is a NCIC file designed specifically for officer safety. The VPF contains information of individuals who have been convicted of a violent offense, felony or misdemeanor against any law enforcement officer. It also will identify individuals that have made credible threats of physical violence towards members of the criminal justice community. A positive response from the VPF will identify and alert law enforcement that the individual they are encountering may have the propensity for violence against law enforcement. The information can be retrieved from the NCIC system using a suspect’s name and date of birth, suspects known vehicle or driver’s license information. The VPF is automatically cross searched with every NCIC Wanted Person query.

            Bio

            Mr. Grant Smith is a member of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division (CJIS) National Crime Information Center (NCIC) external training staff. Mr. Smith is a retired police officer with twenty-two years of law enforcement experience. For twelve of the twenty-two years, he was assigned to a multi-jurisdiction and multi-agency narcotics and violence crime task force as a task force agent and supervisor. Other law enforcement experience includes time in the Patrol Division, Investigations Division, and as a Special Response Team as a team leader. He also served as an investigator on the county’s Child Sexual Abuse Task Force. Additionally, he was a member of the department’s Counter Drug Reaction Team, and the department’s Police Honor Guard. Immediately upon retirement from the police department, Mr. Smith served as a member of a forensic team with the Combined Explosive Exploitation Cell (CEXC) in Baghdad, Iraq.

            As an FBI training instructor, Mr. Smith conducts training for municipal, county, state and federal agencies. He is also part of the FBI’s New Agent Training Team in Quantico, VA and participates in CJIS internal training. In 2015, Mr. Smith was the recipient of the Frederic Thrasher Award for Superior Service in Law Enforcement Training. Mr. Smith is a United States Navy Veteran.


(41) “Best Websites for Grant Seekers”, by Renae Brantley, Managing Director, Aubergine Communications, Hobart, IN.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Note: This session will be held on Monday afternoon only.

            Session credits: Grant writing and Funding Raising Skills; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Gang Prevention Skills.

            Abstract

            This workshop was developed for grant seekers in Criminal Justice and Children and Youth serving organizations. Attendees will discover more than 70 websites aimed at helping grant seekers locate funding opportunities, develop programs that funders want to sponsor, find statistical information to support their Needs/Problem Statement, identify writing resources to improve their proposals, and much more! This workshop is a must, especially for anyone trying to juggle the dual full-time jobs of managing a program and finding and writing grants to support the program!

            Bio

            Renae Brantley is the Managing Director of Aubergine Communications, a fund development and marketing consultancy. She works with boards on governance and strategic planning to ensure organizational readiness for growth. She began her career in the U.S. Congress, where she worked with governmental organizations, obtaining millions of dollars in federal funding for a wide range of projects. She has worked in the Fund-raising arena for 30 years. She has providing fundraising and grant writing consultant services to many organizations and law enforcement agencies. Renae’s career in fundraising spans 30 years. She is a widely sought after grantwriting consultant. 


(42) “Critical Incident Management and the First Responder”, by Todd D. Negola, Psy.D., Gang Consultant, NGCRC.

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Homicide Investigation Skills; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Gangs and Mental Health.

            Abstract

            11:21 A.M. April 20, 1999. Two teenagers, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris, open fire at Columbine High School. If you were the first person to be faced with this crisis, what would you do? With all of the historical and current crises facing the world, can you honestly say that you feel prepared to be the first responder?

            This presentation is targeted at anyone interested in learning what to do in the initial phase of a crisis. Why is this important? In 95% of all emergencies, bystanders or victims themselves are the first to arrive at the scene of a crisis. Therefore, it is essential that the responder be knowledgeable about common questions, dilemmas, and demands that may be asked of him or her. This knowledge, along with specific techniques for successful crisis negotiation and an awareness of exactly what should be avoided in a crisis, can save lives. These concepts and more will be addressed in this interactive and practical presentation. The overarching goal of this seminar is to teach any individual how to be a successful first responder to a crisis and ultimately help to prevent tragedies such as Columbine, which resulted tragically in the death of twelve students and one teacher before the gunmen took their own lives.

            Bio

            Todd D. Negola is a clinical/forensic psychologist who has worked with the National Gang Crime Research Center for over 10 years. He also serves as the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Gang Investigator’s Association. He has been studying and researching gangs and criminal mindedness for almost 20 years. He has worked with and studied juvenile and adult criminal populations, in and out of prison, both at the state and federal levels. He conducts training and consults with federal, state and local law enforcement as well as public and private educational institutions, community programs and mental health personnel. He has published research in the Journal of Gang Research, Addiction and Research, The Journal and co-authored a chapter in the book, Treating the Juvenile Offender. He has multiple television appearances, participated in nationally syndicated and local radio programs and has consulted in gang documentaries. Lastly, he is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Research and Exemplary Scholarship in the Psychology of Gangs and is a Reviewing Editor for the National Gang Crime Research Center’s Journal of Gang Research.


(43) “The Need for Insider Research: The Opportunities and Challenges of Doing Research Within Your Own Agency”, by Keiron McConnell, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Gang Crime Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            This session will explore the challenges, both practical ad ethical with conducting research projects from within the studied group. This session will briefly explain qualitative and quantitative methods that can be drawn upon for research design. Moreover, the session will encourage participants to engage in work related research projects that are robust and defendable. This session will further discuss the current research by the presenter which as serving as a gang police officer interviewed 17 stakeholders, including 5 “former” gang members, 245 hours of field observations with gang units in Canada, United States and the U.K., and a content analysis of newspapers. This session will be of value to professionals considering research from their own agencies, perhaps as a way to satisfy a Ph.D. dissertation project, and certainly to any graduate or undergraduate students involved in gang research. 

            Bio

            Keiron holds a Bachelor of General Studies Degree from the Open University of British Columbia, a Masters of Science Degree in Policing and Public Order Studies from the University of Leicester, a Diploma in Police Leadership from Dalhousie University and a Certificate in Public Sector Leadership from Royal Roads University. This academic achievement comes with 22 years of operational experience with a large Criminal Justice Agency. In addition, Keiron has provided consulting services that included the Royal Saudi Arabian Police and the Peoples Republic of China Police. He has instructed at the JIBC-Police Academy for three years in Professional Patrol Tactics and continues as a guest lecturer. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Royal Roads University, and at Douglas College in the Criminology Program. He is a regular guest instructor for the policing program at Simon Fraser University and is the author of the textbook “Legal and Regulatory Influences for Public Safety Communications”. He is currently a Doctorate Candidate at the London Metropolitan University in London, England.


(44) “Cyberbullying”, by Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D., Special Executive to the Board and Chief Learning Officer, Gang Alternatives Program, Los Angeles Unified School District Human Relation Commission; Chair, UCLA/RAND Prevention Research Center Community Advisory Board; Los Angeles, CA.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang and Violence Prevention for School Administrators; Gang Internet Investigation; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Counseling Skills; Gangs and Mental Health.

            Abstract

            Bio

            This Cyberbullying course, co-authored by Mickie Wang-Lo, Ph;D., covers the essential components of cyberbullying, the differences between cyberbullying and traditional bullying, and the intersection of cyberbullying, bullying, and pre-gang culture. At the end of the course, participants should be able to: (1) identify the common characteristics of the three types of traditional bullying, (2) recognize the increased insidiousness of cyberbullying, (3) perceive the pre-gang culture symmetry between bullying and gang banging, (4) describe actions to take to detect, prevent, and intervene in cyberbullying cases. School administrators, parents, teachers, law enforcement, community leaders, organizational leaders, security personnel, counselors, and investigators all benefit from this training, as do local volunteers.

            Bio

            Doug Semark, Ph.D. has been a nonprofit leader for more than three decades, including 16 years as Executive Director of the Gang Alternatives Program in Los Angeles County. He provides professional development in the area of gang prevention to the LAUSD K-12 school counselors; serves in various advisory capacities with local law enforcement, including LAPD and LASD; works on various city and county agencies in the areas of violence reduction and community rebuilding; and works actively with nationally-known academic institutions and corporations to improve the quality of life, health, and equity for kids and families in gang-controlled and violent communities.

 

(45) “Hybrid Gangs: How to Identify Local Gang Culture”, by Jim Bailey, Battle Creek Police Department, Battle Creek, MI; and Tyler Sutherland, Gang Suppression Unit, Battle Creek Police Department, Battle Creek, MI.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Advanced Gang Identification; Gang Crime Investigation; Gang Homicide Investigation; Gang Prosecution.

            Abstract

            How to identify local neighborhood gang culture, what larger gang culture influences your local gang, and how are they being influenced? How does your local gang adapt signs, symbols, tattoos, colors to your jurisdiction which may have originated elsewhere, perhaps even from a national gang culture? How are you tracking your local gang and crime stats?

            Bio Information

            Officer Tyler Sutherland and Officer Jim Bailey have been assigned to the Battle Creek Police Department Gang Suppression Unit for over 6 years and were road patrol officers prior to this for five years. As members of the Gang Unit, both have been directly involved as the lead investigators in a number of gang and violent crime cases that have resulted in courtroom trials and jury convictions. While participating in all aspects of gang investigations and court room prosecution, Tyler, Jim, and other members of their Battle Creek Gang Unit have been qualified as, and testified as, gang experts in U.S. District Court and the State of Michigan, more than 15 times in the last five years. One of their gang cases was the first criminal gang enhancement jury conviction in the State of Michigan since the state statute was created. Tyler and Jim have also been involved in cell phone investigations, writing and executing search warrants, surveillance techniques, undercover drug buys, and managing confidential informants. Jim is also a K-9 handler for the Battle Creek Police Department. 


(46) “Causes, Effects, and Treatments: Impact of Gang Culture and Violence on Elementary, Middle, and High School Aged Children”, by Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D., Special Executive to the Board and Chief Learning Officer, Gang Alternatives Program, Los Angeles Unified School District Human Relation Commission; Chair, UCLA/RAND Prevention Research Center Community Advisory Board; Los Angeles, CA.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang and Violence Prevention for School Administrators; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Counseling Skills.

            Abstract

            After a brief look at the roots of the socio-historic movement of gang culture into mainstream Western/American culture, the impact of this violent and dangerous culture is examined through the lens of a Public Health Crisis in American Society. As in any epidemic, primary prevention is the first step, and it is the most effective step in any anti-gang strategy. This session identifies the clinical and demographic factors that create and incubate the pathologies that lead to gang joining and gang violence in a community.

            Bio

            Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D. has been a nonprofit leader for more than three decades, including 16 years as Executive Director of the Gang Alternatives Program in Los Angeles County. He provides professional development in the area of gang prevention to the LAUSD K-12 school counselors; serves in various advisory capacities with local law enforcement, including LAPD and LASD; works on various city and county agencies in the areas of violence reduction and community rebuilding; and works actively with nationally-known academic institutions and corporations to improve the quality of life, health, and equity for kids and families in gang-controlled and violent communities.


(47) “Gangs and Gang Violence in Britain”, by Janice Joseph, Ph.D., Criminal Justice Program, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, New Jersey.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Domestic Counter-Terrorism; International and Transnational Gang Problems.

            Abstract

            The number of gangs in Britain has increased tremendously over the years. Today, there are several criminal gangs in Britain including the Yardies, Nigerian gangs, Asian gangs, and Muslim gangs. The presence of these gangs has caused a tremendous increase in violence. This presentation examines the nature and extent of gang violence in Britain and attempts to control it.

            Bio

            Janice Joseph, Ph.D. is a professor of the Criminal Justice Program at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She is the Editor for Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice. She earned her Ph.D. degree from York University in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of the book: Black Youths, Delinquency, and Juvenile Justice; and she co-edited the book With Justice for All: Minorities and Women in Criminal Justice; and she has published numerous articles on delinquency, gangs, violence against women, and minorities and crime. She has earned a Frederic Thrasher Award for her research on gangs and has successfully completed several gang specialist training programs at the National Gang Crime Research Center.


(48) “Danger in the Community: Gangsters, Bikers, and Extremists in the Military”, by Carter F. Smith, J.D., Ph.D., Criminal Justice Professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN.

            Four (4) hours

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Prosecution; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Gang Internet Investigation Skills; Dealing With Military-Trained Gang Members.

            Abstract

            Contemporary gangs have strategically infiltrated military communities around the world since the late 1980s. When street gang members, outlaw motorcycle gang members, and domestic extremists join the military, they are treated just like other service members - no debriefings, no watch lists, and no warnings to local military law enforcement. When they leave the military, it’s more of the same. How can we ensure gang members are not able to use military urban warfare tactics on our city streets?

            This session will provide an overview of the issues associated with the enlistment of past and present gang members in the U.S. Armed Forces and provide recommendations for local, state, and federal law enforcement and communities. We will examine the myths and truths associated with dual (gang and military) service, and discuss recommendations for the communities where these individuals go after they are discharged.

            Bio

            Carter was a special agent in Army CID for over twenty-two years. He served fifteen of those years at Fort Campbell, KY, where he identified the growing gang problem in the early 1990s and later started the Army’s first Gang & Extremist investigations team. He investigates and researches topics like spontaneous gang formation, military-trained gang members, gangs and their use of technology, and gang members in colleges and universities. He has been interviewed about gangs by several news sources, and has appeared twice in the History Channel’s Gangland series. He was a founding (and still serving) board member of the Tennessee Gang Investigators Association, and is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award of the National Gang Crime Research Center.


(49) “How To Start a New Faith-Based Gang Prevention/Intervention Program in Your City: Lessons Learned From The Maleness to Manhood Gang Mentoring Initiative”, by Dr. Barry S. McCrary, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Faith-Based Programs for Gang Intervention; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills; Gang and Violence Prevention for School Administrators; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services; Gang Counseling Skills; Dealing With Gang Problems in Probation/Parole.

            Abstract

            Since 1991, the Maleness to Manhood Mentoring Initiative has worked toward positively transforming a generation of male youth offenders into models of manhood and responsibility. In recent years, in many of Pittsburgh’s impoverished communities, continuing high levels of unemployment, poverty, unsafe living conditions, school failure and inadequate job training, have created another generation of maladaptive adolescents, whose socioeconomic environment, produced community destabilizing criminality and violence. To this end, the Maleness to Manhood Gang Mentoring Initiative evolved from a program operating within juvenile court, into a Faith-Based initiative in 2002, to remediate, mentor, and transform urban youth into positive, responsible, and productive young men. The Maleness to Manhood Leadership Initiative is a comprehensive youth, family and community-based program that provides intensive mentoring and supportive services for youth to deter negative influences, while guiding them through a positive transformational model from Maleness to Manhood, and addresses positive manhood development, life skills, and career aspirations.

