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Why attend the Correctional Operations & Leadership Virtual Conference?

The dawn of a new year signifies the NTOA’s long awaited expansion into the field of Corrections. In addition to upcoming stand-alone courses, the NTOA will highlight its commitment to the profession with the first-ever Correctional Operations and Leadership Conference.

This virtual conference will feature a broad array of seminars and incident debriefs ranging from leadership to tactics and everything in between. The goal of the NTOA is to provide an educational resource for corrections personnel at all levels, on operational and leadership topics not currently being offered anywhere else in the industry.

This unique event will showcase our phenomenal instructors and curriculum while providing critical training and educational hours. The online venue allows for students to attend one, two or all three days from their home or office without the cost and hassle of travel or the related safety concerns of the pandemic.

We look forward to you joining us for this outstanding virtual event!

High Quality Education

Participate daily in 2- or 4-hour virtual sessions, led by subject matter experts, on topics that matter most to you. Students will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the completion of the virtual conference, which may fulfill continuing education requirements.

Cost Savings

The online venue allows you and your agency to save money on travel, lodging and per diem.


Attend the event for one, two or three days from your home or office. Choose the learning environment that works best for your needs.


By going virtual, we have eliminated concerns about travel, lodging and other COVID-19 restrictions that could impact you, your family, or your team.

The Speakers

Chris Bergan - Federal Bureau of Prisons

Chris began his Law Enforcement career in 1991 as a Correctional Officer with the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP). He was promoted to roles of increasing responsibility as a Lieutenant, Captain, Correctional Services Specialist, Emergency Management Specialist, and Assistant Correctional Services Administrator for Training and Policy. Chris is now retired from the BOP. Prior to his employment with the BOP, Chris served in the United States Navy.

Patrick Doering - Lake Saint Louis Police Department

Patrick Doering has been employed in law enforcement since 1996 with the Lake St. Louis (MO) Police Department. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the FBI National Crisis Negotiation Course, and the London Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard) National Negotiators course. Patrick is the former President and co-founder of the Missouri Association of Crisis Negotiators. He has presented case studies at several negotiation conferences across the country. He has a master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Lindenwood University.

Shawn Hancock - Chandler Police Department

Shawn Hancock began his law enforcement career in 1988 with the Grants, NM Police Department, where he served as a patrol officer, detective, and SWAT team member. Expanding his career opportunities, he transferred to the police department in Albuquerque, NM, in 1995. He was selected to the Metro Crime Unit and then to the SWAT team in 1998. He served on the Entry team, Sniper team, and as Assistant Team Leader.

Hancock retired from New Mexico in 2007 and moved to Arizona, joining the Chandler Police Department. He served several years as the Special Operations Section/Tactical Commander. Throughout his career, Hancock has focused on Tactical Operations and Training in Use of Force. He is a 2011 graduate of the Force Science Institute and is an instructor in many disciplines. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Career and Technical Education.

Dr. Mitch Javidi, PhD - International Academy of Public Safety

Mitch Javidi, Ph.D is chancellor of the National Command and Staff College and a retired professor at NC State University. He is an honorary member of the US Army Special Operations Command. He has more than 30 years of practical and hands-on experience in diverse industries including academia, military, law enforcement, government, and technology. As a globally recognized leader, he is the founder of the National Command & Staff College, the International Academy of Public Safety, the Institute for Credible Leadership development, the Criminal Justice Commission for Credible Leadership Development and the MAGNUS Officers Leadership. He has trained at the Joint Special Operations Command “JSOC” and the US Army Special Operations Command “USASOC.”

