We invite you to join us for the 25th Annual Law Enforcement Conference, 2019!
Kris “Tanto” Paronto
Kris Paronto - “Tanto” as he is affectionately known in security contracting circles - is a former Army Ranger from 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment and private security contractor who has deployed throughout South America, Central America, the Middle East and North Africa. He also worked with the US Government’s Global Response Staff conducting low profile security in high threat environments throughout the world. Mr. Paronto was part the CIA annex security team that responded to the terrorist attack on the US Special Mission in Benghazi, Libya, September 11th, 2012, helping to save over 20 lives while fighting off terrorists from the CIA Annex for over 13 hours. Mr. Paronto’s story is told in the book “13 Hours” written by Mitchell Zuckoff and his five surviving annex security team members. Kris’ newly released memoir, “The Ranger Way” is now available for pre-order and is being released on May 23rd.
Mr. Paronto was born in Alamosa, Colorado and obtained his Associate Degree from Dixie College (now Dixie State University) in St. George, Utah, Bachelor’s Degree from Mesa State College in Grand Junction, Colorado and Master’s Degree from The University of Nebraska at Omaha. He served 4 years in the US Army and an additional 4 years in the US Army National Guard reaching the rank of Sergeant then becoming a commissioned officer in 2003. He started contracting for Blackwater Security Consulting in 2003 and continued to deploy on various security contracts, to include the Global Response Staff until 2013. Mr. Paronto has been involved in security operations in hostile environments for over 10 years. His team’s involvement with the September 11th, 2012 attack on the US special mission in Benghazi, Libya was paramount in the saving of US lives and assets. He is a proven leader, teammate and friend to those who have deployed with him, and a devout father to three children.
Sheriff David Clarke
After nearly four decades in law enforcement, Sheriff David Clarke has found innovative ways to serve the public that gives him the freedom to reach millions of Americans with his message, unfiltered by the confines of holding an elected office. In addition to his dedication and focus as the Sheriff of a large metropolitan county, Clarke developed a passion for political commentary. He is fondly referred to as the "People's Sheriff" because he has the natural ability to explain complicated national controversies in a way that everyday people can understand. He is the keynote speaker at countless events across the country, where his audience praises his no-nonsense way of promoting conservative values. He truly enjoys mobilizing everyday Americans to become more politically active and civically engaged.
As President of his new private sector venture, DAC Enterprises, Clarke has ramped up his massive social media activism, including regular communication with his nearly one
million followers on Twitter. In 2017, he became Spokesman and Senior Advisor to America First Action, dedicated to supporting the Trump-Pence Administration. Most recently, he is excited to join the Capital Research Center as Chair of the American Law and Culture program where he will tackle the destructive liberal ideology of identity politics.
Sheriff Clarke is a frequent guest commentator for world renowned national news programs on issues such as the reasonable use of force by law enforcement, preserving the Second Amendment, and the complexities of immigration enforcement at the local level. Just one of his interviews, where he sparred with Don Lemon of CNN, has nearly 3.4 million views on Youtube.
In his best-selling book "Cop Under Fire" Sheriff Clarke shares experiences of his childhood and how they shaped his future, as well as articulating his unwavering defense of our nation's police officers in a time when few had the courage to speak out.
Chief Stewart and Laci Steele
A 35 year veteran of law enforcement, Chief Steele serves as Chief of the Rio Rancho, New Mexico Police Department He and his wife Laci have been married 26 years and have 6 children… one daughter and five sons; Two of which are police officers and another serves in the United States Army. Chief Steele has experienced a number of critical incidents over the years and its cumulative effect took its toll on his family… At one point straining his and Laci's marriage until it was completely dissolved. Through tough conversations, additional trials, and tons of prayer, God has fully restored their marriage to something better than the Steeles could have ever imagined.
Laci Steele has served as a teacher, youth leader, banker, and a police dispatcher. She has been an advocate for law enforcement spouses and families for many years hosting fundraisers, gaining awareness of police family struggles and generating community support. In 2017, Laci spoke out at an International Association of Chiefs of Police event which lead to IACP revamping their family wellness pages. Since, Laci has served as a guest speaker for many law enforcement events including hosting a family wellness class at the Oklahoma Chief's of Police conference in 2017 and establishing Rio Rancho Police Department's first family support academy.
Jessica is a 32 year old mother, of two, therapist, writer and student. She never saw herself dating a cop, much less marrying one... But it happened and suddenly she found herself in love with a man who had captured her heart.
Marriage by itself is hard - bringing two very different people together and forcing them to figure out things as a team … even when they don’t agree. Add in law enforcement and it gets even harder. Crazy shifts, and the chaotic demands of the profession can take its toll on family life. .. That was Jessica’s experience. Added to the challenges was a tragic accident involving her 8 year old daughter Riley who suffered traumatic brain injury from a four wheeler accident.
Jessica joined a Cop Wives group over 6 years ago, and in so doing gave her an instant bond with women across the county that “got it.” It was through that group, the sisterhood, and her faith that she got through everything that came her way. including her husband walking out. His departure forced her to get brutally honest with herself about what cop wives (and the officers) should really know about a LE marriage. She developed a passion to use the storm she had walked through to help others before they get that far. As a Blue Family, she’s convinced we have to do better in protecting our marriages and families and she's committed to help bring about that change!
Conference participants are also invited to attend the 25th Annual Officer
Appreciation Day on Saturday, October 19, 2019.
This free event is open to all law enforcement families and includes numerous children’s activities, crafts, and bounce houses, rock climbing, rappelling, 400’ cable zip line, all the food you can eat, shooting competitions, an ultimate warrior competition, fishing contests, hayrides, go karts, archery and a number of other activities. Click on links for more info.
Check out videos of the speakers. Get to know more about them. Also, see a video about the Officer Appreciation Day.
We invite you to check out pictures from last year's event! From food to weapons to family time, this is an event that can't be missed!