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Gordon GrahamLexipol Co-Founder and International Risk Management Expert

Gordon Graham is a 33-year veteran of law enforcement and is the co-founder of Lexipol, where he serves on the current board of directors. He is a risk management and law enforcement expert and a practicing attorney. Graham has presented a commonsense approach to risk management to hundreds of thousands of public safety professionals around the world. He holds a master's degree in Safety and Systems Management from University of Southern California and a Juris Doctorate from Western State University.


*Concurrent sessions are listed below in Eastern Time

11:30 AM 

Exhibit Hall Open

12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Welcome and Opening Keynote - Striving for Excellence

In the high-risk world of public safety, "good" is often not sufficient. Excellence is required. But how do we get there? Listen in as Gordon Graham shares his vision of how public safety agencies can apply risk management concepts to become high-reliability organizations. The session will include an overview of the Seven Rules of Admiral Hyman Rickover and how they can help attendees develop strategies to improve agency performance and enhance effectiveness.

Chuck Corbin

Chief Executive Officer, Lexipol

Gordon Graham

Lexipol Co-Founder and International Risk Management Expert

12:50 PM – 1:30 PM

Engaging Community Members in Law Enforcement Policy Review

An increasing number of municipalities are involving community committees in policy review. This session will share Lexipol's experiences in working with community members when reviewing and implementing policies, focusing on strategies that can make the process productive and meaningful for both agencies and community stakeholders.

Jim Concannon PhD

Professional Services Specialist, Lexipol

Bill McAuliffe

Director, Professional Services, Lexipol

Sheriff Tim Leslie

Dakota County, MN

Chief Ken Wallentine

West Jordan (UT) Police Department and Senior Legal Advisor, Lexipol

12:50 PM – 1:30 PM

Reactive vs. Proactive Fire Service Policy Management

Historically, fire departments have approached policy from a reactive standpoint, crafting policy to address "what went wrong." This session will share a different approach--how policy can be used proactively to set expectations and support cultural change.

Bruce Bjorge

Senior Account Executive, Lexipol

Scott Eskwitt

Director, Fire Content, Lexipol

Curt Varone

Deputy Chief, Exeter (RI) Fire Department

1:35 PM – 1:55 PM

Creating a Wellness Program in Your Agency

What does an effective public safety wellness program look like? What kind of funding do you need? How do you know it's effective? Learn strategies for leaders looking to develop physical and mental health resources to help personnel cope with the unique stress and trauma associated with public safety operations.

David Black PhD

Founder and President, Cordico

Chief Neil Gang

Pinole (CA) Police Department

1:35 PM – 1:55 PM

Training Post-Pandemic: Blending Online Learning and In-Person Training for Maximum Impact

Many public safety agencies turned to online learning during the pandemic. As in-person training returns, agencies using online learning have an opportunity to take their training programs to the next level using a blended approach. This session will challenge the either/or mentality around in-person and online training and provide strategies for using an online learning management system to achieve your in-person training goals.

Star Franz

Director, Learning Content, Lexipol

Ankush Grover

Senior Product Manager, Law Enforcement and Corrections, Lexipol

Jen McLeod

Senior Product Manager, Fire and EMS, Lexipol

Chief Dana Havlik

Amarillo (TX) Fire Department

1:55 PM – 2:10 PM


Please use this time to visit the conference Exhibit Hall and Networking Lounge.

2:10 PM – 2:50 PM

Combatting Stress and Burnout in Corrections

Stressors are constant in corrections, posing risks to not only individual mental health but also to the agency, as stressed-out employees may use excessive force or otherwise fail to provide for the safety of inmates. Hear strategies for helping correctional officers and leaders understand what causes stress, the symptoms and effects of burnout related to stress and how to cultivate strategies for managing stress and thriving in corrections.

David Black PhD

Founder and President, Cordico

Gary Cornelius

Lieutenant (Ret.), Fairfax County (VA) Office of the Sheriff

2:10 PM – 2:50 PM

Training Requirements in Law Enforcement Policy: Why and How?