Javidi was awarded the honorary member of the United States Army Special Operations Command in 1999 and honorary Sheriff by the National Sheriffs’ Association in 2016. He served as a tenured Associate Professor at NC State University for 16 years before taking an early retirement but continues to serve as an Adjunct professor without pay (by choice) at both NC State and Illinois State Universities. He is a member of the “Academy of Outstanding Teachers and Scholars” at NC State University and the Distinguished 2004 Alumni of the University of Oklahoma. He is a published scholar with over 890 conference presentations worldwide. His most recent books are entitled “Deliberate Leadership: Achieving Success Through Personal Styles,” “Handbook of Research on Effective Communication, Leadership, and Conflict Resolution”, and “Moral Compass for the Law Enforcement Professionals.” His coauthored article entitled “Human Factors: Police Leaders Improving Safety While Developing Meaningful Public Trust” coauthored with Dr. Anthony Normore and Lt. Darius Bone was recently published by the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin. Javidi was the recipient of prestigious “Person of the Year” award by the National Society of Accountants ~ Senator William Victor “Bill” Roth, Jr. “Roth IRA” received the award in the following year.

Dan Murphy - Fort Collins Police Department

Dan Murphy began his law enforcement career in 1984 with the Fort Collins, CO Police Services. He has been assigned to supervisory positions in patrol, the drug task force, and the Criminal Impact/Fugitive Unit. Dan has been a SWAT Team Leader since 1995 and on SWAT since 1991. His assignments have included the Professional Standards Unit, patrol watch commander, and SWAT, K-9, and CNT Commander.

Dan has been an NTOA instructor since 1999 and currently teaches Basic/Advanced SWAT, Less-Lethal Projectiles/Diversionary Device/Chemical Agents, leadership, Command/Team Leader, and Active Shooter Tactics. He is a court-certified expert in the use and deployment of diversionary devices during tactical operations. He has been recognized by his agency with three medals for valor and a distinguished service medal during hostage rescue situations and violent felony arrests. In 2011, he won the prestigious “John Kolman Award of Excellence” from the NTOA. He won the 2015 first-ever Rocky Mountain Tactical Team Association “SWAT Officer of the Year – Tactical Achievement Award.” He has a Bachelor’s degree in Administration of Justice.

Sean Stewart - Pima County Sheriff's Department (Ret)

Sean Stewart retired as a corrections captain from the Pima County (AZ) Sheriff’s Department, where he worked since 1992. Before joining the Sheriff’s Department, he served in the United States Navy and worked for the Arizona Department of Corrections. As a Corrections Officer, he has worked all assignments within the Corrections Bureau. Sean has commanded the Emergency Response Team, Security Services, Administrative Segregation Unit, Judicial Security, Intake and Identification Unit, Transportation Unit, and the Main Jail Tower.
Sean is a court-recognized expert in Superior and Federal courts in gang-related activities, prison politics revolving around prison gangs, inmate communications/jargon and codes, and inmate phone systems. Sean teaches for the National Institute for Jail Operations and the National Tactical Officers Association.

Travis Walker - Santa Paula Police Department

Travis is currently the Chief of Police for the City of Santa Paula, California. He began his law enforcement career 1997 with the San Bernardino, CA Police Department. He worked a variety of assignments in Patrol, Gangs, Narcotics, K9, Special Enforcement Bureau, and various investigative, supervisor, and management positions within the department’s crisis negotiations and tactical teams. As the department’s SWAT Commander, Travis led the unified tactical response to the terror attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino on December 2nd, 2015. After leaving the San Bernardino Police Department, he served Cathedral City, CA as their Deputy Chief of Police and Chief of Police. Travis is a recognized subject matter expert in incident management, active shooter response, police tactics, and crisis response. He served as an Executive Fellow for the National Police Foundation, located in Washington D.C., and has been an instructor for the National Tactical Officers Association since 2016. Travis holds a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, and Disaster Preparedness, and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Grand Canyon University.

Todd Craig - Federal Bureau of Prisons

Todd Craig is the Chief of the Office of Security Technology, Federal Bureau of Prisons. He is responsible for the development and review of policy, audit guidelines, security-related equipment, facility design, security technology standards, security equipment testing and evaluation ,and a wide range of correctional security technology concerns. He serves as liaison with other federal, military, state, and local law enforcement and correctional agencies, as well as the bureau’s major coordinator for the development of new security technologies.