            Bio

            Dr. McCrary is currently an assistant professor at Western Illinois University (WIU) teaching in the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. Prior to WIU he worked for Juvenile Court and in the field of juvenile justice in Pittsburgh, PA, for over twenty years. Dr. McCrary worked as a program supervisor, where he was responsible for counseling, designing, implementing and monitoring a progressive treatment program. Other responsibilities include supervision of the probation officers, probation counselors, and drug and alcohol counselors. His responsibilities also include parent training, life skill training, and research in the area of criminal behavior. He is also the founder of Maleness to Manhood Inc, a non profit, faith based organization. The purpose of this organization is to improve the educational and social developmental needs of inner-city youth by promoting the importance of an education and designing, implementing and developing progressive programming for urban youth, particularly African American males.

            

(50) “Training for Trainers: The Development of Your Own Gang Presentation”, by Todd D. Negola, Psy.D., Gang Consultant, NGCRC.

            Two (2) hours

Session Credits: Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Gang Program Grantwriting/Fundraising..

            Abstract

            Have you ever wished to stand center stage and conduct a gang presentation or training? Friends, colleagues, community agencies, and collaborating agencies will ask for your opinion and expertise about gang and crime-related issues as a result of your attendance at the National Gang Crime Research Center’s Annual Conference. This program is aimed to assist you in sharing this knowledge by preparing you to create and deliver your very own gang training.

            A central mission of the National Gang Crime Research Center is to facilitate the dissemination of knowledge, research, and awareness to interested parties and to develop collegial networks. This training is designed to help the audience prepare and deliver a responsible and professional message in a meaningful and impacting manner. This presentation will explore the fundamental concepts of subject matter expertise, research outlets, outline development, use of technology to deliver a message, ethical and professional responsibilities, maintaining an audience’s attention, and incorporating feedback into future presentations.

            Bio:

            Todd D. Negola is a clinical/forensic psychologist who has worked with the National Gang Crime Research Center for over 18 years. He also serves as the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Gang Investigator’s Association. He has been studying and researching gangs and criminal mindedness for almost 20 years. He has worked with and studied juvenile and adult criminal populations, in and out of prison, both at the state and federal levels. He conducts training and consults with federal, state and local law enforcement as well as public and private educational institutions, community programs and mental health personnel. He has published research in the Journal of Gang Research, Addiction and Research, The Journal and co-authored a chapter in the book, Treating the Juvenile Offender. He has multiple television appearances, participated in nationally syndicated and local radio programs and has consulted in gang documentaries. Lastly, he is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Research and Exemplary Scholarship in the Psychology of Gangs and is a Reviewing Editor for the National Gang Crime Research Center’s Journal of Gang Research.


(51) “Gangs Invade the Ivory Tower”, by Carter F. Smith, J.D., Ph.D., Criminal Justice Professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN.

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Prosecution; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Gang Internet Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            With the growing presence of criminal street gang members in the United States, communities everywhere are experiencing the damaging impact of their criminal behavior. More than one third of the jurisdictions included in the National Youth Gang Survey (NYGS) experienced gang problems in 2007, the highest number since before 2000. A 2009 report by the National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC) reported the number of gang members in the United States was conservatively estimated at 1,000,000 as of September 2008. Adult gang members represent approximately one of every three gang members, indicating that gangs are evolving into more of an organized crime group as they engage a person’s life past their youth. As these gangs evolve, are they using our nation’s colleges and universities to educate their ranks? This session will examine indicators of problems to come in higher education. 

            Bio

            Carter was a special agent in Army CID for over twenty-two years. He served fifteen of those years at Fort Campbell, KY, where he identified the growing gang problem in the early 1990s and later started the Army’s first Gang & Extremist investigations team. He investigates and researches topics like spontaneous gang formation, military-trained gang members, gangs and their use of technology, and gang members in colleges and universities. He has been interviewed about gangs by several news sources, and has appeared twice in the History Channel’s Gangland series. He was a founding (and still serving) board member of the Tennessee Gang Investigators Association, and is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award of the National Gang Crime Research Center.


(52) “Understanding and Preparation for the Interview of a Suspected Gang/Threat Group Member: A Workshop on Asking, Listening and Assessing Information”, by Robert Mulvaney, M.A., Gang Specialist, NGCRC Staff.

           Two (2) hours

           Session Credits: Gang and Violence Prevention for School Administrator, Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills, Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention and Intervention Services, Gangs and Mental Health, Gang Prevention Skills, Gang Problems in K-12 Schools, Faith-Based Programs for Gang Intervention; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists, Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation & Parole; Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities.

           Abstract

           This session will be in the form of a workshop to facilitate discussion on the importance of being prepared, asking the right questions, listening skills to understand what is really being said, and understanding the importance of the gang debriefing process.

           Bio

           Robert Mulvaney has an extensive background in the Criminal Justice field including positions as a correctional officer, prison counselor, parole officer and STG specialist. In addition he has taught numerous Criminal Justice courses as an adjunct faculty member. He has been a member/coordinator of various research and prevention organizations and has conducted Gang/STG related training at various levels of local, state and federal government. He has also written articles for professional correctional organizations as well as the Journal of Gang Research.


(53) “A Threat Analysis of MSTA: Gang, STG, Hate Group, Organized Crime — And More”, by Carter F. Smith, J.D., Ph.D., Criminal Justice Professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN.

            Two (2) hours 

            Session credits: Gang Profile Analysis; Gangs and Organized Crime; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities.

            Note: This session is restricted to police and other government employees who are official criminal justice personnel.

            Abstract

            The MSTA has been identified on the top three list of Islamic gangs/STGs operating in the USA. Most police encounter them as a gang, but some of their operations have all the earmarks of organized rime. Most in corrections regard them as a local security threat group, but they have been evolving into a national organization. Most in academia regard them as a cult or deviant spiritual group, but their “MSTA university” sells college courses to their prison inmate members today. Come and learn about the MSTA and how it operates in your jurisdiction.

            Bio

            Carter was a special agent in Army CID for over twenty-two years. He served fifteen of those years at Fort Campbell, KY, where he identified the growing gang problem in the early 1990s and later started the Army’s first Gang & Extremist investigations team. He investigates and researches topics like spontaneous gang formation, military-trained gang members, gangs and their use of technology, and gang members in colleges and universities. He has been interviewed about gangs by several news sources, and has appeared twice in the History Channel’s Gangland series. He was a founding (and still serving) board member of the Tennessee Gang Investigators Association, and is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award of the National Gang Crime Research Center.


(54) “Verbal De-Escalation”, by Roger L. Rice, Training Administrator, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, Parkville, MD.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Dealing With Gang Members in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools.

            Abstract

            Participants will learn how to identify crisis situations and how they develop. Participants will develop an understanding of the need to remain calm. Participants will learn the three types of communication which are non-verbal, para-verbal and verbal. Participants will learn the importance of communication in the management of an incident. Participants will be able to identify the aspects of personal space. Participants will learn the importance of how kinescics can escalate or de-escalate a crisis. Participants will learn why it is important to start de-escalation as soon as you meet a new arrival. Participants will learn the importance of restoration before a crisis and after a crisis. Participants will understand the importance of staying calm and answering with a positive response. Participants will learn about the three types of personal interaction/supervision styles which are “uninvolved”, “reactive”, and “initiating”.

            Bio

            Proudly served in the United States Navy, currently a Training Administrator for the State of Maryland Department of Juvenile Services. Worked at the Cheltenham Youth Facility as a Youth Supervisor up a Unit Manager of a living cottage for 13 years. Supervised the Prince George’s County Evening Reporting Center which utilizes the “Cook County” model which is a detention alternative for 7 years. Certified Instructor with the Maryland and Police Training Commission since 1996. Certified as an Instructor in Crisis Prevention and Management, Suicide Prevention and Education, Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse Neglect, Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking, Verbal De-Escalation, First Aid/CPR/AED, Prison Rape Elimination Act, Gang (Youth) Awareness, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Safety & Security, Report Writing, Driver Improvement. Received Instructor of the Year for 2011.


(55) “Got Ink and Tai Chi Chih?”, by Doris D. Yates, Ph.D., California State University - East Bay, Dept. Of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism, Hayward, CA.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang and Violence Prevention for School Administrators; Gang Counseling Skills; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills; Dealing With Gangs in Probation/Parole.

            Abstract

            The purpose of the New Start Tattoo Removal program is to remove unwanted tattoos whether gang or not. The program is a collaborative effort between the City of Hayward, St. Rose and Kaiser Hospitals and the Eden Youth and Family Center. Participants range from former gang members, those in rehabilitation shelters, probation/parole, pre-military, employees, and the general public. The sessions are conducted every other month to allow healing between treatments. There are three groups of participants: the under 25 who complete 50 hours of community service, the 25 plus who pay $50.00 per session and those that have been “grandfathered-in” due to length of time in the program and nature, size, and number of tattoos. The removal of unsightly tattoos leads to increased self-esteem and increased employability for the program participants. This is particularly true for those with visible tattoos that show the public (face, neck, arm, hands, etc) such that the very existence of these tattoos might impede employability.

            Due to the familiarity of gang related tattoos, where appropriate, there is also some behavior modification that is employed especially with some of the younger participants. The behavior modification might include specific placements for community service hours to make an impact on the more defiant participants and their attitude toward the removal of their tattoos. This session will be a pictorial of the tattoo removal process. The application of numbing cream, the laser treatment, and the application of aloe after treatment. Pictures will include not only gang, but non-gang tattoos alike.

            Bio

            Twenty nine years with CSU East Bay, Hayward, CA in the department of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism. Have attended 13 of the 16 NGCRC conferences and have presented at 12. Former recipient of the Thrasher Award, member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Gang Research, and the 2011 recipient of the NGCRC “Spirit Award”. During the 2011 and 2012 conferences offered presentations that garnered participants continuing education units. During the 2011 conference completed requisite hours for the Mental Health First Aid first responder certificate.


(56) “Sex, Money and My Crew: Understanding Gang Controlled Sexual Exploitation”,by Deepa Patel, CSOTP, LCSW, Executive Director of Trauma and Hope, LLC, Springfield, VA.            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Female Gangs/Female Gang Members; Gangs and Mental Health; Gang Prevention Skills. Gang Counseling Techniques; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills; Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills.

            Abstract

            Gang controlled exploitation is the exploitation of individuals utilizing fear, intimidation and pack mentality. Gang members have been accustomed to exploiting individuals, at their own financial motive, at any cost possible. The traumatic effects of these individuals have long term serious damage to their behavioral, emotional, physical, social and interactional functioning. The victims, mostly female, are often viewed as oppositional or antisocial as there is a high probability they have engaged in criminal behaviors and in most cases there is a clear connection to a gang member. The victim’s loyalty to the gang, as well as their exposure to violence, psychological control and substance abuse creates barriers for recognizing and serving these victims. Often times it is these individuals that are overlooked or not offered treatment, leaving them susceptible to further victimization. This session will provide an overview of gang controlled exploitation, how it differs from other types of sexual exploitation and the most effective approaches to utilize with these victims. Objectives: 1. Participants will acquire an understanding of gang controlled sexual exploitation. 2. Participants will understand the difference between gang controlled exploitation and others forms of sexual exploitation. 3. Participants will understand appropriate ways to identify the types of long term serious damage from this exploitation.

            Bio

            Ms. Patel (CSOTP, LCSW) is currently the Executive Director of Trauma and Hope, LLC, in Springfield, Virginia. Her practice specifically focuses towards victims of violence, sexual exploitation, gang prevention and intervention, and sex offender evaluations and treatment. She previously was the Coordinator of the Sex Offender Program and Director of the Gang Intervention and Sexual Exploitation Programs at an Outpatient Clinic in Springfield, Virginia. Ms. Patel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider, and is a Gang Specialist through the National Gang Crime Research Center. She is a dynamic clinician who has developed an expertise in non-voluntary clients, specifically juvenile and adult gang members and sex offenders. For the past eleven years, she has developed a proficient style of work with adolescents who are gang involved. Through her understanding and clinical devotion to her clients, she has widened her competency to develop an outpatient and inpatient treatment program for female gang controlled sexual exploitation victims. The inpatient treatment program specifically serves victims of sexual exploitation and has been implemented in six residential facilities. Ms. Patel has a unique ability to relate to her clients that has resulted in her having significant success treating her clients. Ms. Patel is often sought out throughout the USA and abroad to provide training and education regarding gang involved youth, sexual exploitation and sex offenders. Her passion and competency in her outpatient therapeutic program with gangs and gang controlled sexual exploitation victims led her to become a recipient of the 2012 Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Service in Gang Prevention. In addition, she was selected in 2013 for the CACIE (Central American Community Impact Exchange) an initiative formed by the FBI and the White House and the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children in Holland to share her success in treatment for gang involved youth, victims of sex trafficking and sex offenders. In addition, she is the Victim Services Chair for the Just Ask Prevention Project which is a statewide prevention human trafficking project and a member of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force.


(57) “Modern Policing - Under Fire: The Fall of Rome: The end of law enforcement as we know it?”, by Todd D. Negola, Psy.D., Gang Consultant, NGCRC.             

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gangs and Mental Health; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists.

            Abstract

            Arguably, modern law enforcement is under attack and potentially facing extinction, as we know it. Sociological trends such as Black Lives Matter, viral videos, the Ferguson Effect, the “thin blue line” administrative philosophies combined with preliminary hard data about dwindling enrollment, low morale, scapegoating and politician “policing” are setting the stage for the fall of modern policing. The fall of Rome was largely attributed to systemic factors that are largely mimicked by our present political culture. Could this spell the demise of modern policing? This presentation intends to explore the psychological and sociological risk fac tors for policing as we know it.

            Bio

            Todd D. Negola is a clinical/forensic psychologist who has worked with the National Gang Crime Research Center for over 10 years. He also serves as the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Gang Investigator’s Association. He has been studying and researching gangs and criminal mindedness for almost 20 years. He has worked with and studied juvenile and adult criminal populations, in and out of prison, both at the state and federal levels. He conducts training and consults with federal, state and local law enforcement as well as public and private educational institutions, community programs and mental health personnel. He has published research in the Journal of Gang Research, Addiction and Research, The Journal and co-authored a chapter in the book, Treating the Juvenile Offender. He has multiple television appearances, participated in nationally syndicated and local radio programs and has consulted in gang documentaries. Lastly, he is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Research and Exemplary Scholarship in the Psychology of Gangs and is a Reviewing Editor for the National Gang Crime Research Center’s Journal of Gang Research.


(58) “Gangs, Guns and Drugs in Canada”, by Keiron McConnell, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada..

