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Hosting Seminars


Public Grants & Training Initiatives (PG-TI) is proud to represent internationally recognized speakers that offer a wide range of expertise in law enforcement.  If you are interested in bringing one or more seminars to your area please consider the options.  We work on an arrangement that meets your training objectives!

Co-Host Option: free training & discounted training for the host agency!

PG-TI partner with police departments throughout the country to present our training seminars.  The host department provides a meeting facility, provides a/v,  some light refreshments (coffee/water) and  most importantly spearheads the marketing effort in the region.  PG-TI is responsible for the speaker and expenses related to travel, takes all registrations through a service and also collects the fees.  PG-TI also will provide the host department an electronic flyer for distribution.  It truly is a team effort and as compensation for the department’s efforts, the department will receive free and discounted training for their personnel.  It is an effective way of getting quality training to your area with limited resources and administrative duties.

Contract Option: training at a fraction of the cost!

In a contractual arrangement, PG-TI and the agency/department will agree upon a flat rate for the training seminar.  The advantage to this arrangement is the cost per person fee is greatly reduced since PG-TI is not involved with the administrative functions.




KODONNELL@PG-TI.COM OR 847-875-3620.


Morale, Motivation, Suicide Prevention-Intervention, Stress Management, & Resiliency for LEO’s

 Morale, Motivation, Suicide Prevention-Intervention, Stress Management, & Resiliency for LEO’s

Course Goal: This seminar is designed to educate others on improving motivation, morale,  preventing and intervening with those that experience suicidality, stress recognition and management tools, improving communication style and patterns of interpersonal behavior, and resiliency cultivation techniques for all levels and ranks within the law enforcement profession.


Following the completion of this didactic, the overall goal for attendees will be to gain new insight into the following: Differences between motivation and morale, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, Herzberg’s Motivation Hygiene Theory, use of motivating strategies, a framework for understanding personality traits/characteristics, stress management, post– trauma based reactions, generalized anxiety conditions, benefits of relaxation, police trauma and statistics, resiliency acquisition for law enforcement, and suicide prevention and intervention.

Instructional Objectives:


  • Motivation vs. Morale
  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  • Herzberg’s Motivation Hygiene Theory
  • Use of motivating strategies
  • Understanding personality traits and characteristics within law enforcement
  • Overview of stress management, stress recognition, fight/flight process
  • Improving communication style and patterns of Interpersonal behavior
  • Post-trauma stress and critical incidents for law enforcement personnel
  • Resiliency cultivation for law enforcement personnel
  • Police trauma and statistics
  • Suicide prevention and intervention
  • Suicidality awareness
  • Law enforcement suicide
  • Benefits of relaxation

Applied use of behavioral-health tools learned for law enforcement scenarios

Dr. Cipriano’s Blog Entry from Mesa, AZ

An empowering training was facilitated at the Mesa Public Safety Training Facility.  There were several attendees from all over the state of Arizona that participated in learning about the effects of critical incidents and how to support fellow public safety professionals soon after experiencing such an incident(s).  Differences between debriefing(s) and defusing(s) demobilization(s) and crisis management briefings were discussed and processed along with the clinical challenges that may develop following such a critical incident or series of incidents such as post traumatic stress and suicidality that would warrant a referral for clinical attention to a mental health professional. 

Educating those to prevent stigma was highlighted and encouraged.  Knowledge is an empowerment tool that manages such stress resulting from critical incidents.  The importance for having a mental health professional connected to a peer support team was significant and highly recommended.  Ongoing training, consultations, referrals, and cultivation of trust are some of the many benefits for having a mental health professional connected with peer support teams.  The importance of confidentiality was also discussed as an imperative component in the development of peer support teams conducting such services.  CISD is not therapy, however, confidentiality is a vital ingredient to the success of such a service and a peer support program.  Transparency for particular limitations was discussed and recommended to peer support teams who provide such services up front.  Such exceptions vary from state to state, but generally include abuse, neglect, and/or exploitation of the elderly and/or vulnerable adults, children, suicidality, homicidality, and children/adolescents exposed to domestic violence.  Criminal acts may also be included, specific to public safety departments/agencies policies and procedures.  Overall, there was an abundance of participation and the learning curve exceeded the goals initially established.  See you at our next training!

Captain Justin Chapman



Captain Justin Chapman is a 23-year veteran of the Sandy City Police Department. He has enjoyed numerous assignments including Patrol Officer, School Resource Officer, D.A.R.E., Community Policing Unit, Detective, S.W.A.T. Operator/Commander, Public Information Officer, EVO and ATV operations instructor, Bike Unit, Youth Court Coordinator and more. He was promoted through the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant and is currently a Captain where he oversees 70+ officers in the patrol division.

In 2006 he was awarded the “Medal of Merit” award for his work in organizing the Youth Court program and his involvement in a Teen Dating violence awareness video.  In 2007 he recognized the need for higher quality training for School Resource Officers, so he developed and began teaching an SRO Certification Course. That same year he also received the “Police Unit Citation” for contributions while serving as the Youth Unit Sergeant.

