WHAT: The Biggest and Best Gang Training Conference in History.

When is it being held? --- August 11-13, 2004

Where is it being held? --- Chicago

Why Attend? Read more inside this on-line version of the brochure.

How to Attend: A registration form is provided at the end of this lengthy file; or call or fax in a request for a registration form (TEL: 708 258-9111; FAX 708 258-9546). Or Plan B: click here just for the registration form.

The 2004 Seventh International Gang Specialist Training Conference

2004 Conference Information Site--- The Full Text On-Line Version

Last UPDATED: April 1, 2004

 

 CUBS TICKETS: Yes, We Still Have Cubs Tickets!

            Yes, currently we have plenty of tickets left for all three games! The NGCRC purchased 100 tickets for the Aug 10th game; 75 tickets for the Aug 11th game; and 50 tickets for the Aug 12th game. Two of the games are night games (Tuesday Aug 10, and Wed Aug 11) and one of the games is an afternoon game (Thurs Aug 12).

            The NGCRC is giving away these tickets to the Cubby games on a first come first served basis to those who are attending the conference: one per attendee only.

            The registration form includes a section on whether you want to attend one of the games, and if you do want to attend one of the games, then this is how you sign up to get one free ticket on a first come, first served basis.

            If you do sign up for one of the Cubs games, then you will be provided with one free ticket to the Cubs game and one free round trip transportation pass.

            During Aug 10, Aug 11, and Aug 12 the Cubs will be playing San Diego. The "Wrigley Field" experience is a unique ball park experience. You will be sitting next to other NGCRC Conference participants. 

            The night games: the night games open at 7:05pm; afternoon game opens at 1:20pm.

            Using the transportation pass provided free to you by the NGCRC, it will take you only about 20 minutes: 8 minutes walk from the hotel to the train and then about 12 minutes on the train. The train is the best way to get to Wrigley Field.

 

POLICE RIDE-A-LONG PROGRAM: Also First Come, First Served.

This is an evening activity that is open only to sworn police officers, as you must bring your own body armor and firearm. There will be 50 going out on Wednesday night 7pm-onward and 50 going out Thursday night 7pm onward. You will have to sign a waiver of liability form. You can sign up for this program on the Registration Form itself. If you have questions about this program, call Mark Rizzo (708) 431-8616.


GOT QUESTIONS: Call the NGCRC at (708) 258-9111

 

The 2003 Conference Evaluation Results:

WE WELCOME YOU TO READ SOME OF THE NARRATIVE COMMENTS FROM PERSONíS WHO ATTENDED THE 2003 NGCRC TRAINING CONFERENCE --- THESE REFLECT COMMENTS AND OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THE QUALITY OF THE NGCRC TRAINING EXPERIENCE. Click here to see the narrative comments from the 2003 Conference.

 

QUANTITATIVE EVALUATION RESULTS: Findings From the Evaluation Data Analysis from the 2003

Sixth International Gang Specialist Training Conference


The NGCRC is unique in having a strong evaluation component for its training program. This means having a thorough statistical analysis of each and every training session and providing these results back to individual trainers. This means also having a thorough statistical analysis of other "outcomes" and experiences that can be measured in a social survey that also functions as a "debriefing form" for conference participants.

About two out of three of the participants (65 percent) attending the conference indicated that they have received training at other gang seminars. Thus, about a third (35%) are somewhat new to formal gang training experiences. Among those who had attended other gang training conferences, some eighty percent (80%) indicated that they "had more choices" for session topics at the NGCRC training conference.

All of those attending the conference were asked to respond true or false to the statement "The 2003 Sixth International Gang Specialist Training Conference was, in my opinion, the best gang training event I have ever attended". Some 83.4 percent responded "true": that this was the best gang training event they have ever attended.

The survey included the question "Did you meet any new gang specialists that you may be able to network with in the future while you were at this conference?". Some 93.3 percent of those attending the conference indicated they had in fact achieved this kind of networking while attending the 2003 conference in Chicago.

Some 21.3 percent of those attending the conference reported that they had won something in one of the raffles.

About a fourth of those attending the conference (24.7%) indicated that they had gone on one of the tours that were available to conference participants.

Over half (53.7%) indicated that they had attended one of the special networking receptions available to conference participants.

On a scale between zero (0) for "not satisfied" and ten (10) for "very satisfied", participants gave a mean rating of 8.1 for their level of satisfaction with the quality of the take home training materials: a very high rating indeed.

On a scale between zero (0) for "not satisfied" and ten (10) for "very satisfied", participants gave a mean rating of 8.7 when asked to rate the staff and volunteers of the NGCRC working at the conference: "how satisfied were you with the staff and volunteers of the National Gang Crime Research Center in terms of making your experience at the training conference a quality time?".

Perhaps the best measure of training program effectiveness is the extent to which participants want to attend the next scheduled training conference. The evaluation survey also asked the participants if they would like to attend next year's 2004 Seventh International Gang Specialist Training Conference and here we find that 94.5 percent want to attend the 2004 conference as well.


The "Added Value" of NGCRC Training:

The added value of NGCRC training is easy to explain and it is designed to be different than other groups who sponsor such training conferences: you get more for your money. You see that reflected in the evaluation results from the 2003 Conference.

First, all NGCRC trainees are given a wealth of high-quality take home printed training materials. The value of these books, reflecting the proceedings and related topics of interest about gangs, is itself a value comparable to the price of training itself. Most gang training programs provide a small amount of take-home written training materials, while the NGCRC provides an abundance of high-quality written take-home training materials. All persons attending the conference receive a "bag of goodies" which includes these kinds of useful written take-home training materials.

Secondly, no other training organization in the world provides the large variety of training options that the NGCRC provides; the NGCRC brings in more trainers and provides, therefore, more "choices" to trainees. NGCRC provides a large professional training experience in an environment designed for training. For example in the 2003 Conference there were over one hundred different sessions. Typically, gang conferences offer a small selection of training options. So if you think a variety of choices is a good thing, then you need to attend our training conference.

Thirdly, the NGCRC training is designed to produce "trainers": trainees who attend and complete the training typically return to their respective jurisdictions with an incredible new arsenal of training tools to train others in the field. You will get new and useful gang information at our 2004 Training Conference.

Fourthly, the NGCRC training includes social opportunities that are structured to enhance the ability of the trainee to network with others in the field at a national and international level.

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING THE 2004 NGCRC TRAINING CONFERENCE:

You have the power to "choose" what you want to learn. You have the right to "major in" what area of specialization or concentration you are interested in. Our conference provides an incredible array of different professional gang training sessions that trainees can make up their own minds what they want to attend. This is not the "one size fits all" model of training where every trainee attends each of a small limited number of training sessions and every trainer works all day to give the same talk three or four times. Our training program provides what we think people really want: the freedom to choose what kind of training they want from an incredible list of available choices. About 100 choices! If you wanted a "Crash Course" on gangs, then this would be it.

There has never been a gang training conference where people can "specialize" in a wide variety of areas of expertise. So the 2004 NGCRC Gang Training Conference really is a "history making event". It allows persons to network with others in their special area of interests and it has the organizational strength of much diversity among the trainers. It also has curriculum materials that are truly "cutting-edge". No one else promises you NETWORKING RESULTS. We do, based on previous performance.

Obviously, no single person could ever attend each and every one of the many different sessions that will be available for the 2004 Seventh International Gang Specialist Training Program: one person has only 24 hours to spend in classroom training. There may be six different "sessions" being taught at the same time: you can only be in one place at one time. But many of our trainers have provided advance printed handout information that is "printed" up in book form: and copies of the "official proceedings" are handed out to all trainees ---- not after the conference, but at the time they arrive and get their credentials! Thus, trainees get the benefit of training materials from some sessions they would not normally have been able to attend: they get this information in the published Proceedings.

 

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPTIONS:

Trainees can register for Non-Certification or they can register for Certification. Both of these registration options are explained below.

Non-Certification: This option is for those who do not need a transcript to be maintained of their training experience and who do not desire a high quality certificate in an upward path of gang specialist training. This option is best for those who just want to attend, get the training materials, and be free to come and go as they wish. Trainees are eligible to receive 24 hours of on-site training during the conference. Please note that if you register for non-certification you do not receive any certificates of your training. Non-certification trainees do receive the same high quality set of take home training materials as those who register for Certification. Persons registering for non-certification are allowed to "upgrade" their registration to Certification; please inquire in writing about this procedure.

Certification: The certification is provided by the National Gang Crime Research Center, the premier gang research organization in the world, founded in 1990 it publishes the only professional international refereed journal about gangs (the Journal of Gang Research), it does more research on gangs than anyone else (we interview several thousand gang members a year), and it has a strong positive track record for providing high quality training on gang issues. The Journal of Gang Research has over a decade of successful publishing experience and is abstracted in the Psychological Abstracts, Criminal Justice Abstracts, Sociological Abstracts, Social Service Abstracts, and other international organizations that recognize professional journals. For more information about the accomplishments of the NGCRC, see its webpage information (www.ngcrc.com). The NGCRC was given much positive attention in the November/December 2002 (No. 67) National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) Catalog, U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs as a source of useful information on gangs (pp. 15, 17; this is not "advertising", because the NGCRC reports it recommended at our Web site were not government-funded and the NGCRC is not government funded, thus it is simply achieved positive recognition.

There are a number of different choices for a person seeking certification. You must select ONE of these areas of specialization for your own designated track when you register for certification.

When you register for certification, you select one "track" as your primary interest area. Your "track" is like your "major" in college. You must spend at least four hours in sessions designated for your "track". The other 20 hours of training are "electives": spend that time in any session you want to attend.

When you register for certification you receive two professionally printed color certificates of high display quality reflecting your training. One of these certificates reflects the completion of the 2004 Training Program; and the second certificate reflects your specialized training in your chosen track area. Those registering for non-certification do not receive such certificates.

 

CERTIFICATION UPGRADE:

This is applicable ONLY for those who have previously received certification from the NGCRC. The NGCRC provides for Certification Upgrades as explained here, free, automatically when you indicate your previous certification training with the NGCRC.

The registration form asks if you have completed prior Certification Training with the NGCRC. If you have, then you are eligible for a Certification Upgrade, so fill this out on the registration form. This Certification Upgrade procedure recognizes the cumulative nature of training over time (1997-present).

The intermediate, advanced, expert, professional, and master levels of certification therefore recognize this prior NGCRC training. The Basic Training Program is for those persons who have completed no prior certification with the NGCRC. When you register for Certification, you receive two certificates: one in your area of specialization, and one reflecting your level of Certification. The levels of certification are explained below.

If you have previously obtained Certification from the NGCRC, then you are eligible for a Certification Upgrade to one of the following options:

Intermediate Level Training Program: completed 24 hours of prior certification with NGCRC.

Advanced Level Training Program: completed 48 hours of prior certification with NGCRC.

Expert Level Training Program: completed 72 hours of prior certification with NGCRC.

Professional Level Training Program: completed 96 hours of prior certification with the NGCRC.

Master Level (First Degree) Training Program: completed 120 hours of prior certification with the NGCRC.

Master Level (Second Degree) Training Program: completed 144 hours of prior certification with the NGCRC.


Instructions for Registering By Means of a Purchase Order:

Simply complete the registration form and attach a purchase order and mail it in ASAP to: National Gang Crime Research Center, 2004 Conference Processing Center, PO Box 990, Peotone, IL 60468. We will then invoice you promptly. Registration fees must normally be paid before receiving training.

You can also fax in a copy of your Registration Form. Include whatever purchase order and billing information is necessary. We will do everything possible to expedite the process from our end. We have the staff ready and on the case in managing these and other details for the summer 2004 conference.

Fax number: (708) 258-9546

Have other questions: call (708) 258-9111. We are happy to answer any questions you have, and assist you in any way that we can.

Federal agencies are allowed to pay by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT), fax your EFT form to (708) 258-9546 along with Purchase Order and all completed registration forms.

 

CERTIFICATION OPTIONS: Those who register for certification receive two high quality certificates reflecting their training. Those who register for non-certification receive no certificate. However, those who register for non-certification are eligible to upgrade to full certification at anytime, just pay the $100 additional cost.

When registering for certification, the trainee selects one special "track" from the available list. What this means is that the trainee must spend at least four (4) hours in attending sessions designed for that specific "track"; the remaining twenty (20) hours can be used attending anything the trainee wants to attend.

SPECIAL TRAINING TRACKS: Several specialized training tracks exist for those registering for Certification. The trainee receives a second certificate for the one area of chosen concentration, reflecting an intensive 4-hour minimum training requirement that is fulfilled during regular training sessions at the conference. A trainee registering for Certification must pick ONE of the specialized training track options. Current areas for choices in the specialized training tracks include the following options:

(1) Gang Crime Investigation Skills Track

(2) Gang Homicide Investigation Skills Track

(3) Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills Track

(4) Asian Gang Issues Track

(5) Gang Profile Analysis Track

(6) Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills Track

(7) Gangs and Drugs Track

(8) Gang Prosecution Track

(9) Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence Track

(10) Gang Prevention Skills Track

(11) Gang Problems in K-12 Schools Track

(12) Faith-Based Programs for Gang Intervention Track

(13) Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs Track

(14) Gang Counseling Techniques Track

(15) Cults, Satanism and Gangs Track

(16) Hate Groups/White Racist Extremist Gangs Track

(17) Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole Track

(18) Advanced Gang Identification

(19) Gang Internet Investigation

(20) Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists

(21) Motorcycle Gangs (restricted: for Criminal Justice Personnel only)

(22) Female Gangs.Track

(23) Gang Program Gangwriting/Fundraising Skills Track

(24) Behavioral Science Threat Analysis: Gangs/Terrorism

Please note: you can change your "Track" at anytime on or before August 8th, 2003. To change your track, just fax a memo to that effect to the NGCRC Conference Registration Center: (708) 258-9546.

Cancellation, Refunds, and Replacements Policy:

As always the NGCRC will provide prompt refunds in cases where a trainee must cancel and contacts us to that effect, with sufficient advance notice, before the conference. However, because I.D.'s, credentials, and materials have already been prepared at time of the receipt of registration, and other related expenses will have already been incurred by the NGCRC on behalf of the registered trainee, a $50.00 fee will be assessed for any cancellation. If you need to cancel your registration, therefore, the NGCRC is responsible only for your registration fee refund minus the $50.00 cancellation fee. Further, there is a long-standing policy in a number of organizations providing training such as this to limit the amount of the refund: thus, if the cancellation request is received on or before June 30th, 2004, we will refund the entire registration fee minus the $50 cancellation fee; however, if the cancellation request is received after July 1st, 2004 and on or before July 31st, 2004 only 50% of the amount will be refundable; and if the the cancellation request is received after July 31st, 2004, there are no refunds allowed.

Replacements: replacements are allowed at any time. Should someone who has been registered for the conference be unable to attend, the agency may send a replacement at no extra cost. However, if you intend to do this, please notify us in writing so that the notice is received one week in advance to be able to have the proper ID Badge ready at time of registration. If you wait until the last minute, then it is still possible to send a replacement: but we would have to make their ID BADGE on-site at the Conference location. If you do want to send a replacement, kindly fax that request to (708) 258-9546 and follow-up with a phone call to (708) 258-9111.

No-Shows Non-Refundable: Those who are registered, but do not show up for the conference are not eligible for a refund.

 

REGISTRATION COSTS:

Note that the cost schedule refers to when exactly the payment is actually made for the training registration.

Registration Costs: Note the Cost Depends Upon When Payment is Actually Made.

Thus the earlier the registration is processed the cheaper the registration cost. This sliding scale provides an incentive to register early in case "slots" for the training conference fill up early.

                             

Advance Registration Period:   On or               

                                              Before                 

                                             4-30-2004

NON-CERTIFICATION:      $400

CERTIFICATION:                $450

Regular Registration Period:  5-1-2004         6-1-2004

                                              thru                   thru

                                            5-31-2004      6-30-2004

NON-CERTIFICATION:      $450                $500

CERTIFICATION:                 $500                $550

Late Registration Period:       7-1-2004:

                                              thru                   After

                                             7-31-2004        8-1-2004

NON-CERTIFICATION:      $550                $575

CERTIFICATION:                 $600                 $675

 

Multiple Registration Discount:

Any agency registering three persons, simultaneously, is eligible for a $100 discount off the total training cost. Additional discounts would apply for those agencies registering four or more persons (simultaneously) for training. An agency registering more than three persons, simultaneously, will qualify for a Group Discount Code. Call the National Gang Crime Research Center to inquire about group rates (708 258-9111). The Group Discount Code provides a sliding-scale group rate discount.

 

EXHIBITORS:

Various exhibitors are expected at the Conference, including books, materials about gangs. Equipment distributor companies will also be exhibiting various products (e.g., gang identification software, books, etc) and equipment (e.g., Constable Police Supply) at the Conference. If you know of a company that wants to exhibit at this conference, have them call (708) 258-9111 for Exhibitor Information (rates, etc).

 

PICKING UP YOUR REGISTRATION MATERIALS:

Trainees need to pick up their registration materials, these include: I.D. Badge, Evaluation Form, Conference Proceedings, and related materials distributed to trainees. You pick up your registration materials at the Training Site: the hotel, ask for the NGCRC Operations Center room, or follow conspicuously posted signage.

Trainees may pick up their registration materials during the evening of Tuesday, August 10, 2004. That is early registration. This will start at 4:00 p.m. and last until 10:00 p.m.

Trainees may also pick up their registration materials during the early morning registration period (starting at 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday August 11, 2004). That is the regular registration.

Trainees may also pick up their registration materials at any time during the training schedule by coming to the Operations Room at the Training Site. That would cover anyone arriving for late registration.

 

THE REGULAR TRAINING TIME SCHEDULE

Here is the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday training schedule (August 11-13, 2004): training sessions 8:00 am-noon, 1 hour lunch break, training sessions 1:00 pm-5:00 pm. Thus, a total of 24 training hours are logged in during the regular training schedule.

Some evening functions (after 5:00 p.m.) are also going to be scheduled. There are also "early riser" sessions: for those who want a session before 8am. There will even be "noon sessions": we are doing this to accommodate travel arrangements where persons may arrive late, or where they may have to leave the training site to attend a "Baseball Game" (e.g., we are handing out tickets to baseball games during the time frame of the conference). Some may think a baseball gathering is not a worthy function in professional training: but we disagree, all NGCRC participants will be sitting together in one section of seats purchased by the NGCRC, therefore they get an additional chance to informally network with other experts in the field. The NGCRC is pretty good at promising results on "networking", we think "networking is good".

 

THE NGCRC IS A FAMILY FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT:

The NGCRC, unlike most other conferences, is "family friendly". If you have a spouse or children who may need to visit with you during your training time period, the NGCRC has established the "family friendly policy" of providing Conference Identification Badges to family members (spouses, children, etc). This allows them to come in and have coffee/lemonade and donuts with you, etc. Thus, you are not "isolated" from your family. To receive I.D. badge credentials for your family members, just ask for "Family ID Credentials" in a fax or written letter to the NGCRC: Give their names. When you register, to pick up your own Registration Materials, you will find their "Family ID's" in your own registration kit. They will be allowed into the "secure areas" so they may contact you. These "family members" will not receive "Goody Bags" or conference materials, but they will be allowed past the security check points and will therefore be able to pass without delay or hindrance to meet with you if necessary.

 

Enhancements --- EARLY, NOON, and EVENING SESSIONS:

To accommodate those individuals who want to leave early on Friday August 13th, and still allow them to accumulate their 24 hours of training, we are this year planning to offer some early morning, lunch time, and evening sessions. The current plan is to have a few such sessions available for this purpose. This will provide at least four (4) hours of training outside of the regular training schedule, which will allow persons who need to leave at noon on Friday to do so.

Rooms are available at the Hotel at the same rate for Friday nights and Saturday as well, at the same rates, if anyone is interested in getting cheaper flights by staying an extra day or so: just ask the hotel registration personnel. You should be able to get the same rate for two days prior and two days after the 11-13 August time frame.

You basically "pick and choose" your own custom-made training schedule. You can take your pick from a number of different session choices. There are typically six or seven sessions going on at any particular time. So, you just "vote with your feet". The full schedule of courses by room numbers, and day/time slots will be posted at this website prior to the conference. You can therefore study it and more effectively use your training time prior to arrival.

 

THE TRAINING SITE: The Westin Hotel

This hotel is in a classy part of the north Loop. It is situated in the "Gold Coast" area of north Michigan Avenue (the shopping district) by Chicago's Water Tower. The "Water Tower" is Chicago's famous landmark. If you do not know where the "Water Tower" is and want a map, write or fax your request: NGCRC, PO Box 990, Peotone, IL 60468; fax (708) 258-9546. The Westin Hotel is known as a favorite hotel for sports celebrities when they stay in Chicago. It is easy to get to, conveniently located, well known, and has many amenities to offer.

 

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS:

The site where the training is occuring is the Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago hotel.

The Westin Michigan Avenue is located at 909 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611. The Telephone number for the Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel is (312) 943-7200. The toll free number is: 1 (800) WESTIN-1

Trainees will, as in past NGCRC training conferences, be able to pick up their "goody bags" the evening before training begins. Training begins 8am Wednesday morning, August 11th, 2004. However, you will be able to pick up your registration materials, your Identification Badge, the final schedule, and your "goody bag" the night before: we expect to be able to start giving out registration materials about 4pm on Tuesday, 10 August, 2004. We will be open to provide this service until about 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 10 August, 2004. Just go the the NGCRC Operations Center to pick up your materials. Signs will be prominently displayed.

The Westin hotel offers these special rates for the 2004 conference: single room $155, double room $180.

To get these special discount rates make sure you tell the registration personnel that you are there to attend the National Gang Crime Research Center training conference. This special rate is available only to the National Gang Crime Research Center conference attendees. So, when calling the Central Reservations number (1-800-westin-1) make sure you tell them that the meeting code as it is listed in their reservation computer system is "NGCRC" (simply the initials for the National Gang Crime Research Center).

A limited number of rooms two days before and two days after the conference are available at the same NGCRC conference rate.

If you experience any problems seeking to get your reservations for hotel rooms, then feel free to call the NGCRC for assistance or advice (708) 258-9111. We can usually help through out contract coordinators who work with the hotel.

 

Special Reduced Parking Rates:

Available to NGCRC By Means of the "NGCRC Parking Coupon"

            Special reduced parking rates are available to persons attending the Seventh NGCRC 2004 International Gang Specialist Training Conference. These reduced parking rates have been negotiated through one of the co-sponsors of the 2004 Conference: The Ministry Department at Loyola University. These reduced parking rates allow persons attending the conference to save money in comparison with other available parking rates. Generally, parking at a hotel is always going to cost a lot of money in Chicago, and other parking lots in the "Gold Coast Area" are also known for expensive rates.

            Here are the rates available to conference attendees with an "NGCRC Parking Coupon":

During Aug 10-13, 2004:, 0-12 hours $6, 12-24 hours $14, 24-36 hours $21, 36-48 hours $28, and 49-72 hours $42; $7 every 12 hours thereafter. 

            Please note: This coupon is valid only at the Imperial Parking Facility, located at 1000 North State Street, Chicago, Illinois. Please note: the Imperial Parking Facility has nothing to do with the hotel. Please note: the "NGCRC Parking Coupon" is available only to persons officially registered at the Conference. Please note: The $6 per day rate is valid if and only if your vehicle is parked and picked up the same day, further where the vehicle is parked before 8:00am and picked up the same day before 8:00pm. Please note: for the $14 per day rate you can park the car overnight (24 hour period), but note, if you intend to keep your vehicle at the facility overnight, you need to tell the staff at the parking lot of your intention to do this at the time you park your vehicle; please also note, you need to present your coupon at the time you park your car at the facility.

            Q: HOW DO I GET A "NGCRC PARKING COUPON"?

            A: At the time you register, or anytime after you are officially registered up to and including the end of July 2004, fax your request to the NGCRC Conference Processing Center (708) 258-9546, and the NGCRC will mail the coupon to you. There is no guarantee that we can get you a coupon after July.

            Q: IS THIS SELF-PARK AND LOCK PARKING?

            A: No, it is attendant based, a high rise parking facility, they drive your car.

 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR THRASHER AWARDS: Yes, We are still Accepting Nominations

The Thrasher Award is named in honor of Frederic Milton Thrasher, the 1927 author of the classic study of Chicago gangs, who generated the first social scientific analysis of gangs. Some say he started a new field of study: gangology.

The Thrasher Awards recognize outstanding contributions in research, scholarship, service, and accomplishments in dealing with the gang problem.

If you know someone who as achieved something outstanding in this area, then please send your nominations to: Thrasher Awards Committee, National Gang Crime Research Center, P.O. Box 990, Peotone, IL 60468.

