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Building Bridges with Law Enforcement

May 19 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

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Thursday, May 19th
10:00 am PT / 1:00 pm ET
90-Minute Webinar
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Domestic violence situations are among the most complicated and at times dangerous 911 calls that law enforcement officers answer. The history and relationship of the people involved can be quite complex. These types of cases are often he said / she said issues. Beyond ensuring the safety of everyone on the scene, and helping those in need, they must first assess the situation and determine if a crime has been committed. Was a crime committed or not? Do they make an arrest on the scene or not? Is there enough evidence to prove probable cause for an arrest?

Law Enforcement officers enforce the law and use their training, their skills, and any technology available to securely collect and transmit evidence to support probable cause for arrest on criminal charges, at the time of the occurrence. The ability for the law enforcement to collect viable, useful evidence can enable swift due process, and improved safety for everyone involved.

The panelists will discuss the perspectives of:
• Law enforcement
• Prosecution
• PSAP/911
• Victims and victim advocacy

Each person involved in the criminal justice workflow, from the community to the courts, will benefit from hearing each branch’s perspective. As they discuss their workflow once a domestic violence case is processed from the moment law enforcement is engaged, the required elements will be unveiled, helping move the case forward through the investigation process. Each will discuss the challenges of evidence collection and lack of evidence/discovery, transmission, and storage, the complexities, and where they see opportunities to enable swift due process in the event of a crime. This education will provide advocates and survivors further understanding why the criminal justice system needs to be transformed so discovery and evidence collection at the very origination of the crime can support the victims of domestic violence.

DomesticShelters.orgPRESENTED BY:


VP of External Relations
Rita Smith began working as a crisis line advocate in a shelter for battered women and their children in Colorado in 1981. She has held numerous positions in Colorado and Florida in several local domestic violence and sexual assault programs, including Program Supervisor and Director. She was the Executive Director of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence for nearly 22 years. She has been interviewed by hundreds of newspaper reporters, appeared on many local and national radio and television news shows, including the Washington Post, USA Today, People Magazine, NPR, The Today Show, Good Morning America and Oprah Winfrey Show. She has co-authored several articles or chapters for books including a manual for attorneys working with domestic violence victims in Colorado. In 2011, she was named Distinguished Alumnus of Polk State College, and in 2013 the Association of Florida Colleges awarded her the LeRoy Collins Lifetime Achievement Award.


Assistant Director @Franklin County Emergency Communications
Heather serves as the full-time Assistant Director with Franklin County Emergency Communications in Louisburg, NC. Heather oversees and coordinates all activities of the Public Safety Answering Point including research and implementation of new technologies that provide citizens with the best means for contacting 911 in rural areas. Prior to joining Franklin County, Heather served as the 911 Director for Halifax County E-911 Central Communications from 1998-2019. Heather founded the PSAP Consulting Group offering PSAP leaders support through executive coaching, leadership development, and organizational change management. She is also the host of the podcast “Stop 911 Drama: PSAP Real Talk.” Heather shares her expertise speaking at national conferences and serving on many committees including the NC 911 Board Educational Committee, RACE-CARS 911 Cardiac Support Mission, LAPSEN Dispatch Pathway, and the Lake Gaston 911 Task Force Executive Board


Chief of Police (ret.) @City of Greenwood Village
John Jackson has 30 years of police service, including multiple rural and urban municipal police departments in positions and ranks up to and including Chief of Police in Colorado. John last served as the Chief of Police for the City of Greenwood Village, a suburb of Denver. He served as a Board member for the Arapahoe County E911 Authority, and as President of the Executive Board for the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP). While with CACP, he was Chair of the Legislative Committee and the CACP lead for the development of a state-wide eDiscovery criminal case filing system. He is a graduate of FBI National Academy’s Session #236, the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, the Police Executive Research Forum Senior Management Institute for Policing Session #60 class, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leading Police Organizations class


Chief Resource Prosecutor @North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys
Kimberly Overton Spahos is a prosecutor, trainer, teacher, speaker and facilitator. Kimberly currently serves with the North Carolina Conference of District Attorneys as the Chief Resource Prosecutor where she provides technical assistance, education and training to prosecutors, law enforcement and other criminal justice and allied professionals. Before coming to the Conference of District Attorneys in 2003 as North Carolina’s first Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, Kimberly served as an Assistant District Attorney in Halifax County, NC working in both district and superior court. As an Assistant District Attorney and currently as a Special Prosecutor, Kimberly has handled all types of cases ranging from traffic tickets to homicide. Kimberly is directly responsible to the elected 43 District Attorneys for the development of programs, materials and consensus building. She also has oversight of all Conference activity, projects and programs and monitors legislation.


May 19
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
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