With 33 years of service in the Department of Justice, Mr. Craig has served as the Warden at the Federal Correctional Institution at Ray brook, N.Y., and at FCI, Beckley, W.Va. Other assignments included Associate Warden, Chief of Public Information for the Bureau, and Administrator for the Federal Prison Camp in Lompoc, Calif.

Todd holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Master of Arts in Criminology from the University of South Florida. Todd is a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) through the American Society for Industrial Security.

Robert Farley - GEO Secure Services

Robert “Bob” Farley served as a Captain in the United States Army and began his career in the Federal Bureau of Prisons in 1994. He worked as a correctional officer, lieutenant, captain, associate warden, warden, and senior executive warden (SES). He was SORT Leader and SORT Commander for various correctional facilities and regions, and also served as the agency’s senior tactical instructor. He has a masters degree in criminal justice administration from Jacksonville State University.

Phil Hansen - Santa Maria Police Department (Ret)

Phil Hansen retired as the Chief of Police of the Santa Maria, CA Police Department in 2020. Before his employment with Santa Maria PD, Phil served with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), retiring at the rank of Captain.

The great majority of Phil’s law enforcement service is in tactical operations and critical incident command. Phil was a full-time SWAT sergeant/entry team leader and the SWAT commander at LASD’s Special Enforcement Bureau (SEB).

While with the LASD, Chief Hansen also served as a lieutenant at the department’s Emergency Operations Bureau. In this capacity, he was responsible for large event planning, regional law enforcement mutual aid, and department-wide response to critical incidents such as civil disturbances and wild-land fires. He also oversaw sections of the Los Angeles Terrorism Early Warning Group, now the Joint Regional Intelligence Center.

Chief Hansen has been an instructor for the National Tactical Officer’s Association (NTOA) since 1991 and served as an elected member of the Association’s Board of Directors and Chairman of the Board. In 2013, he was named Director Emeritus and continues to serve in that capacity.

Chief Hansen completed major tactical incident reviews for the LASD and has performed SWAT capability assessments and critical incident reviews for several agencies. He served on special Boards of Inquiry for the Los Angeles Police Department and the Oakland Police Department in the wake of highly publicized fatal shootings involving SWAT personnel. As a member of the California POST Executive Committee on SWAT, he was instrumental in developing the current California POST SWAT Guidelines.

Chief Hansen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge, and a Master’s Degree in Leadership from the University of Southern California.

Don Kester - NTOA Director of Training and Education

Don Kester served almost 24 years with the Pima County (AZ) Sheriff’s Department, retiring in 2015. His assignments included training director, patrol, special operations, tactical response, staff services section commander, and the support operations and criminal investigations division commander.

Don’s SWAT experience spans the majority of his career. He served as a trainer, SWAT team operator, team leader, team sergeant, and SWAT commander. He is certified as a chemical agent, FSDD, less-lethal instructor, and a master Taser instructor. He is also a firearms, defensive tactics, and use-of-force instructor. He teaches many other specialties such as rapid deployment, warrant service, hostage rescue, TEMS, incident command, and leadership. He has authored several articles on such topics.

Don has served as a use-of-force consultant/expert on cases in superior and federal court. He served on the Law and Legal and Defensive Tactics subject matter expert committees for the Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (POST). He was a delegate to the International Law Enforcement Forum (ILEF) for Minimal Force Options as well as on the Advisory Council for the Office of Law Enforcement Technology Commercialization (OLETC) and as a member of the National Institute of Justice SWAT Technical Support Working Group (TSWG).

Don was the Less-Lethal Section Chair for the NTOA from 2001 until 2008 and then served seven years as a member of the NTOA Board of Directors. He has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Arizona and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He currently serves as the NTOA’s Director of Training and Education.

