The 2019 NGCRC 22nd International Gang Specialist

Training Conference (August 5-7, 2019):

The Curriculum and Course Offerings

 

 

            The full conference information is available at https://ngcrc.com/2019.conference.html

 

Note: This is only a preliminary listing or advance listing of sessions, there are usually over 100 different sessions to actually pick and choose from for persons attending the NGCRC Gang Training Conference. Note also: The numbering sequence of sessions for this early version of the 2019 curriculum is subject to change.

There are N = 56 sessions or courses as of this date listed below.

Last updated: 19 November 2018

 


(1) “Gang Threat Awareness: An Attempt to Assist with the Overall Violence Proofing of a Learning Environment”, by Robert Mulvaney, M.A., Gang Specialist, NGCRC Staff.

           One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills; Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Gang and Violence Prevention for School Administrators; Gang Counseling Skills; Gang Prevention Skills.

            Abstract

            What are some early signs of gang involvement that parents/teachers/counselors/juvenile workers can become aware of? What can a parent/teacher/juvenile worker/others do? The allure of the gang is very difficult to deal with. They will convince the newcomer that they are family and they will protect them against rivals/bullies. This session will outline some steps in recognizing gangs/threats in your unique environment and actions you can take to improve overall safety.

           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. 


(2) “An Introduction to G.R.I.P. (Gang Reentry Initiative Program)”, by Anthony L. Franks, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Re-entry Coordinator, Eastern District of Missouri, St. Louis, MO.

            Session credits: Gang Prosecution; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills.

            One (1) hour

            Abstract

            In this session attendees will learn about G.R.I.P., how and why it began, its evolution,

successes, and lessons learned. As background, G.R.I.P. is led by United States District Judge Henry Autrey and also includes team members from the U.S. Attorneys Office, the U.S. Probation Office, and the Federal Public Defenders Office, and a residential re-entry facility representative. G.R.I.P. focuses on assisting former gang members reenter society, after serving their term in prison. G.R.I.P. aims to assist participants in avoiding gang or other criminal activity by providing access to education, employment and/or housing resources.

            Bio

            Anthony Franks is the United States Attorney’s Office Reentry Coordinator for the Eastern District of Missouri. In addition to his work in prosecuting federal cases, Anthony also works in four reentry courts. There, he focuses on assisting ex-offenders who have prior gang affiliation, substance abuse or mental health challenges, reenter society from prison and become productive law-abiding citizens. Anthony also assists in coordinating the office’s outreach work with schools, non-profits, and other entities. Anthony is a graduate of the Howard University School of Business (1993) and the Howard University School of Law (1998).


(3) “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 5th.

            Session Credits: Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Advanced Gang Identification; 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.

 

(4) “Victimology: Coping with Gang Homicide”, 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 Hours (120 Minutes)

            Session Credits: Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang and Violence Prevention for School Administrators; Gang Prevention Skills; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services; Gang Counseling Skills.

            Abstract

            Murder is considered the most heinous crime of all. It inflicts the ultimate harm, whose damage to the victim cannot be undone. When a loved one is murdered through gang violence, the list of those harmed contains many secondary and tertiary victims as well. The trauma and fear created by such a sudden, violent, and permanent loss lingers for years and, in fact, may never be fully resolved for these victims. At the end of the course, participants should be able to: (1) describe the differences in victimological science concerning primary, secondary, and tertiary victims in a gang homicide, (2) recognize potential victimology-bashing and victim-blaming, (3) identify signs of deep trauma, PSD, unresolved guilt, and more, (4) understand the role and effects of law enforcement and the criminal justice system on secondary and tertiary victims of gang homicide. Prospective audience: school administrators, educators, community leaders, policy makers, organizational leaders, counselors, nonprofit agencies, law enforcement, criminal justice professionals, local volunteers, and activists.

            Bio

            Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D.is a nonprofit leader with four decades of experience, including 17 years as Executive Director of the Gang Alternatives Program (GAP) in Los Angeles. Semi-retired, he now serves as Executive to the Board and Chief Learning Officer. He provides gang and violence prevention professional development for K-12 school counselors; serves in various advisory capacities; works with various agencies in the areas of violence reduction and community rebuilding, including Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles and the UCLA/Rand Prevention Research Center. He is currently the Director of the Gangfree Life Academy®.


(5) “Prosecuting Gangs and Protecting Witnesses — How Can You do Both?”, by John O’Rourke, Chief of the Gangs, Firearms and Narcotics Bureau, Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, White Plains, NY.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs; Gang Prosecution; Gangs and Organized Crime.

            Abstract

            This presentation will be a review of how to combat the “Stop Snitching” culture and the utilization of laws which assist in protecting witnesses and lead to successful prosecutions when witnesses have been intimidated and threatened. This presentation will discuss the use of certain approaches to keep witnesses safe and to overcome the gang’s negative influence upon members of the community.