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: International and Transnational Gang Problems; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Crime Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            In this presentation the audience will learn about the structure of policing in Canada and the impact this has on Gangs, Guns, and Drugs. This presentation will include a discussion on the impact that Canada has in its law enforcement and policies on the U.S. with a focus on the importation of marijuana into the U.S. and the exportation of guns and cocaine into Canada from the U.S.

            Bio

            Keiron holds a Bachelor of General Studies Degree from the Open University of British Columbia, a Masters of Science Degree in Policing and Public Order Studies from the University of Leicester, a Diploma in Police Leadership from Dalhousie University and a Certificate in Public Sector Leadership from Royal Roads University. This academic achievement comes with 22 years of operational experience with a large Criminal Justice Agency. In addition, Keiron has provided consulting services that included the Royal Saudi Arabian Police and the Peoples Republic of China Police. He has instructed at the JIBC-Police Academy for three years in Professional Patrol Tactics and continues as a guest lecturer. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Royal Roads University, and at Douglas College in the Criminology Program. He is a regular guest instructor for the policing program at Simon Fraser University and is the author of the textbook “Legal and Regulatory Influences for Public Safety Communications”. He is currently a Doctorate Candidate at the London Metropolitan University in London, England.


(59) “Gang Expert Testimony: Bringing Your Gang Investigation into Court”, by Tyler Sutherland, Gang Suppression Unit, Battle Creek Police Department, Battle Creek, MI; and Jim Bailey, Battle Creek Police Department, Battle Creek, MI.

            Three (3) hours

            Session credits: Gang Prosecution; Gang Crime Investigation; Gang Homicide Investigation.

            Abstract

            How court room testimony and gang evidence will reduce crime rates. What to say and present as a gang expert in court. How to apply your state statute of an enhanced gang crime to the evidence in your gang case. How the stored gang intelligence becomes useful in the court room. How the prosecutor and gang investigator get a case ready for courtroom prosecution.

            Bio Information

            Officer Tyler Sutherland and Officer Jim Bailey have been assigned to the Battle Creek Police Department Gang Suppression Unit for over 6 years and were road patrol officers prior to this for five years. As members of the Gang Unit, both have been directly involved as the lead investigators in a number of gang and violent crime cases that have resulted in courtroom trials and jury convictions. While participating in all aspects of gang investigations and court room prosecution, Tyler, Jim, and other members of their Battle Creek Gang Unit have been qualified as, and testified as, gang experts in U.S. District Court and the State of Michigan, more than 15 times in the last five years. One of their gang cases was the first criminal gang enhancement jury conviction in the State of Michigan since the state statute was created. Tyler and Jim have also been involved in cell phone investigations, writing and executing search warrants, surveillance techniques, undercover drug buys, and managing confidential informants. Jim is also a K-9 handler for the Battle Creek Police Department.

 

(60) “The Veterans Reception: For Vets Only”, by Dr. Todd Negola, NGCRC Staff; Fred Moreno, Investigator, NGCRC Staff, Chicago, IL; and D. Lee Gilbertson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN..

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: Gang Investigation Skills; Gangs and Mental Health..

            Note on scheduling: This will be held on Tuesday, August 8th, after the Law Enforcement/Corrections Reception.

            Abstract

            This is a special reception for vets only. It is held after the “Law Enforcement and Corrections” reception. The purpose is to express appreciation to veterans for their service in the defense of freedom. If you are a vet, come and attend, find a warm, friendly environment. Door prizes. Great chances to network and mingle. Learn something new, meet somebody new. Sponsored by the NGCRC staff, you will feel appreciated here.

Bios

            These men are long time staff of the NGCRC, and are well known for their gang expertise. Todd is also a psychologist whose practice is with vets through the VA. Fred is an investigator with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Lee is a vet who still fits into his issued uniform and teaches gang mapping technology, among other topics.


(61) Gathering Gang/Threat Group Intelligence and Team Building in Non-Traditonal/Multiple Environments”, by Robert Mulvaney, M.A., Gang/STG Specialist.

           One (1) hour

           Session credits: Gang and Violence Prevention for School Administrator, Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills, Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention and Intervention Services, Gangs and Mental Health, Gang Prevention Skills, Gang Problems in K-12 Schools, Faith-Based Programs for Gang Intervention, Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Graffiti Identification and Analysis.

           Abstract

           This course focuses on how to spot opportunities to build intelligence and develop new resources. Based on the lessons learned by the instructor, attendees will get practical advice on how do develop new intelligence assets while working in multiple environments.

           Bio

           Robert Mulvaney has an extensive background in the Criminal Justice field including positions as a correctional officer, prison counselor, parole officer and STG specialist. In addition he has taught numerous Criminal Justice courses as an adjunct faculty member. He has been a member/coordinator of various research and prevention organizations and has conducted Gang/STG related training at various levels of local, state and federal government. He has also written articles for professional correctional organizations as well as the Journal of Gang Research. 

                        

(62) “Evaluation of Primary Gang Prevention: A Case Study”, by Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D., Special Executive to the Board and Chief Learning Officer, Gang Alternatives Program, Los Angeles Unified School District Human Relation Commission; Chair, UCLA/RAND Prevention Research Center Community Advisory Board; Los Angeles, CA.

             (90 minutes) 1.5 hours

            Session credits: Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang and Violence Prevention for School Administrators; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Counseling Skills.

            Abstract

            Feeling that a prevention program is working is an important component of staff motivation and commitment, but knowing that it is working is a moral and ethical duty that agencies and executives must fulfill. An independent evaluation by a qualified evaluation firm is the obvious way to get an answer, but how does one choose and what does one do with the results? The session includes the actual evaluation of the Gang Alternatives Program by the same agency that recommended the City of Los Angeles abandon its LA Bridges gang intervention program based on its outcomes. The city killed it.

            Bio

            Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D. has been a nonprofit leader for more than three decades, including 16 years as Executive Director of the Gang Alternatives Program in Los Angeles County. He provides professional development in the area of gang prevention to the LAUSD K-12 school counselors; serves in various advisory capacities with local law enforcement, including LAPD and LASD; works on various city and county agencies in the areas of violence reduction and community rebuilding; and works actively with nationally-known academic institutions and corporations to improve the quality of life, health, and equity for kids and families in gang-controlled and violent communities.


(63) A Panel Discussion With Former Gang Members”, by Tom Schneider, Director, Project Lifeline, Chicago, IL.

            (90 Minutes) 1.5 hours

            Session Credits: Gang Prevention Skills; Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang Counseling Techniques; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole.

            Abstract

            This panel will be moderated by Tom Schneider, retired Probation Officer, Cook County, IL. The participants will be two youths who are formerly gang involved and are currently recipients of a Project Lifeline scholarship. Project Lifeline is an adjunct program of the Cook County Juvenile Probation Department. It provides scholarships to fund post secondary educational opportunities for young men and women who have previously been involved with the Probation Department. The two young men will discuss how and why they got involved in gangs, what were the attractions and drawbacks of gang membership and how they extricated themselves from this lifestyle. They will also discuss their current lives and what their hopes are for the future. Finally, they will share what they feel are the solutions for the violence and other issues impacting at risk youth today.

            Bio

            Tom Schneider, the moderator for this session, retired from the Cook County Illinois Juvenile Probation Department in January of 2013 after forty years on the street as a juvenile probation officer. He holds a BA degree from the University of Illinois Chicago in the Administration of Criminal Justice and a M.S. degree from Chicago State University in Correction and Criminal Justice. He is currently conducting Anger Management/Violence Prevention groups for juvenile probationers and is the Director of Project Lifeline, the Cook County Juvenile Court scholarship program.


(64) “Why Young People Join Gangs”, by Dr. Barry S. McCrary, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills; Gang and Violence Prevention for School Administrators; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services; Gang Counseling Skills; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Dealing With Gang Problems in Probation/Parole.

            Abstract

            The attempt to improve gang awareness issues requires the promotion of an investigative perspective for criminal justice practitioners which combines both the provision of a service designed to manage behaviors, as well as learning about the motive for joining a gang. Thus, in order to further enhance our knowledge about the motive for joining a gang, this study conducted a survey open to the public about youth gangs in the United States, and reasons why young people join gangs. This paper will discuss the findings of that survey, which should also contribute towards the identification of factors involved in joining gangs and help in formulating treatment modalities.

            Bio

            Dr. McCrary is currently an assistant professor at Western Illinois University (WIU) teaching in the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. Prior to WIU he worked for Juvenile Court and in the field of juvenile justice in Pittsburgh, PA, for over twenty years. Dr. McCrary worked as a program supervisor, where he was responsible for counseling, designing, implementing and monitoring a progressive treatment program. Other responsibilities include supervision of the probation officers, probation counselors, and drug and alcohol counselors. His responsibilities also include parent training, life skill training, and research in the area of criminal behavior. He is also the founder of Maleness to Manhood Inc, a non profit, faith based organization. The purpose of this organization is to improve the educational and social developmental needs of inner-city youth by promoting the importance of an education and designing, implementing and developing progressive programming for urban youth, particularly African American males.


(65) “Present-Day European Extremism”, by D. Lee Gilbertson, Ph.D., NGCRC Staff and Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Studies, St. Cloud State University, MN.

            1.5 Hours (90 minutes)

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Hate Group/White Racist Extremist Gangs; International and Transnational Gang Problems; Gang Profile Analysis; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills.

            Abstract

            This session provides an overview of the nature and extent of present-day European extremist organizations, and identifies locations, significant symbols, leadership, activities, allegiances and alliances within Europe and associations with United States groups. The class involves an extensive in-class review of video material coupled with a rolling lecture/discussion. Questions and knowledge sharing will be encouraged.

            Bio

            D. Lee Gilbertson has been teaching research methods since August 2000 at Saint Cloud State University. He has consulted with law enforcement in the areas of forensic victimology, crime analysis, and racial profiling. He has studied gangs, militias, and extremist groups since 1995, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. Lee is a published author and has participated in 14 of the NGCRC Gang Colleges, is a two-time recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award, is a reviewing editor of the Journal of Gang Research, and is a member of the NGCRC staff. His background includes a doctorate in sociology, masters in criminal justice, and 16 years of exemplary military service (infantry and signals intelligence).


(66) Graffiti Identity 2", by Kenneth Davis, Detective, Yonkers Police Department, Gang/Narcotics Unit, Yonkers, NY.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Advanced Gang Identification; Graffiti Identification and Analysis; Gang Crime Investigation; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Profile Analysis; Gang Internet Investigation; Gangs and Mental Health; Gangs and the Mass Media

            Abstract

            Participants will learn how to extract distinct characteristics from various graffiti tags for investigative purposes: comparison analysis, interview/interrogation sessions, expert testimonies and evidences, and search warrants. This is part two of a two part course sequence.

            Bio

            Kenneth Davis is presently a detective with the Yonkers Police Department’s Gang/Narcotics Unit. Since the early 1990s, Ken has been involved with investigating and researching active gang members and prolific graffiti writers; as well as being one of the department’s community/human relations instructor. In 2013, Ken was assigned as the department’s liaison for YMCA Project SNUG (Cure Violence/Violence Interrupters/Cease Fire) and one of the members of the Re-Entry Team (Reducing Recidivism). In addition to acquiring numerous credit hours in gang and graffiti studies, he has a MS degree in Human Resource Management from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York.


(67) “Understanding Gang Involved Youth”, by Kris Murphy, CLFE, SSW, Gang Programs Director, Salt Lake Area Gang Project, Salt Lake City, UT; and Detective Esekia “Skee” Afatasi, Salt Lake City Metro Gang Task Force, Salt Lake City, UT.

            Three (3) hours

            Session credits: Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services; Gang Counseling Skills.

            Abstract

            The focus of this session of this session is to explore the underlying causes of gang membership. It covers risk factors that lead to membership, why kids join, why they stay, family influences on membership, how gang culture is different than juvenile delinquency and how to best serve this population.

            Bios

            Kris Murphy, CLF, SSW, Salt Lake Area Gang Project, Gang Programs Director. Kris has worked with at risk youth for 18 years, the last 8 specifically with gang involved youth. In 2008 she developed and directed the Ogden CROSS Gang Intervention Program in Ogden, Utah. The CROSS program was labelled highly effective by an independent evaluation conducted by the University of Utah. Kris joined the Salt Lake City Area Gang Project in 2014 to develop and implement intervention and prevention services throughout Salt Lake County. During her time working with gang issues, she has provided intense intervention services for over 200 high risk, gang involved youth, ages 12-20. Kris also provides prevention and intervention training and education for school administrators, educators, program managers, juvenile courts and juvenile justice services.

            Detective Esekia “Skee” Afatasi is a member of the Salt Lake Area Gang Project’s Metro Gang Task Force, a state task force housed at the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake. He has been in Law Enforcement for 13 years beginning in 2002 as a Correctional Officer in the Salt Lake County Metro Jail for 3 ½ years before becoming a road officer. He worked 3 years as a patrol officer and 2 years as a Detective in the COP (Community Oriented Policing) Unit. While working the COP Unit, he formed a localized gang unit in the Oquirrh Division called the “The OG’s” (Oquirrh Gang/Graffiti Group). This unit was formed to assist the Metro Gang Unit in combating gangs in the area. As a result of his efforts and hard work as a COP Detective, he was awarded “Deputy of the Year” in 2009 and his unit was awarded “Unit of the Year” in 2010. Skee has been a detective with the Metro Gang Unit since 2011.


(68) “Implementing Predictive Gang Prevention: A Qualitative Study of Criminal Justice Leaders”, by Robert Brzenchek, MA, Assistant Professor, Legal Studies Department, Peirce College, Philadelphia, PA.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Gang Prevention Skills; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists.

            Abstract

            This segment will seek to enlighten security and law enforcement professionals on the emergent threats posed by street gangs. Furthermore, it is designed to fill in the gaps on the lack of consensus among criminal justice leaders selection of a specific predictive gang prevention (PGP) which is due to: 1) lack of agreement among criminal justice leaders, 2) significant numbers of criminal justice leaders who are currently participating in PGPs without substantive knowledge of the model. It is important because there has been a significant need for predictive gang prevention reform research due to: 1) gang violence creating serious safety and security concerns in the community and prisons, 2) lack of agreement on gang prevention reform program.