Thrasher Awards will be made at NGCRC's 2004 Seventh International Gang Specialist Training Program for persons who have made outstanding contributions in research, scholarship, service, and other accomplishments in dealing with the gang problem. These Awards cannot be made in absentia.


EXEMPLARY GANG PREVENTION/INTERVENTION PROGRAMS

A special series of the Thrasher Award's are designed to recognize "exemplary" gang prevention/intervention programs, initiatives, and agencies in the United States and abroad. An exemplary program is one of proven effectiveness and one which can be adapted to other jurisdictions (i.e., it can be replicated). A number of such programs will be featured as "Exemplary Gang Prevention/Intervention Programs" and will have training sessions describing their accomplishments and methods over the years: they are here to share their learning experiences with you.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: If you want to nominate a program for recognition as being an exemplary program, then send your information to - Exemplary Program Recommendations, Thrasher Awards Committee, National Gang Crime Research Center, PO Box 990, Peotone, IL 60468-0990. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the National Gang Crime Research Center at (708) 258-9111.

Awards for Exemplary National Models are made on-site during the Conference in a special ceremony. A representative from the recipient program or organization must be registered with the conference. These awards cannot be made in absentia.

 

2004 Thrasher Award Recipients:

This listing will be provided approximately a month before the conference. Recipients of the 2004 Thrasher Awards will be listed at this web site as is customary.

 

DRESS CODE:

We have had a number of questions about "dress code" from persons registered to attend the conference. We can clarify this now: there is no dress code. Dress casual, it is summer time. If you want to dress more formally, that's okay too. Your laminated military-style identification badge for the conference gives you access to the building locations you need access to (and entitles you to a ten percent discount on food, no booze, at a local restaurant: the closest full service restaurant near the conference location; and another popular eatery and takeout place as well also near the hotel location).

 

THE CHRISTIAN GANG SPECIALIST RECEPTION:

This is available only to persons registered for the conference. This will be held during an "off time" in the regular conference schedule. If you answered "YES" to the question on your registration form "I am interested in networking with Christian gang specialists while at this conference", then your I.D. Badge is already coded with a special ticket code that allows you into this reception. If you answered "NO" or left the quastion blank, it was assumed you are not interested. If you fall into the latter category, the Session Attendance Simulation Survey will ask you a second time if you want to be added to the group of persons who will attend this special networking reception. This reception is headed up by Captain Kevin Sproul, Albany, Georgia. As we need to plan on how many are attending, no "walk ins" will be allowed. And as is the NGCRC tradition, of course, there are "door prizes" at this reception. Come prepared for some amazing testimony.

 

The Corrections/Law Enforcement Network Reception:

This is available only to persons who work in law enforcement/corrections agencies. How do you sign up? Through the Registration Form itself or the Session Attendance Simulation Survey. The survey will have a question about this asking if you want to attend. If you do, you are in and a ticket will be in your registration file folder when you arrive at the conference. If you do not submit the survey, obviously you forfeit the right to attend the reception. No ticket, no entrance to the event.

It is headed up by Robert Mulvaney, Lansing, Michigan..

At this year's training conference we are doing something unique. We are sponsoring a "Agency Patch Exchange" within the networking function designed for corrections and law enforcement personnel. If you are interested, please secure some of your agency's patches and bring them with you. We will have a time set aside for this at the Corrections/Law Enforcement Network function. So bring your appetite and your patches and have a great time!

And as is the NGCRC tradition, of course, there are "door prizes" at this reception.

 

The Prevention/Intervention/Counseling Network Reception:

This is available to anyone attending the conference. Just sign up for it on your registration form. This is one of the exciting features of the 2004 Conference. It will be headed up by Dr. Todd Negola. The purpose is to allow specialized networking among those persons in schools, private programs, and those in the helping professions who work directly with gang members in a prevention, intervention, or counseling capacity. Come prepared to meet other like-minded persons from a wide variety of occupational backgrounds; come prepared to make some new friends who will last a life time.

 

CODE FOR THE LAMINATED MILITARY-STYLE IDENTIFICATION BADGES USED AT THIS CONFERENCE:

Some badges have unique identifiers that will help you. Watch for these.

A RED star on the Identification Badge indicates someone on the NGCRC Security Staff; they also wear special easily identifiable uniforms.

A BLUE star on the Identification Badge indicates someone who is a trainer or presenter. These are certainly people you need to network with.

A PLATINUM star on the Identification Badge indicates a VIP Guest of the NGCRC.

A GREEN star on the Identification Badge indicates someone who works for the NGCRC: these are NGCRC staff, they can HELP YOU; ask them if you have any questions.

A GOLD star on the Identification Badge indicates someone who is receiving an Award this year at the Awards Ceremony.

 

Some Typical Questions and Answers:

Q: Can I spend more than four (4) hours in my track area?

A: Yes, of course, if your track area, for example is "Gang Crime Investigation Skills" or "Gang Prevention Skills", then you are going to find you have a heck of a lot of choices; you may be able to log in 24 hours directly in your area of concentration (e.g., your track area).


Q: We have 24 hours of training, and if 4 of those hours have to be in the courses specifically approved for the track, then what do I do for the other 20 hours?

A: The other 20 hours are electives: you can spend then anyway you want to, vote with your feet: if you are eligible to attend a session, then attend it. Remember and please note that some sessions are restricted to law enforcement. But most are not restricted. You can attend anything you want to attend.


Q: Can the NGCRC guarantee that I will be able to attend everything I want to attend?

A: No, and obviously not for the simple reason that these courses are NOT REPEATED; the courses are offered once and that is it; you have to make HARD CHOICES between 2 or 3 or more different courses, all of which are attractive --- and so, like we said before one person could never attend all of the courses we offer. We have at least six or seven courses going on at once: these are not repeating courses. If you want to attend two sessions that are going on simultaneously, then you would have to decide which you wanted most.


Q: What do I do if I am in that situation of finding my top two courses being offered at the same time?

A; Well it is possible to get credit for partial attendance at a session, you can indicate on your Conference Evaluation Form that you attended the session, but mark on it that you were there for 30 minutes or 1 hour, etc. But normally we do not run courses in the same track up against each other.


Q: What I would like to do is sample from a large number of different areas of expertise after I knock out my minimum of four hours in my track area, but how do I know which classes or courses or sessions "count" towards my track area?

A: Just look at the "Session Credits" line of information inside each session. This provides the types of tracks that the session is geared towards. If your track is listed in the Session Credits, then that course will count towards the minimum of four (4) hours you have to accumulate in your one track area. You can obviously spend a lot more than four (4) hours in some of the tracks, that is up to you.


THE PRELIMINARY PROGRAM: Over 100 different courses to choose from - even at this early date!!!

Please note that this is a preliminary listing of the confirmed sessions for the August 11-13, 2004 Conference. We usually have about N = 100 different sessions (or courses) for trainees to chose from. The preliminary program therefore lists (1) the title of the session, (2) the duration in time for the session, (3) an abstract or short description of what persons will learn in the session, and (4) a short bio about the presenter(s). The session or course description also provides a "Session Credits" type of information: this information indicates that the course counts for credit towards a particular "track area" in the 2004 Conference Curriculum.

(1) "Gangs and Extremists in the American Workplace and Military: A Current Assessment", by Dr. Michael J. Witkowski, CPP, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session Credits: Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Gang Crime Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            Gang member infiltration of American occupations now includes legitimate businesses/corporations as well as military careers. Gang life on many military installations is now common as gang members move with parents in the military from place to place helping disseminate gang culture. Some so-called super gangs (e.g., Gangster Disciples) encourage military ties for gaining access to weapons and training. This security concern with gangs in the American workplace and military is legitimate given present day terrorist linkages. According to the OJJDPO there are approximately 816,000 known gang members belonging to 30,500 street gangs in the United States.

            This segment will seek to enlighten security and law enforcement professionals on the emergent threats posed by street gangs and extremist groups who are increasingly entering mainstream occupations and the armed services.

            Bio

            Dr. Michael J. Witkowski, CPP is a nationally known security litigation expert with many years experience in handling civil litigation relating to street gangs. He has researched gang activity in a variety of venues including: public housing, casinos, fast-food restaurants, apartment complexes, concerts, shopping centers, and convenience stores. He is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and administers the Graduate Program in Security Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy. He teaches courses in Juvenile Justice and Gangs and Deviant Social Groups and is a regular presenter to the Detroit Police 80 Hour Crime Prevention School. He is also a member of the Crime Prevention Association of Michigan (CPAM), a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) through the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), serves as the ASIS Foundation Scholarship Chair for the Detroit Chapter, and is a member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). He is also a member of, or has been a presenter to, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC), the Midwest Criminal Justice Association (MCJA), and the American Society of Criminology (ASC). Dr. Witkowski has published in a variety of professional articles and journals including the Journal of Gang Research. He was named a winner of the 2001 Frederic Milton Thrasher Award by the National Gang Crime Research Center.


(2) "Profile of a Gang Murder", by Jeffrey T. Wennar, Assistant State’s Attorney, Montgomery County, MD.

            1 hour

            Session Credits: Gang Homicide Investigation Skills; Gang Prosecution; Gang Crime Investigation; Gang Profile Analysis.

            Abstract

            On December 13, 2002 a body was recovered from the C&O canal, federal park property located in Montgomery County, Maryland. An investigation into the death began immediately. The body was identified, and notification was made. The family told U.S. Park police that their daughter --- Samantha Benavides --- had been associating with certain individuals. Park police contacted Detective Word of the Gaithersburg City Police to help identify these individuals. At that time Park police learned these individuals were MS 13 gang members. The U.S. Attorney’s office for Maryland declined the case. Montgomery County police and prosecutors became responsible for the case.

            This presentation takes the students through the investigation, the transfer of responsibilities for investigation and prosecution, and the considerations that led to the resolution of the case.

            Four individuals were charged, three plead guilty to second degree murder. The decision to charge, dismiss a defendant, and accept pleas to second degree murder will be discussed.

            Thirty-six hours into the case, the police had a cooperator. A portion of the presentation will be a video of the cooperator walking police through the crime at the crime scene. This is a power point presentation, with a VHS format video portion.

            Bio

            Jeffrey T. Wennar has been practicing law since 1979. Mr. Wennar began his legal career as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Mr. Wennar joined the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office in August 2001 as the Gang Prosecutor. Mr. Wennar brings an expertise on gangs, and especially gangs in Maryland, to this position. In 1993 Governor Schaefer appointed Mr. Wennar to the Governor’s Executive Advisory Council requesting him to study gangs in Maryland. As a result of that study, the Governor was presented with “A Report on Gang Violence in Maryland”, written by Mr. Wennar and other members of the study group. Mr. Wennar is a recognized speaker on Fourth Amendment issues. He has taught at the Prince George’s County Police Academy, Montgomery County Police Academy, University of Maryland Police Academy, Maryland Municipal Police Training Academy, Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy, Fairfax County Police Academy, and Eastern Shore Criminal Justice Academy. Mr. Wennar has participated in numerous gang awareness presentations on behalf of the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions. Mr. Wennar is an Associate Professor at the University of Maryland University College and at Montgomery College. In 2003 Mr. Wennar received the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award from the National Gang Crime Research Center for superior service to the community in gang awareness. 


(3) "The Criminal Mind and the Gangster", by Todd D. Negola, Psy.D., Chief Psychologist, Federal Correctional Institution, Loretto, PA.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Behavioral Science Threat Analysis: Gangs/Terrorism; Gang Crime Investigation; Gang Prevention Skills.

            Abstract

            The Criminal Mind: is it biology, sociology, psychology, environment or choice? This presentation will dive deep into the mind of the criminal and the criminal gang member. Through an examination of the current research on the Criminal Mind or the Antisocial Personality Disorder, this presentation will examine how the criminal mind operates. This presentation will examine how law enforcement and mental health professionals can protect themselves against the con games and strategies utilized by this profile. The objective is to provide the tools to the audience to better understand how the criminal mind operates, how they view the world and how they have managed to manipulate and in a parasitic fashion, in order to best serve their own needs. Through some candid interviews and videotaped vignettes, this presentation will examine a few individuals diagnosed with the Antisocial Personality Disorder to illustrate some of the thought processes that have served these individuals in forsaking others to get their individual needs met. This course will go into great depth about psychopathy, the Anti-Social Personality Disorder, and the struggle to understand the criminal mind.

             Bio

            Dr. Todd D. Negola, Director of Forensic Psychological Research for the National Gang Crime Research Center and the Chief of Psychology Services, Federal Correctional Institution, Loretto, PA has been studying and researching gangs for over 15 years. He has conducted training for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other law enforcement as well as various Mental Health agencies. His research, Development of an Instrument for Predicting At-Risk Potential for Adolescent Street Gang Membership, has been published in the Journal of Gang Research (Vol. 5, No. 4, Summer, 1998). Aside from his current position as the Chief Psychologist, at the Federal Correctional Institution, Loretto (Federal Bureau of Prisons) he has worked at Juvenile Correctional centers and the United States Penitentiary, Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, he presents training endeavors at the local and national level and he teaches college courses on Gangs, Criminal Profiling, The Psychopathology of the Criminal Mind, and Forensic Psychology at Mount Aloysius College and previously at Penn State University. Lastly, he is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Research and Exemplary Scholarship in the Psychology of Gangs. He also serves as a Reviewing Editor for the National Gang Crime Research Center’s peer reviewed journal, the Journal of Gang Research.


(4) "Islam/Terrorism and Its Integration Into Organized Crime Groups", by Mark W. Rizzo, JD (Director, Behavioral Sciences Division, NGCRC, Chicago, IL) and Robert Mulvaney (statewide STG coordinator, Michigan Department of Corrections, Lansing, MI).

            Two (2) Hours

            Session Credits: Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Behavioral Science Threat Analysis; Gang Crime Investigation; Hate Groups.

            Abstract

            We will examine the political, economic and theological world view of Islam. Domestic terrorism working with organized street gangs. The ‘psychology and belief systems’ of Middle Eastern extremists and their integration into both America’s crime culture and prison system. Cicero 53 BC “The most formidable enemy is not the one outside the gate, but the one who walks among us.....”

            Bios

            Mark Rizzo is Director, Behavioral Sciences Unit of the National Gang Crime Research Center. He is the Midwest Director of the International Association of Ethics Trainers. He is a former Deputy Sheriff in both Philadelphia and Chicago and is the past Administrative Aid for Cook County Sheriff Chicago, IL. He is an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice and Behavioral Sciences at 4 universities, instructs at various Police training institutions and the FBI academy. He has earned a M.S. in criminal justice and a Jurist Doctorate. He is a certified trainer with the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. He is a reviewing editor of the Journal of Gang Research.

            Robert Mulvaney, M.P.A., is currently the State Security Threat Group Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Corrections. He has worked minimum, medium and maximum security custody facilities as a corrections officer/unit supervisor and in the community as a parole officer. He is a member of the National Major Gang Task Force, Chairperson of the Mid-Michigan Gang Task Force, member of the West Michigan Gang Task Force and has been an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice field at the community college/university level. Some of his work has been published in the Journal of Gang Research and Corrections Alert. He is
a widely recognized national gang expert and trainer.

(5) "The Spanish Cobra’s: A Gang Profile Analysis", by Fred Moreno, Investigator, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Chicago, IL.

       One (1) hour

         Session Credits: Gang Profile Analysis; Gang Crime Investigation.

            Abstract

            This one hour session shall present a profile of the Spanish Cobra’s, a criminal street gang. Historical information as to how, when, and where this street gang came to be in existence shall be covered along with trends shown by this entity. Individuals documented within the hierarchy structure of this criminal organization shall be identified along with past incidents and current activity of this criminal organization.

            Bio

            Fred Moreno is currently an Investigator with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Gang Investigation Section, retired from the Chicago Police Department with about 25 years of service as a Gang Specialist, Tactical Officer, Field Training Officer and Beat Officer, retired from U.S. Military, having served more than 20 years with the Air Force Reserves and 3 years with the U.S. Army which included two tours in Viet Nam.


(6) "Impacting Gang Kids With a Christian-Based Message and Program, YES, it works! Here’s How", by Gordon McLean, Director, Juvenile Justice Ministry of Metro Chicago Youth For Christ, Chicago, IL.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session Credits: Faith-Based Programs for Gang Intervention; Gang Prevention Skills.

            Note: This course will be taught on Aug 11 or Aug 12 only.

            Abstract

            More than just an hour in a chapel service, troubled kids are being turned around by the impact of a positive Gospel message - especially with a strong follow-up program. What works, and what doesn’t work with these kids. Young former street gang members tell their own story in person in this session. Among the follow-up tools: A United Nations meeting of young rivals (do this very carefully!), and an Aspire Center offering GED classes, job preparation and basic computer skills.

            Bio

            Gordon McLean, now in his 53rd year in community youth ministry with troubled teens, directs the Juvenile Justice Ministry of Metro Chicago Youth for Christ, Inc. He has written 18 books, hosted many radio programs, been featured on TV and has spoken at many seminars across the U.S. and Canada. But he’s most at home with young gang kids and has a unique perspective on their world — he’ll tell you trends he’s seeing daily on the streets. Most important, he’ll talk about how to reach them and turn their life around.


(7) "How to Talk to Kids to Prevent Gang Involvement", by Michael Coghlan, Deputy Chief, Kane County State's Attorney's Office.

            1 hour

            Session Credits: Gang Counseling Techniques; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools.

            Abstract

            There is a "special" language you can use to prevent gang involvement and other problems such as drug abuse. These communications skills are endorsed by world-renowned experts on parent-child communication Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish, the authors of How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk. The presenter is a Certified Gang Crimes Specialist and author of the material presented at this course.

            Bio

            Mike Coghlan is a police trainer for North East Multi Regional Training, past State's Attorney of DeKalb County and currently the deputy chief of the criminal and civil divisions of the Kane County State's Attorney's Office, author of How to Prevent Drug Abuse and Gang Crime in Your Home, School and Community and author of eleven other books. He is a widely recognized national gang expert and lecturer/trainer on gang topics.


(8) "What Lies, Beneath the Rock? Hate! The systematic approach to poisoning our youth", by DeLano Gilkey, Director, National Youth Violence Consultants, Kissimmee, FL.

Three (3) Hours

            Session Credits: Hate Groups/White Racist Extremist Gangs; Gang Crime Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

              Did you know that 75% of the assailants in the multiple school shooting incidents in previous years was associated with a hate group or occultic group? For the last ten years while we have been expending a lot of our energy combating street gangs (as we should), another gang has been growing at an astounding rate under our nose and beneath a rock. This workshop will examine how the National Alliance and other hate groups are recruiting members at a younger age to carry out their agenda, the inevitable consequences and what this means for the safety of our schools and communities.

            Bio

            DeLano is the Director of the National Youth Violence Consultants (NYVC). He is also a Corporal at the Osceola County Juvenile Detention Center in Kissimmee, Florida. DeLano was the Director of Prevention Services/Safe Schools/Truancy for the Rock Island County Regional Office Of Education in Illinois, until resigning in July 2002 to become the director of the NYVC. He has over ten years experience in Gang/Drug violence prevention and intervention, and twelve years experience in occult/satanism intervention. A member of the Midwest Gang Investigators Association and the past secretary of the Iowa/Illinois Bi-State Gang Intelligence Association. DeLano also held the position of Vice President of the Illinois School Resource Officers Association. A Nationally recognized speaker, DeLano was recently awarded the National Gang Crime Research Center’s highest honor, given out once a year, the “Frederick Milton Thrasher Award” for “Superior Trainer and Educator in 2002”, “Superior Leadership and Service” in 2000 and in 1998 received the Thrasher award for “Exemplary Accomplishments in Making Our Schools Safe from the Threat of Gang Violence”. DeLano is considered one of the region’s most well rounded authorities, on the subject of rural and suburban gangs and youth violence and working with at-risk youth. An ex-Marine and Firefighter has played a part in him becoming a valuable resource within the home, community, schools, police departments, courts and youth detention centers. He has presented to thousands of youth, educators and law enforcement throughout the United States. DeLano is also a court expert witness, and a school safety and security consultant. Several community agencies and mental health institutions solicit his services for training and to conduct assessments that focus on determining client’s level of involvement with youth violence, gangs or the occult.


(9) "Bad Girls, Bad Girls, Watcha Gonna Do (Part 1)?", by DeLano Gilkey, Director, National Youth Violence Consultants, Kissimmee, FL.

Three (3) Hours

            Session Credits: Female Gangs.

            Abstract

            Are girls a problem? Utilizing role-plays, during this high energy, interactive presentation, the participants will examine violence prone at-risk girls. Their past present and future role involvement in the different types of gangs or cliques. How to identify the characteristics and potential of violence of these girls, and how cultural differences can determine how you communicate with them instituting intervention techniques.

Bio

            DeLano is the Director of the National Youth Violence Consultants (NYVC). He is also a Corporal at the Osceola County Juvenile Detention Center in Kissimmee, Florida. DeLano was the Director of Prevention Services/Safe Schools/Truancy for the Rock Island County Regional Office Of Education in Illinois, until resigning in July 2002 to become the director of the NYVC. He has over ten years experience in Gang/Drug violence prevention and intervention, and twelve years experience in occult/satanism intervention. A member of the Midwest Gang Investigators Association and the past secretary of the Iowa/Illinois Bi-State Gang Intelligence Association. DeLano also held the position of Vice President of the Illinois School Resource Officers Association. A Nationally recognized speaker, DeLano was recently awarded the National Gang Crime Research Center’s highest honor, given out once a year, the “Frederick Milton Thrasher Award” for “Superior Trainer and Educator in 2002”, “Superior Leadership and Service” in 2000 and in 1998 received the Thrasher award for “Exemplary Accomplishments in Making Our Schools Safe from the Threat of Gang Violence”. DeLano is considered one of the region’s most well rounded authorities, on the subject of rural and suburban gangs and youth violence and working with at-risk youth. An ex-Marine and Firefighter has played a part in him becoming a valuable resource within the home, community, schools, police departments, courts and youth detention centers. He has presented to thousands of youth, educators and law enforcement throughout the United States. DeLano is also a court expert witness, and a school safety and security consultant. Several community agencies and mental health institutions solicit his services for training and to conduct assessments that focus on determining client’s level of involvement with youth violence, gangs or the occult.

 

(10) "Minding your Business: Avoiding Legal Liability for Gang Conduct on Your Property", by Dr. Michael J. Witkowski, CPP, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session Credits: Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang Prevention Skills.

            Abstract

            This segment of training will explore the impact of gang activity on business owners who fail to recognize or welcome gang activity on their premises. The migration of gangs to suburban and rural American schools and communities has caught some businesses unaware of the potential litigation resulting from gang related crime. A number of the presenter’s actual case histories as a premises security expert will be highlighted to help illustrate the negative premises liability outcomes of gang behavior in a variety of settings such as housing, fast food restaurants, bowling alleys, nightclubs, casinos, and schools. Observations on future trends and conclusions will be shared. Community policing officers seeking inroads to communicate the dangers of gang incursion on private/public properties will find this session most informative.

            Bio

            Dr. Michael J. Witkowski, CPP is a nationally known security litigation expert with many years experience in handling civil litigation relating to street gangs. He has researched gang activity in a variety of venues including: public housing, casinos, fast-food restaurants, apartment complexes, concerts, shopping centers, and convenience stores. He is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and administers the Graduate Program in Security Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy. He teaches courses in Juvenile Justice and Gangs and Deviant Social Groups and is a regular presenter to the Detroit Police 80 Hour Crime Prevention School. He is also a member of the Crime Prevention Association of Michigan (CPAM), a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) through the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), serves as the ASIS Foundation Scholarship Chair for the Detroit Chapter, and is a member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). He is also a member of, or has been a presenter to, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC), the Midwest Criminal Justice Association (MCJA), and the American Society of Criminology (ASC). Dr. Witkowski has published in a variety of professional articles and journals including the Journal of Gang Research. He was named a winner of the 2001 Frederic Milton Thrasher Award by the National Gang Crime Research Center.

 

(11) "Bad Girls, Bad Girls: Sexual Violence, Prostitution, and Exploitation (Part 2)", by DeLano Gilkey, Director, National Youth Violence Consultants, Kissimmee, FL.

Three (3) Hours

            Session Credits: Female Gangs.

            Abstract

              This session will examine the disturbing role that females are now being subjected into to support the gang/drug subculture. The central focus of the analysis is the scope and extent of sexual violence and exploitation. Actual cases will be investigated in review to show the rising participation of girls and women which are being victimized and used to promote and finance today’s gang.

