2nd Annual Midwest Conference on 21st Century Policing


16-3319_cj_department_policing_conference_poster_proof3Mark your calendars for Friday, September 16th for this important conference for police and community leaders.

  • Register for the conference HERE.

Draft Conference Agenda
(May be subject to change)

University of Wisconsin – Platteville
Friday 16 September, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Velzy Commons

7:30-8:30 Registration

8:30-8:45 Welcome from Chancellor Dennis J. Shields, Dean Melissa Gormley, Chair Staci Strobl

8:45-8:50 Master of Ceremonies, Nino Amato: Introduction to the Day (8:45-8:50am)

8:50-8:55 Student Introduction of Noble Wray

8:55- 9:10 Welcome Remarks from Noble Wray, Police Reform Specialist for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), and former Police Chief of Madison, Wis.

9:10-9:15 Student Introduction of Dir. Chuck Wexler and Dr. Mark Bowman

9:15-10:00 Keynote speaker: Chuck Wexler, Executive Director of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF): “The New Guiding Principles on Police Use of Force”

10:00-10:45 Featured Speaker: Dr. Mark Bowman, Director, Center for Excellence in Justice Administration, Methodist University and former Lieutenant of City of Virginia Beach Police Department: “Perspectives on the New Guiding Principles on Police Use of Force” [+ Q&A]

10:45 -11:00 Morning Break

11:00-12:15 Panel: “Building Trust and Legitimacy: Policing in the Community,” Moderated by Dr. Maki Haberfeld (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY)

Featured Panelists:

  • Brandi Grayson (Young, Gifted and Black—YGB);
  • Amelia Royko Maurer (Co-founder of the Community Response Team in Madison, Wis.);
  • Chief Jason King and Sergeant Tony Ruesga, Jr. (Darlington Police Department); and
  • Ismael Ozanne (District Attorney for Dane County) [+ Q&A]

12:15-1:00. Lunch

12:15-2:30 Panel: “The Intersection of Policing and Mental Illness,”

  • Moderator TBA
    Captain Kristen Roman (Madison Police Department): “The Intersection of Policing and Mental Health”;
  • Lindsay Wallace (National Association for the Mentally Ill [NAMI]);
  • Sheriff Dave Mahoney, Dane County;
  • Sen. Chris Taylor, Wisconsin [+ Q&A]

2:30-2:45 . Afternoon Break

2:45-3:15 . Michael Bell, Sr., (community activist, LTC., Retired Air Force) and Dr. Patrick Solar (Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, UW-Platteville): “Lawful but Awful: The Michael Bell, Jr. Tragedy”

3:15-3:25 . Preamble to Break-out Sessions: Restorative Justice Taskforce

3:30-4:15 Break-out Sessions

  • Lieutenant Dan Marcou (former Director of Training, La Crosse Police Department): “Current Use of Force Explained”
  • David Couper (retired Chief of Police, Madison Police Department and Criminal Justice Lecturer at UW-Platteville): “A New Vision for the Use of Force”

3:20-4:30 Debriefing on Break-out Sessions and Introduction of Next Speakers: Dr. Sabina Burton

4:30 Next Steps for Building Trust and Legitimacy”: Views from the Legislature (Sen. Ron Johnson and Mr. Russ Feingold)

  • Register for the conference HERE.


  1. I attended this last year as a community member; excellent; took extensive notes from last year’s; contact me if you’d like copy of them. Not sure if my email address will be included with comment, so email me at welaware@icloud.com if you would like a copy of the notes via email.


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