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2013 International Conference for Police & Law
Enforcement Executives

"The New Reality: Can We Deliver?"


June 9 to 11, 2013
Atlanta, GA, USA

Participants Included

Albany Police Department
Alpharetta Department of Public Safety
Apache Junction Police Department
Atlanta Police Department
Austin Police Department
Botswana Police
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Central State Hospital Police Department
Chamblee Police Department
Cherokee Indian Police Department
City of Doraville Police Department
City of Idaho Falls Police
City of Woodstock Police Department
Clayton County Police Department
Clayton County Sheriff's Office
Colorado State Patrol
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Dallas Police Department
DeKalb County Police Department
DeKalb County Schools - Public Safety
Delta Police Department
Denville Police Department
Des Moines Police Department
DOJ: FBI Atlanta
Dothan Police Department
Douglasville Police Department
Dunwoody Police Department
Embassy of Israel
Federal Protective Service - Department of Homeland Security
Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE)
Georgia Parole Board
Gilroy Police Department
Harlingen Police Department
Houston Police Department
Johns Creek Police Department
Kativik Regional Police Force
Kenya Police Service
Loudoun County Sheriffs Office
Marietta Police Department
MARTA Police Department
Miami University Police Department
Ministry of Justice, Investigation Bureau - Taiwan
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Monroe Police Department
ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation
Nigeria police Force
Pinal County Sheriff's Office
Queensland Police Service - Australia
Roswell Police Department
Saint Paul Police Department
San Francisco Police Department
Sandy Springs Police Department
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
The Webster Group
Town of Truro
Wakeforest Police Department

Some Comments from our Delegates

  • "Excellent topics, presentations and networking opportunities" Alpharetta Department of Public Safety
  • "Good conference – great networking opportunities" Dallas Police Department
  • "Excellent event and opportunity to meet and network with other law enforcement executives" DHS/Federal Protective Services
  • "Very interesting speakers and topics" Chamblee Police Department
  • "Thoroughly enjoyed the conference" Albany Police Department

2013 Guest Speakers

Note: Speakers are in alphabetical order 

For biographies, please click to expand.

anderson Richard Anderson
     United States Marine Corps

Lt. Col. Anderson also served as the I MEF Provost Marshal/Force Protection Officer during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom until September 2003. In this capacity, he oversaw all law enforcement, Enemy Prisoner of War, and criminal investigative matters for I MEF in the State of Iraq, to include the training of the Iraqi Police and the investigation of mass graves in the I MEF Area of Operations, standing up Task Force Justice. From October 2006 until February 2007, he served as the Head, Law Enforcement and Corrections, Plans, Policies & Operations (Security) at HQMC. He served as the Commanding Officer of Security Battalion, Quantico, Virginia, from February 2007 to July 2009, responsible for all Police, Fire/EMS and Brig functions aboard MCB Quantico.

From July 2009 until December 2011, he served with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service as the Commanding Officer, Office of Military Support and Military Advisor to the Director. Col Anderson has served on the DEA Training Academy Staff since 2007, and is a graduate of the DEA Instructor Development Course.

Delta-police-logo Jim Cessford, M.O.M.
     Chief Constable
     Delta Police Department

Chief Constable Cessford was appointed to his position with the Delta Police Department (DPD) in 1995. Prior to this, he was Superintendent-In-Charge of Edmonton's Downtown Division.

Chief Cessford has successfully guided this Department through significant changes and has consistently demonstrated his strong belief in a team environment. He has a unique ability to impart to others his belief: "that we can make the leap from what is to what can be." He displays a strong sense of purpose, consistently relating day-to-day activities to future vision.

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 DPD, Chief Cessford moved community based policing to new levels and has also been instrumental through the strategic planning process in bringing about sound leadership training education for his members and volunteers. In 2009, he was named Citizen of the Year by the Delta Chamber of Commerce and in 2010, he became a Member of the Order of Merit for Police Forces.

seattletransparent John Diaz (Ret.)
     Chief of Police
     Seattle Police Department

Chief Diaz is a 30 plus year veteran, beginning his career with the Seattle Police Department in 1980. He became the Interim Chief of Police in May 2009, and was sworn into office as the permanent Police Chief in August 2010. Prior to this, Chief Diaz served as Deputy Chief overseeing the Operations Bureau, one of the department's two main bureaus. Prior to his promotion to Deputy Chief, Chief Diaz served as Assistant Chief commanding the Special Operations Bureau. Chief Diaz worked in the East Precinct as a Sergeant, Lieutenant and Captain, and from 1995 to 2000, Chief Diaz served as the Precinct Captain. Other command assignments have included the internal investigation, gang and violent crimes sections. Chief Diaz also spent five years working as patrol officer in the South Precinct before being promoted to Sergeant.

Chief Diaz served the United States Army from 1977 to 1980 as a Criminal Investigator. Chief Diaz attended the University of Washington studying Society & Justice. He received his Associate in Law Enforcement from Skyline College, San Francisco. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University.

APMS_logoMohamed 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.