            Bio

            John O’Rourke is the Chief of the Gangs, Firearms and Narcotics Bureau in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, and has extensive experience in prosecuting homicides and violent crimes relating to street gangs. He has worked in the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office for over 17 years. Prior to that he worked in the New York County District Attorney’s Office where he worked in the Trial Division handling a range of cases including homicides and Asian Gang Prosecutions. He is a graduate of Albany Law School and the State University of New York at Oneonta.


(6) “The Relationship Between Psychopathy and Gang Membership”, Dr. Sally-Ann Ashton, Postgrad Researcher; Dr. Maria Ioannou; and Dr. Laura Hammond; International Centre for Investigative Psychology, University of Huddersfield, England.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Dealing With Gang Members on Probation/Parole; Gang Counseling Skills; Gangs and Mental Health

            Abstract

            The relationship between psychopathy and long-term gang membership has been established by a number of academic papers. This presentation will give an overview of psychopathy before exploring its relationship to gang membership for a single sample from adolescence to early adulthood, using longitudinal data from the Pathways to Desistance Study. Finally, the presentation will explore the relationship between psychopathy and the offending patterns of gang membership and will consider the implications of working with individuals who have psychopathic traits. 

            Bios

            Sally-Ann Ashton is a postgraduate researcher in the International Centre for Investigative Psychology at University of Huddersfield and a Lecturer in Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behavior at Edge Hill University. In 2017 she was a recipient of a Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for superior accomplishments in gang research. Sally-Ann has over 10 years of experience of running training workshops in English prisons. The presentation is co-authored with Dr. Maria Ioannou, a Chartered Forensic Psychologist and Read in Investigative Psychology and Course Director for the Msc 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 Dr. Laura Hammond, Senior Lecturer and Assistant Course Director for the Msc at the University of Huddersfield and who has worked with academic groups, and law enforcement agencies around the world on a range of consultancy and criminal legal cases.


(7) “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; 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.


(8) “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.

 

(9) “Historical/Generational Trauma and Its Impact on Gang and Law Enforcement Interactions”, by Philip J. Swift, Ph.D., Municipal Courts, City Marshall Division, Fort Worth, TX.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Gang Prevention Skills; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs; Gangs and Mental Health.

            Abstract

            Attendees will be introduced to the concept of historical/generational trauma and how this form of trauma impacts communities, cultures, and the development of cognitive schemes. The impact of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the link between it and historical/generational trauma among Native Americans and minorities and the less recognized concept of historical/generational trauma among law enforcement communities and gangs will be analyzed and discussed. The concept of historical/generational trauma among law enforcement officers and gang members will be used to evaluate the interaction of law enforcement officers and gang members and to evaluate the success and failure of gang prevention, intervention, and interdiction programs.

            Bio

            Dr. Philip J. Swift is a recognized gang expert and national lecturer. Dr. Swift recently served as the Director of Security and the Commander of the Gang/Intelligence Unit and the K-9 Unit for the Denver Sheriff’s Department in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Swift also serves as an adjunct instructor at the Denver Sheriff’s Department Training Academy where he teaches Contraband Interdiction and Active Shooter Response as well as a wide variety of other courses as needed. Dr. Swift is a published author and holds a Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology. Dr. Swift is regularly sought out by law enforcement agencies, gang intervention/prevention groups, and community organizations to lecture about gang culture, police culture, gang intervention, jail culture, and jail based criminal activity/investigations. Dr. Swift is currently the City Marshall in Fort Worth, TX.


(10) “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., Associate 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 associte 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.

 

(11) “Building a Gang Conspiracy Case”, by Christopher Ryan, Managing Director, K2 Intelligence, New York, NY.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Gang Prosecution; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gangs and Organized Crime.

            Abstract

            Attendees will learn how to assemble individual acts of gang violence, often seemingly isolated and unrelated incidents, and join them into a single multi-defendant gang prosecution under state conspiracy law. Attendees will learn the methodology employed in NYC to combat gang violence — incorporating homicides, shootings, robberies, firearm sales and possession, and narcotics offenses, with evidence derived from court-authorized wiretaps, social media and recorded jail telephone calls, and confidential sources — and the history of success NY has had in reducing gang related homicides and non-fatal shootings using this methodology.

            Bio

            As the top gun and gang prosecutor in New York City from 2010 to 2018, Chris supervised an elite unit of experienced prosecutors, investigative analysts and police detectives responsible for the dismantling of sophisticated criminal enterprises, including gun traffickers, major narcotics organizations, and criminal street gangs. In 2010, he developed a new methodology designed to reduce over-incarceration and improve the safety and quality of life in and around public housing in NYC. Now adopted by the NYPD, the DA’s offices of NYC, and numerous police departments and prosecutor’s offices across the country, this program was designed to reduce gun violence by identifying, targeting and prosecuting the most significant criminal offenders, leading to dramatic reductions in homicides and non-fatal shootings. This methodology resulted in carefully targeted, large-scale, long-term, multi-defendant prosecutions under New York State’s conspiracy statutes against violence neighborhood-based street crews, which became the NYPD’s “Operation Crew Cut”. The program has been recognized by the last three New York City Police Commissioners as the key to the historic reduction in homicides and violent crime.


