The 2017 NGCRC 20th International Gang Specialist

Training Conference (August 7-9, 2017):

The Curriculum and Course Offerings

 

 

            The full conference information is available at www.ngcrc.com/2017.conference.html

 


There are N = 120 courses listed here as of May 13, 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.


(4) “Gang Signs or Sign Language?”, by Tarra Grammenos, M.S., NIC Advanced, Bloomington, MN.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Advanced Gang Identification; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs; Dealing With Gang Problems in K-12 Schools.

            Abstract

            Gang signs and Sign language look similar to the untrained eye but are vastly different. Not knowing the difference between the two could mean life or death. This session will discuss some of the commonly known signs within gangs across the country, and what they mean in ASL.

            Bio

            Tarra Grammenos, M.S., SC:L, NIC Advanced is an American Sign Language Interpreter in Minnesota. She holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice, Graduate Certificate in Legal Interpreting, Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology of Deviance, and an Associate’s Degree in ASL Interpreting. She also holds legal and national certification from the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf, and has worked in the Deaf Community for almost 15 years.


(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. Jeffrey 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. Jeffrey 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.


(109) “How to Gang Proof Your Malls”, by Dr. Jeffrey P. Rush, Dept. Of Criminal Justice, Troy University, Troy, AL.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Prevention Skills.

            Abstract

            The focus of this session is “how to gang proof your shopping malls” and related commercial shopping districts that could become hot spots for gang activity. This session will show that gangs in malls are becoming an increasing problem. After a gang shooting at a mall in Indianapolis, the mall basically became a “ghost mall”, no one shops there anymore because it has come to fill a cognitive map of fear — fear of gang crime and violence. This session will address some of the problems and some solutions thereto, for gangsters in your malls.

            Bio

            This is Dr. Jeffrey P. Rush. I am in my 22nd 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.


(110) “Faith as a Stress Innoculator”, by Dr. Jeffrey P. Rush, Dept. Of Criminal Justice, Troy University, Troy, AL.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Faith-Based Gang Intervention Programs; Gangs and Mental Health.

            Abstract

             This session will address how faith is a stress reducer for those involved in high stress professions like criminal justice and dealing with gangs. This session will be of interest to those in the Faith-Based Gang Intervention Track, as well as the Gangs and Mental Health Track. This session will also be valuable to anyone in terms of having a way to deal with a number one killer: stress.

            Bio

            This is Dr. Jeffrey P. Rush. I am in my 22nd 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.


(111) “Gangs 2.0: Flashgangs and Flashmobs”, by Dr. Jeffrey P. Rush, Dept. Of Criminal Justice, Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, TN.

            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

            As an outgrowth of Arab Spring, flash gangs have been increasing. Are they what’s coming in the future? This session will talk about their growth, and the potential for the future, and what cops and others need to know about this new development in the gang world.

             Bios

            This is Dr. Jeffrey P. Rush. I am in my 22nd year of college teaching and my fourth here at Austin Peay. 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.


(112) “Girls and Gangs in Trinidad”, by Dr. Wendell C. Wallace, Barrister and Criminologist, the University of West Indies, St. Augustine.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Female Gangs/Female Gang Members; Gang Profile Analysis; Gangs and Organized Crime; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Counseling Skills; Gang Crime Investigation; International and Transnational Gang Problems.

            Abstract

            In this discourse on gangsta girls in Trinidad, it will be shown that little research has been conducted on female gangs and female gang membership in Trinidad. With this in mind, a study using primary and secondary sources (newspaper reports, interviews with ex and current female gang members, police officers and prison officers) was conducted to examine the roles, motivations and modus operandi of women in gangs and gang members. This segment will seek to enlighten security and law enforcement professionals on the changing roles of females in gangs in Trinidad and the threat posed to the wider society due to myths associated with girls in gangs.

            Bio

            Dr. Wendell C. Wallace is a Barrister and a renowned Criminologist in Trinidad and Tobago. He has over fifteen years of progressive policing experience and has dealt with gang members and gang investigation at differing levels and has researched and published on female gang activity in Trinidad. He is a lecturer in criminology and criminal justice at the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine. He teaches courses in delinquency and juvenile justice, criminal justice systems, sentencing, corrections, and prison reform. He is a member of the Association of Carribean Criminal Justice Practitioners (ACCJP).


(113) “Gang-Related Arson in the United States”, by James A. Anderson, M.S., Minnesota Deputy State Fire Marshal, Fire Inspector, St Cloud, MN.

