Presenters

 
 
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Michael Griesbach Author of “The Innocent Killer"

Michael Griesbach is a longterm Manitowoc County prosecutor and author of two books concerning the Steven Avery case, The Innocent Killer: A True Story of a Wrongful Conviction and its Astonishing Aftermath, and Indefensible: The Missing Truth about Steven Avery, Teresa Halbach, and Making a Murderer.  He now practices criminal defense.

 

Thanks to the Netfix documentary, Making a Murderer, Manitowoc County Wisconsin's Sheriff's Office is viewed worldwide as one of the most corrupt police agencies in the country.  The only problem with the documentary is...it's a lie.  Police did not frame Steven Avery for Teresa Halbach’s murder. The transformation of a brutal killer into an innocent victim of police misconduct is a prime example of how "fake news" can destroy confidence in law enforcement and cast doubt on a solid conviction. This presentation will focus on how to avoid unforeseen pitfalls in the early stages of investigation so that prosecutors will not face unnecessary hurdles at trial and you and/or your agency won't become the target of the next big Hollywood hit job.

 
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Chief Robert Kappelman

Robert Kappelman is a 27-year veteran of law enforcement. He was trained as a DRE and DRE Instructor and spent nearly two decades working in the program. Kappelman also worked with anti-doping in professional sports. He supervised and audited drug testing throughout the nation for the NFL, MLB, NHL, and MLS. His work included annual supervision of drug testing at the NFL Invitational Combine, NFL & MLB Championship Series Games, NFL Training Camp, and MLB Spring Training. Kappelman served as a Patrol Officer, Drug Investigator, Detective Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Chief of Police and is a current Director of the Pacific Blue Institute of Ethics & Leadership. He is an honors graduate of three universities and the FBI National Academy. Rob and his family live on the Southern Oregon Coast.

Legacy Leadership by Robert Kappelman

 Legacy Leadership is born in your daily activities even before you occupy formal leadership positions. It is exemplified in how you build relationships with those around you, how you handle adversity, and your ability to mitigate risk to create opportunity. This workshop explores the building blocks of Legacy Leadership in how you can build your portfolio to open doors you didn't yet know exist. Whether you are looking to lead from your current position, you intend to climb the ladder in the future, or you currently hold a leadership position, this session is intended to help you find your inspiration towards Legacy Leadership.

 
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Patrol Officer Nick Place

Nick Place has spent 17 years in law enforcement in Northeast Wisconsin. He has been a DRE since 2004 and he is a SFST, DRE, and DITEP Instructor and a Regional Coordinator for the Wisconsin DRE progam. He has worked a variety of assignments throughout his career ranging from routine patrol to drug investigations, interdiction, SWAT, and K9. He started Route 961 Training and Consulants to deliver drug training to law enforcement and the public.

ABC's of THC by Nick Place

The evolution of cannabis over the past 10 years has changed modern society for good. Widely used as a herbal remedy of aliments for millennia, cannabis advocates pushed to reform laws to take cannabis as an illegal plant and transform it into a billion dollar business. Learn how our society has gotten to this point and the ramification of legal cannabis going forward from drug laws, to societal impact, criminal interdiction, impaired driving, and more.

 
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Daniel Feucht

Dan Feucht retired from a combination of law enforcement and a teaching instructor career in June of 2011 after serving for 35 years. Dan is a certified adjunct Law Enforcement/Forensic Science Instructor with Wisconsin Training and Standards Board. Since retirement, Dan is a consultant/instructor for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, the American Prosecutors Research Institute, the Wisconsin State Patrol, and the U.S. Attorney's Office - Northern District of Indiana Project Safe Neighborhoods program initiative. He is currently coordinating, developing, and implementing several forensic science programs state and nationwide. Dan is a part-time evidence technician with a local police department and a certified part-time police officer with another local police department.  He continues to attend specialized training courses annually to improve his teaching methods/major crime scene field applications and keep up to date on the latest forensic science technology, techniques, and guidelines. Prior to retirement, Dan has developed, implemented, coordinated, and instructed numerous law enforcement, EMS, corrections, fire department in-services, and federal grant major crime scene management, evidence technician trainings locally, statewide, and nationally. Dan has co-researched, developed, implemented, and coordinated the only state of Wisconsin online two-year Forensic Science Associate Degree Program for Fox Valley Technical College. 

