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Court Safety and Security Conference

Mar 7-9, 2017 | Appleton, WI | Conference


Courthouses serve as the center of many government, legal, and community activities, but they can also be vulnerable to threats of violence for all who use them. Join us to learn effective strategies and best practices to enhance courthouse security and prevent violence. Gather tools and resources from current security experts for court security planning committees, victim/witness safety considerations, community and media collaboration, and security recommendations. Gain understanding of behaviors associated with mental health disorders and workplace violence and how they impact courthouse safety.

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Conference Highlights include: * Case Study: The Aaron Hernandez Trial * The Boston Marathon Bombing Trial * Police and Social Media * Handling Court Related Violence

What's In It For You

After attending the conference, you will be able to: • Recognize and respond to security threats to court facilities and court personnel • Identify how mental health and/or substance abuse impacts behavior • Examine conflict management methods • Identify effective court security practices

Is this training for you?

The following would benefit from this training:
• Court System Personnel
• Emergency Management
• Law Enforcement
• Prosecutors
• Social Workers
• Victim Service Providers

About the Venue

Radisson Paper Valley Hotel 333 W College Ave Appleton, WI 54911

Lodging Options

Radisson Paper Valley Hotel 333 W College Ave Appleton, WI 54911 Call (920)733-8000 to make your reservation $82/night - single, government rate $109/night - double, government rate

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Court Safety and Security Conference

Mar 7-9, 2017 | Appleton, WI



Mar 7, 2017


Time
Session

12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Registration and Information Desk Open


1:00 PM - 1:15 PM
Conference Opening
Welcoming Remarks Conference Overview
Speakers:
Sara Ward-Cassady - Deputy Director for State Courts | David Tellock - Program Manager, NCJTC

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Case Study: The Aaron Hernandez Trial
In 2013, former National Football League player Aaron Hernandez was charged in the murder of Odin Lloyd. The 11-week trial in Bristol County, Massachusetts, presented numerous challenges to court safety and security. At this session, key players involved in the proceedings will describe how they approached the trial. Attendees will hear how to formulate a security plan, how to protect members of the jury, and how to manage inmate movement. Details regarding media relations will also be discussed. In addition, unexpected challenges that arose during the course of the trial will demonstrate why flexibility is needed when developing a security and safety plan for any type of trial. Finally, the discussion will include precautions that can help protect court officials and staff from appearing biased when a case includes a well-known public figure.
Speakers:
E. Susan Garsh - Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Court | Raph Tavares - Chief Superior Court Officer, Fall River | Garrett R. Fregault, Esq. - Assistant Clerk/Magistrate, Bristol Superior Court | Jeffery P. Morrow - Director of Security, Massachusetts Trial Court

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Break


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Case Study: The Aaron Hernandez Trial (continued)


3:30 PM - 3:45 PM
Break


3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Workshop #1 - Criminal Justice Professionals and Social Media: Adapting to New Challenges
The use of social media has helped police to solve crimes, build relationships with public, and share information in new and innovative ways. Unfortunately, a new dynamic has developed over the last two years creating new challenges for police. Social media runs rampant with rumor and innuendo and the truth is often lost. Dynamic events are often edited and published without context while police agencies delay the release of information. Incidents of officer misconduct, while rare, receive disproportionate attention leaving the public with false assumptions which have undermined public trust. Officers are being goaded into confrontations which are then recorded and published through social media. With attacks on police officers on the rise it is imperative for public safety professionals to adapt. This presentation will feature: • How social media is changing the landscape for public safety and analysis of police contacts which went viral • Balancing the public’s desire to know with
Speaker:
Bill Bongle - Police Training Consultant, Innovative Policing

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Workshop #1 - Security Breach and Threat Incidents in Wisconsin Courts
This session explores the types of threat incidents reported in courthouses in Wisconsin and cover what types of incidents should be reported under Supreme Court Rule Chapter 68 and why.
Speakers:
James Brigham - Deputy, Dane County Sheriff's Office | Bart Garey - Dane County Sheriff's Deputy (retired) | Ann Olson - Policy Analyst, Office of Court Operations