            Bio

            Robert M. Brzenchek is currently the Chief Executive Officer of All Source International Security LLC based in the Philadelphia metropolitan area and travels worldwide to present/train on gangs. He augments this position with research conducted as a PhD student at Capella University with a proposed dissertation focus on predictive gang prevention programs. Robert has teamed up with current Florida law enforcement gang investigators Ben Peiper and Garrick Ploncynski to co-author The Gang Life: Laugh Now Cry Later - Suppression to Prevention. The book is published by CRC Press/Taylor Francis and will be released Fall 2016. Robert also brings his expertise into the higher education classrooms as the Criminal Justice Program Manager/Assistant Criminal Justice Professor at Peirce College in Philadelphia, PA. In the public sector, Mr. Brzenchek worked with dozens of national agencies, governments, and international organizations as a Navy Intelligence Specialist and law enforcement official. The previous experience provides him the subject matter expertise to contribute to NBC 10 as their on-air Security Expert. Mr. Brzenchek has performed suppression and intervention techniques with various gangs ranging from MS-13, Bloods, Crips, and Latin Kings in his capacity as a law enforcement official. In the private sector, Mr. Brzenchek has worked with organizations as diverse as DHS, DOD, major corporations, ports, and public utilities on security matters, risk management, policy, and technologies.


(69) “Gangs, Organized Crime, and Terrorism”, by Carter F. Smith, J.D., Ph.D., Criminal Justice Professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN; and Dr. Jeffery P. Rush, Chair, Dept. Of Criminal Justice, Troy University, Troy, AL.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Gang Internet Investigation; Gang Crime Investigation; Gang Profile Analysis; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs; International and Transnational Gang Problems; Gangs and Organized Crime.

            Abstract

            This session will explore the connection and transition between street gangs, organized crime and terrorism, including the implications for the future.

             Bio

            Dr. Carter F. Smith has been involved in military and federal law enforcement for over twenty-two years, and was the team chief for the Army’s first gang and hate crime investigations team. He has provided training on gangs to the Florida, Georgia, Northwest, Oklahoma, and Tennessee Gang Investigators Associations, the Regional Organized Crime Information Center, the National Gang Crime Research Center, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the National Crime Prevention Council, the Southern Criminal Justice Association (SCJA), the Department of Justice, and the U.S. Army. He was a founding (Executive) board member of the Tennessee Gang Investigators Association and is a member of the Speaker’s Bureau for the National Alliance of Gang Investigator Associations. He is a member of the CID Special Agents’ Association, the ACJS, SCJA, and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), a recipient of the CID Command Enlisted Special Agent of the Year award, and a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award of the National Gang Crime Research Center. Dr. Smith received a law degree from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, and a Doctorate of Philosophy from Northcentral University in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

            This is Dr. Jeffery P. Rush. I am in my 24nd year of college teaching and I am an assistant professor at Troy University. My areas of expertise include terrorism/homeland security, gangs, law enforcement, leadership and juvenile justice. A published author in all these areas, I am a graduate of SWOTT and I’m certified as an Instructor with State and Local Terrorism Training (SLATT). I was an active duty street cop for approximately ten years and have been a reserve deputy sheriff since 1988 working in courtroom security for approximately ten years and currently assigned as a patrol deputy sergeant. I served as a juvenile probation officer for five years and for the past 20 years have worked in private security (including retail, concerts, special events and executive protection). A past president of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, I am an author and trainer and (soon to be) former co-editor of The Police Forum. My doctorate is in Public Administration from the 2009 college football national champions the University of Alabama (Rooooolllll Tide), my Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice all were received from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


(70) “Advanced Identification About Crips and Bloods”, by William Noon, Detective, Toledo Police Department, Toledo, OH.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Advanced Gang Identification; Gang Crime Investigation; Gang Profile Analysis.

            Abstract

            Attend this session to gain some information about Crips and Bloods, and issues about gang identification. The instructor was a lead investigator in a Federal Gang Investigation against the Bee Hive Crip Street gang. He has also consulted on identifying gang symbols and traits of the Winoa Boys – a Blood gang from Detroit, Michigan.

            Bio

            Detective Noon is a 20 year veteran of the Toledo Police Department. Detective Noon has been assigned to the Toledo Police Gang Unit for 14 years and a Task Force with the BATF for 7 years. Detective Noon has been recognized as an expert in numerous gang trials.


(71) “An Introduction to Understanding Prison Gangs”, by Todd D. Negola, Psy.D., Gang Consultant, NGCRC.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Advanced Gang Identification Skills; Gang Prevention Skills; Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Gangs and Mental Health.

            Abstract

            It has been stated over and over again that those who control the prisons, control the streets. Prison gangs remain a serious threat to personal safety through their intricate work while incarcerated as well as their connections and counterparts on the streets. This presentation will provide a visual tour of prison/street gang tattoos, group photographs, and confiscated material, providing key intelligence to law enforcement, educators, researchers, and correctional staff. Also included is a basic introduction to prison gang identification and gang activity in prison. A brief investigation into the criminal personality and profile that underlies gang existence and activities will be included. By focusing on the major prison gangs influencing our correctional institutions today, it is intended that the participant will have a fundamental understanding of prison gangs, their activities in prison, and reasons for their existence.

            Bio:

            Todd D. Negola is a clinical/forensic psychologist who has worked with the National Gang Crime Research Center for over 10 years. He also serves as the Vice President of the Pennsylvania Gang Investigator’s Association. He has been studying and researching gangs and criminal mindedness for almost 20 years. He has worked with and studied juvenile and adult criminal populations, in and out of prison, both at the state and federal levels. He conducts training and consults with federal, state and local law enforcement as well as public and private educational institutions, community programs and mental health personnel. He has published research in the Journal of Gang Research, Addiction and Research, The Journal and co-authored a chapter in the book, Treating the Juvenile Offender. He has multiple television appearances, participated in nationally syndicated and local radio programs and has consulted in gang documentaries. Lastly, he is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Research and Exemplary Scholarship in the Psychology of Gangs and is a Reviewing Editor for the National Gang Crime Research Center’s Journal of Gang Research.


(72) “Gangs in Central America”, by Janice Joseph, Ph.D., Criminal Justice Program, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, New Jersey.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Domestic Counter-Terrorism; Gangs and Organized Crime; International and Transnational Gang Problems.

            Abstract

            Because of the strong migration flows between the U.S. and Central America, the links between the gangs in some Central American countries and the United States have been reinforced. Consequently, these gangs pose a serious threat to the stability of the region, including the United States. The purposes of this session are to examine the nature and extent of the activities of the gangs, their root causes, their links to gangs in the United States, policies and programs in Central America to deal with the gangs, and United States’ attempts to address the gang problems in Central America.

            Bio

            Janice Joseph, Ph.D. is a professor of the Criminal Justice Program at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She is the Editor for Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice. She earned her Ph.D. degree from York University in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of the book: Black Youths, Delinquency, and Juvenile Justice; and she co-edited the book With Justice for All: Minorities and Women in Criminal Justice; and she has published numerous articles on delinquency, gangs, violence against women, and minorities and crime. She has earned a Frederic Thrasher Award for her research on gangs and has successfully completed several gang specialist training programs at the National Gang Crime Research Center. 


(73) “The Role of Primary Prevention in Anti-Gang Strategy”, by Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D., Special Executive to the Board and Chief Learning Officer, Gang Alternatives Program, Los Angeles Unified School District Human Relation Commission; Chair, UCLA/RAND Prevention Research Center Community Advisory Board; Los Angeles, CA.

            One and a half (90 minutes) hours

            Session credits: Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang and Violence Prevention for School Administrators; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Counseling Skills.

            Abstract

            The tactics of gang prevention require systematic and careful implementation of evidence-based best practices that work well in collaboration with local schools, gang intervention programs, and law enforcement. Primary gang prevention focuses on proven successful models that leave little room for freelancing; rather, deep awareness of childhood predictors, major risk factors, and the best practices for gang prevention education lead to major success.

            Bio

            Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D. has been a nonprofit leader for more than three decades, including 16 years as Executive Director of the Gang Alternatives Program in Los Angeles County. He provides professional development in the area of gang prevention to the LAUSD K-12 school counselors; serves in various advisory capacities with local law enforcement, including LAPD and LASD; works on various city and county agencies in the areas of violence reduction and community rebuilding; and works actively with nationally-known academic institutions and corporations to improve the quality of life, health, and equity for kids and families in gang-controlled and violent communities.


(74) “Gang Mapping 301: Modeling and Mapping ”, by D. Lee Gilbertson, Ph.D., NGCRC Staff and Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Studies, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN; Kristopher Hansgen, Graduate Student, Criminal Justice Studies, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Gang Crime Analysis & Mapping; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists. 

            Abstract

            This class is part 3 of a 3 part series. The instructors identify and define key terms and concepts used by crime analysts to accomplish their work. They then present and explain examples o0f how they convey their findings: standard types and levels of maps, standard crime patterns and profiles, and analytical models. The class closes with practical hands-on exercises in reading and interpreting various maps. See the other two parts of this 3 part series.

            Bios

            D. Lee Gilbertson teaches at Saint Cloud State University. He has studied gangs since 1995 and has presented research papers at numerous national and international conferences. Lee has participated in every iteration of the NGCRC gang school since it began, often bringing undergraduate and graduate students with him. He is a 2002 and 2005 recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award and is a reviewing editor of the Journal of Gang Research. Lee has collaborated on a professional level with several criminal justice agencies in Minnesota. His background in spatio-temporal analysis includes 15 years of military service as an infantry officer and as a signals intelligence analyst. Before returning to college, Lee worked briefly as a defense contractor instructing all-source intelligence collection asset management on a computer system that greatly utilized mapping techniques.

            Kristopher B.E.Hansgen is a graduate student at Saint Cloud State University in the Master of Science criminal justice program. He is an NGCRC certified gang specialist (2012) and has previously assisted teaching the Spatio-Temporal Gang Analysis classes at the NGCRC “Gang College”. His background includes a B.A. degree from Saint Cloud State University, where he double-majored in Criminal Justice and Psychology and minored in Forensic Science. Kris wrote two final academic research papers. He is employed in the Public Safety Department at Saint Cloud State University as a Patrol Operations Officer and Dispatch Officer. Kris has studied crime analysis and crime mapping since 2010, and is a member of the International Association of Crime Analysts.


(75) “View from the Trenches: How Gang Investigations Have Changed in the Past Twenty Three Years, Current Trends, and What The Future Holds”, by Robert Fuller, Senior Criminal Investigator, District Attorney’s Office, Denver, CO; and Ricky Ray Valdez, Denver Metro Gang Task Force.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Prosecution; Gang Homicide Investigation Skills; Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills; Gangs and Organized Crime; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists.

            Abstract

            The world of gang investigations has changed dramatically since the early 1990's. How the gangs have morphed into the criminal organizations they are today. What Law Enforcement has taught them on a Federal and State level regarding the tools used to monitor, investigate and prosecute the gang members. What role does social media and the newest technology have in the increase in violence in our communities. How the Jail/Prison systems have allowed the enterprise to flourish. What is the next step to take for law enforcement in an attempt to stay ahead of the criminal gang organizations? How does society view the war on gangs and gang violence. Where do we go from here? These topics and more will be covered in this session.

            Bios

            Senior Investigator Robert “Bob” Fuller is a thirty-eight year veteran of law enforcement. Bob retired from the Adams County Sheriff’s Department as a Sergeant assigned to the Metro Gang Task Force after twenty-six years. Bob has been with the Denver District Attorney’s Office for the past twelve years, assigned to the Witness Protection Unit/Metro Gang Task Force. Bob has been assigned to the Metro Gang Task Force for a total of twenty three years. Bob has participated in numerous wiretap/conspiracy / R.I.C.O. Federal and Colorado Organized Crime Control Act State investigations over the course of his assignment at Metro Gang Task Force. In 2011, he received the Colorado Attorney Generals Excellence in Law Enforcement Award for Gang Investigations.

            Ricky Valdez has been in law enforcement for nearly 20 years and the majority of his law enforcement career has focused on working some particular aspects of gangs. He is currently assigned as a Detective with the Metro Gang Task Force (MGTF) in Denver, and his parent agency is the Lakewood Police Department. He has been recognized as a gang expert for the purpose of court room testimony surrounding gang culture, mannerisms, and dynamics. He has worked gang cases involving racketeering at both the State and Federal level. He has operated in an undercover capacity posing as a gang member for the sole purpose of a murder-for-hire, the purchasing of firearms, and controlled substances. He was awarded the first-ever Detective of the Year Award through the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and also the 2015 Detective of the Year Award from the Lakewood Police Department.

            

(76) “Gunrunning for Dummies”, by Dr. Gregg W. Etter Sr., Ed.D., Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gangs and Drugs; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Gangs and Organized Crime.

            Abstract

            American gangs are very fond of guns. Much of the gang related violence that occurs in American cities involves guns. The BATF and other law enforcement agencies try diligently to prevent the bad guys from getting guns. This presentation examines the illegal traffic in firearms in the United States. Methods of acquisition of illegal firearms, weapons trafficking patterns and applicable laws are examined in an effort to assist law enforcement to keep the guns out of the hands of those that are prohibited by existing law to have them. 

            Bio

            Dr. Gregg W. Etter Sr. Ed.D. is a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Missouri. He retired as a Lieutenant with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Wichita, Kansas after serving from 1977 to 2006. He is rated as a gang expert by the National Gang Crime Research Center. He has written extensively and presented classes on gangs, white supremacist groups and police management topics in the United States and Canada. Dr. Etter earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Wichita State University and his Doctorate degree from Oklahoma State University.

 

(77) “Seven Steps to a Winning Grant Proposal”, by Renae Brantley, Managing Director, Aubergine Communications, Hobart, IN.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Note: This session will be held on Monday afternoon only

            Session credits: Grant writing and Funding Raising Skills; Management and Supervision Skills; Gang Prevention Skills.

            Abstract

            If you need to know the essential components to a grant proposal and the most important information to include...then this is the workshop for you! Participants will learn all the essential elements that funders are looking for n winning proposals. Learn some simple tips, and tools of the trade, to jump-start your grant writing to bring in support for your organization and programs.

            Bio

            Renae Brantley is the Managing Director of Aubergine Communications, a fund development and marketing consultancy. She works with boards on governance and strategic planning to ensure organizational readiness for growth. She began her career in the U.S. Congress, where she worked with governmental organizations, obtaining millions of dollars in federal funding for a wide range of projects. She has worked in the Fund-raising arena for 30 years. She has providing fundraising and grant writing consultant services to many organizations and law enforcement agencies. Renae’s career in fundraising spans 30 years. She is a widely sought after grantwriting consultant. 

            

(78) “Gang Crisis Prevention in Juvenile Facilities”, by William A. Campbell, Kentucky Juvenile Justice Training, Richmond, KY.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Gang Prevention Skills; Advanced Gang Identification.

            Abstract

            This session will discuss how successful early non-verbal/verbal de-escalation can be achieved to prevent a major crisis within a juvenile detention or residential setting.

