Law Enforcement

 

The Justice Clearinghouse covers topics of particular interest and focus for those in the Law Enforcement profession on a regular basis: through the webinars we hold, the articles we write, as well as the articles we curate from other respected sources. 

Begin or enhance your knowledge in ways that will be immediately applicable to your law enforcement role by reviewing some of the information below.

 

Upcoming Webinars

John Thompson
02 / 01 / 2018

Research has demonstrated over and over a strong connection between animal cruelty and violence against humans, including child abuse and domestic violence. History is replete with murderers whose violent tendencies [...]

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Making the Character Connection - The Dynamic of Virtue
Ray Nash
02 / 06 / 2018

Character is the seed that produces the fruit of high achievement. Most police training programs focus on competencies (behavior, performance, achievement), yet most of our problems stem from a lack [...]

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Amy Morgan
02 / 13 / 2018

With so many different personalities in the world around us, it’s sometimes a challenge to distinguish someone who may be “quirky” from someone who may actually [...]

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Employing Background Checks
Michael G. Aamodt
02 / 13 / 2018

In recent years, there has been an increased legal, scientific, and regulatory interest in how employers consider a job applicant’s criminal history and credit history when making employment [...]

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White Nationalists What Justice
Laurie L. Wood
02 / 22 / 2018

The term 'white nationalist' may be new to some, but it's appearing more and more in the headlines as they hold events across the country. Learn about their beliefs, [...]

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The Opioid Prevention and Intervention Intelligence
Al Smith
02 / 22 / 2018

Addressing the Opioid epidemic at scale requires the coordination of health and social services professionals, law enforcement, criminal justice, and academic and government policy experts. These coordination efforts will rely [...]

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Thomas Dworak
03 / 01 / 2018

Leadership, or lack thereof, influences the success or failure of an organization.  While the overall organizational success rests with the Chief, Sheriff or Superintendent, it is the everyday leader [...]

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Emotional Intelligence Hidden Key for Survival
John Thompson
03 / 13 / 2018

In today's world, it seems that every time a public safety official interacts with the public, they are subjected to stress from an entitlement society as well as [...]

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Motivational Interviewing
Denise Beagley
03 / 15 / 2018

Motivational interviewing (MI), an evidence-based communication and helping style, has now been implemented across a variety of disciplines, including: medicine, behavioral health, corrections and community corrections, child welfare and others. [...]

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Children as Witnesses in DV Cases pt I
Patrick Beumler
Hilary Weinberg
03 / 20 / 2018

According to government statistics between 3-4 million children ages 3-17 are at risk of exposure to domestic violence each year.  95% of those cases involve female victims at the hands [...]

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Recognizing the Link Animal Human Abuse
Dr. Melinda Merck
03 / 20 / 2018

Veterinary forensics can play an important role in both animal and humane related crimes. This webinar will discuss how animal cruelty investigations can support other types of cases. Topics will [...]

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Ask Me Anything Elder Abuse
Paul Greenwood
03 / 27 / 2018

Whether you’re a seasoned justice professional or new to the field, everyone needs a sage resource they can turn to for advice on niche topics – and elder [...]

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White Nationalist Shock Troops
Laurie L. Wood
03 / 29 / 2018

While the white nationalist movement may not include the traditional hate groups you might expect, such as the Ku Klux Klan or neo-Nazis, increasingly these groups are attending white nationalist [...]

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DNA Basics
Chris Lindberg
04 / 05 / 2018

DNA evidence can be some of the most powerful and compelling evidence in criminal investigations, but how does it really work?  Peek behind the scenes and learn how DNA [...]

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How Law Enforcement Can Prepare for, Respond to and Manage Hate Rallies
Laurie L. Wood
04 / 26 / 2018

Any area of the country can be the target of a hate event, sometimes with very little notice. Law enforcement professionals need to have a detailed response plan already in [...]

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Children as Witnesses in Domestic Violence Cases- Pt 2
Patrick Beumler
Hilary Weinberg
05 / 01 / 2018

Continuing from Part 1 of this series, prosecuting attorneys must determine, from the available evidence gathered by the law enforcement investigation, whether a reasonable likelihood of conviction exists. Part 2 of this [...]

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Serial Murder Separating Fact From Fiction
Michael G. Aamodt
05 / 03 / 2018

With information on over 4,900 serial killers and their victims, the Radford/FGCU Serial Killer Database is the largest database of its kind. This webinar will use information from the database [...]

