International Conference for Police & Law Enforcement Executives 2008
Executive Career Development: Doing it Right The First Time
May 4-6 in Montreal, QC, Canada
Continuing a tradition of what now is regarded as, the annual 'must attend' leadership conference for police and law enforcement executives, this conference brought together yet another high profile international speaker's list. Among the 28 public and private speakers, we had the privilege to hear from executives including: Lt. Col. Ret'd James L. Vance, FBI ACADEMY; Sheriff Leroy Baca, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department; Superintendent Colin Campbell, Queensland Police Service, Australia; Deputy Chief Michael Perler, Swiss Federal Criminal Police and Commission William J. Elliott, Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
This roster, representing more than 8 countries, spoke of the importance of addressing key executive issues in a positive and successful manner. They shared personal experiences on issues such as their relationships with police associations, dealing with civil unrest, career development, personal financial stewardship, and organization morale.
"Doing it Right the First Time" was the result of many dedicated policing associations that joined together to support this valuable initiative; including the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, L'association des directeurs de police du Quebec, Surete du Quebec, and the Canadian Association of Police Boards. It is also from the tremendous support of the Service de police de la Ville de Montreal, the host department, that resulted in yet another successful conference.
Abbotsford Police Department
ABM United Kingdom Limited
Agence des Services frontaliers du Canada
Alameda County Sheriff's Office
Alberta Solicitor General Public Securities
Brantford Police Service
Brockville Police Service
Calgary Police Commission
Calgary Police Service
Camrose Police Service
Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
Canadian Coast Guard
Canadian Forces Provost Marshal
Canadian Pacific Police Service
Canadian Police College
Canadian Police Sector Council
Canadian Security Intelligence Service
Cape Breton Regional Police Service
Central Saanich Police Service
City of Grande Prairie Enforcement Services
Commission for Public Complaints Against the RCMP
Correctional Service of Canada
Danbury Police Department
Delta Police Department
Department of Community Safety & Liaison
Durham Regional Police Service
Ecole Nationale de police du Quebec
Essex Police Department
Federal Office of Police
Fintrac - Canafe
Fredericton Police Force
French Embassy - Attaché de Sécurité Intérieure
Gendarmerie Royale du Canada (RCMP)
Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority Police Service
Guelph Police Service
Halifax Regional Police
Halton Regional Police Service
Hamilton Police Service
Kansas City Missouri Police Department
Lac Seul Police Service
Lethbridge Regional Police Service
Listuguj Police Department
Medicine Hat Police Service
Miami Dade Police Service
Naskapi Police Force
New Glasgow Police Service
Niagara Regional Police
Nigeria High Commission
Oakland Police Department
Ontario Provincial Police
Ottawa Police Service
Ottawa Police Service Board
Peel Regional Police
Police Lac Simon
Prince Albert Police Service
Public Prosecution Service of Canada
RCMP - Kamloops
RCMP - Lower Mainland District
RCMP - Prince Edward Island
RCMP - Vancouver
RCMP - Federal Services and Central Region
RCMP OSB - Service Delivery & Development Section
RCMP - Integrated Road Safety Unit-Greater Vancouver
RCMP - Vancouver 2010 Integrated Security Unit
Régie Intermunicipale de police
Regional Municipality of Peel Police Services Board
Saint John Police Force
San Diego County District Attorney
Saskatoon Police Service
Sault Ste Marie Police Service
Service de police de la Ville de Montréal
Service de police de Sherbrooke
Service de police Ville de Lévis
Service de Police Ville de Mont-Tremblant
Service de Police, Ville de Granby
Six Nations Police
St. Louis County Police Department
Surete de Quebec
TELUS Communications Company
Thunder Bay Police Service
Timmins Police Service
Toronto Police Service
Trinidad and Tobago Police Service
Tyco Electronics M/A-Com
University Place Police
Van Buren Township Police Department
Vancouver Police Department
Victoria Police Department
Ville de Repentigny Police Service
Waterloo Regional Police Service
Whapmagoostui First Nation
Windsor Police Service
York Regional Police
Some Comments from our Delegates
- Excellent Conference. …Ottawa Police Board
- Very well planned and delivered conference... Great Job! …Halifax Regional Police
- Current and topical. Engaging speakers with the necessary credibility. Thank you! Well Done! …Kingston Police
- ...Excellent speakers with a wealth of experience and insight. …Guelph Police Service
- Excellent conference with engaging speakers! …RCMP
- Overall a very good conference with very good opportunity for networking …Calgary Police Commissioner
- Good conference/ Good speakers/ Great opportunity for networking/ Great location/ Hotel was excellent. …York Regional Police
- Excellent Conference. Excellent Presenters. …New Glasgow Police Service
- J'ai adoré la conférence. Elle me touchait directement. Je suis un nouveau directeur depuis moins d'un an. …Police Lac Simon
- Very professional and well lead... Excellent support by Service de police de la ville de Montréal …Calgary Police Service
- Conference - very well organized! Your staff are excellent! …IAWP
- Excellent conference; presenters were very credible, they were talking from their experience. …Service de police de la ville de Montréal
- Very nicely done! Always professional. Always interesting. …Cape Breton Regional Police Service
- Good tempo. Overall, well-paced, concise, informative presentations. …Abbotsford Police Department
- A great opportunity to learn from the mistakes that leaders have made. …Port Moody Police Dept.