David Pearson - Fort Collins Police Department

David Pearson began his law enforcement career in 1990 with the Fort Collins, CO Police Services. As a sergeant, he supervised patrol, traffic, internal affairs, and property crimes. He served as a SWAT team leader for eight years before being promoted to Lieutenant in 2011. As a lieutenant, David has served in Criminal Investigations, Professional Standards, the Northern Colorado Drug Task Force, and Acting Assistant Chief. David has been a law enforcement instructor since 1996 and has taught defensive tactics, officer safety, building search, crowd control, incident command, active shooter, less-lethal technology, tactical decision making, SWAT tactics, and more. Since 2005, David has been an instructor for the NTOA and teaches SWAT Team Leader Development, Basic SWAT, and the Less Lethal Impact Projectiles, Chemical Agents, & Noise Flash Diversionary Device Instructor course. David has certified over 1000 instructors in the United States and Canada on less-lethal munitions. Since 2013, he has served in the role of NTOA Less Lethal Section Chair.

Robert Sorensen - Federal Bureau of Prisons

Bob Sorensen is a Special Agent with The Federal Bureau of Prisons, OGC/OIA – Headquarters, Washington, D.C. He has been with the Bureau since 1997 and has been in law enforcement since 1994. He served in the US Army as a Military Police Officer. Bob was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 2005. As a Lieutenant, he has held numerous collateral duty assignments to include team leader on the Bureau’s tactical teams. During his career, Bob has been an instructor in the following areas: Self Defense Instructor, Lead Disturbance Control Instructor, Lead Firearms Instructor, Lead Less Lethal Instructor, Pepper ball Instructor, and a National Incident Command Instructor. During his time with the NTOA, he has provided instruction in Less Lethal Impact Projectiles, Noise Flash Diversionary Devices, and Chemical Agents.

Ernesto Delgado - AZ Department of Corrections

Ernesto Delgado began his law enforcement career in 2002 with the Pima County (AZ) Sheriff’s Office. He started with the Pinal County (AZ) Sheriff’s Office in 2007. He joined the Arizona Department of Corrections in 2020, serving as the Southern Regional Training Staff Development Manager. Ernesto’s law enforcement experience includes utilizing strategies to build high-performance teams based on accountability, trust, camaraderie, and public goodwill. He served as the Assistant Commander on the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Detention Special Emergency Response Team and on the Gang Habitual Offender Strike Team. He has been an instructor since 2003, where he instructs various tactical programs and weapons. Ernesto holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Timothy Frontino - Federal Bureau of Prisons

Tim Frontino has been employed by the Federal Bureau of Prisons since 1991. He currently works in the Northeast Regional Office, where he serves as the Correctional Services Specialist. As an officer with the Federal Bureau of Prisons and a Tactical Trainer and Instructor in the field of Emergency Preparedness, Tim has planned, coordinated, and provided instruction to Special Operations Response Teams (SORT). He also provides training on techniques used in controlling individuals in compliant and non-compliant situations, building entries, barricades, breaching, weapon recovery, and hostage rescues. He also instructs on the use of force, Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) Spray, Pepperball, less-lethal munitions, marksmanship, and shoot house scenarios.

Carrie Hill - Massachusetts Sheriff's Association

Carrie Hill is an attorney and national criminal justice consultant. She is the executive director of the Massachusetts Sheriffs’ Association (MSA). Prior to joining MSA Carrie worked as director of the National Sheriffs’ Association’s National Center for Jail Operations. She has worked in the corrections field for more than three decades.

A frequent speaker at corrections conferences and professional development summits around the country, Hill has worked at the state and county levels, and served as a consultant to organizations like the National Institute of Corrections. Before her work with the NSA, Hill focused on providing training and consulting on national, regional, state and local levels for a variety of private and public entities.

Her previous roles include serving as general counsel to the Utah Department of Corrections, senior administrative manager for former Hennepin County, Minn., Sheriff Richard Stanek, and as editor of Corrections Managers’ Report, a bi-monthly industry bulletin published by the Civic Research Institute.




