Classes and instructors for the 2020 National Conference in Airway Heights, Washington.
This year’s conference offers a number of courses that are designed to benefit trainers from all fields. FTOs from Communications, Corrections, Patrol and EMS can join us in breakout sessions.
Keynote Speaker – John Bostain
John Bostain is the President of Command Presence, LLC. John has committed the last 23 years to law enforcement, 20 of which have been as a law enforcement trainer. He has presented nationally and internationally on contemporary law enforcement topics such as dynamics of officer/citizen encounters, use of force, human performance factors, and instructor development. He’s certified as a Force Analyst by the Force Science Institute (FSI) and holds a B.S.Ed in Adult Education from Valdosta State University.
John began his career with the Hampton Police Division (HPD) in Hampton, Virginia where he served as a Uniformed Patrol Officer, Narcotics Investigator, Academy Instructor, Detective, and Patrol Supervisor. He served on the departmental S.W.A.T. Team, Bike Patrol Unit, and was the Advisor for the Law Enforcement Exploring Program. He held Virginia DCJS certifications as a firearms instructor, defensive tactics instructor, and driving instructor, in addition to several other instructor certifications.
After leaving HPD in 2001, John spent 13 years at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA serving as an Instructor and Senior Instructor for Defensive Tactics, Patrol Procedures, and Use of Force. He also held position as a Program Specialist in the Rural Policing Institute, Training Transformation Office, and Training Management.
In 2012, he became the recipient of the prestigious Trainer of the Year Award as selected by Law Officer Magazine. John is an Instructor Trainer (Core Instructor) for the Below 100 Program is a member of the instructional staff of the BJA VALOR for Blue program. John is also an Advisory Board Member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainer’s Association (ILEETA)
General Session Presenter – Deputy Chief Kyle Sumpter
Deputy Chief Kyle Sumpter was a patrol officer, major crimes detective, firearms instructor, and responsible for his department’s firearms and deadly force training. He was a SWAT officer and commanded the largest team in the state. He organized and commanded a regional team of detectives responsible for investigating officer-involved shootings. He gives training around the state and serves as an expert witness in police litigation.
Be an Effective Trainer (Kerry Avery)
How do adults learn? Improve your effectiveness as a trainer by understanding how adults process information and learn. The principles are the basis for working with adults in any education or training setting. We will build on the principles with some of the key theories and learning methodologies. Through exercises and discussion this session will show you how to utilize the theories to increase retention and application.
Bring Us Your Challenges (Kerry Avery)
Training people has a variety of trials and tribulations. This workshop is an opportunity to work together with an experienced FTO and training expert to address your challenges. Bring a specific situation or a general issue you struggle with, or come participate in this working session to develop solutions for common problems. This highly interactive session is an opportunity to discuss challenges with your peers and experts in your field.
Kerry Avery is a law enforcement training consultant and the owner of Odin Training Solutions Inc. She has been designing and developing training for over 15 years, and worked with law enforcement agencies in Canada, USA, El Salvador, and Ukraine over the last 10 years. Kerry has a Master’s degree in Education, and certificates in adult education from the University of Alberta and Brock University. She is the managing editor of the ILEETA Journal. Kerry has delivered workshops for the Institute for Performance and Learning and Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, and presented at conferences for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), and the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST)
Tactical Social Interaction (Anthony Anderman)
The Tactical Social Interaction® (TSI®) brief will give the student an overview of a research-based program, demonstrated to enhance law enforcement personnel’s ability to adapt to and navigate culturally diverse environments, de-escalate situations while maintaining strong tactical awareness. TSI® places stranger encounters in the context that allows for simple steps – from that planning stage, to encounter and disengagement. It enhances self-awareness, analytical ability, situational awareness, de-escalation, and interactive and social skills.
Anthony Anderman, MSEd
Mr. Anthony (Tony) Anderman is an author, speaker, and trainer. He is currently the Training Director for the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Anderman has 20 years of experience in management, leadership, and team building, and he presents keynote speeches, workshops, and seminars on the topics nationally and internationally. Mr. Anderman’s accomplishments include the development of a 10-week Command College for the National Police Academy in Pakistan, and an Advanced Facilitation Course for Government of Sakhalin Island, Russia. Mr. Anderman performed as the Lead Curriculum Developer for the DARPA “SSIM” program designed to teach warfighters how to gain trust and respect of the Communities in which they served. His work helped educate Marines on Basic Human dynamics skills needed to overcome social barriers, regardless of Cultural differences. Mr. Anderman earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in Adult Education and Instructional Systems Design. Prior to his current career, he proudly served in the United States Marines.
Consistency in DOR Evaluations (Lt Bryan Klingele)
Students will work in groups, discuss, and evaluate FTO video scenarios using the standardized evaluation guidelines to improve accuracy & consistency in performance appraisals.
