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CALEA Update Magazine | Issue 96

Colorado Springs Conference Review

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The 2007 CALEA Fall Conference was held in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the Broadmoor Hotel and Resort. The Broadmoor is world known for its beauty and elegance, as the over 1,100 in attendance can attest! Our host was the Colorado Springs Police Department, and with first-class assistance from the Rocky Mountain Accreditation Network (RMAN), they organized a fantastic conference with all of the amenities.

 Our thanks to Chief of Police Richard W. Myers and his Host Committee, chaired by Sergeant Mark Stevens, of the Colorado Springs Police Department, for a job well done! Other members of the Host Committee included Lieutenant Jane Anderson, Sergeant Chris Newton, Ms. Dorothy Stevens, Marshal Alahna Clendaniel, Sergeant Scott Schwall, Lieutenant Ray Bernier, Sergeant David Edmondson, Sergeant Larry Herbert, Ms. Tracie Jacobs-St. Clair from the Colorado Springs Police Department; and Lieutenant Pat Woodin, Mr. Steve Troop, and Ms. Anita Lizzi, from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

The Thursday night Host Event was held at the Flying W Ranch, which is a working mountain cattle ranch that specializes in western food and entertainment. Attendees experienced an authentic Western Village and a “Chuckwagon Supper.” For entertainment, the Flying W Wranglers performed their Western Stage Show; truly a very special night for everyone in attendance. The Commission is indebted to the Colorado Springs Police Department and RMAN for their work in hosting a very successful CALEA Conference. 

On Wednesday, November 14th, the conference officially got underway with the Opening Session. Colorado Springs Police Department Honor Guard presented the colors. Commission Chair James M. O’Dell addressed his welcoming remarks to the audience, followed by additional words of welcome by Chief Myers, and Sergeant Stevens. Finally, Executive Director Sylvester Daughtry, Jr. made announcements and reviewed the conference itinerary. Before the meeting was adjourned, the Colorado Springs Drill Team did a special presentation for the attendees.

After the opening session ended, the conference workshops schedule began. CALEA Staff presented a number of CALEA-oriented training, while other topics were presented by outside instructors. They included: Managing the Threat of IP-Based Communications for First Responders - The Good, the Bad, and the Costly (Carter Schoenberg, Delivery Manager, Government Enterprise, Motorola’s Security Services Group); Lessons Learned: Hurricane Katrina (Chief Freddy Drennan, Slidell (LA) Police Department); Knowledge Management: An All Hazard Plan in Preventing Career Meltdown (Dennis L. Potter, Captain (R), Jefferson County (CO) Sheriff’s Office); Ethics and Ethical Decision Making (Lieutenant Scott Whittington, Colorado Springs (CO) Police Department); Colorado Peace Officers Supplemental Training Project (John Kammerzell, Director, Colorado POST, Denver, Colorado); Developing a “True” QA/QI Program (Pamela Kaufman, EMD Program Manager, APCO International and Loredana Elsberry, Manager, APCO International’s Comm Center & 9-1-1 Services Department); The Effect of Mismanagement in the Evidence Function (Commander Ron Gibson and Sergeant Sean Mandel, Colorado Springs (CO) Police Department); From Pyramids to Network: Police Structure and Leadership in 2020 (Chief Richard W. Myers, Colorado Springs (CO) Police Department); What the APCO Institute Can Do For You (Pamela Kaufman, EMD Program Manager, APCO International and Loredana Elsberry, Manager, APCO International’s Comm Center & 9-1-1 Services Department); Overcoming Language Barriers: Solutions for Law Enforcement (Susan Shah, Senior Planner, Vera Institute of Justice’s Center on Immigration and Justice, New York, NY and  Sheriff Gene Kelly and Sergeant John Reedy, Clark County (OH) Sheriff’s Office); Police Training Officer Program in Colorado Springs Police Department (Sergeant Charles Rabideau, Colorado Springs (CO) Police Department); Homeland Security and Local Law Enforcement (Gary Triplett, Special Advisor to the Commander, NORAD/USNORTHCOM); Agency Employee Accreditation Training: A Creative and Highly Interactive Approach (Suellyn Hooper, Riley County (KS) Police Department); and APCO’s Project RETAINS (Loredana Elsberry, Manager, APCO International’s Comm Center & 9-1-1 Services Department and Julie Righter, Director, Lincoln (NE) Emergency Communications/911 Center).

On Friday, November 16th, the Commission was privileged to have as its guest speaker, Chief Kimberley S. Crannis from the Blacksburg, Virginia Police Department. Her presentation – The Virginia Tech Response – was well received by attendees. Chief Crannis, who was a frontline participant in law enforcement’s actions in the tragic events that took place on the Virginia Tech campus the morning of April 16, 2007, reviewed the timeline of the tragedy and discussed procedures taken in response to what was happening around them. She also entertained questions from the audience.

After the guest speaker, the Commission reconvened to receive reports from its standing committees. The following are brief summaries of the standing committee reports:

Corporate Affairs approved the Montreal Conference minutes, adopted the 2008 Financial Budget, and accepted reports on the DOJ Technical Assistance Program and RAND Proposal.

Outreach approved the Montreal Conference minutes and selected CALEA Conference sites for 2010. The cities chosen were March – Dallas, Texas (pre-selected at the November 2006 Conference), July – Las Vegas, Nevada, and November – Garden Grove/Anaheim, California.

Standards Review and Interpretations approved the Montreal Conference minutes and took the following actions: approved language changes to the Introduction of Chapter 45 and added a new Glossary term to the Standards for Law Enforcement Agencies, 5th Edition; modified standard 3.2.5 in the Standards for Public Safety Communications Agencies, 2nd Edition; and accepted draft language for changes to several standards, which have been posted on the website for client review.

Nominating Committee announced the 2008 CALEA Executive Board, President/Chair–James M. O’Dell, Vice President–Louis Dekmar, Treasurer–James Robey, and Secretary–Robert Greenlaw.

Agency review hearings were held on Saturday morning, with five committees of Commissioners reviewing a total of 117 agencies: 17 for initial law enforcement accreditation, 81 for law enforcement reaccreditation, 6 for initial public safety communications accreditation, 7 for public safety communications reaccreditation, 1 for public safety training academy reaccreditation, 4 for initial recognition, and 1 for initial recognition through alliance.

The agencies reviewed were awarded accreditation or recognition at the Saturday night Celebration Banquet. During the business portion of the banquet, Commission Chair O’Dell presented the departing Commissioners Patrick Oliver, Mary Ann Viverette, and Ron Ace with very special tokens of appreciation from the Commission. The evening ended with the Chair inviting everyone to the next CALEA Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, March 12-15, 2008.

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