Webinars

The National Sheriffs' Association has teamed up with the Justice Clearinghouse to produce our popular webinars!

If you are interested in presenting a webinar, please contact Christina McCale at chris@justiceclearinghouse.com. You can check out all the webinar offerings JCH has to offer NSA here!

Looking for a past webinar? Check out our webinar archives for previous NSA webinars. 


Knowing that justice professionals are always living with ever-shrinking budgets, Justice Clearinghouse’s goal is to bring conference-quality presenters to the justice community through webinars, thus eliminating the need for expensive travel, time-intensive attendance, and the frustration of trying to backfill positions. This also allows more of your team to benefit from the same great training content only a few could hear previously. 

What our partnership with JCH means for YOU:

  • All webinars are free to attend live.
  • A wide array of webinar topics, ranging from leadership and management to addressing mass casualty events, to dealing with cyber threats.
  • Interviews with expert speakers.
  • Infographics highlighting key topics of the webinars.
  • Other content relevant to law enforcement and public safety arena.


2018 Webinars:

 

July 30 at 1pm ET: LE SupplyPRO: Saving Money, Improving Operations, and Increasing Efficiency

NSA and Gearfire, a proven e-commerce technology provider, partnered to create LE SupplyPRO, an instrument towards effective and efficient procurement and administration. We bring a holistic opportunity to modernize the e-procurement process that is a fully integrated and secure online procurement portal. The portal allows sheriffs' offices nationwide the ability to instantly procure firearms, ammunition, accessories, gear, supplies, equipment and other products used in the conduct or support of law enforcement and jail operations at nationwide best pricing.

LE SupplyPRO lets authorized agencies and designated personnel procure the products law enforcement needs efficiently, economically, and securely through e-commerce and e-procurement. Taking advantage of the new online mobile economy that is changing every industry, the portal will provide 24/7 "always on" access to ensure sheriffs have complete control and accountability of procurement needs. The ability to cost-efficiently search, find, purchase, and track is the unique factor for law enforcement. LE SupplyPRO intends to leverage the purchasing power of member agencies to achieve price parity across the United States for any size agency.

Presenters: Lindsay Hopkins has worked for the National Sheriffs’ Association for 8 years.  She ran the Membership Department and built a strong relationship with sheriffs nationwide.  In 2016 she migrated to working on LE SupplyPRO and has worked to ensure the portal is useful and efficient for its users.

​Nicole McIntire has worked for LE SupplyPRO for a year. Her primary role is assisting LE SupplyPRO users to join, login, and navigate the portal. Nicole also handles assisting any users to locate products and complete purchases.

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August 15 at 1pm ET: The Role of America's Sheriffs in Labor Trafficking

Labor trafficking exists in large and small jurisdictions throughout the country. What are you doing to combat it? Through this webinar, participants will learn about labor trafficking in the United States and law enforcement resources and partnerships to help address this crime. Colleen Owens will share results from the study she co-authored, Understanding the Organization, Operation and Victimization Process of Labor Trafficking in the United States. She will be joined by a representative from the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign to share information about their resources to combat labor trafficking.

Presenter: Colleen Owens is an expert on human trafficking with over a decade of experience directing and implementing US and international research and training and technical assistance projects funded by the U.S. Department of State, National Institute of Justice, and Bureau of Justice Assistance.  She currently serves as a technical assistance provider with the National Human Trafficking Training and Technical Assistance team, funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance, and led by the International Association of Chiefs of Police in collaboration with Aequitas and John Jay College of Criminal Justice. In addition to this work, Ms. Owens is the recent Founder and CEO of THE WHY, a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating modern slavery, promoting and supporting sustainable and ethical design, and economically empowering survivors. 

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August 16 at 1pm ET: Recipes for Controlling the Emotional Hijack When Roasted, Shaken, and Stirred amid Crisis

When the stakes are high and emotions are strong, staff may understandably struggle to maintain composure and communicate effectively. Overcoming the emotional strangle that occurs when the brain is hijacked by fight or flight reflexes is essential for the restoration of safe and productive dialogues with distressed or aggressive persons. Attendees of this webinar will review disruptive yet predictable behavioral patterns of inmates, practice the elements of speaking persuasively and calmly when under duress, and apply sensible de-escalation strategies for safe and effective exchanges with dysregulated inmates. Taking information beyond theory, this webinar is designed to provide practical and well-defined diffusion techniques, ensuring attendees leave with clear recipes for success.

