The 2018 NGCRC 21st International Gang Specialist

Training Conference (August 6-8, 2018):

The Curriculum and Course Offerings

 

 

            The full conference information is available at www.ngcrc.com/2018.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. There are N = 98 sessions listed here as of this early date.


Last updated: 21 February 2018


(1) “An Analysis of Native American Gangs in South Dakota”, by Mario L. Hesse, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Profile Analysis; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services.

            Abstract

            This session presents an analysis of Native American gang-crime in two metropolitan counties within the state of South Dakota. An analysis of each gang, the members and characteristics will be presented. This session will also discuss the “possible” linkage between juvenile gang-crime and a number of variables (age, gender, race, location, etc).

            Bio 

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

 

(2) “Historical/Generational Trauma and Its Impact on Gang and Law Enforcement Interactions”, by Captain Philip J. Swift, Ph.D., Denver County Sheriff’s Department, Denver, CO.

            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 is currently 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.


(3) “Getting Published: How to Publish Your Gang Related Research”, by Dr. Gregg W. Etter, Sr., Ed.D., Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Central Missouri; and Dr. Carter F. Smith, JD, Ph.D., Lecturer, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University. 

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Gangs and the Mass Media

            Abstract

            This session examines how an academic or criminal justice practitioner can share their knowledge of the gang field by publishing articles in the criminal justice literature. Selecting a subject, formatting, cover letters, and publishing venue selection are covered. What is the difference between a trade magazine or edited journal and a refereed journal? How do you write a book proposal?

            Bios

            Dr. Gregg W. Etter Sr., Ed.D. is a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Missouri. He served with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Wichita, Kansas from 1977 to 2006, retiring as a Lieutenant. Dr. Etter is the author of three (3) books, six (6) chapters in books, thirty (30) refereed articles and eighteen (18) edited articles. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Wichita State University and his Doctorate Degree from Oklahoma State University.

            Dr. Carter F. Smith, JD, Ph.D. Is a Lecturer in the Criminal Justice Administration Department at Middle Tennessee State University. He was a U.S. Army special agent with the Criminal Investigative Division for over twenty-two years. Dr. Smith is the author of five (5) books, twelve (12) refereed articles and two (2) edited articles. He earned his Bachelor’s degree from Austin Peay State University, his Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University, and his Doctorate degree from Northcentral University.


(4) “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.


(5) “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.


(6) “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

            The present research investigated the offending frequencies for youth gang members and leavers by using longitudinal data from the Pathways to Desistance Study. It found that although gang leavers continued to offend, they had significantly different attitudes and scored lower on negative psychological traits than those who remained. These findings suggest that future interventions should consider utilizing psychological and attitudinal measures, rather than gang membership per se, to assess an individual’s risk of recidivism. This session will help those who work with youth gang members how they might identify those individuals who would be more pen to attitudinal changes, including respect for the law, within programmes.

            Bio

            Sally-Ann Ashton is a postgraduate researcher in the International Centre for Investigative Psychology at University of Huddersfield 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.


(7) 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.


(8) “Patron Saints of the Mexican Cartels and Gangs”, by Robert Almonte, Gang Specialist, San Antonio, TX.

            Four (4) hours

            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

            Mexican Cartels and Gangs in the United States, including the MS-13, involve the spiritual world as a significant component of their criminal activity for protection from law enforcement and in furtherance of their criminal activity. This workshop will identify specific Catholic Saints and other non-Catholic icons such as Santa Muerte that are being used for protection from law enforcement officers. Discussion will also include the reasons why these particular Saints are used by the Cartels and Gangs. Although these items are not probable cause for search or arrest, this course serves to educate and alert law enforcement officials as to their significance, thereby enhancing officer safety and the investigation. Several significant arrests, including the clearing of a cold case murder investigation, as well as drug and money seizures throughout the country have been attributed to this course and are discussed during the presentation. At the conclusion of this workshop, the attendee will be able to identify various icons being used for criminal activity and gain an understanding of how they are utilized by criminals.

            Bio

            Robert Almonte has conducted research in Mexico and in the United States on various icons used by Mexican Cartels and Gangs. Robert has extensive law enforcement experience including 25 years with the El Paso Police Department (Texas) where he worked as a Narcotics Unit Detective and Narcotics Unit Commander. As Captain and Deputy Chief, Robert oversaw the Major Crimes Bureau, which included the Gang and Narcotics Units. Robert was also the United States Marshal for the Western District of Texas for six years. Robert has received numerous awards, including National recognition as the “Outstanding High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Task Force Commander” by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. He is also the creator and producer of the law enforcement training DVD “Patron Saints of the Mexican Drug Underworld”. He has testified in State and Federal Court as a subject matter expert regarding the use of “Patron Saints” by the Mexican Cartels and Gangs. He has conducted training for thousands of law enforcement officers throughout the United States and overseas.


(9) “Street Gangs: Identifying and Addressing the Issues”, by Special Agent Michael Swindle and Trooper Nick Homann, Illinois State Police, Collinsville, IL.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Advanced Gang Identification; Gangs and Drugs.

            Abstract

            The students will learn the situation that we were facing in the East Saint Louis Area with the highest murder rate per capita in the United States and the gang violence that contributed to the murder rate. Students will learn how to identify the “hybrid gangs” and how to collect intelligence on them so that the “hybrid gangs” can be properly documented in a crime database such as LEADS in Illinois. The activities in our area, concerning the established gangs such as the Gangster Disciples and Vice Lords will also be discussed, as well as how to identify the members and collect intelligence on them. Students will also learn how to formulate an enforcement plan to deal with the gang activity and the associated violent crime. They will learn through our successes as well as our failures. Finally, we will have an interactive class discussion and idea sharing session where we will all learn ideas and techniques from each other. The goal of this class is to equip the students with the knowledge necessary to evaluate the situations in their own communities and to formulate and enact a plan to combat the criminal street gang activities.

            Bios

            Special Agent (S/A) Michael Swindle is a 19 year veteran of the Illinois State Police (ISP). He Spent 12 years in a patrol function where he served in northern and southern Illinois. In 2009, S/A Swindle transferred to investigations where he was assigned to the Gang and Narcotics Gun Squad (G.A.N.G.S.) And began working Operation Working Against Violent Elements (W.A.V.E.), a multi-jurisdictional criminal investigations detail centered on reducing violent crime in the East Saint Louis Community for over two years. In 2012, S/A Swindle transferred to the ISP Homicide Investigations/Violent Crimes Unit (VCU) where he investigated homicides for close to two years. In 2014, S/A Swindle assisted with planning and organizing of the ISP Metro East Police Assistance Team (M.E.P.A.T.). This new initiative focused on proactive policing to combat violent crime, homicides, and open air drug sales in and around the Metro East area through consensual encounters, traffic stops, and reports from concerned citizens through the use of overt and covert police units. S/A Swindle instructs in a number of areas within the ISP to include Introduction to Street Gangs and police community related topics. Outside of the ISP, S/A/ Swindle is a National Police and Search and Rescue (SAR) K9 Trainer/Evaluator where he trains and certifies working dog teams in a number of K9 disciplines. S/A Swindle has a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Greenville University (Greenville, IL) and an Associate in Applied Science in Radiologic Technology from Southwestern Illinois College (SWIC) (Belleville, IL).

            Trooper Nick Homann is a 11 year veteran with the Illinois State Police. Seven years were spent in a patrol function split between the Illinois Tollways and District 11 in southern Illinois. During the W.A.V.E. initiative, Trp. Homann worked with W.A.V.E. agents on multiple occasions giving him a glimpse into inner city crime and the areas impacted by gang violence. In 2014, Trp. Homann volunteered for a new initiative aimed at combating the violent crime and gangs (mostly hybrid) negatively impacting the greater East St.Louis area. Trp. Homann assisted in the development of the Metro East Police Assistance Team (MEPAT) which would operate in one of the most violent areas of the country. MEPAT officers understand the constantly changing environment of which gangs operate and utilized focused attention to understand, document and counteract gang activities.


(10) “Gang Culture and Social Norms”, by Captain Philip J. Swift, Ph.D., Denver County Sheriff’s Department, Denver, CO.

            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 currently 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.


(11) “Sudan Political Issues Formulate Gang Involvement in U.S.”, by Kristi Bender, SSAS Officer, Lincoln, NE.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; International and Transnational Gang Problems.

            Abstract

            This presentation explores the movement of refugees from Sudan to America and how this move has created a growing gang problem. Tribal issues have followed these warriors. Now their differences are creating war in the streets of America. We will look into their gangs, culture, and beliefs in this close community. This introduction will allow you to have a better understanding of how they work together, how they are nationally connected, and have a scheduled meeting once per year for a celebration of their heritage, which has involved gang violence.

            Bio

            Kristi Bender is a Specialized Substance Abuse Supervision Probation Officer for the Post Release Supervision clients in Lincoln, NE. She is a trainer in Reflective Dialogue and gangs for the State of Nebraska Probation System. She is a board member of the Nebraska Coalition for Victims of Crime (NCVC), a member of the Midwest Gang Investigators Association and American Probation and Parole Association, a member of the Lancaster County Gang Task Force, a Teammates mentor and an 11 year veteran of the Nebraska Probation System. She has worked closely with multiple community organizations to share and build gang intelligence in her community. She uses evidence based practices in her supervision of her clients to develop case plans targeting those areas of crime-producing risk in an effort to reduce the persons’s risk of recidivism. Officer Bender is the ‘gang specialist in her district’ and aids her agency in identifying current gang members.


(12) “Gang Communication: Technology-enhanced Communication Options”, by Carter F. Smith, J.D., Ph.D., Criminal Justice Professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Prosecution; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Gang Internet Investigation.

            Abstract

            With constant changes in technology, gang members, like others, have an increasing number of ways to communicate — often without detection. As gangs evolve, they take on more of a business model, and their communication strategies improve accordingly. How does this affect the way we should investigate them?

            Are we looking everywhere we can? Do we include the right information on search warrants? Doe we know what our crime labs can find? In this session, we will examine many ways that gang members communicate with each other, what they can talk about without us knowing, and why we need to know how to intercept or at least discover what was said after the fact.