            Two (2) Hour

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation; Gang Homicide Investigation; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs; Gangs and Organized Crime; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Gang Arson Investigation.

            Abstract

            Welcome to Gang Arson Investigation 101. Gangs use improvised explosive devices (IED’s) and arson just like they use firearms — to intimidate others and particularly rival gangs. This course is an introduction to the current trends and issues associated with gang-related arson in the United States. The instructor starts by reviewing the research finding from his 2010 survey that focused on issues related to reporting gang-related arson fires. He then presents the finding from his follow-up 2012 research that centered on issues related to the commission of gang-related arson and the development of theoretical explanations. This course is intended to provide attendees with a working knowledge of gang-related arsons, trends, issues and research findings. This is a course where you can also share your story about bomb and arson issues related to gangs.

            Bio

            James A. Anderson is a Deputy State Fire Marshal in Minnesota and a State Fire Inspector. He is a fire science instructor with the Fire and Emergency Education Department at Saint Cloud Technical College. He has participated as an evaluator in numerous state level fire service certification board examinations throughout the State of Minnesota. James has presented and taught at several Minnesota state fire school conferences. James is a second generation firefighter and has been an active member in the fire service since 1993 as both civilian and military (8 years active duty Air Force Firefighter). Along with years of firefighting experience he has obtained both his M.S. and B.A. in Criminal Justice from Saint Cloud State University and an A.A.S. in Fire Science from the Community College of the Air Force, all of which have an emphasis on forensic fire science and arson investigation. James was awarded the Arnold Sibet Award for Outstanding service to the Crystal Fire Department and was awarded the Air Force’s Outstanding Unit Award with Valor while serving as a firefighter during his first deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. Recently James was awarded the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for the year 2012 for Superior Research.


(114) “Correctional Officer Survival: The Walls and Beyond”, by John Douglas “A-Train” Atkisson, Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center, Corrections Intelligence Service, Milwaukee, WI. 

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities.

            Abstract

            Today’s correctional officer must deal with gang members who are younger, disrespectful and more violent. To meet this challenge, the Correctional Officer Survival Training System was developed. Learn “The Four Shields Theory” designed to protect Correctional Officers from Criminal and Civil liability. Learn ways to safely gather intelligence on gangs and other disruptive groups while on-duty or off-duty. The concepts are simple and can be applied immediately. 

            Bio

            John Douglas “A-Train” Atkisson is a gang specialist with the Vel R. Phillips Juvenile Justice Center, Creator of the Atkisson Combat Tactical System, founder of the Corrections Intelligence Service (Formerly the Security Threat Group and Intelligence Unit), a mentor at Cornerstone Achievement Academy, Honorary Member of the National Latino Peace Officer’s Association who se3rved on the security detail of George Bush, a member of the Midwest Gang Investigators Association, the Great Lakes Gang Investigators Coalition, and the Midwest Outlaw Motorcycle Gang Investigators Association. Mr. Atkisson is a supporter of the United Negro College Fund, The National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund. A mentor at Cornerstone Achievement, The Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Fund, Red Tail Project which honors The Tuskegee Airmen, The Native American Rights Fund. Mr. Atkisson is currently developing a business to train Law Enforcement, Corrections, and Special interest groups.


(115) “Gang-Related Arson Motives and Profiles”, by James A. Anderson, M.S., Minnesota Deputy State Fire Marshal, Fire Inspector, St Cloud, MN.

            Two (2) Hours

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation; Gang Homicide Investigation; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs; Gangs and Organized Crime; Gang Profile Analysis; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Gang Arson Investigation.

            Abstract

            More and more bodies are being found burned at the scene. And it is not uncommon to find the gang-related factors that tie into this kind of crime. But what are the motives and profiles behind this? Attend course to find out. This course is open to all conference attendees with a goal of developing the knowledge, skill, and ability to identify, describe, and explain to others the current motives and profiles for gang-related arson. The instructor uses video resources to stimulate classroom discussion and to create an active two-way environment of learning and information sharing. Topics to be covered include identifying the various motives for gang-related arsons, and current gang-related arsonist spatio-temporal (space & time) profiles as reported in the instructor’s current research survey results. This is a course where you can also share your story about bomb and arson issues related to gangs.