  • Review predictable characterological and personality patterns commonly seen in the jail population.
  • Examine strategies to convey empathic and attentive listening to individuals in distress.
  • Succinctly describe the neuroscience of fight or flight emotional outbursts that hijack logical cognitive processes and decision-making.
  • Construct specific recipes for effective communication when under duress and perceiving threats to safety.
  • Prepare practical de-escalation techniques to diffuse potentially violent situations.

Presenter: Harmony Goorley has over 10 years of Correctional Behavioral Health Experience in the field.  She earned a Masters of Forensic Psychology with a Concentration in Corrections. She later became a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider, and Certified Correctional Health Professional. Early in her career, she provided intensive addiction recovery services and residential treatment to severely mentally ill persons. Harmony also serves as a technical expert for Falcon Inc., providing high-level correctional behavioral health know-how to jails and prisons. 

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August 29 at 1pm ET: What Justice Professionals Need to Know about First Amendment Speech and the Public Sector

The Supreme Court has ruled that, while public employees maintain their First Amendment communication rights, those rights must be balanced against impact and harm to the organization the employee works for.

Presenter: Richard Hodsdon. Rick currently is an assistant county attorney in Stillwater, MN where his duties include representation of the county and criminal justice agencies. He has trained thousands of government staff on civil litigation, criminal law and personnel issues. Rick has also served as counsel to the Minnesota Sheriffs Association for over 30 years.

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September 11 at 1pm ET: “Officer Why Did You Shoot My Dog?” The Dynamics of Officer Involved Shootings of Dogs

As if law enforcement and the communities they serve have not been dealing with a crisis recently, there is an even larger one seriously eroding public faith and profoundly affecting law enforcement/community relations. It is officers shooting family pets. When dogs are shot by law enforcement, it rips at the basic thread that holds law enforcement and the community together. Today there are more than 80 million dogs living in 57 million U.S. households. Sixty-three percent of those households consider their dog a friend and family member. Chances are very high that law enforcement will encounter dogs in their daily interaction with the public. When a law enforcement officer kills or shoots someone’s dog, it deeply affects the family, as well as the officer, the neighborhood and the community.

Presenter: John Thompson. John Thompson is the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at the National Sheriffs' Association (NSA). Mr. Thompson has operational responsibility for NSA’s programs and services.

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September 19 at 1pm ET: Legal Issues in Today's Jails: Use of Force

The use of force is one of the leading areas of litigation in corrections.  Understanding and articulating the legal requirements is critical in determining whether the force was objectively reasonable (pretrial inmates) or was applied in a good faith effort to maintain and restore order (convicted inmates).  This webinar will review the leading Supreme Court decisions in the area of use of force, focusing on the report writing instrument used by both the deputy involved in the force and also as a tool in reviewing the use of force regardless of the inmate’s status.

Presenter: Carrie Hill is an attorney and national criminal justice consultant.  She has dedicated her 29-year career to providing professional development seminars in correctional law, along with criminal justice consulting, to educate and empower those working in the correctional industry. She currently serves as the Director of NSA's National Center for Jail Operations.

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October 1 at 1pm ET: LE SupplyPRO: Saving Money, Improving Operations, and Increasing Efficiency

NSA and Gearfire, a proven e-commerce technology provider, partnered to create LE SupplyPRO, an instrument towards effective and efficient procurement and administration. We bring a holistic opportunity to modernize the e-procurement process that is a fully integrated and secure online procurement portal. The portal allows sheriffs' offices nationwide the ability to instantly procure firearms, ammunition, accessories, gear, supplies, equipment and other products used in the conduct or support of law enforcement and jail operations at nationwide best pricing.

LE SupplyPRO lets authorized agencies and designated personnel procure the products law enforcement needs efficiently, economically, and securely through e-commerce and e-procurement. Taking advantage of the new online mobile economy that is changing every industry, the portal will provide 24/7 "always on" access to ensure sheriffs have complete control and accountability of procurement needs. The ability to cost-efficiently search, find, purchase, and track is the unique factor for law enforcement. LE SupplyPRO intends to leverage the purchasing power of member agencies to achieve price parity across the United States for any size agency.

Presenters: Lindsay Hopkins has worked for the National Sheriffs’ Association for 8 years.  She ran the Membership Department and built a strong relationship with sheriffs nationwide.  In 2016 she migrated to working on LE SupplyPRO and has worked to ensure the portal is useful and efficient for its users.

​Nicole McIntire has worked for LE SupplyPRO for a year. Her primary role is assisting LE SupplyPRO users to join, login, and navigate the portal. Nicole also handles assisting any users to locate products and complete purchases.

