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2012 International Conference for Police & Law
Enforcement Executives

Leading in Times of Crisis


April 1 to 3, 2012
Seattle, WA, USA

Participants Included

Abbotsford Police Department
Aberdeen Police Department
Association of Chief Police Officers of England,
Wales and Northern Ireland

Atlanta Police Department
Bellevue Police Department
Birmingham Police Department
BKA - German Federal Criminal Police Office
Bridgeport Police Department
Broward Sheriff's Office
Calgary Police Service
Cit of Olympia Police Department
Citrus Heights Police Department
Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
Clark County Sheriff's Office
Colorado State Patrol
Columbus Police Department
Dallas Police Department / 00CP
Defense Logistics Agency
Delta Police Department
Denver Police Department
Dept. of Homeland Security, ICE, HSI
Des Moines Police Department
Drug Enforcement Administration
Dunwoody Police Department
El Paso Police Department
Embassy of Israel
Eugene Police Department
Fairfax County Police Department
Fairfield Police Department
Federal Criminal Police Office
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centre
Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond - Charlotte
Federal Way Police Department
Fife Police Department
Flint Police Department
Gilroy Police Department
Golden Valley Police Department
Grant County Sheriff's Office
Harris County Sheriff's Office
Houston Police Department
INTERPOL, France/Senior Deputy Secretary,
Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of Singapore

Israeli National Police
Issaquah Police Department
Kent Police Department
King County Sheriff's Office
Kirkland Police Department
Kitsap County Sheriff's Office
Lac Seul Police Service
Lacey Police Department
Lakewood Police Department
Lane County Sheriff's Office
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department
Lethbridge Regional Police Service
Lokale Politie Antwerpen
Los Angeles Police Department
Medina Police Department
Mercer Island Police Department
Metropolitan District Police Department
Miami University Police
Michigan State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Div.
Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office
Minneapolis Police Department
Montana Highway Patrol
Montgomery Police Department
Mott Community College Department of Public Safety
New Jersey State Police
New Mexico Securities Division
New Mexico State Police
North Las Vegas Police Department
Northwest HIDTA
Ontario Provincial Police
Philadelphia Police Department
Polk County Sheriffs Office
Port of Seattle Police Department
Prichard Police Department
Queensland Police Service
Redmond Police Department
Reno Police Department
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
San Diego Police Department
San Francisco Police Department
Sandy Springs Police Department
Saskatoon Police Service
Sea to Sky Police Service
Seattle Police Department
Seattle Police Foundation
Service de Sécurité Intérieure (SSI) - Embassy of France
Shawnee Eastern Tribe of Oklahoma
Shoreline Police Department
Sparks Police Department
State of Minnesota
Tempe Police Department
The Police Policy Studies Council
Thurston County Sheriff's Office
Toronto Police Service
Town of Golden Beach Police Department
Transit Police
Tukwila Police Department
Tulsa Police Department
U.S. Department of Transportation
University of Texas at Houston Police Department
US Postal Inspection Service
US Secret Service
USC Dept of Public Safety
Vancouver Police Department
Walla Walla County Sheriff's Office
Warsaw Metropolitan Police
Washington State Gambling Commission
Wenatchee Police Department
West Sacramento Police Department
Whatcom County Sheriff's Office
Williams, Kastner & Gibbs PLLC
Worcester Police Department

Some Comments from our Delegates

  • "Enjoyed format – was able to grab bits of insight from many of the speakers. Very informative." Seattle Police Department
  • "A life times worth of gems on leadership… tremendous value for those that lead." Lethbridge Regional Police Service
  • "The conference was a huge success. I received years of experience in the forms of lessons learned in just two days. This was priceless!" Tukwila Police Department
  • "Excellent conference, good speakers, very informative." Philadelphia Police Department
  • "Excellent group of speakers. The networking was incredibly valuable and the conference was very well run." Iowa Police Department
  • "Very informative, timely, and relevant." Michigan State Police
  • "Excellent, timely topic. Impress with speakers." King County Sheriff’s Office
  • "Outstanding presenters. The experiences shared have given me a series of strategies which I will use as I move forward in my career." Saskatoon Police Service

2012 Guest Speakers

Note: Speakers are in alphabetical order 


Eddy Baelemans
Chief of Police
Lokale Politie Antwerpen, Belgium

In 2006, Chief Baelemans was unanimously appointed by City Council to the position of Police Chief of Antwerp, Belgium. Chief Baelemans’ career began in 1977 serving as a member of the Mobile Brigade Division. He continued his career with the Locale Politie Antwerpen in various departments before he became the Deputy Chief in 2003. The Locale Politie Antwerpen serves a community of just under 500,000.

