2017Annual Conference

  Ramkota Hotel 

Casper, WY 

  August 28- 31, 2017



Current Drug Trends: The Future of Drug Abuse – Keith Graves, Keith Graves & Associates (4 hours)

Drug use is changing at a rapid pace. In the past, drug investigations centered on meth, heroin, cocaine, marijuana, and PCP. Now law enforcement are tasked with investigating cases involving fentanyl and other synthetic opiates, bath salts, spice and anything else a chemist can come up with. With regard to marijuana, law enforcement is dealing with high potency cannabis products like BHO, edibles, and tinctures. This course will focus on what law enforcement needs to know to keep up with these trends and cover all the drugs which are puzzling law enforcement. Keith Graves has been a police officer in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1990 and is currently a supervisor for the Special Operations Unit, assigned to narcotic, vice and gang investigations. Keith is Drug Recognition Expert Instructor and teaches both the DRE course and the Drug Abuse Recognition Course, and developed a number of drug courses for the California Narcotics Officers Association. Keith earned a BA in Business Management and is the founder and President of Graves & Associates, a company dedicated to providing drug training to law enforcement and private industry.

Large Carnivore Attack Incidents – Brian DeBolt, Wyoming Game and Fish Department (4 hours)

Brian DeBolt, Game Warden and Large Carnivore Conflict Coordinator for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department will discuss multi-agency responses to incidents involving mountain lions, black bears, and grizzly bears. More frequently, bears and lions are frequenting developed areas and encountering people. Although rare, people are sometimes physically injured or killed by these animals. The public expects a quick and professional response to these situations. DeBolt will discuss animal behavior, public attitudes, media involvement, response alternatives, multi-agency response and coordination, the WGFD’s Predator Attack Team, and case studies. The course will give students a basic understanding of what actions to take as a “first responder” to these types of incidents. Students will discuss agency roles and responsibilities, types of injuries associated with predator attacks on humans, and basic scene investigation techniques. Brian DeBolt currently is a Game Warden and Large Carnivore Conflict Coordinator with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department. Brian has 20 years of experience managing conflicts between mountain lions, grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, and other wildlife. His experience involves investigating/resolving conflicts between people and large carnivores that include property damage, livestock depredation, and human injury & deaths. Brian has M.S. degree in Zoology and Physiology, from the University of Wyoming.

Tactical First Aid for Patrol Officers – Sara Nelson, Casper Police Department (4 hours)

As more research comes out with officer involved shootings, statistics show that the first line/patrol level officer had the highest death and injury rates among law enforcement when it comes to gunshot wounds, stabbings and assaults. Even with the statistics, most tactical medical training and equipment is provided to specialized tactical teams such as SRT or SWAT. First responding law enforcement historically do not receive the training or have the medical equipment immediately available when handling every domestic disturbance, fight, traffic stop, 911 hang-up…the day to day calls where officers are being shot, assaulted or ambushed.This course will help give first line law enforcement basic training on use of medical kits, immediate trauma care and ideas on acquiring medical kits/equipment that may save their lives, a fellow law enforcement’s life or a life of a civilian. Tactical First Aid for Patrol is a basic tactical first aid class for peace officers. This 4 hour class is packed with information, training and hands on experience. The class includes the current statistics of officer involved shootings in the US, FBI facts on Active Shooter Response, Officer Involved Shootings with suspect/victims down, Officer Down and implementing tactical first aid with simulated instruction and practice. Equipment needed: duty belts or plain clothed equipment as you would wear in your day to day duties, vests and any tactical medical equipment you carry .Detective Sara Nelson is a graduate of Lake Superior College, Duluth MN with an A.A.S. Degree in Fire Technology in and Administration (1995), a graduate of Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, Ashland, WI (1996) with a Para-medicine Technical Degree and a graduate of the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy (2005). Sara has been a Peace Officer with the Casper Police Department since 2005, and currently is assigned as a Detective in Person Crimes. She is also a Wyoming State Paramedic, Tactical Emergency Medical Services Certified Paramedic (TEMS) and Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) Certified Paramedic and currently works for the Memorial Hospital of Converse County as a medic part time. Prior to that, Sara was employed at Wyoming Medical Center starting in 1998 at different periods of time staffing ground ambulance and Wyoming Life Flight as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic. Sara was a Paramedic and Firefighter in Campbell County, Wyoming and also worked for the Forestry Service and the Department of Natural Resources throughout the US as a Firefighter/EMT/Paramedic on large project fires. As Sara continued her law enforcement career she learned to incorporate her 25 years of EMS, Fire and Police Training experience to teach other law enforcement in the region about Tactical First Aid, CPR and First Aid.