            Bio

            William A. Campbell, Training Academy Coordinator/Lead training Instructor for the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice - Training Branch. Professional Certified Gang Specialist. Originally a native of Chicago, attended Christian Fenger Academy, graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. He has 21 years of experience in working with at-risk juveniles with 12 years in Juvenile Justice. He conducts training modules on a variety of topics (e.g., advanced gang identification, security threat groups, gang counseling techniques, special needs offenders, crisis prevention, and therapeutic helping relationships). He has served 8 years in the United States Army as an Artillery Cannon Crew Chief. He is also a Gulf War vet. He is a member of the National Gangs Management Task Force, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Omicron Nu Lambda Chapter at Ft. Knox, KY which mentors to young men within the community through community service projects. He has done gang presentations for Kentucky Council on Crime & Delinquency, American Corrections Association, and National Gang Crime Research Center. He is a recipient of the KY Dept of Juvenile Justice Professional Development Employee of the Year Award 2010.


(79) “Russian Organized Crime: Examining the Russian Mafiya”, by Dr. Gregg W. Etter Sr., Ed.D., Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO; and Ms. Stacia Pottoroff, B.S., Graduate Student, Dept. Of Criminal Justice, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Gangs and Organized Crime; Gang Prosecution.

            Abstract

            Starting as a prison gang, the Russian Mafia has evolved into a multi-national criminal threat. Russian Organized Crime is not a monolithic structure and consists of many groups. These various Russian criminal groups are involved in a wide variety of different types of crime and have a very short learning curve as to new types of criminal activity. Like the Japanese Yakuza, many, if not most members of the Russian Mafia have tattoos. The tattoos are an expression of the member’s acceptance and adherence to the code of the thieve’s world. The tattoos can show the offense committed, number of times incarcerated, or the length of incarceration. Nicknames and affiliations with the Clan or group may also be present. This presentation looks at some of the more common ROC criminal groups, their culture, tattoos and future trends.

            Bios

            Dr. Gregg W. Etter Sr. Ed.D. is a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Missouri. He retired as a Lieutenant with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Wichita, Kansas after serving from 1977 to 2006. He is rated as a gang expert by the National Gang Crime Research Center. He has written extensively and presented classes on gangs, white supremacist groups and police management topics in the United States and Canada. Dr. Etter earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Wichita State University and his Doctorate degree from Oklahoma State University.

            Ms. Stacia Pottorff, B.S. is a graduate student in Criminal Justice at the University of Central Missouri. She is a member of the American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon. She was a recipient of the 2015 UCM Undergradaute Research Grant and the UCM 2016 Graduate School Travel Grant.


(80) “Better Intel and Prevention: Monitoring Gang Problems in Bars and Nightclubs”, by Keiron McConnell, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Gang Investigation Skills; Gang Prosecution; International and Transnational Gang Problems; Gang Prevention Skills.

            Abstract

            Many benefits stem from having a cooperative surveillance system in place to monitor gang members at bars and nightclubs. Bar, restaurant, and club owners do not want the violence that can come from gang members, so they are usually very cooperative. This session describes a community based gang prevention initiative that promotes public safety by denying members of gangs and organised crime group’s entry to bars and restaurants in Vancouver, British Columbia. Bar Watch and Restaurant Watch in partnership with the Vancouver Police and the CFSEU Gang Task Force have significantly reduced the gang violence around participating clubs and restaurants through partnership and exclusion policies. An examination of recent legal statutes and applicability to United States jurisdictions will be discussed. In addition, an examination of the spread of this program in other parts of Canada including legislative change to embody the program in statute. The program has been credited with reducing shootings and decreasing public fear. During this session the audience will also be given some background information about the gang situation in British Columbia and police efforts to combat it. Could some version of this program work in your community? Attend this session and find out.

            Bio

            Keiron holds a Bachelor of General Studies Degree from the Open University of British Columbia, a Masters of Science Degree in Policing and Public Order Studies from the University of Leicester, a Diploma in Police Leadership from Dalhousie University and a Certificate in Public Sector Leadership from Royal Roads University. This academic achievement comes with 22 years of operational experience with a large Criminal Justice Agency. In addition, Keiron has provided consulting services that included the Royal Saudi Arabian Police and the Peoples Republic of China Police. He has instructed at the JIBC-Police Academy for three years in Professional Patrol Tactics and continues as a guest lecturer. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Royal Roads University, and at Douglas College in the Criminology Program. He is a regular guest instructor for the policing program at Simon Fraser University and is the author of the textbook “Legal and Regulatory Influences for Public Safety Communications”. He is currently a Doctorate Candidate at the London Metropolitan University in London, England.


(81) Getting the Streets to Talk”, by Sergeant Tom Strausborger, Fort Wayne Police Department, Fort Wayne, IN.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists.

            Abstract

            The biggest plague on most departments is that of violence crimes. Most of these crimes do not occur in the presence of law enforcement so finding a way to receive the information is vital. Once the information is received you must then decide the best way to use that information based upon what the desired result may be. Officers constantly “hear on the street” that someone might be guilty of committing a violent crime however no one is willing to testify in open court to the same. An alternative crime reduction technique could be using information received to arrest for a separate crime. This seminar will focus on the development and use of confidential informants as well as differentiating between concerned citizens and anonymous tips. The information that we receive and how we utilize it can make the difference between a successful unit and a temporary project for the department.

            Bio

            Sergeant Tom Strausborger is assigned to the Fort Wayne Police Department’s Gang and Violent Crimes Unit and has been an officer for twenty years. Prior to his current assignment he has worked in Vice and Narcotics, the Investigative Support Division as well as patrol. He is also currently the Assistant Team Commander for the Emergency Services Team (SWAT) and the Sniper Team Leader. Sergeant Strausborger also works as an Adjunct Professor for Indiana Tech University and works as a Security Consultant for low-income/section 8 housing complexes.


(82) “Gang Intervention Counseling: Clinical Interventions with Gang Involved Youth”, by Deepa Patel, CSOTP, LCSW, Executive Director of Trauma and Hope, LLC, Springfield, VA.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Female Gangs/Female Gang Members; Gangs and Mental Health; Gang Prevention Skills. Gang Counseling Techniques; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills; Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole.

            Abstract

            This session will focus on the most effective clinical interventions specific to gang involved or at risk youth. Often times, children and adolescent mental health concernes are overlooked due to stereotypes associated with gang membership. Juveniles often enter the juvenile justice system and struggle to address co-occurring disorders (i.e., substance abuse, post traumatic stress disorder, etc). The Gang Intervention Program at the Multicultural Clinical Center in Northern Virginia aims to address these exact issues. Understanding the underlying and contributing factors to juvenile gang membership assists to intervene and deter further gang/criminal behaviors. This presentation will provide information to counselors, therapists, probation/parole officers and prevention/intervention workers, addressing mental health concerns of gang controlled exploitation, in order to more effectively intervene in communities faced with continued gang violence.

            Bio

            Ms. Patel (CSOTP, LCSW) is currently the Executive Director of Trauma and Hope, LLC, in Springfield, Virginia. Her practice specifically focuses towards victims of violence, sexual exploitation, gang prevention and intervention, and sex offender evaluations and treatment. She previously was the Coordinator of the Sex Offender Program and Director of the Gang Intervention and Sexual Exploitation Programs at an Outpatient Clinic in Springfield, Virginia. Ms. Patel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider, and is a Gang Specialist through the National Gang Crime Research Center. She is a dynamic clinician who has developed an expertise in non-voluntary clients, specifically juvenile and adult gang members and sex offenders. For the past eleven years, she has developed a proficient style of work with adolescents who are gang involved. Through her understanding and clinical devotion to her clients, she has widened her competency to develop an outpatient and inpatient treatment program for female gang controlled sexual exploitation victims. The inpatient treatment program specifically serves victims of sexual exploitation and has been implemented in six residential facilities. Ms. Patel has a unique ability to relate to her clients that has resulted in her having significant success treating her clients. Ms. Patel is often sought out throughout the USA and abroad to provide training and education regarding gang involved youth, sexual exploitation and sex offenders. Her passion and competency in her outpatient therapeutic program with gangs and gang controlled sexual exploitation victims led her to become a recipient of the 2012 Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Service in Gang Prevention. In addition, she was selected in 2013 for the CACIE (Central American Community Impact Exchange) an initiative formed by the FBI and the White House and the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children in Holland to share her success in treatment for gang involved youth, victims of sex trafficking and sex offenders. In addition, she is the Victim Services Chair for the Just Ask Prevention Project which is a statewide prevention human trafficking project and a member of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force.


(83) “Post Game Summary – Operation Bang-Bang: The GKI Gang”, by Robert “Bob” Fuller, Senior Criminal Investigator, District Attorney’s Office, Denver, CO; and Ricky Ray Valdez, Denver Metro Gang Task Force.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Advanced Gang Identification; Gang Profile Analysis; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Prosecution; Gang Homicide Investigation Skills; Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs.

            Abstract

            The Gallant Knights Insane (GKI) is a home grown Westside of Denver gang that has grown to other states due to the incarceration of its members in the U.S. Bureau of Prisons and from the Colorado Department of Corrections sending the GKI members to correctional facilities in other states. This two hour course will give an overview of the GKI organization, the investigation and prosecution of the founding members for Colorado Organized Crime Control Act (COCCA) and the impact the prosecution has had on the organization. Metro Gang Task Force Case Agents Ricky Valdez and Robert Fuller were the lead investigators in this two plus year investigation. 

            Bios

            Senior Investigator Robert “Bob” Fuller is a thirty-eight year veteran of law enforcement. Bob retired from the Adams County Sheriff’s Department as a Sergeant assigned to the Metro Gang Task Force after twenty-six years. Bob has been with the Denver District Attorney’s Office for the past twelve years, assigned to the Witness Protection Unit/Metro Gang Task Force. Bob has been assigned to the Metro Gang Task Force for a total of twenty three years. Bob has participated in numerous wiretap/conspiracy / R.I.C.O. Federal and Colorado Organized Crime Control Act State investigations over the course of his assignment at Metro Gang Task Force. In 2011, he received the Colorado Attorney Generals Excellence in Law Enforcement Award for Gang Investigations.

            Ricky Valdez has been in law enforcement for nearly 20 years and the majority of his law enforcement career has focused on working some particular aspects of gangs. He is currently assigned as a Detective with the Metro Gang Task Force (MGTF) in Denver, and his parent agency is the Lakewood Police Department. He has been recognized as a gang expert for the purpose of court room testimony surrounding gang culture, mannerisms, and dynamics. He has worked gang cases involving racketeering at both the State and Federal level. He has operated in an undercover capacity posing as a gang member for the sole purpose of a murder-for-hire, the purchasing of firearms, and controlled substances. He was awarded the first-ever Detective of the Year Award through the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and also the 2015 Detective of the Year Award from the Lakewood Police Department.

 

(84) “Working to Instill a Change of Heart in Gang-Involved Youths”, by Terrance L. Stone, Founder/President of Young Visionaries Youth Leadership Academy, San Bernardino, CA.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Counseling Skills; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills.

            Abstract

            This session will explain what’s in the heart of a gang member by examining the five stages of gang banging: 1. fascination, 2. infatuation, 3. dedication, 4. separation, and the 5. exit strategy. Attendees will better understand why youth at risk find gang life fascinating, and how it becomes a fatal attraction. In this course, the instructor will analyze the gang member early in his/her gang career, what it is in the gang life that infatuates them and motivates them to make a commitment to gang life. For persons having contact with gang involved youth, you will learn how to plant the seeds for having them separate from the gang. Attend this session to explore exit strategies to detour at risk youth from street gangs. Participants in this course will also learn methods used by the instructor in his program for working with at-risk and gang-involved youth. Participants will better understand motives and triggers of gang-involved youth, phone codes and modern lingo used by gang-involved youth.

            Bio

            Terrance graduated from California State University, Los Angeles, with a credential as a State Certified Gang Intervention Specialist. He serves on several committees which include the Sand Bernadino County Sheriff’s Citizen Advisory, the San Bernardino City Chief of Police African American Advisory Committee, Executive Board Member and Chair of the San Bernardino Countywide Gangs and Drugs Task Force, past board member of the African American Chamber of Commerce, and the San Bernardino NAACP chapter. He was selected by former Mayor of San Bernardino, Pat Morris, to join his office on the California Cities Gang Prevention Network. He is committed to steering young people away from gangs. While his main program office is in San Bernardino, his program has developed offices in Atlanta, Georgia, and Phoenix, Arizona, along with Houston, Texas and Denver, Colorado.


(85) “Snap, Tweet, Face: How To Monitor Social Media Use by Gang Members”, by by Deepa Patel, CSOTP, LCSW, Executive Director of Trauma and Hope, LLC, Springfield, VA.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Internet Investigation; Gang Counseling Techniques; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills; Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills; Female Gangs/Female Gang Members.

            Abstract

            This session will focus towards understanding the change in recruitment and communication of gang members. In today’s world, people — particularly young people — are continually finding and adapting new ways of communicating electronically to fit their needs. This change and direction of technology has made communication easier, difficult for law enforcement to apprehend and prosecute, and created a shift towards unknown dark world of the internet. The latest trends in terms of social media will be discussed and how gang members are using the internet to their advantage.  Attend this session to see illustrations of useful methods and techniques for how to more effectively monitor social media use by gang members.

            Bio

            Ms. Patel (CSOTP, LCSW) is currently the Executive Director of Trauma and Hope, LLC, in Springfield, Virginia. Her practice specifically focuses towards victims of violence, sexual exploitation, gang prevention and intervention, and sex offender evaluations and treatment. She previously was the Coordinator of the Sex Offender Program and Director of the Gang Intervention and Sexual Exploitation Programs at an Outpatient Clinic in Springfield, Virginia. Ms. Patel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, a Certified Sex Offender Treatment Provider, and is a Gang Specialist through the National Gang Crime Research Center. She is a dynamic clinician who has developed an expertise in non-voluntary clients, specifically juvenile and adult gang members and sex offenders. For the past eleven years, she has developed a proficient style of work with adolescents who are gang involved. Through her understanding and clinical devotion to her clients, she has widened her competency to develop an outpatient and inpatient treatment program for female gang controlled sexual exploitation victims. The inpatient treatment program specifically serves victims of sexual exploitation and has been implemented in six residential facilities. Ms. Patel has a unique ability to relate to her clients that has resulted in her having significant success treating her clients. Ms. Patel is often sought out throughout the USA and abroad to provide training and education regarding gang involved youth, sexual exploitation and sex offenders. Her passion and competency in her outpatient therapeutic program with gangs and gang controlled sexual exploitation victims led her to become a recipient of the 2012 Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Service in Gang Prevention. In addition, she was selected in 2013 for the CACIE (Central American Community Impact Exchange) an initiative formed by the FBI and the White House and the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children in Holland to share her success in treatment for gang involved youth, victims of sex trafficking and sex offenders. In addition, she is the Victim Services Chair for the Just Ask Prevention Project which is a statewide prevention human trafficking project and a member of the Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force.


