Law Enforcement Administration

Contemporary Issues and Ethics Conference

“The State of Ethical Policing: Use of Force, Community Investment and Rebuilding Trust”


Plano, Texas, USA

Past Event

16 Hours TCOLE Credit available

ILEA Headquarters
at The Center for American and International Law
5201 Democracy Drive
Plano, Texas 75024

Online registration is closed. Please bring your completed registration for to the door.

Registrar: +1.972.244.3404
ILEA: +1.972.244.3430 
Fax: +1.972.244.3431


Recently, several incidents across our nation have led many in the public to challenge police legitimacy. Thus, public perceptions that justice is meted out in an unfair or biased manner continue to haunt our profession. As a result, police organizations today are currently under consent decrees more than at any other time in our history. Therefore, we as forward thinking law enforcement professionals must examine what factors have contributed to this situation and determine what our profession can do to reverse this trend. This conference will examine issues of Use of Force, Ethical Decision Making, Civil Rights, and Executive Leadership as they relate to improving community relations through procedural justice; transparency and effective service oriented policing. This conference will also offer tangible examples from agencies that “got it right” during and after major incidents, as we put a spotlight on success stories in law enforcement and lessons learned.

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Tuition includes all instruction and handouts. Lodging and meals are excluded.

  • $0 ILEA Alumni Members
  • $0 ILEA Ethics Center Organizational Member Rep
  • $149 ILEA Member or ILEA Ethics Center Individual Member
  • $199 Non-Member

Who Should Attend?

  • Sworn and civilian public safety leaders
  • Criminal justice researchers and academicians
  • Public safety trainers and academy managers

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Schedule and Faculty

Monday, August 15

8:30 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 am

Welcoming Remarks

  • Michael J. Marchand, President, The Center for American and International Law
  • Gregory Smith, MA, Director, Institute for Law Enforcement Administration
  • Deputy Chief Scott Brewer, McKinney Police Department, President, ILEA Alumni Association

9:15 am

The State of Ethics in American Policing

During his key note address, Mr. McBride, Chair of the Professional Standards, Ethics and Image Committee of the International Association of Chiefs of Police will set the tone for the conference. He will ask tough questions such as; “Are officers too quick to use technology instead of older proven methods to gain compliance?” “If so, what are the implications thereof on police-community relations?” “In general, have we allowed our verbal communications skills to diminish?” “Are we focusing enough on ethical decision making?’ These questions and more will be discussed against the backdrop of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing report.

  • Ronald W. McBride, Chair, IACP Professional Standards and Ethics Committee; Chief (Ret.), Ashland Police Department, KY

10:30 am


10:45 am

Conductive Energy Devices: Are They Worth It?

Dr. Williams will discuss emerging research on risks associated with the use of TASER electronic control devices. His presentation will focus on sudden arrest-related deaths, officer-involved shootings following application of the devices, and other potentially lethal threats, such as fall and burn injuries. He will also opine on how this research might affect case law and public policy on the use of TASER devices.

  • Howard E. Williams, PhD, Texas State University

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

ILEA Alumni Association Luncheon
Annual Business Meeting
All Alumni Association members are invited to attend

1:30 pm

Integrity… No Right Way to Do A Wrong Thing!

Regardless of one's rank and or experience, "Integrity and Ethics" are essential core values for those who wear the badge. This instruction addresses the personal leadership of the person behind the badge and delivers a comprehensive big picture approach to doing the right thing, the right way and for the right reason.

Bullet points:

  • Promotes and influences doing the right thing
  • Teaches sound personal leadership skills
  • Promotes and encourages self-awareness and self-discipline
  • Influences best practices that increase professionalism
  • Aids in reducing "unethical breakdowns"
  • Aids leadership in resetting the organization culture
  • James W. Dodson, Commander (Ret.), Odessa Police Department

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Ethical Courage Award

3:30 pm


Tuesday, August 16

8:00 am

ILEA Alumni Association Annual Business Meeting
(Officer Elections and Conclusion)
All Alumni members are invited to attend

9:00 am

The Baltimore Experience: Lessons Learned from the Disturbance of 2015

In the spring of 2015 following the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray, the city of Baltimore erupted into unrest as the nation followed every moment on national news.  At the helm of the agency was Commissioner Anthony Batts, a former chief of Oakland PD and retired from Long Beach PD.  In this session Anthony will share his lessons learned from the incident.  He will cover, instituting police cultural reforms, leading under fire, and navigating the maze of politics all while trying to keep the peace, rebuild community trust and protect the men and women of his charge.

