2017 Keynote Speakers


Ohio University

A Case Study in Threat Assessment: Potential Violence Successfully Averted at Ohio University

Powers headshotMcSteen headshotSpeakers: Andrew Powers (left), Ohio University, Chief of Police and Patricia McSteen, Ohio University, Associate Dean of Students

In March, 2016 an Ohio University student withdrew from his classes, assaulted a staff member, and purchased a rifle. While his true intentions will probably never be known, he was apprehended by law enforcement as he was purchasing a large quantity of ammunition. This presentation uses this case and others as teaching tools for demonstrating the importance of a campus Behavioral Intervention Team, close coordination with police, and police engagement with state and regional law enforcement.

Presented by Ohio University Police Chief Andrew Powers and Ohio University Associate Dean of Students Patricia McSteen, this presentation will discuss the importance of a BIT, how BIT and Threat Assessment overlap and where they differ, and how these processes benefit from strong connections to campus police. In addition, the presentation stresses the importance of campus police actively engaging with local, regional, and state partners to gather and share intelligence and proactively work to prevent tragic and deadly incidents.


Yale University

Community Policing On Campus: Taking The Long View

Janet Lindner

Ronnell Higgins

George Hines






Speakers: Janet Lindner, Yale University, Deputy Vice President (left to right), Ronnell Higgins, Yale University, Director of Public Safety & Chief of Police and George Hines, Yale University, Director of Security Systems

Building trust between police and the communities they serve has rarely been more important, and rarely felt more fragile.  Our campuses are now affected by world and national events in a way that once seemed unimaginable.

Campus public safety officers are first responders to a range of issues, from mental health to violent crimes.  Yale University is working to bring people together, to regain or build trust and to feel confident that our public safety officers are highly skilled, feel supported, are seen as trusted partners in crime fighting, and have deep connections with campus and local communities to better prepare for any issues we may face.


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2016 Keynote Speakers


University of California,
Santa Barbara

The Tragedy at UCSB: Learning from the Isla Vista Shooting

Smith Head ShotBly Keynote Speakers: Ryan Smith (left), University of California, Santa Barbara, Police Sergeant, and Matt Bly, University of California, Santa Barbara, Police Sergeant

This multimedia presentation will cover critical incident emergency response and command, including unified command with allied stakeholders, as well as an overview of the collaborative policing partnership model, consisting of the UC Santa Barbara Police Department, the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office, and the California Highway Patrol, collectively known as the “Isla Vista Foot Patrol.” Discussions will include effective management of critical incidents and large scale planned and unplanned events.

Included in this presentation will be an overview of several major incidents, including the 2014 Isla Vista active shooter incident, which left six people dead, and fourteen others injured, as well as the 2014 “Deltopia Riot”, an unsanctioned daytime street party that turned into a largescale civil disturbance, drawing on hundreds of law enforcement resources from three separate counties.

UC Santa Barbara Police Sgt. Ryan Smith and Sgt. Matthew Bly will provide unique insight and experience, both having been directly involved with the planning, response, and management of several largescale events, as well as involvement in several major critical incidents.


Tulane University

Engaging the Unknown: Q&A on Title IX and Clery Compliance

Last Year 10Last Year 9Speakers: Jon Barnwell (left), Tulane University, Superintendent of Police and Scott D. Schneider (right), Head of Higher Education Practice, Fisher & Phillips LLP / Former Associate General Counsel, Tulane University

Scott Schneider and Jon Barnwell will discuss the cutting edge issues universities and campus law enforcement face regarding Title IX and Clery Act compliance.

Their presentation will detail the significant litigation and compliance developments, discuss developing national best practices to help ensure compliance and student safety, and outline the most difficult unresolved compliance questions regarding Title IX and Clery.

After providing the landscape, Scott and Jon will offer practical guidance to colleges and universities on how to secure substantial compliance and otherwise manage risk.



Civilian Response to an Active Shooter Event in the Educational Environment – A Special FBI Training Session for University Administrators

Speakers: Robert Hunt, FBI, Special Agent / Head of the FBI’s Las Vegas SWAT Unit and Christopher McInnes, FBI, Special Agent

This session, presented by the head of the FBI’s Las Vegas SWAT Unit, will focus on active-shooter events at educational institutions and feature a case study of the 2008 Northern Illinois University mass shooting.

