Law Enforcement Administration

Contemporary Issues and Ethics Conference

Courage Under Pressure: The Power of Mindset and the True Nobility of Policing


Plano, Texas, USA

Past Event

TCOLE Credit will be available

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

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


The 2023 Contemporary Issues and Ethics in Law Enforcement Conference is bringing a powerhouse lineup to discuss “Courage Under Pressure: The Power of Mindset and the True Nobility of Policing”.


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

  • $0 ILEA Alumni Members
  • $150 ILEA Member
  • $200 Non-Member

Who Should Attend?

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


Thursday, October 26

8:00 am - 4:30 pm

  • Allen Premium Outlets Mall After-Action - May 06, 2023 started as any other Saturday as families and friends visited the Allen Premium Outlets mall, when suddenly a gunman senselessly opened fire on the crowd killing 8 people and injuring more. This session will discuss this event and lessons learned as first responders from the Allen Police Department and surrounding agencies quickly acted with true nobility and courage under pressure.

  • Why We Still Matter - An examination into the current climate of law enforcement and how that climate is shaping our recruiting, retention, and day to day operations. Discussion will be contextualized with actual data on public opinion, what the future workforce demands from an employer, and how our treatment of the public and each other is the path to increased public support and ensuring that we recruit and retain engaged productive employees.
    • Cory Tchida, Chief of Police, Georgetown Police Department
  • The Long Road to Justice: How Technology and Tenacity Solved a 20-year Cold Case - Who Shot Officer Jeff Garner? That question persisted as the Cowboy Hat Bandit eluded capture for nearly 20 years. But thanks to the creative use of evolving technologies explored by a particularly tenacious investigator who never stopped searching for answers, the journey along the long road to justice has finally concluded.
    • Jeff Garner, Assistant Chief of Police, North Richland Hills Police Department
    • Erik Whitlock, Detective, North Richland Hills Police Department
  • Awards Presentations (Law Enforcement audience only)
    • Gary Sykes Award for Professional Achievement in Law Enforcement 2023
    • Ethical Courage Award 2023

Friday, October 27

8:00 am - 4:15 pm

  • Ethics Roundtable (optional – Instructors only) - The ethics roundtable serves an important opportunity for ethics instructors from across the country to meet in person and share their experiences in the classroom. This fosters a robust discussion of what works and what doesn’t, as well as which techniques have special appeal to a law enforcement audience. The focus of this discussion is moving the law enforcement profession ever forward in a values-based, moral, and principled philosophy.
    • Gregory Smith
  • Mayday: Aircraft Down - Debriefing the Navy T-45 jet crash that occurred in Lake Worth, Texas on September 19, 2021, this session will explore the critical incident and lessons learned as multiple response teams coordinated to save lives.
    • J.T. Manoushagian, Chief of Police, Lake Worth Police Department
    • Whitney Moore, Communications Manager, Lake Worth Police Department
  • Priority One: Serving Your Team and Community in the Midst of Tragedy - This session will explore the critical importance of properly and compassionately handling tragedy and the needs of employees within the agency in the aftermath of a critical incident while simultaneously continuing to protect and serve the community at expected levels of excellence.
    • Don Hyder III, Major, Dallas Area Rapid Transit Police
    • Cody Phillips, Chief of Police, Haltom City Police Department

TCOLE Credit

Law enforcement personnel attending this course are eligible for 13 hours of Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) credit.

Overnight Accommodations

Hyatt Place Dallas Plano
3100 North Dallas Pkwy, Plano TX 75093 
Corporate Discount Code: 757

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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.

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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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