            Bio

            James A. Anderson is a Deputy State Fire Marshal in Minnesota and a State Fire Inspector. He is a fire science instructor with the Fire and Emergency Education Department at Saint Cloud Technical College. He has participated as an evaluator in numerous state level fire service certification board examinations throughout the State of Minnesota. James has presented and taught at several Minnesota state fire school conferences. James is a second generation firefighter and has been an active member in the fire service since 1993 as both civilian and military (8 years active duty Air Force Firefighter). Along with years of firefighting experience he has obtained both his M.S. and B.A. in Criminal Justice from Saint Cloud State University and an A.A.S. in Fire Science from the Community College of the Air Force, all of which have an emphasis on forensic fire science and arson investigation. James was awarded the Arnold Sibet Award for Outstanding service to the Crystal Fire Department and was awarded the Air Force’s Outstanding Unit Award with Valor while serving as a firefighter during his first deployment for Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. Recently James was awarded the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for the year 2012 for Superior Research.

                  

(116) “Youth-at-Risk and Law Enforcement in the City of Cape Town”, by Ben de Vos, criminologist, Cape Town, South Africa.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gangs and Organized Crime; Gang Prevention Skills; Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Gang Outreach and Intervention Services; Gangs and Drugs; International and Transnational Gang Problems.

            Abstract

            This session focuses on evaluating the South African new National Anti-Gangsterism Strategy of 2016 and its implications for youth-at-risk. The presentation will also provide an overview of past law enforcement approaches and responses to the problem of gang violence and organized crime in the city of Cape Town. A special focus of the presentation will be on youth involvement within gang criminality and the factors that lure them into gangsterism and related violence. The presentation will further shed light on the effectiveness of the Prevention of Organized Crime Act (POCA) in preventing youth-at-risk involvement in crime.

            Bio

            Ben de Vos is a former Correctional Services Sergeant who worked in a Medium Juvenile Correctional Center for seven years. He also worked for seven years as a Metropolitan Police Sergeant as a Central and Special Operations Sergeant in mainly gang-infested neighborhoods in and around the city of Cape Town. He was also reassigned with the Cape Town Metropolitan Police Department to its Internal Process and Business Development Section and Information Management Section where he headed and helped establish its Research and Development Section. He holds a BA and Master Degree in Public Administration from the University of the Western Cape. He was also a doctoral candidate in Criminology from the University of Cape Town. He recently held the position of head lecturer in Criminal Justice at Better Best FET College.

 

(117) The Christian Gang Specialist Reception”, by Brother Jim Fogerty, Brothers and Sisters of Love, Catholic Charities, Chicago, IL.

            One (1) hour

            Note: this is scheduled for Tuesday, August 8, 2017, noon.

            Session credits: Faith-Based Programs for Gang Intervention; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Gang Prevention Skills; Dealing With Gang Members in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Gang Counseling Skills; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills.

            Abstract 

             This is available only to persons registered for the conference. This will be held during the “lunch hour” (12pm - 1pm) on Tuesday, August 8th, 2017. 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 you receive a special TICKET inside your registration materials. If you answered "NO" or left the question blank, it was assumed you are not interested. If you would like to change your mind, then you must do so prior to showing up at the conference: you can do it simply by mailing the NGCRC Conference Processing Center a letter or memo to the effect “if I was listed as NO or BLANK for the Christian Gang Specialist Reception, I wish to modify my registration data to reflect the new code of YES for attending this gang specialist networking event”. 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. This is open to anyone for any certification or non-certification registration, you need not be signed up for the Faith Based Programs certification option to attend this session, but you do need to sign up for it in advance. We have been doing the Christian Reception since 1997. It is part of the strong positive tradition of the NGCRC to provide unique training and networking opportunities to those who attend the NGCRC training conference.

            Bio

            The chair of the 2015 NGCRC Christian Gang Specialist Reception is Brother Jim Fogerty assisted by George Knox (NGCRC staff). The format this year will be a luncheon format with guest speakers, door prizes, etc.


(118) ”Cabrini Green: A Field Training Tour”, by Br. Jim Fogarty, M.Div.

Brothers and Sisters of Love, Chicago, IL.

            Two and a half (2.5) hours

            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.

            Note: scheduled only for Tuesday evening (August 8, 2017), bus departs 5:30pm promptly from front of hotel. Note: You have to be “signed up” for this in advance. You sign up for it at the NGCRC website when you are officially registered. See the “sign up form” at the website, or direct a letter or memo to that effect to the NGCRC. You are officially registered when the NGCRC issues you a “confirmation of registration letter”. The first 40 people who want to go on the bus are the ones who go; others will be put on “standby” notice. Room for 40 only on the bus. Those “winning” a slot for this session will be “posted” at the website on a routine basis to indicate the level of “room remaining” in the tour.

