Winter Training Conference Schedule


Sunday, February 2

1:00 pm – Registration Opens

5:00 pm –  NFL Super Bowl Party
All attendees and registered vendors are invited to attend! Enjoy dinner while watching the Super Bowl.

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Monday, February 3

7:00 am – Registration Opens

8:00 am – 8:30 am – Opening Ceremony

Breakout Sessions

8:30 am – 12:30 pm – Officer Wellness: Enhancing Your Health, Wellness, and Resilience  – Dr. Olivia Johnson, Institute for Intergovernmental Research
This course inspires officers to take responsibility for their own health and wellness. It increases officers’ resilience by identifying stressors and providing practical solutions that can help officers work through their own personal challenges. This course addresses the stigma associated with seeking help through employee assistance programs and encourages officers to reach out to fellow officers who have risk factors associated with stress, anger, and burnout. In addition, this presentation discusses how health and wellness affects officer safety, department morale, and the agency’s mission.

8:30 am – 12:30 pm – Executive Leadership Workshop – Chief Richard Berry, University of Central Florida
The VALOR Executive Leadership Workshop INSPIRES, EDUCATES, and CHALLENGES law enforcement executives to advance officer safety and wellness strategies within their own agencies.

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Lunch with Exhibitors

12:30 pm – 4:00 pm – Technology Show – Exhibits Open


Tuesday, February 4

7:00 am – Registration Opens

8:00 am – 12:00 pm – Fundamentals of Realistic De-Escalation – Nicole Florisi, Patrol Sergeant, Clarkdale Police Department & Force Science Institute
Law enforcement has come under intense pressure in recent years to prioritize its efforts at “de-escalation.” We will discuss the often-challenging expectations of law enforcement professionals to gain compliance without using physical force and how oftentimes, this may not be realistic or safe. The legitimate goal of de-escalation tactics is to resolve problems with minimal harm. This distinction is critical.

The course will present concepts and methods to support de-escalation efforts when personal connections can be made. Attendees will be provided with knowledge to apply to, and to address the needs of those in mental health crisis or those whose perception of reality is altered. The course is designed to improve the law enforcement officer’s ability to manage human beings by enhancing skills to establish contact, build rapport, and gain influence to achieve a police objective. The course provides knowledge on how to apply core skills of incident stabilization, tactics and decision-making and verbal and non-verbal skills to establish contact, build rapport and create influence with difficult subjects.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Annual Business Meeting & Lunch

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm – CONTINUED – Fundamentals of Realistic De-Escalation – Nicole Florisi, Patrol Sergeant, Clarkdale Police Department & Force Science Institute

6:00 pm  – WS&DSA Banquet
All attendees  are invited to attend! Enjoy a plated dinner with a special keynote speaker.


Wednesday, February 5

8:00 am – 12:00pm – Jayme Closs Case – Detective Jeffrey Nelson, Barron County Sheriffs Office Special Agent Joe Welsch, Wisconsin Department of Justice- Division of Criminal Investigation
The Jayme Closs Abduction and double homicide presentation will detail the investigatory steps involved in the case. It will describe how the case was managed until her heroic recovery on January 15th after 88 days of captivity. Lastly, it will detail the prosecution of Jake Patterson and then dealing with the reports and information from multiple local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.