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2014 International Conference for Police & Law
Enforcement Executives

"Expect the Unexpected...It's Not a Matter of If"


April 27 to 29, 2014
Phoenix, AZ, USA

Participants Included

Arizona Department of Public Safety
Ministry of Cameroon
Singapore Police Force
Lac Seul Police Service
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Shelby County Sheriff's Office
Phoenix Police Department
Secret Service
Douglas County Sheriff's Office
Worcester Police Department
California Southern University
Hampton Police Division
Washoe County Sheriff's Office
City of Casa Grande Police Department
National Tactical Officers Association
Maricopa County Attorney's Office
Tulsa County Sheriff's Office
The Office of the Wayne County Sheriff
University of California
Police Department
Saint Paul Police Department
Tucson Police Department
Hillsboro Police Department
Boulder County Sheriff's Officer
LaSalle Police Service
Apache Junction AZ Police Department
Queensland Police Service
Pima County Sheriff's Department
Davis Police Department
Chandler Police Department
Sparks Police Department
Tolleson Police Department
Paradise Valley Police
The University of Texas Police Department
Fresno Police Department
Scottsdale Police Department
Maricopa County Sheriff's Office
      Eagar Police Department
Henderson Police Department
Peoria Police Department
Kent Police Department
Tempe Police Department
Mesa Police Department
Surprise Police Department
ND Bureau of Criminal Investigation
City of Avondale
Edmonton Police Commission
Polk County Sheriff's Office
Olympia Police Department
Charleston County Sheriff's Office
Mott Community College Public Safety
Douglas Police Department
Peel Regional Police
Prescott Police Department
Valparaiso Police Department
Pinetop-Lakeside Police Department
Beaverton Police Department
Cottonwood Police Department
Arizona Department of Transportation
CSX Transportation Police Department
New Castle County Police Department
Governor's Office of Highway Safety
Secret Service of Office Investigations
San Luis Obispo Police Department
Marana Police Department
Sahuarita Police Department
Franklin County Sheriff's Office
Fontana Police Department
Pocatello Police Department
Tribal Rangers
Weston Police Department
Prescott Police Department
Saint Paul 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

2014 Guest Speakers

Note: Speakers are in alphabetical order 

For biographies, please click to expand.

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.

Bob-Murray-logo Fred Freeman
     Bob Murray and Associates

Mr. Freeman brings over 24 years of local government experience to Bob Murray & Associates, with 11 years in the recruitment field. Mr. Freeman is a retired Chief of Police and has served as an elected official in local government. He has vetted hundreds of local governmental officials in the pre-employment process and conducted recruitments for positions in all sectors of public agency employment.

In addition to his career in the law enforcement field, Mr. Freeman served as the Mayor and the Mayor Pro-Tem for the Los Alamitos City Council. Mr. Freeman has been a member of the Public Safety Policy Committee - California League of Cities; the Orange County Fire Authority Board of Directors; and the Orange Line Development Authority as the Vice-Chair. His unique perspective and experience, as both a member of executive city staff and as an elected official, provides exceptional results for our clients.

Mr. Freeman is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and received his Teaching Credential from the University of California Los Angeles.

Gilee_Logo_-_2014 Robert Friedmann, Ph.D.
     Founding Director
     Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE),
     Georgia State University

Dr. Friedmann is Director of the Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange and Professor Emeritus of Criminal Justice at Georgia State University. He was the Distinguished Chair of Public Safety Partnerships from 2007 to 2010 and served as Chair of the Criminal Justice Department from 1989 to 2002 at Georgia State University. His research interest and published work focus on community policing, terrorism, and crime analysis. He has authored several books and numerous articles and research reports on crime and criminal justice focusing on policing and public safety.

He assisted in security planning and preparation for the 1996 Olympic Games (Atlanta), the G-8 (2004), and the 2012 Olympic Games (London). He served as a chair or member of several blue ribbon commissions and on the advisory board of several professional associations. He works closely with a number of police departments, in Georgia, the U.S. and internationally, on community policing and homeland security. He is the recipient of the Georgia Governor's Public Safety Award (2008) and the J. Edgar Hoover Memorial Scholarship Award (2009).

Phoenix Police Department Daniel Garcia
     Chief of Police
     Phoenix Police Department

Chief Garcia is Chief of the Phoenix Police Department. He 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 to Deputy Chief, and then to Assistant Chief in November 2004. In his tenure as a member of the command staff, he 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 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.