Ralph McDuffie - Lake County Sheriff's Office

Ralph McDuffie began his law enforcement career in 1994 and is currently assigned to the Emergency Management Bureau of the Lake County (FL) Sheriff’s Office. He serves as the agency’s Emergency Management Coordinator and County Emergency Operations Center Operations Section Chief, and the SWAT Team commander, which he has been on since 1995. His law enforcement experience dates to 1987 while in the USAF as a Military Working Dog Handler. He instructs for the Lake Technical Institute, and Florida SWAT Association, and the NTOA.

Jeff Selleg - Port of Seattle Police Department

Jeff Selleg has worked in law enforcement since 1996 with the Port of Seattle, WA Police Department. He served as a member of Valley Regional SWAT from 2000 to 2013 in an operational capacity. He returned as a SWAT Commander in 2015. He served as a sniper, sniper team leader, and entry team leader. He holds certifications as an instructor in most of the disciplines associated with tactical operations. Jeff has served as a patrol commander and an administrative services commander with collateral duty commands over the Explosive Detection Canine Unit, the Bomb Disposal Unit, and SWAT.

Jeff has served as a member of the Washington State Tactical Officer’s Association Board of Directors since 2007, including several years as president. He served as an advisor to the National Institute of Justice – Tactical Technology Working group for the Department of Justice and a committee member to the NTOA’s National SWAT Standards Review Committee. Jeff teaches the Team Leader Development Course, SWAT Command and Decision-Making I, and SWAT Command and Decision-Making II courses for the NTOA. He assisted the NTOA as a committee member designing the NTOA’s Command College curriculum and currently serves as the Chairman of the NTOA’s Tactical Leadership Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Saint Martin’s University and a Master’s of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Chapman University. Jeff has completed his course work and his ABD towards earning his Doctorate of Education in Organizational Leadership through Northeastern University in Boston.

Ray Tonkin - Pike County District Attorney

Ray Tonkin has served as the Pike County Pennsylvania District Attorney since 2008. Ray started his professional career as a police officer in the region more than 20 years ago. He worked his way through the criminal justice system as an assistant district attorney before being elected as the District Attorney. Ray is the first full-time District Attorney for Pike County and has a 100% conviction rate in homicide trials. Ray is a cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and holds a Criminal Justice degree from the University of Scranton. Ray holds numerous professional memberships & appointments and is an active volunteer in his community.

3-Day Conference Pricing

Individual Member: $ 299

Non-Member: $ 354

2-Day Conference Pricing

Individual Member: $ 229

Non-Member: $ 284

1-Day Conference Pricing

Individual Member: $ 129

Non-Member: $ 184

The Seminars

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Legal Liability: Use of Force & Duty to Intervene

Presenter: Carrie Hill

1000 – 1200 EST

Now more than ever, the discussion surrounding the use of force is critical for all commanders and staff. This seminar will discuss the legal developments in the use of force, including an extensive review of the Kingsley case. Discussions will include how the public’s perception of the use of force has changed over the years with an emphasis on legal based report writing and de-escalation efforts. The impact of video will also be a focal point, as well as the importance of consistency in training throughout the entire agency.

The duty to intervene involves the obligation of deputies and officers to intervene when force is inappropriately applied or no longer required. The instructor will share the standard for use of force and the theory of bystander liability in the correctional setting. Understanding the law and having legal based policies and procedures can protect you, your colleagues and those persons under your care.


Reflections on a Life of Leadership

Presenter: Phil Hansen

1000 – 1200 EST

This seminar will provide a unique and personal touch that reflects on a life of leadership. The presenter will relate successes, failures and lessons learned in his 30-plus years of law enforcement experience. Baseline and crisis leadership experiences will be examined through real-life scenarios, and leadership concepts for consideration will be woven into each experience.


Less Lethal Consideration in Corrections

Presenter: Bob Sorensen

1000 – 1200 EST

This presentations will cover the challenges and obstacles surrounding the use of less-lethal munitions inside a correctional facility. Specifically, less-lethal munitions bridge the gap between traditional uses of force (batons and strikes) and deadly force in keeping with the safety priorities. Also discussed will be various less-lethal concepts including safety priorities, opportunity, tactical aim points, tactical decision making, space and time, jeopardy and failures. The presentation will demonstrate the benefits of utilizing less-lethal systems and how officer safety is greatly increased when used correctly.