- Excellent Conference. Great networking opportunity. …Timmins Police Service
- Excellent, Very insightful! Please keep it going!
- The topics covered were informative and interesting. Well planned. …Dept. of Community Safety and Liaison (South Africa)
- Coast Guard shares similar challenges that law enforcement organizations are experiencing - Good International participation that the Coast Guard doesn't normally see. …Canadian Coast Guard
- Very professional and well run conference. Excellent organizing staff. … GVTAPS
2008 Guest Speakers
Note: Speakers are in alphabetical order
Leroy D. Baca
Los Angeles County Sherrif's Department
On December 7, 1998, Sheriff Baca was sworn in as Los Angeles County’s 30th Sheriff, having been elected by the citizens of Los Angeles County. Sheriff Baca commands the largest sheriff’s department in the world and supervises more than 13,000 sworn and civilian personnel.
Sheriff Baca began his public service career on August 23, 1965, when he was sworn into the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy Sheriff Trainee. Sheriff Baca excelled as the Commander of numerous stations as well as Aero Bureau and Special Enforcement Bureau.
As the Chief of Court Services Division, Sheriff Baca directed the strategy that led to the merger of the Sheriff’s Department with the Marshal’s Department. The merger saved the taxpayers of Los Angeles County 14 million dollars per year. For his efforts, Sheriff Baca received the Department’s Distinguished Service award.
President, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police
Chief of Police, Toronto Police Service
Chief Blair was appointed Chief of the Toronto Police Service on April 26, 2005. Toronto has one of the largest municipal police services in North America, employing over 5,200 officers and more than 2,000 civilian staff.
In January 2001, Chief Blair was promoted to Staff Superintendent and became the Commander of Central Field, and was responsible for nine police divisions within the inner city with approximately 2,000 personnel, centralization of the Paid Duty System Administration and overseeing major community events. In January 2003, he was the Staff Superintendent In Charge of Detective Support and was responsible for all specialized criminal investigations, including organized crime and national security issues. In March 2005, Chief Blair was appointed the Interim Deputy Chief of Policing Operations Command and was responsible for the management of all uniform field divisions.
Queensland Police Service
Colin Campbell is District Officer of the North Brisbane District of the Queensland Police Service. He has a Masters Degree in Management and Leadership (Policing) and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management. Colin commands police staff in the management and delivery of policing in three general categories; namely, Crime Services, Patrol Services, and Support Services.
Colin represents the Queensland Police Service on the Brisbane Airport Corporation Security Advisory Committee, a strategic level planning group looking at preparedness and capability of agencies in the event of a major incident at Brisbane Airport.
Prior to his role as District Officer, Colin was the venue Commander for the Sunshine Coast Airport with responsibility for the security of over 30 heads of Government who were arriving and departing regularly. Colin has considerable experience with the development and assessment of executive competencies within the Queensland Police Service using assessment centres and executive competencies to select Commissioned Officers.
DELTA POLICE DEPARTMENT
Chief Constable Cessford was appointed to his position with the Delta Police Department in 1995. Prior to this, he was Superintendent In Charge of Edmonton’s Downtown Division. Chief Cessford’s career with the Edmonton Police Service spanned 27 years where he worked as a homicide and major crimes investigator for 14 years.
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 in Delta, 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.