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The Science of DNA
Roxanne Kotzebue
Chris Lindberg
05 / 15 / 2018

Been a while since your biology class in high school?  Don’t panic!  This is a basic, straight forward, bottom line look at the science behind DNA [...]

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Medical Records for Criminal Cases
Dyanne Greer
Hilary Weinberg
05 / 17 / 2018

Medical records are often critical in criminal cases, as they detail the medical diagnosis/treatment that may form the basis of criminal charges.   However, they can be daunting [...]

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On the Job Threats Managing the Fear and Panic Response
Amy Morgan
05 / 24 / 2018

In only a few seconds, a threat can change an officer's life.... depending on how a threat is managed. Learn the physiological (physical), emotional and mental effects of threat, [...]

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Social Media Bootcamp
Kate Kimble
05 / 29 / 2018

What started as a trend among teens has become an expectation within your community. Social media is here to stay, and it's where important conversations happen every day.&[...]

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Lone Wolf
Laurie L. Wood
05 / 31 / 2018

Lone wolf offenders are some of the most dangerous domestic terrorists today. Examine their trajectory of escalation into violence, common identifiers of eminent race killers and case studies of some [...]

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Verbal De-escalation
Denise Beagley
05 / 31 / 2018

Verbal De-Escalation and Effective Communication is a type of communication intervention. It can be used for people who may be at risk for aggressive or emotional behaviors. By using a [...]

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Understanding Sexual Assault Perpetrators
Tasha Menaker, Ph.D.
06 / 07 / 2018

This webinar provides an overview of the dynamics of sexual assault perpetration, including relationships between victims and offenders, perpetrator characteristics, and sexual coercion tactics. Participants will also learn about the [...]

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Succession Planning
Thomas Dworak
07 / 17 / 2018

Succession planning in the law enforcement or corrections environment of civil service and politics can be complicated.  But it is not complex.  Leaders at all levels should be [...]

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Humanizing Your Agency Through Social Media
Kate Kimble
07 / 24 / 2018

You can't make friends in a crisis. Building your agency's reputation is a daily job, and you can create a strong foundation through storytelling. In this presentation, police [...]

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Medical Records for Child Abuse Cases
Roger Blevins
Dyanne Greer
08 / 14 / 2018

Many child abuse cases are dependent on the medical assessment of the child victim, be it by a pediatrician, generalist or a forensic pediatric specialist (who may or may not [...]

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Breaking Your Own News
Dean Cunningham
Kate Kimble
08 / 28 / 2018

When you know a story is brewing, how can you gain public trust and ensure accurate reporting? Break the news yourself and deliver made-for-media content. Fort Collins Police PIOs Kate [...]

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Hiring Great People
Michael G. Aamodt
08 / 28 / 2018

This webinar will discuss the empirical research on what factors best predict the performance of police officers and other law enforcement personnel.  Factors to be discussed include education, military [...]

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Career Planning From Academy to Retirement
Thomas Dworak
09 / 04 / 2018

The conversation starts out simple enough, "what do you do?"  Your response "I'm a cop".  That describes your profession.  There is a [...]

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Why Did You Shoot My Dog
09 / 11 / 2018

As if law enforcement and the communities they serve have not been dealing with a crisis recently, there is an even larger one seriously eroding public faith and profoundly affecting [...]

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Managing Public Criticism
Amy Morgan
09 / 27 / 2018

Public safety personnel, especially those in law enforcement, are receiving public criticism more and more every day about how they’re doing their jobs.  The more we hear, [...]

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Understanding Sexual Violence and Appropriate Responses to Survivors
Jason Vail Cruz
Lindsay Ashworth
11 / 29 / 2018

Recorded Webinars

Best Practices in Drug Testing
Mark Hendershot

Drug use and abuse are some of the biggest issues of the global community – in the legal and criminal perspective, as well in the scientific and medical point of [...]

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Todd Matthews

Cybersleuths are the modern-day Sherlock Holmes. They are those citizens who might know something about a case and want to step forward with their information. They could also be just [...]

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Jeff Fox

Being the first line supervisor is the gateway to being a part of management. Too often, however, associates are promoted to first line supervisor positions without sufficient training or mentorship. [...]