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
Workshop #1 - Under the Influence: How to Identify the Effects of a Using or Addicted Person
This session will explain how an addict may appear to the court (behaviors, thought process), what court personnel should look for, and what additional security measures need to be taken to deal with such a person.
Speaker:
Dennis Carroll - Special Agent, Wisconsin DOJ, DCI


Mar 8, 2017


Time
Session

7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Registration and Information Desk Open


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Sovereign Citizens: A Threat to Security on Many Levels (Introduction)
This session will explain what is meant by the phrase “Sovereign Citizen” and present how and why this movement began. The Sovereign Citizens’ belief system is complex and confusing and should be taken seriously. Although the actions of this threat group are difficult to understand or predict, acts of violence against Law Enforcement and Corrections Officers are not uncommon. Session objectives include: (1) How to Identify Sovereign Citizen signs, symbols and behavior, (2) The main components of the Sovereign Anti-Government/Anti-Law Enforcement belief system, (3) Examples of violent acts these groups have used against Law Enforcement, and (4) How to protect yourself against this growing threat.
Speaker:
Jason Wilke - Captain, Wisconsin Department of Corrections

9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Break


9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Workshop #2 - Sovereign Citizens: A Threat on Many Levels (Conclusion)

Speaker:
Jason Wilke - Captain, Wisconsin Department of Corrections

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Workshop #2 - What You Should Know and Do About Court Related Violence
In this session, Judge Weller will review the most recent literature describing the characteristics of court related violence and practical strategies to avoid becoming a victim. Participants will be taught how to eliminate the litigant’s perception of injustice as a strategy to reduce the likelihood of violence.
Speaker:
Chuck Weller - Judge, 2nd Judicial District Court in Reno, NV

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Firearms Surrender in Civil Restraining Order Cases
This session will examine the laws related to firearm surrender in civil restraining order cases. The presenters will focus on the 2014 legislation that created a requirement for courts to hold follow-up hearings to ensure that respondents comply with the court's order to surrender firearms after an injunction is issued. Additionally, presenters will highlight the distinct legal requirements for both court officials and law enforcement.
Speakers:
Amber Peterson - Circuit Court Legal Advisor, Office of Court Oper | Rochelle Skorlinski - Evidence and Records Supervisor, Winnebago Co.

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Break


10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Workshop #3: Using Court Orders
This session will discuss using court orders to make court hearings proceed in a more safe, secure and organized manner. Dane County will share how using court orders helped with high profile court hearings, in dealing with the media, with enhancing security for crime victims, jurors and defendants, and for other safety issues that can arise during court hearings.
Speakers:
James Brigham - Deputy, Dane County Sheriff's Office | Bart Garey - Dane County Sheriff's Deputy (retired)

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Workshop #3 - Security Toolbox: Preparing for In-House Security Training
This session will present two different approaches to on-site security training: an active shooter drill involving all courthouse staff, and a tabletop exercise exploring various security scenarios likely to occur in a courtroom as well as personal safety measures and exit strategies. Panelists will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each approach to security training and discuss what is needed to plan a successful exercise.
Speakers:
Brandon Penzkover - Sergeant, LaCrosse County Sheriff's Office | Cindy Joosten - Clerk of Circuit Court, Wood County

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Workshop #3 - What You Should Know and Do About Court Related Violence (repeat)
In this session, Judge Weller will review the most recent literature describing the characteristics of court related violence and practical strategies to avoid becoming a victim. Participants will be taught how to eliminate the litigant’s perception of injustice as a strategy to reduce the likelihood of violence.
Speaker:
Chuck Weller - Judge, 2nd Judicial District Court in Reno, NV

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch (on own)


1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Boston Marathon Bombing Trial: Planning, Organization, & Implementation of Security Procedures
Deputy U.S. Marshals will discuss the various aspects of planning and executing the trial of the U.S. v Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Topics included will be managing the media, implementing concentric layers of security, jury management, intelligence, surveillance/counter surveillance, the Special Operations Group, and the importance of partnerships with federal, state and local agencies.
Speakers:
Matthew Dumas - Senior Inspector, U.S. Marshals Service | Dolores Garza - Senior Inspector, U.S. Marshals Service