 
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Scott Lehmann

Deputy Scott Lehmann started his career with the Dane County Sheriff's Office in May 1995.  He was first assigned in the jail and after four quick years lateralled to Patrol in the Field Services Division.  While working out of two of the three precincts on second and third shift, he investigated sensitive incidents and experienced career-building situations that helped develop his interest in crime scene investigation.  In June 2012 Scott was promoted to Deputy Sheriff IV and became a full-time Forensic Investigator in the Crime Scene Unit.  Here is where he began his personal quest to bring new technology into law enforcement.  In his free time, Scott loves to spend time with his family and coach his children's sports teams.  Scott owns The Lehmann Group, LLC, aerial photography company and enjoys recreational drone piloting.  Scott is well regarded both inside and outside the sheriff's office.  He's been a driving force in the creation of the agency's Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Program.

Forensics: The Basics, Now and Into the Future by Daniel Feucht and Scott Lehmann

Refresh your basic skills in the principles, practices, procedures, and techniques when evaluating and preserving evidence at various crime scenes.  Focus on where we are today and what tomorrow may bring in forensics. Introduce drone technology to the law enforcement community and education on FAA regulations, legal limitations, public safety operations, along with the unique perspective of crime scene documentation.

 
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Mark Baxter

Mark Baxter is a 17-year veteran police officer with a Maryland law enforcement agency where he holds the rank of Detective First Class. He has previous employment with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is a veteran of the United States Army. In his current position, Mr. Baxter is responsible for more than 260 licensed establishments. This affords him the ability to stay current with research of fraudulent ID trends. Mr. Baxter instructs police officers, recruits, and civilians from across the country in the detection of fraudulent identity documents and serves as a Subject Matter Expert on fraudulent documents for the District Court of Maryland. He has provided training for numerous organizations, to include the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the U.S. Attorney's Office, the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association, and the Maryland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Administration. Mr. Baxter has received awards for his work on fraudulent ID from various organizations, including the Governor's Office of Crime Control & Prevention, ASIS International, and the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association. Pressed by the influx of high-quality counterfeit documents available online, he created the award winning Fake ID-Real Problem campaign to battle fraudulent ID use. To date, this program has helped to prevent more than 1,800 sales of alcohol to underage persons and has led to the confiscation of over 2,500 fraudulent documents in his jurisdiction alone. 

Fake ID Trends & Detection Methods by Mark Baxter

This fusion of presentation and instruction, jam-packed with multimedia, visual aids, and real-world examples, will go in-depth to cover the three core considerations when checking the validity of an identity document; is the person 21 years of age, does the photo on the ID match the presenter, is the document genuine? Participants will learn methods to determine an individual's age, such as age calculation and use of suggested dialogues; acquire techniques to analyze physical feature characteristics and gain confidence when comparing characteristics between a person and a photograph; become familiar with behaviors exhibited by persons suspected of using fraudulent identification, and methods to determine the veracity of their identity; discover the various security features being incorporated into IDs/driver's licenses, as well as the features that are currently being counterfeited; become proficient in their ability to quickly identify security features of commonly counterfeited U.S. driver's licenses by way of practical, hands-on examination of counterfeit IDs; learn to incorporate use of the various tools and methods of checking identification and explore new, game-changing technology for ID verification.

 
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Martin Johnson

Law Enforcement Prevention and Deterrence of Terrorist Acts by Martin Johnson

This course provides participants with an overview of general security features employed by the U.S. Government to establish the validity of government documents, as well as known methods used to alter or counterfeit the types of documents commonly presented to law enforcement officers. Several government documents are discussed, including identity cards, driver's licenses, and Social Security cards.