Belgium’s police service was once made up of three former police forces: the Municipal Police, the National Law Enforcement Service and the Judicial Police. However, in 2001, after a series of incidents that resulted in a complete loss of public confidence, the Belgium police underwent a drastic and fundamental structural reform that completely re-created the police system. The current system is now comprised of the Federal Police and the Local Police. Each of the 196 local law enforcement policies ensures the management, organization and distribution of missions in the local police force.


William Blair
Chief of Police, Toronto Police Service
Immediate Past President, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police

Chief Blair was appointed Chief of the Toronto Police Service (TPS) in April 2005. The TPS employs over 5,500 Police Officers and 2,200 civilian employees; it is the largest municipal police service in Canada and one of the largest in North America.

In January 2003, Chief Blair was the Staff Superintendent in charge of Detective Support and responsible for all specialized criminal investigations. In January 2001, he was promoted to Staff Superintendent and became the Commander of Central Field, and was responsible for 9 police divisions within the inner City with approximately 2,000 personnel, centralization of the Paid Duty System Administration and overseeing major Community Events. As Toronto’s Chief of Police, he has overseen the development of the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS) to combat violent crime. Rapid response teams are deployed to at-risk neighborhoods to enhance enforcement and support local policing initiatives while promoting the role of Community Response Units and the ‘neighborhood police officer.’


Jim Cessford, M.O.M.
Chief Constable, Delta Police Department

Chief Constable Cessford was appointed to his position with the Delta Police Department in 1995. Prior to this appointment, he was Superintendent in Charge of Edmonton’s Downtown Division.

Chief Cessford’s career with the Edmonton Police Service spanned 27 years, where he worked as a homicide and major crimes investigator for 14 years. Chief Cessford has been recognized and designated by the courts as an expert hostage negotiator after handling numerous high-risk situations as a primary negotiator. Upon his arrival at the Delta Police Department, Chief Constable Cessford moved community based policing to new levels. He has also been instrumental through the strategic planning process in bringing about sound leadership training education to the Department’s members and volunteers.


John Diaz
Chief of Police
Seattle Police Department

Chief Diaz became the Interim Chief of Police in May 2009, and was sworn into office as the permanent Police Chief by Mayor McGinn in August 2010. Chief Diaz began his career with the Seattle Police Department in 1980. He was appointed Deputy Chief in 2001, overseeing the Operations Bureau, one of the Department’s two main bureaus. The Operations Bureau consists of Special Operations, Patrol Operations that includes crime analysis and five precincts, and Criminal Investigations that includes violent crimes, special victim crimes, narcotics, internet crimes against children, and human trafficking.

As Deputy Chief, Chief Diaz led the Administration Bureau and managed a budget of over $187 million for five years. Chief Diaz is a syndicate director for the Leadership in Counter Terrorism (LinCT), which is a joint leadership program between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Australian Institute Police Management and the Police Services of Northern Ireland.


Mohamed Doma
Senior Partner
American Professional Management Services

Mr. Doma has worked extensively with uniformed service organizations by providing them his expertise, knowledge and diplomatic approach in such areas as strategic planning, contract negotiations, labor relations, organizational development and executive coaching.

As a facilitator, Mr. Doma is frequently requested to facilitate executive leadership programs to international audiences. Through his ability to combine his knowledge, and experience with a charismatic style, he is able to captivate and motivate audiences of all ranks in police, fire, and uniformed emergency services. In addition, Mr. Doma is a skilled mediator who is able to quickly identify the common ground among the parties to create strategic solutions. Some of these discussions included regional bargaining associations for fire jurisdictions, the Police Complaints Process, and by order in council, the integration of police departments.


Patrick Doyle
Managing Director
Canadian Professional Management Services

Mr. Doyle brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his role as Managing Director of American Professional Management Services (APMS). He has held a number of senior and executive roles within Human Resources, encompassing unionized and non-union environments within both the private and public sectors. As an integral member of executive teams, Mr. Doyle contributed through his strategic focus and operational expertise. His consultancy practice reflects his ability to communicate effectively and build collaborative relationships with diverse stakeholders, ranging from boards of directors to senior management, employee, and community groups.

A skilled facilitator and educator, Mr. Doyle has been adjunct post-graduate faculty at Royal Roads University (Victoria, B.C.) and Rochester Institute of Technology (Rochester, N.Y.), as well as in-house faculty for executive and management-level leadership development programs at different points in time throughout his career.