Bio

            DeLano is the Director of the National Youth Violence Consultants (NYVC). He is also a Corporal at the Osceola County Juvenile Detention Center in Kissimmee, Florida. DeLano was the Director of Prevention Services/Safe Schools/Truancy for the Rock Island County Regional Office Of Education in Illinois, until resigning in July 2002 to become the director of the NYVC. He has over te n years experience in Gang/Drug violence prevention and intervention, and twelve years experience in occult/satanism intervention. A member of the Midwest Gang Investigators Association and the past secretary of the Iowa/Illinois Bi-State Gang Intelligence Association. DeLano also held the position of Vice President of the Illinois School Resource Officers Association. A Nationally recognized speaker, DeLano was recently awarded the National Gang Crime Research Center’s highest honor, given out once a year, the “Frederick Milton Thrasher Award” for “Superior Trainer and Educator in 2002”, “Superior Leadership and Service” in 2000 and in 1998 received the Thrasher award for “Exemplary Accomplishments in Making Our Schools Safe from the Threat of Gang Violence”. DeLano is considered one of the region’s most well rounded authorities, on the subject of rural and suburban gangs and youth violence and working with at-risk youth. An ex-Marine and Firefighter has played a part in him becoming a valuable resource within the home, community, schools, police departments, courts and youth detention centers. He has presented to thousands of youth, educators and law enforcement throughout the United States. DeLano is also a court expert witness, and a school safety and security consultant. Several community agencies and mental health institutions solicit his services for training and to conduct assessments that focus on determining client’s level of involvement with youth violence, gangs or the occult.


(12) "Illinois Prison Gangs", by Josef Wehlauch, Staff Development Specialist, Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), Springfield, IL.

            Four (4) Hours

            Session Credits: Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence.

            Abstract

            This presentation will cover the various issues of security threat groups within the Illinois Department of Corrections. The numerous topics to be covered will include the histories of the various security threat groups, the Department’s definitions, as well as the current trends that are occurring within the Department of Corrections. The topics of security threat groups will discuss the major gangs that are identified, their histories, symbols, graffiti, and hand signs. There will also be discussion on the Department of Correction’s policies that have affected the way security threat groups have operated within the Department of Corrections within the last 6 years, and the policies that were created to affect those changes. This will be a powerpoint presentation that will include numerous graphics.

            Bio

            Mr. Wehlauch started with the Illinois Department of Corrections in November 1989 and worked at the Pontiac Correctional Center, a Maximum Security Institution, as a Correctional Officer. Volunteered as a member of the Tactical Team, S.E.R.T., WRIT Team and as a Training Officer. He was promoted to the position of Staff Development Specialist in April 2000. His various duties involve the training of Cadets and In-Service personnel. Mr. Wehlauch’s areas of training involve Hostage Negotiations I, II, III and IV, Chemical Agent Coordinator, Firearms, Security Threat Groups, and Critical Incidents. Mr. Wehlauch was Honorably Discharged from the U.S. Army after approximately 10 years and was stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC. He also earned numerous awards while in the service, to include Combat Infantry Badge, Jumpmaster, SCUBA, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and numerous certificates of training. He also earned a BS in Criminal Justice, and currently finishing up his masters.


(13) "Covert Operations: Using Confidential Informants to Make Mass Arrests of Gang Members", by Michael P. Coghlan, Deputy Chief of Criminal/Civil Divisions, Kane County State's Attorney's Office.

            1 hour

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Prosecution.

            Abstract

            This course, taught by a Certified Gang Crimes Specialist and prosecutor, will take you through the steps of the investigation and arrest of 25 gang members. Topics include: (1) keeping the investigation a secret, (2) media involvement in the covert operation, and (3) grand jury videotaping of the confidential informant.

            Bio

            Mike Coghlan is a police trainer for North East Multi Regional Training, past State's Attorney of DeKalb County and currently the deputy chief of the criminal and civil divisions of the Kane County State's Attorney's Office, author of How to Prevent Drug Abuse and Gang Crime in Your Home, School and Community and author of eleven other books. He is a widely recognized national gang expert and lecturer/trainer on gang topics.


(14) "School Tools to Prevent Gang Problems", by Michael P. Coghlan, Deputy Chief, Kane County State's Attorney's Office.

            1 hour

            Session Credits: Gang Problems in K-12 Schools.

            Abstract

            Study the importance of the wording of your school policy. See the benefits of well-chosen words in your form letters notifying parents of a student's gang involvement. These sample policies were written by an attorney and Certified Gang Crimes Specialist. These school tools provide a balance between safety and protection from civil liability for the school teacher, counselor, school officer, school administrator and school board members.

            Bio

            Mike Coghlan is a police trainer for North East Multi Regional Training, past State's Attorney of DeKalb County and currently the deputy chief of the criminal and civil divisions of the Kane County State's Attorney's Office, author of How to Prevent Drug Abuse and Gang Crime in Your Home, School and Community and author of eleven other books. He is a widely recognized national gang expert and lecturer/trainer on gang topics.


(15) "Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs", by Josef Wehlauch, Staff Development Specialist, Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC), Springfield, IL.

            Two (2) Hours

            Session Credits: Motorcycle Gangs; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence.

            Note: Restricted to Criminal Justice personnel.

            Abstract

            This presentation will discuss various issues of Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs within the Illinois Department of Corrections. The various topics to be covered will include the histories of the various OMC’s within the Department, as well as the current trends that are occurring within the Department of Corrections. The topics to be discussed will include the various OMC’s that are found within the system, where the OMC’s are operating within the state, and the alignments within the Department. The program will also make mention of the various Duck Clubs and their various emblems. This will be a powerpoint presentation that will include numerous graphics, that will include the numerous types of tattoos associated with the various OMC’s, and a short description of their constitutions.

            Bio

            Mr. Wehlauch started with the Illinois Department of Corrections in November 1989 and worked at the Pontiac Correctional Center, a Maximum Security Institution, as a Correctional Officer. Volunteered as a member of the Tactical Team, S.E.R.T., WRIT Team and as a Training Officer. He was promoted to the position of Staff Development Specialist in April 2000. His various duties involve the training of Cadets and In-Service personnel. Mr. Wehlauch’s areas of training involve Hostage Negotiations I, II, III and IV, Chemical Agent Coordinator, Firearms, Security Threat Groups, and Critical Incidents. Mr. Wehlauch was Honorably Discharged from the U.S. Army after approximately 10 years and was stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC. He also earned numerous awards while in the service, to include Combat Infantry Badge, Jumpmaster, SCUBA, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and numerous certificates of training. He also earned a BS in Criminal Justice, and currently finishing up his masters.


(16) "How to Qualify to Testify as a Gang Expert Witness", by Michael Coghlan, Deputy Chief, Kane County State's Attorney's Office.

            1 hour

            Session Credits: All tracks.

            Abstract

            Learn how to qualify as an expert witness in court. Testify to your expert opinion on issues of motive, hierarchy, gang rivalries and other relevant matters. Increase the amount and quality of evidence in gang cases. This class is taught by an attorney and prosecutor with 20 years of experience in court.

            Bio

            Mike Coghlan is a police trainer for North East Multi Regional Training, past State's Attorney of DeKalb County and currently the deputy chief of the criminal and civil divisions of the Kane County State's Attorney's Office, author of How to Prevent Drug Abuse and Gang Crime in Your Home, School and Community and author of eleven other books. He is a widely recognized national gang expert and lecturer/trainer on gang topics.


(17) "Violent Criminal Profiling", by Mark W. Rizzo JD (Director, Behavioral Sciences Division, NGCRC, Chicago, IL) and Robert Mulvaney (statewide STG coordinator, Michigan Department of Corrections, Lansing, MI).

            Three (3) Hours

            Session Credits: Gang Profile Analysis; Behavioral Science Threat Analysis: Gangs/Terrorism; Gang Crime Investigation.

            Abstract

            Profiling is developed and skills are honed through intensive studies of individual serial killers, child molestation, child abduction cases, and with numerous interviews with the perpetrators of these crimes themselves. It is not fortune telling, it is an extremely educated application of what took place. Why did it happen this way? Who could have committed this crime for these reasons? Once you have answered these questions you will have the perpetrators profile. The instructors of this workshop have personally interviewed hundreds of offenders convicted of these types of crimes. They have worked collectively in this field for over 40 years. This workshop will cover violent offender profiling, pedophillia, serial killers, and victimology.

            Bios

            Mark Rizzo is Director, Behavioral Sciences Unit of the National Gang Crime Research Center. He is the Midwest Director of the International Association of Ethics Trainers. He is a former Deputy Sheriff in both Philadelphia and Chicago and is the past Administrative Aid for Cook County Sheriff Chicago, IL. He is an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice and Behavioral Sciences at 4 universities, instructs at various Police training institutions and the FBI academy. He has earned a M.S. in criminal justice and a Jurist Doctorate. He is a certified trainer with the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. He is a reviewing editor of the Journal of Gang Research.

            Robert Mulvaney, M.P.A., is currently the State Security Threat Group Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Corrections. He has worked minimum, medium and maximum security custody facilities as a corrections officer/unit supervisor and in the community as a parole officer. He is a member of the National Major Gang Task Force, Chairperson of the Mid-Michigan Gang Task Force, member of the West Michigan Gang Task Force and has been an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice field at the community college/university level. Some of his work has been published in the Journal of Gang Research and Corrections Alert. He is a widely recognized national gang expert and trainer.

(18) "Getting the Community Involved — Telling the Story of Your Gang Prevention/Intervention Program", by Gordon McLean, Director, Juvenile Justice Ministry of Metro Chicago Youth For Christ, Chicago, IL.

            One (1) hour

            Note: This course will be taught on August 11 or August 12 only.

            Session Credits: Faith-based Programs for Gang Intervention; Program Grantwriting/Fundraising Skills.

            Abstract

            Effective public relations can help enlist community understanding, interest, cooperation and support for your gang prevention/intervention program, whether you are involved in law enforcement or a private agency. How to make the best contact and use of service clubs, the media, parent and church groups to get the word out to best impact your area is the emphasis of this practical session.

            Bio

            Gordon McLean, now in his 53rd year in community work with troubled teens, directs the Juvenile Justice Ministry of Metro Chicago Youth for Christ, Inc. He is a senior active member of the world’s first service club, Chicago Rotary Club #1, written 18 books, hosted many radio programs, been featured on TV and has spoken to many organizations and seminars across the U.S. and Canada.


(19) "Advanced Issues: Hostage Negotiations and Profiling Hostage Takers (aka SUICIDE BY COP)", by Mark W. Rizzo JD, Director, Behavioral Sciences Division, NGCRC, Chicago, IL.

            Three (3) hours

            Session credits: Behavioral Science Threat Analysis: Gangs/Terrorism; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Gang Crime Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            What kind of people take hostages? We will study the abnormal psychology profile and personality disorders of hostage takers. Included in this workshop are elements of hostage negotiations needed to successfully negotiate in these situations, rules of communication, barricaded suspects, tactical role of the negotiator as well as victim/suspect precipitated death: aka Suicide by Cop.

            Bio

            Mark Rizzo is Director, Behavioral Sciences Unit of the National Gang Crime Research Center. He is the Midwest Director of the International Association of Ethics Trainers. He is a former Deputy Sheriff in both Philadelphia and Chicago and is the past Administrative Aid for Cook County Sheriff Chicago, IL. He is an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice and Behavioral Sciences at 4 universities, instructs at various Police training institutions and the FBI academy. He has earned a M.S. in criminal justice and a Jurist Doctorate. He is a certified trainer with the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. He is a reviewing editor of the Journal of Gang Research.


(20) "Investigating International Human Rights Violations: Monitoring and Combating Trafficking in Persons", by Mark W. Rizzo, JD, Director, Behavioral Sciences Division, NGCRC, Chicago, IL.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Behavioral Science Threat Analysis: Gangs/Terrorism; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills.

            Abstract

            Over the past year at least 700,000 and possibly as many as four million men, women and children worldwide were bought, sold, transported, and held against their will in slave-like conditions. It may possibly be the third most lucrative trade next to drugs and weapons sales in the world today. Many organized crime groups, as well as street drug gangs, profit from trafficking in persons as they engage in the sale of women and children for the sake of prostitution, street beggars, and drug jockeys.

            Bio

            Mark Rizzo is Director, Behavioral Sciences Unit of the National Gang Crime Research Center. He is the Midwest Director of the International Association of Ethics Trainers. He is a former Deputy Sheriff in both Philadelphia and Chicago and is the past Administrative Aid for Cook County Sheriff Chicago, IL. He is an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice and Behavioral Sciences at 4 universities, instructs at various Police training institutions and the FBI academy. He has earned a M.S. in criminal justice and a Jurist Doctorate. He is a certified trainer with the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. He is a reviewing editor of the Journal of Gang Research.


(21) "Drug/Gang Awareness Exercise for School Personnel", by Michael Coghlan, Deputy Chief, Kane County State's Attorney's Office.

            1 hour

            Session Credits: Gangs and Drugs; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang Prevention Skills.

            Abstract

            Take a 30 question survey to test your level of awareness on gang/drug prevention. Do you focus on solutions rather than the problem? How can you use the healthy norms approach to prevent drug/gang problems? Each of the 30 self-survey questions will be used to look at a different angle on prevention of gang problems in school.

            Bio

            Mike Coghlan is a police trainer for North East Multi Regional Training, past State's Attorney of DeKalb County and currently the deputy chief of the criminal and civil divisions of the Kane County State's Attorney's Office, author of How to Prevent Drug Abuse and Gang Crime in Your Home, School and Community and author of eleven other books. He is a widely recognized national gang expert and lecturer/trainer on gang topics.


(22) "Introduction to Organized Gang Crime Groups", by Mark W. Rizzo, JD (Director, Behavioral Sciences Division, NGCRC, Chicago, IL) and Robert Mulvaney (statewide STG coordinator, Michigan Department of Corrections, Lansing, MI).

            Three (3) Hours

            Session Credits: Advanced Gang Identification; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence.

            Abstract

            We will examine gang identifiers (profile), names, factions, graffiti, membership issues, gang activities, gang signs, generational issues, gangs in corrections (STG’s). How the line is maintained from prison to street, how gang members differ from other inmates, and the issues of security threat profiles and gang migration. This class is a must for all working and serving at an FTO level as well as educators, social service workers and administrators including those in field of psychology and social services.

            Bios

            Mark Rizzo is Director, Behavioral Sciences Unit of the National Gang Crime Research Center. He is the Midwest Director of the International Association of Ethics Trainers. He is a former Deputy Sheriff in both Philadelphia and Chicago and is the past Administrative Aid for Cook County Sheriff Chicago, IL. He is an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice and Behavioral Sciences at 4 universities, instructs at various Police training institutions and the FBI academy. He has earned a M.S. in criminal justice and a Jurist Doctorate. He is a certified trainer with the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. He is a reviewing editor of the Journal of Gang Research.

            Robert Mulvaney, M.P.A., is currently the State Security Threat Group Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Corrections. He has worked minimum, medium and maximum security custody facilities as a corrections officer/unit supervisor and in the community as a parole officer. He is a member of the National Major Gang Task Force, Chairperson of the Mid-Michigan Gang Task Force, member of the West Michigan Gang Task Force and has been an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice field at the community college/university level. Some of his work has been published in the Journal of Gang Research and Corrections Alert. He is a widely recognized national gang expert and trainer.

(23) "Homicide Investigation for Police Administrators", by Michael Coghlan, Deputy Chief, Kane County State's Attorney's Office.

            1 hour

            Session Credits: Gang Homicide Investigation; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists.

            Abstract

            Solving the gang murder is a matter of administration more than talented police work. This course will show you how to organize the investigation to solve the case. From media releases to informant interviews this course will show you, hour by hour, officer by officer, how to organize the investigation to solve the case.

            Bio

            Mike Coghlan is a police trainer for North East Multi Regional Training, past State's Attorney of DeKalb County and currently the deputy chief of the criminal and civil divisions of the Kane County State's Attorney's Office, author of How to Prevent Drug Abuse and Gang Crime in Your Home, School and Community and author of eleven other books. He is a widely recognized national gang expert and lecturer/trainer on gang topics.


(24) "New Age Club Drugs and Gangs", by Mark W. Rizzo, JD (Director, Behavioral Sciences Division, NGCRC, Chicago, IL) and Robert Mulvaney (statewide STG coordinator, Michigan Department of Corrections, Lansing, MI).

            Two (2) Hours

            Session Credits: Gangs and Drugs; Gang Crime Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            Have you heard the expression “club drugs”? If you don’t know what is going on in this area, it is a must attend lecture! What are Raves? Why are they called rape drugs (Rohypnol)? What is Ecstasy, GHB, Ketamine, Methamphetamine, Nitrous Oxide? The lastest findings on Ecstacy and brain damage!

            Bios

            Mark Rizzo is Director, Behavioral Sciences Unit of the National Gang Crime Research Center. He is the Midwest Director of the International Association of Ethics Trainers. He is a former Deputy Sheriff in both Philadelphia and Chicago and is the past Administrative Aid for Cook County Sheriff Chicago, IL. He is an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice and Behavioral Sciences at 4 universities, instructs at various Police training institutions and the FBI academy. He has earned a M.S. in criminal justice and a Jurist Doctorate. He is a certified trainer with the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. He is a reviewing editor of the Journal of Gang Research.

            Robert Mulvaney, M.P.A., is currently the State Security Threat Group Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Corrections. He has worked minimum, medium and maximum security custody facilities as a corrections officer/unit supervisor and in the community as a parole officer. He is a member of the National Major Gang Task Force, Chairperson of the Mid-Michigan Gang Task Force, member of the West Michigan Gang Task Force and has been an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice field at the community college/university level. Some of his work has been published in the Journal of Gang Research and Corrections Alert. He is a widely recognized national gang expert and trainer.

(25) "Nigerian Street Gangs and 419 Advance Fee Scams", by Dr. Michael J. Witkowski, CPP, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session Credits: Gang Profile Analysis; Gang Internet Investigation; Gang Crime Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            The African nation of Nigeria is well known for civil unrest and ethnic fighting. It has been ranked as the world’s most corrupt nation several times. After establishing democracy in 1999, Nigeria witnessed soaring levels of street crime, frequent protests due to fuel shortages and police strikes. In the midst of this chaos a group of merchants, in an attempt to eradicate crime, formed a vigilante gang called the “Bakassi Boys”. The Bakassi Boys have many gang and cult-like practices. They frequently use brutal methods to stem street crime and often summarily execute offenders. The Bakassi Boys have increasingly been given citizen sanction for their activities. Much like the American “super-gangs”, they seek to legitimize themselves in the eyes of the citizenry. This session, focusing on an emergent African gang, will explore their growth and highlight the political and social unrest that has allowed them to flourish. Some politicians have endorsed the Bakassi Boys and may be using them as mercenary armies to maintain power through terroristic tactics.

            Bio

            Dr. Michael J. Witkowski, CPP is a nationally known security litigation expert with many years experience in handling civil litigation relating to street gangs. He has researched gang activity in a variety of venues including: public housing, casinos, fast-food restaurants, apartment complexes, concerts, shopping centers, and convenience stores. He is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and administers the Graduate Program in Security Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy. He teaches courses in Juvenile Justice and Gangs and Deviant Social Groups and is a regular presenter to the Detroit Police 80 Hour Crime Prevention School. He is also a member of the Crime Prevention Association of Michigan (CPAM), a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) through the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), serves as the ASIS Foundation Scholarship Chair for the Detroit Chapter, and is a member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). He is also a member of, or has been a presenter to, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC), the Midwest Criminal Justice Association (MCJA), and the American Society of Criminology (ASC). Dr. Witkowski has published in a variety of professional articles and journals including the Journal of Gang Research. He was named a winner of the 2001 Frederic Milton Thrasher Award by the National Gang Crime Research Center.


(26) "Probation/Parole: Gang-Specific Conditions to Prevent Further Gang Involvement", by Michael P. Coghlan, Deputy Chief of Criminal/Civil Divisions, Kane County State's Attorney's Office.

            1 hour

            Session Credits: Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole.

            Abstract

            See the 10 conditions of probation/parole that help gang members get out of the gang. This presentation includes (1) parental input to the conditions of probation, (2) defining terms like "drug" and "gang" in the conditions of probation/parole, and (3) a written reminder that witness intimidation is a crime.

            Bio

            Mike Coghlan is a police trainer for North East Multi Regional Training, past State's Attorney of DeKalb County and currently the deputy chief of the criminal and civil divisions of the Kane County State's Attorney's Office, author of How to Prevent Drug Abuse and Gang Crime in Your Home, School and Community and author of eleven other books. He is a widely recognized national gang expert and lecturer/trainer on gang topics.


(27) "Prison Gang Identification", by Todd D. Negola, Psy.D., Chief Psychologist, Federal Correctional Institution, Loretto, PA.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Advanced Gang Identification; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence.

            Abstract

            "Those who control the prisons, control the streets". Prison gangs remain a serious threat to safety and security in terms of their operations and activities inside correctional facilities as well as through their connections and counterparts on the streets. This presentation will provide a visual tour of prison/street gang tattoos, group photographs, and confiscated materials will provide key intelligence to law enforcement, teachers, researchers and correctional staff. This presentation will provide a basic introduction to prison gang identification and gang activity in prison, including a brief investigation of the criminal personality and profile. The materials include photos from San Quentin prison, juvenile corrections, and a collection of prison gang tattoos used by white supremacists, Hispanic, African-American and native-American’s. It is intended that the participant will have a basic understanding of prisons gangs and their activity in prison by focusing on the major prison gangs influencing our correctional institutions in America today.

            Bio

            Dr. Todd D. Negola, Director of Forensic Psychological Research for the National Gang Crime Research Center and the Chief of Psychology Services, Federal Correctional Institution, Loretto, PA has been studying and researching gangs for over 15 years. He has conducted training for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other law enforcement as well as various Mental Health agencies. His research, Development of an Instrument for Predicting At-Risk Potential for Adolescent Street Gang Membership, has been published in the Journal of Gang Research (Vol. 5, No. 4, Summer, 1998). Aside from his current position as the Chief Psychologist, at the Federal Correctional Institution, Loretto (Federal Bureau of Prisons) he has worked at Juvenile Correctional centers and the United States Penitentiary, Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, he presents training endeavors at the local and national level and he teaches college courses on Gangs, Criminal Profiling, The Psychopathology of the Criminal Mind, and Forensic Psychology at Mount Aloysius College and previously at Penn State University. Lastly, he is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Research and Exemplary Scholarship in the Psychology of Gangs. He also serves as a Reviewing Editor for the National Gang Crime Research Center’s peer reviewed journal, the Journal of Gang Research.


(28) "The Sociological Impact of the Media on Today’s Youth: Implications for gang counseling", by DeLano Gilkey, Director, National Youth Violence Consultants, Kissimmee, FL.

Three (3) Hours

            Session Credits: Gang Counseling Skills; Gang Crime Investigation; Gang Prevention Skills.

            Abstract

              This workshop examines the media and the role it plays in the elevated level of aggression and sexual promiscuity in today’s youth. In examining the impact that today’s movies, music, and video games are having in shaping the psyche’s of our youth, it is no surprise we are encountering tremendously higher levels of violence and sexual aggression at a younger age and larger number in our youth that has ever been seen before. This interactive workshop will explore the norms of 30 years ago and compare them with today. An in depth look at the lyrics of popular music and what it means. The question of how things have changed, to what extent and where are we headed will come to light. Getting a handle on understanding hidden agenda’s of the media world will assist the participants with intervention techniques.

            Bio

            DeLano is the Director of the National Youth Violence Consultants (NYVC). He is also a Corporal at the Osceola County Juvenile Detention Center in Kissimmee, Florida. DeLano was the Director of Prevention Services/Safe Schools/Truancy for the Rock Island County Regional Office Of Education in Illinois, until resigning in July 2002 to become the director of the NYVC. He has over ten years experience in Gang/Drug violence prevention and intervention, and twelve years experience in occult/satanism intervention. A member of the Midwest Gang Investigators Association and the past secretary of the Iowa/Illinois Bi-State Gang Intelligence Association. DeLano also held the position of Vice President of the Illinois School Resource Officers Association. A Nationally recognized speaker, DeLano was recently awarded the National Gang Crime Research Center’s highest honor, given out once a year, the “Frederick Milton Thrasher Award” for “Superior Trainer and Educator in 2002”, “Superior Leadership and Service” in 2000 and in 1998 received the Thrasher award for “Exemplary Accomplishments in Making Our Schools Safe from the Threat of Gang Violence”. DeLano is considered one of the region’s most well rounded authorities, on the subject of rural and suburban gangs and youth violence and working with at-risk youth. An ex-Marine and Firefighter has played a part in him becoming a valuable resource within the home, community, schools, police departments, courts and youth detention centers. He has presented to thousands of youth, educators and law enforcement throughout the United States. DeLano is also a court expert witness, and a school safety and security consultant. Several community agencies and mental health institutions solicit his services for training and to conduct assessments that focus on determining client’s level of involvement with youth violence, gangs or the occult.