            Bio

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


(13)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.


(14) “Better Intel and Prevention: Monitoring Gang Problems in Bars and Nightclubs”, by Keiron McConnell, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Gang Investigation Skills; Gang Prosecution; International and Transnational Gang Problems; Gang Prevention Skills.

            Abstract

            Many benefits stem from having a cooperative surveillance system in place to monitor gang members at bars and nightclubs. Bar, restaurant, and club owners do not want the violence that can come from gang members, so they are usually very cooperative. This session describes a community based gang prevention initiative that promotes public safety by denying members of gangs and organised crime group’s entry to bars and restaurants in Vancouver, British Columbia. Bar Watch and Restaurant Watch in partnership with the Vancouver Police and the CFSEU Gang Task Force have significantly reduced the gang violence around participating clubs and restaurants through partnership and exclusion policies. An examination of recent legal statutes and applicability to United States jurisdictions will be discussed. In addition, an examination of the spread of this program in other parts of Canada including legislative change to embody the program in statute. The program has been credited with reducing shootings and decreasing public fear. During this session the audience will also be given some background information about the gang situation in British Columbia and police efforts to combat it. Could some version of this program work in your community? Attend this session and find out.

            Bio

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

 

(15) “Hybrid Gangs: How to Identify Local Gang Culture”, by Jim Bailey, Battle Creek Police Department, Battle Creek, MI; and Tyler Sutherland, Gang Suppression Unit, Battle Creek Police Department, Battle Creek, MI.

            Two (2) hours

            Note: Prescheduled session information - - - this session will be taught only on Monday August 6, 2018 in the morning program time slots.

            Session credits: Advanced Gang Identification; Gang Crime Investigation; Gang Homicide Investigation; Gang Prosecution.

            Abstract

            How to identify local neighborhood gang culture, what larger gang culture influences your local gang, and how are they being influenced? How does your local gang adapt signs, symbols, tattoos, colors to your jurisdiction which may have originated elsewhere, perhaps even from a national gang culture? How are you tracking your local gang and crime stats?

            Bios

            Detective Tyler Sutherland has been a police officer for the Battle Creek Police Department for over 13 years. He is currently assigned to the Battle Creek Police Detective Bureau, and was previously assigned to the Gang Suppression Unit for over 6 years. As a member of the Gang Unit, Detective Sutherland was directly involved as the lead investigator in a number of gang, and violent crime, cases that resulted in courtroom trials and jury convictions. While participating in all aspects of gang investigations and court room prosecution, Detective Sutherland has been qualified as, and testified as, a gang expert in the U.S. District court and Michigan State Circuit and District Court, more than 15 times in the last five years. One of these gang cases, was the first criminal gang enhancement jury conviction in the State of Michigan since the state statute was created. He is also recognized in circuit and district court as an expert in Drug Trafficking and Drug Investigations. A Defensive Tactics Instructor, and Patrol Training Officer, he has also received Instructor certification for Active Shooter Response for Civilians, through the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University.

            Corporal Jim Bailey has been with the Battle Creek Police Department for over 13 years, and has been assigned to the Battle Creek Police Department Gang Suppression Unit for over 6 years. Corporal Bailey has been directly involved in many of the same gang investigations as Detective Sutherland, and has assisted as one of the lead investigators with Detective Sutherland, on many of the same violence crime investigations. Corporal Bailey has also been involved in cell phone investigations, writing and executing search warrants, surveillance techniques, undercover drug buys, and managing confidential informants. Corporal Bailey has been recognized in Michigan State District Court and Circuit Court as an expert in drug trafficking and drug investigations, identifying armed subjects, and cell phone site analyses. Corporal Bailey is currently a K-9 handler for the Battle Creek Police Department and is a member of the department’s Emergency Response Team. He is a Defensive Tactics Instructor and a Patrol Training Officer for the Battle Creek Police Department. He has also received Instructor certification for Active Shooter Response for Civilians, through the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University.

             

(16) “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.

 

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

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Counseling Skills; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills.

            Abstract

            This session will explain what’s in the heart of a gang member by examining the five stages of gang banging: 1. fascination, 2. infatuation, 3. dedication, 4. separation, and the 5. exit strategy. Attendees will better understand why youth at risk find gang life fascinating, and how it becomes a fatal attraction. In this course, the instructor will analyze the gang member early in his/her gang career, what it is in the gang life that infatuates them and motivates them to make a commitment to gang life. For persons having contact with gang involved youth, you will learn how to plant the seeds for having them separate from the gang. Attend this session to explore exit strategies to detour at risk youth from street gangs. Participants in this course will also learn methods used by the instructor in his program for working with at-risk and gang-involved youth. Participants will better understand motives and triggers of gang-involved youth, phone codes and modern lingo used by gang-involved youth.

            Bio

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


(18) “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.


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

Demand”, by Michael G. Nerheim, Lake County State’s Attorney, Waukegan, IL.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

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

            Abstract 

            Lake County, Illinois, like most of the rest of the nation, is experiencing an opiate epidemic. The traditional law enforcement approach to illegal drugs focused on attacking the supply of illegal drugs. Through aggressive investigation and prosecution of drug traffickers, coupled with a community-wide collaborative approach which focuses on treatment and harm reduction, Lake County is attempting to fight this crisis by simultaneously attacking supply and demand.

            Bio

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


(20) “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.


(21)  “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.


(22) “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.


(23) “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 6th.

            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.


(24) “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.


(25) “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.


(26) “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.


(27)   “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.


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

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

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

            Abstract

            This class is part 1 of a 3 part series. It serves as a starting point for understanding crime analysis, specifically, analytical mapping techniques as applied to gangs. Topics covered in this class: the evolution of crime analysis and mapping from the 1800s to present; intelligence levels, divisions, and processes; and the roles and responsibilities of analysts, administrators, and police officers. See the other two parts of this 3 part series.

            Bios

            D. Lee Gilbertson teaches at Saint Cloud State University. He has studied gangs since 1995 and has presented research papers at numerous national and international conferences. Lee has participated in every iteration of the NGCRC gang school since it began, often bringing undergraduate and graduate students with him. He is a 2002 and 2005 recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award and is a reviewing editor of the Journal of Gang Research. Lee has collaborated on a professional level with several criminal justice agencies in Minnesota. His background in spatio-temporal analysis includes 15 years of military service as an infantry officer and as a signals intelligence analyst. Before returning to college, Lee worked briefly as a defense contractor instructing all-source intelligence collection asset management on a computer system that greatly utilized mapping techniques.

            Kristopher B.E.Hansgen is a graduate student at Saint Cloud State University in the Master of Science criminal justice program. He is an NGCRC certified gang specialist (2012) and has previously assisted teaching the Spatio-Temporal Gang Analysis classes at the NGCRC “Gang College”. His background includes a B.A. degree from Saint Cloud State University, where he double-majored in Criminal Justice and Psychology and minored in Forensic Science. Kris wrote two final academic research papers. He is employed in the Public Safety Department at Saint Cloud State University as a Patrol Operations Officer and Dispatch Officer. Kris has studied crime analysis and crime mapping since 2010, and is a member of the International Association of Crime Analysts.


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

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: Gang Investigation Skills; Gangs and Mental Health..

            Note on scheduling: This will be held on Tuesday, August 8th, after the Law Enforcement/Corrections Reception.

            Abstract

            This is a special reception for vets only. It is held after the “Law Enforcement and Corrections” reception. The purpose is to express appreciation to veterans for their service in the defense of freedom. If you are a vet, come and attend, find a warm, friendly environment. Door prizes. Great chances to network and mingle. Learn something new, meet somebody new. Sponsored by the NGCRC staff, you will feel appreciated here.

Bios

            These men are long time staff of the NGCRC, and are well known for their gang expertise. Todd is also a psychologist whose practice is with vets through the VA. Fred is an investigator with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office. Lee is a vet who still fits into his issued uniform and teaches gang mapping technology, among other topics.


(30) “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.


(31) “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.


(32) “Why Young People Join Gangs”, by Dr. Barry S. McCrary, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills; Gang and Violence Prevention for School Administrators; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services; Gang Counseling Skills; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Dealing With Gang Problems in Probation/Parole.

            Abstract

            The attempt to improve gang awareness issues requires the promotion of an investigative perspective for criminal justice practitioners which combines both the provision of a service designed to manage behaviors, as well as learning about the motive for joining a gang. Thus, in order to further enhance our knowledge about the motive for joining a gang, this study conducted a survey open to the public about youth gangs in the United States, and reasons why young people join gangs. This paper will discuss the findings of that survey, which should also contribute towards the identification of factors involved in joining gangs and help in formulating treatment modalities.

            Bios

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


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

           One (1) hour

           Session credits: Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Dealing With Gangs in a Juvenile Correctional Facility; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Graffiti Identification and Analysis; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs, Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills, Gangs and Drugs, Gang

Prosecution, Gangs and Organized Crime, Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole, Advanced Gang Identification, Gang Internet Investigation, Motorcycle Gangs

           Abstract

           This course will prepare staff to assist administrators as they cannot be everywhere all the time. Participants will learn how to present information and intelligence and develop a highly skilled and diverse team of Gang Intelligence staff.

           Bio

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


(34) “Gang Prevention and Prosecution Strategies for the Next Twenty Years”, by Carter F. Smith, J.D., Ph.D., Criminal Justice Professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Prosecution; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Gang Internet Investigation.

            Abstract

            This session will include an overview of current gang laws and anti-gang activities, including formal anti-gang teams, sections, and task forces, injunctions, and restrictive ordinances. A sampling of activities that can be considered “gang-related” will be discussed. Prosecution strategies will also be examined and evaluated, with the intent of identifying a blueprint for successful prosecution.

            Bio

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


(35) “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.

            

(36) “Gang Presence in Social Media: Data Mining Twitter, Facebook, and Other Social Media Outlets”, by Dr. John Jacob Rodriguez, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX.

            One hour and Thirty Minutes (1.5 hour)

            Session credits: Gang Internet Investigation; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gangs and the Mass Media.