(86) “Gang Prevention and Prosecution Strategies for the Next Twenty Years”, by Carter F. Smith, J.D., Ph.D., Criminal Justice Professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Prosecution; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Gang Internet Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            This session will include an overview of current gang laws and anti-gang activities, including formal anti-gang teams, sections, and task forces, injunctions, and restrictive ordinances. A sampling of activities that can be considered “gang-related” will be discussed. Prosecution strategies will also be examined and evaluated, with the intent of identifying a blueprint for successful prosecution.

            Bio

            Carter was a special agent in Army CID for over twenty-two years. He served fifteen of those years at Fort Campbell, KY, where he identified the growing gang problem in the early 1990s and later started the Army’s first Gang & Extremist investigations team. He investigates and researches topics like spontaneous gang formation, military-trained gang members, gangs and their use of technology, and gang members in colleges and universities. He has been interviewed about gangs by several news sources, and has appeared twice in the History Channel’s Gangland series. He was a founding (and still serving) board member of the Tennessee Gang Investigators Association, and is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award of the National Gang Crime Research Center.


(87) “The OMCG in a Global Perspective”, by Dr. Andy Bain, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Mount Union, Alliance, OH.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Motorcycle Gangs; International and Transnational Gang Problems.

            Abstract

            In recent years there has been a clear move to control, organize, and police, the motorcycle gangs (OMCG). This session will add to the body of knowledge, identify areas for growth in the policing of OMCG, and provide for some introduction to the alternative approaches taken in partner jurisdictions. With this in mind the session provides for an explanation of three jurisdictional approaches to tackling the continued position of the OMCG. We will look at the use of RICO laws in the US, and compare this to the VLAD laws in Australia, and the UK where the OMCG members are views as individual offenders - for the purpose of prosecution.

            Bio

            Andy Bain is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Mount Union, Ohio, USA. He holds a Ph.D. in Offender Behavior, a Msc. Criminal Justice and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology. Andy is the co-author of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs: A Theoretical Perspective (with Mark Lauchs & Peter Bell), and previously co-authored Professional Risk Taking with People: A Guide to Decision-Making in Health, Social Care & Criminal Justice (with David Carson). In addition Andy has published in a number of leading international academic and professional journals. His professional background includes four years with the National Probation Service (England & Wales) and six years running a successful Criminal Justice Consultancy Group, providing guidance and advice to offender groups, law enforcement agencies and correctional bodies. This, in turn led to the publication of a number of local and national policing and corrections reports.


(88) “Gang Communication: Technology-enhanced Communication Options”, by Carter F. Smith, J.D., Ph.D., Criminal Justice Professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Prosecution; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Gang Internet Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            With constant changes in technology, gang members, like others, have an increasing number of ways to communicate — often without detection. As gangs evolve, they take on more of a business model, and their communication strategies improve accordingly. How does this affect the way we should investigate them?

            Are we looking everywhere we can? Do we include the right information on search warrants? Doe we know what our crime labs can find? In this session, we will examine many ways that gang members communicate with each other, what they can talk about without us knowing, and why we need to know how to intercept or at least discover what was said after the fact.

            Bio

            Carter was a special agent in Army CID for over twenty-two years. He served fifteen of those years at Fort Campbell, KY, where he identified the growing gang problem in the early 1990s and later started the Army’s first Gang & Extremist investigations team. He investigates and researches topics like spontaneous gang formation, military-trained gang members, gangs and their use of technology, and gang members in colleges and universities. He has been interviewed about gangs by several news sources, and has appeared twice in the History Channel’s Gangland series. He was a founding (and still serving) board member of the Tennessee Gang Investigators Association, and is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award of the National Gang Crime Research Center.


(89) “Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Gang Involved Youth”, by Kate Mahoney, MSW, LCSW, Executive Director, Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute, Chicago, IL.

            90 minutes (1.5 hours)

            Session Credits: Gangs and Drugs; Gangs and Mental Health; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole.

            Abstract

            In this session, you will learn proven effective ways of engaging and retaining court-involved youth, many of whom are gang involved or at risk to become so involved, to achieve successful completion of treatment. A teen who completes treatment is less likely to re-offend, more likely to complete high school, become gainfully employed and also to become a productive member of the community.

            Bio

            Kate Mahoney has devoted the past 25 years to leading an organization that is recognized for its cutting edge approaches to preventing and treating substance abuse problems. She has presented at national conferences in Atlanta, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Dallas and New Orleans. Her expertise in the addiction treatment field has won her the prestigious Dole/Nyswander Award from the American Association for the Treatment of Opioid Dependence, the Judy Miller Award from the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association as well as the George Schwab Distinguished Service Award also from the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association.


(90) “Understanding the Relationship Between the Individual, Their Attitudes, Gang Membership, and Desistance from Crime”, by Dr. Sally-Ann Ashton, Postgrad Researcher, International Centre for Investigative Psychology, University of Huddersfield, England.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Dealing With Gang Members on Probation/Parole; Gang Counseling Techniques.

            Abstract

            The present research investigated the offending frequencies for youth gang members and leavers by using longitudinal data from the Pathways to Desistance Study. It found that although gang leavers continued to offend, they had significantly different attitudes and scored lower on negative psychological traits than those who remained. These findings suggest that future interventions should consider utilising psychological and attitudinal measures, rather than gang membership per se, to assess an individual’s risk of recidivism. This session will help those who work with youth gang members how they might identify those individuals who would be more pen to attitudinal changes, including respect for the law, within programmes.

            Bio

            Sally-Ann Ashton is a postgraduate researcher in the International Centre for Investigative Psychology at University of Huddersfield. Her research uses the Pathways to Desistance data to investigate the relationship of static and dynamic risk factors to gang membership and to desistance from crime. Sally-Ann has over 10 years of experience running training workshops in English prisons. The presentation is co-authored with two colleagues, first, Dr. Maria Ioannou, a Chartered Forensic Psychologist and Read in Investigative Psychology and Course Director for the M.S.c. in Investigative Psychology at the University of Huddersfield. Maria has been involved in the assessment of intervention programmes for reducing/preventing a range of different forms of criminality. And the second co-author is Dr. Laura Hammond, Senior Lecturer and Assistant Course Director for the M.S.c. at Huddersfield and who has worked with academic groups, and law enforcement agencies around the world on a range of consultancy and criminal legal cases.


(91) “Gang Witness and Flippers: Keeping Them Alive to Testify”, by Robert Fuller, Senior Criminal Investigator, District Attorney’s Office, Denver, CO; and Ricky Ray Valdez, Denver Metro Gang Task Force.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Prosecution; Gang Homicide Investigation Skills; Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills; Gangs and Organized Crime; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists.

            Abstract

            Gang witness and flippers (cooperating witness) present unique challenges in the prosecution of gang motivated criminal cases. We have to overcome the witness intimidation and witness homicides that are more likely to occur in gang cases. The Denver District Attorney and the Metro Gang Task Force have put together strategies and a pro-active Witness Protection Unit to combat the unique challenges of Witness Protection. This presentation will provide best practices, tactical practices, threat assessment and resources for re-location. Resources will include State and Federal options. Another area for discussion is the threats on prosecutors and judges. There will be case studies of high profile gang homicide and the murder of a witness case.

            Bios

            Senior Investigator Robert “Bob” Fuller is a thirty-eight year veteran of law enforcement. Bob retired from the Adams County Sheriff’s Department as a Sergeant assigned to the Metro Gang Task Force after twenty-six years. Bob has been with the Denver District Attorney’s Office for the past twelve years, assigned to the Witness Protection Unit/Metro Gang Task Force. Bob has been assigned to the Metro Gang Task Force for a total of twenty three years. Bob has participated in numerous wiretap/conspiracy / R.I.C.O. Federal and Colorado Organized Crime Control Act State investigations over the course of his assignment at Metro Gang Task Force. In 2011, he received the Colorado Attorney Generals Excellence in Law Enforcement Award for Gang Investigations.

            Ricky Valdez has been in law enforcement for nearly 20 years and the majority of his law enforcement career has focused on working some particular aspects of gangs. He is currently assigned as a Detective with the Metro Gang Task Force (MGTF) in Denver, and his parent agency is the Lakewood Police Department. He has been recognized as a gang expert for the purpose of court room testimony surrounding gang culture, mannerisms, and dynamics. He has worked gang cases involving racketeering at both the State and Federal level. He has operated in an undercover capacity posing as a gang member for the sole purpose of a murder-for-hire, the purchasing of firearms, and controlled substances. He was awarded the first-ever Detective of the Year Award through the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office and also the 2015 Detective of the Year Award from the Lakewood Police Department.

            

(92)A Justice That Heals”, by Tom Schneider, M.S., Director, Project Lifeline, Chicago, IL;

and Kevin Kreuser, Cook County Juvenile Court, Chicago, IL.

            90 Minutes (1.5 hours)

            Session credits: Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Dealing With Gang Members in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Counseling Skills; Faith-Based Programs for Gang Intervention; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills.

            Abstract

            This presentation will involve the viewing of a video that was aired as part of the WTTW Chicago Matters series with the title listed above. The video describes in detail the history of a gang related murder in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. The history of the offender and the victim and the impact of this crime on their families are related in detail. The extraordinary intervention of a local church and pastor and the ability of the mother of the victim to forgive her son’s murderer are also focal points of this real gang story from Chicago.

            After presenting the video we will discuss what it reveals about how this tragic incident occurred. The actions of the victims and offenders will be discussed as they relate to how these types of incidents can occur, seemingly without warning, and with lethal violence in this type of urban setting. We will discuss how we use this video in the Anger Management/Violence Prevention groups which we run and the reaction of the participants to it. We will also discuss the extraordinary community intervention depicted in this story and how this impacted the main offender and the family of the victim. The intervention of the Criminal Justice System will be analyzed as it relates to the actual shooter and his accomplice. The interaction and opinions of those attending this presentation will be especially solicited.

Bios

            Tom Schneider retired from the Cook County Illinois Juvenile Probation Department in January of 2013 after forty years on the street as a juvenile probation officer. He holds a BA degree from the University of Illinois Chicago in the Administration of Criminal Justice and a M.S. degree from Chicago State University in Correction and Criminal Justice. He is currently conducting Anger Management/Violence Prevention groups for juvenile probationers and is the Director of Project Lifeline, the Cook County Juvenile Court scholarship program.

            Kevin Kreuser, B.S., Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago; 17 years as a Probation Officer — Cook County, ILL. Juvenile Court.


(93) “How to Qualify and Testify as an Expert Witness on Gangs”, Carter F. Smith, J.D., Ph.D., Criminal Justice Professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Prosecution; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Gang Internet Investigation Skills; Motorcycle Gangs; Gang Homicide Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            In this session, you will learn the mechanics of how to become an expert witness in gang crime investigation cases. You will learn how to provide an expert opinion on matters such as gang identification, the relevance of gang threats, gang motivation, gang rivalries, and gang trends. You will learn a number of important “do’s” and “don’ts” about expertise from the prosecution perspective, and will see some of the strategies of defense. Whether in court or not, there are many ways to strengthen your credibility and expertise – this session may be the first step in that direction.

            Bio

            Carter was a special agent in Army CID for over twenty-two years. He served fifteen of those years at Fort Campbell, KY, where he identified the growing gang problem in the early 1990s and later started the Army’s first Gang & Extremist investigations team. He investigates and researches topics like spontaneous gang formation, military-trained gang members, gangs and their use of technology, and gang members in colleges and universities. He has been interviewed about gangs by several news sources, and has appeared twice in the History Channel’s Gangland series. He was a founding (and still serving) board member of the Tennessee Gang Investigators Association, and is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award of the National Gang Crime Research Center.


(94) “The Law Enforcement, Prosecution, and Corrections Networking Reception”, by Fred Moreno and Dr. Gregg W. Etter, NGCRC Staff.

             One (1) hour

            Special Note: 5pm-6pm in the MILLENIUM PARK Room, Tuesday, August 8, 2017. You need a ticket for the event, you get the ticket by signing up for it on your registration form. The ticket will be waiting for you in your registration packet you receive when you pick up your conference ID credentials.

            Session credits: Corrections/STG Gang Intelligence; Dealing with Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Corrections.

            Abstract

            This session is the official meeting of the Law Enforcement/Corrections Networking Reception sponsored by the National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC) and hosted by Dr. Gregg W. Etter and Fred Moreno. You are invited to bring your agency patches as you can be part of a National Patch Swap. Valuable door prizes are given to session participants. Many people return to the NGCRC conference as this is an incredible networking opportunity.

            Bios

            Fred Moreno is a veteran of the Chicago Police Department, retiring with the rank of Gang Specialist. For the past 8 years, he has been served as an investigator with the Cook County State’s Attorney Office — Gang Investigation Section. Fred is also the co-chair of the NGCRC’s Vet Reception, being held this year and in previous years.

            Dr. Gregg W. Etter, Sr., Ed.D. is an Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Missouri. He retired as a Lieutenant with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office after serving from 1977 to 2006. He has written extensively and presented classes on gangs, white supremacist groups and police management topics in the United States and Canada. Dr. Etter earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Wichita State University and his Doctorate degree from Oklahoma State University.


(95) “Active Shooter Training”, by Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D., Special Executive to the Board and Chief Learning Officer, Gang Alternatives Program; Director, Gangfree Life Academy®; Chair, UCLA/RAND Prevention Research CAB; Los Angeles, CA.

            2.5 Hours (150 Minutes)

            Session Credits: Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang and Violence Prevention for School Administrators; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities.

            Abstract

            This Emergency Management Institute (FEMA) course covers the essential components of active shooter incidents for schools, community organizations and events, and public spaces. At the end of the course, participants should be able to: (1) describe actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and responding law enforcement officials, (2) recognize potential workplace violence indicators, (3) describe actions to take to prevent and prepare for potential active shooter incidents, and (4) describe how to manage the consequences of an active shooter incident. School administrators, workplace and event managers, community leaders, organizational leaders, and security personnel all benefit from this training, as do local volunteers and activists.

            Bio

            Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D. has been a nonprofit leader for more than three decades, including 16 years as Executive Director of the Gang Alternatives Program in Los Angeles County. He provides professional develoment in the area of gang prevention to the LAUSD K-12 school counselors; serves in various advisory capacities with local law enforcement, including LAPD and LASD; works on various city and county agencies in the areas of violence reduction and community rebuilding; and works actively with nationally-known academic institutions and corporations to improve the quality of life, health, and equity for kids and families in gang-controlled and violent communities. He is currently the Director of the Gangfree Life Academy®.