(29) "The Gang Prevention/Intervention Reception: Current Perspectives from Gang Workers in the Field", by Todd D. Negola, Psy.D., Chief Psychologist, Federal Correctional Institution, Loretto, PA.

            One (1) Hour

            Session Credits: Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Counseling Skills; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Faith-based Programs for Gang Intervention.

            Abstract

            Can elementary school education be enhanced to “vaccinate” children, preventing them from joining a gang? Does psychotherapy stop a gang member from active participation? Does locking him up and leaving him incarcerated deter further criminal activity? This presentation is intended to be a provocative, useful, and entertaining contribution towards developing a collective body of shared knowledge on gang prevention and gang intervention ideas. The purpose is to encourage persons attending the conference to share ideas, best practices, and new trends in the field. Psychologists, educators, sociologists, law enforcement officers, drug and substance abuse counselors, youth outreach workers, teachers, administrators, and all others attending the 2004 conference are invited to attend this “special reception” for those interested in gang prevention and gang intervention.

            New this year: “tools and strategies swap meet” — bring about 150 copies of your “program ideas”, or share your program highlights with others; share your “tools to conquer gang problems” with others; attendance will be limited to the first N = 150 who “sign up” for this by means of the registration form. Bring your “program highlights” for distribution; go back home with a “tool chest” of gang prevention/intervention ideas. This is a great opportunity to move beyond networking, and to expand into “collaboration” and get recognition nationally.

            Bio

            Dr. Todd D. Negola, Director of Forensic Psychological Research for the National Gang Crime Research Center and the Chief of Psychology Services, Federal Correctional Institution, Loretto, PA has been studying and researching gangs for over 15 years. He has conducted training for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other law enforcement as well as various Mental Health agencies. His research, Development of an Instrument for Predicting At-Risk Potential for Adolescent Street Gang Membership, has been published in the Journal of Gang Research (Vol. 5, No. 4, Summer, 1998). Aside from his current position as the Chief Psychologist, at the Federal Correctional Institution, Loretto (Federal Bureau of Prisons) he has worked at Juvenile Correctional centers and the United States Penitentiary, Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, he presents training endeavors at the local and national level and he teaches college courses on Gangs, Criminal Profiling, The Psychopathology of the Criminal Mind, and Forensic Psychology at Mount Aloysius College and previously at Penn State University. Lastly, he is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Research and Exemplary Scholarship in the Psychology of Gangs. He also serves as a Reviewing Editor for the National Gang Crime Research Center’s peer reviewed journal, the Journal of Gang Research.


(30) "The Psychopathology of Stalkers", by Todd D. Negola, Psy.D., Chief Psychologist, Federal Correctional Institution, Loretto, PA; and Alysia Handel, M.A.

            One (1) Hour

            Session Credits: Behavioral Science Threat Analysis: Gangs/Terrorism; Gang Profile Analysis; Gang Crime Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            "Stalkers are like naughty third graders. They don’t care what kind of attention they get, as long as it's attention."

            "Stalking behavior" a term used to exemplify that notion that stalking is a set of many behaviors (e.g., telephone harrassment, sending unwanted gifts, pursuing, or surveillance, Internet/cyberstalking). Stalking is about domination. It is one or more persons continually making efforts to control another person’s life and thoughts by paying unwanted and unsolicited attention. The focus on stalking as a set of behaviors helps to demystify the phenomenon which offers a degree of understanding and control for the observer. This presentation will detail issues related to the predatory nature of gangs and gang members in their pursuit of sexual relationships, control, and recruitment efforts. Participants will be grounded in our current understanding of this behavior and the toll it takes on gang members and the communities in which they reside.

            Bios

            Dr. Todd D. Negola, Director of Forensic Psychological Research for the National Gang Crime Research Center and the Chief of Psychology Services, Federal Correctional Institution, Loretto, PA has been studying and researching gangs for over 15 years. He has conducted training for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other law enforcement as well as various Mental Health agencies. His research, Development of an Instrument for Predicting At-Risk Potential for Adolescent Street Gang Membership, has been published in the Journal of Gang Research (Vol. 5, No. 4, Summer, 1998). Aside from his current position as the Chief Psychologist, at the Federal Correctional Institution, Loretto (Federal Bureau of Prisons) he has worked at Juvenile Correctional centers and the United States Penitentiary, Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, he presents training endeavors at the local and national level and he teaches college courses on Gangs, Criminal Profiling, The Psychopathology of the Criminal Mind, and Forensic Psychology at Mount Aloysius College and previously at Penn State University. Lastly, he is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Research and Exemplary Scholarship in the Psychology of Gangs. He also serves as a Reviewing Editor for the National Gang Crime Research Center’s peer reviewed journal, the Journal of Gang Research.

            Ms. Alysia Handel, M.A., is currently a doctoral candidate enrolled at the American School of Professional Psychology, Washington, D.C. She has completed work and research with many criminal justice agencies and has been involved in research projects exploring the perceptions and awareness of gang interventionists (research in progress). Additionally, she has assisted in many presentations on gangs and the criminal mind and continues to be of research assistance to the National Gang Crime Research Center in many ways. Ms Handel offers both her Psychological expertise and research as well as her understanding and experience working with law enforcement agencies.


(31) "Communication Tips for Teachers to Prevent Gang Conflict", by Michael Coghlan, Deputy Chief, Kane County State's Attorney's Office.

            1 hour

            Session Credits: Gang Counseling Techniques; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang Prevention Skills.

            Abstract

            Teachers and school counselors have a unique opportunity to prevent gang conflict with communication tips. The material is based on the best selling book How to Talk So Kids Can Learn, by Faber and Mazlish. She the effective alternative to words of fear, threats and punishment.

            Bio

            Mike Coghlan is a police trainer for North East Multi Regional Training, past State's Attorney of DeKalb County and currently the deputy chief of the criminal and civil divisions of the Kane County State's Attorney's Office, author of How to Prevent Drug Abuse and Gang Crime in Your Home, School and Community and author of eleven other books. He is a widely recognized national gang expert and lecturer/trainer on gang topics.


(32) "We Don’t Have Gangs --- Just WANNABE’S", by DeLano Gilkey, Director, National Youth Violence Consultants, Kissimmee, FL.

Three (3) Hours

            Session Credits: Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools.

            Abstract

              In this interactive presentation the different types of violent prone youth groups will be identified. The participants will learn why they should be concerned and the correlation between these groups and the rising amount of multiple school shootings and plots. They will also learn how to identify the characteristics of the individuals involved in anti-social groups. Not only how to identify them, but more importantly, what do you do once they have been identified. Communication and monitoring techniques, assessing your schools security level, school safety awareness, concealed drugs and weapons awareness.

            Bio

            DeLano is the Director of the National Youth Violence Consultants (NYVC). He is also a Corporal at the Osceola County Juvenile Detention Center in Kissimmee, Florida. DeLano was the Director of Prevention Services/Safe Schools/Truancy for the Rock Island County Regional Office Of Education in Illinois, until resigning in July 2002 to become the director of the NYVC. He has over ten years experience in Gang/Drug violence prevention and intervention, and twelve years experience in occult/satanism intervention. A member of the Midwest Gang Investigators Association and the past secretary of the Iowa/Illinois Bi-State Gang Intelligence Association. DeLano also held the position of Vice President of the Illinois School Resource Officers Association. A Nationally recognized speaker, DeLano was recently awarded the National Gang Crime Research Center’s highest honor, given out once a year, the “Frederick Milton Thrasher Award” for “Superior Trainer and Educator in 2002”, “Superior Leadership and Service” in 2000 and in 1998 received the Thrasher award for “Exemplary Accomplishments in Making Our Schools Safe from the Threat of Gang Violence”. DeLano is considered one of the region’s most well rounded authorities, on the subject of rural and suburban gangs and youth violence and working with at-risk youth. An ex-Marine and Firefighter has played a part in him becoming a valuable resource within the home, community, schools, police departments, courts and youth detention centers. He has presented to thousands of youth, educators and law enforcement throughout the United States. DeLano is also a court expert witness, and a school safety and security consultant. Several community agencies and mental health institutions solicit his services for training and to conduct assessments that focus on determining client’s level of involvement with youth violence, gangs or the occult.


(33) "Personal Safety and the Psychopath", by Todd D. Negola, Psy.D., Chief Psychologist, Federal Correctional Institution, Loretto, PA; and Mark W. Rizzo, JD, Director, Behavioral Sciences Division, NGCRC, Chicago, IL.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Behavioral Science Threat Analysis: Gangs/Terrorism; Gang Prevention Skills; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Gang Counseling Techniques.

            Abstract

            The critical ability of assessing one’s personal safety should be at the forefront of your mind when dealing with gang members, criminal populations, court referred cases and in your every waking endeavor. At no time, should one take for granted his/her own personal safety. From a seemingly innocent contact with a stranger, the stranded motorist to a law enforcement officer or a routine patrol stop, we need to quickly and responsively understand a great deal about a person with only limited information, to ensure our safety is not jeopardized.

            The understanding of the concepts associated with the Psychopath have clear and definitive research support and by understanding these concepts — all persons — whether they are law enforcement, educators, court personnel, probation/parole officers or mental health professionals – can remain more safe and free from the predatory attacks so common with the most deviant criminally minded. This presentation aims to explore the concepts associated with the most sophisticated of the criminal spectrum - the Psychopath - and provide an understanding about how a few simple questions and some good judgement, an ensure that we all go home safely at the end of our shifts or tours or duty. Participants will be provided with both personal safety tactics and an understanding about the criminal mind in a manner that should illustrate that keen awareness of these concepts can offer them greater protection.

            Bios

            Dr. Todd D. Negola, Director of Forensic Psychological Research for the National Gang Crime Research Center and the Chief of Psychology Services, Federal Correctional Institution, Loretto, PA has been studying and researching gangs for over 15 years. He has conducted training for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other law enforcement as well as various Mental Health agencies. His research, Development of an Instrument for Predicting At-Risk Potential for Adolescent Street Gang Membership, has been published in the Journal of Gang Research (Vol. 5, No. 4, Summer, 1998). Aside from his current position as the Chief Psychologist, at the Federal Correctional Institution, Loretto (Federal Bureau of Prisons) he has worked at Juvenile Correctional centers and the United States Penitentiary, Atlanta, Georgia. Additionally, he presents training endeavors at the local and national level and he teaches college courses on Gangs, Criminal Profiling, The Psychopathology of the Criminal Mind, and Forensic Psychology at Mount Aloysius College and previously at Penn State University. Lastly, he is a recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award for Superior Research and Exemplary Scholarship in the Psychology of Gangs. He also serves as a Reviewing Editor for the National Gang Crime Research Center’s peer reviewed journal, the Journal of Gang Research.

            Mark Rizzo is Director, Behavioral Sciences Unit of the National Gang Crime Research Center. He is the Midwest Director of the International Association of Ethics Trainers. He is a former Deputy Sheriff in both Philadelphia and Chicago and is the past Administrative Aid for Cook County Sheriff Chicago, IL. He is an adjunct professor in Criminal Justice and Behavioral Sciences at 4 universities, instructs at various Police training institutions and the FBI academy. He has earned a M.S. in criminal justice and a Jurist Doctorate. He is a certified trainer with the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association. He is a reviewing editor of the Journal of Gang Research.


(34) "Analyze this! Based on Effective Interpersonal Communication (EIC)", by Joelle H. Fisher, Senior Intelligence Analyst Trainer, National Drug Intelligence Center, Johnstown, PA.

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: Gang Counseling Techniques; Behavioral Science Threat Analysis: Gangs/Terrorism; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists.

            Abstract

            Being able to achieve effective interpersonal communication (EIC) on a daily ongoing basis is one of the most essential skills we bring to our jobs today. In many ways, therefore, the greater the EIC the greater the personal safety. EIC is necessary both personally and professionally, and this course gives you a way to increase your EIC. This course gives students the tools they need to improve EIC by paying attention to the many kinds of non-verbal messages also being transmitted in the context of interaction with offenders and suspects.

            Bio

            Joelle H. Fisher is a Senior Intelligence Analyst Trainer for ManTech Telecommunications and Information Systems Corporation at the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She has over 14 years of experience in military and Law Enforcement intelligence. As an Electronic Warfare Intelligence Interceptor/Morse Receptor with the U.S. Army, Ms. Fisher distinguished herself not only in an operational capacity, as an author and co-author of numerous training materials, but also as a trainer. She developed new training requirements and classes that were beneficial to all intelligence specialties.

            Ms. Fisher is an accomplished lecturer, speaker and instructor and is in heavy demand nationwide for her informative and dynamic training courses. While working at NDIC, Ms. Fisher has been instructing intelligence, collection and analysis classes for the last three years. Ms. Fisher has developed, instructed and facilitated classes for federal, state and local law enforcement officers and intelligence/investigative analysts. She is a highly coveted instructor and facilitator for: Statement Analysis, Intelligence Databases, Effective Briefing Techniques, Multiagency Courses, and Case Information Management / RAID. Ms. Fisher also worked closely with FinCEN and DEA on two major money laundering cases involving over $100 million of money and cocaine, and has used her skills in Statement Analysis to assist various other law enforcement entities.

 

(35) "Statement Analysis", by Joelle H. Fisher, Senior Intelligence Analyst Trainer, National Drug Intelligence Center, Johnstown, PA.

            Four (4) hours

            Session Credits: Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills; Gang Crime Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            Statement analysis is the first step towards producing intelligence or investigating a crime. This class is an intense half-day introduction to a communication and analytical tool used by law enforcement to evaluate the credibility of information. It combines effective communication and critical thinking skills.

            What you will learn: How words have power and meaning; How to identify sensitive, deceptive and missing information; How to recognize if the words came from memory; The four principles of statement analysis; and the evasive verbal responses and techniques used by deceptive subjects.

            Who should attend? Agents - Know the meaning behind the word. Officers - Learn the verbal cues of danger. Detectives - Improve your confidence to detect deception. Analysts - Increase critical thinking and listening skills. Prosecutors - Improve questioning and listening techniques, identify weaknesses in your witnesses’ testimony. This class can help save time, save effort, save lives, and solve crimes.

            We look at two building blocks upon which Statement Analysis is built: 1. General Universal Concepts, 2. General Honest Communication. We teach four key principles in statement analysis: 1) One Brick Principle, 2) Miller’s Law, 3) Baseline Principle, and 4) Grammar Principle.

            Bio

            Joelle H. Fisher is a Senior Intelligence Analyst Trainer for ManTech Telecommunications and Information Systems Corporation at the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC) in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She has over 14 years of experience in military and Law Enforcement intelligence. As an Electronic Warfare Intelligence Interceptor/Morse Receptor with the U.S. Army, Ms. Fisher distinguished herself not only in an operational capacity, as an author and co-author of numerous training materials, but also as a trainer. She developed new training requirements and classes that were beneficial to all intelligence specialties.

            Ms. Fisher is an accomplished lecturer, speaker and instructor and is in heavy demand nationwide for her informative and dynamic training courses. While working at NDIC, Ms. Fisher has been instructing intelligence, collection and analysis classes for the last three years. Ms. Fisher has developed, instructed and facilitated classes for federal, state and local law enforcement officers and intelligence/investigative analysts. She is a highly coveted instructor and facilitator for: Statement Analysis, Intelligence Databases, Effective Briefing Techniques, Multiagency Courses, and Case Information Management / RAID. Ms. Fisher also worked closely with FinCEN and DEA on two major money laundering cases involving over $100 million of money and cocaine, and has used her skills in Statement Analysis to assist various other law enforcement entities.

 

(36) "Unlawful Contact With a Streetgang Member: Putting Teeth into Gang No Contact Orders", by Paul Marchese, DuPage County State's Attorney's Office, Wheaton, IL.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session Credits: Gang Prosecution; Gang Crime Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            The Unlawful Contact with a Streetgang Member statute is an effective tool in the streetgang intervention arsenal. This class will focus on: how the statue works, investigation techniques, prosecution techniques, getting agencies in your jurisdiction involved in a cooperative effort to enforce gang no contact orders.

            Bio

            TBA


(37) "The Five Percent Nation of Islam - An Update on the Gods", by G.V. Corbiscello, Senior Investigator, Monmouth County (NJ) Sheriff's Office.

            Note: This is a session restricted to law enforcement, corrections, prosecutors, and probation/parole, court officers (e.g., only criminal justice system personnel) and NGCRC staff.

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: Gang Profile Analysis; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Cults.

            Abstract

            This group, which some call a religion, and some call a culture, is considered by many to be the greatest threat to the fabric of the societies in which it operates. While not every member of the organization is criminal in intent, enough are to make the group such a threat. The intent of this session is to give a short overview of what the 5%ers are, for those attendees who have no experience with the group, and an update as to what this organization has been doing and planning, for the attendees who already have some knowledge about the Nation of Gods and Earths, as they are sometimes known.

            Bio

            G.V. Corbiscello, a Senior Investigator with the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, has been the Officer in Charge of that agency's Gang Intelligence Unit since 1995. He is a member of the Executive Board of the East Coast Gang Investigator's Association, with the position of Corresponding Secretary, and having previously held the position of 2nd Vice President, and President of the New Jersey Chapter of that association. The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has also recognized Sr. Inv. Corbiscello as an expert witness regarding the Five Percent Nation of Islam. He is an author, most recently having the book "Ritualistic Crime & its Investigation", published by FirstBooks,Library, as well as several articles and brochures concerning gangs and threat groups.


(38) "Afro-Caribbean Religions and Gangs", by G.V. Corbiscello, Senior Investigator, Monmouth County (NJ) Sheriff's Office.

            Three (3) hours

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Cults;

            Abstract

            When Africans were brought to the New World as slaves, they brought their ancestral religions with them. Over the centuries, these religions, which were made secret because of the threat of punishment held over the heads of the slaves if they practiced their own religions, have mutated and evolved to some degree because of the facts of life faced by these people made slaves. Eventually making the trip to the shores of the United States, these religions are practiced by millions of honest people, still often in secret. Many of the traditions and rituals have been adopted by street and prison gangs, such as the habit of some of the gangs wearing colored beads to represent positions. This block of instruction will examine the basis for several different religions, and how they have been used by both law abiding citizens in their daily life, and how they have been used by criminals for their own, nefarious, needs and desires.

            Bio

            G.V. Corbiscello, a Senior Investigator with the Monmouth County Sheriff's Office, has been the Officer in Charge of that agency's Gang Intelligence Unit since 1995. He is a member of the Executive Board of the East Coast Gang Investigator's Association, with the position of Corresponding Secretary, and having previously held the position of 2nd Vice President, and President of the New Jersey Chapter of that association. The Superior Court of Pennsylvania has also recognized Sr. Inv. Corbiscello as an expert witness regarding the Five Percent Nation of Islam. He is an author, most recently having the book "Ritualistic Crime & its Investigation", published by FirstBooks,Library, as well as several articles and brochures concerning gangs and threat groups.


(39) "Identity Theft and Street Gangs", by Dr. Michael J. Witkowski, CPP, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation.

            Abstract

            Identity theft is a lucrative and growing global criminal phenomena. Street gangs have recognized the potential for profit in reselling of stolen information. For example, the Latin Kings have previously been identified as a source of high quality document fraud. Identity theft takes many forms ranging from pick-pocketing of wallets to electronic data mining of internet based information. The Identity Theft Resource Center puts the number of victims at 700,000 in the year 2001 alone. Meth-labs and international drug traffickers have also been linked to identity theft. This session will provide information on the forms of identity theft and how gangs play a growing role in the theft of and reproduction of counterfeit documents.

            Bio

            Dr. Michael J. Witkowski, CPP is a nationally known security litigation expert with many years experience in handling civil litigation relating to street gangs. He has researched gang activity in a variety of venues including: public housing, casinos, fast-food restaurants, apartment complexes, concerts, shopping centers, and convenience stores. He is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice and administers the Graduate Program in Security Administration at the University of Detroit Mercy. He teaches courses in Juvenile Justice and Gangs and Deviant Social Groups and is a regular presenter to the Detroit Police 80 Hour Crime Prevention School. He is also a member of the Crime Prevention Association of Michigan (CPAM), a Certified Protection Professional (CPP) through the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), serves as the ASIS Foundation Scholarship Chair for the Detroit Chapter, and is a member of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD). He is also a member of, or has been a presenter to, the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS), the National Gang Crime Research Center (NGCRC), the Midwest Criminal Justice Association (MCJA), and the American Society of Criminology (ASC). Dr. Witkowski has published in a variety of professional articles and journals including the Journal of Gang Research. He was named a winner of the 2001 Frederic Milton Thrasher Award by the National Gang Crime Research Center.


(40) "Using Paper Crimes Investigations to Prosecute Gangsters and Terrorists", by Detective Douglas Garrison, Moline Police Department, Moline, IL.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Prosecution; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills.

            Abstract

            In this session you will learn about several common scams used to generate money for the purchase and distribution of controlled substances. You will also gain knowledge necessary to successfully prosecute these suspects and – more importantly – develop high quality informants/sources. If you have not realized it, drug addicts need money to purchase drugs. Drug addicts will do anything to get money to purchase. This deep desire to acquire drugs is the creator of some of the most ingenious scams. This quick and easy way to acquire money has not gone unnoticed by the top dealers and suppliers of narcotics. Some of these dealers are the scam operators in order to get their customers money to purchase their products. If police miss this part of the drug industry, they will miss the greatest opportunity to prosecute the larger scale dealers. Who are the large scale dealers? Gangs and gangsters.

            Bio

            Detective Garrison is a twelve year veteran of the Moline Police Department, an Illinois city of 40,000 that is part of the Quad City Area populated by 350,000. Detective Garrison has been investigating “paper crimes” for over six of those years. He now works on a Federal Gang Task Force in Quad Cities.


(41) "Working With Gangs on School Campuses", by Sgt. Jaime Sanchez, Gang Unit for the Clark County School District Police Department in Las Vegas, NV.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang Prevention Skills.

            Abstract

            This class will advise on how to identify gangs on campus. Read the graffiti, interpret it and determine whether it is written by Hispanic gangs, Black gangs, etc, or by a tagging crew. Interview techniques will be explained on how to get the most information. How to deter graffiti on campus and methods used to document, track, and identify gangs/taggers on campus. Intervention before apprehension will be addressed (referrals to agencies that can assist the troubled youths to get out of the gang lifestyle). Information will be discussed on how to get schools to buy into a program that will assist them in the identification and referral process to identify gangs/taggers on campus. Information on how to conduct the operation of identifying the gangs/taggers will also be discussed. Information will be given on educating the educators about gangs in the schools. The importance of networking with school principals, deans, parents, teachers, and other agencies will be emphasized.

            Bio

            Sgt. Jaime Sanchez works for the Clark County School District Police Department in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has been a police officer for twenty-one years, a Sergeant for the past ten years. He was put in charge of the Gang Unit in 1989 following a gang shooting on campus in which one boy was killed. Officer Sanchez at that time started documenting, photographing, tracking gangs and gang members on campuses of the schools. He formulated and established the “Gang Advisory Team” (G.A.T.). Sgt. Sanchez has established programs and networked with other agencies to assist troubled youth and at-risk kids to get out of the gang life style. He is a certified instructor for the Police Department, a Range Master, Gang Unit Sergeant, member of NGIA (Nevada Gang Investigators Association). He has taught gang classes at the Post Academy, (Peace Officers Standards and Training Police Academy), and other local law enforcement agencies as well as security officers at several of the major strip hotels in Las Vegas.


(42) "On-line Resources for Gang Investigators and Researchers", by Ken Davis, SRO, Yonkers, NY.

            1 hour

            Session Credits: Gang Internet Investigation; Gang Crime Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            Learn what web-sites are on the Internet to enhance your criminal investigations or research projects. Learn about the growing “presence” of electronic gang activity on the Internet. Learn about little known on-line resources for gang investigators.

            Bio

            Ken Davis is an eighteen-year veteran police officer with the Yonkers Police Department. From 1999-2000, he was involved with graffiti and street gang offenders from two perspectives. The first perspective begins with the start of Yonkers Community Action Program’s Off the Wall. This community-based graffiti art program gives participants the opportunity to produce legalized murals (pieces) on designated walls throughout the city of Yonkers, NY. The second perspective includes his involvement with the Yonkers Police Department’s Graffiti/Street Gang Unit. This unit implemented graffiti identification and analysis skills into their department’s services; and has been credited with numerous graffiti vandalism arrests and street gang investigations. During his involvement, he has participated in several gang information-sharing conferences by MAGLOCEN (Middle Atlantic Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network), New Jersey State Police Street Gang Unit, Westchester County’s District Attorney’s Office and Corrections, African American Men of Westchester, and the Theodore D. Young Community Center, the Lincoln Park Community Center Inc and the Milwaukee Police Safety Academy. Today, he is a School Resource Officer (SRO) at Saunders High School, in Yonkers, NY; and at times, he conducts an in-service course (Adolescents and the Groups to Which They Belong) for teachers and counselors at the Special Education Training Resource Center (SETRC) and Richard Gazzola Teacher Center (RGTC) within the Yonkers Public Schools. Some of his requests and feedback can be observed on the following list-servers: Gang-Info, Midwest Gang Investigators Association, Occult and Gang Investigators Network, and the No-Graf Network; and in August of 2001, he received the Frederic M. Thrasher Award.