Lt Bryan Klingele
Bryan is a Lieutenant for the Federal Way (WA) Police Department and currently serves as a Patrol Supervisor. Bryan also has served as a Narcotic Detective as well as a Patrol Corporal. Bryan was a student in the Field Training Officer (FTO) Academy in 1999 and has trained over thirty (30) entry level and lateral police officers. In 2006, Bryan became a certified FTO Instructor for the State of Washington and regularly travels throughout the state providing FTO Academy instruction. It is estimated Bryan has taught over 500 students during his time as a FTO Instructor. Bryan is currently a Region Director for Washington NAFTO (WANAFTO) and has been for nearly four (4) years. Bryan has instructed at the WANAFTO conference the last two (2) years and provided a Back to Basics with an emphasis on reinforcing the basic skills of Field Training.
FTO Back to Basics (Cmdr. Jeff Eddy)
Discussing common mistakes that even tenured FTO’s will make universally and address typical appraisal errors observed from a coordinator point of view.
Cmdr Jeff Eddy
Commander Jeff Eddy has been in law enforcement for 29 years. He is currently a Commander in the patrol division. His law enforcement career has focused on working in patrol, having been assigned to specialty positions to include bicycle patrol and Detectives. In 1994 Jeff was selected as a Field Training Officer. In 2004 he was assigned to the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Center/Basic Law Enforcement Academy as an instructor. While assigned to the CJTC Basic Law Enforcement Academy he instructed criminal procedure for 5 years and was honored with instructor of the year in 2009. In 2007 he was certified as an FTO instructor in the San Jose Model of field training, teaching and certifying new Field Training Officers. In 2009 he was elected to the executive board of Washington Chapter of the National Association of Field Training Officers serving as the Regional Director for Seattle/King County, Jeff is currently the Field Training Officer Coordinator for the City of Renton Police Department.
FTO Selection Process Workshop (Jeff Vanhook)
The class is a workshop that focuses on the entire FTO selection process beginning with minimum requirements to the process itself. The workshop will include group discussion on how FTO’s are compensated (if they are) and how to energize your employees to want to become an FTO. At the conclusion of this workshop you will come away with tangible ideas, which will consist of sample oral board questions, scenario-based questions and much more.
Jeffrey Vanhook is a Patrol Lieutenant with the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado. He has been employed with that agency since 1992. During his career he has held many different positions; Detention Deputy, Patrol Deputy, Narcotics Detective, General Criminal Investigations Detective, Patrol Corporal, Patrol Sergeant, Training Sergeant, and Patrol Lieutenant. Jeff has been a Field Training Officer for the agency since 1998, and was the agency’s Field Training Program (FTP) Coordinator for 12 years. Jeff is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) trainer in the EVOC program and is the program administrator, as well as a Below 100 instructor. Jeff is part of Colorado POST Curriculum Committee and previously served on Colorado POST academy committee. Jeff currently serves on the Board of Directors for Summit Stone Health Partners (mental health and addiction services provider). Jeff has been an Executive Board member of Colorado NAFTO (2011-2019) and is currently the Vice- President on the National Executive Board. Jeff has taught Field Training courses at a State and National level since 2013.
CIT in the Academy and FTO Car (Dan Moman)
Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) for new officers in criminal and mental health related responses can be challenging. This presentation will discuss critical decision making to and awareness to avoid “all or nothing” responses, as criminal and crisis are often mixed. Using adult learning principles to apply pervious life experiences, scenario-based training, and application in the field training car are important ingredients for producing safe, efficient, and knowledgeable officers.
Deputy Dan Moman is a full-time crisis responder and response coordinator for Spokane County Sheriffs Office. He is a FTO, Taser Instructor, Master Excited Delirium Instructor, and state patrol tactics instructor. His primary instructional focus is in crisis response enhancing safety and diversion. He is a facilitator in the regional CIT 40-hour course, academy instructor, and facilitates crisis training for his agency and other agencies. Previously, he served in the United States Marine Corps. He has a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and is seeking a master’s degree in public health.
Enhanced Coaching & Adaptive Communication (Martin Tucker)
Through discussion & group activities, the instructors will highlight how implicit & explicit bias can impact coaching & learning. Further, that the student will explore the awareness of body language, kinesics, biometrics and proxemics and how these observations will affect behavioral and performance outcomes in the training environment.
Martin Tucker is a Sergeant with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. He has been a law enforcement Officer for 23 years working in many positions such as patrol, PTO, Detective, and Training Sergeant. Martin has been in the training unit since 2013 and has implemented adult based learning theories, Reality Based Training etc. into the Sheriff’s Office training. Martin oversees 50 instructors in 10 different areas of training. Martin assists in the supervision of the Field Training Officer (FTO) program of 20 FTOs. In 2018, Martin and several other key members of the Sheriff’s Office, developed and implemented a pre-academy curriculum for newly hired deputies. Martin facilitates several classes, including Interactions and Perceptions, and a 40-hour Tactical Social Interaction class. In 1992, Martin earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with emphasis on Human Resource Management, from Eastern Washington University, Cheney WA.