  • Anthony W. Batts, Former Police Commissioner, Baltimore Police Department

10:30 am


10:45 am

Civil Rights Lawsuits: Avoidance Tips from a Civil Rights Attorney

Mr. Riggins is a trial attorney in Indianapolis Indiana practicing in federal courts. His main area is primarily the southern district of Indiana and the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. He also served as a deputy prosecutor for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office in Indianapolis, Indiana; and prior to that he worked for a small civil litigation firm. His trial experience range varies from complex conspiracies to discrimination claims. During this session Kenneth will examine law enforcement behaviors, patterns and organizational practices that often lead to litigation and what law enforcement executives can do to “fix it”.

  • Kenneth L. Riggins, Attorney at Law, Indianapolis, IN

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Avoiding Consent Decrees: Lessons Learned

This session will focus on lessons learned specific to federal consent decrees. Although the topic of federal consent decrees in law enforcement will be the primary focus, the discussion will also center on the U.S. Justice Department’s Report on Ferguson and the lawsuit recently filed against the City of Ferguson and its implications for the rest of the law enforcement community in the United States.

  • Alejandro (Alex) del Carmen, PhD, Tarleton State University and Federal Monitor

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

Dr. Gary W. Sykes Award for Professional Achievement in Law Enforcement

3:30 pm


Wednesday, August 17

9:00 am

The Garland Experience: Incident at the Drawing the Prophet Art Exhibit and Contest

On May 4, 2015, an event featuring drawings of the Prophet Muhammad at the Curtis Culwell Event Center in Garland, Texas was fired upon by two heavily armed gunmen. Immediately the training and professionalism of the Garland Police kicked into action. The threat was neutralized and the lives of over two hundred event attendees and countless bystanders were protected. In this session, Captain Atkins will discuss lessons learned from the event, to include the value of good community relations prior to a major incident, the critical importance of intelligence and preparations prior to highly visible/charged events and maintaining community trust through communication.

  • • Captain John Atkins, SWAT Commander, Garland Police Department

10:30 am


10:45 am

Transparency and Community Trust: The Arlington Experience

In this session, Chief Johnson and Pastor McKissic explain how they along with Senior Pastor Gary Smith of the Fielder Church were able to moderate community outrage following the shooting of 19 year old, Christian Taylor at a car dealership by a probationary Arlington police officer. The Arlington Police Department has a long history of community involvement and transparency. The trust built up over years of work proved critical during this crisis. Additionally, two prominent respected religious leaders joined Chief Johnson in countless community events that encouraged dialogue, truth and honesty about the event and police community relations. In the end the city of Arlington avoided as situation that could have easily spent out of control.


  • Chief Will Johnson, Arlington Police Department
  • Senior Pastor Wm. Dwight McKissic, Sr., Cornerstone Baptist Church, Arlington

12:15 pm

Concluding Remarks

12:30 pm


Overnight Accommodations

Hyatt Place Dallas/Plano
3100 Dallas Parkway
Plano, Texas 75093
Tel: 972.378.3997

Hyatt Place Plano welcomes our guests attending ILEA – Contemporary Issues and Ethics Conference, at The Center for American and International Law. We have set aside a block of rooms with a group rate of $94 plus applicable fees/taxes for 8/14/2016-8/17/2016.

Please make your reservations by 7/30/2016 . As long as the reservation is made by this date, and the group block has availability, you will receive the group rate. Any reservations not received on or before this cut-off date are subject to hotel availability at the best available prevailing rate.

Booking Instructions

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Type in Arrival/Departure Dates
Enter Group/Corporate #: G-AL29
Call 888-HYATT-HP (888.492.8847) or 972.378.3997

Dates available: 8/14/2016-8/17/2016
Mention the group name: CAILAW / ILEA – Contemporary Issues and Ethics Conference

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  • Tax Exemption Certificates and Credit Card Authorization Forms may be faxed to the hotel directly at 972.608.4427 prior to your arrival.


Law enforcement personnel attending this course are eligible for sixteen (16) hours of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer (TCOLE) credit.

Course Cancellation Policy

Occasionally, the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA) may be forced to cancel a scheduled program. Whenever possible, the decision to cancel is made at least fourteen days prior to the start of the program, and registered participants are notified once that decision has been made. If the distance to the training site requires that you make airline and/or hotel reservations, please contact ILEA (+1.972.244.3430) to inquire about the status of any program before making travel arrangements. While paid registrations in cancelled courses will be refunded in full, ILEA will not be responsible for monetary loss due to cancellations or changes in airline or hotel reservations.

Eligibility Policy

The Institute for Law Enforcement Administration provides  professional education and technical support to the law enforcement community. 

A registrant in an ILEA program must be a sworn officer; a civilian employee of a law enforcement department; or an employee of a municipal, county or state agency.

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