By nature, many law enforcement policies often include training requirements, but don't provide a lot of detail on how the mandates are to be met. Implementing policies without thinking about how to provide the training leaves your agency open to risk. This session will address some of the more important training requirements found in Lexipol's law enforcement policies and discuss ways to fill the mandates.

Chief (Ret.) Mike Ranalli

Program Manager, Lexipol

2:55 PM – 3:15 PM

Case Study: Crafting a Successful Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Application

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant is an excellent resource for departments looking to fund one-time essential purchases. But it's also an extremely competitive process. This session will showcase how one fire department worked with the Lexipol Grants team to craft multiple successful applications for the AFG--and how your department can apply these lessons to increase your chances of success.

Chief C.W. Blosser

Boca Grande (FL) Department

Deputy Fire Chief Steve Spraker

McHenry Township (IL) Fire Protection District

Sarah Wilson

Vice President, Grant Division, Lexipol

2:55 PM – 3:15 PM

What’s New with Lexipol

Catch up on everything you need to know about what's going on at Lexipol. Learn about recently added products and services as well as how Lexipol is addressing evolving issues in public safety--and growing to help you address the challenges facing your agency.

Tim Kensok

Vice President, Policy & Learning Development, Lexipol

Julie Rasco

Vice President, Marketing, Lexipol

3:20 PM – 3:40 PM

You Can Do It! Achieving Lexipol Connect Gold Status

Listen in for an overview of Lexipol's Connect Customer Recognition Program featuring leaders from Gold-level agencies sharing their strategies for achieving policy and training excellence and how they publicized the recognition for community impact.

Tim Kensok

Vice President, Policy & Learning Development, Lexipol

Jarrod Rumore

Vice President, Customer Success, Lexipol

Ken Gilliam

Fire Chief, La Crosse (WI) Fire Department

Todd Fox

Captain, Gardena (CA) Police Department

3:20 PM – 3:40 PM

How a Sheriff’s Office Used a Grants-Based Financial Strategy to Meet Community Needs

Writing a grant application is often looked at as a transactional step, but the true value of grant funding lies in developing a long-term strategy to support continuity of operations. This session will highlight how the Bourbon County (KS) Sheriff’s Office partnered with Lexipol’s Grant Services division to overcome budget shortfalls caused by declining property tax revenue and achieve $500,000 in grant awards.

Samantha Dorm

Senior Grant Consultant, PoliceGrantsHelp

Sheriff Wm. K. Martin

Bourbon County, KS

Sarah Wilson

Vice President, Grant Division, Lexipol

3:45 PM – 3:55 PM

Continuing the Journey for Excellence

Wrap up the day with Lexipol CEO Chuck Corbin as he recaps some of the takeaways from our sessions and provides inspiration to take these lessons back to your agency. This session will also include special awards and recognition.

Chuck Corbin

Chief Executive Officer, Lexipol

3:55 PM

Conference Exhibit Hall, Networking Lounge and On-Demand Sessions available

4:30 PM

Event ends

On-Demand Sessions

Lexipol 101: How We Help Agencies Serve Their Communities

Lexipol's comprehensive suite of solutions, developed and continuously updated by public safety professionals, work together to empower agencies to serve their communities safely, professionally and effectively. Learn how our policy, training, wellness and grants solutions can help your agency.

Nick Bruckner

Chief Revenue Officer, Lexipol

Jeff Champa

Vice President, Product Management, Lexipol

Gordon Graham

Lexipol Co-Founder and Attorney & Risk Management Expert

Using Your Online Learning Management System (LMS) to Bridge Relationships with Community Stakeholders

Community groups may have important information to share with public safety personnel, but lack a good way of getting it into their hands. This session will share how to use your online learning management system (LMS) to work with local community groups to build custom content and educate personnel on topics of community importance.

Marco DeLeon

Portfolio Leader, Online Learning, Lexipol

Sgt. George “Mike” Vogler

Denver Police Department

How Lexipol’s Policy Management System Supports Police Reform

Over the past year, calls for police reform have reached a crescendo in many communities across the United States. While reform efforts are disparate, they often share goals such as specific policy language and the desire for increased officer accountability. This session will explore how Lexipol's Law Enforcement Policies & Training solution creates a foundation for reform through constitutionally sound policies, accountability features, and training on policies.