Pima_County_Sheriffs_Office Byron Gwaltney
     Chief, Corrections Bureau
     Pima County Sheriff's Office

Byron Gwaltney, a 26-year veteran of the Pima County Sheriff’s Department (Arizona) has served in a variety of assignments and positions. He has worked various operational assignments to include patrol, criminal investigations, DUI enforcement, SWAT, and training. Chief Gwaltney promoted to command rank in 2006 and has commanded the San Xavier and Foothills patrol stations and the SWAT team. As a Captain he has commanded the Patrol, and Support Operations Divisions. Chief Gwaltney was the Incident Commander for the response to the scene of the January 8, 2011 shooting involving Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords that resulted in 6 fatalities and 13 others injured by gunfire. Chief Gwaltney now oversees the Corrections Bureau for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department.

opp Chris D. Lewis, O.O.M.
     Ontario Provincial Police

Commissioner Lewis became the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) in August 2010, assuming leadership of one of North America's largest deployed police services. Commissioner Lewis oversees front-line policing, traffic and marine operations, emergency response and specialized and multi-jurisdictional investigations throughout the Province of Ontario.

Since joining the OPP in 1978, Commissioner Lewis has amassed a wealth of operational policing experience, particularly in front-line service delivery, various investigative disciplines and tactical operations. From 2007 until his appointment as Commissioner, he served as Deputy Commissioner of Field Operations. Commissioner Lewis, an Officer of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, is a graduate of the FBI's National Academy Program. He is a strong advocate for community-based initiatives, including the United Way and the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics.

Atlantic_Police_Academy_logo Edgar MacLeod (Ret.), C.O.M.
     Executive Director
     Atlantic Police Department

Chief MacLeod's 39-year policing career began in 1973 following his graduation from the Atlantic Police Academy in Charlottetown, PE. He has served on the Shelburne, Charlottetown Sydney and New Waterford Police Departments. In 1993, he was appointed the first Chief of Police for the Cape Breton Regional Police Service and served in that position until he was appointed as Executive Director of the Atlantic Police Academy in January 2008 – a position he currently holds. Chief MacLeod has also been recognized for his leadership and passion in areas of Human Rights and Multi Agency Collaboration on Drug Abuse Prevention and Family Violence.

He currently serves on the Penn State Justice and Public Safety Institute Advisory Board and is an active member of the IACP. In October 1999, Chief MacLeod was selected by his peers within the Atlantic Provinces to be the first recipient of the Michael C. MacDonald Memorial Award for demonstrating excellence in matters of family, community and career. In 2004, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and in 2006, he was conferred a Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa) from Cape Breton University. In 2008, Chief MacLeod was appointed Commander to the Order of Merit of Police Forces.

seattletransparent Nick Metz
     Assistant Chief
     Seattle Police Department

Assistant Chief Metz commands the Investigations Bureau. He also oversees the Department's Peer Support Program. Assistant 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. He was then selected to be the Executive Assistant to the Chief of Police. Upon his promotion to Captain in 1995, he was assigned as the Director of Human Resources, Commander of both South and East Precincts and the Internal Investigations Section. Assistant Chief Metz was promoted to his role in October 2001. Chief Metz graduated from City University with a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement Administration. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University and a 2013 graduate of the Department of Justice/FBI's National Executive Institute Leadership Class of XXXV.

Mesa_Police_DepartmentFrank L. Milstead
     Chief of Police
     Mesa Police Department

Chief Milstead was selected to lead the Mesa Police Department in March 2010 after 25 years of service to the Phoenix Police Department. He leads a department of more than 1,200 men and woman, sworn and civilian. During his tenure with the Phoenix Police Department, Chief Milstead demonstrated highly successful leadership and management skill, serving in several high-profile positions that included command positions in the Homeland Defense Bureau, Major Offender Bureau and the Traffic Bureau. Chief Milstead was also involved in several multi-agency high-status cases, served in the Unified Command structure for Super Bowl 42 and the 2009 NBA All Star games, and maintains All Hazard Incident Commander status.

Chief Milstead holds a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix, and is a graduate of the University of Louisville Southern Police Institute Chief Executive Leadership Program. Chief Milstead also participated in the FBI Leadership in Counterterrorism Pacific 2010-2011 program.