 
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Keith Graves

Keith is a retired Police Sergeant and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area for 29 years. Keith was named as California's Narcotics Officer of the Year and is a prior winner of MADD's California Hero Award. He has years of experience as a Narcotics Detective and a Narcotics Unit Supervisor and is a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor (IACP #3292). Keith teaches both the DRE course and the drug abuse recognition course and has taught at the Police Academy. He has developed several drug courses for the California Narcotic Officers’ Association, California POST, and California colleges and currently consults POST on drug investigation procedures. Keith has held other assignments besides narcotics, including Training Sergeant, Patrol Sergeant, COPPS Officer, Traffic Officer, and 20 years as a SWAT team member and Sniper Team Leader. Keith has taught thousands of officers and businesses around the world about drug use, drug trends, compliance training, and drug investigations. He is recognized as an international drug expert and has testified as an expert in court proceedings on drug cases, homicide cases, and rape prosecutions, as well as an expert witness for the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Keith earned a BA in Business Management from Saint Mary's College of California and a MA in Criminal Justice. Keith is the Founder and President of Graves & Associates, a company dedicated to providing drug training to law enforcement and private industry.

Emerging Drug Trends by Keith Graves 

Drug use is changing at a rapid pace. In the past, drug investigations centered around meth, heroin, coke, weed, and PCP. Now cops are tasked with investigation cases involving fentanyl and other synthetic opiates, bath salts, spice, and anything else that a chemist in China or Mexico can come up with to thwart American laws. This course covers all of the new drugs that keep you puzzled. When you're done, you'll know exactly what you need to know to keep up with these crazy trends.

Fentanyl Safety by Keith Graves

Fentanyl has been ravaging our country and killing thousands of people across the country. First responders have also been exposed to fentanyl, causing dangerous health conditions for them. In this course we'll talk about all aspects of fentanyl, from its history, legal issues, safety protocols for officers, investigators and undercover personnel, and we will break it down as to what protective posture you should use for possession cases, sales, and lab incidents.

 
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Deputy Chief Christopher Martin

Christopher Martin has been serving with the Brewer Maine Police Department for 24 years and is currently the Deputy Chief of Police. The majority of his career was focused on criminal interdiction and counter-drug. He specialized in street-level drug investigations as an investigator and supervisor in cases involving techniques such as uniformed patrol interdiction, knock-and-talk investigations, hotel/motel interdiction, use of cooperating individuals, controlled purchases of drugs, and preparation and execution of search warrants. Chris is recognized as a subject matter expert in criminal interdiction and has provided instruction across the country to law enforcement officers. He has also instructed many drug related and crime prevention topics for businesses, schools, civic organizations, and community forums. These crime prevention programs included Workplace Violence, Robbery Prevention and Response, and Pharmacy Robbery Prevention and Response. Deputy Chief Martin is the Chair of the Bangor Area Recovery Network and has been serving on the board since 2014. He is a current member of the International Law Enforcement Association which promotes intelligence sharing between New England law enforcement and Eastern Canada law enforcement.

Roadside Interview & Opening Up the Information Pipeline by Christopher Martin 

This session will focus on how to conduct roadside interviews, developing rapport, interpreting body language, developing sources of information, and conducting a criminal debriefing.

 

Criminal Interdiction Techniques Beyond the Traffic Stop by Christopher Martin

This session focuses on interdiction techniques outside the realm of motor vehicle stops to include; consensual encounters, knock-and-talk investigations, trash pulls, hotel/motel interdiction.

 
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Jim Valley

Jim Valley is a lieutenant for the Brown County Sheriff's Office in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He has been a law enforcement officer for the past 21 years. Starting in 2001, he developed an Undercover Internet Chat and Internet Crimes Against Children program at multiple agencies in Northeast Wisconsin. Jim has appeared on live TV and radio shows talking about internet safety and crimes. Jim has taught hundreds of law enforcement officers from around the nation on internet crime investigations. Jim currently supervises the ICAC and Human Trafficking Units for the Brown County Sheriff's Office.