(43) "Gang Awareness for High and Middle School Environments", by Ken Davis, SRO, Yonkers, NY.

            1 hour

            Session Credits: Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang Prevention Skills.

            Abstract

            This course is designed to assist you in customizing your gang awareness presentation for various audiences. We will brainstorm regarding what gang awareness concepts are suitable for certain audiences and what visual aids to use. This training for trainers is very useful for those gang experts operating in school, group-home and community based environments. Come learn and share your thoughts.

            Bio

            Ken Davis is an eighteen-year veteran police officer with the Yonkers Police Department. From 1999-2000, he was involved with graffiti and street gang offenders from two perspectives. The first perspective begins with the start of Yonkers Community Action Program’s Off the Wall. This community-based graffiti art program gives participants the opportunity to produce legalized murals (pieces) on designated walls throughout the city of Yonkers, NY. The second perspective includes his involvement with the Yonkers Police Department’s Graffiti/Street Gang Unit. This unit implemented graffiti identification and analysis skills into their department’s services; and has been credited with numerous graffiti vandalism arrests and street gang investigations. During his involvement, he has participated in several gang information-sharing conferences by MAGLOCEN (Middle Atlantic Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network), New Jersey State Police Street Gang Unit, Westchester County’s District Attorney’s Office and Corrections, African American Men of Westchester, and the Theodore D. Young Community Center, the Lincoln Park Community Center Inc and the Milwaukee Police Safety Academy. Today, he is a School Resource Officer (SRO) at Saunders High School, in Yonkers, NY; and at times, he conducts an in-service course (Adolescents and the Groups to Which They Belong) for teachers and counselors at the Special Education Training Resource Center (SETRC) and Richard Gazzola Teacher Center (RGTC) within the Yonkers Public Schools. Some of his requests and feedback can be observed on the following list-servers: Gang-Info, Midwest Gang Investigators Association, Occult and Gang Investigators Network, and the No-Graf Network; and in August of 2001, he received the Frederic M. Thrasher Award.


(44) "Graffiti and Its Vandalism Characteristics ‘n’ the Burbs", by Ken Davis, SRO, Yonkers, NY.

            2 hours

            Session Credits: Advanced Gang Identification; Gang Crime Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            This course is the summary of the city of Yonkers’ efforts in reducing graffiti vandalism and street gangs within its city’s limits, from 1990-2000. The first segment of this course will introduce the types of graffiti vandalism observed on surfaces throughout a municipality. The audience will examine Hip-Hop Graffiti, its various subgroups and the types of graffiti formats that they generate. Then the second segment will give you an opportunity to test your newly developed graffiti identification and analysis skills. This course is very informative and useful to sworn and non-sworn law personnel working in apprehension, prosecution, intervention, prevention and information management workplaces.

            Bio

            Ken Davis is an eighteen-year veteran police officer with the Yonkers Police Department. From 1999-2000, he was involved with graffiti and street gang offenders from two perspectives. The first perspective begins with the start of Yonkers Community Action Program’s Off the Wall. This community-based graffiti art program gives participants the opportunity to produce legalized murals (pieces) on designated walls throughout the city of Yonkers, NY. The second perspective includes his involvement with the Yonkers Police Department’s Graffiti/Street Gang Unit. This unit implemented graffiti identification and analysis skills into their department’s services; and has been credited with numerous graffiti vandalism arrests and street gang investigations. During his involvement, he has participated in several gang information-sharing conferences by MAGLOCEN (Middle Atlantic Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network), New Jersey State Police Street Gang Unit, Westchester County’s District Attorney’s Office and Corrections, African American Men of Westchester, and the Theodore D. Young Community Center, the Lincoln Park Community Center Inc and the Milwaukee Police Safety Academy. Today, he is a School Resource Officer (SRO) at Saunders High School, in Yonkers, NY; and at times, he conducts an in-service course (Adolescents and the Groups to Which They Belong) for teachers and counselors at the Special Education Training Resource Center (SETRC) and Richard Gazzola Teacher Center (RGTC) within the Yonkers Public Schools. Some of his requests and feedback can be observed on the following list-servers: Gang-Info, Midwest Gang Investigators Association, Occult and Gang Investigators Network, and the No-Graf Network; and in August of 2001, he received the Frederic M. Thrasher Award.


(45) "Officer Survival in the Current Law Enforcement Environment", by Frank Petrone, President, Gang Prevention, Inc., Chicago, IL.

            Seven (7) hours.

            Note: this session is being held only on 13 AUGUST only.

            Note: This session is restricted to official criminal justice personnel: law enforcement officers, probation and parole officers, and correctional officers, SRO’s, NGCRC staff, etc.

            Session Credits: Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs.

            Abstract

            Topics include but are not limited to: range and firearms safety issues, lead contamination and decontamination, sighting in techniques for the handgun, balancing speed and accuracy, prone positional shooting, kneeling positional shooting, use of barricades, 90/180 degree turning, care/carry/use of reloading devices, malfunctions vs. stoppages, stress fire reloading, tactical vs. emergency reloading, single hand shooting, single hand and two handed unloading/loading/charging/malfunction clearance techniques for the semiautomatic pistol, body armor defeat drills, multiple target engagement, shooting as a team incorporating positions, shooting while moving, the Tueller concept, the mechanics of incapacitation, common denominators of law enforcement shooting, coping with stress, physical fitness, equipment considerations for duty rigs/weapons/ammunition, use of force overview, nomenclature of the revolver and semiautomatic pistol, firing cycles of the revolver and semiautomatic pistol, ammunition components and nomenclature, internal/external/terminal ballistics, the fundamentals of marksmanship skills, adjustable vs. nonadjustable sites, sights and target relationship vs. distance encountered, sight movement and target distance, the equation of distance - sighting/speed/accuracy, managing recoil, dry firing techniques, ball and dummy techniques, reactive vs. precision shooting, physiology of the eye, the evolution of artificial illumination, light output equivalents for candlepower and lumens, a realistic overview of flashlights available today and preferable mechanical characteristics and other equipment considerations, night vision and related equipment, lasers plus tritium and optical sights, physical and mental issues in reduced and no light environments, the reactionary gap, the traditional flashlight techniques plus the new four direction isometric stabilization technique, one and two handed methodology and practice with flashlights, dealing with malfunctions and reloading when using a flashlight, using available light, kneeling and prone issues with the flashlight, reduced and no light tactics, artificial illumination as a control option.

            Bio

            Mr. Frank M. Petrone is currently President of Gang Prevention Incorporated, law enforcement training and consulting firm specializing in the certification of gang specialists. He is a sixteen-year Chicago law enforcement veteran. He is currently assigned as a senior physical conflict control tactics instructor, firearms instructor and gang specialist for the Cook County Adult Probation Department in Chicago. He is a certified law enforcement instructor via the Illinois Police Training and Standards Board and has attended the following FBI Courses: Firearms Instructor, Officer Survival, Basic Police SWAT, and Sniper/Observer. His text "The Street Gang Identification Manual" is in use worldwide by law enforcement agencies and educational institutions.


(46) "Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs", by Daniel E. Willis, Chicago Police Department, Chicago, IL.

            Three (3) hours

            Session Credits: Motorcycle Gangs; Gang Crime Investigation Skills.

            Note: Restricted to criminal justice personnel and NGCRC staff.

            Note: a two (2) hour condensed version of this course will be taught outside of the 8am-5pm schedule in a morning or early evening time slot.

            Abstract

            Violence over the past months among Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs has increased and is expected to be a continuing area of interest to investigators. The primary purpose of this training course is to aid Law Enforcement agencies in identifying and monitoring Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs and Groups. There are many law abiding motorcycle clubs in existence and with the aid of this course, law enforcement agencies will be better educated in differentiating between the two. Also addressed in this presentation is the urgent concern for officer safety while encountering these groups. Recent enforcement has revealed that these groups are adopting a profile similar to other organized crime organizations.

            Bio

            Daniel E. Willis is currently serving with the Chicago Police Department with 18 years experience. He has had various assignments including: Tactical Unit of the 003rd District, Gang Crimes Unit, during which he participated as an undercover officer in a successful operation that targeted a major Chicago street gang, Special Operations Section whose assignments included response to problem areas throughout the City of Chicago, as well as assignment to the department’s Hostage, Barricade and Terrorist unit. Officer Willis also served as a Motorcycle Gang Investigator while assigned to the Organized Crime Section, Intelligence Section. Officer Willis has also been a member of the Midwest Cycle Intelligence Organization for the past four years. 

 

(47) "The Infiltration and Take Over of Prison Religious Groups and Correctional Rehabilitation Programs by Gangs and Other Security Threat Groups", by Lamont C. Applegate, Inspector / Security Threat Group Coordinator, Michigan Department of Corrections, Gus Harrison Correctional Facility, Adrian, MI.

            1.5 Hours (90 minutes)

            Session Credits: Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence.

            Abstract

            Gangs and other Security Threat Groups often infiltrate and take control of prison religious groups and correctional rehabilitation programs. They use the groups’ sanctioned gatherings to meet and operate their illegal activities such as gambling, loan sharking and extortion, prostitution, and drug sales.

            This session will include a brief overview of historical events including staff assaults, attempted murders and other incidents which have occurred within the Michigan Department of Corrections as a result of such activities.

            We will explore and discuss how proactively working with prison chaplains, school teachers, outreach volunteers, correctional officers and administrators can prevent such abuses and improve safety and security. This session is a “must” for every new STG coordinator, and will be very beneficial to the experienced STG Coordinator, officer, supervisor or administrator who wishes to improve the safety and security of their facility.

            Bio

            Lamont C. Applegate, BA, MHR, is currently a Corrections Security Inspector and Security Threat Group Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Corrections, Gus Harrison Correctional Facility, Adrian, Michigan. In his 28 plus working years (5 ½ with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and 22 ½ with the Michigan Department of Corrections) he has worked in maximum, medium and minimum custody facilities. He began his career as a corrections officer in 1975 and has worked as a sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and resident unit manager. He is a member of the National Major Gang Task Force.


(48) "Selection, Supervision and Training of a Correctional STG Intelligence Team", by Lamont C. Applegate, Inspector / Security Threat Group Coordinator, Michigan Department of Corrections, Gus Harrison Correctional Facility, Adrian, MI.

            One (1) Hour

            Session Credits: Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists.

            Abstract

            The Security Threat Group Coordinator can’t be everywhere all the time. To be effective, he or she must rely on information and intelligence gathered and forwarded by a highly skilled and diverse team of correctional staff. In this session, we will examine criteria useful for selecting, supervising and training staff from various departments and programs within the prison to function as effective members of a correctional STG Intelligence Team.

            We will discuss the need for confidentiality, while considering the benefits of networking and sharing information and intelligence. This session is a “must” for every new STG coordinator, and will be very beneficial to the experienced STG Coordinator who wishes to improve the quantity and quality of their team’s operations.

            Bio

            Lamont C. Applegate, BA, MHR, is currently a Corrections Security Inspector and Security Threat Group Coordinator for the Michigan Department of Corrections, Gus Harrison Correctional Facility, Adrian, Michigan. In his 28 plus working years (5 ½ with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections and 22 ½ with the Michigan Department of Corrections) he has worked in maximum, medium and minimum custody facilities. He began his career as a corrections officer in 1975 and has worked as a sergeant, lieutenant, captain, and resident unit manager. He is a member of the National Major Gang Task Force.


(49) "Implementation of an Effective Counterterrorism Strategy for State and Local Agencies - Management and Policy Issues", by Michael A. Barnes, Cole Technology Corporation, Long Beach, CA.

            Note: This session will be offered only on 11 or 12 August.

            2 hours

            Session Credits: Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists.

            Abstract

            This session will identify and address critical management and policy issues for counterterrorism strategy formation. The session will provide a summary overview of key federal, state and local policy and program initiatives, including a brief review of the "Patriot Act." Specific strategic counterterrorism initiatives will be identified and examined, with a discussion of the challenges, policy and legal issues involved. Federal guidelines on intelligence will be discussed, as well as ethical and privacy issues involved in the development of a strategy. Intelligence and information sharing programs are key components of an effective strategy, and these will be the focus of this session. Terrorism will be broadly defined, and will include summary data on both transnational and domestic terrorism. Many of these information sharing and intelligence programs also support the gang control mission, and the session will review the ramifications for gang crime with the further development of these programs.

            Bio

            Mr. Michael A. Barnes is the Chief Staff Officer of Cole Technology Corporation - specialists in "Intelligence Consulting." Cole Technology Corp. has developed a highly qualified and experienced staff of associates that specialize in consulting and training for counterterrorism, school violence prevention, workplace violence prevention, criminal intelligence, and other areas of intelligence consulting. Mr. Barnes is a retired career military intelligence officer (Naval Reserve), with experience in counterterrorism and counterintelligence; and, he is a retired law enforcement executive. He holds an MS Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He is a former Special Agent in Charge for the California Department of Justice, and was the Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Regional Criminal Information Clearinghouse, the largest counter-drug intelligence center in the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program nationally. His experience also includes active duty as the Deputy Director for Intelligence, Department of Defense Joint Task Force - Southwest Asia, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he had command-level military intelligence duties including support for the counterterrorism mission in the region. He is a Faculty Lecturer for California State University, Long Beach, and also teaches and consults for the University of New Orleans, Center for Society Law and Justice.


(50) "Fundamentals of Gang Cryptography and Internet Search Engine Tools for Investigators", by Michael A. Barnes, Cole Technology Corporation, Long Beach, CA.

            Note: This session will be offered only on 11 or 12 August.

            1 hour

            Session Credits: Gang Internet Investigation; Gang Crime Investigation; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills.

            Abstract

            This one hour segment will provide an introduction to the concept of gang cryptography or gang slang. The student will receive a demonstration of encrypted gang dialogue, with a review of how the gangs encrypt their dialogue for concealing the meaning of their communications, especially on the internet. The class will also be provided a basic overview of methods for decoding the gang dialogue, using an encryption/decryption key (or interpretation dictionary) and internet search engines. The class will also present reference information on internet sites that provide gang cryptography information and other sites that provide that investigator with links to a variety of internet sites that support gang investigators. The course will also advocate the use of analysts trained in intelligence and cryptographic analysis to support gang investigations. The course will identify agencies that provide this analytic support.

            Bio

            Mr. Michael A. Barnes is the Chief Staff Officer of Cole Technology Corporation - specialists in "Intelligence Consulting." Cole Technology Corp. has developed a highly qualified and experienced staff of associates that specialize in consulting and training for counterterrorism, school violence prevention, workplace violence prevention, criminal intelligence, and other areas of intelligence consulting. Mr. Barnes is a retired career military intelligence officer (Naval Reserve), with experience in counterterrorism and counterintelligence; and, he is a retired law enforcement executive. He holds an MS Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He is a former Special Agent in Charge for the California Department of Justice, and was the Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Regional Criminal Information Clearinghouse, the largest counter-drug intelligence center in the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program nationally. His experience also includes active duty as the Deputy Director for Intelligence, Department of Defense Joint Task Force - Southwest Asia, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he had command-level military intelligence duties including support for the counterterrorism mission in the region. He is a Faculty Lecturer for California State University, Long Beach, and also teaches and consults for the University of New Orleans, Center for Society Law and Justice.


(51) "Developing a Strategic Counterterrorism Intelligence Program for Local Agencies", by Michael A. Barnes, Cole Technology Corporation, Long Beach, CA.

            Note: This session will be offered only on 11 or 12 August.

            2 hours

            Session Credits: Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists.

            Abstract

            This session will define the operational components of an effective counterterrorism intelligence program for local agencies. It will define the "Indications and Warning" methodology effectively used by the Department of Defense and the Department of State for decades, to counter terrorism. Intervention and Prevention of terrorist acts are the critical focus of this session. The session will specify the mission requirements for local agencies to take responsibility for Homeland Security in their jurisdiction and their region. The value of information sharing systems will be reviewed. The session will also demonstrate the universal application of this intelligence methodology for gang violence prevention, school violence prevention, corrections, and workplace safety. Attendees will participate in a series of exercises to demonstrate the methodology and its universal application to law enforcement and criminal justice operations.

            Bio

            Mr. Michael A. Barnes is the Chief Staff Officer of Cole Technology Corporation - specialists in "Intelligence Consulting." Cole Technology Corp. has developed a highly qualified and experienced staff of associates that specialize in consulting and training for counterterrorism, school violence prevention, workplace violence prevention, criminal intelligence, and other areas of intelligence consulting. Mr. Barnes is a retired career military intelligence officer (Naval Reserve), with experience in counterterrorism and counterintelligence; and, he is a retired law enforcement executive. He holds an MS Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He is a former Special Agent in Charge for the California Department of Justice, and was the Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Regional Criminal Information Clearinghouse, the largest counter-drug intelligence center in the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program nationally. His experience also includes active duty as the Deputy Director for Intelligence, Department of Defense Joint Task Force - Southwest Asia, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he had command-level military intelligence duties including support for the counterterrorism mission in the region. He is a Faculty Lecturer for California State University, Long Beach, and also teaches and consults for the University of New Orleans, Center for Society Law and Justice.


(52) "Identification of Critical Indicators - Advanced Counterterrorism Threat Analysis", by Michael A. Barnes, Cole Technology Corporation, Long Beach, CA.

            Note: This session will be offered only on 11 or 12 August.

            2 hours

            Session Credits: Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Gang Crime Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            This session will present a summary overview of the key indicators, motivation, methodology, and force multipliers that are essential to know for those who have responsibility for tracking the terrorist threat, whether it be transnational or domestic terrorism. The identification and tracking of indicators is a sensitive area, and the effective operational and program controls, analytical techniques, and the use of "warning" will be discussed. The concept of "profiling" will be discussed. The universal applications of indicators tracking and analysis will be examined for use in gang violence prevention, school violence prevention, corrections management, and other areas of concern to criminal justice agencies. Attendees should develop a clear understanding of how the tracking and analysis of indicators can support their mission, and they will develop an initial set of indicators for their specific mission.

Bio

            Mr. Michael A. Barnes is the Chief Staff Officer of Cole Technology Corporation - specialists in "Intelligence Consulting." Cole Technology Corp. has developed a highly qualified and experienced staff of associates that specialize in consulting and training for counterterrorism, school violence prevention, workplace violence prevention, criminal intelligence, and other areas of intelligence consulting. Mr. Barnes is a retired career military intelligence officer (Naval Reserve), with experience in counterterrorism and counterintelligence; and, he is a retired law enforcement executive. He holds an MS Degree in Criminal Justice Administration. He is a former Special Agent in Charge for the California Department of Justice, and was the Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Regional Criminal Information Clearinghouse, the largest counter-drug intelligence center in the High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) program nationally. His experience also includes active duty as the Deputy Director for Intelligence, Department of Defense Joint Task Force - Southwest Asia, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where he had command-level military intelligence duties including support for the counterterrorism mission in the region. He is a Faculty Lecturer for California State University, Long Beach, and also teaches and consults for the University of New Orleans, Center for Society Law and Justice.


(53) "Asian Gangs and Crimes", by John Wang, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, California State University - Long Beach; Deputy Director, Center for Asian Crime Studies, International Association of Asian Crime Investigators.

            Eight (8) hours

            Note: This day-long session is being taught only on Thursday, August 12th, 2004.


            Session Credits: Asian Gang Issues; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Profile Analysis.

            Abstract

            This eight hour training session is designed for criminal justice personnel who are interested in Asian gangs and crimes. The four topics in the morning provide basic information in terms of organizing structure, M.O. classification, Chinese Tong associations, Triads and a common M.O. of prostitution. In the afternoon four other subjects are discussed on Asian criminal activities with higher level of sophistication, namely, home invasion robberies, bank robberies, and computer chip robberies. Finally, Asian high tech crimes of counterfeiting, food stamp fraud, credit card fraud, and company payroll check fraud are presented. Basic identification skills and basic forensic tools (ultraviolet lights and microscopes) are also demonstrated. Lectures with transparency projection, discussions, hands-on demonstrations, and videotapes are utilized to provide a better understanding of the topics under discussion.

            Bio

            Professor John Wang teaches criminal justice in the Department of Criminal Justice at California State University - Long Beach. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Chief’s Asian-Pacific Advisory Board in the Long Beach Police Department. Dr. Wang publishes widely in the areas of Asian gangs, Chinese tongs, transnational crimes, high tech crimes, and comparative criminal justice systems. Professor Wang also taught three years on Asian gangs and organized crimes at the Houston Police Academy and has been invited to conduct conference trainings by federal, state and local law enforcement agencies nationwide. Currently, he is also a visiting professor at both China Criminal Police College and the Law School of Liaoning University in China.


(54) "The Violent Gang Task Force: A Response to Violent Central American Gangs Operating in New Jersey", by G.V. Corbiscello, Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office, Monmouth, NJ.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills.

            Abstract

            The Violent Gang Task Force, formulated by the Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Newark, NJ office, was initially conceived as a method to unite federal, state, county and local law enforcement in combating the illegal activities of street gangs composed of criminal illegal aliens. The focus of the task force is not undocumented aliens who are working every day to get by, but rather the criminals who prey upon them, and our own larger society as a whole. The mission of the task force has expanded, however, because of the criminal connections that were found to exist, and the threat to our nation as a whole that has been identified. The criminal activities of these groups include human smuggling, drug trafficking, identity fraud and counterfeit documents, as well as a whole gamut of other criminal activities.

            In this age of the “War on Terrorism”, members of these criminal gangs just may be the minions of the terrorist organizations — providing funding and documents, and assisting in travel — whether knowing or unknowingly. No matter what, the crimes must be stopped and the criminals made to pay, and this is what the VGTF is attempting to do.

            Bio

            Sr. Inv. G.V. Corbiscello, a member of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office/DOC Investigation Unit for the past 18 years, has been a part of the Violent Gang Task Force since its inception. He, along with other members of his unit, have been assigned on a rotating basis to work on the Task Force full time. To facilitate this, each member of the Task Force has received special deputation from the U.S. Marshall’s Service. The success of the task force has been such that the concept is being reviewed for use in other parts of the country.

 

(55) "Faces of Hate: Domestic Terrorism and the White Supremacist Movement", by LT. Gregg W. Etter Sr., Ed.D., Director of Training, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, Wichita, KS.

            Two (2) Hours

            Session Credits: Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Hate Groups/White Racist Extremist Gangs; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Motorcycle Gangs, Corrections Gang/STG intelligence.

            Abstract

            White supremacist movements have been long noted for their racist views. The perception that they have no legitimate means to achieve success has led many white supremacist groups to advocate more extreme solutions. Many of these groups have begun to advocate open race war and revolution against American society as a whole. This presentation examines the historical, religious and political reasons that motivate the members of the white supremacist movement.

            Bio

            LT. Gregg W. Etter Sr. Ed.D. is currently assigned as the Director of Training for the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and has served 27 years with that agency in a variety of assignments. He has earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Wichita State University and a Doctorate from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Etter is the author of numerous articles on law enforcement and corrections subjects and is a frequent contributor to the Journal of Gang Research. He has earned several Frederick Milton Thrasher Awards for his anti-gang activities. He is a member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Training, the American Society of Criminology and the British Society of Criminology. Dr. Etter teaches Criminal Justice at Washburn University.

 

(56) "No Opportunity Structure, No Pirates: A Case Study of Piracy in East Asia and Southeast Asia", by Hua-Lun Huang and Craig J. Forsyth, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA.

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: Asian Gang Issues; Gang Crime Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            This session is based on research that examines the relationship between opportunity structure and East Asian/Southeast Asian pirates during the 20th century. Opportunity structure, according to the routine activity approach developed by Cohen and Felson (1979: 589), includes three elements: (1) motivated offenders, (2) suitable targets, and (3) the absence of capable guardians against a violation. Such elements have at least eight ecological variations if each of the three elements is divided into high/low categories (Wilcox et al, 2003: 113-18). By applying these variations of opportunity structure to the study of piracy in East Asia and Southeast Asia, we can better understand and predict those social circumstances in which amateur lake, river, or sea pirates will become professional organized crime groups.