            Field Training Tour Description:

            Welcome to one of the most famous gang “sites” in the world — called by some a “killing field” of public housing, much attention has been given to this location over the years in Chicago. This location has had more than its share of gang violence over the years. You will be in the company of someone who truly has “street credentials”, someone well-known at the street and community level – your tour guide.


(119) “Gang Management in Juvenile Facilities”, by Felix Mickens, Edwin Lee, Allen Mitchell, and Dominick Cicala, New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission, Trenton, NJ.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session credits: Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole.

            Abstract

            This presentation will demonstrate how a multi-tiered approach to juvenile gang management can be effective. The NJ JJC Gang Management Unit will discuss the many different components of the unit and their functions. We will describe the function of the role of executive management, direct management, community outreach as well as aftercare. Deputy Executive Director Felix Mickens will cover the overview of the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission, followed by an explanation of direct management in this process by Allen Mitchell (JJC Gang Management coordinator). Then we will explain the importance of resident involved aftercare by Director Edwin Lee (Juvenile Parole), ending with an explanation of community involvement in prevention and intervention efforts by Dominick Cicala (Southern Region/Gang Community Outreach Coordinator).

            Bios

            Felix Mickens is the Deputy Executive Director of Operations for the New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission. Mr. Mickens is directly responsible for the daily operations within the secure care facilities within the JJC. He is also responsible for management of the JJC gang management unit. Mr. Mickens is a graduate of Rutgers University, majoring in Administration of Justice and minoring in sociology.

            Edwin Lee is the director of New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission Juvenile Parole and Transitional Services. Edwin Lee, Jr. Was appointed as Director of Juvenile Parole & Transitional Services in April 2013. In this position, he oversees the JJC’s juvenile parole efforts and community reentry services throughout the state. Director Lee has been an integral part in the development of aftercare planning for the gang involved residents of the JJC. Mr. Lee is a graduate of the College of New Jersey, majoring in Law and Justice with a minor in sociology.

            Allen Mitchell is the coordinator for the NJ JJC Gang Management Unit. He is responsible for the day to day coordination of the GMU. Mr. Michell is a 20 year veteran of the JJC. He holds a B.S.in Administration of Justice from Rutgers with a minor in sociology. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary.

            Dominick Cicala is the Souther regional community outreach coordinator. Mr. Cicala is a 20 year veteran of the unit and is primarily responsible for all southern region community outreach. Mr. Cicala has presented gang awareness/Phoenix curriculum trainings throughout the New Jersey area. Mr. Cicala has worked closely with Cumberland County over the past five years with the implementation of the Phoenix curriculum in the Cumberland County elementary and middle schools.


(120) “Collaborating with Local Communities on Gangs”, by Allen Mitchell and Dominick Cicala, New Jersey Juvenile Justice Commission, Trenton, NJ.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole.

            Abstract

            Within this presentation the JJC Gang Management Unit will describe how local collaboration with surrounding counties can be effective when working with juvenile gang members. It will highlight how working with local schools, faith based organizations, and local law enforcement can lead to effective gang prevention, intervention, and suppression efforts, with the use of the Phoenix Gang Prevention/Intervention curriculum. Dominick Cicala (Community Gang Outreach Specialist) who is a 20 year veteran of the JJC Gang Unit, and has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the Phoenix curriculum, will lead this presentation. Allen Mitchell (JJC Gang Management Coordinato) a 20 year veteran of the JJC Gang Unit will assist in this presentation.

            Bios

Allen Mitchell is the coordinator for the NJ JJC Gang Management Unit. He is responsible for the day to day coordination of the GMU. Mr. Michell is a 20 year veteran of the JJC. He holds a B.S.in Administration of Justice from Rutgers with a minor in sociology. He is currently pursuing a Masters of Divinity from New Brunswick Theological Seminary.

            Dominick Cicala is the Souther regional community outreach coordinator. Mr. Cicala is a 20 year veteran of the unit and is primarily responsible for all southern region community outreach. Mr. Cicala has presented gang awareness/Phoenix curriculum trainings throughout the New Jersey area. Mr. Cicala has worked closely with Cumberland County over the past five years with the implementation of the Phoenix curriculum in the Cumberland County elementary and middle schools.