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Darrell Smith
Paul W. Neudigate
Brandon Huntley

Gun-crime violence is prevalent not only in the US, but all across the world. With the number of such cases and even more recovered guns, cases, and bullets from crime [...]

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Mark Hendershot

How does your organization ensure they are hiring the right people, with the correct mix of technical and soft skills, who are well suited to the demands of the job, [...]

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Chris Gaubatz
John Guandolo

Terrorism. It’s a word that evokes a thousand memories with just one simple word. Memories of 9/11. Of recent bombings or news stories. Of political speeches and rallies. It&[...]

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Kate Loudenslagel
Hilary Weinberg

This course discusses the challenges faced in the investigation and prosecution of drowning cases.  We will discuss some tips in investigating these cases and thoughts on how to [...]

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Jeff Fox

No one becomes an officer wanting to use excessive force to detain or apprehend people. But in the course of doing their jobs, officers often have to make split-second decisions &[...]

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Articles

street crime gangs ISIS
Roger Patterson

ISIS and Local Street Gangs is a series discussing traditional local street gangs and their adopting of the ISIS brand and message as has become an emerging threat in certain [...]

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child-trafficking
Christina McCale

Viewing images of child exploitation is nothing short of disturbing. But what if it was your job to find and remove images of children being harmed.... all day. Every day...? [...]

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sad person
Christina McCale

We continue our conversation with Marcia Williams, peer support specialist with Safe Call Now, to learn more about this organization and its unique network of services it provides to [...]

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get help from Safe Call Now
Christina McCale

  According to Badge of Life, "More cops die of suicide than are killed by gunfire and traffic accidents combined."And while there may be discussions or [...]

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street gang isis
Roger Patterson

  Editor's Note: ISIS and Local Street Gangs is a series discussing traditional local street gangs and their adopting of the ISIS brand and message as has become an [...]

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aurora movie family support
Christina McCale

When a major event happens, such as a mass casualty incident, first responder agencies can be deluged by local, national -- even international press... Not to mention social media. It [...]

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Intruder response
Christina McCale

Once a critical incident has begun, people have only moments before needing to take action. But without training, it's difficult to know what action to take is the right [...]

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decision making
Christina McCale

Critical thinking is more than just a theoretical premise to be included in college courses. At its core, critical thinking is a foundational skill -- for life, work, and certainly [...]

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Our Subject Matter Experts

Meet the people who present on this topic
Roxanne Kotzebue

Roxanne Kotzebue has a B.S. from UC San Diego and a M.S. from San Diego State University.  Since 2014, she has been a Criminalist with the San Diego [...]

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Al Smith Profile Photo 2017
Al Smith

Al Smith is a Public Sector Solutions Architect employed by Microsoft.  With over 20 years focused on technology solutions for state and local government, Mr. Smith has championed digital transformation [...]

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Dean Cunningham

Sergeant Dean Cunningham has worked for Fort Collins Police Services for 18 years. He is currently assigned to the patrol division and is in charge of the department’s body [...]

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Denise Beagley

Denise Beagley, M.Sc. is the Manager of Clinical Initiatives & Training for Arizona State University’s Center for Applied Behavioral Health Policy. She has worked within the behavioral [...]

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john thompson
John Thompson

John Thompson is the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA). Mr. Thompson has operational responsibility for NSA’s programs and services. In 2004, [...]

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Kate Kimble
Kate Kimble

Kate Kimble is the Public Relations Manager for Fort Collins (CO) Police Services. Her background includes journalism, small business marketing, graphic design, and social media management. After nearly 10 years as [...]

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Chris Lindberg

Chris Lindberg has a B.A from U.C. Irvine, a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law, and a L.L.M. in Prosecutorial Science [...]

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Roger Blevins

Mr. Blevins graduated with a BSN from the University of Tulsa College of Nursing in 1979, and received his certificate as a pediatric nurse practitioner from the United States Army Academy [...]

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Natasha Terk - Write It Well
Natasha Terk

Natasha Terk is the managing director of Adcom Designs. She improves communication skills and team dynamics through a relentless focus on each client’s business, brand, and competition. She [...]

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melinda merck
Dr. Melinda Merck

Dr. Melinda Merck is the owner of Veterinary Forensics Consulting in Austin, Texas. She assists investigators of animal cruelty with crime scene investigation, examination of live and deceased victims, frequently [...]

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