Teams and Trust

Presenter: Wayne Dubois

1200 – 1400 EST

According to Simon Sinek, “A team is not a group of people who work together, but a group of people who trust each other.” This presentation will define and differentiate between law enforcement teams and workgroups. It will explore the role trust plays in effective teams and cite examples to model for your agency. This presentation will discuss the foundations of trust through credibility and its subcomponents and explore thirteen core behaviors that impact trust and develop them. It will give the attendee a better understanding between intrinsic and extrinsic motivators in the team environment and present research related to the human dynamics of motivation.


Incident Debrief: The Death of a Staff Member

Presenter: Chris Bergan

1200 – 1400 EST

This seminar will provide an in-depth review of an institutional disturbance that resulted in the death of a staff member. Issues such as intelligence gathering, emergency preparedness and training will be covered. Lessons learned from this incident will also be discussed.


Applying CNT Skills and Strategies

Presenter: Patrick Doering

1500 – 1700 EST

This course of instruction will include several factors that can help corrections personnel in any role. Barriers in communication, crisis state and the factors causing it, active listening skills, indicators of progress, and much more will be discussed by NTOA CNT Section Chair Pat Doering. From officers to commanders, these lessons help us shape critical decision points in critical incidents.


Impact of Drones in Corrections

Presenter: Todd Craig

1500 – 1700 EST

This presentation will provide an overview on the impact of drones in a correctional setting. Threats to facilities, development of SOPs to counter illicit UAS use, detection and mitigation technologies, and approval issues for state and local correctional agencies will be covered. Several operational uses of drones by corrections personnel, in addition to compliance with FAA COA and Part 107 waivers for law enforcement agencies, will also be discussed.


Survival for the Team Leader

Presenters: Daniel Murphy & Louis Caprio

1500 – 1700 EST

This seminar will introduce a decision-making model for team leaders and others to use during tactical incidents. De-escalation concepts with proper mindset will be a primary focus. Administrative and training issues will also be discussed throughout the presentation.


Incident Debrief: Understanding the Mindset of Your Adversary in Correctional Settings

Presenter: Bob Sorensen

1700 – 1900 EST

Understanding the mindset and circumstances of each disturbance will greatly enhance the effectiveness of your tactics. This presentation will examine two disturbances and the tactics used in each. Discussion will include how the outcome of your tactics is greatly affected by the dedication of your adversary. Less-lethal munitions and their effects will also be covered. Videos will be viewed for discussion and lessons learned will be shared.


Setting and Maintaining CERT Standards

Presenter: Ernesto Delgado

1700 – 1900 EST

This seminar will provide guidance and recommendations on methods of implementing and maintaining CERT standards. The intent of standards is to better prepare correctional institutions, county jails and law enforcement agencies to respond to emergency and high-risk incidents on a daily basis, as well as major disturbances. The NTOA recognizes that the nature of Correctional Tactical Team operations requires enhanced standards for team members. It is critical that the standards be based on essential job related functions, and that they are reasonable and consistent. Issues such as determining the standards, policy creation and documentation will covered.


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Introduction to Emotional Intelligence

Presenter: Don Kester

1000 – 1200 EST

This seminar discusses the history, background and definition of emotional intelligence (EI). Additional topics of focus are the need for EI in a corrections setting and the relationship between EI and the use of force, de-escalation, complaints, decision-making and stress. The importance of EI within teams and units is also emphasized. Real-life examples and scenarios are utilized to tie the importance of EI to job performance. A brief introduction in EI assessments is also covered. This presentation is appropriate for officers, supervisors, commanders and civilian personnel.


Managing the Media

Presenter: Sean Stewart

1000 – 1200 EST

This presentation will cover the do’s and don’ts of dealing with the media and giving interviews. Learning how to manage the media instead of the media managing you will be a focus of discussion.