The Right Fit – Matching Instruction to Student Personality (Dr Lou Sowers)
Dr. Sowers will provide a two-hour course on Pre-Employment Psychological Evaluations. He will discuss relevant state and federal laws that apply to PEPEs and the protocol typically used with agencies. He will discuss the California Peace Officer Standards and Training and the 10 Peace Officer Psychological Screening Dimensions that are used to help assess if a candidate is not only psychologically suitable to for a position, but also if the candidate is a good fit for a particular department. This course is intended to be informative and engaging with time for asking questions and discussing relevant issues.
Dr Lou Sowers, PhD, MBA
Lou Sowers, PhD, MBA is a licensed psychologist in Washington State and Idaho who has practiced in police and public safety psychology for 25 years. Dr. Sowers completed his PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Southern California in 1993 and has worked with most police and public safety agencies in Eastern Washington and North Idaho since the mid-1990s. Dr. Sowers is a Diplomate in Police Psychology with the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology, a member of the Psychological Services Section for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and an associate member of the Washington Association for Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.
Civil Liability Cases- Defending Use of Force & Training Courses (Heather Yakely)
Ms. Yakely will discuss how trials can be affected by department training and law enforcement’s demeanour and professionalism and what Graham v Conner and it’s progeny looks like in the court room.
Heather Yakely is an attorney licensed to practice in both Washington and Idaho. She has extensive experience in both state and federal, local and appellate courts of Washington and Idaho practicing for over twenty years. Ms. Yakely’s specialty is in defending 1983 civil rights violation and civil suits against law enforcement and governmental entities. She has successfully defended at trial as well as in Motion practice numerous law enforcement officers, departments and municipalities throughout her career. Heather also successfully defends clients – municipal as well as private businesses and corporations, in various employment matters, including discrimination, sexual harassment and ADA litigation. Some notable civil rights cases which she has defended include: David J. Glidden v. Spokane County, et al.; Estate of William Berger v. Spokane County, et al.; Shaun Rockstom v. Spokane County, et al.; Douglas Dibiasi v. Spokane County, et al.
The Transformational Trainer (John Bostain)
Regardless of subject matter expertise, the role of the trainer is to enhance the performance of their officers. The Transformational Trainer is an instructor enhancement program designed to help you focus on the “how to train” not just “what to train”. This program is designed challenge instructors to think differently about law enforcement training in an effort to improve officer performance in the field. Through guided discussions, case studies, video analysis, self-assessments and small group exercises, participants will explore Characteristics of the Transformational Trainer, The Science of Learning: Making it “Stick,” Generational Differences and Communication Styles, Human Performance and Decision Making, The Think CLEAR Approach to Student Evaluation, New Look at Student Feedback, Eliminating Death by PowerPoint.
The Top 10 Case Laws Every FTO Should Know (Graham Tinius)
Through a review of several court decisions, this course focuses on the importance of being familiar not only with case law titles and summaries, but with an in-depth knowledge of both the decision and the dissent. The class urges students to become familiar with current case law, utilize it in training and report writing, and to recognize their impact on law enforcement.
Graham is a Park Police Officer and a Field Training Officer with the Sandy Police Department in Sandy, UT assigned to the Crime Suppression Unit. Graham has a degree in Evidence Technology from Phoenix College. He began his career as a Crime Scene Technician with the Chandler (AZ) Police Department in 2001. In 2004 he was hired as an officer and promoted to Field Training Officer in 2007. In 2009, Graham assisted in rewriting the Field Training Program at Chandler PD. Graham is the recipient of a Meritorious Service Award, as well as a Unit Citation Award for his work in redesigning the Field Training Program and its implementation within the department. Since receiving his General Instructor Certification from Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training in 2006, Graham has taught numerous classes, including Cultural Diversity, Adult Learning, Leadership, Ethics, Officer Safety, and FTO Schools for local, county, and state law enforcement across the Country, from Florida to Washington and New Jersey to Guam, as well as US Army civilian police, civilian police and sheriff staff, and supervisors. Graham was the recipient of the Champion of Hope Award in 2017, for designing and helping to implement a recovery and treatment program for opiate addicts. In 2019 Graham moved his wife and two sons to Sandy, UT, to enjoy a colder climate and be closer to the Wasatch Mountains. Graham is an Executive Board Member of the National Association of the National Association of Field Training Officers. Within law enforcement, Graham’s passions are training, instructing, proactive policing, and quality of life issues. Outside of law enforcement, Graham is an avid hiker, hunter, backpacker, and outdoorsman.