            Bios

            Hua-Lun Huang is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Louisiana - Lafayette. He received his doctorate from the University of Kansas (2000). His primary areas of interest include Asian organized crime, Chinese secret societies, criminology, and terrorism.

            Craig J. Forsyth is professor and head of the Department of Criminal Justice and Professor of Sociology at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He received his Ph.D. from Louisiana State University in 1983. His is the author of over 100 journal articles, books and book chapters. His principal research interests are in the areas of crime and deviance.


(57) "Gangs: A Culture of Violence", by Henry R. Pacheco, M.S., Coordinator of Gang Intervention Services, Multicultural Clinical Center, Springfield, VA.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session Credits: Gang Counseling Skills; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs.

            Abstract

            Gang violence is a communal event, like a ritual which links members together in a common bond. By engaging in violence in the company of one another, the gang creates its own subculture dynamic that takes on a momentum of its own. The gang culture with all its traditions and rituals, constitutes a whole which is greater than the sum of its constituent individual participants. Understanding the aggressive conditioning of gang members, as well as, the power of the gang to motivate, direct, and positively sanction violence by its members is essential for safety reasons to those whom specifically work as counselors or other direct service providers (especially those who do outreach). What specifically should service providers be aware of when working with this population? Violence doesn’t always happen to someone else!

            Bio

            Henry R. Pacheco has a Master of Science in Human Organization Science from Villonova University, Pennsylvania; specializing in Administration of Justice and a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice, York, Pennsylvania. He is a member of both the National Alliance of Gang Investigator’s and the Virginia Gang Investigator’s Associations, and sits on the Baltimore/Washington HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Prevention Committee. In 2003 he received the “Spirit of Excellence” Award from the National Gang Crime Research Center where he has presented for the past two years. He has been a counselor since 1986, working with the homeless, battered women, a teen group home, sex offenders, polygraphers, adult corrections, 294s (juvenile parolees), refugees (during the Mariolito boat lift immigration from Cuba) and with the young offender’s program. He has presented at multiple agencies as a speaker on the topic of “gang dynamics”. He has been involved in home based counseling for approximately 11 years, of which 10 years have been in counseling and mentoring hispanic and non-hispanic gang involved youth at the Multi Cultural Clinical Center in Springfield, Virginia.


(58) "Techniques for Gathering Gang Intelligence", by Raymond VonderHeide, Senior Parole/Street Gang Intelligence Officer, New Jersey Department of Corrections, Division of Parole, Newark, NJ.

            Two (2) hours

            Note: restricted to law enforcement and Criminal Justice Staff.

            Session Credits: Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence.

            Abstract

            This module will take about two hours of time, and will be presented via “PowerPoint”. Included will be a hand-out packet containing the lesson plan along with various examples of Gang intelligence recovered by myself over the years while utilizing the technique that I will present at this lecture. We will discuss both traditional and “unorthodox” techniques for gathering gang intelligence. Further, we will discuss when and where to gather the best information while maintaining law enforcement professionalism. Another point that will be covered is an evaluation process to either verify or discredit the information gathered. I, Raymond VonderHeide will be the presenter for the module and this will be open to law enforcement as well as probation and parole. This module will fit into a number of different tracks. I have found this individual block of instruction to be warmly received by other law enforcement agencies that I have presented it to.

            Bio

            Raymond VonderHeide currently serves as Senior Parole/Street Gang Intelligence Officer for the New Jersey Department of Corrections, Division of Parole. Officer VonderHeide was promoted to this position in 1999. Among his many accolades since joining the Division of Praole in 1996, Officer VonderHeide initiated and orchestrated the largest drug seizure/arrest in the history of the New Jersey Parole.

            Officer VonderHeide has served as Team Leader of the Fugitive Recovery Team and is certified in Tactical Interview and Interrogation. He recently worked as a consultant with Newark Police Department S.W.A.T. Team during the State’s largest enforcement effort against the street gang “The Bloods”. He trains various police officers and agencies, NJ Division of Youth and Family Services field personnel, various community groups and schools in gang identification and enforcement techniques. He is used as a consultant for street gang identification by numerous police departments, as well as Rutgers University Street Gang Initiative Program. He is a member of the East Coast Gang Investigators Association, a certified police firearms instructor, and a qualified police NRA marksman.

            Prior to joining the Department of Corrections, Officer VonderHeide served as Patrolman for the Morris Plains Police Department. From 1989 - 1991, he served as Corrections Officer for the Berks County Prison in Reading, Pennsylvania. He began his law enforcment career in 1988 at the Morris County Sheriff’s Office where he was part of the Criminal Investigation and K-9 Unit. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alvernia College in Reading, PA; is CPR certified and bilingual in English and Spanish. In his spare time, he is an Assistant Coach to the Special Olympics Weight Lifting Team and has participated in “Scared Straight” programs for troubled youths.


(59) "Recruiting and Managing Gang Informants", by Raymond VonderHeide, Senior Parole/Street Gang Intelligence Officer, New Jersey Department of Corrections, Division of Parole, Newark, NJ.

            Two (2) hours

            Note: restricted to law enforcement and Criminal Justice Staff.

            Session Credits: Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills..

            Abstract

            This module will take about two hours of time. Included will be hand-outs which will contain the lesson plan and various techniques I have used over the years to attempt to recruit and motivate gang informants. Points to be discussed will be a rough outline of the gang psychology which will allow the law enforcement officer through the individuals “weak points” to enter and relate to that individual; thus recruiting him/her as an informant. We will also be discussing the management end of utilizing the informant; i.e., knowing when the informant is becoming “too eager” to help in order to keep him/her from endangering another investigation(s). We will also be discussing a rough outline regarding interview tactics including “body language”. This module will be open to all law enforcement personnel and probation and parole, but not to social service agencies. I Raymond VonderHeide will be the sole presenter and it will be presented via Power Point. I have also found this block of instruction also warmly received by various law enforcement agencies.

            Bio

            Raymond VonderHeide currently serves as Senior Parole/Street Gang Intelligence Officer for the New Jersey Department of Corrections, Division of Parole. Officer VonderHeide was promoted to this position in 1999. Among his many accolades since joining the Division of Praole in 1996, Officer VonderHeide initiated and orchestrated the largest drug seizure/arrest in the history of the New Jersey Parole.

            Officer VonderHeide has served as Team Leader of the Fugitive Recovery Team and is certified in Tactical Interview and Interrogation. He recently worked as a consultant with Newark Police Department S.W.A.T. Team during the State’s largest enforcement effort against the street gang “The Bloods”. He trains various police officers and agencies, NJ Division of Youth and Family Services field personnel, various community groups and schools in gang identification and enforcement techniques. He is used as a consultant for street gang identification by numerous police departments, as well as Rutgers University Street Gang Initiative Program. He is a member of the East Coast Gang Investigators Association, a certified police firearms instructor, and a qualified police NRA marksman.

            Prior to joining the Department of Corrections, Officer VonderHeide served as Patrolman for the Morris Plains Police Department. From 1989 - 1991, he served as Corrections Officer for the Berks County Prison in Reading, Pennsylvania. He began his law enforcment career in 1988 at the Morris County Sheriff’s Office where he was part of the Criminal Investigation and K-9 Unit. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Alvernia College in Reading, PA; is CPR certified and bilingual in English and Spanish. In his spare time, he is an Assistant Coach to the Special Olympics Weight Lifting Team and has participated in “Scared Straight” programs for troubled youths.


(60) "New York Gangs: Faith, Culture and Crime" by Adrian Bordoni, Gang Intervention Specialist - Youth Ministry at the Latino Pastoral Action Center, Bronx, NY.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Faith-Based Programs for Gang Intervention; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Counseling Techniques. Also recommended for: Advanced Gang Identification; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools..

            Abstract

            From movies to news headlines, New York City gangs are part of American culture and history. This workshop will present an overview of NYC gangs and their identifiers, current trends fostering gang lifestyle, anti-gang laws and policies. Case studies illustrate the reality of youth involved in gangs in New York City and types of counseling techniques and gang prevention training including anger management, conflict resolution, life skills and personal development. In addition, examples of gang interventions in schools and in the communities, by faith-based organizations, will be discussed in the context of spirituality and religious rituals present among gangs (i.e., Latin Kings, Netas, Bloods, CRIPS, Mexican Gangs).

            Bio

            Adrian Bordoni is a Gang Intervention Specialist and workshop facilitator at the Latino Pastoral Action Center in the Bronx; he has researched gangs and counseled gang members for over ten years. He has coordinated conferences to improve law enforcement-community relations and created a network for alternatives for high-risk youth. He is one of the commissioners and technical advisors for the Bronx Borough President’s Bronx Chaplaincy Commission working with local agencies. He serves as the Director of Public Relations for the United Chaplains State of N.Y., Inc, a volunteer organization with several thousand members. He holds an M.A. in International Education, an M.A. in Criminal Justice, and is working towards a Ph.D. in Community Psychology. He is also a graduate of the New York City Citizens Police Academy. He has worked as a consultant writing and translating conflict resolution materials, presenting bilingual workshops to educators, parents, students and community groups.


(61) "So....Does It Work? Program and Intervention Evaluation", by Andrew V. Papachristos, Director of Field Research, National Gang Crime Research Center, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

            1.5 Hours (90) minutes

            Session Credits: Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Faith-Based Programs; Gang Program Grantwriting/Fundraising Skills; Management and Supervision Skills.

            Abstract

            This session will discuss basic social scientific methods that can be used to evaluate the impact (if any) of gang prevention, intervention, and law enforcement initiatives. Basic quasi-experimental design and methods will be taught. The goal of the session is to provide basic knowledge and skills of evaluation techniques that can be directly applied in different settings. No statistical background is required.

            Bio

            Andrew Papachristos is the Director of Field Research of the National Gang Crime Research Center and a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago. For over 12 years, Andrew has been working with gangs in a variety of capacities including direct street intervention, program development and evaluation, and multiple areas of gang research. A recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award of the National Gang Crime Research Center and the Hans Mattick Award of the Illinois Academy of Criminology, Andrew is the author of A.D., After the Disciples: The Neighborhood Impact of Federal Gang Prosecution and The Vice Lords: A Gang Profile Analysis. His recent work examines the influence of gang network structures on neighborhoods and crime.


(62) "Street Gangs and Network Analysis", by Andrew V. Papachristos, Director of Field Research, National Gang Crime Research Center, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

            1.5 Hours (90) minutes

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Homicide Investigation Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Gang Prosecution; Behavioral Science Threat Analysis.

            Abstract

            Network analysis is a powerful tool that can be used to identify different characteristics about groups or individuals. Applied to gangs, it can help describe very specifically the organization of gang problems, the relationships among multiple gangs, or patterns of gang behaviors. Network analysis can be used in building cases, investigations, understanding a problem, or other aspects of gang research. This session will: (1) provide an overview of the techniques and theories of network analysis, (2) discuss ways to analyze network data, (3) review software for network analysis, and (4) give suggestions for using network analysis for gang research and investigations.

            Bio

            Andrew Papachristos is the Director of Field Research of the National Gang Crime Research Center and a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago. For over 12 years, Andrew has been working with gangs in a variety of capacities including direct street intervention, program development and evaluation, and multiple areas of gang research. A recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award of the National Gang Crime Research Center and the Hans Mattick Award of the Illinois Academy of Criminology, Andrew is the author of A.D., After the Disciples: The Neighborhood Impact of Federal Gang Prosecution and The Vice Lords: A Gang Profile Analysis. His recent work examines the influence of gang network structures on neighborhoods and crime.


(63) "Gang Member Notification Meetings: Lessons from a 'Pulling-Levers' Strategy in Chicago", by Andrew V. Papachristos, Director of Field Research, National Gang Crime Research Center, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

            One (1) Hour

            Session Credits: Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Counseling; Gang Prosecution

            Abstract

            Over the past year and a half years, the federal Project Safe Neighborhoods program in Chicago has begun conducting gang member notification forums. Gang members who are recently released from prison attend a meeting at which law enforcement and community organizations speak candidly about enforcement efforts targeting gang members as well as strategies so as not to re-offend. Based loosely on a similar program in Boston, the Chicago program has already reached more than 400 offenders in two police districts. This session will discuss the Project Safe Neighborhoods program in Chicago, its basic design and content, and some preliminary findings of the program’s effectiveness.

            Bio

            Andrew Papachristos is the Director of Field Research of the National Gang Crime Research Center and a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago. For over 12 years, Andrew has been working with gangs in a variety of capacities including direct street intervention, program development and evaluation, and multiple areas of gang research. A recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award of the National Gang Crime Research Center and the Hans Mattick Award of the Illinois Academy of Criminology, Andrew is the author of A.D., After the Disciples: The Neighborhood Impact of Federal Gang Prosecution and The Vice Lords: A Gang Profile Analysis. His recent work examines the influence of gang network structures on neighborhoods and crime.


(64) "The Vice Lords: A Gang Profile Analysis", by Andrew V. Papachristos, Director of Field Research, National Gang Crime Research Center, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

            One (1) Hour

            Session Credits: Gang Profile Analysis; Behavioral Science Threat Analysis; Gangs and Drugs; Gang Internet Investigation.

            Abstract

            The Vice Lords are one of Chicago’s oldest and most violent gangs. Over the past decade the Vice Lords have been reported in more than 20 states and 300 municipalities. This session will review the gang’s history, structure, and proliferation over the past 40-years including the gang’s recent presence on the internet. Of particular interest, this session will review the present state of the gang including its current structure, conflict patterns with other gangs, and organizational capacity.

            Bio 

            Andrew Papachristos is the Director of Field Research of the National Gang Crime Research Center and a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Chicago. For over 12 years, Andrew has been working with gangs in a variety of capacities including direct street intervention, program development and evaluation, and multiple areas of gang research. A recipient of the Frederic Milton Thrasher Award of the National Gang Crime Research Center and the Hans Mattick Award of the Illinois Academy of Criminology, Andrew is the author of A.D., After the Disciples: The Neighborhood Impact of Federal Gang Prosecution and The Vice Lords: A Gang Profile Analysis. His recent work examines the influence of gang network structures on neighborhoods and crime.


(65) "Creating a Preferred Future: Strategic Planning for Law Enforcement and Correctional Agencies", by LT. Gregg W. Etter Sr., Ed.D., Director of Training, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, Wichita, KS.

            1.5 Hours (90 minutes)

Session Credits: Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence.

            Abstract

            Strategic planning allows leaders to direct the course of their agency beyond the needs of day to day planning. Traditional law enforcement agencies tend to plan for short term solutions of existing problems. Strategic planning allows an agency to look for long term solutions for problems that face both the agency and the community. Strategic planning is an essential part of proactive management.

            Bio

            LT. Gregg W. Etter Sr. Ed.D. is currently assigned as the Director of Training for the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and has served 27 years with that agency in a variety of assignments. He has earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Wichita State University and a Doctorate from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Etter is the author of numerous articles on law enforcement and corrections subjects and is a frequent contributor to the Journal of Gang Research. He has earned several Frederick Milton Thrasher Awards for his anti-gang activities. He is a member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Training, the American Society of Criminology and the British Society of Criminology. Dr. Etter teaches Criminal Justice at Washburn University.

 

(66) "Round Up The Posse: Utilizing the Media and the Public to Assist With Locating Wanted Felons", by LT. Gregg W. Etter Sr., Ed.D., Director of Training, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, Wichita, KS.

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists.

            Abstract

            Serving fugitive warrants is a primary responsibility of law enforcement, particularly local sheriff’s departments. The public and the courts expect these wanted felons to be captured in a timely and efficient manner. This program describes a very successful program that has been used by the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office in Wichita, Kansas to capture wanted felons and serve other outstanding arrest warrants.

            Bio

            LT. Gregg W. Etter Sr. Ed.D. is currently assigned as the Director of Training for the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and has served 27 years with that agency in a variety of assignments. He has earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Wichita State University and a Doctorate from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Etter is the author of numerous articles on law enforcement and corrections subjects and is a frequent contributor to the Journal of Gang Research. He has earned several Frederick Milton Thrasher Awards for his anti-gang activities. He is a member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Training, the American Society of Criminology and the British Society of Criminology. Dr. Etter teaches Criminal Justice at Washburn University.

 

(67) "Working With Gang Involved Youth on Probation: An Individual and Community Perspective", by Tom Schneider, Probation Officer, Cook County Juvenile Court, Chicago, IL.

            Two (2) Hours

            Session Credits: Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole; Gang Counseling Skills; Gang Prevention Skills; Gangs and Drugs.

            Abstract

            In this session, gang involvement will be approached from the perspective of working with youths, associated with gangs, on an individual basis, as probation clients. Dealing with these youths individually, away from the structure of the gang, will be the focus. The importance of family functioning, as it relates to the initial involvement in the gang, will be stressed and individual families, with children who are gang members, that represent all levels of the socio-economic spectrum, will be profiled. The impact of drugs and guns will be discussed. The way in which drug trafficking influenced the movement of gangs, at all levels, toward organized criminal enterprise will be evaluated. The devastating effect of that criminal enterprise on communities will be reviewed. The effectiveness of legislative responses to these problems and their disproportionate impact on certain segments of society will be analyzed. Finally, the concepts of Balanced and Restorative Justice in practice at the Cook County juvenile court will be outlined as well.

            Bio

            I have been a Probation Officer at Cook County Juvenile Court for thirty years. That entire time has been spent on the street working with delinquent youths. I am a graduate of the University of Illinois, with a bachelors degree in the Administration of Criminal Justice. I also have a masters degree in Corrections from Chicago State University. I have done training both inside and outside my organization and have had a number of relevant in-service training experiences, including attending and presenting at the NGCRC conference for the past three years. I would emphasize, however, most of the expertise that I bring to this presentation comes from my years of experience working with youths, whoa re affected by gang involvement.

 

(68) "Counseling Wannabes’ Out of Gonnabes’: Reaching Out to Difficult Youths", by Robert G. Tornabene, Juvenile Investigation, Niles Police Department, Niles, IL.

            1 hour

            Note: This session will occur only on Aug 11 or Aug 12.

            Session Credits: Gang Counseling Techniques; Gang Prevention Skills; Dealing With Gangs in K-12 Schools.

            Abstract

            Working with at-risk youths is difficult and challenging work. In this session, you will learn about common pitfalls and traps that come with counseling at risk youth. See a street level approach in working to elevate at risk kids out from underneath a life of misery and despair. This program will cover techniques, methods of opening lines of communication, rapport, trust, and understanding to foster long-term relationships, which will begin the road to a brighter future. Learn how to develop a belief of civic pride, leadership, critical thinking skills, which helps create a sense of community ownership.

            Bio

            Robert G. Tornabene has been a police officer since 1993 and is a juvenile officer/COPS liaison officer with the Niles Police Department. In 2002 he worked as a School Resource Officer and since 2001 has been additionally assigned to the Investigation Division of the Nile Police Department as a Juvenile Investigator/School Resource Officer. He has been the coordinator/developer of a new program to reach out to the community and improve quality of life issues within his city. He has specialized training in a number of areas: State certified gang specialist, State certified juvenile officer, Nationally certified school resource officer, citizens police academy instructor, truck enforcement officer, breathalyzer operator, trained in Reid Method of Interview and Interrogation, First Responder to Critical Incidents, Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness, ITOA Terrorism Awareness, and PRIDE instructor. Among his achievements are: first school resource officer in his department (2000), as well as the first bicycle patrol officer and first community policing officer (2002) in his department.


(69) "Gangs, Terrorism & the Threat to America", by Robert G. Tornabene, Juvenile Investigation, Niles Police Department, Niles, IL.

            2 hours

            Note: This session will occur only on 11 or 12 Aug.

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills.

            Abstract

            In the post September 11th world, the threat of future acts of terrorism has become a very real possibility. The Department of Homeland Security is doing everything it can to stop terrorists from entering the U.S., but what about those that are already here. In 2002, the F.B.I. arrested a former member of the Maniac Latin Disciples, who traveled to Pakistan to link up with the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization. His goal was to scout and help plan detonating a “dirty-bomb” somewhere in the U.S. This link between terrorists and street gang members is not new, and it may be even more important for law enforcement to explore this linkage. Street gangs have access to high power firearms, explosives, and can travel within the U.S. without being easily identified as a terrorist threat. In this two hour presentation, learn about why gang members are ripe to be recruited to commit acts of terrorism, what organizations are already within the U.S. that may recruit them, and what law enforcement can do to gather intelligence information, observe and possibly thwart terrorism.

            Bio

            Robert G. Tornabene has been a police officer since 1993 and is a juvenile officer/COPS liaison officer with the Niles Police Department. In 2002 he worked as a School Resource Officer and since 2001 has been additionally assigned to the Investigation Division of the Nile Police Department as a Juvenile Investigator/School Resource Officer. He has been the coordinator/developer of a new program to reach out to the community and improve quality of life issues within his city. He has specialized training in a number of areas: State certified gang specialist, State certified juvenile officer, Nationally certified school resource officer, citizens police academy instructor, truck enforcement officer, breathalyzer operator, trained in Reid Method of Interview and Interrogation, First Responder to Critical Incidents, Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness, ITOA Terrorism Awareness, and PRIDE instructor. Among his achievements are: first school resource officer in his department (2000), as well as the first bicycle patrol officer and first community policing officer (2002) in his department.


(70) "G.A.T.E: A Fresh Approach on an Old Program", by Robert G. Tornabene, Juvenile Investigation, Niles Police Department, Niles, IL.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Note: This session will occur only on Aug 11 or Aug 12.

            Session Credits: Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Crime Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            G.A.T.E. is an acronym for the Gang Awareness Training Education (GATE) program. GATE attempts to address the danger of gangs and the gang lifestyle. To foster respect for law, develop more effective critical thinking skills, improve decision making and leadership abilities, and to prevent bullying behavior. GATE is committed to the reduction of gun violence, and the tragedy that surrounds it. GATE also addresses the issue of school violence that has swept across the country in the late 1990's. GATE’s unique component is the tracking of student’s as they go through school, intervening when anti-social behavior appears, the goal is to break the cycle of violence.

            Bio

            Robert G. Tornabene has been a police officer since 1993 and is a juvenile officer/COPS liaison officer with the Niles Police Department. In 2002 he worked as a School Resource Officer and since 2001 has been additionally assigned to the Investigation Division of the Nile Police Department as a Juvenile Investigator/School Resource Officer. He has been the coordinator/developer of a new program to reach out to the community and improve quality of life issues within his city. He has specialized training in a number of areas: State certified gang specialist, State certified juvenile officer, Nationally certified school resource officer, citizens police academy instructor, truck enforcement officer, breathalyzer operator, trained in Reid Method of Interview and Interrogation, First Responder to Critical Incidents, Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness, ITOA Terrorism Awareness, and PRIDE instructor. Among his achievements are: first school resource officer in his department (2000), as well as the first bicycle patrol officer and first community policing officer (2002) in his department.


(71) "Homeland Security - The Role of Every Police Officer", by Robert G. Tornabene, Juvenile Investigation, Niles Police Department, Niles, IL.

            Two (2) hours

            Note: This session is restricted to Law Enforcement Officers only; Sensitive Information will be openly discussed.

            Note: This session will occur only on Aug 11 or Aug 12.

            Session Credits: Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Officer Safety Skills. 

            Abstract

            The protection of the public, property and the enforcement of laws has been expressly given to the Police. The very job police do on a daily basis relies on daily interaction, interdiction, and prevention of crime. However, in the past two years, police officer’s have asked this very question “What are the odds that I will stumble across a terrorist?”, “What do I need to know?” Say that to the Oklahoma State Trooper who stopped Timothy McVeigh for a traffic violation, the Manila Police Officer who went one step farther in a fire investigation and thwarted an Al-Qaeda attempt to kill Pope John Paul II. It is this one-step forward that all law enforcement officers can take to prevent and intervene before an act of terrorism occurs. In fact, prior to an act occurring police officers have the greatest chance of stumbling into this very role of “Homeland Security”. Learn what you as a law enforcement officer can do to prevent or stop an act from occurring.

            Bio

            Robert G. Tornabene has been a police officer since 1993 and is a juvenile officer/COPS liaison officer with the Niles Police Department. In 2002 he worked as a School Resource Officer and since 2001 has been additionally assigned to the Investigation Division of the Nile Police Department as a Juvenile Investigator/School Resource Officer. He has been the coordinator/developer of a new program to reach out to the community and improve quality of life issues within his city. He has specialized training in a number of areas: State certified gang specialist, State certified juvenile officer, Nationally certified school resource officer, citizens police academy instructor, truck enforcement officer, breathalyzer operator, trained in Reid Method of Interview and Interrogation, First Responder to Critical Incidents, Weapons of Mass Destruction Awareness, ITOA Terrorism Awareness, and PRIDE instructor. Among his achievements are: first school resource officer in his department (2000), as well as the first bicycle patrol officer and first community policing officer (2002) in his department.