Deputy Director General
President, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police Sûreté du Québec
Deputy Director General Steven Chabot was elected President of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) in August of 2007. Steven was invested as an Officer within the Order of Merit of the Police Forces in 2005. He served as CACP Vice-President (Québec) from 2004 to 2007.
A graduate in human resources and numerous police courses, he holds a Master’s degree in public administration from the École nationale d’administration publique.
Steven Chabot takes on leadership of the CACP at a critical time for policing and public safety in Canada. “Policing is undergoing a huge turnover,” notes Mr. Chabot, “as senior police leaders retire in record numbers. We need to attract younger people to policing as a career, and find ways to retain them in the profession.” The CACP, under Chabot’s leadership, maintains an active role on legislation, proposing new or improved laws to meet current investigative needs and emerging issues.
Mayor, Township of Langley
Director, Canadian Association of Police Boards
Chris Clement is Mayor of Esquimalt British Columbia, Vice-Chair of Victoria/Esquimalt Police Board, and a Director on the Canadian Association of Police Boards representing British Columbia. Mayor Clement is serving his third term as Mayor having been reelected in 2005. The Victoria/Esquimalt Police Board was created in 2003 when the municipality of Esquimalt was amalgamated with the municipality of Victoria.
Previously Mayor Clement has served as a Councilor and Chair of the former Esquimalt Police Board. Active in civic affairs Mayor Clement has also served as Vice-Chair of the Capital Regional District Board, Chair of the Capital Regional Hospital District, and Chair of the CRD Planning and Protective Services Committee.
Mayor Clement is Registered Professional Forester and Registered Professional Biologist and served as association President from 1997 to 2001. Mayor Clement is an avid golfer. Walks about 20 to 30 miles a week, and enjoys gardening and creative writing.
Service de police de la Ville de Montréal
Yvan Delorme was appointed Director, the head of the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) in March, 2005. As the second largest municipal police agency in Canada, the SPVM employs over 4200 police officers and an additional 1000 civilian employees.
Since joining the SPVM in 1983, Director Delorme has successfully commanded many aspects of the department’s jurisdiction. This included roles with the Narcotic and Controlled Drug Division, Organized Crime Division, Operational Management Office, Technical Services Division and Operations. He is highly regarded by investigators and members alike due in part to his broad policing experience.
Prior to his last promotion as the Director, he was the Assistant Director and Chief of the Service à la communauté of the city’s north end and commanded the city’s drug squad. It is his outstanding career path, his approachability and leadership that have culminated with his appointment as the 34th Director of the SPVM, one of the youngest officers to ever be appointed to this position.
Canadian Professional Management Services
Mr. Doma has worked extensively with policing organizations that have required his expertise, diplomacy, knowledge and expert counsel in such areas as strategic planning, contract negotiations, labour relations and executive coaching.
Mr. Doma has facilitated complex discussions regarding policing services and community expectations, the Police Complaints process, integration of municipal and federal services, and by order in council, has facilitated the discussion regarding the integration amongst the South Vancouver Island Police Departments.
Other policing experience includes the development of a five year strategic plan for the B.C. Association of Chiefs of Police, the integration of the Organized Crime Agency of B.C. with the RCMP and a strategic planning model for the Greater Vancouver Transportation Authority Police Service as they transitioned from a transportation to a policing organization. Mr. Doma developed and facilitated a series of leadership programs to the Canadian Association of Police Boards, the Vancouver Police Department, the Delta Police Department and the Abbotsford Police Department to name a few.
William J. Elliott
Royal Canadian Mounted Police
William J. Elliott became the 22nd Commissioner of the RCMP on July 16, 2007. Mr. Elliott was National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister from April 2005 to May 2006, when he became the Associate Deputy Minister of Public Safety.
Commissioner Elliott received a Bachelor’s degree in Common Law in 1979 and practiced law in Ottawa until joining the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada in 1988. In 1992, Mr. Elliott joined the Department of Justice and was subsequently appointed Head of Legal Services for the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs. Mr. Elliott was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in 1998.
In 2000, Mr. Elliott was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Safety and Security, at Transport Canada and in 2003 was appointed Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Security and Intelligence. In that role he supported the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister, and was Secretary of the Cabinet Committee on Security, Public Health and Emergencies.
Chief of Police
Durham Regional Police Service
Mike Ewles was appointed Chief of the Durham Regional Police Service May 30, 2007 after serving as Deputy Chief since June of 2006. As Deputy Chief Mike was responsible for Operational Support and his most recent experiences prior to Chief also include Employee Services overseeing Human Resources and Recruiting.