Israel Police Zohar Dvir
     Major General 
     Israel National Police

Israel Police Major General Dvir was promoted to his position in July 2011 after serving a brief time as Acting Commander. Prior to his appointment, he served as Head of Logistics Support and in the positions of Deputy Commander and Brigadier.

Major General Dvir served in the Golani Brigade and was assigned to the Battalion of Lightning. Major General Dvir held command positions in the Golani Brigade, including a Company Commander Battalion 12, Deputy Commander of Battalion 51, and Regimental Commander of the engineering company. He left the army with the rank of Captain, and served as Lieutenant Colonel of the Brigade Reserve. Major General Dvir then joined the Border Patrol and served in Special Forces Operations.

Major General Dvir began his police career in the Special Anti-Terror Unit Yamam, and was serving as its Commander some years later when he was critically injured in a traffic accident. In defiance of his doctors' predictions, however, he was back in command of his unit two and a half months later.

phoenixpolice Daniel Garcia
     Chief of Police
     Phoenix Police Department

Chief Garcia is a 34-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department. He became a sergeant in 1990 and quickly rose through the ranks, getting promoted in September 1993 as Deputy Chief, and then as Assistant Chief in November 2004. In his tenure as a member of the command staff, he has served in almost every area of the Dallas Police Department, including patrol, firearms instruction, homeland security, internal affairs, and personnel.

Chief Garcia earned his degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University, is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the Police Executive Research Forum. He has earned many awards throughout his career, including runner-up Rookie of the Year, 11 Dallas Police Shooting awards, Texas State Rifle Association Marksman Champion, and League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 100 Certificate of Appreciation.

In his new role as Phoenix's Chief of Police, his goal is to partner with all city departments to address crime and maintain a good quality of life for residents. He believes in community-based policing by keeping communication lines open between the community and police officers.

Dunwoody-Police Billy Grogan
     Chief of Police
     Dunwoody Police Department

Chief Grogan became the first Chief of Police for the new City of Dunwoody in December 2008. Previously, Chief Grogan served as a Deputy Chief of Police for the Marietta Police Department where he was employed from 1981 until his retirement in 2008.

Chief Grogan was promoted through the ranks of the Marietta Police Department and served in many challenging, yet rewarding positions.

As a police professional, Chief Grogan is committed to the concept of Community Policing as a way to connect with the community in a meaningful way to combat crime and disorder and improve the quality of life for the visitors and citizens of Dunwoody. Chief Grogan co-developed the award winning Marietta Strategically Targeting Areas with Resources (M-STAR) community policing program while at Marietta. In 2008, Chief Grogan presented a Senior Leadership Workshop on Community Policing to Senior Egyptian Police Leaders in Cairo, Egypt. Chief Grogan is a graduate of the FBI National Academy (FBI NAA), the Georgia Law Enforcement Executive Seminar (LEEDS), the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) program with the Israeli Police, and a graduate of the Georgia Command College.

NewWest_police_crest Dave Jones
     Chief Constable
     New Westminster Police Department

Chief Constable Jones began his policing career in 1982 as a volunteer with the Reserve Police Section of the New Westminster Police Department (NWPD). He was later hired on as a full-time officer in September of 1986. During his career he has worked in a variety of sections of the police service including Patrol, Major Crimes Section, Special Operations Unit, Drug Section, Community Services Section, and Street Crimes Unit. In addition, he has worked on a variety of Joint Forces Operations during his time spent in the JFO (RCMP/NWPD) Drug Section, Operational Support Unit and the Street Crimes Unit. Chief Jones was promoted to the rank of Inspector in March 2000 and served as the Officer-in-Charge of the Patrol Division and Support Services Division. In October 2009, he was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief Constable, and in March 2011 he was promoted to the rank of Chief Constable making him one of the first members of the NWPD to work his way through the ranks to the position of Chief Constable.

Chief Jones holds a Bachelor of General Studies degree within a joint Simon Fraser University/Justice Institute of British Columbia Leadership Development program.

georgia bureau GBI Vernon Keenan
     Georgia Bureau of Investigation

In January 2011, Governor Deal re-appointed Mr. Keenan as Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI). During Mr. Keenan's career, he has been promoted to every rank in the GBI's Investigative Division, and then moved even farther up the chain of command to Assistant Director and now continues as Director. As GBI Director, Mr. Keenan is the leader of a state criminal investigative agency with over 822 employees and a budget of $74.6 million. The GBI is comprised of three divisions: the State Crime Laboratory, the Georgia Crime Information Center and the Investigative Division. After his promotion to GBI Director, Mr. Keenan served as a member of the State Homeland Security Central Command responsible for public safety, facilitation of law enforcement and coordination of state personnel during the G-8 Summit at Sea Island, Georgia from June 8 - 10, 2004.

Mr. Keenan received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Valdosta State College in 1972. In addition, he is a graduate of the 117th Session of the FBI National Academy. In 1997, Mr. Keenan graduated from the Georgia Chiefs of Police Command College with a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University.