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October 10 at 1pm ET: Fair Labor Standards Act for Justice Professionals

Since the Supreme Court made the Fair Labor Standards Act applicable to the public sector in 1986 it has been an on-going personnel issue producing thousands of suits and cases of major liability for public sector employers. In this webinar we shall discuss:

  • Basic terms and definitions of FLSA
  • Determination of exempt and non-exempt status for overtime provisions
  • Determining compensable hours worked and rate of compensation
  • Special rules for public employees and criminal justice professionals
  • Record keeping and liability reduction strategies

Presenter: Richard Hodsdon has been an attorney for almost 40 years and for his entire career has been involved in civil and criminal matters concerning corrections, criminal prosecution and law enforcement operations. He has over 30 years of experience dealing with management and personnel issues including employment law. Rick currently is an assistant county attorney in Stillwater, MN where his duties include representation of the county and criminal justice agencies. He has trained thousands of government staff on civil litigation, criminal law and personnel issues. Rick has also served as counsel to the Minnesota Sheriffs Association for over 30 years.

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October 17 at 1pm ET: Implicit Bias: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Bias is a hot topic these days and it is often associated with a great deal of negativity and judgment. However, the truth is implicit bias happens outside of our consciousness and is a result of societal programming, not personal choice. This course will explore the foundations of bias, how we come to make certain associations, the reasons our brain is hard-wired for bias and how our experiences reinforce our beliefs. We will also explore how we can become more aware of the biases we hold and detail the tools and strategies (both individual and organizational) we can use to change them. Finally, we will explore the relationship between bias, ethics and leadership and discuss how to lead in a way that improves influence and reduces liability.

Presenter: Dr. Kimberly Miller. Dr. Miller is a sought-after speaker, consultant and trainer who has been inspiring and motivating individuals in our profession for over 14 years. She is a strength-based facilitator of individual and organizational change and is known for her relationship-based approach to her work and the skill-based, engaging training and consultation services she offers. She uses workshops, coaching, and organizational interventions to improve not only the individual line-level employee skills but also works to improve supervision, management, and the entire organization.

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October 31 at 1pm ET: Animal Cruelty Reporting: What Law Enforcement and Justice Professionals Need to Know

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) added animal cruelty as a separate crime under Group A of the FBI’s National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS), effective January 2016. This workshop describes the process by which that happened, the rationale for adding it to the FBI’s crime database, and a detailed explanation of how to enter animal cruelty information on the incident reporting form. Case examples will be offered so that participants can get a sense of how to report information under various circumstances.

Attendees will:

  • understand the rationale for, and implications of, adding animal cruelty to Group A of NIBRS.
  • learn the code used for reporting animal cruelty, as well as the four subcategories and feel comfortable being able to apply them to various situations.
  • appreciate the importance of reporting animal cruelty crimes. 

Presenters: Dr. Mary Lou Randour, a psychologist, is Senior Advisor, Animal Cruelty Programs and Training, Animal Welfare Institute, Washington, D. C. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, received a NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship, was a Clinical Fellow in Psychology at Cambridge Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and is an Adjunct Professor in Psychiatry at The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Dan DeSousa has worked for the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services since 1989.  Starting as an animal control officer, he quickly moved into the Department’s Dangerous Dog Task Force and then into management where he was promoted to the position of Director for the Department in March of 2017.  As part of those “other duties as assigned”, Dan was designated the Department’s Public Information Officer in 2007 and he has worked hard to establish and maintain a positive working relationship with the local media. 

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December 11th at 1pm ET: Keeping Your Super Heroes Super

Public safety professionals are passionate about serving others; however, this calling can take its toll. High stress, low sleep, dealing with the worst of society and witnessing human tragedy reduces employees' mental/physical health. This class will explore the differences between stress, burnout and compassion fatigue and describe how to address each one, discuss why we all struggle to have balance in our lives and engage in regular self-care, detail what our “early warning systems” are, and describe specific strategies, tools and interventions that can be used by both individuals and organizations to foster healthy coping, balance and a positive mindset in employees.

Presenter: Dr. Kimberly Miller. Dr. Miller is a sought-after speaker, consultant and trainer who has been inspiring and motivating individuals in our profession for over 14 years. She is a strength-based facilitator of individual and organizational change and is known for her relationship-based approach to her work and the skill-based, engaging training and consultation services she offers. She uses workshops, coaching, and organizational interventions to improve not only the individual line-level employee skills but also works to improve supervision, management, and the entire organization.

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