Stress Management Imperatives

Presenter: Dr. Mitch Javidi

1000 – 1400 EST

Corrections Officers experience more psychological stress than physical danger; however, their bodies don’t know the difference. Under emotional stress, their bodies release the same hormones that compel them to run for their lives, while their brain fights to keep them grounded and rational. Although adjusting to surging stress hormones positively helps in VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) situations, it could be detrimental to building better leadership capacity, relationships, resiliency, emotional health and well-being.


High-Risk Transport Considerations

Presenter: Timothy Frontino

1200 – 1400 EST

This course will provide an overview of inmate transport via commercial and agency transportation. Specifically, this presentation will cover high risk, high security and special consideration inmates. Also discussed will be pre-trip planning, documentation review, and escort and post-escort procedures. There will also be a brief overview of ambush tactics en route to and from a secure location.


Cell Phone Interdiction

Presenter: Todd Craig

1200 – 1400 EST

The Federal Bureau of Prisons, Office of Security Technology is evaluating a number of technologies for use by agency staff in detecting and defeating contraband cell phones in prisons and jails. A general overview of contraband cell phone detection technologies will be provided, to include: fixed sensor detection, mobile sensor detection, managed access, cell phone jamming, and mobile device forensics.

Further, an in-depth examination of the art and practice of mobile device forensics in a correctional environment will be undertaken. This will include state-of-the-art techniques, available hardware and software tools, and best practices for correctional investigations using this cutting-edge technology.


Jedi Mindset

Presenter: David Pearson

1500 – 1700 EST

Recent events have led communities to become more skeptical, fearful and cynical regarding all sectors of law enforcement. For years, there has been a debate about whether officers should be warriors or guardians, and while there are positive arguments on both sides, the mere fact that we ask officers to take a side is problematic. Attendees will be exposed to a new perspective on law enforcement culture; The Way of the Jedi. We will explore the Jedi culture and training and show how adopting this philosophy into law enforcement training will create balanced, highly-effective officers who have a better policing experience and provide a better experience for their community. Attendees will also learn the importance of creating an integrated training program that involves consistency across the hard skills and integration of the hard and soft skills in all settings. Discussion will also include the concepts of coaching and mentoring and being a champion and advisor.


After Action Reporting from a Management Perspective

Presenter: Chris Bergan

1500 – 1700 EST

This seminar will review important components of after action reports from the perspective of management. After an incident occurs, the documentation of the details is critically important for many reasons. These reports may be viewed by management, legal counsel and judges, and ultimately even the media and the public. Topics include the important components of after action reports, reasons for the emphasis on reporting, challenges faced in after action reporting, lessons learned, and many other related concepts.


Use of Force Concepts & Tenants

Presenter: Robert Farley

1500 – 1700 EST

This seminar will explore use of force concepts and tenets and their impact on the organization as viewed from the shift supervisor to the chief executive officer (CEO) perspective. Categories of force such as immediate (unplanned) and calculated (planned) will be discussed. Topics include use of force team selection, planning the use of force, execution of the use of force, and after-action review processes and documentation.


Incident Debrief: The Story Behind the Capture & Conviction of a Cop Killer

Presenter: Ray Tonkin

1700 – 1900 EST

In 2014 Eric Frein attacked the Pennsylvania State Police Barracks and killed one Pennsylvania State Trooper and seriously injured another. He hoped to spark a revolution through his actions. Identified as a suspect 3 days after the incident, he was the target of a massive manhunt and was eventually captured 48 days later. In 2017 the case finally went to trial where the suspect was convicted of murder and other charges and sentenced to death. This is the story from the eyes of the lead prosecutor. On overview of the incident and the behind the scenes work that went into investigating and capturing the suspect will be covered. Additionally, trial preparation and other related topics will be discussed at length.


Maximizing Training

Presenter: Jeff Selleg

1700 – 1900 EST

The seminar will demonstrate and focus on understanding adult learning methods and training taxonomy. Specific discussions will lead students through the deconstruction of element tasks so that building blocks may be created. Proper documentation and various models of training will be emphasized.