Advanced Verbal Techniques for Law Enforcement – Dr. Jaime Brower, Psy. D., ABPP (4 hours)

This course is designed to provide skill sets for communication and advanced de-escalation in law enforcement, corrections, and detentions. The Training discusses human behavior and provides mitigation strategies for encounters with special populations (i.e. mentally ill, those in crisis, etc.) It also provides some insight into managing and controlling one’s own escalation.Dr. Jaime Brower received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Behavioral Forensics and Psychological Testing from the University of Denver. She has been a staff member of Nicoletti-Flater Associates since June 2002. She specializes in working with emergency personnel and violence.

Morale & Resiliency – Dr. Jaime Brower, Psy. D., ABPP (3 hours)

This course is designed to address the need in the dispatch/communications for balancing the demands of work stress, trauma exposure, low morale and fatigue, with resiliency strategies and skill sets. Dr. Brower will identify some of the red flags and warning signs of poor balance and will provide participants with resiliency skill sets designed to positively enhance both our personal and professional lives.Dr. Jaime Brower received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Behavioral Forensics and Psychological Testing from the University of Denver. She has been a staff member of Nicoletti-Flater Associates since June 2002. She specializes in working with emergency personnel and violence.

Special Operations Response Team – Corey Davison Natrona County Sheriff’s Office (4 hours)

Corey Davison, Assistant Commander of the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Response Team (SORT), will discuss how to start and maintain a SORT. Training will cover how to develop and properly train personnel to provide a professional team to address any situation in and outside of a Detention facility. Training will include discussion of cell extractions & high risk prisoner transports, and the planning and execution these high priority tasks.Corey Davison has 24 years of experience working with the Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, working in various law enforcement disciplines, Detention, Patrol, and Emergency Management Divisions. Corey Davison has additional experience with operations with Division of Criminal Investigations, Search & Rescue Missions, SWAT missions, and other experiences throughout his career.

Strengthening the Blue Line – Althea Mitchell (4 hours)

Strengthening the Blue Line offers insight, methods, and understanding of dealing with daily stresses, emotional impact of job performance, home life and overall individual health. This course is designed to help Law Enforcement Professionals that have been in service over three years, understand how emotions play a major role in overall physical and mental health as well as job satisfaction. The emphasis is on demonstrating and understanding techniques that when applied, can bring the L.E.P. back to an emotional balance efficiently and effectively.n 2005, Althea Mitchell moved to Wyoming to pursue a career in Forensic Nursing. While working as a C.N.A., she watched as the Health care system overlooked emotional health of not only the general public, but the health care providers themselves. Seeing the increase for “Stress- related” medical visits on the rise locally and nationally, Althea recognized the need for Emotional Healthcare. In 2009, Althea began the study of Emotional Health Symptoms; causes and cures. In 2014, she created the business “Directions to Self-Healing” that offers classes, workshops and individual client care. In 2015 she became a Certified Emotion Code Practitioner. She is the wife of a Special Agent with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, mother of a correctional officer, a daughter and two teenage sons. Understanding Emotional Health and the impact it plays in our daily lives has become a passion of hers


 Tuesday August 29th, 2017

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Crossroads Park/ Adventure Playground Shelter
1101 N. Poplar St

Awards Banquet:

Wednesday August 30, 2017

6:30 pm to 10:00 PM

Ramkota Banquet Room


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