Darren Feider
Williams Kastner

Mr. Feider is an Attorney-at-Law who is an associate at the Seattle office of Williams Kastner. His practice involves general employment litigation of wrongful discharge and discrimination claims, the drafting of employment and consulting contracts, non-compete agreements and severance packages for both employees and employers, and conducting investigations for private and public employers in response to EEOC and Washington State Human Rights Commission complaints.

Mr. Feider is a member of the Texas Bar Association as well as the Washington State Bar Association’s Litigation Section. He is also a member of the Labor & Employment Section of both the American Bar Association and the King County Bar Association, and a member of the Construction Section of the American Bar Association. He also belongs to the French American Chamber of Commerce and the British American Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Feider received his B.A. from Washington State University in 1986 and his JD (cum laude) in 1990 from the University of San Diego, where he was a member of the University of San Diego Law Review.


Joseph R. Fuentes
Superintendent, New Jersey State Police

Colonel Fuentes was selected by Governor James McGreevey to become the 14th Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police in June 2003. Superintendent Fuentes enlisted in the State Police in January 1978, as a member of the 93A Class. He has served the Division of State Police throughout the state, including assignments as a general road duty Trooper in Central and Southern New Jersey, and an instructor at the Sea Girt Academy. He also was a supervisor with the FBI/NJSP Joint Terrorism Task Force, Narcotics Units, and the Street Gang Unit. Prior to being named Acting Superintendent, he was assigned as the Chief of the Intelligence Bureau, overseeing nine units within the Intelligence Section.

The recipient of numerous awards, Superintendent Fuentes has been recognized by the U.S. Justice Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, and in 1993 was a co-recipient of the New Jersey State Police Trooper of the Year award. Superintendent Fuentes earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Criminal Justice from City University of New York in 1998.


Charles “Sid” Heal
Commander (Ret’d)
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

Mr. Charles “Sid” Heal retired as Commander for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after 33 years of service in law enforcement, nearly half of which was spent in units charged with handling law enforcement special and emergency operations. He served as an operations officer, watch commander, unit commander, incident commander, consultant and trainer in a myriad of law enforcement tactical operations, and is a court recognized expert in law enforcement special operations and emergency management. Commander Heal was in charge of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s internationally recognized technology exploration program. This program seeks to identify, develop, exploit and integrate new technologies for law enforcement.

Commander Heal recently retired from the Marine Corps Reserve after 35 years. In his entire career he was present for the operations involving the 1992 coup d’état in Thailand, the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, as well as the attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center in 2001 and a host of other disasters, natural and man-made.


Khoo Boon Hui
President, INTERPOL, France
Senior Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs,
Government of Singapore

President Khoo is presently serving a term from 2008 to 2012 as President of INTERPOL. He has more than 30 years of policing experience as well as recognized expertise in organizational management. President Khoo began his career in the Singapore Police Force in 1977 and served as Commissioner from 1997 to 2010. In February 2010, he was appointed Senior Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs.

In 2006, he was elected to the INTERPOL Executive Committee as Vice-President for Asia. During his two years in the post, he actively worked to strengthen ties between INTERPOL and Southeast Asian police forces, culminating in the signing of the Declaration of Co-operation between ASEANAPOL and INTERPOL in June 2007. President Khoo holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Engineering and Economics from the University of Oxford.


Robert KukieŁka
Deputy Chief
Warsaw Metropolitan Police, Poland

Deputy Chief Kukiełka became Deputy Chief Commander of the Warsaw Metropolitan Police in 2009. He has a Master’s Degree in economics. He has also completed postgraduate studies in accountancy and financial control, European integration, and management. Prior to his appointment, Deputy Chief Kukiełka was Head of Finance and Budgeting with the Warsaw Metropolitan Police.

He also has experience as Commander of the Polish Police Contingent and Head of the Investigation Department Headquarters in Sarajevo for the mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Deputy Chief Kukiełka’s experience also includes Advisor to the Police Commander in Zeneca, Head of the Financial Department of the Municipal Police Station in Jelenia Góra, and Assistant to the First Deputy Chief of the National Police Commander.


William Lansdowne
Chief of Police
San Diego Police Department

Chief Lansdowne was sworn in as San Diego’s Chief of Police in August 2003. He has more than 40 years of law enforcement experience. San Diego is the seventh largest city in the United States and the second largest city in California. Chief Lansdowne began his law enforcement career in 1996, when he joined the San Jose Police Department. He also served his state as a member of the California National Guard (1966-1972).