Chief Ewles’ career path has spanned 25 years, commencing with uniform patrol. Seven of the 25 years were in the Tactical Support Unit, 4 years of which were as a Tactical Team Leader. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1992, and spent time in the Criminal Investigations Branch and as a platoon leader. In 1997 he was promoted to Staff Sergeant in Ajax / Pickering and then became an Administrative Staff Sergeant in charge of three community offices in North Durham. In 2002, after serving as Inspector, Mike was placed in charge of the Whitby Community Police office and then assigned to lead the Intelligence Branch in 2003, during an organizational re-alignment.
Ray & Berndtson
Genevieve is a Partner of Ray & Berndtson’s growing Montréal practice. She has worked closely with key private and public sector executives by providing a variety of consulting services such as business transformation, program management, strategic planning, business architecture, change management, process re-engineering, knowledge management, information technology integration and executive recruitment.
Her impressive track record is a reflection of her ability to develop and nurture strong long-term and privileged relationships with industry leaders in helping them achieve their corporate objectives. Genevieve demonstrates a unique ability to analyze and assess personalities, behaviours, and interpersonal skills to help determine an individual’s fit with the cultural aspects of a client organization. Genevieve holds an undergraduate degree in business administration and an MBA, from the Université du Québec à Montréal.
Ontario Provincial Police
Julian Fantino was appointed Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) on October 30, 2006 and leads more than 7,000 OPP uniform and civilian members. He is responsible for policing services to diverse communities throughout the province, including front-line delivery, administrative support services and highly specialized and multi-jurisdictional investigations.
Prior to his appointment to the OPP, Julian Fantino was Commissioner of Emergency Management for the Province of Ontario, a position he held since March 1, 2005. In that capacity, he was responsible for providing leadership to all facets of the government’s emergency management programs. Prior to his appointment to Emergency Management Julian Fantino was Chief of the Toronto Police Service with over 5200 officers and more than 2000 civilian staff. In all of Commissioner Fantino’s assignments, significant change took place that is best characterized as leading-edge within the policing community.
Service de police de la Ville de Montréal
Jean-Guy Gagnon was appointed Deputy Director Operations Directorate in April 2005. He first took charge of the Administrative Directorate, and then assumed responsibility for the Operations Directorate as of June. As its head, Jean-Guy is now responsible for the four community services, the Specialized Investigations Service and the Corporate Operations Service.
Jean-Guy was promoted to Inspector in February 2001, Chief Inspector in February 2002 and Assistant Director in January 2003. As the Assistant Director of the Investigation Directorate, he organized terrorist act prevention activities within the National Anti-Terrorism Plan and took part in handling several cases dealing with organized crime, major crimes and criminal proceeds of the Bandidos gang.
In January 2004, he was appointed head of Community Service (South), a new regional organization that arose out of the Optimization of Neighborhood Police initiative, whose implementation he coordinated.
For 21 years Michel Gonsalves had an exciting career with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Posted throughout Canada, from coast to coast, he held several important positions until he retired in June of 2007. From 1996 to 2006, he was a corporal with the Integrated Proceeds of the Crime Unit. In 2004 and 2005, he was the principal investigator at the Special Court of Sierra Leone for money laundering and arms dealing.
Fascinated by the world of finance, he decided to become an Investment Executive and in July of 2006 launched his new career at ScotiaMcLeod; an internationally renowned firm.
Attentive to the specific needs of his clients, Michel favours an investment approach based on strict attention to detail especially the security aspect of investments and the protection of capital.
President and Chief Operating Officer
Deeley Harvey-Davidson Canada
As a graduate of Simon Fraser University’s Economic in Commerce Department, Malcolm brought a background of finance, accounting and business systems to the company. Malcolm is also a graduate of Queen’s University Executive Program and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Advanced Management Program.
One of Mr. Hunter’s most impressive accomplishment is through Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada earning the prestigious Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies award for twelve consecutive years (1995-2006). This award program inducted Deeley Harley-Davidson Canada into the 50 Best Platinum Club in December 2003 in recognition of this outstanding achievement.
Malcolm is a member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver, he is Vice Chair of the Vancouver Community College Foundation Board, and is the past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Canada, The Foundation for Fighting Blindness and he is the Past President and Director of the Hollyburn Country Club and Past President of the BC Safety Council.
