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We invite you to join us for the 27th Annual Law Enforcement Conference, 2021!



Dave Sanderson

Dave is an inspirational survivor, author, and nationally sought-out leadership speaker.

When US Airways Flight 1549, or ‘The Miracle on the Hudson,’ ditched into the Hudson River on January 15, 2009, Dave Sanderson knew he was exactly where he was supposed to be.

As the last passenger off the back of the plane on that fateful day, he took responsibility for the well-being and safety of others. He risked his own life in the frigid water to help other passengers off the plane but despite the hazards to himself, Dave thought only of helping others. He emerged from the wreckage that day with a mission to encourage others to do the right thing.

This profound experience changed his life and today he travels the globe sharing his inspirational and motivational leadership messages to help people make a difference in how they do business and in how they live their lives.

Named one of’s Top 100 Leadership speakers, Dave travels the world to share his inspirational leadership lessons, raising over $14.8M USD for the American Red Cross over the last ten years through his talks.

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Main Session Topic: From Turmoil to Triumph by Dave Sanderson

Breakout Session Topic: Mission Focused Leadership by Dave Sanderson

Session Title: High Noon – Countering a Tragedy-Free Policing Standard
by Tomas Lemmer


Public safety in America’s cities and towns relies heavily upon the strength of the police-community relationship. Public perceptions relative to police legitimacy and the appropriateness of police actions are greatly influenced by media coverage, particularly negative coverage. Contentious encounters involving the police, even in small numbers and spread across the country, when highlighted in the national media can create their own reality. Following the August 2014 officer-involved-shooting incident in Ferguson, Missouri, two threats to the police-community relationship began to grow dramatically. First, a false media narrative that the nation is suffering from an “epidemic of police violence.” Second, groups with deep

political agendas have seized upon (and continue to grow) this narrative by weaponizing a core American value for fairness. During 2020, across America, seismic damage was inflicted upon the police-community relationship. The nation’s police officers have been cast by increasingly successful political forces into the role of "them"- that is to say, the police profession is to an alarming degree being separated from the communities it serves. Whenever the police are viewed as separate and apart from the community, the police will fail in their public safety efforts, disorder and violence will increase, and an increased frequency of incidents viewed as abuses of authority are inevitable. Both public officials and the public-at-large have been increasingly urged by activists (aided by the media and others) to view the police against a

deliberately unattainable standard that can best be described as “tragedy-free” policing.


Understanding and countering the tragedy-free narrative trap will require continuing commitment to the highest possible standards from within the policing profession, and active engagement to grow the voices of support for the police from across the “community of us.” The session will provide clarity on the need for active involvement by our police officers, elected officials, civic leaders, and the community-at-large.



Tomas Lemmer 

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. He can be contacted at 

Conference participants are also invited to attend the 26th Annual Officer 

Appreciation Day on Saturday,    October 03, 2020.


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!