He rose steadily through the ranks at the San Jose Police Department, commanding a variety of units and divisions. Chief Lansdowne left San Jose to head the police department in Richmond, California, a diverse community of 93,000 where he reorganized the department and its priorities. Chief Lansdowne emphasizes community involvement and holds his department open to public scrutiny. Chief Lansdowne has always demonstrated a strong commitment to the concept of neighborhood policing and community input. He believes in openness and being responsive to the needs and concerns of the community. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has served on a variety of state and national boards, including the Major Cities Chiefs and the National Conference for Community and Justice.


Chris Lewis
Ontario Provincial Police

Commissioner Lewis was appointed to the position of Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police in August 2010. In this role, he is responsible for one of North America’s largest deployed police services. Commissioner Lewis oversees front-line delivery, administrative support services, as well as specialized and multi-jurisdictional investigations throughout the province of Ontario.

Commissioner Lewis has over 31 years of policing experience with the OPP. He has a vast amount of experience within many investigative disciplines, as well as tactical and field operations. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. From 1993 to 1995, he was seconded to the RCMP to help establish and lead the Cornwall Regional Task Force. Commissioner Lewis has led the OPP response to a number of high-profile events impacting Ontario’s safety and security. Commissioner Lewis was seconded to the Ministry of the Solicitor General in 1996 and as the Director of the Criminal Intelligence Service Ontario in 1997.


Peter Martin, APM
Assistant Commissioner
Queensland Police Service, Australia

Assistant Commissioner Martin is a career police officer having served with the Queensland Police Service (QPS), Australia for over 30 years. He is the Assistant Commissioner for Operations Support Command in which he has responsibility for the specialist and tactical responses to serious and major offences. His responsibilities also extend to counter-terrorism and disaster management. During the significant Brisbane (Queensland’s capital) flood event of 2011, Assistant Commissioner Martin was the District Disaster Coordinator and had overall responsibility for ensuring that the response, on behalf of the Queensland Government, was managed effectively. This event was widespread and had significant implications for public safety and private and public property damage.

The Assistant Commissioner’s other recent roles in the Service have included: the Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan North Region, Ethical Standards Command; Chief Superintendent, Operations Coordinator for Metropolitan North Region; Superintendent, District Officer, Brisbane West District; and Chief of Staff to the Commissioner of Police


Nicholas Metz
Deputy Chief of Police
Seattle Police Department

Deputy Chief Metz has been with the Seattle Police Department for over 28 years. He spent four years as a patrol officer in the downtown corridor and Rainier Valley before becoming an undercover detective in Narcotics. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1989 before being assigned to work in Internal Investigations, the East Precinct Anti-Crime and Community Police Teams and the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center (WSCJTC).

After being promoted to Lieutenant in 1991, he worked again at WSCJTC, then as Watch Commander at the South Precinct. In 1995, he was promoted to Captain and in October 2001, he was promoted to Assistant Chief. Deputy Chief Metz also serves on the board of directors for the Behind the Badge Foundation and Safe Call Now. Chief Metz graduated from City University with a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement Administration. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University.


Sir Hugh Orde, OBE
President, Association of Chief Police Officers of
England, Wales and Northern Ireland

Sir Orde was appointed President of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) in April 2009. Prior to his appointment, Sir Orde was Chief Constable of the Police Service of Wales and Northern Ireland. Sir Orde was promoted to Deputy Assistant Commissioner in October 1999, and was given day-to-day responsibility for the Commissioner’s Enquiry (Stevens III) into collusion and the murder of a prominent solicitor in Northern Ireland. He was appointed the Commander (Crime) for South West London in June 1998, and in April 1999, he was the Officer in Command for the aftermath of the Brixton bomb.

Sir Orde was also responsible for the development of Operation Trident, which was set-up to deal with the issues of crack cocaine and murder while in this post. A graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute, Sir Orde also holds a Degree in Public Administration and an honours doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Kent. In 2010, he was awarded a Queen’s Police Medal for services to policing.


Emile Perez
International Cooperation Department, French National Police

Directeur Perez was appointed Directeur of the International Cooperation Department (DCI) for the French National Police in 2008. The DCI is in charge of the development of international cooperation, the implementation of the international action of the National police and gendarmerie services, the administrative management of the police and gendarmes officers stationed abroad, and the work undertaken in the various devoted bodies in policing, in the European Union in particular. Prior to his appointment as Directeur, he was Directeur of the French National Police Training Department in Lognes.

Directeur Perez is presently President of Francopol, a French speaking network for police training, and President of RESOPOLIS, an international network of police attachés based in France. He is a recipient of the French National Police Medal of Honor and he has co-authored several books including Policing in Quebec, Policing in the United States, and most recently Police of the World.


Sue Rahr
Sheriff, King County Sheriff’s Office
President, Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs

Sheriff Rahr is the Sheriff of King County in Seattle, Washington. She is responsible for over 1,000 employees, a $150 million budget, and provides contract services to 12 cities and transit policing for the Seattle/Puget Sound region. Previous work assignments include: patrol, narcotics, sexual assault, gang unit, internal investigations and patrol operations chief. She was elected Sheriff in 2005, led KCSO through successful CALEA National Accreditation in 2010, and was awarded “2010 Elected Official of the Year” by the Municipal League. She has worked tirelessly at the local, state, and national level on issues related to mentally ill offenders. She is the architect of the “Washington State Justice Based Policing Initiative” which will transform police officer training across the state. She serves on many non-profit community and professional boards and holds the following offices:

  • President - Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs
  • Commissioner - Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission
  • Commissioner – Washington State Forensics Investigation Council
  • Executive Board - National Sheriffs Association

She graduated Cum Laude with a BA in Criminal Justice from Washington State University and is a graduate of the National Sheriff’s Institute and the FBI National Executive Institute.


Charles H. Ramsey
Philadelphia Police Department

Commissioner Ramsey was appointed Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department in January 2008. He leads the 4th largest police department in the country with 6,700 sworn members and 830 civilian members. Commissioner Ramsey was the Chief of the Metropolitan Police Department from April 1998 to December 2006. Under his leadership, the Department regained its reputation as a national leader in urban policing. He oversaw and participated in numerous high profile investigations and events in Washington, DC, such as the Chandra Levy Murder Investigation and the 2002 DC Sniper Investigation.

Commissioner Ramsey is known to refocus police departments on crime fighting and crime prevention through a more accountable organizational structure, new equipment and technology, and an enhanced strategy of community policing. Commissioner Ramsey holds both bachelor and master degrees in Criminal Justice from Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the National Executive Institute.


A.C. Roper
Chief of Police
Birmingham Police Department

Chief Roper was appointed Birmingham’s 33rd Chief of Police in November 2007. He has over 24 years of law enforcement experience. His career began with the Montgomery Police Department in 1985. Chief Roper has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Troy University. He holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama and a Master’s Degree in Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College.

Chief Roper has over 25 years of experience in the Army Reserves where he serves as a Colonel. He deployed during Operation Desert Shield and again during Operation Enduring Freedom. He is the recipient of the Bronze Star, and the General Douglas McArthur Leadership Award, which is given annually to the top U.S. Army Officers in the nation. Chief Roper is also a licensed and ordained minister serving at the Faith Chapel Christian Center in Birmingham, Alabama.


JÜrgen Stock, Ph.D.
Vice President
Federal Criminal Police Office, Germany

Dr. Stock became Vice President of the Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) in 2004. The BKA is the Federal Criminal Police Office in Germany. Prior to his appointment, he was Head of Division for the Institute of Law Enforcement Studies and Training at the BKA. The BKA is an essential cornerstone in a comprehensive system of crime control and works as a partner with the police forces of the Federation and the sixteen German States. The role of the BKA is to overcome any uncoordinated activity among these organizations that create obstacles for police work.

Dr. Stock, an Attorney-at-Law, received his Doctoral degree in 1995 and has been a lecturer for criminology and a member of the managing board for the New Criminology Society. He has also served as the Chairman for the Conference of Rectors/Presidents of Police Colleges for Higher Professional Training and spokesman for the head of the Departments of Police Studies at the College for Higher Professional Training in Public Administration.


Gregory Suhr
Chief of Police
San Francisco Police Department

Chief Suhr was appointed Chief of the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) in April 2011. He has been a leader within the SFPD with 30 years of experience. Chief Suhr is deeply committed to ongoing reforms and increased accountability in the Department. Chief Suhr joined the SFPD in 1981 and rose through the ranks becoming Captain of Bayview and Mission stations and Deputy Chief of Field Operations, the largest bureau in the Police Department with more than 1,400 officers.

Chief Suhr started working as a patrol officer at Tenderloin Station and also worked in the Street Crimes Task Force. He served as Deputy Chief/Captain of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission in a Homeland Security capacity to protect San Francisco’s Regional Hetch Hetchy Water System and Wastewater System, Commander of Patrol, Commander of Special Operations Division, Captain and Watch Commander/Lieutenant of Mission Station, and Sergeant in the Narcotics Division.