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

Sir Orde joined the Metropolitan Police Service in 1977 and served in central, south and west London before taking command of the Territorial Support Group as a Superintendent. In September 2002, Sir Orde was appointed Chief Constable of the newly formed Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), a position he held for seven years. During his time in Northern Ireland, he was responsible for the implementation of the Patten report. Widely recognized as one of the largest Police reform projects undertaken across the world, the successful implementation of the Patten Report was critical to the progress Northern Ireland peace process.

Sir Orde was awarded an OBE in 2001 for services to policing, and in 2005 was knighted for his work. In 2008, he was awarded the annual Leadership Award from the Police Executive Research Forum recognizing his work in changing policing in Northern Ireland following the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. In 2010, he was awarded a Queen's Police Medal for services to policing. Sir Orde is a graduate of the FBI National Executive Institute. He holds a Degree in Public Administration, an honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from the University of Kent and an honorary Doctorate in Law from Ulster University, where he is a visiting professor.

Montreal-Police Marc Parent
     Montreal Police Department

Director Parent was appointed Director of the Montreal Police Department in September 2010, Canada's second largest police force with 4,650 men and women under his command, along with 1,600 civilians.

Since 2005, Director Parent held the position of Assistant Director in the city's South at first then North region. In terms of diversity, including racial profiling issues, his method is viewed as a benchmark because of the numerous innovative projects set up by him within his sector, including a professional approach that speaks volumes due to the high-benefit projects he deployed in sensitive areas such as addiction, homelessness, spousal, and interfamily abuse.

As head of the Montreal Police Department, Director Parent declared "I am well aware of the enormous expectations for our organization. That's why openness and ethics will be at the heart of my action plan...". A change management expert, his journey is considered a reference because he managed to combine healthy management, independence, and integrity.

sandy springs logo Terry L. Sult
     Chief of Police
     Sandy Springs Police Department

Chief Sult took over as Sandy Springs Chief of Police in October 2008 after serving as the Gastonia, North Carolina Chief of Police.

Chief Sult spent more than 30 years of his career with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Chief Sult believes that the Sandy Springs approach to local government is consistent with the philosophy of management preferable in effective policing. "The focus of the police department must be preventing crime, solving problems, and enforcing laws.

A career law enforcement officer, Chief Sult has a long history of collaboration and building relationships. He has worked closely with both business and diverse communities. Among his accomplishments is the creation of the Sandy Springs Police Benevolent Fund in 2010. The Fund was created to support officers and families in times of crisis and need.

SFPD Lyn Tomioka
     Deputy Chief of Police
     San Francisco Police Department

Deputy Chief Tomioka is the Chief of Staff for the San Francisco Police Department. Deputy Chief Tomioka was appointed to this position in May 2011.

Deputy Chief Tomioka's career with the City of San Francisco has spanned 26 years, during which time she has worked a variety of assignments within the Department including patrol, plain clothes, street crimes and gang activity abatement teams, Internal Investigations, and Community and Media Relations. Along with the duties of the Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief Tomioka is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Chief's Office, as well legal and administrative support functions for the Department including Internal Affairs.

Deputy Chief Tomioka's current projects include establishing a policy on the use of social media and the impact it has on employees, an officer-involved Domestic Violence policy, and ensuring procedures relating to limited English proficient communications meet the needs of our community. Deputy Chief Tomioka's oversees several programs which provide much needed services to our youth, including Operation Dream, Future Graduates, the Wilderness Program, and the Police Foundation.

Atlanta-Police George N. Turner
     Chief of Police
     Atlanta Police Department

Chief Turner was appointed Chief of the Atlanta Police Department (APD) in July 2010. He became a member of the APD in July 1981. Since that time, he has worked in all areas of the Department, including the uniform division and investigations. During his tenure as Deputy Chief of the Service and Support Division, his primary responsibilities included managing the day-to-day operations of the administrative resources: Information Services, Computer Services, Training Academy, Human Resources, Corporate Services, the $164 million budget, and Communications/911.

Prior to his assignment as a Major, he commanded the Human Resources Section with the responsibility to oversee 2,200 employees and the Background & Recruitment Unit, which was successful in hiring a record high number of 204 Officers in 2006 and 251 in 2007. Prior to this assignment, he commanded the Zone One Precinct, which is the Northwest section of Atlanta, one of the more challenging and difficult precincts in the city. During his 2 year command of the Zone One Precinct, he was responsible for a 17% reduction in overall crime.

saskatoon police Clive L. Weighill, O.O.M.
     Chief of Police
     Saskatoon Police Service

During his 31-year career with the Regina Police Service, prior to joining the Saskatoon Police Service, he worked in Patrol, Communications, Crime Prevention, Commercial Crime, Property Crime, Drugs, Vice, Planning and Research, and Senior Administration.

Chief Weighill has lectured at the University of Regina, the Saskatchewan Police College, and to provincial and municipal governments on crime trends, community policing, organized crime, street gangs, vehicle theft, leadership, and the future of policing.

Chief Weighill holds certificates in Administration and in Continuing Education/Administrative Development from the University of Regina. He has attended Executive courses at the Canadian Police College, the Banff School of Management and has graduated from the Senior Management Institute for Police, held in Boston and sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum.