We invite you to join us for this year's Fall
Law Enforcement Events
October 6-7, 2023!
Craig "Sawman" Sawyer
Craig began his career in the U.S. Marine Corps. Transitioning to the U.S. Navy, he served in SEAL Team One and eventually as a sniper for Naval Special Warfare Development Group - more commonly known as SEAL Team 6. As a DEVGRU Operator, Craig gained critical combat experience in Desert Shield and Desert Storm resulting in decoration for “Heroic Service.” Craig subsequently served in the Federal Air Marshal Service as an Agent and Supervisor, in High-Threat Mobile Security contracting, Film & Television Tech Advising, and Personal Security Training for the public. Craig’s passion culminated in the founding of Vets for Child Rescue where he works tirelessly to expose and eradicate child trafficking in the US.
Chief Dave Funkhouser (Ret.) served in Wisconsin law enforcement for over 32 years. He has received numerous awards and commendations for exemplary service as a police officer, including recognition for his investigative efforts and involvement in many high profile cases. Dave served as a member of the executive board of the WI Chiefs of Police Association and was elected by his peer Chiefs of Police in WI to serve as President of their association. He will be sharing his highly acclaimed leadership course.
Andy Hughes retired with thirty+ years of experience at the municipal, county and state level. He has served in a number of capacities with the Houston Co. (AL) SO to include dispatcher, Deputy Sheriff and Narcotics Investigator. In 1990 he joined the Dothan, AL PD. He was elected two terms as Sheriff of Houston Co. and eventually was appointed Asst. Dir. for Homeland Security/Chief of Tactical Operations. There he commanded the Aviation Unit, EOD Team and the SWAT Team. Andy has since retired and serves as an independent consultant on law enforcement and security matters. He will be sharing life lessons learned from his career and encouragement for the next generation of officers.
Deputy Chief Thomas Lemmer (Ret'd)
Thomas Lemmer is an independent researcher, analyst, author, and instructor. He has nearly four decades of experience in public safety positions, including extensive experience as a law enforcement trainer, supervisor and executive. Most recently he was a deputy chief for the Chicago Police Department. He has served in ethnically diverse and predominately minority communities, as well as within college, military, public transportation, and public housing settings. He holds B.A. and M.A. degrees in Criminal Justice, and for seven years was an undergraduate instructor at Loyola University Chicago. He has expertise in addressing the complexities of community policing, juvenile crime, gangs, violence, patrol operations, police
policy development, supervisory engagement, and management accountability. He is the creator of the “Eight Levels of Supervisory Engagement,” and he is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, Police
Executive Research Forum, Police Futurists International, and the Fraternal Order of Police, among other organizations. Tom will be sharing out of his vast wealth of experience and lessons learned.
Jeff has served 24 years in law enforcement and held a number of positions to include patrol, FTO supervisor, proficiency trainer, PIO, special operations protest negotiator and investigator for violent crimes, and homicide. He has a B.A. in Liberal Studies and a M.S. in Criminal Justice with a focus on Terrorism and Homeland Security. Jeff is a graduate of the FBI-LEEDA Supervisory Leadership Institute and the POST Leadership Program. He is a speaker, podcast creator and writer whose work has been featured in Law Officer Magazine and other outlets. Jeff will be sharing a fresh reminder of the high calling of the profession and renewed vision for connecting with the communities it serves.
Married to a detective, Heidi Hogan, MSN RN CCRN, is an enthusiastic supporter of the thin blue line. She has worked tirelessly to support the profession through the organization of LE Marriage Conferences, the founding of a wives group at her husband’s department, through podcasts and interviews that can be heard on Bott Radio and the Watch Your 6 Podcast as well as serving as a contributing author for Law Enforcement Today and LawOfficer.com. She has previously served in leadership with Badge of Hope Ministries, Midwest Chaplains Association and The 10-33 Foundation. Heidi and her family reside in the Kansas City area.
Conference participants are also invited to attend the 29th Annual Officer
Appreciation Day on Saturday, October 07, 2022.
This free event is open to all law enforcement families and includes numerous children’s activities, crafts, and bounce houses, 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.
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!