Thursday, April 22, 2021

Managing Private Facilities

Presenter: Robert Farley

1000 – 1200 EST

This seminar will discuss the varying priorities of managing a private facility as relates to the needs of the client. Discussion will include training methodology of emergency response staff and maintaining chemical and less lethal munition inventories, as well as other related topics.


Risk Mitigation in Training

Presenter: Ralph McDuffie

1000 – 1200 EST

This presentation will provide information from the NTOA’s 3-day Risk Mitigation course. It will cover best practices and methods to utilize limited training time, risk mitigation methodologies, the three primary risk areas, support documentation, and much more.


Countering Inmate Intelligence Gathering Tactics

Presenter: Sean Stewart

1000 – 1400 EST

Understanding inmate intelligence gathering techniques and tactics used will be the focus of this presentation. Inmates will take advantage of staff and any perceived weaknesses, so we must train staff on how to avoid being manipulated by sophisticated inmates.


Incident Debrief: San Bernadino Terrorist Attack – Lessons Learned

Presenter: Travis Walker

1200 – 1400 EST

On December 2, 2015, Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, a husband and wife, attacked a holiday party for the San Bernardino Department of Public Health with firearms and improvised explosive devices. In total, 14 people were murdered and 22 others seriously injured. This event, and the response by local agencies, has been the focus of national and local news for months. San Bernardino SWAT Commander Lt. Travis Walker was the initial Incident Commander and Tactical Commander for the duration of the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center, and will discuss the tactical response to this event as well as their team’s tactics and lessons learned.


Crafting the Move

Presenter: Bob Sorensen

1200 – 1400 EST

This course will provide a comprehensive guide for correctional staff on how to effectively and efficiently craft and orchestrate a calculated or unplanned use of force. The skills and tools provided will give the supervisor directing the move the confidence and knowledge to perform a move and keep within department policy, law and ethics. This course will cover topics that include team selection, staging decor stations, restraint stations and proper debriefing.


Incident Command Inside a Corrections Facility

Presenter: Ralph McDuffie

1500 – 1700 EST

This seminar is an instructional overview of the emergency operations center; command post and tactical operations center functions, structure, and operations. Command decision making through a proven system that streamlines the flow of direction and information will be a central focus of this course.


OODA Loop and Tactical Decision-Making

Presenter: Daniel Murphy

1500 – 1700 EST

This course will introduce the OODA Loop in terms of training, tactics and mindset. It will also apply the OODA Loop to mission-based movements and tactics. It will contain lectures, videos and debriefs.


The Consummate Corrections Professional

Presenters: Shawn Hancock & Robert Farley

1500 – 1900 EST

The good, the bad, and the ugly of past practices, as well as contemporary issues affecting the corrections and law enforcement profession, will be discussed. Presenters will show how Emotional Intelligence is critical in all aspects of our duties and how far the industry has come in leveraging education, critical thinking and problem solving to benefit law enforcement’s relationship with the public, and other personnel within our own agencies. Discussion will include improving the corrections image as well as the characteristics of the millennial generation and how to integrate them into successful officers.


Incident Debrief: Utilizing Tactical Teams Outside the Facility in Civil Disturbances/Natural Disasters

Presenter: Timothy Frontino

1700 – 1900 EST

This course will provide an insider’s view of the challenges and lessons learned in utilizing USBOP tactical teams to assist local law enforcement in civil disturbance and natural disaster situations. Communications, incident planning, incident command and tactical considerations will be discussed. The focus will be on these and other factors during the Washington DC area civil disturbance deployments in 2020, as well as past natural disasters throughout the United States.


Selection and Retention Standards for CERT Teams

Presenter: Ernesto Delgado

1700 – 1900 EST

The NTOA recognizes that the nature of Correctional Tactical Team operations requires disciplined, physically fit, mission-capable professionals. The NTOA recommends a procedure that will select its members through a fair and non-discriminatory process that measures the applicant’s ability to be trained in the essential tasks deemed necessary for the performance of the Correctional Tactical Team mission.