            Abstract

            This session is a qualitative exploration of data mining social media. It will explore content bites from “Twitter”, “Facebook”, and other outlets to determine the existence and prevalence of gangs on social media. The session will focus mostly on Twitter because of its unique feature of the tweet. The tweet is a 140 character message which can be shared with other Twitter users throughout the world. A qualitative content analysis will be employed to observe multiple tweets which may have global implications for law enforcement, military, and intelligence agencies.

            Bio

            Dr. Rodriguez is an associate professor at the University of Texas at Arlington in the Department of Criminology & Criminal Justice. He has been studying, researching, and writing on gang activity for over 16 years. He has published and presented much of his work in the U.S. and abroad. He has also consulted and testified as an expert witness in multiple cases including but not limited deportation of gang members, organized crime, and various homicide cases.


(37) “How to Qualify and Testify as an Expert Witness on Gangs”, Carter F. Smith, J.D., Ph.D., Criminal Justice Professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Prosecution; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Gang Internet Investigation; Motorcycle Gangs; Gang Homicide Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            In this session, you will learn the mechanics of how to become an expert witness in gang crime investigation cases. You will learn how to provide an expert opinion on matters such as gang identification, the relevance of gang threats, gang motivation, gang rivalries, and gang trends. You will learn a number of important “do’s” and “don’ts” about expertise from the prosecution perspective, and will see some of the strategies of defense. Whether in court or not, there are many ways to strengthen your credibility and expertise – this session may be the first step in that direction.

            Bio

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


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

            Two (2) hours

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

            Abstract

            This class is part 2 of a 3 part series. Participants learn about criminological research and theories that established the practical application of crime mapping and profiling. Three profiling models will be expounded: psychological profiling, geographic offender profiling, and spatio-temporal crime profiling. Methodological, ethical, and legal issues associated with the use of crime mapping will also be discussed. See the other two parts of this 3 part series.

            Bios

            D. Lee Gilbertson teaches at Saint Cloud State University. He has studied gangs since 1995 and has presented research papers at numerous national and international conferences. Lee has participated in every iteration of the NGCRC gang school since it began, often bringing undergraduate and graduate students with him. He is a 2002 and 2005 recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award and is a reviewing editor of the Journal of Gang Research. Lee has collaborated on a professional level with several criminal justice agencies in Minnesota. His background in spatio-temporal analysis includes 15 years of military service as an infantry officer and as a signals intelligence analyst. Before returning to college, Lee worked briefly as a defense contractor instructing all-source intelligence collection asset management on a computer system that greatly utilized mapping techniques.

            Kristopher B.E.Hansgen is a graduate student at Saint Cloud State University in the Master of Science criminal justice program. He is an NGCRC certified gang specialist (2012) and has previously assisted teaching the Spatio-Temporal Gang Analysis classes at the NGCRC “Gang College”. His background includes a B.A. degree from Saint Cloud State University, where he double-majored in Criminal Justice and Psychology and minored in Forensic Science. Kris wrote two final academic research papers. He is employed in the Public Safety Department at Saint Cloud State University as a Patrol Operations Officer and Dispatch Officer. Kris has studied crime analysis and crime mapping since 2010, and is a member of the International Association of Crime Analysts.


(39) “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.                                                       


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

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Faith-Based Programs for Gang Intervention; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills; Gang and Violence Prevention for School Administrators; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services; Gang Counseling Skills; Dealing With Gang Problems in Probation/Parole.

            Abstract

            Since 1991, the Maleness to Manhood Mentoring Initiative has worked toward positively transforming a generation of male youth offenders into models of manhood and responsibility. In recent years, in many of Pittsburgh’s impoverished communities, continuing high levels of unemployment, poverty, unsafe living conditions, school failure and inadequate job training, have created another generation of maladaptive adolescents, whose socioeconomic environment, produced community destabilizing criminality and violence. To this end, the Maleness to Manhood Gang Mentoring Initiative evolved from a program operating within juvenile court, into a Faith-Based initiative in 2002, to remediate, mentor, and transform urban youth into positive, responsible, and productive young men. The Maleness to Manhood Leadership Initiative is a comprehensive youth, family and community-based program that provides intensive mentoring and supportive services for youth to deter negative influences, while guiding them through a positive transformational model from Maleness to Manhood, and addresses positive manhood development, life skills, and career aspirations.

            Bio

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


(41) “Correctional Intelligence and Street Crime Investigations”, by Captain Philip J. Swift, Ph.D., Denver County Sheriff’s Department, Denver, CO.

            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 is currently 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.


(42) “A Threat Analysis of MSTA: Gang, STG, Hate Group, Organized Crime — And More”, by Carter F. Smith, J.D., Ph.D., Criminal Justice Professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN.

            Two (2) hours 

            Session credits: Gang Profile Analysis; Gangs and Organized Crime; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities.

            Note: This session is restricted to police and other government employees who are official criminal justice personnel.

            Abstract

            The MSTA has been identified on the top three list of Islamic gangs/STGs operating in the USA. Most police encounter them as a gang, but some of their operations have all the earmarks of organized rime. Most in corrections regard them as a local security threat group, but they have been evolving into a national organization. Most in academia regard them as a cult or deviant spiritual group, but their “MSTA university” sells college courses to their prison inmate members today. Come and learn about the MSTA and how it operates in your jurisdiction.

            Bio

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


(43) “Gangs and Their Membership”, by Dr. Andy Bain, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Mount Union, Alliance, OH.; and Dr. Keiron McConnell, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gangs and Organized Crime; Gang Profile Analysis

            Abstract

            This session provides for an analysis and discussion of the findings from research examining current knowledge and understanding of gangs and the people who join them. We make use of theoretical and practical examples to explore the relationship between what we know, what we understand and how we can best move forward for the future. The importance of such a discussion is evidenced through our dedication to protect those that may become victims, and to create safer communities.

            Bios

            Andy Bain is Director of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Mount Union, Ohio, USA. He holds a Ph.D. in Offender Behavior, a Msc. Criminal Justice and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology. Andy is the Editor of the 2016 text: Law Enforcement and Technology; co-author of Understanding the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (with Mark Lauchs); co-author of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs: A Theoretical Perspective (with Mark Lauchs & Peter Bell), and co-authored Professional Risk Taking with People: A Guide to Decision-Making in Health, Social Care & Criminal Justice (with David Carson). In addition Andy has published in, edited, and reviewed for, a number of leading international academic and professional journals. His professional background includes four years with the National Probation Service (England & Wales) and six years running a successful Criminal Justice Consultancy Group, providing guidance and advice to offender groups, law enforcement agencies and correctional bodies. This, in turn led to the publication of a number of local and national policing and corrections reports.

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


(44) “A New Prosecution Leadership Model in Anti-Gang Efforts: A Discussion of the Utah Gang Initiative”, by Stephen L. Nelson, Assistant United States Attorney and Anti-Gang Coordinator for the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.

            Two (2) hours

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

            Abstract

            For years, traditional gang prosecution models have focused on building cases against criminal enterprises and indicting street gangs for federal offenses such as RICO and VCAR, which can take years to effectively investigate and prosecute. In an effort to have a more strategic and intelligence-driven response to trends in gang crime, build partnerships with law enforcement agencies, and improve community and officer safety, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah recently announced the Utah Gang Initiative. Under this Initiative, the District of Utah is focusing its anti-gang efforts on federal offenses that target gang crime in our community: firearm possession by restricted persons, drug trafficking, Hobbs Act robberies, 924( c ) offenses, assaults on federal officers, and immigration violations. This segment will describe and highlight some of the details, benefits, and accomplishments of this Initiative and explain how this Initiative can be introduced and implemented in other jurisdictions.

            Bio

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


(45) “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.


(46) “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.

 

(47) “The Anatomy of Gang Prosecution 101", by Norman L. Barnett, Assistant District Attorney (ADA), Douglas County District Attorney’s Office, Douglasville, GA; and Sgt. Jesse Hambrick, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Douglasville, GA..

            Four (4) hours

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Prosecution.

            Abstract

            The purpose of this segment is to provide law enforcement officers and prosecutors with the basic tools they need to successfully prosecute criminal street gang activity. The first 1.5 hours will focus on the laws aimed at preventing criminal street gang activity and will provide attendees with an understanding of what criminal street gang activity is. The second 1.5 hours will focus on investigative techniques that can help identify gang activity. And the last hour will focus on presenting the case in court. The last two segments will be taught using a case investigated by Sgt. Jesse Hambrick and prosecuted by Kristi Wilson. By the end of the session, attendees will be able to conduct a basic gang investigation, build a case file, and present the case in court. 

            Bio 

            Norman Barnett is an Assistant District Attorney in the Douglas County District Attorney, Georgia, where he prosecutes a variety of felony cases, including violations of Georgia’s Street Gang Terrorism and Prevention Act and Georgia’s RICO Act. Prior to serving as a felony prosecutor, Mr. Barnett worked as a personal injury and insurance defense attorney in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Barnett earned his Bachelor of Arts (2007) and Juris Doctor (2010) from the University of Georgia. 

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


(48) “The Need for Insider Research: The Opportunities and Challenges of Doing Research Within Your Own Agency”, by Keiron McConnell, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gangs and the Mass Media

            Abstract

            This session will explore the challenges, both practical ad ethical with conducting research projects from within the studied group. This session will briefly explain qualitative and quantitative methods that can be drawn upon for research design. Moreover, the session will encourage participants to engage in work related research projects that are robust and defendable. This session will further discuss the current research by the presenter which as serving as a gang police officer interviewed 17 stakeholders, including 5 “former” gang members, 245 hours of field observations with gang units in Canada, United States and the U.K., and a content analysis of newspapers. This session will be of value to professionals considering research from their own agencies, perhaps as a way to satisfy a Ph.D. dissertation project, and certainly to any graduate or undergraduate students involved in gang research. 

            Bio

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


(49) “Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs, Bikers and Social Media 2018”, by Dr. Gregg W. Etter, Sr., Ed.D., Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Central Missouri; and Detention Deputy Stacia Pottorff, Osage County Sheriff’s Office, Linn, MO.  

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Motorcycle Gangs; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Internet Investigation.