(96) “Working With Gang Involved Youth”, by Tom Schneider, M.S., Director, Project Lifeline, Chicago, IL; and Kevin Kreuser, Cook County Juvenile Court, Chicago, IL.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Dealing With Gang Members in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Counseling Skills; Faith-Based Programs for Gang Intervention; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills.

            Abstract

             The thrust of this presentation will be working with youths involved in the Juvenile Justice System, who have a history of gang involvement. The main focus will be working with these youths as individuals, away from the gang structure. The difficulty of working with this population, from a casework perspective, will be discussed.

            Special attention will be paid to community conditions, such as high rates of crime and violence, as well as economic displacement that influence or put at risk an individual juvenile for gang involvement. The role of the family will be discussed, as it relates to the risk of gang involvement. Individual families of gang involved youth will be profiled in depth. These families will encompass different ethnic backgrounds and reflect varying levels of the socio-economic spectrum. The adverse effect of early exposure to violence and the experience of trauma will be discussed. How the criminal enterprises, specifically the street sale of drugs, which characterize today’s urban street gangs, effect youthful gang members will also be explored — specifically as to how they relate to the increase in gang violence and the use of firearms associated with that violence. Also analyzed will be how the interpersonal violence within this youth population is impacted when this criminal enterprise is disrupted, by law enforcement intervention or other means.

            Myths associated with youthful offenders will be considered. The effect of the increase in gang violence on legislation directed toward youthful offenders will be covered and the efficacy of such legislative trends will be discussed. The disproportionate manner in which this violence affects minorities and, similarly, the disproportionate way in which minorities come into contact with both the Juvenile Justice and the Criminal Justice Systems will also be considered.

            Also, the principles of Balanced and Restorative Justice, currently the guiding philosophy of the Cook County Illinois Juvenile Probation Department, will be discussed. Strategies and approaches, which I feel have efficacy in working with this population will be outlined.

            Bios

            Tom Schneider retired from the Cook County Illinois Juvenile Probation Department in January of 2013 after forty years on the street as a juvenile probation officer. He holds a BA degree from the University of Illinois Chicago in the Administration of Criminal Justice and a M.S. degree from Chicago State University in Correction and Criminal Justice. He is currently conducting Anger Management/Violence Prevention groups for juvenile probationers and is the Director of Project Lifeline, the Cook County Juvenile Court scholarship program.

            Kevin Kreuser, B.S., Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago; 17 years as a Probation Officer — Cook County, ILL. Juvenile Court.


(97) Using Google-Alerts and How to Use Them for Investigative and Research Purposes”, by Kenneth Davis, Detective, Yonkers Police Department, Gang/Narcotics Unit, Yonkers, NY.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Profile Analysis; Advanced Gang Identification; Gang Internet Investigation; Gangs and the Mass Media

            Abstract

            Participants will learn the purpose of Google-alerts and how to activate them for gang research and investigative purposes. The instructor will demonstrate how to use them for purposes of gang research and for investigative assignments as a graffiti and gang specialist.

            Bio

            Kenneth Davis is presently a detective with the Yonkers Police Department’s Gang/Narcotics Unit. Since the early 1990s, Ken has been involved with investigating and researching active gang members and prolific graffiti writers; as well as being one of the department’s community/human relations instructor. In 2013, Ken was assigned as the department’s liaison for YMCA Project SNUG (Cure Violence/Violence Interrupters/Cease Fire) and one of the members of the Re-Entry Team (Reducing Recidivism). In addition to acquiring numerous credit hours in gang and graffiti studies, he has a MS degree in Human Resource Management from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York. 


(98) Gang Prevention - Intervention - Counseling Networking Reception”. This is hosted by Douglas L. Semark, Special Executive to the Board, Gang Alternatives Program, Los Angeles, CA. 

            One (1) hour 

            Special Note: 5pm-6pm in the Millenium Park Room, Monday, August 7, 2017. You need a ticket for the event, you get the ticket by signing up for it on your registration form. The ticket will be waiting for you in your registration packet you receive when you pick up your conference ID credentials.

            Session Credits: Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Gang Counseling Skills; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gangs and Mental Health.

            Special Procedure for Sign Up: You need to check the “box” on your registration form in order to qualify to attend this event. It is a “ticketed” event. You get the ticket by signing up for it on the registration form itself or by using the ticket request form at the website, or by sending in a request to that effect..

            Abstract

            The gang intervention/prevention reception is a special event at the NGCRC and it has a long history of also being a valuable networking session. Come hear some analysis of the current state of affairs in gang prevention and learn about some people who are really making a difference in the world. This is also the time and venue in which the “NGCRC Spirit of Excellence Awards” are made. There are also door prizes in a random drawing based on your ticket to the event. You need to have a ticket to attend this event. The only way to get a ticket is to sign up for it in advance on the registration form itself.

            Bios

            Doug Semark, Ph.D. has been a nonprofit leader for more than three decades, including 16 years as Executive Director of the Gang Alternatives Program in Los Angeles County. He provides professional development in the area of gang prevention to the LAUSD K-12 school counselors; serves in various advisory capacities with local law enforcement, including LAPD and LASD; works on various city and county agencies in the areas of violence reduction and community rebuilding; and works actively with nationally-known academic institutions and corporations to improve the quality of life, health, and equity for kids and families in gang-controlled and violent communities.


(99) “Doing Gang Research and Writing About It”, by D. Lee Gilbertson, Ph.D., NGCRC Staff and Associate Professor, Criminal Justice Studies, St. Cloud State University, MN.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Gang Program Grantwriting/Fundraising Skills; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services.

            Abstract

            This session reviews what is needed and how to do it in order to share your knowledge of gangs and experiences with other professionals. Just the basics are covered: identifying a problem to study and formulating research questions, developing a straight forward and simple research design, study organization and conduct. The goal is to encourage Gang College students to compose a research article for the NGCRC’s “Journal of Gang Research”, now in its 19th year as a professional quarterly publication. Also covered will be, article layout and content, formatting and citations. In-class discussion and short writing exercises will be used to stimulate new areas of research and writing.

            Bio

            D. Lee Gilbertson has been teaching research methods since August 2000 at Saint Cloud State University. He has consulted with law enforcement in the areas of forensic victimology, crime analysis, and racial profiling. He has studied gangs, militias, and extremist groups since 1995, and has presented at numerous national and international conferences. Lee is a published author and has participated in 14 of the NGCRC Gang Colleges, is a two-time recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award, is a reviewing editor of the Journal of Gang Research, and is a member of the NGCRC staff. His background includes a doctorate in sociology, masters in criminal justice, and 16 years of exemplary military service (infantry and signals intelligence).


(100) “Motorcycle Gangs”, by James Duffy, Du Page County State’s Attorney’s Office, Wheaton, IL.

            Two (2) hours

            Restricted to Law Enforcement Only.

            Session credits: Motorcycle Gangs; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs; Gang Prosecution; Hate Groups/White Racist Extremist Gangs; Female Gangs/Female Gang Members.

            Abstract

            This presentation will provide information on the history of motorcycle gangs in the United States, their spread across the US and the world. Gang colors identification and the “Officer Safety” implications. Importance of intelligence related to the gangs. Surveillance and interaction with gang members. “Old Lady” and her role in the gang. White Supremacists and motorcycle gangs. Current trends, non-one percenter clubs, and Cop Clubs.

            Bio

            James Duffy’s Law enforcement career began in 1975 working for the Bensenville Police Department. There he served until 2001, retiring as a patrol Sergeant. He is currently employed by the Du Page County States Attorneys Office as an Investigator. He has been involved with gathering intelligence on motorcycle gangs since 1996. James is also an instructor for North East Multi-Regional Training, NEMRT where he teaches patrolmen and gang specialists how to recognize and survive encounters with motorcycle gangs. He has been an instructor for the International Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association Conference, Des Moines, Iowa; Midwest Cycle Intelligence Organization; and the Illinois State Police in preparation for the Hells Angel USA Run 2013. Testified as Motorcycle Gang Expert, 2015 McHenry County, IL.


(101) “The Evolving Situation With Biker Gangs 2017", by Dr. Gregg W. Etter Sr., Ed.D., Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO; and Ms. Stacia Pottoroff, B.S., Graduate Student, Dept. Of Criminal Justice, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO.

            One (1) hour 

            Session credits: Motorcycle Gangs; Gang Crime Investigation; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Internet Investigation.

            Abstract

            It is not your granddad’s biker gang anymore! In addition to the shifting territories caused by prosecutions and the shifting tides of the drug war in Mexico, biker gangs have begun to evolve in other ways. Most biker gangs maintain a website on the Internet. Many biker gangs have Facebook pages. Some biker gangs even tweet! This presentation looks at the changing situation, practices and tactics within the biker community and how it relates to law enforcement.

            Bios

            Dr. Gregg W. Etter Sr. Ed.D. is a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Missouri. He retired as a Lieutenant with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Wichita, Kansas after serving from 1977 to 2006. He is rated as a gang expert by the National Gang Crime Research Center. He has written extensively and presented classes on gangs, white supremacist groups and police management topics in the United States and Canada. Dr. Etter earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Wichita State University and his Doctorate degree from Oklahoma State University.

            Ms. Stacia Pottorff, B.S. is a graduate student in Criminal Justice at the University of Central Missouri. She is a member of the American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon. She was a recipient of the 2015 UCM Undergradaute Research Grant and the UCM 2016 Graduate School Travel Grant.


(102) “Keeping the P.E.A.C.E.: Establishing Partnerships with Law Enforcement, Parole, and Community Resources to Address Gang Activity”, by Jewel N. Jones, Juvenile Parole Officer/STG-Gang Coordinator, Ohio Department of Youth Services (ODYS), Northern Region Parole - District 2, Cleveland, OH.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services; Gang Prevention Skills; Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities.

            Abstract

            In this session, the instructor will demonstrate how law enforcement and parole have partnered with community resources to address gang violence, prior to, and upon re-entry into the community; specifically addressing the Who, What, When, Where, Why and How these relevant partnerships developed to keep the community safe and ways in which prevention efforts are being implemented to deter re-engagement as well as new gang membership.

            Bio

            Jewel N. Jones, MPA. Jewel has worked in juvenile justice for over 16 years. She is currently a Juvenile Parole Officer and the STG/Gang Coordinator with the State of Ohio. As a Certified Gang Specialist, she serves as the contact for intelligence regarding local gang and organized crime activity within Cleveland and surrounding areas as well as providing supervision for adjudicated youth that have been committed to ODYS. She is the juvenile liaison at PSN STANCE Law Enforcement Executive Meetings with FBI. Her responsibilities are networking, discussion, and collaboration with all law enforcement in development of initiatives to keep our communities safe. Prior to ODYS, Jewel was a Program Manager for the Gang Prevention program within Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction; a Patrol Officer for Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department; and an Investigative Case Worker for Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services.


(103) “Operation Youth Violence – R.I.P. (Reduction, Intervention, Prevention)”, by William Nealy, Sergeant, West Palm Beach Police Department Juvenile Unit, West Palm Beach, FL; James Louis, Juvenile Detective, West Palm Beach Police Department Juvenile Unit, West Palm Beach, FL; Steven Mooney, Field Training Officer, West Palm Beach Police Department, West Palm Beach, FL.

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills; Dealing With Gang Problems in K-12 Schools.

            Abstract

            This program is geared towards assisting Police Departments on how to create a program by identifying violent crime hot zones, age range of offenders, types of crimes to focus on, building community relationships, forming partnerships with public and private entitities, and the implementation of the program. In response to repeated violence involving the city’s at-risk youth, the West Palm Beach Police Department looked to develop a new approach to prevent youth and gang-related violence. Thus, West Palm Beach Operation Youth Violence, R.I.P. was developed. The resulting program brought together the resources of local community leaders, leaders from the faith-based community, and other public and private entities to identify and assist young people who are at vulnerable points in their lives. The program is aimed toward first time felony offenders to provide them the necessary resources and mentoring in hopes that they will become productive members of the community. The second tier of the operation is geared toward stricter sentencing in the criminal justice system for those who decline to accept assistance and become repeat offenders.

            Bios

            William Nealy is a Sergeant in the Community Response Division (Juvenile Unit) at the West Palm Beach Police Department. Nealy has twelve years Law Enforcement experience. Nealy is one of the creators of Operation Youth Violence which has been presented at numerous events to include: The Florida Gang Investigators Association Annual Conference, the Annual Gang Prevention and Intervention Summit, and the National Conference for Preventing Crime in the Black Community. Nealy was also recognized by Congresswoman Lois Frankel for the outstanding work being done in the local community.

            James Louis is presently a Detective in the Community Response Division(Juvenile Unit) at the West Palm Beach Police Department. Louis has eight years Law Enforcement experience. Detective Lois has served as the Department’s Juvenile Arrest and Monitor (JAM) officer for the past 5 years. In 2014 Detective Louis and his team were named the Gang Unit of the Year by the Florida Gang Investigators Association for their diligent work in the community. Louis is very passionate about reducing crime involving youth violence in the community.

            Steven Mooney is presently a Field Training Officer in the Patrol Division at the West Palm Beach Police Department. Mooney has thirteen years Law Enforcement experience. Mooney is also one of the creators of Operation Youth Violence which has been presented at numerous events to include: The Florida Gang Investigators Association Annual Conference, the Annual Gang Prevention and Intervention Summit, and the National Conference for Preventing Crime in the Black Community. Mooney also serves on the Department’s SWAT team.

                                     

(104)A Basic Street Gangs Investigation", by Kenneth Davis, Detective, Yonkers Police Department, Gang/Narcotics Unit, Yonkers, NY.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Advanced Gang Identification; Graffiti Identification and Analysis; Gang Crime Investigation; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Profile Analysis; Gang Internet Investigation; Gangs and Mental Health; Gangs and the Mass Media

            Notice: This course is restricted to Law Enforcement Only.

            Abstract

            The instructor will give an overview of one of his past street gang investigations. Initiated two search warrants, at separate locations. This investigation led to the arrest of 11 gang members, from two separate gangs, and burglary ring.

            Bio

            Kenneth Davis is presently a detective with the Yonkers Police Department’s Gang/Narcotics Unit. Since the early 1990s, Ken has been involved with investigating and researching active gang members and prolific graffiti writers; as well as being one of the department’s community/human relations instructor. In 2013, Ken was assigned as the department’s liaison for YMCA Project SNUG (Cure Violence/Violence Interrupters/Cease Fire) and one of the members of the Re-Entry Team (Reducing Recidivism). In addition to acquiring numerous credit hours in gang and graffiti studies, he has a MS degree in Human Resource Management from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York.


