Training & Events

WPOA announces 94th annual membership conference in Cheyenne, WY

The Wyoming Peace Officers Association is pleased to announce that its 94th annual membership and training conference will be held at the Little America Hotel and Resort in Cheyenne, WY on Monday, June 20, 2022 through Thursday, June 23, 2022.

The early registration fee is $150 (until Wednesday, June 1, 2022 ); registration at the conference is $175.  To register, contact WPOA President Gabe Testerman at or (307) 287-0418.  To make room reservations, call the hotel at (307) 775-8400 and ask for the “Wyoming Peace Officers Association” block of rooms.

This year’s conference features a golf tournament fundraiser to benefit our Scholarship Fund, a catered BBQ night, a sponsored hospitality room, vendor fair, silent auction, our annual awards banquet dinner, and two days of POST-certified training with one of the training days dedicated to breakout sessions for different training topics specific to law enforcement, corrections, and emergency dispatch communications.

Read more below about this year’s instructor lineup:

We’re proud to offer a diverse group of instructors and some very special guests to share their knowledge, insights and experience on a variety of law enforcement, corrections, public safety, and emergency communications topics this year!

Doug Monda, of Survive First and Trauma Behind the Badge, is a 2016 Officer of the Year award recipient.  Doug retired from law enforcement in 2017 as an undercover narcotics agent & longtime SWAT sniper with Cocoa PD in Florida.  Doug now dedicates his life to helping first responders by telling his story of his gripping battle with mental health and wellness and surviving suicide.

Karen Monda, of Survive First, has seen firsthand the devastating effects of a loved-one’s battle with depression, PTSD & attempted suicide. Leveraging her master’s degree & success in special education, Karen helps first responders and their spouses recognize the signs & symptoms of deteriorating mental health.

A National Top Cop, Virginia’s Public Safety Medal of Valor & Norfolk PD’s Medal of Honor awards recipient, Chris Scallon, of Trauma Behind the Badge, spent his 24-plus-year law enforcement career as a K9 handler & patrol supervisor who has been involved in multiple shootings & is intimately familiar with trauma & the consequences of exposure.

A police officer since 1977, Steve Ainsworth, of the Boulder County, Colorado Sheriff’s Office (ret.), specializes in homicide investigations. With over 2,400 different deaths of all causes & manners under his belt, Steve is a recognized expert in medicolegal death investigation & has presented numerous homicide cases on a variety of true crime television shows.

An 18-year veteran 911 dispatcher who started with the LAPD in California, established author of three different books, and Founder of The Healthy Dispatcher, Adam Timm’s energetic presentations and uplifting message have made him one of the most highly regarded speakers to dispatchers across the country on surviving a life under the headset.

Executive Director for the National Institute of Jail Operations (NIJO), Tate McCotter has assisted with & coordinated the development, advisement & implementation of legal-based guidelines, standards, training initiatives, & corresponding inspection & accreditation programs for jails & prisons across the U.S.