(72) "Gang Prevention and Your Community: How to Utilize Your Existing Services", by Ron "Cook" Barrett, Capitol Region, New York Gang Prevention Coordinator, Department of Youth and Family Services, City of Albany, New York.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session Credits: Gang Counseling Techniques; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools.

            Abstract

            This session will target gang counselors, school personnel, and intervention/prevention specialists. The focus will concentrate on how communities can bring together vital organizations and resources in their area that serve the youth, along with showing programs that have been successfully implemented. The approach contains four main strategies: community building, education, peer mentoring, and employment preparedness. The program has attracted over 500 of the city's youth through community involvement. The program’s success has resulted in reducing the gang problem in the city along with strengthening the primary institutions of the family and school, and also increased the communities' capacity to address its youth gang problem. 

            Bio

            "Cook", as he is known, has been involved with inner-city youth for over 18 years and is the Capitol Region, New York Gang Prevention Coordinator, overseeing prevention and intervention programs in Albany, Rennselaer and Schenectady counties. He was hired by the City of Albany, New York’s Department of Youth and Family Services in 1999 and implemented the Gang Prevention Program, which was recognized by the National Gang Crime Research Center in Chicago, IL as an exemplary program in 2001. He was presented with the 2001 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, given by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Ron spends his days speaking to youth at various schools and detention facilities and his nights reaching out to kids already involved in gang activity.

            His is a member of the East Coast Gang Investigators Association and a presenter for MAGLOCLEN (Middle Atlantic Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network) and has provided numerous seminars educating parents and agencies throughout New York and New Jersey on identifying and preventing gangs and their effects on the community.

 

(73) "Youth Gangs: The Lure and Why Their Getting Younger!!", by Ron “Cook” Barrett, Capitol Region, New York Gang Prevention Coordinator, Department of Youth and Family Services, City of Albany, New York.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session Credits: Gang Counseling Techniques; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools.

            Abstract

            Wannabees? Gonnabees? Why are so many youth turning to gangs and the lure of the “thug” lifestyle? This session will assist K-12 schools, prevention/intervention specialists, and gang counselors in learning ways to understand, communicate and engage today’s “at-risk” youth. This multimedia presentation will explore the who's, why's and what to do's about youth gangs. Prevention and intervention methods, along with a graphic look at this culture, will be discussed.

           Bio

            "Cook", as he is known, has been involved with inner-city youth for over 18 years and is the Capitol Region, New York Gang Prevention Coordinator, overseeing prevention and intervention programs in Albany, Rennselaer and Schenectady counties. He was hired by the City of Albany, New York’s Department of Youth and Family Services in 1999 and implemented the Gang Prevention Program, which was recognized by the National Gang Crime Research Center in Chicago, IL as an exemplary program in 2001. He was presented with the 2001 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, given by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Ron spends his days speaking to youth at various schools and detention facilities and his nights reaching out to kids already involved in gang activity. His is a member of the East Coast Gang Investigators Association and a presenter for MAGLOCLEN (Middle Atlantic Great Lakes Organized Crime Law Enforcement Network) and has provided numerous seminars educating parents and agencies throughout New York and New Jersey on identifying and preventing gangs and their effects on the community.

 

(74) "Gangs and Rap: What Are the Real Words Behind the Songs?", by Andrew M. Grascia, Criminal Investigator, Westchester County DA Office, White Plains, NY.

            2.5 Hours (150 minutes)

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools.

            Abstract

            This course will provide parents, teachers and law enforcement with insight into Gangster Rap and how it relates to gangs. The course will show how Gangster Rap has moved into mainstream youth culture and what the true meanings of the words are. This course covers materials from: Ice T, Ice Cube, Mack 10, and the Getto Boys.

            Bio

            Andrew M. Grascia is a Criminal Investigator with the Westchester County DA Office in White Plains, New York. He graduated from the University of Hartford with a BA in Sociology and a minor in criminal justice. Investigator Grascia has worked in law enforcement for the past ten years in the following positions: Patrol Officer MTA Police Department, Detective Division MTA Police Department, Organized Crime Unit Westchester County DA Office, Gang Task Force Westchester County DA Office and the Westchester County HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Unit. He has written several articles that have been published pertaining to gang issues and lectures throughout the United States on Gang Identification, Gangster Rap, Outlaw Bikers, Hate Music (Resistance Music), Women and Gangs, and Youth Violence. He is also a Reviewing Editor for the Journal of Gang Research published by the National Gang Crime Research Center.


(75) "Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs: The Ever-Changing World", by Andrew M. Grascia, Criminal Investigator, Westchester County DA Office, White Plains, NY.

            Three (3) hours

            Session Credits: Motorcycle Gangs; Gang Crime Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            This course will provide law enforcement agencies with the tools to identify Outlaw Bikers and counter their criminal operations. The course objective is to identify 1% Clubs active in their area, identify areas to attack the criminal operations by the Outlaw Bikers, and ways to conduct physical and electronic surveillance as well as counter-surveillance. The course covers: What is a 1%er, how to identify an Outlaw Biker, biker terminology, multi-agency investigations, case management, surveillance methods, and counter-surveillance methods.

            Bio

            Andrew M. Grascia is a Criminal Investigator with the Westchester County DA Office in White Plains, New York. He graduated from the University of Hartford with a BA in Sociology and a minor in criminal justice. Investigator Grascia has worked in law enforcement for the past ten years in the following positions: Patrol Officer MTA Police Department, Detective Division MTA Police Department, Organized Crime Unit Westchester County DA Office, Gang Task Force Westchester County DA Office and the Westchester County HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Unit. He has written several articles that have been published pertaining to gang issues and lectures throughout the United States on Gang Identification, Gangster Rap, Outlaw Bikers, Hate Music (Resistance Music), Women and Gangs, and Youth Violence. He is also a Reviewing Editor for the Journal of Gang Research published by the National Gang Crime Research Center.


(76) "White Supremacy and How It Is Now Targeting Our Kids", by Andrew M. Grascia, Criminal Investigator, Westchester County DA Office, White Plains, NY.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Hate Groups/White Racist Extremist Gangs; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang Internet Investigation.

            Abstract

            This course will provide parents, teachers and law enforcement with insight into the new ways White Supremacy Groups are now targeting the youth of the world and iwll also show how the Internet is being used by these groups to further spread hate. Also explored will be the music (Resistance Music) that is now starting to become mainstream and how this music may be used to spread hate to unsuspecting youth.

            Bio

            Andrew M. Grascia is a Criminal Investigator with the Westchester County DA Office in White Plains, New York. He graduated from the University of Hartford with a BA in Sociology and a minor in criminal justice. Investigator Grascia has worked in law enforcement for the past ten years in the following positions: Patrol Officer MTA Police Department, Detective Division MTA Police Department, Organized Crime Unit Westchester County DA Office, Gang Task Force Westchester County DA Office and the Westchester County HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Unit. He has written several articles that have been published pertaining to gang issues and lectures throughout the United States on Gang Identification, Gangster Rap, Outlaw Bikers, Hate Music (Resistance Music), Women and Gangs, and Youth Violence. He is also a Reviewing Editor for the Journal of Gang Research published by the National Gang Crime Research Center.


(77) "The New Face of Gang Culture: Women Gang Members", by Andrew M. Grascia, Criminal Investigator, Westchester County DA Office, White Plains, NY.

            Two (2) Hours

            Session Credits: Female Gangs; Gang Profile Analysis.

            Abstract

            This course will provide parents, teachers and law enforcement with insight into how the role of women in the gang world has changed. This course will go over the different roles women play in gangs and how women gang members have moved from a support role to now running some of the most violent gangs in America.

            Bio

            Andrew M. Grascia is a Criminal Investigator with the Westchester County DA Office in White Plains, New York. He graduated from the University of Hartford with a BA in Sociology and a minor in criminal justice. Investigator Grascia has worked in law enforcement for the past ten years in the following positions: Patrol Officer MTA Police Department, Detective Division MTA Police Department, Organized Crime Unit Westchester County DA Office, Gang Task Force Westchester County DA Office and the Westchester County HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Unit. He has written several articles that have been published pertaining to gang issues and lectures throughout the United States on Gang Identification, Gangster Rap, Outlaw Bikers, Hate Music (Resistance Music), Women and Gangs, and Youth Violence. He is also a Reviewing Editor for the Journal of Gang Research published by the National Gang Crime Research Center.


(78) "Gangs 101: An Introduction on How to Identify Gangs", by Andrew M. Grascia, Criminal Investigator, Westchester County DA Office, White Plains, NY.

            Three (3) Hours

            Session Credits: Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang Prevention Skills; Recommended for Advanced Gang Identification.

            Abstract

            This class will explain how gangs operate in schools, gang identifiers, gang graffiti, the clothing gangs use to identify each other, gang hand signs and ways that schools and local communities can combat kids joining gangs.

            Bio

            Andrew M. Grascia is a Criminal Investigator with the Westchester County DA Office in White Plains, New York. He graduated from the University of Hartford with a BA in Sociology and a minor in criminal justice. Investigator Grascia has worked in law enforcement for the past ten years in the following positions: Patrol Officer MTA Police Department, Detective Division MTA Police Department, Organized Crime Unit Westchester County DA Office, Gang Task Force Westchester County DA Office and the Westchester County HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Unit. He has written several articles that have been published pertaining to gang issues and lectures throughout the United States on Gang Identification, Gangster Rap, Outlaw Bikers, Hate Music (Resistance Music), Women and Gangs, and Youth Violence. He is also a Reviewing Editor for the Journal of Gang Research published by the National Gang Crime Research Center.


(79) "Latino Gangs: A Look Inside One of the Fastest Growing Groups Inside the United States and How They Are Changing the Way Gangs Operate", by Andrew M. Grascia, Criminal Investigator, Westchester County DA Office, White Plains, NY.

            Two (2) Hours

            Session Credits: Gang Profile Analysis; Gang Crime Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            This class will review how Latino gangs differ from other gangs and how they are rapidly becoming one of the largest gangs currently active in the United States.

            Bio

            Andrew M. Grascia is a Criminal Investigator with the Westchester County DA Office in White Plains, New York. He graduated from the University of Hartford with a BA in Sociology and a minor in criminal justice. Investigator Grascia has worked in law enforcement for the past ten years in the following positions: Patrol Officer MTA Police Department, Detective Division MTA Police Department, Organized Crime Unit Westchester County DA Office, Gang Task Force Westchester County DA Office and the Westchester County HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Unit. He has written several articles that have been published pertaining to gang issues and lectures throughout the United States on Gang Identification, Gangster Rap, Outlaw Bikers, Hate Music (Resistance Music), Women and Gangs, and Youth Violence. He is also a Reviewing Editor for the Journal of Gang Research published by the National Gang Crime Research Center.


(80) "Arkansas National Guard Boot Camp for Gang Prevention/Intervention: A Military Perspective and Lessons Learned", by Dewey D. Mishler, Director of Counseling Services, Civilian Student Training Program, Arkansas Military Department, Camp J.T. Robinson, N. Little Rock, AR.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session Credits: Gang Counseling Techniques; Gang Prevention Skills.

            Abstract

            In 1993, Little Rock, Arkansas had the highest murder rate per capita in the country. The state had to report the deaths of black males between the ages of 15 to 24 years old to the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia. This was a result from the rise of gangs, gang violence, and gang control of the drug markets. In an effort to provide intervention and future prevention, multi-agency programs were formed. The Civilian Student Training Program (CSTP) sponsored by the Arkansas National Guard was one of the programs. CSTP is a military structured, multi-phase behavior management program for at-risk young men, 13-17 years old. CSTP works with juveniles who have been adjudicated delinquent, and court ordered to the program by a juvenile judge. CSTP goals include: early intervention, re-directing juveniles away from crime and substance abuse, encouraging continued education, and sponsoring mentorship. CSTP was a pilot project and only funded for two years. Based on the success of the program, would it be funded again? Eleven years later the success speaks for itself. CSTP was voted Youth Program of the Year 2002-2003 by the Arkansas Coalition for Juvenile Justice, and recognized by the 2003 NGCRC Conference with the Spirit of Excellence Award. This presentation will focus on gang counseling, early intervention, violence and substance abuse prevention, and how the program could be duplicated in your state.

            Bio

            Dewey D. Mishler, Director of Counseling Services, helped to design the Civilian Student Training Program in 1993. He has been involved working with and researching gangs throughout the State of Arkansas for eleven years. He has worked closely with the Arkansas Attorney General’s Youth Gang Task Force, Arkansas Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Arkansas Juvenile Officers Association, North Little Rock Mayor’s Office and the Youth Opportunity Symposium, School Safety Summit, Steve Nawojczk and the Nawojczyk Group (HBO Undercover “Banging in Little Rock”), and numerous law enforcement agencies. He has previously completed NGCRC training and has a B.A. in Behavioral Science/Counseling. Served on active duty with the U.S. Army.

  

(81) "Criminal Occult Groups, Satanism and the Goth Culture", by DeLano Gilkey, Director, National Youth Violence Consultants (NYVC), Kissimmee, Florida.

            2 hours

            Session Credits: Cults, Satanism and Gangs; Gang Prevention Skills; Hate Groups/White Racist Extremist Gangs.

            Abstract

            “I wasn’t born with enough middle fingers”. This quote from Marilyn Manson sums up the hopelessness and anger of some of our youth that have been caught up in the satanic web. Did you know that there is an overlap between Satanic dabbling and ordinary street gang membership activities? This workshop will explore youth involved in the Occult and the Goth movement. You will gain an understanding of the history, signs and symbols, the different levels of involvement, and the possible outcomes of sustained involvement. You will also gain knowledge on the correlation between occult groups and hate groups.

            Bio

            DeLano Gilkey is the Director of the National Youth Violence Consultants (NYVC). DeLano was a Consultant and Director of Prevention Services/Safe Schools/Truancy for the Rock Island County Regional Office of Education, and in July 2002 became the director of the NYVC. He has ten years of experience in Gang/Drug violence prevention and intervention, and twelve years experience in occult/satanism intervention. A member of the Midwest Gang Investigators Association (MGIA) and the past secretary of the Iowa/Illinois Bi-State Gang Intelligence Association. DeLano also holds the position of Vice President of the Illinois School Resource Officers Association. A nationally recognized speaker, DeLano was recently awarded the National Gang Crime Research Center’s highest honor, given out once a year, the “Frederic Milton Thrasher Award” for “Superior Trainer and Educator in 2002", “Superior Leadership and Service” in 2000, and in 1998 received the Thrasher Award for “Exemplary Accomplishments in Making Our Schools Safe from the Threat of Gang Violence”. DeLano is considered one of the nation’s most well rounded authorities on the subject of rural and suburban gangs and youth violence and working with at-risk youth. An ex-Marine and Firefighter has played a part in him becoming a valuable resource within the home, community, schools, police departments, courts and youth detention centers throughout America today. He has presented to thousands of youth, educators and law enforcement throughout the United States. DeLano is also a court expert witness, and a school safety and security consultant. Several community agencies and mental health institutions solicit his services for training and to conduct assessments that focus on determining client’s level of involvement with youth violence, gangs or the occult.

 

(82) "Cults and Terrorism", by Dr. Dan Feaster, executive director, counselor, and educator with the Samaritan Counseling Center of Southern Wisconsin.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills; Cults, Satanism and Gangs.

            Abstract

            This workshop will assist participants in gaining a general understanding of cults, what they are about and how they operate. Participants will gain an understanding of mind control and deception and how cult groups recruit new members and keep members involved. You will gain an appreciation of various categories of cult groups that include: religious, self-help or psychotherapy, economic, political and terrorist cults. Learn differences between healthy religious groups and cults. Analysis of how terrorist groups function using a cult and mind control model. Participants will gain an appreciation of who is at risk for cult involvement and learn ways to reduce the risk of joining a destructive group. The workshop will look at a case study of Islamic terrorism and focus on Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda.

            Bio

            Dr. Dan Feaster, is the executive director of the Samaritan Counseling Center of Southern Wisconsin. His background includes 26 years experience as a counselor and educator. He holds a Master of Social Work degree, Master of Divinity degree, and a Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling. He brings experience as a counselor, educator, magician, and martial arts instructor. Dr. Feaster has published a manual on Youth in Destructive Groups: Cults, Gangs, Teenage Satanism, and Hate Groups. He has presented workshops throughout the country on prevention and education and has provided counseling for at-risk youths involved in gangs, Satanism, and cults. He also serves on a national board of directors for a cult watch organization.


(83) "Teenage Satanism, Goth, and the Occult", by Dr. Dan Feaster, executive director, counselor, and educator with the Samaritan Counseling Center of Southern Wisconsin.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Cults, Satanism and Gangs.

            Abstract

            Discover why some adolescents are at risk for experimenting and dabbling in the occult, Goth movement, and Satanism. Identify at risk activities and warning signs of serious involvement. Participants will learn to identify gothic style traits and gain an appreciation of different types of occult and Satanism groups. Learn what you can do to prevent and treat those involved.

            Bio

            Dr. Dan Feaster, is the executive director of the Samaritan Counseling Center of Southern Wisconsin. His background includes 26 years experience as a counselor and educator. He holds a Master of Social Work degree, Master of Divinity degree, and a Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling. He brings experience as a counselor, educator, magician, and martial arts instructor. Dr. Feaster has published a manual on Youth in Destructive Groups: Cults, Gangs, Teenage Satanism, and Hate Groups. He has presented workshops throughout the country on prevention and education and has provided counseling for at-risk youths involved in gangs, Satanism, and cults. He also serves on a national board of directors for a cult watch organization.


(84) "Magic, Mind Reading, and Critical Thinking Skills", by Dr. Dan Feaster, executive director, counselor, and educator with the Samaritan Counseling Center of Southern Wisconsin.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session Credits: Cults, Satanism and Gangs; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Crime Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

            Learn how magic can be used to deceive people or teach people critical thinking skills. Participants will gain an understanding of magic and mind reading and how they can be used in deception. The use of magic can also help gain rapport with youths. Participants will also learn some magic tricks that can be taught to youths to assist them in learning critical thinking skills. For those interested, a magic kit will be available for purchase.

            Bio

            Dr. Dan Feaster, is the executive director of the Samaritan Counseling Center of Southern Wisconsin. His background includes 26 years experience as a counselor and educator. He holds a Master of Social Work degree, Master of Divinity degree, and a Doctorate in Pastoral Counseling. He brings experience as a counselor, educator, magician, and martial arts instructor. Dr. Feaster has published a manual on Youth in Destructive Groups: Cults, Gangs, Teenage Satanism, and Hate Groups. He has presented workshops throughout the country on prevention and education and has provided counseling for at-risk youths involved in gangs, Satanism, and cults. He also serves on a national board of directors for a cult watch organization.


(85) "Working With Gang Involved Probation Clients", by Dr. Charla Waxman, President of Charla Waxman Ltd., Deerfield, IL.

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: Gang Prevention Skills; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole.

            Abstract

            Although probation offers clear requirements for their clients, Dr. Waxman will provide specific techniques for motivating, interviewing and engaging the gang involved client. Ways to structure time with clients and ideas for creating skill building groups will also be addressed.

            Bio

            Dr. Charla Waxman has worked with difficult-to-reach kids for 26 years. Dr. Waxman has been interviewed nationally regarding her work with gangs and has presented both nationally and internationally on violence, gangs, suicide and motivating the unmotivated student. Her chapter on gangs will appear in the Encyclopedia of Social Issues of the 21 Century.

 

(86) "Understanding Truancy", by Dr. Charla Waxman, President of Charla Waxman Ltd., Deerfield, IL.

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang Prevention Skills.

            Abstract

            Truancy is a key factor in determining gang involvement. This presentation on truancy will provide the participant with an inside look at the truant student. The four types of truancy and ways to motivate this student will be addressed.

            Bio

            Dr. Charla Waxman has worked with difficult-to-reach kids for 26 years. Dr. Waxman has been interviewed nationally regarding her work with gangs and has presented both nationally and internationally on violence, gangs, suicide and motivating the unmotivated student. Her chapter on gangs will appear in the Encyclopedia of Social Issues of the 21 Century.

 

(87) "Counseling At-Risk Juveniles and Young Adults", by Dr. Charla Waxman, President of Charla Waxman Ltd., Deerfield, IL.

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: Gang Counseling Techniques; Gang Prevention Skills.

            Abstract

            This session covers counseling techniques and pitfalls in working with high-risk offenders and at-risk juveniles. The presentation will assist the participant to better understand how to respond to manipulation, addiction, anger, and lack of motivation for treatment. Lessons learned from 26 years of counseling will be shared in this session.

            Bio

            Dr. Charla Waxman has worked with difficult-to-reach kids for 26 years. Dr. Waxman has been interviewed nationally regarding her work with gangs and has presented both nationally and internationally on violence, gangs, suicide and motivating the unmotivated student. Her chapter on gangs will appear in the Encyclopedia of Social Issues of the 21 Century.

 

(88) "Girls in Gangs", by Dr. Charla Waxman, President of Charla Waxman Ltd., Deerfield, IL.

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: Female Gangs.

            Abstract

            Dealing with female delinquency has it own special considerations. This one hour presentation will offer the participant the opportunity to look inside the special pathology, needs, and issues in working with girl gang members.

            Bio

            Dr. Charla Waxman has worked with difficult-to-reach kids for 26 years. Dr. Waxman has been interviewed nationally regarding her work with gangs and has presented both nationally and internationally on violence, gangs, suicide and motivating the unmotivated student. Her chapter on gangs will appear in the Encyclopedia of Social Issues of the 21 Century.

 

(89) "White Extremists, Bikers and Drugs in the Midwest", by LT. Gregg W. Etter Sr., Ed.D., Director of Training, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office Wichita, KS.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Motorcycle Gangs; Gangs and Drugs; Hate Groups/White Racist Extremist Gangs; Gang Crime Investigation; Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence.

            Abstract

            White extremist and biker groups have many common characteristics and motivations. Both groups reject societal norms, wear distinctive clothing, embrace fascist totemism and commit crimes to further their respective causes. The types of crimes and the underlying reasons for these crimes are often different. Once adjudicated and placed inside correctional custody, the two groups often unite as a prison gang or STG. This presentation will examine what the two groups have in common, what is different, and their relationship to the drug trade in the mid-west.

            Bio

            LT. Gregg W. Etter Sr. Ed.D. is currently assigned as the Director of Training for the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and has served 27 years with that agency in a variety of assignments. He has earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Wichita State University and a Doctorate from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Etter is the author of numerous articles on law enforcement and corrections subjects and is a frequent contributor to the Journal of Gang Research. He has earned several Frederick Milton Thrasher Awards for his anti-gang activities. He is a member of the American Society of Law Enforcement Training, the American Society of Criminology and the British Society of Criminology. Dr. Etter teaches Criminal Justice at Washburn University.

 

 (90) "Overview of the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Joint Intelligence Sharing Initiative (JISI): A Look at the Bureau of Prisons Method of STG Classification", by Robert S. Johnson, Intelligence Research Specialist, Metropolitan Correctional Center, Chicago, IL.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session Credits: Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence; Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole.

            Note: This session is restricted to law enforcement/corrections/criminal justice agency officials, NGCRC staff.

            Abstract

            This session provides an overview of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) and the Joint Intelligence Sharing Initiative (JISI). This session will familiar participants to the structure and organization of the Federal Bureau of Prisons with an emphasis on correctional services. Participants will be introduced to the BOP's Joint Intelligence Sharing Initiative (JISI) and the Intelligence Officer program and how it can be an asset to other agencies This session will also provide a look at the BOP method of STG classification by examining how and why the BOP defines and classifies Security Threat Groups, the criteria of classification, and the benefit of monitoring these individuals.

            Who should attend? Law enforcement, correctional personnel, Gang/STG intelligence officers, STG coordinators, probation/parole officers, prosecutors — anyone who is interested in learning how the Bureau of Prisons’ Joint Inelligence Sharing Initiative (JISI) can be an investigative resource and an intelligence asset.

            Bio

            Robert S. (Bob) Johnson is an Intelligence Research Specialist with the Federal Bureau of Prisons at the Metropolitan Correctional Center ion Chicago. He has a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Central Oklahoma and has over 15 years of correctional experience. As an Intelligence Research Specialist, he serves as a Subject Matter Expert on the topic of Chicago area gangs, and he has authored Threat Assessments for the BOP on the Latin Kings, Vice Lords, El Rukns, and Black Gangster Disciples. Mr. Johnson is a certified Gang Specialist from the State of Illinois and the NGCRC. Mr. Johnson has completed 20 years of service with the U.S. Air Force Reserves, serving in the capacity of Intelligence Analysis and Security Specialist.