 
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Jesse Crowe

Jesse has worked for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigations (DCI), since August of 2010 and was assigned to the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force. In January of 2014, Jesse was promoted to Special Agent in Charge in the Madison Regional Office and oversaw the ICAC Unit and Public Integrity Unit. Jesse was later reassigned to oversee the ICAC Unit for the Western Region of Wisconsin, which included the DCI offices in Madison, Wausau, and Eau Claire. He has conducted hundreds of investigations into the online exploitation of children. Jesse has extensive investigative experience in peer-to-peer and online undercover chat.

Human Trafficking Trends and Enforcement by Jim Valley and Jesse Crowe

Attendees will gain insight into the current ways law enforcement is dealing with human trafficking and the related issues, topics of Johns Suppression, undercover operations, and how to deal with survivors.


Internet Crimes Against Children Investigations and Operations by Jim Valley and Jesse Crowe

Attendees will learn new trends in investigations dealing with internet crimes against children and also new ways to conduct operations. Presenters will also provide current case studies.

 
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Tony Kail

Tony Kail is a cultural anthropologist and subject matter expert (SME) in Afro-Caribbean religions that has been researching and documenting African and esoteric religious cultures throughout the U.S. and Africa since 1990. He has conducted fieldwork among numerous Afro-Caribbean religious communities throughout North America and East Africa. As a former law enforcement officer, Tony Kail has provided training and consulting for state and federal agencies, including the United States Capitol Police in Washington D.C., United States Army, and several state gang investigator associations. Tony Kail is the author of several books, including Narco-Cults: Understanding the Use of Afro-Caribbean and Mexican Religious Cultures in the Drug Wars (CRC Press, 2015); Magico-Religious Groups and Ritualistic Activities: A Guide for Frist Responders (CRC Press, 2008); and A Cop’s Guide to Occult Investigations (Paladin Press, 2003). Tony Kail’s books are listed as suggested reading on the FBI list of suggested books on narco-cults. Tony Kail served as an instructor with the Nashville State Technical College Police Sciences Division. Tony Kail has written numerous articles about religious culture and security threat groups for Law and Order Magazine, Police Quarterly, and The Journal of Counterterrorism and Homeland Security. 

 
 

Narco-Brujeria: Drug Traffickers and Religious Culture

Investigation into the ‘narco culture’ has revealed a number of criminal organizations utilizing magical rituals and ceremonies for protection from rival organizations and police. Religious practices from Africa and Latin America are being used to seek supernatural protection and guidance. Traditional rituals from religions such as Santeria, Palo Mayombe and Voodoo are being misappropriated by these criminal elements.

A similar pattern is developing among international human smuggling and trafficking rings. Federal authorities have discovered indigenous practices of Nigerian Juju, West African Voodoo and Latin Folk Magic being used to maintain control of organizations and keep victims of trafficking in silence.

Lastly, a number of drug smugglers and street-level drug dealers are using a number of Latin ‘folk saints’ such as Santa Muerte and Jesus Malverde to gain protection for criminal activities. Icons and amulets are being carried by members of these groups for magical protection from authorities.

The focus of this workshop is to provide law enforcement with an in-depth knowledge of Afro-Caribbean religions such as Santeria, Palo Mayombe, Haitian and Dominican Voodoo, and similar religious cultures. The practice of Mexican Curanderismo and Brujeria will be a focus in relation to the use of folk saints and folk practices. This workshop will prepare the officer to recognize and explain the symbols and artifacts found in the course of criminal investigations associated with Santeria, Palo Mayombe, and Voodoo. Officers will be trained to investigate and recognize Afro-Caribbean based rituals and ceremonies and their misappropriation by criminals involved with narcotics sales, gang violence, and various criminal activities.