            Abstract

            Bikers and OMG members have adopted new technologies into their way of doing business at a much faster rate than many other gangs and even faster than many in law enforcement. OMG’s now routinely use Facebook, internet, Instagram and other social media to promote their cause and to communicate with their members. This presentation looks at the changing situation, practices and tactics within the biker community and how it reacts to law enforcement.

            Bios

            Dr. Gregg W. Etter Sr., Ed.D. is a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Missouri. He served with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Wichita, Kansas from 1977 to 2006, retiring as a Lieutenant. Dr. Etter is the author of three (3) books, six (6) chapters in books, thirty (30) refereed articles and eighteen (18) edited articles. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Wichita State University and his Doctorate Degree from Oklahoma State University.

            Detention Deputy Stacia Pottorff is a detention officer with the Osage County Sheriff’s Office in Linn, Missouri. She earned her Bachelor’s degree with honors in Criminal Justice at the University of Central Missouri. She is currently a graduate student in the Criminal Justice Master’s Degree Program at the University of Central Missouri. She is a member of the American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon. She was a recipient of the 2015 UCM Undergraduate Research Grant.


(50) “Verbal De-Escalation”, by Roger L. Rice, Training Administrator, Maryland Department of Juvenile Services, Parkville, MD.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Dealing With Gang Members in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools.

            Abstract

            Participants will learn how to identify crisis situations and how they develop. Participants will develop an understanding of the need to remain calm. Participants will learn the three types of communication which are non-verbal, para-verbal and verbal. Participants will learn the importance of communication in the management of an incident. Participants will be able to identify the aspects of personal space. Participants will learn the importance of how kinesics can escalate or de-escalate a crisis. Participants will learn why it is important to start de-escalation as soon as you meet a new arrival. Participants will learn the importance of restoration before a crisis and after a crisis. Participants will understand the importance of staying calm and answering with a positive response. Participants will learn about the three types of personal interaction/supervision styles which are “uninvolved”, “reactive”, and “initiating”.

            Bio

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


(51) “Gangs Invade the Ivory Tower”, by Carter F. Smith, J.D., Ph.D., Criminal Justice Professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN.

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Prosecution; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Gang Internet Investigation.

            Abstract

            With the growing presence of criminal street gang members in the United States, communities everywhere are experiencing the damaging impact of their criminal behavior. More than one third of the jurisdictions included in the National Youth Gang Survey (NYGS) experienced gang problems in 2007, the highest number since before 2000. A 2009 report by the National Gang Intelligence Center (NGIC) reported the number of gang members in the United States was conservatively estimated at 1,000,000 as of September 2008. Adult gang members represent approximately one of every three gang members, indicating that gangs are evolving into more of an organized crime group as they engage a person’s life past their youth. As these gangs evolve, are they using our nation’s colleges and universities to educate their ranks? This session will examine indicators of problems to come in higher education. 

            Bio

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


(52)  “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.


(53) “Gangs, Guns and Drugs in Canada”, by Keiron McConnell, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: International and Transnational Gang Problems; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Crime Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            In this presentation the audience will learn about the structure of policing in Canada and the impact this has on Gangs, Guns, and Drugs. This presentation will include a discussion on the impact that Canada has in its law enforcement and policies on the U.S. with a focus on the importation of marijuana into the U.S. and the exportation of guns and cocaine into Canada from the U.S.

            Bio

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


(54) “Danger in the Community: Gangsters, Bikers, and Extremists in the Military”, by Carter F. Smith, J.D., Ph.D., Criminal Justice Professor, Department of Criminal Justice Administration, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN.

            Four (4) hours

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Prosecution; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Gang Internet Investigation; Dealing With Military-Trained Gang Members.

            Abstract

            Contemporary gangs have strategically infiltrated military communities around the world since the late 1980s. When street gang members, outlaw motorcycle gang members, and domestic extremists join the military, they are treated just like other service members - no debriefings, no watch lists, and no warnings to local military law enforcement. When they leave the military, it’s more of the same. How can we ensure gang members are not able to use military urban warfare tactics on our city streets?

            This session will provide an overview of the issues associated with the enlistment of past and present gang members in the U.S. Armed Forces and provide recommendations for local, state, and federal law enforcement and communities. We will examine the myths and truths associated with dual (gang and military) service, and discuss recommendations for the communities where these individuals go after they are discharged.

            Bio

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


(55) “The OMCG in a Global Perspective”, by Dr. Andy Bain, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, University of Mount Union, Alliance, OH.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Motorcycle Gangs; International and Transnational Gang Problems.

            Abstract

            In recent years there has been a clear move to control, organize, and police, the motorcycle gangs (OMCG). This session will add to the body of knowledge, identify areas for growth in the policing of OMCG, and provide for some introduction to the alternative approaches taken in partner jurisdictions. With this in mind the session provides for an explanation of three jurisdictional approaches to tackling the continued position of the OMCG. We will look at the use of RICO laws in the US, and compare this to the VLAD laws in Australia, and the UK where the OMCG members are views as individual offenders - for the purpose of prosecution.

            Bio

            Andy Bain is Director of Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Mount Union, Ohio, USA. He holds a Ph.D. in Offender Behavior, a Msc. Criminal Justice and a Graduate Diploma in Psychology. Andy is the Editor of the 2016 text: Law Enforcement and Technology; co-author of Understanding the Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs (with Mark Lauchs); co-author of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs: A Theoretical Perspective (with Mark Lauchs & Peter Bell), and co-authored Professional Risk Taking with People: A Guide to Decision-Making in Health, Social Care & Criminal Justice (with David Carson). In addition Andy has published in, edited, and reviewed for, a number of leading international academic and professional journals. His professional background includes four years with the National Probation Service (England & Wales) and six years running a successful Criminal Justice Consultancy Group, providing guidance and advice to offender groups, law enforcement agencies and correctional bodies. This, in turn led to the publication of a number of local and national policing and corrections reports.


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

            Two (2) hours

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

            Abstract

            This class is part 3 of a 3 part series. The instructors identify and define key terms and concepts used by crime analysts to accomplish their work. They then present and explain examples o0f how they convey their findings: standard types and levels of maps, standard crime patterns and profiles, and analytical models. The class closes with practical hands-on exercises in reading and interpreting various maps. See the other two parts of this 3 part series.

            Bios

            D. Lee Gilbertson teaches at Saint Cloud State University. He has studied gangs since 1995 and has presented research papers at numerous national and international conferences. Lee has participated in every iteration of the NGCRC gang school since it began, often bringing undergraduate and graduate students with him. He is a 2002 and 2005 recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award and is a reviewing editor of the Journal of Gang Research. Lee has collaborated on a professional level with several criminal justice agencies in Minnesota. His background in spatio-temporal analysis includes 15 years of military service as an infantry officer and as a signals intelligence analyst. Before returning to college, Lee worked briefly as a defense contractor instructing all-source intelligence collection asset management on a computer system that greatly utilized mapping techniques.

            Kristopher B.E.Hansgen is a graduate student at Saint Cloud State University in the Master of Science criminal justice program. He is an NGCRC certified gang specialist (2012) and has previously assisted teaching the Spatio-Temporal Gang Analysis classes at the NGCRC “Gang College”. His background includes a B.A. degree from Saint Cloud State University, where he double-majored in Criminal Justice and Psychology and minored in Forensic Science. Kris wrote two final academic research papers. He is employed in the Public Safety Department at Saint Cloud State University as a Patrol Operations Officer and Dispatch Officer. Kris has studied crime analysis and crime mapping since 2010, and is a member of the International Association of Crime Analysts.


(57) “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.


(58) “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.


(59) “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.


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

            One (1) hour

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

            Abstract

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

            Bio

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


(61) “The Targeted Killing of Police Officers by Gangs in El Salvador and the Northern Triangle: A Current Trend in Criminal Tactics”, by Aaron Cunningham, Chicago Police Department, Chicago, IL.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs; International and Transnational Gang Problems; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Homicide Investigation Skills; Gangs and Drugs; Gangs and Organized Crime.

            Note: This session is restricted to Law Enforcement.

            Abstract

            This presentation will conduct a survey of assassinations and targeted killings of law enforcement members by criminal organizations within the Northern Triangle region and El Salvador. From 2015 to date, over seventy-two (72) officers and ten (10) LE family members have been targeted in ambush style attacks resulting in death, primarily when off-duty and alone. The two primary transnational organized crime groups or gangs responsible for these killings are the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 organizations. These gangs are also engaged in historical competition over territory and economic control of extortion rackets, kidnapping, and narcotics sales. An overview will be provided of the current threat situation, national response, and programmatic initiatives aimed at addressing this problem.

            Bio

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


(62) “Opiates: The Black Plague of the 21st Century 2018", by Dr. Gregg W. Etter, Sr., Ed.D., Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Central Missouri; and Ryan Clancy, Graduate Student, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Gangs and Drugs; Gangs and Mental Health; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists

            Abstract

            The opioid epidemic has swept the United States killing more victims than firearms and even traffic accidents in some states. The traditional use of opiates such as opium, morphine and heroin has been joined by new synthetic opiates such as cheese heroin, fentanyl, Grey Death, and Krokodil. Addicts have swamped the health system by misuse or diversion of prescription opiates such as OxyContin. This class traces the history and origins of opiates, how opiates are acquired, and what new patterns of abuse are being observed. Drug trafficking pattern in opiates are also examined. 

            Bios

            Dr. Gregg W. Etter Sr., Ed.D. is a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Missouri. He served with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Wichita, Kansas from 1977 to 2006, retiring as a Lieutenant. Dr. Etter is the author of three (3) books, six (6) chapters in books, thirty (30) refereed articles and eighteen (18) edited articles. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Wichita State University and his Doctorate Degree from Oklahoma State University.

            Ryan Clancy is a graduate student at the University of Central Missouri in the Master’s Degree program in Criminal Justice. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Central Missouri. He is a member of the American Criminal Justice Association / Lambda Alpha Epsilon.


(63) “Governmental Exit Strategies from Street Gangs and Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs in Denmark, Europe” by Stine Lukowski, Special Consultant, Master of Science in Social Work, Municipality of Koege, Denmark; and Superintendent Bonnie Ludvigsen, Danish Police Force.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Motorcycle Gangs; Gang Prevention Skills; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; International and Transnational Gang Problems..

            Abstract

            In 2011, the state of Denmark decided by law that persons who wanted to leave a harmful or radicalized environment were entitled to receive aid from the government. OMG and gang environments are perceived as such. That translates into an individually tailored exit strategy or plan with mandatory participation from the three authorities involved. That means law enforcement (police) the prison and probation service (jail), and the receiving municipality, where the exiting member resides (civil society). The session will be about what the gang situation is like in a country where crime and gangs is an optional way of life, how the government handles the exit candidates, and how we try to re-socialise and create conditions for a life without gang related crime. Attend this session to gain inspiration on how to receive a high success rate, through targeted support in the transition from being in a gang to leaving the gang. The session is for the ones who likes to get inspired by new methods.

            Bios

            Stine Lukowski holds a master of science in social work and is working in the municipality of Koege. Stine is working with crime prevention targeting gangs and outlaw motorcycle gangs. The goal is to prevent recruiting, motivate existing members to leave the gang and structuring exit programs for those who choose to do so. Stine is working together with law enforcement officers and the prison and probation service to help individuals leave the criminal environment.

            Bonnie Ludvigsen has worked as a police officer in Denmark for nearly 40 years. Bonnie worked in Forensic Institute in Copenhagen for more than 18 years where she investigated crime scenes and was head of the Firearms and Tool mark sections. For the last 6 years, Bonnie has worked with crime prevention and a main focus is the Danish National Exit Program where we try to help gang members leave the environment and choose a better life. The program is a collaboration between probation service, municipalities and the police.


(64) “Gangs, Guns and Violence in Small Town Iowa”, by Eddie Savage, Task Force Officer, FBI Safe Street Task Force, Waterloo, IA; and Lucas Liddle, Cedar Rapids Police Department, Cedar Rapids, IA.

            One (1) hour

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

            Abstract

            Violent hybrid gangs are nothing new to small towns in Iowa. The Waterloo Police Department and the Cedar Rapids Police Department both have “Gang Units” that are involved with the FBI Safe Streets Task Force. This class will seek to show that in a contextual sense that small towns throughout the Midwest are seeing the same issues that large cities are seeing. We will question if Zero Tolerance is really working, and can the police really stop gangs without the communities buy in. 

            Bios

            Task Force Officer Eddie Savage is an 12 year member of the Waterloo Police Department. He graduated from the Cook County Police Academy in September 1992 and the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in 2007. He spent 3.5 years on the Violent Crimes Apprehension Team. He is currently assigned to the FBI Waterloo Safe Streets Task Force. He teaches at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy at Hawkeye Community College. He conducts gang talks to various community organizations throughout the city of Waterloo. He has earned two gang specialist certificates from the NGCRC and is the Vice President of the Iowa Chapter of the Midwest Gang Investigators Association.

            Lucas Liddle has been a police officer with the Cedar Rapids Police Department since 2006. He is currently assigned to the Special Operations Division with a position in the Police Community Action Team as well as a ballistic shield operator with the Special Response Team. He has been active with the Police Community Action Team since its creation in 2016. He has studied gangs and intelligence analysis since 2009. Officer Liddle has earned 2 Gang Specialist certifications from the National Gang Crime Research Center.


(65) “Sovereign Citizens: Paper Terrorists or a Real Threat?”, by Dr. Gregg W. Etter, Sr., Ed.D., Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Central Missouri; and Detention Deputy Stacia Pottorff, Osage County Sheriff’s Office, Linn, MO.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Hate Groups/White Racist Extremist Gangs; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Gangs and Drugs; Gangs and Mental Health; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists

            Abstract

            The Sovereign Citizen Movement has its roots in the Posse Comitatus Movement that began in the 1960's. The Sovereign Citizen movement is an anti-tax, anti-government, group fo extremists who believe that they are not subject to the law of the United States or any state government. The group has been involved in various financial fraud schemes, filing of false liens, and other scams. The Sovereign Citizens have been hostile to law enforcement to the point of being involved in violence against law enforcement. This presentation examines the history, financial fraud schemes, and perceived dangers to law enforcement posed by this movement.

            Bios

            Dr. Gregg W. Etter Sr., Ed.D. is a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Missouri. He served with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Wichita, Kansas from 1977 to 2006, retiring as a Lieutenant. Dr. Etter is the author of three (3) books, six (6) chapters in books, thirty (30) refereed articles and eighteen (18) edited articles. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Wichita State University and his Doctorate Degree from Oklahoma State University.

            Detention Deputy Stacia Pottorff is a detention officer with the Osage County Sheriff’s Office in Linn, Missouri. She earned her Bachelor’s degree with honors in Criminal Justice at the University of Central Missouri. She is currently a graduate student in the Criminal Justice Master’s Degree Program at the University of Central Missouri. She is a member of the American Criminal Justice Association/Lambda Alpha Epsilon. She was a recipient of the 2015 UCM Undergraduate Research Grant and the UCM 2016 Graduate School Travel Grant.


(66) “Gang Expert Testimony: Bringing Your Gang Investigation into Court”, by Tyler Sutherland, Gang Suppression Unit, Battle Creek Police Department, Battle Creek, MI; and Jim Bailey, Battle Creek Police Department, Battle Creek, MI.

            Three (3) hours

            Note: Prescheduled session information - - - this session will be taught only on Monday August 6, 2018 in the afternoon program training schedule.

            Session credits: Gang Prosecution; Gang Crime Investigation; Gang Homicide Investigation.

            Abstract

            How court room testimony and gang evidence will reduce crime rates. What to say and present as a gang expert in court. How to apply your state statute of an enhanced gang crime to the evidence in your gang case. How the stored gang intelligence becomes useful in the court room. How the prosecutor and gang investigator get a case ready for courtroom prosecution.

            Bios

            Detective Tyler Sutherland has been a police officer for the Battle Creek Police Department for over 13 years. He is currently assigned to the Battle Creek Police Detective Bureau, and was previously assigned to the Gang Suppression Unit for over 6 years. As a member of the Gang Unit, Detective Sutherland was directly involved as the lead investigator in a number of gang, and violent crime, cases that resulted in courtroom trials and jury convictions. While participating in all aspects of gang investigations and court room prosecution, Detective Sutherland has been qualified as, and testified as, a gang expert in the U.S. District court and Michigan State Circuit and District Court, more than 15 times in the last five years. One of these gang cases, was the first criminal gang enhancement jury conviction in the State of Michigan since the state statute was created. He is also recognized in circuit and district court as an expert in Drug Trafficking and Drug Investigations. A Defensive Tactics Instructor, and Patrol Training Officer, he has also received Instructor certification for Active Shooter Response for Civilians, through the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University.

            Corporal Jim Bailey has been with the Battle Creek Police Department for over 13 years, and has been assigned to the Battle Creek Police Department Gang Suppression Unit for over 6 years. Corporal Bailey has been directly involved in many of the same gang investigations as Detective Sutherland, and has assisted as one of the lead investigators with Detective Sutherland, on many of the same violence crime investigations. Corporal Bailey has also been involved in cell phone investigations, writing and executing search warrants, surveillance techniques, undercover drug buys, and managing confidential informants. Corporal Bailey has been recognized in Michigan State District Court and Circuit Court as an expert in drug trafficking and drug investigations, identifying armed subjects, and cell phone site analyses. Corporal Bailey is currently a K-9 handler for the Battle Creek Police Department and is a member of the department’s Emergency Response Team. He is a Defensive Tactics Instructor and a Patrol Training Officer for the Battle Creek Police Department. He has also received Instructor certification for Active Shooter Response for Civilians, through the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center at Texas State University.

             

(67) “Street Gangs to Terrorism Affiliation”, by Michael P. Coghlan, Gang Specialist, Dekalb, IL.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Hate Groups/White Racist Extremist Gangs; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Gangs and Drugs; Gangs and Mental Health; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Gang Prosecution; International and Transnational Gangs.

            Abstract

            This session provides an examination of the nexus in the relationship between gang organization and terrorist groups. It reviews the commonality in the 44 states which have a criminal code definition of gangs. It also examines the ideological connection between gangs and terrorist organizations. This session provides an examination of what is necessary for a conviction. It examines the elements of the criminal conspiracy. Covers gangs and terrorist groups such as the El Rukns, Muslim Brotherhood, Holy Land Foundation, Hezbollah.

            Bio

            Michael Coghlan was a certified gang specialist accredited through the Illinois Department of Corrections and the Springfield Police Department. He served as a trainer for gang crime specialist certification. He is a recipient of the Thrasher Award and has provided training throughout the United States for the National Law Enforcement Institute. He coordinated the investigation and prosecution of 24 gang members in a series of conspiracies, solicitation, and offenses including drive-by shootings and gang-related murder.


(68) “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.


(69) “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.


(70) “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. 


(71) “The Law Enforcement, Prosecution, and Corrections Networking Reception”, by Fred Moreno and Dr. Gregg W. Etter, NGCRC Staff.

             One (1) hour

            Special Note: 5pm-6pm in the MILLENIUM PARK Room, Tuesday, August 7, 2018. You need a ticket for the event, you get the ticket by signing up for it on your registration form. The ticket will be waiting for you in your registration packet you receive when you pick up your conference ID credentials.

            Session credits: Corrections/STG Gang Intelligence; Dealing with Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Gang Prosecution.

            Abstract

            This session is the official meeting of the Law Enforcement/Corrections Networking Reception sponsored by the National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC) and hosted by Dr. Gregg W. Etter and Fred Moreno. You are invited to bring your agency patches as you can be part of a National Patch Swap. Valuable door prizes are given to session participants. Many people return to the NGCRC conference as this is an incredible networking opportunity.

            Bios 

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

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


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

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

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

            Abstract

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

            Bio

            This is Dr. Jeffrey P. Rush. I am in my 22nd year of college teaching and I am an assistant professor at Troy University. My areas of expertise include terrorism/homeland security, gangs, law enforcement, leadership and juvenile justice. A published author in all these areas, I am a graduate of SWOTT and I’m certified as an Instructor with State and Local Terrorism Training (SLATT). I was an active duty street cop for approximately ten years and have been a reserve deputy sheriff since 1988 working in courtroom security for approximately ten years and currently assigned as a patrol deputy sergeant. I served as a juvenile probation officer for five years and for the past 20 years have worked in private security (including retail, concerts, special events and executive protection). A past president of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, I am an author and trainer and (soon to be) former co-editor of The Police Forum. My doctorate is in Public Administration from the 2009 college football national champions the University of Alabama (Rooooolllll Tide), my Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice all were received from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


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

            One (1) hour

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

            Abstract

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

            Bio

            This is Dr. Jeffrey P. Rush. I am in my 23d year of college teaching and I am an assistant professor at Troy University. My areas of expertise include terrorism/homeland security, gangs, law enforcement, leadership and juvenile justice. A published author in all these areas, I am a graduate of SWOTT and I’m certified as an Instructor with State and Local Terrorism Training (SLATT). I was an active duty street cop for approximately ten years and have been a reserve deputy sheriff since 1988 working in courtroom security for approximately ten years and currently assigned as a patrol deputy sergeant. I served as a juvenile probation officer for five years and for the past 20 years have worked in private security (including retail, concerts, special events and executive protection). A past president of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, I am an author and trainer and (soon to be) former co-editor of The Police Forum. My doctorate is in Public Administration from the 2009 college football national champions the University of Alabama (Rooooolllll Tide), my Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice all were received from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


(74) “Gangs 2.0: Flashgangs and Flashmobs”, by Dr. Jeffrey P. Rush, Dept. Of Criminal Justice, Troy University, Troy, AL.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Gang Internet Investigation; Gang Crime Investigation; Gang Profile Analysis; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs; International and Transnational Gang Problems; Gangs and Organized Crime.

            Abstract

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

             Bios

            This is Dr. Jeffrey P. Rush. I am in my 22nd year of college teaching. My areas of expertise include terrorism/homeland security, gangs, law enforcement, leadership and juvenile justice. A published author in all these areas, I am a graduate of SWOTT and I’m certified as an Instructor with State and Local Terrorism Training (SLATT). I was an active duty street cop for approximately ten years and have been a reserve deputy sheriff since 1988 working in courtroom security for approximately ten years and currently assigned as a patrol deputy sergeant. I served as a juvenile probation officer for five years and for the past 20 years have worked in private security (including retail, concerts, special events and executive protection). A past president of the Southern Criminal Justice Association, I am an author and trainer and (soon to be) former co-editor of The Police Forum. My doctorate is in Public Administration from the 2009 college football national champions the University of Alabama (Rooooolllll Tide), my Master of Science in Criminal Justice, Master of Arts in Educational Leadership and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice all were received from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


(75) “Community, Police, and Gangs", by Kenneth Davis, Detective, Yonkers Police Department, Gang/Narcotics Unit, Yonkers, NY.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Advanced Gang Identification; Graffiti Identification and Analysis; Gang Crime Investigation; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Profile Analysis; Gang Internet Investigation; Gangs and Mental Health; Gangs and the Mass Media

            Abstract

            The instructor will discuss contemporary issues effecting the healthy tri-relationships pertaining to the community, its members, street gangs, and the police officers serving therein.

            Bio

            Kenneth Davis is a retired detective with the Yonkers Police Department. Upon his 32 years of completion, his assignments included basic patrol, tactical patrol force, public housing unit, narcotics (street and undercover operations), community affairs division (gangs, graffiti, and police instructor), school resource officer, gangs and narcotics unit, and detective division. Ken acquired a MS degree in Human Resource Management from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY (August 1996). In addition, he maintains numerous accredited hours in the fields of law enforcement development, street gangs research/investigations, graffiti research/investigations, online resources/open source intelligence, and police/community issues. Ken has served as the department’s liaison for YMCA Project SNUG (Cure Violence/Violence Interrupter/Cease Fire) and Westchester Department of Corrections’s Recidivism Reduction Team.


(76) 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 6, 2018. 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.


(77) “Graffiti Identity 1", by Kenneth Davis, Detective, Yonkers Police Department, Gang/Narcotics Unit, Yonkers, NY.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Advanced Gang Identification; Graffiti Identification and Analysis; Gang Crime Investigation; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Profile Analysis; Gang Internet Investigation; Gangs and Mental Health; Gangs and the Mass Media

            Abstract

            In today’s tight economy, the majority of police agencies are assigning graffiti vandalism investigations to their street gang or special investigations units. In this session, participants will learn how to distinguish street gang graffiti from taggers’ graffiti, understand the basic graffiti tags and their variations, and the subcultural protocols that govern them. This is part one of a two part course sequence.

            Bio

            Kenneth Davis is a retired detective with the Yonkers Police Department. Upon his 32 years of completion, his assignments included basic patrol, tactical patrol force, public housing unit, narcotics (street and undercover operations), community affairs division (gangs, graffiti, and police instructor), school resource officer, gangs and narcotics unit, and detective division. Ken acquired a MS degree in Human Resource Management from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY (August 1996). In addition, he maintains numerous accredited hours in the fields of law enforcement development, street gangs research/investigations, graffiti research/investigations, online resources/open source intelligence, and police/community issues. Ken has served as the department’s liaison for YMCA Project SNUG (Cure Violence/Violence Interrupter/Cease Fire) and Westchester Department of Corrections’s Recidivism Reduction Team.


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

            2.5 Hours (150 Minutes)

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

            Abstract

            This Emergency Management Institute (FEMA) course covers the essential components of active shooter incidents for schools, community organizations and events, and public spaces. At the end of the course, participants should be able to: (1) describe actions to take when confronted with an active shooter and responding law enforcement officials, (2) recognize potential workplace violence indicators, (3) describe actions to take to prevent and prepare for potential active shooter incidents, and (4) describe how to manage the consequences of an active shooter incident. School administrators, workplace and event managers, community leaders, organizational leaders, and security personnel all benefit from this training, as do local volunteers and activists.

            Bio

            Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D. has been a nonprofit leader for more than three decades, including 16 years as Executive Director of the Gang Alternatives Program in Los Angeles County. He provides professional develoment in the area of gang prevention to the LAUSD K-12 school counselors; serves in various advisory capacities with local law enforcement, including LAPD and LASD; works on various city and county agencies in the areas of violence reduction and community rebuilding; and works actively with nationally-known academic institutions and corporations to improve the quality of life, health, and equity for kids and families in gang-controlled and violent communities. He is currently the Director of the Gangfree Life Academy®.


(79) Street Gangs Well Defined", by Kenneth Davis, Detective, Yonkers Police Department, Gang/Narcotics Unit, Yonkers, NY.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Advanced Gang Identification; Graffiti Identification and Analysis; Gang Crime Investigation; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Profile Analysis; Gang Internet Investigation; Gangs and Mental Health; Gangs and the Mass Media

            Abstract

            Participants will learn how to apply tools and measurement to street groups for research and investigative purposes. The instructor will also address similarities and differences between street gangs, writer-based and artist-based graffiti crews. 

            Bio

            Kenneth Davis is a retired detective with the Yonkers Police Department. Upon his 32 years of completion, his assignments included basic patrol, tactical patrol force, public housing unit, narcotics (street and undercover operations), community affairs division (gangs, graffiti, and police instructor), school resource officer, gangs and narcotics unit, and detective division. Ken acquired a MS degree in Human Resource Management from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY (August 1996). In addition, he maintains numerous accredited hours in the fields of law enforcement development, street gangs research/investigations, graffiti research/investigations, online resources/open source intelligence, and police/community issues. Ken has served as the department’s liaison for YMCA Project SNUG (Cure Violence/Violence Interrupter/Cease Fire) and Westchester Department of Corrections’s Recidivism Reduction Team.


(80) “A Public Health Approach to Primary Prevention”, by Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D., Special Executive to the Board and Chief Learning Officer, Gang Alternatives Program, Los Angeles Unified School District Human Relation Commission; Chair, UCLA/RAND Prevention Research Center Community Advisory Board; Los Angeles, CA.

            One and a half (90 minutes) hours

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

            Abstract

            The tactics of gang prevention require systematic and careful implementation of evidence-based best practices that work well in collaboration with local schools, gang intervention programs, and law enforcement. Primary gang prevention focuses on proven successful models that leave little room for freelancing; rather, deep awareness of childhood predictors, major risk factors, and the best practices for gang prevention education lead to major success.

            Bio

            Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D. has been a nonprofit leader for more than three decades, including 16 years as Executive Director of the Gang Alternatives Program in Los Angeles County. He provides professional development in the area of gang prevention to the LAUSD K-12 school counselors; serves in various advisory capacities with local law enforcement, including LAPD and LASD; works on various city and county agencies in the areas of violence reduction and community rebuilding; and works actively with nationally-known academic institutions and corporations to improve the quality of life, health, and equity for kids and families in gang-controlled and violent communities.


(81) “Street Gangs: Utilizing their Roll Calls for Investigative and Research Purposes”, by Kenneth Davis, Detective, Yonkers Police Department, Gang/Narcotics Unit, Yonkers, NY.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Profile Analysis; Advanced Gang Identification; Gang Internet Investigation; Gangs and the Mass Media

            Abstract

            In this session you will learn about using gang data from their membership roles, who is an associate, who is a full fledged member, who is a leader, etc. Gangs maintain their roll calls on phones, emails, social media, and other forms. In 2003, the presenter published his first findings about the value of these roll calls for investigative and research purposes. This session will describe some of those findings and more.

            Bio

            Kenneth Davis is a retired detective with the Yonkers Police Department. Upon his 32 years of completion, his assignments included basic patrol, tactical patrol force, public housing unit, narcotics (street and undercover operations), community affairs division (gangs, graffiti, and police instructor), school resource officer, gangs and narcotics unit, and detective division. Ken acquired a MS degree in Human Resource Management from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY (August 1996). In addition, he maintains numerous accredited hours in the fields of law enforcement development, street gangs research/investigations, graffiti research/investigations, online resources/open source intelligence, and police/community issues. Ken has served as the department’s liaison for YMCA Project SNUG (Cure Violence/Violence Interrupter/Cease Fire) and Westchester Department of Corrections’s Recidivism Reduction Team.