 

(91) "The Knock and Talk -- A Gang Prevention/Intervention Program for Police Officers", by Dan Woods, Aurora Police Department, Aurora, IL.

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: Gang Prevention Skills 

            Abstract

            The Knock and Talk program was developed by the Aurora Police Department as a prevention/intervention program, used by officers in the field. Officers are able to conduct a home visit of juveniles who have shown recent signs of gang involvement, educate the juveniles parent(s) and offer assistance to prevent future gang involvement. This program is a pro active way for Officers to develop an early relationship with at-risk youths and their parents. It is also an effective intelligence gathering tool. This program was designed with the patrol and/or gang officer in mind, but could be modified to be used by others.

            Bio

            Dan Woods has been a Police Officer with the City of Aurora, IL since 1993. He is currently assigned to the Police department’s Special Operations Group (Gang/Drug Unit) where he has served since 1999. He has extensive experience in street gang investigations, drug investigations, community education, youth gang intervention and prevention and has been a part time DARE instructor for the past six years. He served on a federal gang task force during an investigation into the Aurora Latin Kings street gang. Inv. Woods assisted in creating several gang presentations which are used for public, teacher, parent and law enforcement gang awareness education. He also has over 120 hours in formal gang training including Illinois state certification, N.G.C.R.C. certification and advanced gang identification from the Institute of Police Technology and Management.

 

(92) "School and Community Based Gang Prevention and Intervention Workshop", by Malik Aziz, Program Director, Safe Schools, Safer Communities Program, Philadelphia, PA and Charles "Chuck" Morris, Founder, Champion Youth Foundation, Philadelphia, PA.

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang Prevention Skills.

            Abstract

            This workshop is an introduction to a mentoring program that uses people from the community in partnership with local business and faith-based organizations, focusing on empowering young people with the tools and training they require to resist the pressure and temptations of a gang life. The professionals use their experience in business and provide resources to show the young people how to make and implement plans for their life the same way it is done in business.

            Bios

            Malik Aziz is the Program Director for Safe Schools, Safer Communities Program, at the Mayor’s Office of Community Services, City of Philadelphia, he is also the founder and co-chair of “Men United for a Better Philadelphia”, a coalition of men dedicated to ending violence in the City of Philadelphia, also special liaison to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, Philadelphia Prison Systems and Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, member of Pennsylvania Citizens Advisory Board of Probation and Parole, Board Member Mayor’s Drug and Alcohol Executive Commission member, Philadelphia Police Commissioner Sylvester Johnson’s Citizen Advisory committee serving as committee chairman. Malik Aziz is also a consultant to the gang and drug prevention program “Deal Me Out” which fully explains the pitfalls of being involved in gangs and illegal activities (know who you are always).

            On Feb. 1, 1977 Charles B. Morris was born to a single parent household in Philadelphia, PA. In 1995, Mr. Morris graduated from high school with honors. Although he was the first in his family to have the option to go to college, he decided to serve his country in the U.S. Army. During his duty, he received Urban Combat and Anti-Terrorist Training, Combat Infantry Traning, and became an Optical Laboratory Specialist. In 1998, Mr. Morris was discharged from the U.S. Army due to a knee injury. Currently he serves as a youth counselor and motivational speaker in Philadelphia and surrounding area schools. He is the founder of Champion Youth Foundation, created to empower youth mentally, emotionally and physically. Mr. Morris is also the founder and owner of B.E.A.R. 8 ENTERPRISES, LLC which serves as the umbrella for five subsidiary companies.


(93) "Profile of Three Major California Street Gangs: Impacting the Midwest", by Commander Bruce Malkin, West Chicago Police Department, West Chicago, IL.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Gang Investigation Skills; Advanced Gang Identification; Gang Profile Analysis.

            Abstract

            Northern Illinois has experienced an influx of two major Hispanic street gangs with their roots from California and Mexico. The Surenos (13s) and Eighteens (18s) have been expanding in numbers throughout the midwest and have become a current problem for many law enforcement agencies. This session will assist participants in how to identify and document members belonging to these gangs as well as profiling their origin back to California and Mexico.

            Bios

             Bruce Malkin is currently a Commander for the West Chicago Police Department with over 26 years of law enforcement experience. He has been investigating street gang crimes for the last 14 years. He currently supervises the department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit whose focus is to develop gang related prevention initiatives, intelligence collection of street gang activity and enforcement activities. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and has his Master’s Degree in Social Work. He currently is an instructor for Northeast Multiregional Training, lecturing on the “Intracacies of Hispanic Street Gangs” and “Street Gang Identification and Activities Overview”. He also assisted, developed and implemented a training curriculum for “Gang Awareness and Identification” specifically for DuPage County Law Enforcement. Bruce is a part-time member of the College of DuPage and teaches “Gangs in the Criminal Justice System”. Bruce is also an active member of the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office “Task Force on Gangs”.


(94) "Developing a Comprehensive Community Based Approach to Reducing Gang Violence", by Chief Gerald S. Mourning and Commander Bruce Malkin, West Chicago Police Department, West Chicago, IL.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Crime Investigation Skills

            Abstract

            Given the concern regarding the emergence and spread of youth gangs, this presentation will provide law enforcement officers with a coordinated response to addressing street gang activity within their own community. This approach to addressing street gang violence is based on the premise that law enforcement officers should take a leadership role in maintaining a collaborative relationship between the police department, city government and the community. This presentation will provide a foundation for addressing street gang activity through the coordination of law enforcement education, community partnerships, and prevention strategies.

            Bios

            Gerald Mourning has been in Law Enforcement for 26 years serving as Chief of Police for the West Chicago Police Department for the past 12 years. During his tenure with the West Chicago Police Department he has spear-headed the department’s anti-gang initiatives. Prior to coming to West Chicago he served as Safety Director for the Milwaukee School System for 5 years. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Administration of Justice from Southern Illinois University and received his Masters of Science in Criminal Justice Administration from Aurora University. He has chaired the DuPage County Chiefs Association Task Force on Gangs and currently chairs the West Chicago Community Gang Task Force.

            Bruce Malkin is currently a Commander for the West Chicago Police Department with over 26 years of law enforcement experience. He has been investigating street gang crimes for the last 14 years. He currently supervises the department’s Problem Oriented Policing Unit whose focus is to develop gang related prevention initiatives, intelligence collection of street gang activity and enforcement activities. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and has his Master’s Degree in Social Work. He currently is an instructor for Northeast Multiregional Training, lecturing on the “Intracacies of Hispanic Street Gangs” and “Street Gang Identification and Activities Overview”. He also assisted, developed and implemented a training curriculum for “Gang Awareness and Identification” specifically for DuPage County Law Enforcement. Bruce is a part-time member of the College of DuPage and teaches “Gangs in the Criminal Justice System”. Bruce is also an active member of the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s Office “Task Force on Gangs”.


(95) "Zero Tolerance: A Civilian and Law Enforcement Strategy to Stop Gang Homicide", by Keenan L. Allen, Director of Pathways to Peace, Rochester, NY; Marisol O. Lopez, Chief of Staff, City of Rochester, NY; and Moses E. Robinson, School Resource Officer, Rochester, NY.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session Credits: Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Homicide Investigation Skills..

            Abstract

            This presentation is designed to share details of an effective gang suppression strategy used in Rochester, New York. Participants will learn: Roadblocks to inter-agency collaboration and how to overcome them; Strategies to get members of the Mayor’s Office, Police Department, Probation, Parole, Judges, District Attorney, United States Attorney, Defense Attorney, Faith Community, and citizens together to identify gangs, their memberships, their activities and weaken them; the information gathering techniques and how they are used to suppress gang activity; how gang outreach is used to assist gang members in making positive changes and law enforcement in removing dangerous individuals from the streets; police strategies and resources used to build cases on gang members and dismantle gangs; all details necessary to effectively initiate this strategy. This is an excellent training for law enforcement, government agencies, faith leaders, outreach workers and leaders of communities that are exploring fresh ways to develop inter-agency cooperation and collaboration.

            Bios

            Marisol O. Lopez is the Chief of Staff for the City of Rochester administering the operations of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Human Services, and the City’s Library System. Marisol also has oversight responsibility for two high priorities: the Neighborhood Empowerment Teams, and the Youth Violence Initiative. The latter project is aimed at curbing violence among youths (age 13-21). Responsible for over 600 staff and more than thirty million dollars in the annual budget, she is a Mayoral appointee and the highest ranking female in the City’s Administration. A graduate of Barry University, she served as the founding Chairperson of the National Organization for Weed and Seed, and is active as a board member in various organizations such as The Center for Youth Services, and the NY Chapter of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

            Keenan L. Allen is Director of Pathways to Peace, a youth violence and gang intervention service for the City of Rochester, NY. Keenan manages a team of street outreach workers who focus on identifying, assessing and linking Rochester’s most violent 13-25 year olds and gang members to services to make them productive citizens. Keenan and his staff of seven have successfully linked over 3,000 people in six years. Keenan works closely with the Rochester Police Department, Monroe County District Attorney, United States Attorney Western District and other law enforcement agencies, community based organizations and community leaders to reduce youth violence and gang activity. Keenan is the Mayor’s chief consultant and representative on youth violence and gangs. Keenan is a 1992 graduate of the State University of New York at Brockport, with a B.S. in History and served in Mayor William A. Johnson’s administration since 1998.

            Moses E. Robinson is a 18-year veteran officer with the Rochester, New York Police Department. Currently he is assigned as a School Resource Officer at a local City of Rochester High School. He works with students and faculty in elementary, middle and high schools , providing assistance in the area of drug resistance training, peer mediation, leadership training and conflict resolution. He is a member of the East Coast Gang Investigators Association, the Midwest Gang Investigators Association, the Florida Gang Investigators Association, and the International Latino Gang Investigators Association. He is a speaker for the New York State Department of Criminal Justice Office of Public Safety on gang awareness. He is a speaker on both the national and state level on gang related issues, and a frequent presenter in the City of Rochester area for Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Agencies.


(96) "The Changing Face of One Percent Motorcycle Clubs: Puppet Clubs and Recruitment Pools", by William L. Dulaney, Assistant Professor, Florida State University - Panama City.

            Two (2) hours

            Session Credits: Motorcycle gangs

            Abstract

            This session will present recent findings from field research in the Mid-to-Southeastern United States (e.g., Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina) with special emphasis placed on the relatively recent phenomenon of “support” or “associate” clubs affiliated with One Percent Motorcycle clubs such as the Hells Angels, Outlaws, and Bandidos. The session will begin with a brief orientation on the history and evolution of outlaw motorcycle clubs, then proceed with a detailed presentation of outlaw motorcycle club entrance and exit rituals, organizational symbols as a means of club identification, recent One Percent motorcycle club recruitment activities, and will end with a question and answer session. The question and answer session should be an excellent forum for session attendees and the presenter to share information.

            Bio

            William Dulaney is a professor at The Florida State University - Panama City. He has presented research on outlaw bikers at many national and international academic conferences, as well as to Florida state and local audiences. William has conducted covered field research over the past four years while writing his Master’s and Doctoral theses. His Ph.D. dissertation is titled “Give None, Take None”: An Ethnographic Analysis of Outlaw Motorcycle Club Symbols (May, 2004). As a lifelong motorcyclist, William’s access to the outlaw biker subculture is nearly unrestricted across the United States, with special emphasis in the Mid-to-Southeastern parts of the country (e.g., Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina). His research foci include entrance and exit rituals, organizational identity, and organizational symbols in the outlaw biker subculture. William served his country for nearly twelve years in the United States Air Force and has been teaching at Florida State since 2001.


(97) "Gangs, Organized Crimes, and Transnational Crimes", by Janice Joseph, Ph.D., professor of Criminal Justice, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Pomona, NJ.

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Profile Analysis; Behavioral Science Threat Analysis: Gangs/Terrorism.. 

            Abstract 

            The end of the Cold War and the breakdown of the barriers between East and West, the development of free trade areas in Western Europe and North America, and the emergence of global financial and trading systems have fundamentally changed the context in which criminal organizations operate. Transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) are using street gangs for their illegal activities. Such gangs include the Jamaican Posses, Nigerian gangs, Asian gangs, and Hispanic gangs. This session will provide an overview of how gangs are involved in crimes that cross international boundaries, their criminal activities, effects of transnational crimes, and measures to combat these crimes.

            Bio

            Janice Joseph, Ph.D. is a professor of the Criminal Justice Program at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. She is the Editor for Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice. She earned her Ph.D. degree from York University in Toronto, Canada. She is the author of the book Black Youths, Delinquency, and Juvenile Justice and has published numerous articles on delinquency, gangs, violence against women, and minorities and crime. She has earned a Frederick Thrasher award for her research on gangs and is a longtime associate of the NGCRC. She is a member of the American Society of Criminology, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, World Society of Victimology, and European Society of Criminology.


(98) "Update on Midwest Gang Identifiers", by Dan Woods, Aurora Police Department, Aurora, IL.

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: Advanced Gang Identification. 

            Abstract

            This course is intended to provide updated information on current trends in gang identification. It will include ways in which some Midwest gangs are using certain signs and symbols to represent their gang. Participants will be expected to have a basic knowledge of Midwest identifiers, therefore these basic identifiers will be covered only briefly. More focus will be placed on the use of numbers and their hidden meanings. Also symbolism in current sports clothing will be discussed. This course mainly focuses on a few Midwest gangs but the principles of identification can be applied to most modern day street gangs. This course will encourage participation from all so please bring your unique gang identification ideas along. 

            Bio

            Dan Woods has been a Police Officer with the City of Aurora, IL since 1993. He is currently assigned to the Police department’s Special Operations Group (Gang/Drug Unit) where he has served since 1999. He has extensive experience in street gang investigations, drug investigations, community education, youth gang intervention and prevention and has been a part time DARE instructor for the past six years. He served on a federal gang task force during an investigation into the Aurora Latin Kings street gang. Inv. Woods assisted in creating several gang presentations which are used for public, teacher, parent and law enforcement gang awareness education. He also has over 120 hours in formal gang training including Illinois state certification, N.G.C.R.C. certification and advanced gang identification from the Institute of Police Technology and Management.


(99) "Street Gang Identification & Investigation: Small Town America", by Det. Errol Randle and Det. Tim Palmer, Charleston Police Department, WV.

            Four (4) hours 

            Session credits: Advanced Gang Identification, Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools.

            Abstract

              This course of instruction is designed for law enforcement personnel of smaller municipalities who don’t have full time gang investigators, school administrators, and counselors. To begin, students will be given a broad overview of traditional gangs on a national level. The course will then evolve, due to the migration of gangs across the country, and illustrate how gangs have infiltrated "small town America". Successfully proven investigative techniques will then be taught ranging from understanding the gang member mindset, understanding the gang subsculture, to officer safety.

            This course will be presented on power point with real life interviews on video in which gang members give their perspective on their involvement allowing students to analyze their mindset. Other points of interest will include analyzing rap music, report documentation techniques, and the latest techniques used against law enforcement to avoid prosecution. Last, but not least, this course will show how all of society has a role in combating this social dilemma.

            Bios

            Det. Errol Randle is currently serving with the Charleston, WV police department with ten (10) years of experience. Randle is assigned to the street crimes unit in which his duties include investigating street gangs, street level drug dealing and prostitution. Det. Randle has received an award from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of West Virginia, for his participation in the federal investigation and prosecution of a street gang involved in a major drug conspiracy. Det. Randle is also a hostage negotiator and street gang instructor for the Charleston Police Department.

            Det. Tim Palmer is currently serving with the Charleston, WV police department with eleven (11) years experience. He is a trained street gang investigator/instructor and for the past seven (7) years has been assigned as a detective with the street crimes unit. Det. Palmer received an award from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of West Virginia, for his participation in the federal investigation and prosecution of a street gang involved in a majora drug conspiracy. Det. Palmer was named Charleston Police Department’s “Officer of the Year” for 1998. Det. Palmer is also a hostage negotiator for the Charleston Police Department.


(100) "Non-Traditional Organized Crime --- Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs: The New Millenium", by Ron Holmes, ATF (Rtd.), Currently employed as an Investigator, Peotone, Illinois Police Department.

            Four (4) hours

            Note: Restricted session --- open only to Criminal Justice Personnel.

            Session Credits: Motorcycle Gangs; Gang Crime Investigation Skills; Gang Homicide Investigation Skills.

            Abstract

           This fast-paced, high-powered advanced section of instruction will bring about a better understanding of the evolution of outlaw motorcycle gangs, known as 1%'ers, from their early days as non-conformist rebels to their present day status as non-traditional organized crime groups. This session will dispel the myth that these sophisticated crime groups are not the individuals depicted in the media, the entertainment industry, and, in some cases, the minds of law enforcement as "good ole boys riding their hogs".

            Attendees will be able to gain a comprehensive understanding of the formation of outlaw motorcycle gangs throughout the world and their evolution from gang to Non-Traditional Organized Crime; recognize the movement, begun in earnest in the 1990's, of the outlaw motorcycle gangs into federations and coalitions and, in some cases, advised by attorneys; gain an understanding of the significance that the N.C.O.M./A.I.M. has played in bringing the "clubs together"; observe the interaction between 1%er gangs and some, so-called law enforcement clubs, dispel the myths and be aware of the entry of OMG's into the legal world and their use of the system; and, in investigating the 1%er's in the future, where are they headed next?

            This course includes the following types of updated information: (a) The so-called truce between the 1%er's enacted in the late nineties and, just as projected, its demise in 2001 and its current status, (b) the session will include video material on an OMG-related homicide whereby different gangs cooperated together against a so-called common enemy before the truce fell apart, ( c) the session will include video and updated information on the shootout between gangs at the Hell-Raisers Ball in New York, (d) the session will include video and updated information on the shootout between gangs at Harrah’s Casino, Laughlin, Nevada, (e) the session will graphically depict the incredible growth of the major 1%er gangs and their "puppet" gangs in the last ten years; and (f) the session will provide the much acclaimed, and useful, motorcycle gang Violence TimeLine for 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and thus far for 2004.

            Bio

            Ron Holmes retired from the ATF in 2000 and became an investigator with the Peotone Police Department. He has thirty years of law enforcement experience, with over twenty years investigating outlaw motorcycle gangs, making him a sought after trainer and consultant on OMGs. He is a member of the I.O.M.G.I.A. and the M.C.I.O, and the M.G.I.A.; having served as the first Vice President of the M.C.I.O; and he has provided training on OMG’s for NEMRT (IL), NILETA (IN), various state police academies, and other agencies and organizations. He is a graduate of Indiana State University and served four years with the United States Marine Corps.


(101) "The Yonkers Study Buddy Program: Lessons Learned for Gang Prevention/Intervention", by Freda Macon, Director of Youth & Family Programs, CLUSTER, Inc., Yonkers, NY.

            One (1) hour

            Session Credits: Gang Prevention Skills; Gang Problems in K-12 Schools.

            Abstract

            Gang recruitment is being targeted at younger and younger children every day. This session focuses on issues of early childhood development in relationship to understanding the role of “trust and respect” in gang membership. The session will identify some themes and ideas of gang intimidation and influences for school-aged youth. This session will provide resources, materials and activities that will assist workers with youth assessment. The assessment will help provide clear outcomes that will demonstrate desired behaviors in the community (based on the successful youth development program STUDY BUDDY Program, SW Yonkers NY model).

            Bio

            Fred Macon, Director of Youth & Family Programs has served the Yonkers community for more than 10 years with CLUSTER, Inc., in a variety of assignments. She is a Certified Train the Trainer (Project Adventure - Work Family Directions) with projects in Yonkers Public Schools, and a Certified Mentoring Supervisor, Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC. She is an Appointed Member with the Westchester Officer of the County Executive since 2000. Ms. Macon has been recognized for Outstanding Leadership in Development and Support of Educational Programs with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Westchester County, and Recognized Member of the Westchester Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect.


(102) "T.A.R.G.E.T.S.: Teachers Against Relentless Gangs Evolving Through Schools", by William Keith Dodson, Durham Co. Sheriff’s Office, Durham, NC; and Daryl Macaluso, Durham Police Department, Durham, NC.

            1.5 hours (90 minutes)

            Session Credits: Gang Problems in K-12 Schools; Gang Prevention Skills; Advanced Gang Identification Skills.

            Abstract 

            TARGETS is a school-based program that focuses on instructing teachers, administrators, SRO’s and staff about the current gang philosophy, dress, signs, codes, symbols, language and recruiting techniques associated with gang activity in schools. It provides school personnel with a good understanding of the gang culture and provides school officials with information, suggestions, effective programs and initiatives for identifying and dealing with gang members in our schools so that SROs may work together with informed school personnel to combat the increase of gang activity in schools.

            Bios

            W. Keith Dodson holds a B.S. degree from the University of North Carolina Pembroke (Teaching/Recreation Management); Gang investigator with the Durham County Sheriff’s Office; member of the North Carolina Gang Investigators Association; member of the National School Resource Officer Association; 3 years as an SRO in middle school; Gang Resistance Education and Training Instructor; member of the Gang Resistance Unit Joint Task Force; featured in the gang documentary Welcome 2 durham.

            Daryl Macaluso is a polices officer with the Durham Police Department, school gang investigator (with Durham City’s Gang Resistance Unit); member of the National School Resource Officers Association; member of the International Latino Gang Investigators Association; member of the North Carolina School Resource Officer Association; member of the North Carolina Gang Investigators Association; 3 years as an SRO in middle and high school; GREAT instructor; and North Carolina Military Academy Instructor.


 









 

              THE NGCRC 2004 SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL GANG SPECIALIST TRAINING PROGRAM

REGISTRATION FORM: March, 2004 Version

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If registering for Certification, Complete this section ONLY if you have previously been Certified by the National Gang Crime Research Center at any of the previous NGCRC International Gang Specialist Training Conference(s). I received NGCRC certification from (check one or more as may apply in your situation):

___First International ___Second International ___Third International ___Fourth International ___Fifth International ___Sixth International


SPECIAL TRAINING TRACKS (If you are registering for Certification, you also need to complete this section): CHECK ONE ONLY (this is for your second certificate described elsewhere in this brochure):

_____ Gang Crime Investigation Skills Track

_____ Gang Homicide Investigation Skills Track

_____ Domestic Counter-Terrorism Skills Track

_____ Asian Gang Issues Track

_____ Gang Profile Analysis Track

_____ Gang Interview/Interrogation Skills Track

_____ Gangs and Drugs Track

_____ Gang Prosecution Track

_____ Corrections Gang/STG Intelligence Track

_____ Gang Prevention Skills Track

_____ Gang Problems in K-12 Schools Track

_____ Faith-Based Programs for Gang Intervention Track

_____ Officer Safety Skills in Dealing With Gangs Track

_____ Gang Counseling Techniques Track

_____ Cults, Satanism and Gangs Track

_____ Hate Group/White Racist Extremist Gangs Track

_____ Dealing With Gang Members in Probation/Parole Track

_____ Advanced Gang Identification

_____ Gang Internet Investigation

_____ Management and Supervision Skills for Gang Specialists

_____ Motorcycle Gangs (restricted to Law Enforcement ONLY)

_____Female Gangs

_____Behavioral Science Threat Analysis: Gangs/Terrorism

_____Gang Program Grantwriting/Fundraising Skills

Your registration fee does not cover your hotel room or parking or meals. Your registration fee covers only the training itself.

Amount to pay for Registration (see schedule below):

REGISTRATION COSTS:

Note that the cost schedule refers to when exactly the payment is actually made for the training registration.

Registration Costs: Note the Cost Depends Upon When Payment is Actually Made. See schedule below.

Advance Registration Period: On or       

                                              Before            

                                             4-30-2004

NON-CERTIFICATION:    $400

CERTIFICATION:               $450

Regular Registration Period:  5-1-2004         6-1-2004

                                              thru                   thru

                                            5-31-2004      6-30-2004

NON-CERTIFICATION:      $450                $500

CERTIFICATION:                 $500                $550

Late Registration Period:       7-1-2004

                                              thru                   After

                                             7-31-2004        8-1-2004

NON-CERTIFICATION:      $550                $575

CERTIFICATION:                 $600                 $675


NOTE: Payment must be received by the NGCRC prior to the conference itself.

Group Discount Code:_____________               

PAYMENT METHOD: Sorry, no credit cards can be accepted for payment, only checks or money orders can be accepted for payment. Electronic fund transfer arrangements are available to federal agencies.

Make checks or money orders payable to "National Gang Crime Research Center". Make sure to mail a copy of your registration with the payment so that proper credit can be made to your registration. Send registration forms and payment to: National Gang Crime Research Center, 2004 Conference Processing Center, P.O. Box 990, Peotone, IL 60468-0990.