Bill McAuliffe

Director, Professional Services, Lexipol

Chief (Ret.) Mike Ranalli

Program Manager, Lexipol

Best Practices for Managing Policy Updates and Daily Training Bulletins

One of the biggest benefits to subscribing to Lexipol's policy management solution is that we deliver policy updates as laws, regulations and best practices change and Daily Training Bulletins to reinforce policy knowledge. But without an effective management strategy in place to manage policy updates and training, agencies can easily fall behind. This session will provide our three-factor process for reviewing policy updates and applying them to the agency. The session will also address common factors that trip up agencies when reviewing, issuing and tracking policy updates and Daily Training Bulletins. This session is designed for agency personnel who manage policies in Lexipol's KMS.

Rich Pascarella

Operations Manager, Lexipol

5 Underused Features of Your Online Learning Platform and Why You Should Know About Them

If you're a customer of Lexipol's online learning management system (PoliceOne Academy, FireRescue1 Academy, EMS1 Academy, CorrectionsOne Academy, and LocalGovU), this session is for you. Learn about powerful, time-saving features you may not be using. This session is designed for agency personnel who manage training in Lexipol's LMS.

Brandon Almendarez

Director of Customer Success, Online Learning

Vanessa Leon

Product Manager, Online Learning, Lexipol

7 Tips and Tricks for Using KMS

Lexipol's policy management system, KMS, is a powerful online platform. While much of KMS is intuitive, there are definitely some tricks master users employ to get the most out of the system. Join KMS guru Jerry Matysik to learn about some features you may not be using and some tips to get what you need done faster and easier. This session is designed for agency personnel who manage policies in Lexipol's KMS.

Jerry Matysik

Program Manager, Lexipol

Reducing Police/Community Violence Through Procedural Justice and Strategic Communication

Since 2012, the non-profit group "Why'd You Stop Me?" has been bringing officers and community members together to forge understanding and reduce antagonistic, violent encounters. This session will use the tenets of procedural justice to explore tactics in de-escalation and strategic communication that can help both officers and community members see each other as individuals--promoting respectful, safe and effective interactions.

Sgt. Jason Lehman

Long Beach (CA) Police Department
Founder and Executive Director, Why'd You Stop Me?

Frequently Asked Questions

This event is designed for law enforcement, corrections, fire, EMS and local government officials who hold titles such as Chiefs, Assistant Chiefs, Training Managers, Administrators, City Managers, HR Directors and City Attorneys. However, all individuals who work in public safety are invited to attend.
The event will be held virtually on September 8, 2021. The day of the event, you can log in from the main event page to enter the virtual event.
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with login details. The login button is found at the top of the event registration page.
The event is 4.5 hours but will open 30 minutes early and stay open for 30 days to access sessions on demand and download resources.
Yes, please visit our customer support and professional services booth located inside the virtual exhibit hall for any questions. We will also have a help desk in the lobby.
No, we will provide different sessions so you can choose which ones to attend based on your interests. All sessions are being recorded in case you are unable to attend at a certain time. Access to view the sessions on demand will be available for 30 days after the live event.
Yes. After the event all sessions will be available for on-demand viewing, along with access to the exhibit hall and resource materials, through October 8, 2021.
You can earn points by completing specific tasks within the virtual environment. Once you accumulate 50 points, you will be entered into a drawing to win a prize. Drawings will be conducted at the conclusion of the conference and winners will be notified via email.
Grand prize: 32G Space Gray iPad (1 available)
Gold prize: Yeti Hopper Flip 12 Sift Cooler (1 available)
Silver Prize: $50 Visa Gift Card (5 available)
Bronze prize: Yeti Rambler 18 oz. Bottle with Chug Cap (30 available)
No, all attendees are eligible and encouraged to participate.
If you register and are not able to attend on the event day, you can access sessions via on-demand playback, visit the exhibit hall and download resources through October 8, 2021.
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