(105) “Crime Scene Response for the Gang Investigator”, by Sarah Lund, Crime Lab Technician, Omaha Police Department, Omaha, NE.

            One (1) hour

            Note: Restricted Session — For Law Enforcement Only.

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Homicide Investigation Skills; Gangs and Organized Crime; Gang Arson Investigation Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Graffiti Identification and Analysis.

            Abstract

            Proper documentation and collection of crime scene evidence is highly important to the successful outcome of an investigation. Often, the evidence that proves a criminal case is highly transitory, such as injuries that heal, spent casings that can be kicked or driven over, or graffiti that must be removed. Having the skills to produce high-quality images in all circumstances is vital to providing the ideal documentation. Having the knowledge of proper evidence handling techniques will assist in maintaining the integrity of the evidence. This course will provide a quick “crash course” in the basic concepts of how to properly photograph a crime scene, collect evidence, and maintain a chain of custody.

            Bio

            Sarah Lund has been employed as a Crime Lab Technician with the Omaha, NE Police Department Crime Lab since 2010. Past experience includes working as a Correctional Officer with the State of Minnesota Department of Corrections, and part-time adjunct faculty at St. Cloud State University, in St. Cloud, MN, as the instructor of the Forensic Photography course. She is a graduate of the Criminal Justice Master of Science program at SCSU, where she also earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. As part of her undergraduate thesis research, Sarah interned with the Forensic Imaging Bureau of the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner Department, photographing autopsies, death scenes, and evidence, and authored a photography manual for law enforcement. This year marks her twelfth year of attendance at the NGCRC training conference, the ninth year presenting with the NGCRC, and the ninth year serving as the official NGCRC conference photographer.

 

(106) “Gangs and Their Membership”, by Dr. Andy Bain, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Mount Union, Alliance, OH.; and Dr. Keiron McConnell, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gangs and Organized Crime.

            Abstract

            This session provides for an analysis and discussion of the findings from research examining current knowledge and understanding of gangs and the people who join them. We make use of theoretical and practical examples to explore the relationship between what we know, what we understand and how we can best move forward for the future. The importance of such a discussion is evidenced through our dedication to protect those that may become victims, and to create safer communities.

            Bios

            Andy Bain is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Mount Union, Ohio, USA. He holds a Ph.D. in Offender Behavior, a Msc. Criminal Justice and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology. Andy is the co-author of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs: A Theoretical Perspective (with Mark Lauchs & Peter Bell), and previously co-authored Professional Risk Taking with People: A Guide to Decision-Making in Health, Social Care & Criminal Justice (with David Carson). In addition Andy has published in a number of leading international academic and professional journals. His professional background includes four years with the National Probation Service (England & Wales) and six years running a successful Criminal Justice Consultancy Group, providing guidance and advice to offender groups, law enforcement agencies and correctional bodies. This, in turn led to the publication of a number of local and national policing and corrections reports.

            Keiron holds a Bachelor of General Studies Degree from the Open University of British Columbia, a Masters of Science Degree in Policing and Public Order Studies from the University of Leicester, a Diploma in Police Leadership from Dalhousie University and a Certificate in Public Sector Leadership from Royal Roads University. This academic achievement comes with 22 years of operational experience with a large Criminal Justice Agency. In addition, Keiron has provided consulting services that included the Royal Saudi Arabian Police and the Peoples Republic of China Police. He has instructed at the JIBC-Police Academy for three years in Professional Patrol Tactics and continues as a guest lecturer. In addition, he is an adjunct faculty member at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Royal Roads University, and at Douglas College in the Criminology Program. He is a regular guest instructor for the policing program at Simon Fraser University and is the author of the textbook “Legal and Regulatory Influences for Public Safety Communications”. He is currently a Doctorate Candidate at the London Metropolitan University in London, England.


(107) “San Bernardino Countywide Gangs and Drugs Task Force”, by Earl Smith, Program Manager, San Bernardino, CA.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session credits: Gangs and Drugs; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gangs and Mental Health; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services; Gang Prevention Skills.

            Abstract

            San Bernardino County Superintendent of schools in collaboration with local law enforcement agencies, public service entities, non-profit organizations and local school districts come together monthly to provide information and resources to the general public. County Schools provide the administrative support and the County Sheriff department oversees the financial support. This collaboration is very key to the success of the task force. We also work to build positive relationships between the citizens and law enforcement with scholarships in the name of the local police chiefs that donate asset forfeiture funds to help support our cause.

            Bio

            A teacher and administrator of at-risk youth for over 20 years in the Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. Supervise staff that service over 40,000 foster youth and homeless students in San Bernardino county. I am the current Executive Director of the San Bernardino Countywide Gangs and Drugs Task Force.


(108) “A New Prosecution Leadership Model in Anti-Gang Efforts: A Discussion of the Utah Gang Initiative”, by Stephen L. Nelson, Assistant United States Attorney and Anti-Gang Coordinator for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Gang Prosecution; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs; Gang Crime Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            For years, traditional gang prosecution models have focused on building cases against criminal enterprises and indicting street gangs for federal offenses such as RICO and VCAR, which can take years to effectively investigate and prosecute. In an effort to have a more strategic and intelligence-driven response to trends in gang crime, build partnerships with law enforcement agencies, and improve community and officer safety, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah recently announced the Utah Gang Initiative. Under this Initiative, the District of Utah is focusing its anti-gang efforts on federal offenses that target gang crime in our community: firearm possession by restricted persons, drug trafficking, Hobbs Act robberies, 924( c ) offenses, assaults on federal officers, and immigration violations. This segment will describe and highlight some of the details, benefits, and accomplishments of this Initiative and explain how this Initiative can be introduced and implemented in other jurisdictions.

            Bio

            Steve Nelson is an Assistant United States Attorney and currently serves as the Anti-Gang Coordinator for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah. Steve has been prosecuting (at both the federal and state levels) adult and juvenile gang members in Utah for over 13 years. In 2008, Steve was named the Utah Gang Investigators Association Gang Prosecutor of the year; in 2012, Steve was awarded the 2012 Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Award for Superior Performance as a Litigative Team for his work on a gang-related federal RICO trial. Steve earned his J.D. (2002) and Ph.D. (2010) from the University of Utah. He also serves as an Associate Instructor of Political Science at the University of Utah, and has taught over 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students in his teaching career.

 

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CHARGE IT:

In response to numerous requests, the NGCRC now takes all major credit cards, defined specifically as the "big four": Visa, Master Card, Discover Card, and American Express. Fill out the registration form, and fax it to the NGCRC: the fax number for the NGCRC is (708) 258-9546

A registration form appears below:

 



THE 2017 NGCRC's 20th INTERNATIONAL

GANG SPECIALIST TRAINING PROGRAM


REGISTRATION FORM:  April 30, 2017

on-Line Version


Please PRINT neatly or type your full name with any title that you want to appear in your official name badge for the conference.


I.D. Badge Information:


NAME:___________________________________________


Title:_____________________________________________


Agency:__________________________________________


City,State:________________________________________




MAIL AND CONTACT INFORMATION: Where we will mail you a Confirmation of Registration letter for the conference, and fax the same material to you:


Name:___________________________________________________________


Agency :__________________________________________________________


Street Address:____________________________________________________


City, State, Zip:____________________________________________________


Tel. #. Area Code_______ Tel #:____________________


Fax #. Area Code_______ Fax #:____________________

 

Email Address:____________________________________



The NGCRC reserves the right to refuse service to anyone: Towards this end we must ask that all persons registering for the conference sign and by their signature acknowledge the Official Policy of the NGCRC which is as follows - In order to provide the safest and most educational environment, the National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC) works to ensure that all participants at our conference are law-abiding individuals who have gathered to collect and share information about gangs and crime, in order to reduce and possibly eliminate the problems associated with gang activity. Therefore, it is our policy that no individuals or groups will be permitted at our conference who have links to gangs or other aberrant groups and no one will be permitted to provoke or distract our participants from the most meaningful learning environment. The National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC) reserves the right to refuse attendance to any person or persons suspected of or actually displaying gang affiliations. Furthermore, we reserve the right to refuse attendance to any individual(s) determined to be disruptive or instigating a negative or inappropriate presence or who is determined to disrupt the sharing of information in the most effective learning environment. I have also read and understand the refund policy published by the NGCRC. I attest that I am at least 18 years of age as of this date.


I hereby acknowledge by my signature the above policies of the NGCRC:_________________________________________________________________________________________________


I would like to attend the Christian Gang Specialist Reception ___Yes ___No (if blank, we assume you mean "NO")


I work in either law enforcement or corrections and I would like to attend the Law Enforcement and Corrections Networking Reception: ____Yes ____No (if blank, we assume you mean "NO")


I want to attend the Intervention/Prevention/Counseling Gang Specialist Networking Reception ____Yes ____No (if blank, we assume you mean "NO")

 

I want one free ticket to one of the Baseball Networking Events. _____Yes _____No

If yes, pick one (first come, first served):

          _____The White Sox vs. Houston Astros game on Tuesday, August 8th, 7:10pm Baseball Networking Event.

          _____The Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals game on Sunday, August 6th Baseball Networking Event.

 

I am registering for (check appropriate box):


___Certification ___Non-Certification ___One Day Pass (pick which day: ___Monday ___Tuesday ___Wednesday)


I have previously completed certification training by the NGCRC. ____Yes ____No

If registering for Certification, Complete this section ONLY if you have previously been Certified by the National Gang Crime Research Center at any of the previous NGCRC International Gang Specialist Training Conference(s). I received NGCRC certification from (check one or more as may apply in your situation):

___First International ___Second International ___Third International ___Fourth International ___Fifth International ___Sixth International ___Seventh International ___Eighth International ____Ninth International ____Tenth International ___Eleventh International ___Twelfth International   ___Thirteenth International ___Fourteenth International   ___Fifteenth International ____Sixteenth International ____Seventeenth International ____Eighteenth International ____Nineteenth International

SPECIAL TRAINING TRACKS (If you are registering for Certification, you also need to complete this section): SELECT ONE ONLY (this is for your second certificate): I am signing up for Track Number ________ entitled ________________________________________________


(1) Gang Crime Investigation Skills Track

(2) Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole Track

(3) Gang Homicide Investigation Skills Track

(4) Gangs and Drugs Track

(5) Gang Problems in K-12 Schools Track

(6) Gangs and Organized Crime

(7) Gangs and Mental Health Track

(8) Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills Track

(9) Gang Internet Investigation

(10) Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services Track

(11) Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills Track

(12) Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists

(13) Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence Track

(14) Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills Track

(15) Motorcycle Gangs (restricted: for Criminal Justice Personnel only)

(16) Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities

(17) Gang and Violence Prevention Skills for School Administrators

(18) Gang Counseling Skills Track

(19) Advanced Gang Identification

(20) Gang Profile Analysis Track

(21) Gang Prosecution Track

(22) Gang Prevention Skills Track

(23) International and Transnational Gang Problems Track

(24) Hate Groups/White Racist Extremist Gangs Track

(25) Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs Track

(26) Female Gangs/Female Gang Members.Track

(27) Gang Program Grantwriting/Fundraising Skills Track

(28) Gang Crime Analysis & Mapping Track

(29) Gangs and the Mass Media Track

(30) Graffiti Identification and Analysis

(31) Faith-Based Programs for Gang Intervention Track

(32) Dealing With Military Trained Gang Members

 

Your registration fee does not cover your hotel room or transportantion or parking or meals. Your registration fee covers only the training itself.


Amount to pay for Registration (see schedule below):

 

ADVANCE REGISTRATION:

Paying on or before April 30, 2017: Non-Certification $650, Certification $700

 

EARLY REGISTRATION PERIOD:

Paying on or after May 1, 2017 and on or before May 31, 2017: Non-Certification $700, Certification $750

 

REGULAR REGISTRATION PERIODS:

Paying on or after June 1, 2017 and on or before June 30, 2017: Non-Certification $750, Certification $800

Paying on or after July 1, 2017 and on or before July 31, 2017: Non-Certification $800, Certification $850

 

LATE REGISTRATION PERIOD:

Paying on or after August 1, 2017 and on or before August 6th, 2017: Non-Certification, $900, Certification $950

 

ONSITE REGISTRATION: An Onsite Registration is any registration made on or after August 7, 2017.

Paying On-Site (If slots are available): Non-Certification $950, Certification $1000

 

Price for the One-Day Pass: $395 per day.

You need to specify which day: ___Monday ___Tuesday ___Wednesday

 

I am signing up for the Double Major option (where I get two certificates in the two different specialty areas, it requires me to log-in at least four hours in each track or specialty area, and I have enclosed an extra $90 for this option). ____Yes ____No

If yes regarding the Double Major, my second training track will be: (fill it in here)______________________________________________________________

 

Note anyone registering on-site: we reserve the right to refuse on-site registration to anyone for any reason. You will need USC, money order, traveler’s checks, bank check, cashier's check, or government agency check to pay onsite.


Note: you know you are registered for the conference if and only if you receive from the NGCRC an official “Conference Registration Confirmation” letter; we send these out PROMPTLY to all persons; so if you have not received one, you are not registered.


NOTE: Payment must be received by the NGCRC prior to the conference itself unless the NGCRC agrees to the terms of any alternative arrangement (in writing)..


Group Discount Code:_____________


PAYMENT METHOD: We prefer checks or money orders for payment. No personal checks will be accepted for on-site payment of conference registration fees. We do accept credit card payments.

_____Payment enclosed in check or money order made payable to "National Gang Crime Research Center"

_____VISA, MasterCard, American Express or Discover (Circle one).

Card number:___________________________________________________________________________

Expiration date: Month___________________________ Year:_________________________________

Name on card: (printed):___________________________________________________________________

Telephone of card holder in case we need to call:_________________________________________________

Your Signature:________________________________ Amount you authorize to charge (total):__$______________

Billing Address for the card holder(Printed): (street address)__________________________________________________________
Zip Code for the Billing Address:__________________________________

 

Call (708) 258-9111 if you need the NGCRC F.E.I.N. (tax number) or our Merchant Number for credit card payments. Also, call (708) 258-9111 if you want to provide credit card info by verbal rather than written transmission.

Registration forms can be faxed to the NGCRC, the Fax Number is (708) 258-9546.

Registration forms can be emailed to the NGCRC, the email address is: gangcrime@aol.com

(you can always elect to "call in" the credit card number if you are paying by credit card).

 

Make checks or money orders payable to "National Gang Crime Research Center". Make sure to mail a copy of your registration with the payment so that proper credit can be made to your registration. Send registration forms and payment to: The 2017 Conference Processing Center, National Gang Crime Research Center, PO Box 990, Peotone, IL 60468-0990.