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Break


3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Workshop #4 - Applying Security Concepts in a Multi-Use Courtroom
This session will examine the unique security needs of municipal and tribal courts and basic safety protocols. Topics include identifying safety considerations for room setup and positioning those using the courtroom.
Speakers:
James Brigham - Deputy, Dane County Sheriff's Office | Bart Garey - Dane County Sheriff's Deputy (retired)

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Workshop #4 - White Supremacy: A History of Hate
This session will cover the history and evolution of White Supremacy in the United States. White Supremacist groups change tactics and association on a regular basis. As a result, keeping up to date with this ever-changing threat group is very challenging for Law Enforcement and Correctional Investigators. White Supremacists can easily blend in among a range of different communities, where they recruit and spread racial propaganda with little detection. Violent acts committed by this threat group towards Law Enforcement and Corrections representatives are not uncommon and often result in death. Session objectives include: (1) Ku Klux Klan, (2) The Posse Comitatus, (3) Patriot Movement, (4) Sovereign Citizens, (5) Skin Heads, (6) Recent White Supremacist violence in Wisconsin and (7) Prison-Based White Supremacist Gangs.

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Workshop #4 -How to Overcome Obstacles and Have an Effective Security and Facilites Committee
One of the key steps to advancing court security is having a productive and effective court security committee. Hear about one county’s experience, what they do to make their committee work, and how they successfully advocated for a secured courthouse with perimeter screening. Also learn about what the Wisconsin Director of State Courts Office is doing under Supreme Court Rule Chapter 68 to assist counties in working on court security issues. Participants will be given four model agendas to use as a guide for court security committee meetings.
Speakers:
Karen Siefert - Judge, Winnebago County Circuit Court | Jon Bellows - District 4 Court Administrator


Mar 9, 2017


Time
Session

7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Registration and Information Desk Open


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
"Real World" Practices for Leveraging Mass Notification for Judicial Courts

Speaker:
Dan Robinson - AtHoc, A Division of Blackberry

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Workshop #5 - Low Cost Security Options
Attendees will learn how to make their courthouse safer for tomorrow at low or no cost. This session will provide tips and suggestions that can be used to enhance security in existing facilities. Discussion will include using the 'team concept' for a better, more secure work environment.
Speakers:
James Brigham - Deputy, Dane County Sheriff's Office | Bart Garey - Dane County Sheriff's Deputy (retired)

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Workshop #5 - Juror Security-Panel
This session will discuss areas of potential concerns and ways to improve juror security including, dealing with juror harassment and issues of juror confidentiality.
Speakers:
Tyler Brandt - Office of Court Operations | Joseph Boles - Judge, Pierce County Circuit Court | Daniel Kontos - Chief Deputy, Portage County Sheriff's Office | Pam Radtke - Clerk of Circuit Court, La Crosse County

9:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Workshop #5 - Safety and Security Toolbox: Developing a Court Safety and Security Plan
This session will examine the basic steps in developing a courthouse security plan, including how to develop a judicial security profile. Attendees will be encouraged to identify current court security procedures, available technology and personnel, additional resources needed, and steps to implementing new procedures.
Speakers:
Michael O. Bohren - Judge, Waukesha County Circuit Court | Michael Neimon - District Court Administrator

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Break


10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Procedural Justice
Program description: This training will provide a framework for improving access to justice through a procedural justice lens. The discussion will focus on reconciling procedural justice principles with the realities of courthouse procedures and provide practical tools for overcoming the challenges of delivering procedural justice to all litigants. The training will emphasize strategies for giving litigants, witnesses, victims a greater voice in the court process and how this can enhance the perception of the court as a resource, leading to improved safety outcomes for everyone. Learning objectives: 1. Reviewing the principles and research basis for procedural justice; 2. Contextualizing procedural fairness principles with the realities of Courthouse procedures; 3. Identify challenges to delivering procedural justice to all litigants; 4. Discussion of strategies and practical tools for giving victims a voice in the court process;
Speaker:
Jeffrey Kremers - Judge, Milwaukee County

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
Conference Closing

Speakers:
Sara Ward-Cassady - Deputy Director for State Courts | David Tellock - Program Manager, NCJTC



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Notice of Federal Funding and Federal Disclaimer This Web site is funded in part through grants from BJA, COPS, ​OJJDP, OJP, OVC, SMART, and U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this Web site (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided).​