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In today’s dynamic law enforcement landscape, building trust and ensuring public safety go hand in hand. To achieve this, officers must have the necessary knowledge, skills and resources to engage effectively with every member of the communities they serve. Join us for this webinar where our panel of law enforcement experts focus on the critical need for training officers to interact with vulnerable populations.

You will learn:

  • How awareness of autism, mental health and different abilities is critical for law enforcement and the unique considerations involved in interacting with these members of the community.
  • Best practices for training officers on engaging with individuals who are on the autism spectrum or those who are differently abled, including strategies for promoting understanding, empathy and respectful interactions.
  • Practical tips for using technology to enhance ongoing training for your teams.
  • How to establish an effective program for reviewing, analyzing and training around officer-citizen interactions for continuous process improvements and accountability.


“My son is autistic and I pray that if a situation would ever arise, someone with this training will be involved.”

“Very informed and knowledgeable presenters. I gained a new perspective on this topic.”

“The information was clear and easy to understand.”

“The whole training was informative!”

“The presenters were all very knowledgeable and presented well.”



L - R: Jennifer Matthews, Brad Flynn, Marty Corley, John Boyd

Dr. Jennifer Matthews is a renowned public speaker, author, educator, and thought leader dedicated to inspiring individuals and organizations to reach their full potential. Dr. Jennifer Matthews has 18+ years of hands-on and educational experience in the field of criminal justice. She is third-generation law enforcement as well. During her career, most recently, Dr. Matthews has implemented a 1 million dollar body-worn camera program and managed 9 crime surveillance analysts to support compliance and support a 20% workforce reduction. During her time tenure at the Sheriff’s Department, she executed, developed, trained, and directed analytics of a four-million-dollar body-worn camera program for 3000+ sworn staff members to improve employee engagement and performance management. Dr. Matthews was an integral part of the training model utilized by officers and staff members as a best practice model in Chicago. Dr. Matthews is the owner and subject matter expert on body-worn cameras and closed-circuit television digital media at Dr. Jennifer Matthews Consulting.

Chief Brad Flynn currently serves as the Chief of Police for the Helena, Alabama Police Department. He has worked in law enforcement for over 30 years and has served in many capacities during his career, including Narcotics and Undercover Investigations, Tactical Operations Operator and Team Commander, Traffic Homicide Investigator, Media Relations Officer and 10 years as Criminal Investigations Division Commander. During his tour in the Criminal Investigations Division, he assisted the Queensland, Australia Police Service into the death of an American citizen, Christina Thomas Watson, who died under suspicious circumstances while scuba diving off the coast of Australia in 2003. This investigation garnered worldwide attention and lasted for over 8 years and spanned the globe in the search for justice.

Marty Corley is the son of the late Reverend Iva Corley and Cora Cambridge. He was born and raised in Michigan City, IN and graduated from the Michigan City Area Schools. He obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree from Saint Joseph’s College (Rensselaer, IN) and then went on to work in the criminal justice field. Currently, employed with the Michigan City Police Department since October of 2000 and currently serves as the Chief of Police (appointed January 2024). He graduated from the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in March 2001 (Class 129). While working at MCPD, he has worked in various capacities with 2 ½ years as Chief of Operations (Assistant Chief of Police-Appointed August 2021 to January 2024), 12 years in the investigative division, 17 years on the MCPD Special Weapons and Tactics Team (S.W.A.T.), over 10 years as a Drug Recognition Expert and Indiana Law Enforcement Certified Instructor, Director of the MCPD Youth Leadership Academy, and Lead Instructor for the MCPD Police Explorers Post #75.


John Boyd joined Utility with over 34 years of experience in Law Enforcement and currently serves as manager of law enforcement engagement. He is recently retired from the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office in Northwest Indiana where he served two terms as Sheriff. He is a graduate of Purdue University and resides in Indiana with his wife Amy and their two children who are currently attending Butler University.