Class Matrix Keys Conference

Surviving Sharp Edged Weapons Attacks

Instructor: Brian Everett

A unique class covering material not normally addressed in training. This course will explain and demonstrate basic knife and sharp edged weapon defense. The instructor will review the list of angle of a knife attack. The instructor will give practical demonstrations. The Class will conclude with discussion of the “must have” mindset of an officer and or victim of a sharp edged weapon attack.

Emotional Intelligence & Leadership

Instructors: Steve Simpkins

This course will discuss the concept of Emotional Intelligence and its relationship to leadership in today’s law enforcement world.  The instructor will focus on expectations of today’s employee, including how supervisors can benefit from being in tune with their own level of emotional intelligence.  The course will include candid discussion on leadership and participants should be prepared for an interactive learning environment.  Students should also bring a sense of humor and be prepared to learn tools to help motivate employees to success.

A Correction Officer’s Use of Force Primer

Instructor: David R. Demurjian

Being a correction officer may require using force to get the job done.  Do you know when and how to use force?  How do you write about the use of force encounter?  How do you testify about it?  If you are wrong, are there dire consequences?  This four hour class will cover the key points on how to survive your job both in a correction facility and in a courtroom.

Responding to Mental Health Issues in the Custody Setting

Law enforcement professionals interact with more persons with mental illness than any other occupational group outside of the mental health field.  This course focuses on common types of mental disorders and impairments encountered by law enforcement professionals.  Through a combination of interactive lecture and activities, this class will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to recognize signs of mental illness and teach participants how to engage such individuals in a safe and effective manner.  Participants will learn how their own approach to interacting with these individuals hinders or helps situations and will learn practical strategies to increase positive outcomes and defuse crises.  A review of case examples prepares participants for real-life encounters in the custodial setting.  Additionally, this course touches on vicarious trauma and the unique challenges and mental health needs of the law enforcement professional.

Blue Warning Lights on Probation Vehicles- SB587 Requirement

Instructor: Vince Frascona

This course is designed to meet the mandates under Senate Bill 587 for the blue warning lights on probation vehicles. It will cover what the new legislation allows and does not allow for probation officers, as well as the Vehicle Code sections and safety issues for all first responders. It will also describe the probation officer’s role at the scene.

Emergency Management at a Critical Incident

Instructor: Mike Henkle

This course is designed to prepare the Senior Corrections Officer, Supervisor or Manager in a County/City Jail or Juvenile Hall to be an effective leader at a Critical Incident.  This course will provide emergency management knowledge on how to handle a wide variety of critical incidents that occur in custody settings including:  Hostile Inmates, Riots, Hostage Situations, Suicides, Assaults, Floods, Earthquakes, Fire, Loss of Power, Loss of Water, Hazmat Situations, etc. The role of the fire department and other possible responding allied agencies, and the effective use of less lethal munitions will also be covered.  In response to these critical incidents, the four-step Critical Incident Response Plan will be utilized.

Conflict Resolution: Can’t We All Just Get Along?

Instructor: Thomas Broxtermann

It’s a rare leader who never has to address an issue of conflict in the workplace. Surveys show that managers spend about 25% of their valuable time handling conflicts between employees. Participants will assess their own behavior in conflict situations. This hard-hitting workshop will help you to get an upper hand on conflict in your organization

Leadership Liability and Risk Management

Instructor: Thomas Broxtermann

This class explores the principles and concepts associated with civil liability and probation, police and/or corrections misconduct with an emphasis on the “hot issues” that confront management on a continuing basis. This course provides a foundation for mitigating and possibly negating liability for police, probation and/or corrections administrators and supervisors. Some topics include the scope of liability as it pertains to force, vehicle pursuits, high risk enforcement operations, off-duty employment, uniform standards, management responsibility and oversight; and emerging trends in police liability.