On February 14, 2008, a former NIU student entered a large auditorium-style lecture hall with approximately 120 students, where an oceanography class was in session. Armed with shotgun and three semi-automatic pistols, the 27-year-old gunman charged to the lecture platform and fired into the crowd of students. In six minutes he killed 5 and injured 21 before killing himself. The session will highlight the civilian response to active shooter and what to expect upon law enforcement arrival.

The case study will be followed by a discussion on how to develop an Active Shooter Annex to Emergency Operations Plans and how to incorporate the FBI’s “Run, Hide, Fight” protocol into safety-training programs.

Note: This is a two-part, full morning presentation.


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2015 Keynote Speakers


University of San Francisco

Responding to a Pandemic Flu Outbreak (Lecture and Tabletop Exercise)

Speaker: John Troccoe, University of San Francisco, Emergency Management

The 2014 Ebola outbreak highlighted the need for colleges and universities to have a pandemic-flu response plan. Can your department run at one-half or one-quarter staffing? Is your university prepared for the six stages of a pandemic?

John Troccoe will walk you through a pandemic outbreak during a full morning tabletop exercises as you work with colleagues from around the nation to plan, act and recover from a pandemic outbreak.



Active Shooters: Pre-Attack Behaviors and Indicators

Speaker: Douglas Silk, FBI, Special AgentDouglas Silk

Each active shooter incident has a before, during and after state. This session focuses on the “before” state, recognizing pre-attack warning signs and indicators to help disrupt tragic events and prevent them from occurring.

Join Agent Silk as he teaches how to prevent a situation from escalating to an active shooter response through identification, assessment and management of potential threats.



Tulane University

Changes to the Violence Against Women Act and How It Affects Your University

Jon Barnwell

Scott SchneiderSpeakers: Scott D. Schneider, Partner, Fisher & Phillips LLP / Former Associate General Counsel, Tulane University and Jon Barnwell, Tulane University, Superintendent of Police

On Oct. 20, 2014, the Department of Education issued new regulations implementing changes to the Clery Act pursuant to the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA). The regulations are complicated and 227 pages long and take effect on July 1, 2015. All colleges and universities receiving federal funds are affected.

Among other things, the regulations require that institutions develop and describe programs aimed at eliminating dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

This joint presentation will, focus on the most significant regulatory changes brought by VAWA and recommend practical steps all institutions can employ to ensure compliance.


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2014 Keynote Speakers



Lessons from the Boston Marathon Bombing

MIT Police Chief John DiFava

Speaker: John DiFava, MIT, Chief of Police

On April 18, 2013, MIT Police Officer Sean Collier was shot and killed while sitting in his marked  cruiser. Authorities believe the 27-year-old officer was killed by the same men who detonated pressure-cooker bombs at the Boston Marathon three days earlier.

Chief DiFava will take you through the events leading up to the shooting, the hours afterward and joint response by his department and state police. In a following breakout session, DiFava, formally the head of the Massachusetts State Police, will discuss how to create an effective joint-training program with local and state law enforcement and emergency management agencies.



Santa Monica College

Responding to the Unthinkable: The Santa Monica College Shooting

Santa Monica Police Chief Albert VasquezSpeaker: Dr. Albert Vasquez, Santa Monica College, Chief of Police

A shooting spree in June left six dead before the 23-year-old gunman was killed by police officers when he exchanged gunfire with them at the Santa Monica College library. Using maps, photos, news videos and 911 tapes, Dr. Vasquez will walk you through how his department responded to the active-shooter incident. Learn what training your department needs to respond to an active-shooter.



Boston University

Eleven Student Deaths in Thirteen Months: Effective Communicating in Calm and in Crisis

Boston University KeynotesSpeakers: Colin Riley (left), Boston University, Executive Director of Media Relations, and Thomas Robbins, Boston University, Chief of Police

In 13 months, 11 Boston University students died in on- and off-campus incidents including terrorist attack, homicide, suicide and accidents. The string of deaths rocked the campus community and attracted national news coverage. Riley and Robbins will present a model for — and philosophy behind — communicating during emergencies and crises. They will also examine how to effectively monitor and respond to social media and critical comments.


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