            

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

             (90 minutes) 1.5 hours

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

            Abstract

            Feeling that a prevention program is working is an important component of staff motivation and commitment, but knowing that it is working is a moral and ethical duty that agencies and executives must fulfill. An independent evaluation by a qualified evaluation firm is the obvious way to get an answer, but how does one choose and what does one do with the results? The session includes the actual evaluation of the Gang Alternatives Program by the same agency that recommended the City of Los Angeles abandon its LA Bridges gang intervention program based on its outcomes. The city killed it.

            Bio

            Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D. has been a nonprofit leader for more than three decades, including 16 years as Executive Director of the Gang Alternatives Program in Los Angeles County. He provides professional development in the area of gang prevention to the LAUSD K-12 school counselors; serves in various advisory capacities with local law enforcement, including LAPD and LASD; works on various city and county agencies in the areas of violence reduction and community rebuilding; and works actively with nationally-known academic institutions and corporations to improve the quality of life, health, and equity for kids and families in gang-controlled and violent communities.


(83) Graffiti Identity 2", by Kenneth Davis, Detective, Yonkers Police Department, Gang/Narcotics Unit, Yonkers, NY.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Advanced Gang Identification; Graffiti Identification and Analysis; Gang Crime Investigation; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Profile Analysis; Gang Internet Investigation; Gangs and Mental Health; Gangs and the Mass Media

            Abstract

            Participants will learn how to extract distinct characteristics from various graffiti tags for investigative purposes: comparison analysis, interview/interrogation sessions, expert testimonies and evidences, and search warrants. This is part two of a two part course sequence.

            Bio

            Kenneth Davis is a retired detective with the Yonkers Police Department. Upon his 32 years of completion, his assignments included basic patrol, tactical patrol force, public housing unit, narcotics (street and undercover operations), community affairs division (gangs, graffiti, and police instructor), school resource officer, gangs and narcotics unit, and detective division. Ken acquired a MS degree in Human Resource Management from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY (August 1996). In addition, he maintains numerous accredited hours in the fields of law enforcement development, street gangs research/investigations, graffiti research/investigations, online resources/open source intelligence, and police/community issues. Ken has served as the department’s liaison for YMCA Project SNUG (Cure Violence/Violence Interrupter/Cease Fire) and Westchester Department of Corrections’s Recidivism Reduction Team.


(84) “Causes, Effects, and Treatments: Gang Culture and Gang Violence”, by Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D., Special Executive to the Board and Chief Learning Officer, Gang Alternatives Program, Los Angeles Unified School District Human Relation Commission; Chair, UCLA/RAND Prevention Research Center Community Advisory Board; Los Angeles, CA.

            Two (2) hours

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

            Abstract

            After a brief look at the roots of the socio-historic movement of gang culture into mainstream Western/American culture, the impact of this violent and dangerous culture is examined through the lens of a Public Health Crisis in American Society. As in any epidemic, primary prevention is the first step, and it is the most effective step in any anti-gang strategy. This session identifies the clinical and demographic factors that create and incubate the pathologies that lead to gang joining and gang violence in a community.

            Bio

            Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D. has been a nonprofit leader for more than three decades, including 16 years as Executive Director of the Gang Alternatives Program in Los Angeles County. He provides professional development in the area of gang prevention to the LAUSD K-12 school counselors; serves in various advisory capacities with local law enforcement, including LAPD and LASD; works on various city and county agencies in the areas of violence reduction and community rebuilding; and works actively with nationally-known academic institutions and corporations to improve the quality of life, health, and equity for kids and families in gang-controlled and violent communities.


(85) Using Google-Alerts and How to Use Them for Investigative and Research Purposes”, by Kenneth Davis, Detective, Yonkers Police Department, Gang/Narcotics Unit, Yonkers, NY.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Profile Analysis; Advanced Gang Identification; Gang Internet Investigation; Gangs and the Mass Media

            Abstract

            Participants will learn the purpose of Google-alerts and how to activate them for gang research and investigative purposes. The instructor will demonstrate how to use them for purposes of gang research and for investigative assignments as a graffiti and gang specialist.

            Bio

            Kenneth Davis is a retired detective with the Yonkers Police Department. Upon his 32 years of completion, his assignments included basic patrol, tactical patrol force, public housing unit, narcotics (street and undercover operations), community affairs division (gangs, graffiti, and police instructor), school resource officer, gangs and narcotics unit, and detective division. Ken acquired a MS degree in Human Resource Management from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY (August 1996). In addition, he maintains numerous accredited hours in the fields of law enforcement development, street gangs research/investigations, graffiti research/investigations, online resources/open source intelligence, and police/community issues. Ken has served as the department’s liaison for YMCA Project SNUG (Cure Violence/Violence Interrupter/Cease Fire) and Westchester Department of Corrections’s Recidivism Reduction Team.


(86) “The NCIC Violent Person File”, by Grant E. Smith, FBI, CJIS Division, CTAP/NCIC, Clarksburg, WV.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Gang Homicide Investigation Skills; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs.

            Special restriction: Sworn law enforcement and corrections ONLY.

            Abstract

            The Violent Person File or VPF is a NCIC file designed specifically for officer safety. The VPF contains information of individuals who have been convicted of a violent offense, felony or misdemeanor against any law enforcement officer. It also will identify individuals that have made credible threats of physical violence towards members of the criminal justice community. A positive response from the VPF will identify and alert law enforcement that the individual they are encountering may have the propensity for violence against law enforcement. The information can be retrieved from the NCIC system using a suspect’s name and date of birth, suspects known vehicle or driver’s license information. The VPF is automatically cross searched with every NCIC Wanted Person query.

            Bio

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

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

                        

(87)A Basic Street Gangs Investigation", by Kenneth Davis, Detective, Yonkers Police Department, Gang/Narcotics Unit, Yonkers, NY.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Advanced Gang Identification; Graffiti Identification and Analysis; Gang Crime Investigation; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Profile Analysis; Gang Internet Investigation; Gangs and Mental Health; Gangs and the Mass Media

            Notice: This course is restricted to Law Enforcement Only.

            Abstract

            The instructor will give an overview of one of his past street gang investigations. Initiated two search warrants, at separate locations. This investigation led to the arrest of 11 gang members, from two separate gangs, and burglary ring.

            Bio

            Kenneth Davis is a retired detective with the Yonkers Police Department. Upon his 32 years of completion, his assignments included basic patrol, tactical patrol force, public housing unit, narcotics (street and undercover operations), community affairs division (gangs, graffiti, and police instructor), school resource officer, gangs and narcotics unit, and detective division. Ken acquired a MS degree in Human Resource Management from Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY (August 1996). In addition, he maintains numerous accredited hours in the fields of law enforcement development, street gangs research/investigations, graffiti research/investigations, online resources/open source intelligence, and police/community issues. Ken has served as the department’s liaison for YMCA Project SNUG (Cure Violence/Violence Interrupter/Cease Fire) and Westchester Department of Corrections’s Recidivism Reduction Team.

            

(88) “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, Training Academy Coordinator/Lead training Instructor for the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice - Training Branch. Professional Certified Gang Specialist. Originally a native of Chicago, attended Christian Fenger Academy, graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. He has 24 years of experience in working with at-risk juveniles. He conducts training modules on a variety of topics (e.g., advanced gang identification, security threat groups, gang counseling techniques, special needs offenders, crisis prevention, and therapeutic helping relationships). He has served 8 years in the United States Army as a Field Artillery Special Weapons crew chief. He also served a tour of duty in Desert Storm and was stationed at Ft. Campbell, KY 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division until he was honorably discharged in February 1993. He has done gang presentations for Kentucky Council on Crime & Delinquency, American Corrections Association, and National Gang Crime Research Center. He is a recipient of the KY Dept of Juvenile Justice Professional Development Employee of the Year Award 2010.

 

(89) “The National Crime Information Center (NCIC) Gang File”, by Grant E. Smith, FBI, CJIS Division, CTAP/NCIC, Clarksburg, WV.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits (the training tracks that the session gives credit for): Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Gang Homicide Investigation Skills; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs.

            Special restriction: Sworn law enforcement and corrections ONLY.

            Abstract 

            This session is an officer safety and investigative tool offered by the NCIC for all levels of law enforcement. It provides near instantaneous information about a suspect’s recorded gang affiliation, personal identifying information, and the officer caution indicators in relation to individual gang members. The NCIC Gang File can convey two categories of information, Gang Group Reference Capability (GRC) and Group Member Capability (GMC). This segment of training will focus on retrieving information from the Gang File with an emphasis on how it can be used for investigative purposes and officer safety. 

            Bio 

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

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


(90) “Cyberbullying”, by Douglas L. Semark, Ph.D., Special Executive to the Board and Chief Learning Officer, Gang Alternatives Program, Los Angeles Unified School District Human Relation Commission; Chair, UCLA/RAND Prevention Research Center Community Advisory Board; Los Angeles, CA.

            One (1) hour

            Session credits: Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang and Violence Prevention for School Administrators; Gang Internet Investigation; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Counseling Skills; Gangs and Mental Health.

            Abstract

            Bio

            This Cyberbullying course, co-authored by Mickie Wang-Lo, Ph;D., covers the essential components of cyberbullying, the differences between cyberbullying and traditional bullying, and the intersection of cyberbullying, bullying, and pre-gang culture. At the end of the course, participants should be able to: (1) identify the common characteristics of the three types of traditional bullying, (2) recognize the increased insidiousness of cyberbullying, (3) perceive the pre-gang culture symmetry between bullying and gang banging, (4) describe actions to take to detect, prevent, and intervene in cyberbullying cases. School administrators, parents, teachers, law enforcement, community leaders, organizational leaders, security personnel, counselors, and investigators all benefit from this training, as do local volunteers.

            Bio

            Doug Semark, Ph.D. has been a nonprofit leader for more than three decades, including 16 years as Executive Director of the Gang Alternatives Program in Los Angeles County. He provides professional development in the area of gang prevention to the LAUSD K-12 school counselors; serves in various advisory capacities with local law enforcement, including LAPD and LASD; works on various city and county agencies in the areas of violence reduction and community rebuilding; and works actively with nationally-known academic institutions and corporations to improve the quality of life, health, and equity for kids and families in gang-controlled and violent communities.