(12) “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.

            Two (2) Hours

            Session credits: Gang Crime Analysis & Mapping; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists.

            Abstract

            This class is part 1 of a 2 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.


(13)  “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.


(14) “The Role of Primary Prevention and a Public Health Approach in an Anti-Gang Strategy”, 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.

            1.5 Hours (90 Minutes)

            Session Credits: Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang and Violence Prevention for School Administrators; Gang Prevention Skills; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities.

            Abstract

            Recent findings by a joint investigation by the US Office of Justice Programs and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate it is time to change course and focus on primary prevention as the foundation of an anti-gang program. The tactics of primary prevention require 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. At the end of the course, participants should be able to: (1) identify and understand the Public Health Model, (2) utilize the Social-Ecological Model in dealing with the entire gang prevention challenge, (3) understand the insidious, infectious, virus-like nature of the epidemic of violence, (4) identify quickly and correctly the hierarchy of risk factors, (5) identify quickly and correctly the most effective protective factors, and (6) create a basic plan for primary prevention in their communities. Prospective audience: school administrators, educators, community leaders, policy makers, organizational leaders, counselors, nonprofit agencies, law enforcement, criminal justice professionals, local volunteers, and activists.

            Bio

            Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D.is a nonprofit leader with four decades of experience, including 17 years as Executive Director of the Gang Alternatives Program (GAP) in Los Angeles. Semi-retired, he now serves as Executive to the Board and Chief Learning Officer. He provides gang and violence prevention professional development for K-12 school counselors; serves in various advisory capacities; works with various agencies in the areas of violence reduction and community rebuilding, including Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles and the UCLA/Rand Prevention Research Center. He is currently the Director of the Gangfree Life Academy®.


(15) “Correctional Intelligence and Street Crime Investigations”, by Captain Philip J. Swift, Ph.D., Municipal Courts, City Marshall Division, Fort Worth, TX.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gangs and Drugs.

            Restriction: Attendance of this class is restricted to law enforcement/corrections staff, probation/parole officers, and judicial investigators.

            Abstract

            During this block of instruction attendees will learn about the types and sources of gang information and intelligence that are available to law enforcement officers and investigators from jail and corrections based intelligence units as well as the legality of requesting and using such information. Attendees will be introduced to tactics and techniques that “street” officers can use to increase the likelihood of a suspects divulging criminal intelligence while incarcerated. Attendees will also be introduced to techniques and tactics that jail and correctional staff can use to groom informants and gather credible intelligence. A case study of the 211 Crew organized crime indictment in Denver, Colorado will be used to highlight the value of correctional intelligence and corroboration with jail/correctional staff. The positive and negative “take aways” of the 211 Crew indictment and prosecution, from an intelligence standpoint, will also be discussed.

            Bio

            Dr. Philip J. Swift is a recognized gang expert and national lecturer. Dr. Swift served as the Director of Security and the Commander of the Gang/Intelligence Unit and the K-9 Unit for the Denver Sheriff’s Department in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Swift also serves as an adjunct instructor at the Denver Sheriff’s Department Training Academy where he teaches Contraband Interdiction and Active Shooter Response as well as a wide variety of other courses as needed. Dr. Swift is a published author and holds a Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology. Dr. Swift is regularly sought out by law enforcement agencies, gang intervention/prevention groups, and community organizations to lecture about gang culture, police culture, gang intervention, jail culture, and jail based criminal activity/investigations. Dr. Swift is currently the City Marshall in Fort Worth, TX.


(16)   “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.


(17) 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.


(18) “Lessons Learned from Gang Peace and Street Peace Methodologies Used in Boston”, by Rev. Rodney E. Dailey, Dorchester, MA.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session credits: Faith-Based Programs for Gang Intervention; Gang Prevention Skills;

            Abstract

            In this session attendees will learn about proven grassroots programs, gang peace to street peace, intervention, prevention, mediation, outreach and case management strategies and methodologies. These methods were applied to both hooked and unhooked (parole, probation, ankle bracelet), younger and older, male and female, gang involved populations in Boston, MA. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the underclass subculture.