R. Gil Kerlikowske
Chief of Police
Seattle Police Department
Chief Kerlikowske was appointed Chief of the Seattle Police Department on August 14, 2000. Prior to his appointment, he was the Deputy Director of the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) at the U.S. Department of Justice. He served as Police Commissioner in Buffalo, New York from 1994 to 1998.
Chief Kerlikowske began his law enforcement career in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1972. Chief Kerlikowske was the 1990 recipient of the Gary Hayes National Memorial Award for Innovation in Policing presented by the Police Executive Research Forum. Chief Kerlikowske has accomplished numerous achievements for the Seattle Police Department such as implementing a less lethal options program to provide officers with alternatives to lethal force when circumstances warrant; prioritizing the work of the Cold Case Squad that has received national recognition for solving many homicide cases; and emphasizing the importance of officer training and officer safety.
Richard J. Pennington
Chief of Police
Atlanta Police Department
Richard J. Pennington was appointed the 22nd Police Chief for Atlanta on July 2002. He is responsible for the overall operation of 2,300 sworn and non-sworn employees, three divisions and an annual budget of more than $165 million.
Chief Pennington has established a weekly Command Operation Briefing to Revitalize Atlanta (COBRA) to discuss crime patterns and develop strategies to eliminate problems throughout the city; has received national accreditation for the Department through CALEA in March 2005; and reorganized the Department by decentralizing all enforcement and investigative functions.
He has also implemented a new beat redesign to more evenly distribute officers’ workload; formed the Cyber Crime Task Force with the FBI to develop skills and resources for investigating computer-related crimes.
Chief Pennington has implemented a lateral entry program which recruits and trains new officers who currently have policing experience; received approval to hire 100 additional officers; and most importantly, has reduced crime in the city by 21.2%.
First Deputy Chief
Swiss Federal Criminal Police, Switzerland
Michael Perler is the First Deputy Chief of the Swiss Federal Criminal Police. He is also designated Coordinating Division Chief of the Commando Division of the Federal Office of Police of Switzerland. He assumed his current position in July of 2006.
Prior to his current post, Mr. Perler was the Coordinating Division Chief of the Division Investigations II, being in charge of National Security and Special Offences Investigations, Central Investigations, and Terrorist Financing Investigations.
Mr. Perler held the executive position of the Chief of Criminal Police from 2000 to 2006 with the Cantonal Police Force of the Canton of Fribourg. He was the Chief of the Transportation Safety Unit within the Local Police of Bern from 1996 to 2000.
Mr. Perler is a member of several working groups focusing on Drug Issues, Telephone Monitoring Working Group, the Association of Swiss Criminal Police Chiefs, and the Swiss Criminal Committee.
International Association Women Police
A Sergeant in Ontario, Dr. Amy Ramsay works in the Operational Policy & Strategic Planning Bureau of the Ontario Provincial Police.
She is founder of the Ontario Women in Law Enforcement. In 2006, Dr. Ramsay became President of the International Association of Women Police. She is only the third Canadian in the 94-year history of the IAWP to hold the presidential post - and the first in almost 30 years.
Dr. Ramsay holds PhD’s from Capella (Management), Southwest (Criminal Justice). Listed in the 7th/8th Editions of International Who’s Who of Professional Women, she has published six police-related manuals. The recipient of several international awards for leadership, she is a Visiting Scholar at North American universities, mentors graduate students, and sits on several doctoral committees. Not afraid to tackle the tough issues facing policing today, she has appeared on CBC Disclosure and CTV W5 regarding police spousal abuse and has been quoted in numerous publications.
Max-Peter Ratzel is Director of Europol, The Hague and was appointed to his position on April 16, 2005. He has had a varied and diverse career in law enforcement. From 2000-2005 Ratzel was Head of the Organized and General Crime Department at the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), Wiesbaden. During the period 1998-2000, he was Head of the Cabinet Office, Section Chief BKA Directorate.
In 1995 he was appointed Head of International Cooperation Unit, BKA (with advisory functions to the BKA Directorate) a position he held until 1998. Prior to 1995, Max-Peter Ratzel held a variety of positions including Personal Assistant to the Assistant Director, Head of Property Crime Unit, an internship in the French National Police Institute, Acting Head of the Organized Crime Unit, Deputy Head of Organized Crime Unit – Analysis, Adviser to the President and Vice-President, BKA, and various functions in the BKA at the Inspector level.
