Successful National Conference

The Annual NAFTO Conference in Blackhawk, Colorado has concluded.

The Colorado State Chapter of NAFTO hosted the 2017 National Conference. The Colorado Chapter did an outstanding job lining up great training for the National Conference. The training was designed to apply to Field Training Officers and Field Trainers who work in Patrol, Detention, Communications, Support Services, and EMT/Paramedics.

Keith Wenzel was the opening keynote speaker.  He provided a valuable presentation on Leadership, Ethics & the Value of Mentor-ship.

The National Executive Board would like to thank, not only the Colorado Chapter board and membership, but also the instructors who presented this year.  They provided very valuable training to the attendees.

Thank you to the following instructors; Laura Lunsford, Amy Huff, Al Brown, Dan Greene, Jeff Vanhook, Tina Rowe, Rod Parker, and Louis Anderson.

We also had two sponsors on site for this conference.  MDE and Agency 360.  Thank you to the sponsors participation and support of NAFTO.

At the general membership meeting, nominations were made for Member At Large A and Member at Large B positions on the National Executive Board.  After nominations and voting, the membership voted Paul Hasselberger (NJ) to the position of Member At Large A.  Jeff Vanhook (CO) was voted to the Member At Large B position.  To learn more about Paul and Jeff, visit the Executive Board page.

Kim Schlau and her daughter Madelyn with the NAFTO E-Board

At the banquet on Thursday evening, we were fortunate to have Kim Schlau and her daughter Madelyn speak to the membership.  Kim’s daughters, Jessica and Kelli Uhl, were killed by a speeding Illinois State Trooper in 2007. He was driving at a reported speed of 126 miles per hour to respond to an accident scene which was already secured by first responders. He was also talking on his personal cell phone while driving at this high rate of speed when he lost control of the vehicle and crossed the median, driving into the girls’ car and killing them instantly.

Since then, Kim has traveled across the country speaking at police academies, law enforcement conferences, and other police departments, as well as continuing to speak to several local police academies on a recurring basis.

Additionally, NAFTO awarded the Master FTO certificate to Roberto Calderon of the Wyoming Department of Corrections. It should also be noted that Roberto was also awarded the 2016 Trainer of the Year for the State of Wyoming.  Roberto’s record of conduct, performance and devotion to duty reflects his commitment to the highest standards of the corrections profession and the mission of NAFTO.  “Good job Mr. Calderon.”

We look forward to seeing you next year for the National Conference in Louisiana.

NAFTO Executive Board & Colorado Chapter Executive Board