(91) “Responding to the Mental Health Needs of Gang Involved Youth”, by Kate Mahoney, MSW, LCSW, Executive Director, Naomi Ruth Cohen Institute, Chicago, IL.

            90 minutes (1.5 hours)

            Session Credits: Gangs and Drugs; Gangs and Mental Health; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole.

            Abstract

            In this session, you will learn proven effective ways of engaging and retaining court-involved youth, many of whom are gang involved or at risk to become so involved, to achieve successful completion of treatment. A teen who completes treatment is less likely to re-offend, more likely to complete high school, become gainfully employed and also to become a productive member of the community.

            Bio

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


(92) A Panel Discussion With Former Gang Members”, by Tom Schneider, Director, Project Lifeline, Chicago, IL.

            (90 Minutes) 1.5 hours

            Session Credits: Gang Prevention Skills; Dealing With Gangs in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang Counseling Techniques; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole.

            Abstract

            This panel will be moderated by Tom Schneider, retired Probation Officer, Cook County, IL. The participants will be two youths who are formerly gang involved and are currently recipients of a Project Lifeline scholarship. Project Lifeline is an adjunct program of the Cook County Juvenile Probation Department. It provides scholarships to fund post secondary educational opportunities for young men and women who have previously been involved with the Probation Department. The two young men will discuss how and why they got involved in gangs, what were the attractions and drawbacks of gang membership and how they extricated themselves from this lifestyle. They will also discuss their current lives and what their hopes are for the future. Finally, they will share what they feel are the solutions for the violence and other issues impacting at risk youth today.

            Bio

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


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

and Kevin Kreuser, Cook County Juvenile Court, Chicago, IL.

            90 Minutes (1.5 hours)

            Session credits: Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Dealing With Gang Members in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Counseling Skills; Faith-Based Programs for Gang Intervention; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills.

            Abstract

            This presentation will involve the viewing of a video that was aired as part of the WTTW Chicago Matters series with the title listed above. The video describes in detail the history of a gang related murder in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. The history of the offender and the victim and the impact of this crime on their families are related in detail. The extraordinary intervention of a local church and pastor and the ability of the mother of the victim to forgive her son’s murderer are also focal points of this real gang story from Chicago.

            After presenting the video we will discuss what it reveals about how this tragic incident occurred. The actions of the victims and offenders will be discussed as they relate to how these types of incidents can occur, seemingly without warning, and with lethal violence in this type of urban setting. We will discuss how we use this video in the Anger Management/Violence Prevention groups which we run and the reaction of the participants to it. We will also discuss the extraordinary community intervention depicted in this story and how this impacted the main offender and the family of the victim. The intervention of the Criminal Justice System will be analyzed as it relates to the actual shooter and his accomplice. The interaction and opinions of those attending this presentation will be especially solicited.

Bios

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

            Kevin Kreuser, B.S., Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago; 17 years as a Probation Officer — Cook County, ILL. Juvenile Court.


(94) “Working With Gang Involved Youth”, by Tom Schneider, M.S., Director, Project Lifeline, Chicago, IL; and Kevin Kreuser, Cook County Juvenile Court, Chicago, IL.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Dealing With Gang Members in Juvenile Correctional Facilities; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Counseling Skills; Faith-Based Programs for Gang Intervention; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Management Skills for Gang Outreach, Prevention, and Intervention Services; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills.

            Abstract

             The thrust of this presentation will be working with youths involved in the Juvenile Justice System, who have a history of gang involvement. The main focus will be working with these youths as individuals, away from the gang structure. The difficulty of working with this population, from a casework perspective, will be discussed.

            Special attention will be paid to community conditions, such as high rates of crime and violence, as well as economic displacement that influence or put at risk an individual juvenile for gang involvement. The role of the family will be discussed, as it relates to the risk of gang involvement. Individual families of gang involved youth will be profiled in depth. These families will encompass different ethnic backgrounds and reflect varying levels of the socio-economic spectrum. The adverse effect of early exposure to violence and the experience of trauma will be discussed. How the criminal enterprises, specifically the street sale of drugs, which characterize today’s urban street gangs, effect youthful gang members will also be explored — specifically as to how they relate to the increase in gang violence and the use of firearms associated with that violence. Also analyzed will be how the interpersonal violence within this youth population is impacted when this criminal enterprise is disrupted, by law enforcement intervention or other means.

            Myths associated with youthful offenders will be considered. The effect of the increase in gang violence on legislation directed toward youthful offenders will be covered and the efficacy of such legislative trends will be discussed. The disproportionate manner in which this violence affects minorities and, similarly, the disproportionate way in which minorities come into contact with both the Juvenile Justice and the Criminal Justice Systems will also be considered.

            Also, the principles of Balanced and Restorative Justice, currently the guiding philosophy of the Cook County Illinois Juvenile Probation Department, will be discussed. Strategies and approaches, which I feel have efficacy in working with this population will be outlined.

            Bios

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

            Kevin Kreuser, B.S., Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago; 17 years as a Probation Officer — Cook County, ILL. Juvenile Court.


(95) “Gang Involvement in the Social Justice Movement”, by Detective William Kimball Murdock, Atlanta Police Department, Atlanta, GA.

            Two (2) hours

            Restricted attendance: Sworn LEO, Analysts, and Prosecutors.

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Gangs and the Mass Media.

            Abstract

            Over the last several years, gangs and their members have become increasingly involved in politics, community outreach and the social justice movement. This course will discuss how gangs and their members involve themselves in these movements and activities through the use of 501(c3) non-profit groups, community involvement, LLCs and the use of social and mass media. Through this discussion students will learn how gangs use the movements to form alliances, recruit new members and gain legitimacy within the community.

            Bio

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


(96) “Gang Tattoos: Why They Matter”, by Detective Chris Zamora, Gang Enforcement Section, Long Beach Police Department, Long Beach, CA.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Advanced Gang Identification; Graffiti Identification and Analysis.

            Abstract

            Attendees will learn the meaning of individual tattoos and their location significance, how tattoos designate the individuals rank and status within the gang, tattoo identification for gang expert court testimony, and creation of tattoo removal programs for individuals leaving the gang lifestyle.

            Bio

            Detective Zamora has spent the past 16 years working gangs for the Long Beach Police Department to include the following experience: certified court gang expert testimony in over 100 cases; gang expert on 3 gang injunctions; assisted in creating the Tattoo Removal Program; expert in Sureno and Crip gangs.


(97) “Gang Prosecution in Cook County”, by Brian R. Holmes, Supervisor, Gang Prosecution Unit, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Chicago, IL.

            One (1) hour

            Note: This session will only occur on 10:00a.m. Monday, August 6th, 2018.

            Session credits: Gang Prosecution; Gang Homicide Investigation Skills; Gang Investigation Skills; Corrections Gang/STG Investigation.

            Abstract

            Attendees will gain insight into some of the techniques and strategies used by the CCSAO Gang Crimes Unit in their prosecutions of gang crimes. In this training session you will learn about the activities and achievements in gang prosecution in Cook County’s State’s Attorney’s Office. Attend this training session to learn about what works and lessons learned about gang prosecution in dealing with Chicago-area gangs.

            Bio

            Brian R. Holmes is the Supervisor of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Gang and Complex Homicide Unit. He is a 26 year veteran of that office and has spent the last 18 years in the office’s elite Gang Crimes Unit. In June of 2017, he was tapped by State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to head the newly formed Gang and Complex Homicide Unit. He currently supervises that unit which consists of 26 attorneys and 4 support staff dedicated to the prosecution of Gang and Complex Homicides in Cook County, Illinois. He is responsible for investigations into “cold” homicides, multiple offender and victim homicides, complex homicides, RICO and organized street gang operations and activities. His unit is tasked with the vertical prosecution of the City of Chicago and suburban Cook County’s most difficult and complex homicide, gang and weapon offenses. Yearly, this unit achieves over an 80% jury trial conviction rate. Mr. Holmes was appointed a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois by the Department of Justice to assist with the prosecution and investigations of joint federal and state weapons and gang offenses. In 2005, he received the United States Department of Justice Award for Public Safety. In 2006 he was named State’s Attorney of the year by the Illinois Crime Commission and has received the Cook County Crime Stoppers Law Enforcement Award of Excellence in 2012 and 2016. In 2017, he received the Chicago Crime Commission Award for Law Enforcement Excellence. Mr. Holmes earned his Bachelor of Science in Commerce from DePaul University and received his Juris Doctorate Degree in 1991 from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago.


(98) “Gang Member Psychology and Culture: An Intervention Approach”, by Rosa Julia Garcia Rivera and Derek Gruen, Gads Hill Child Development Center, Chicago, IL.

            Two (2) hours

            Session credits: Gangs and Mental Health; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang Counseling Skills; Gang Outreach and Intervention Skills.

            Abstract

            Understanding the psychology and culture of gang members can mean the success or failure of prevention and intervention initiatives. Professionals in all fields can maximize their efforts through using specific strategies tailored to this unique psyche. Throughout this experiential workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to step into the minds of gang members to build awareness of their mentality and ethos associated with gang membership. Using an intergenerational approach, attendees will learn practical interventions that can be individualized for specific populations and subcultures as well as identify vital resources impacting outcomes.

            Bios

            Rosa Julia Garcia Rivera is a licensed clinical professional therapist and the director of mental health at Gads Hill Center. Rosa earned her master’s degree from Northeastern University in counseling education, with a concentration in community counseling and child and adolescent therapy. With over 20 years of experience in the mental health field, her work includes gang task force consulting at the Illinois State’s Attorney’s office, crisis work with youth, directing clinical teams for residential homes in Chicago for homeless youth heavily involved in gangs, and 13 years as a clinical therapist in an outpatient behavioral health clinic with a focus on children and adolescent psychotherapy.

            Derek Gruen is a licensed clinical social worker and the clinical supervisor for the mental health department at Gads Hill Center. He has a master of social work degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Derek spent the past eight years working with children and adolescents in Chicago Public Schools including several years of intensive work with gang members.