Birmingham 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 27 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 30 years of experience in the Army Reserves where he serves as a Brigadier General.

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.

Queensland-Police-Service-logo Ian Stewart
     Queensland Police Service

Commissioner Stewart is a career Police Officer with over 38 years service. He commenced in the role of Commissioner for the Queensland Police Service in November 2012, after having held numerous senior positions across a broad range of portfolios within the Queensland Police Service. The Queensland Police Service is the primary law enforcement agency for the State of Queensland in Australia, and on January 1, 2014, will mark 150 years of service to the state of Queensland.

Commissioner Stewart has a Masters Degree of Public Policy and Administration and Bachelor of Business Degree. He is a Fellow of both the Institute of Public Administration Australia and Australian Institute of Management.

Commissioner Stewart is also a graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Commissioner Stewart is the recipient of the Australian Fulbright Professional scholarship, the National Emergency Medal and the Australian Police Medal.

Full-Law-Firm-Logo-Debra-Verdier Debora L. Verdier
     Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP

Ms. Verdier has been practicing law for 17 years. She defends employers, including municipalities, against claims of discrimination, harassment, whistle blower and retaliation brought under various federal and state statutes. She has drafted and negotiated executive contracts across a wide sector of business. Ms. Verdier was included in the list of "Top Lawyers" in the Labor and Employment Category in the AZ Business magazine (March/April 2011 and March/April 2013). She was also named by Super Lawyers® Magazine to the Annual List of Top Attorneys in Arizona and New Mexico (Super Lawyers/Southwest) for 2013. Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester, LLP has significant experience in defending law enforcement agencies and their employees. The firm's law enforcement clients include police departments from various cities such as Inglewood, Beaumont, Phoenix, and Manhattan Beach; Sheriff's Departments in Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties; the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and its employees; various federal and state law enforcement agencies; and the Regents of the University of California. We also provide risk management training to law enforcement agencies across the country and Canada.

Tucson Police logo Roberto Villaseñor
     Chief of Police
     Tucson Police Department

Chief Villaseñor joined the Tucson Police Department in 1980, and was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2000. He assumed the role of Chief of the Tucson Police Department in 2009. Chief Villaseñor has commanded the following: Investigative Services Bureau, Administrative Services Bureau, Field Services Bureau and the Support Services Bureau. As a Captain, Chief Villaseñor was in charge of the Operations Division West/Patrol, the Management Information Division, the Field Support Division and the Metropolitan Area Narcotics Trafficking Interdiction Squad. As a Lieutenant, Chief Villaseñor was the project manager for Geo-Based Policing, and he commanded the Operations Division Midtown/Patrol, the Office of Professional Standards and the Hostage Negotiations Unit. As a Sergeant, Chief Villaseñor served as the Public Information Officer, and he supervised the Operations Division South/Patrol and the Downtown Bicycle Unit. As an officer, Chief Villaseñor's assignments included: the Major Offenders Unit and Patrol. Chief Villaseñor received the Tucson Police Department Medal of Distinguished Service, the Tucson Police Department Medal of Merit (3) and was recognized as the Tucson Police Department 1996 Officer of the Year. Chief Villaseñor has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Park University and a Masters of Counseling/Human Relations from Northern Arizona University.

Interpol_CMYK Giuliano Zaccardelli, C.O.M
     Commissioner (Ret.)
     Royal Canadian Mounted Police

In October 2009, Mr. Zaccardelli was appointed the Director of Strategic Planning Directorate for INTERPOL. In April 2008, Mr. Zaccardelli was appointed as the Director of INTERPOL’s OASIS Africa. Prior to this, in September 2000, Mr. Zaccardelli was appointed as the 20th Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). In this role, Commissioner Zaccardelli was responsible for all aspects of the management and operations of the RCMP and its roughly 23,000 employees.

Mr. Zaccardelli was honored with several high distinctions and is the recipient of the Principal Commander of the Order of Merit of the Police Forces, 2002; Commander of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem; the Canada 125 Medal; the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal, 2002; the RCMP Long Service Medal; the Officer of the French Legion of Honor, 2003; the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, 2005 the Alberta Centennial Medal, 2005 and Grand Officer, Order of Merit of the Italian Republic, 2005.