            Bio

            Rev. Rodney E. Dailey is the architect of two successful gang prevention, intervention, mediation programs in the city of Boston, MA which operated for 20 years independent of the police department, and was later identified as part of the miracle when there were no murders for two years in Boston – 24 months in a row. Rodney is a published author (Gang Peace to Street Peace, The Untold Story of Research and Applied Proven Methods of Grass Roots Organizations). He believes faith-based initiatives must be applied strategically to the social problem of gang violence, especially when law enforcement is involved. Rodney organized the first march for gang violence in Boston and helped organized the first national gang summit in Kansas City, receiving over 90 awards from local and national organizations and governments. The 43rd President of the United States awarded him and the Gang Peace Program the 1000th Point of Light Presidential Award. The program was later re-awarded by the 44th President of the United States, President Obama. He completed a fellowship at MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and another at Northeastern University’s Law institute and is an Otto Snowden fellow. He earned a Bachelors in Human Service Management from the University of Massachusetts Boston and is an ordained elder in the African Methodist Episcopal church, the largest black organization in the world, and serves as a ministerial staff member of St. Paul AME in Cambridge, MA. Rev. Rodney is the architect of Prayer Changes Things Ministry that bless blocks weekly in communities of violence, believing God is in control encouraging those who know the power of prayer to pray for peace and longevity of life - for all people.


(19) “Risk Factors and Offending Behaviors of Adolescent Female Gang Members”, by Dr. Sally-Ann Ashton, Postgrad Researcher; and Dr. Maria Ioannou; International Centre for Investigative Psychology, University of Huddersfield, England.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Female Gangs/Female Gang Members; Dealing With Gang Members on Probation/Parole; Gang Counseling Skills; Gang Prevention Skills; Gangs and Mental Health.

            Abstract

            Using data from the Pathways to Desistance Study, this session will explore the psychological and environmental risk factors associated with female gang members in a sample of 28 participants with a mean age of 16.08 (range between 14 and 18 years of age). The presentation will also consider crime patterns of the sample, and the extent to which their offending differs from their non-gang affiliated counterparts. The session will inform those working with young women who are at risk of gang membership, mental health professionals, and those planning targeted interventions for female gang members.

            Bios

            Sally-Ann Ashton is a postgraduate researcher in the International Centre for Investigative Psychology at University of Huddersfield and a Lecturer in Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behavior at Edge Hill University. In 2017 she was a recipient of a Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for superior accomplishments in gang research. Sally-Ann has over 10 years of experience of running training workshops in English prisons. The presentation is co-authored with Dr. Maria Ioannou, a Chartered Forensic Psychologist and Read in Investigative Psychology and Course Director for the Msc 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.


(20) “The MS-13: A Workshop to Discuss the Impact and Response to the Violence by Foreign National Gangs in U.S. Communities", by Robert Mulvaney, M.A., Gang Specialist, NGCRC Staff.

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: International and Transnational Gang Problems; Gang Profile Analysis; Gangs and Organized Crime; 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; Gang Prevention Skills.

            Abstract

            MS-13 has spread across the country. This workshop will look at various ways the group uses symbols, tattoos, graffiti and horrific displays of violence (including murder and violent acts including dismemberment). Participants will be broken into smaller groups and encouraged to discuss/list ways to combat this activity in our communities. This will not be a political discussion, but an open group discussion to solicit ideas on appropriate ways to combat the violence this group lends itself to.

            Bio

            Robert Mulvaney has an extensive background in the Criminal Justice field including positions as a correctional officer, prison counselor, prole 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.


(21) “Why Young People Join Gangs”, by Dr. Barry S. McCrary, Ed.D., Associate 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.

            Bios

            Dr. McCrary is currently an associate 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.


(22) “Introduction to Separatist, Racist and Extremist Groups (SREG’s)”, by D. Lee Gilbertson, Ph.D., NGCRC Staff and Executive Editor, Journal of Gang Research, and James A. Anderson, M.S., Minnesota Deputy State Fire Marshall, Fire Inspector.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Gang Profile Analysis; Hate Group/White Racist Extremist Gangs; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Graffiti Identification and Analysis; Advanced Gang Identification.

            Abstract

            This session is an introduction to the various Separatist, Racist, and Extremist Groups (SREGs) in the United States today. The instructors review the founders, origins, beliefs, practices, past and current activities, and significant symbology (e.g., phrases, graffiti, and dates). Call them “Hate Groups” is too simplistic and does not capture the complexity of the problem. The instructors discuss groups that are based on religious belief, political ideology, or racial views.

            Bios

            D. Lee Gilbertson teaches at Saint Cloud State University as a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. 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.

            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.


(23) “Causes, Effects, and Treatments: Gang Culture and Gang 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; Director, Gangfree Life Academy®; Chair, UCLA/RAND Prevention Research Center CAB; Los Angeles, CA.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            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 impact of violent and dangerous gang 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, demographic, and cultural factors that create and incubate the pathologies that lead to gang joining and gang violence in a community. At the end of the course, participants should be able to: (1) understand why high risk behaviors are prevalent in violent, gang infested areas, (2) track the nine progressions of harsh reality that affect children in these communities, (3) identify the five pathological adaptations made by children in these communities, (4) get a basic understanding of the hierarchy of risk factors, (5) get a basic understanding of major protective factors, and (6) get a basic understanding of the benefits of primary prevention programs. Prospective audience: school administrators, educators, community leaders, policy makers, organizational leaders, counselors, nonprofit agencies, law enforcement, criminal justice professionals, local volunteers, and activists.

            Bio

            Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D.is a nonprofit leader with four decades of experience, including 17 years as Executive Director of the Gang Alternatives Program (GAP) in Los Angeles. Semi-retired, he now serves as Executive to the Board and Chief Learning Officer. He provides gang and violence prevention professional development for K-12 school counselors; serves in various advisory capacities; works with various agencies in the areas of violence reduction and community rebuilding, including Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles and the UCLA/Rand Prevention Research Center. He is currently the Director of the Gangfree Life Academy®.


(24)  “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.

            

(25) “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. The instructor has 24 years of experience in working with at-risk juveniles in a wide variety of settings: acute care psychiatric, pediatric child care, private childcare, and juvenile justice. He is a certified instructor for Safe Crisis Management.

            Bio 

            William A. Campbell is the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice Training Academy Branch Manager. With 25 years of working with at-risk/adjudicated teens in numerous settings ranging from acute care psychiatric, private residential treatment and group home & juvenile justice detentions. Originally, a Chicago native, William attended Western Illinois University where he received his Bachelors in Communications. After leaving W.I.U in 1985, served in the US Army and a tour of duty in Kuwait for Desert Storm as a member of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division and was honorably discharged in February 1993. In March of 1993 William began his career working with at-risk/adjudicated adolescents in an acute care psychiatric hospital. In 1998 he began working with Kentucky Baptist Homes for Children. William later joined the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice’s Training Branch in 2007 where he has specialized in gangs / security threat groups. He has assisted and taught new employees during academy training. In early 2009, certified as an expert in Gang Specialist. In 2010, he received the DJJ Professional Development Employee of the Year award. In 2010, he became a Trainer for Trainers at the National Gang Crime Research Center. William currently resides in Elisabethtown, Kentucky and is a member of the Juvenile Justice Alternative to Detention Initiative Committee.


(26)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.


(27) “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.


(28) “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.


(29) “An Overview of the VETTS Program: Veterans Empowering Teens Through Support (VETTSTM)”, by Dr. Michelle Baker, Executive Director, VETTS, Inc, New Haven, CT.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang and Violence Prevention Skills for School Administrators.

            Abstract

            Efforts to address and deter at-risk youth from the lure of gang involvement have received lots of attention and support (Krohn, Schmidt, et al, 2011; Krohn, Ward, et al, 2011; Olate et al, 2011). Young people involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice system are at greater risk for gang involvement (Postlethwait et al, 2010; Tonmyr et al, 2011). Mentoring has evidenced efficacy with at-risk youth. Veterans because of their experiences in the theatre of war can lend a unique perspective and experience to the mentoring relationship with gang-involved youth. In essence, veterans can play a significant role in communities plagued with the ills of gang membership, which often undermines the functioning and productivity of many towns and cities. This segment of training will demonstrate how through programming, at-risk youth can facilitate positive changes in their lives: be diverted from further criminal activity, reduce recidivism, and learn proactive/prosocial skills.

            Bio

            Dr. Michelle Baker, has extensive experience in directing programs geared towards reducing recidivism. Dr. Baker has conducted research to assist public schools reintegrate adolescent African American males post incarceration. She is the Executive Director of VETTS (Veterans Empowering Teens Through Support), Inc. A mentoring organization that matches honorably discharged veterans with identified gang associated youth. The VETTS program provides a supportive one-on-one relationship to the youth within their community 24 hours/7 days a week. She is also an Educational Advisor for Naugatuck Valley Community College, preparing high school students for post-secondary education.

            

(30) “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; Gangs and the Mass Media

            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.


(31) “The Cost of Dropping Out and Gang Joining in Los Angeles”, 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 Hours (120 Minutes)

            Session Credits: Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang and Violence Prevention for School Administrators; Gang Prevention Skills; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities.

            Abstract

            This presentation covers the direct and indirect costs associated with dropping out of school and joining a gang in greater Los Angeles. With data gathered by the Los Angeles Unified School District, California State University Northridge, and Northeastern University, th California Legislative Analyst’s Office, LAPD, and more, a comprehensive study of the true costs emerges. Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to: (1) identify the intangible human, societal, and economic costs, (2) identify the tangible costs to the criminal justice system, the penal system, victims, government, and business, (3) recount a case study of a family affiliated with the 18th Street Gang, (4) describe the effectiveness of prevention, intervention, and suppression in economic, ethical, and moral terms. Prospective audience: school administrators, educators, community leaders, policy makers, organizational leaders, counselors, nonprofit agencies, law enforcement, criminal justice professionals, local volunteers, and activists.

            Bio

            Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D.is a nonprofit leader with four decades of experience, including 17 years as Executive Director of the Gang Alternatives Program (GAP) in Los Angeles. Semi-retired, he now serves as Executive to the Board and Chief Learning Officer. He provides gang and violence prevention professional development for K-12 school counselors; serves in various advisory capacities; works with various agencies in the areas of violence reduction and community rebuilding, including Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles and the UCLA/Rand Prevention Research Center. He is currently the Director of the Gangfree Life Academy®.


(32) “An Overview of the Cleveland Public Health Model Plan to Address Gang Violence”, by Duane Deskins, Bratenahi, Ohio.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Prevention Skills; Gangs and Mental Health; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists.

            Abstract

            In 2017 and 2018, I served as Cleveland’s first Chief of Prevention, Intervention, and Opportunity for Youth and Young Adults. This citywide strategic plan promotes wellness and resiliency among those exposed to interpersonal violence and decades of structural violence. This strategic plan allows individuals and the community to thrive despite adverse conditions and relies on a public health model. Attendees will learn how Cleveland is implementing this strategic plan. Also, they will learn to understand violence, how it spreads from individuals to whole communities, forming a sustainable and violent paradigm. Finally, attendees will learn what can be done to create sustainable, safe, and healthy neighborhoods.

            Bio

            I was an instructor at Harvard Law School, Northeastern University School of Criminal Justice, and Case Western Reserve University Law School. From 1982 to 2013, I served as an AUSA in Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, and Cleveland, directed over 1,000 criminal investigations and litigated 80 federal criminal trials and numerous federal appeals. From 2013 to 2016, I served as the First Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, Chief of the Juvenile Division, and Director of Juvenile Crime Prevention; where I launched created a juvenile gang unit, successfully investigating and prosecuting over 300 gang members. In 2017 to present I served as Cleveland’s first Chief of Prevention, Intervention, and Opportunity for Youth and Young Adults leveraging over $1 million to launch a series of initiatives and opportunities for Cleveland.


(33) “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.

            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.                                                       


(34) 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 5, 2019. 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.


(35) “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.


(36) “Gang Culture and Social Norms”, by Captain Philip J. Swift, Ph.D., Municipal Courts, City Marshall Division, Fort Worth, TX.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Gangs and Mental Health.

            Abstract

            Attendees will gain a generalized understanding of the different gang classifications, structures, and organizations. A historical/political/economic lens will be used to introduce attendees to gang cultural and common cognitive schemes used by gang members to justify their criminal actions. The impact of social norms on the way gangs, gang activity, and gang members are perceived by law enforcement officers, gang intervention/prevention professionals, and the public will be explored. Additionally, the way gang members perceive law enforcement, gang intervention/prevention professionals will also be examined and the reality of these perceptions will be used to discuss the successes and failures of gang prevention, intervention, and interdiction programs.

            Bio

            Dr. Philip J. Swift is a recognized gang expert and national lecturer. Dr. Swift is served as the Director of Security and the Commander of the Gang/Intelligence Unit and the K-9 Unit for the Denver Sheriff’s Department in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Swift also serves as an adjunct instructor at the Denver Sheriff’s Department Training Academy where he teaches Contraband Interdiction and Active Shooter Response as well as a wide variety of other courses as needed. Dr. Swift is a published author and holds a Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology. Dr. Swift is regularly sought out by law enforcement agencies, gang intervention/prevention groups, and community organizations to lecture about gang culture, police culture, gang intervention, jail culture, and jail based criminal activity/investigations. Dr. Swift is currently the City Marshall in Fort Worth, TX.


(37)  “How to Develop, Select and Train a Diverse STG Intelligence Team in a Jail/Prison Environment”, by Robert Mulvaney, M.A., Gang/Specialist, NGCRC Staff..

           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.


(38) “Creating a Staff Facilitated Peer Support Group for In-Prison Gang Renouncement Candidates”, by Veronica Williams, Supervisor, Gang Renouncement and Dissociation (G.R.A.D.), Houston, TX.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Counseling Skills; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services.

            Abstract

            This session is a beginning effort to give former community agents of destruction a chance to eventually return to the community as builders of bridges torn down by fear, violence, death, and insurmountable sorrow. Their belief systems and ensuing behaviors, affect their ability to interpret and manage life’s circumstances appropriately. This distorts their cognitive ability to reason within any pro-social constructs. Their brains have been thoroughly transformed and recruited into a world which resulted in anti-social behaviors and thinking that has unfortunately become their norm. This distortion in thinking has often resulted in years, perhaps decades of aligning themselves with extreme negativity and denial to merely survive. Their thinking and behaviors are often characterized by many addictions which can include but are not limited to drugs, alcohol, gambling and co-dependency just to name a few. Therefore this project of a staff facilitated peer support group allows all of the above to be addressed in a non invasive environment over time while still in prison, providing confidential rapport, open sharing, support, and mutual commitment from staff and participants as well.

            Bio

            Hailing from Houston Texas, a mother of two, and grandmother of 5, Veronica Williams worked as a chemical plant process operator from 1977 to 2001. After re-creating herself in the employment arena as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor in 2003, Veronica enrolled in college at age fifty. Earning her Bachelor’s of Science degree with a concentration in Human Services from Springfield College, Houston Campus, in December 2010. Veronica began taking Master’s courses with a concentration in Organizational Management and Leadership of Human Services in January of 2011 and was conferred her Master of Science degree in December 2016. She moved to Huntsville, Texas to take a position as the Supervisor of the Gang Renouncement and Dissociation (G.R.A.D.) Process at the O.B. Ellis Unit on December 6, 2012. Ms. Williams has been awarded twice by Springfield College, first for her Bachelor’s Project entitled “Homeless in Houston: The Work of the Bread of Life Ministry” in 2010 and the newly created subject matter being presented entitled “Creating a Staff Facilitated Peer Support for In-Prison Gang Renouncement Candidates” in 2017. Please welcome her as a true change agent for the betterment of society for all people.


(39) “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.


(40) “The Global Growth of Nationalism”, by D. Lee Gilbertson, Ph.D., NGCRC Staff and Executive Editor, Journal of Gang Research.

            One and one-half (1.5) hours

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Advanced Gang Identification; Hate Groups/White Racist Extremist Gangs; International and Transnational Gang Problems.

            Abstract

            Headline: “White nationalism on the rise in the United States!” That’s only a fraction of the whole story. Gang specialists need to attend this session to learn what is happening with regard to nationalism on a worldwide scale. The instructor describes the global expansion of nationalistic pride and its affect on various countries’ politics, economies, and peoples on every continent. Maps, pictures, and videos are used to demonstrate the extent of the problem and how it is reaching into the daily lives of citizens, formal political parties and their agendas, as well as street gangs and hate/extremist groups. The definitional distinction is clarified between nationalism, socialism, national socialism, communism, and fascism.

            Bio

            D. Lee Gilbertson teaches at Saint Cloud State University as a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. 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.


(41) “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.

    

(42) “Her Time: Organized Crime and its Effect on Women”, by Detective Sandy Avelar and Detective Anisha Parhar, Vancouver Police Department, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Female Gangs/Female Gang Members; Gangs and Mental Health; Gang Prevention Skills; Gangs and Organized Crime; International and Transnational Gang Problems.

            Abstract

            “Her Time” was created in response to a visible involvement of young women in gangs and organized crime. There is a lack of education and access to resources for females involved in, or vulnerable to gangs. This anti-gang initiative focuses on females entangled in the gang lifestyle and provides them with information on the dangers posed by gangs. Women are provided with access to resources and exiting tools. “Her Time” was started by Detective Anisha Parhar and Detective Sandy Avelar, both active gang rime detectives and partners on the frontline. Anisha and Sandy present with women who have successfully exited lives in organized crime, their experiences and stories assist young girls and women who may be exposed to gangs. Their program is in demand in law enforcement agencies, colleges, high schools, public health agencies, and the social services. This is the only female led, female focused program of its kind in British Columbia (B.C.), Canada. Currently the extent of the role that women play within gangs in unknown in B.C. and Canada. Recent trends in B.C. have seen several females caught in the crossfire of gang violence, being gunned down in brazen shootings, seriously injured in violent attacks, or losing their lives to drug addiction. Detectives Avelar and Parhar may bring one or more former organized crime “wives” to the session.

            Bios

            Detective Sandy Avelar has served for over 20 years with the Vancouver Police Department, including tours in Vice and the Organized Crime Section Gang Crime Unit. She has extensive operational experience and serves as a Tactical Advisor for her agency. Sandy has devoted the majority of her career to youth and gang work and sits on the board of directors for the Boys Club Network. She is in graduate school, focusing on girls and gangs. Sandy is the co-founder of “Her Time”, an anti-gang initiative for females.

            Detective Anisha Parhar is in her ninth year with the Vancouver Police Department. Anisha is currently working within the Organized Crime Section Gang Crime Unit and is actively involved in anti-gang initiatives. Prior to policing, Anisha worked for the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia, within the Covert Intelligence Section. Within the covert intelligence position, Anisha was exposed to multi-million dollar organized crime files that reached national, cross border and international levels. She has since focused her career on Organized Crime and Intelligence. Anisha is the co-founder of “Her Time”, an anti-gang initiative for females.


(43) “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. 


(44) “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 2 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.


(45) “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.

            

(46) “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; and Stewart M. Young, Assistant States Attorney and Senior Litigation Counsel 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.

            Bios

            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. 