Public Relations – Promoting the Law Enforcement Image

Instructor: Steve Simpkins

Discuss the current status of the law enforcement’s image and the key role it plays in the effectiveness of law enforcement agencies.  Discuss the use of social media in promoting the positive image of law enforcement. Discuss various creative methods of public outreach to build community rapport both before and after a crisis. Students should plan to bring a sense of humor and the ability to participate in lively discussions about promoting the law enforcement image

Ghost in the Machine

Steve Bolt

This course provides correctional officers with an overview of the dangers associated with the networked world we live in.  Starting with a walk through of information gathering the course takes officers on an adventure, presenting them with tools and techniques on how they can search for information about offenders.  Taking an alternate turn, the course continues by presenting officers with a unique perspective of how offenders can conduct reconnaissance against the officers and their families and how unwittingly, we all use information that can be tracked back to our homes.  The course is designed to provide officers with the skills necessary to be informed about the dangers they are faced with, both on and off the job with the technology that is in the hands of everyone.

High Risk Transport

Todd Dearmore

This highly interactive course provides participants with the knowledge, skills and ability necessary to successfully plan and execute a high security transport. At the conclusion of this course, participants will be instructed about case law regarding high risk transport (HRT), be able to identify potential liability during transports, and be able to develop the objectives of HRT.

Participants will be able to identify potential threats and obtain the proper tactics for HRT beginning with operations planning, the roles and responsibilities of all members involved in HRT in addition to detailed discussion of escort tactics and formations.  Participants will learn tactics for dealing with combative inmates, how to handle inmate illness and escape attempts. Ambush response will also be addressed

Hostage Survival

Unfortunately, hostage situations are on the rise in our nation.  Knowing basic hostage survival techniques is becoming necessary for several career fields and the clients they serve.  This four hour course covers hostage survival techniques, how to avoid being taken as a hostage, and what to do if you are taken as a hostage.

Participants will be able to define a hostage situation and be able to identify the dangers of planned /unplanned hostage events.  Participants will learn how to identify appropriate measures to be taken if being held hostage.  The course will include how to work with law enforcement during a forced rescue and what support services are available for the hostage after such a stressful event.

Developing the Ethical Warrior

Today’s mission to provide police services has become challenging.  However, our call for service starts with strong ethical leadership from all members of its organization.  The class will focus upon the traits of strong ethical leadership in a world that never truly defines a “right” or a “wrong.”

Serving Others

This is NOT a career … this IS a calling.  It is a calling based on serving others and one’s service starts with ethical leadership.  The success of any organization depends on its ethical leadership.  An ethical leader will always place their followers’ welfare foremost in their plans. In the workplace, altruistic service behavior can be observed in activities such as mentoring, empowerment behaviors, team building, and citizenship behaviors.

Manifest Honesty with a Moral Compass set to True North

Developing two key leadership traits: integrity and humility. Humility allows the leader to accept the consequences of their honesty.

Respecting Others

For an organization to succeed in manifesting better leaders and more productive employees, they have to establish professional ethics that are non-negotiable. Employees must understand that, when committing to the organization, they are committing to accept the organizational ethics as a condition of employment.

Transnational Gangs: Mara Salvatrucha 13 & Eighteen Street

Instructor: Nelson Arriaga

This is a 4 hour class that covers origins, signs, symbols, tattoos, graffiti, trends, officer safety, recruitment and how they operate in the United States and the Northern Triangle of Central America; particularly their violent behavior towards law enforcement and the general public.  The class focuses on the two most notorious Transnational gangs, Mara Salvatrucha 13 and Barrio 18th Street; including in-depth discussion on their evolution, violent behavior, reputation, national and international reach, and current trends.

LGBTQ Awareness and Competence

Instructor: Randy Boring

This LGBTQ class includes cultural awareness and competence as a key goal of education on LGBTQ issues. Cultural Diversity/Awareness is essential in terms of adapting to changes and the morphing of all human traits and values. Acceptance and / or tolerance are key elements when the pursuit of cohesion is the overall goal.  Creating a nonjudgmental and secure environment through training on LGBT-specific, basic skills and competencies will ensure individuals feel welcome and relieve anxiety or confusion among employees.  The class will also enable students to:

  • Identify alternate lifestyles
  • Identify alternative lifestyle definitions
  • Identify custodial issues regarding alternative lifestyle arrests
  • Identify General Policy regarding Discrimination / Harassment