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Webinar: Reduce pursuit risks with training and technology for law enforcement

Interactive Pursuit De-Escalation Driver training and less-lethal pursuit technologies improve officer decision-making and manage risk when adrenaline is pumping


Sponsored by Pursuit Response

Register to attend September 30

High-speed vehicle pursuits are complicated and pose significant risks to suspects, innocent victims and police. Decisions to pursue are made rapidly, and policy, pursuit situational based training and available GPS technology all play critical roles in literally slowing these dangerous events during critical high-risk situations. Law enforcement agencies are being asked to consider the increase of pursuits, how they can be perceived by communities, how pursuits place in officer misconduct profiles and the high cost of pursuit-related wrongful death cases to municipalities and departments.

Proven less-lethal alternatives can improve your strategy for redefining high-speed pursuits or avoiding them altogether. This webinar explores the risks inherent in pursuits, and how improved behavioral tactics and technology can empower law enforcement to leverage these new tactics to manage, monitor and end high-risk incidents quickly while keeping focus on community safety.

Upon completion of this webinar, you’ll be able to:

  1. Identify risks for law enforcement and how policy and legislative actions may require and support pursuit avoidance, management technologies, and contemporary interactive pursuit driver training.
  2. Understand how behavioral tactics and GPS technology can deescalate vehicle pursuits by providing critical time to slow events to foster safer decision outcomes.
  3. Recognize less-lethal technologies, including interactive simulation-based driver training that can be used to assure the best outcomes in high-risk vehicle and pursuit incidents.

Register now to attend September 30 at 10 a.m. PDT / 12 p.m. CDT / 1 p.m. EDT. 

By registering now, if you are unable to attend the live webinar, you will still have the option to view the webinar on-demand after the event takes place.

MEET OUR SPEAKERS

Dr. Geoffrey P. Alpert, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Dr. Geoffrey P. Alpert is a Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of South Carolina and has an appointment at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. He has taught at the FBI National Academy, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and The Senior Management Institute for Police. He is currently a Federal Monitor for the New Orleans Police Department and on the compliance team for the Portland, Oregon Police Bureau. He has testified to Congress, several state legislatures, and the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Research Advisory Committee and the PERF Research Advisory Board. For the past forty years, his research interests have focused on police use of force, pursuit driving and the linkages between researchers and practitioners.

Jonathan Farris, Founder and Chief Advocate

Jonathan Farris is the founder and Chief Advocate of Pursuit For Change (PFC), a Wisconsin-based police pursuit advocacy. Jon's son Paul was killed in 2007. Paul was 23 and an innocent victim caught up in a misdemeanor traffic violation police pursuit. Since that day, Jon has been an advocate for fewer and safer pursuits. Jon is the retired Chairman of PursuitSAFETY, a national non-profit working with innocent victims of pursuits. Jon conducts police department training sessions, often for recruit classes, focusing on the consequences of pursuits. Jon is a regular contributor for news media across the United States.

When not working on Pursuit for Change activities, Jon is President of InsuranceRescue Services, LLC, a contract and consulting firm.

 

OUR MODERATOR

Ken Wallentine, Supervisory Special Agent

Ken Wallentine is a Supervisory Special Agent for the Utah Attorney General, where he directs the use of force and virtual reality training center. He is the Senior Advisor to the Officer-Involved Critical Incident Investigation Team and the Utah Child Abduction Response Team.

Ken is the former Chief of Law Enforcement for the Utah Attorney General, having served over three decades in public safety. He serves as the Chairman of the Peace Officer Merit Commission of Greater Salt Lake County. Numerous risk management pools have called on his expertise to train and consult for use of force risk mitigation and claims management.

Ken formerly served as Bureau Chief of the POST Investigations Bureau and as Administrative Counsel for Utah Department of Public Safety. He consults on use of force issues nationally and has served as an expert witness in a number of police shootings and deaths associated with electronic control devices. A law enforcement officer since 1982, he has been editor-in-chief of a prestigious law journal, law professor, practicing public attorney and municipal judge.

Chief Wallentine is the editor of Xiphos, a national monthly newsletter updating officers on criminal procedure and liability developments. Ken’s deskbook on criminal procedure, Street Legal: A Guide for Police, Prosecutors & Defenders, was published by the American Bar Association Publishing Company and is widely used in law schools and criminal justice programs. His most recent book, The K9 Officer’s Legal Handbook, 2nd Ed., was published by LexisNexis.

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