            Stewart M. Young is an Assistant United States Attorney and currently serves as Senior Litigation Counsel for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah. He previously served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California. He earned his J.D. from Stanford University, clerked for judges on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal District Court for the District of Utah, and was a full-time faculty member at the University of Wyoming College of Law.


(47) “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.


(48) “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 Monday, August 5th at noon time.

            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.


(49) “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.

            1.5 Hours (90 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 course from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) covers the essential components of active shooter incidents for schools, community organizations, public/private 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.is a nonprofit leader with four decades of experience, including 17 years as Executive Director of the Gang Alternatives Program (GAP) in Los Angeles. Semi-retired, he now serves as Executive to the Board and Chief Learning Officer. He provides gang and violence prevention professional development for K-12 school counselors; serves in various advisory capacities; works with various agencies in the areas of violence reduction and community rebuilding, including Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles and the UCLA/Rand Prevention Research Center. He is currently the Director of the Gangfree Life Academy®.


(50) “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 Skills; Gangs and Mental Health.

            Abstract

            This presentation will use different research methods to explore the relationship between young people and gangs. Firstly, it will summarize research into the offending frequencies for current, prior and non-gang affiliated offenders using longitudinal data from the US Pathways to Desistence Study. This found that although gang leavers continued to offend, they had significantly different attitudes and scored lower on negative psychological traits than those who remained. Second, it will consider how young people view themselves by a narrative analysis of at-risk young people taking part in a UK gang intervention. The findings suggest that future interventions should consider broader social and psychological risks, 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 to identify those individuals who would be more open 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 and a Lecturer in Psychosocial Analysis of Offending Behavior at Edge Hill University. In 2017 she was a recipient of a Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for superior accomplishments in gang research. Sally-Ann has over 10 years of experience running training workshops in English prisons. The presentation is co-authored with Dr. Maria Ioannou, a Chartered Forensic Psychologist and Reader in Investigative Psychology and Course Director for the Msc 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 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.


(51) “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.


(52) “Development of Gang Conspiracy Prosecution Using Social Media”, by Jean L. Prisco, Deputy Bureau Chief, Gangs, Firearms and Narcotics Bureau, Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, White Plains, NY.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Internet Investigation; Gang Prosecution; Gangs and Organized Crime.

            Abstract

            This presentation will be a case study in the use of social media evidence to develop a gang conspiracy prosecution. Using a recent Westchester County gang conspiracy case, this presentation will provide the blueprint for how evidence developed from social media led to a conspiracy to commit murder indictment against a violent street gang. Evidence such as Facebook photographs, graphics, text exchanges, private group chats and audio clips were used to prove the Gang’s agreement to murder rivals. This presentation would be appropriate for prosecutors and gang investigators.

            Bio

            Jean L. Prisco is the Deputy Bureau Chief of the Gangs, Firearms and Narcotics Bureau of the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, who has extensive experience in prosecuting violent crimes relating to street gang. She has worked in the Westchester County District Attorney’s office for over 15 years. Prior to that, she worked as a litigation associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft in New York City and is a graduate of St. John’s Law School and the University of Albany.


(53) “Why People Quit Gangs: A Brown Bag Open Discussion”, by Dr. Barry S. McCrary, Ed.D., Associate 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.

            Note: To be held 12pm-12:55pm Monday, August 5, 2019; Must sign up in advance for this session. Requires a ticket to attend. Tickets available on a first come, first served basis.

            Abstract

            This session explores the reasons why people quit gangs and the discussion is focused at exploiting these factors and conditions for the sole purpose of enhancing the effectiveness of tertiary-level gang prevention efforts. A number of programs have surfaced over the years designed to help people quit gang life. There are prison-based programs. There are programs focused on motorcycle gang members and hate/extremist groups. Bring your own brown bag or have one of our sandwiches and a pop in this special networking opportuniy.

            Bio

            Dr. McCrary is currently an associate 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.


(54) “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.


(55) “Share What You’ve Learned with Other Professionals”, by D. Lee Gilbertson, Ph.D., NGCRC Staff and Executive Editor, Journal of Gang Research.

            One and one-half (1.5) hours

            Session credits: Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; 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. The basics are covered: identifying a topic and forming questions, layout and content, and citing sources. The goal is to encourage Gang College 2018 attendees to compose either a professional manuscript or a “gang news” story and thereby gain a publication citation of their own. Attendees will learn how to develop and submit a professional article for submission for publication consideration to the NGCRC’s Journal of Gang Research, or if desired, to compose a shorter manuscript for submission to the NGCRC’s The Gang Specialist newsletter. In-class discussion is used to stimulate ideas for articles (e.g., best practices, overcoming worst-case scenarios, new approaches to old problems, etc).

            Bio

            D. Lee Gilbertson teaches at Saint Cloud State University as a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. 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.


(56) “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.

 

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