Warren J. Riley
Superintendent of Police
New Orleans Police Department
Warren J. Riley was appointed Interim Superintendent on September 27, 2005. Twenty eight days after Hurricane Katrina. He was officially sworn in as Superintendent of Police on November 24, 2005. Superintendent Riley is a 26 year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department.
Prior to his appointment as Superintendent, he served as the Deputy Superintendent or the number two position in the Department as the Chief Operations Officer. Chief Riley was the Assistant Superintendent in command of the Policy, Planning and Training Bureau. As a Captain of Police, Warren Riley commanded the 5th Police District which includes the Lower 9th Ward. This area is comprised with some of the highest crime areas and the largest concentration of low-income residents in the City of New Orleans. He was successful in reducing the homicide crime in that area by nine percent.
Head of Service
Ministry of the Interior, France
Jean-Marie SALANOVA became the Head of Service for the Ministry of the Interior, Central Directorate of Public Security, in 2006. In this assignment he is Deputy Director with responsibility for management and external relations. From 2001 to 2006, Deputy Director SALANOVA was General Secretary for the Directorate of National Police with responsibility for the national association of Chief’s of Police. A law school graduate, Jean-Marie SALANOVA has more than twenty-two years of experience with the Central Directorate of Public Security including sixteen years in the daily management of a police station. Furthermore, he has consistently assumed positions of greater responsibility within France throughout his career in law enforcement. Prior to 2001 these positions included Head of the Judicial Unit, Head of Uniform Units, and Chief of Police.
Paul James Shrive
Chief Constable (Ret'D)
Port Moody Police Department
Paul began his career in policing when he joined the Ontario Provincial Police on January 17th, 1966. He served as a general duties officer throughout Ontario until 1979 when he transferred to the Intelligence Branch and specialized in outlaw motorcycle gangs.
Upon receiving his Queen’s Commission he was assigned as the officer in charge of the OPP VIP Security Section. He accepted a special assignment in 1991 as the Director of Training at the Provincial Correctional Services Staff Development Centre in Hamilton, Ontario. Upon completion of this assignment, he was appointed as the Commanding Officer of the Ontario Provincial Police Academy. He returned to the field as the Regional Commander of the North West Region of Ontario and finished his career with the OPP as the Chief Superintendent, Regional Commander, North East region. Paul accepted the position of Chief Constable with the Port Moody Police Department in 1999. Paul is Past President of the British Columbia Association of Chiefs of Police, the B.C. Director to the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is a past member of the Board of Governors of the British Columbia Organized Crime Agency.
Darrel W. Stephens
Chief of Police
President, Major Cities Chiefs Association
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Chief Stephens was appointed Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief in September 1999, overseeing a 13 Division Department of more than 2,000 employees. Prior to this appointment, Chief Stephens served as a police chief in St. Petersburg, Florida; Executive Director of the Washington, DC based Police Executive Research Forum; Police Chief in Newport News, Virginia; and Police Chief in Largo, Florida.
In 2006 Chief Stephens was elected President of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and in 2005, he received the prestigious Police Executive Research Forum’s Leadership Award and was elected as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
He has co-authored several books and published many articles on policing issues. Under Chief Stephens leadership and by establishing problem-solving partnerships and expanding police services, the crime rate is currently one of the lowest since 1981.
He holds a BS degree in the Administration of Justice and an MS degree in Public Administration, where he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree in 2006.
James L. Vance
Lt. Col. (Ret'd)
Instructor, Adjunct Faculty, University of Virginia & University of Richmond FBI Academy
Currently an instructor of graduate studies in media relations and leadership communications at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and an adjunct faculty member of both the University of Virginia and the University of Richmond, James L. Vance’s career in public information and education spans over three decades.
Prior to assuming his current position with the FBI in November of 1992, Jim retired from the Marine Corps following over 21 years of active duty, 16 years of which were spent in both the national and international public affairs arena. He retired as head of the Media Branch at Headquarters, Marine Corps in Washington D.C., where he was the Corps’ Chief Spokesman and Media Strategist. In addition to his current responsibilities as an Academy educator, Jim travels extensively, speaking and conducting media and communications workshops and seminars at law enforcement, legal, governmental and military venues across the country and around the world.