He has worked closely with their local school district, participated in numerous committees, and presented at multiple conferences including:

  • 2008 U.A.S.R.O. conference.
  • 2010 Joining Forces Conference.
  • 2010 36th NOVA National Conference.
  • 2013 Power of Prevention Conference.


In addition to the above conferences, he has presented and continues to present at numerous public and private events, training hundreds of students in a variety of topics. The most popular topics include: School Resource Officer Certification, E.S.C.A.P.E. (Active shooter response) and QPR (Suicide prevention).


As a public information officer he has worked with local and national media outlets in TV, Web, Print and Radio.


Justin was recognized by and given a service award from the FBI, when he captured the Utah Division of the FBI’s most wanted persons, following a vehicle and foot pursuit. He has completed the FBI Command College and is currently in a selection process where he is anticipating attending the FBI National Academy in the next couple of years.


During his many years experience working with schools, students, staff and police officers, he has developed a passion for the subject matter that he teaches and has genuine concern for those he meets.


School Resource Officer ~ (SRO) Certification Course

School Resource Officer ~ (SRO) Certification Course ~

This 2-day course is taught from over 23 yrs. LEO/SRO experience and will provide officers the skills and knowledge necessary to work as a competent SRO in the school environment. Being  an SRO is much more than just moving a police officer from a patrol position to inside a school building. In order to be SUCCESSFUL, School Resource Officers will have to recognize and make changes in their policing mentality, identify their new role, understand the value of available resources and requires specific knowledge of the critical rules and laws that govern school policing. Areas like Miranda, search and seizure, free speech and expression are considerably different in schools than anywhere else. Special populations (autistic and special needs) students, parent interaction, class presentation and many more subjects are covered.

This certification class is specifically designed for TWO DAYS and loaded with pertinent information, not stuffed with filler material simply to charge more for an extra day or three. Simply put, this is the best bang for your buck. Please compare to other SRO courses

 Core Topics

  • Building positive working relationships.
  • Search and Seizure in the school
  • Landmark U.S. Supreme Court Rulings (School).
  • SRO duties and
  • S.C.A.P.E.- Active shooter guide for (Staff/student)
  • Trends: Cyber-bullying, e-cigarette (vaping), drug trends etc.
  • Strategies to work with autistic
  • Cube policing
  • Internet investigative tools (Google, Firefox).
  • Teaching tips and more…

Blog Entry from Scott Byington

On November 2, 2017 we presented two Heroin on Steroids classes in Sandy (Salt Lake City) Utah.  The back to back classes were full at 60 registrations each.  In attendance were patrol officers, narcotic agents, detectives, regulatory agencies, parole/probation officers, corrections, wildlife officers, Forest Service, AG’s office, firefighters, paramedics and more.  Many in attendance said they didn’t realize how dangerous these synthetic opioids are.  There was a lot of good discussion about several recent local cases.

 One of the paramedics said that over the last several months they are using multiple doses of naloxone, sometimes up to 4 doses, to revive heroin overdoses when historically it only took one.  He realized during the class that the patients most likely did not OD on Heroin and that it was probably Fentanyl.  All of the students left the class knowing when they encounter fentanyl they can do it safely.  The highlight of the day was watching the Cubs take the world series, congratulations Cubs and Chicago! 

Financial Intelligence~Terrorism Program

Course objectives :

This 2-day dynamic training program offers an unmatched experience for financial investigators. Enter the financial intelligence cycle and recognize its importance in illicit finance through the following:

  • Identifying the stages of terrorist activity, such as PPF (Planning, Procurement, and Funding), through the analysis of actual terrorist bank account records
  • Utilizing financial intelligence methods to recognize the radicalization process of a jihadist and the red flags that indicate an imminent threat of a terrorist act
  • Leveraging terrorist financing case studies that teach situational awareness techniques in analysis, critical thinking, and investigation skills
  • Examining the material and financial intelligence leads gathered from terrorist operational sites and understanding their impact on identifying the threat
  • Engaging in knowledge transfer sessions with CTF Investigators

Learning outcomes:

  • Be more proficient in financial investigation and the analysis of counter terrorist financing
  • Understanding how financial intelligence can be used in identifying and disrupting terrorist financing
  • Be able to develop financial intelligence to be used in a mission critical plan
  • Utilize financial intelligence in a reactive and proactive operation
  • Understand the typologies and trends of terrorist financing
  • Understand Charities and NGO and how they are used by terrorist organizations
  • Gain access to a unique reservoir of CTF material
  • Current IS, AQ & AQAP fund raising

Grahame White

Currently Grahame White is the Director of Analysis International a bespoke financial intelligence and analytics/training company with a global footprint and client base, across Military, Financial Sector and Law Enforcement. Analysis International is fast becoming recognized as the primary deliverers of the most effective Financial intelligence Training Programmes, with a client base that encompasses Financial Institutions, Regulators and Financial Services Providers across Europe.

Grahame is currently engaged in the development of the first and only Software programme with SAS that creates alerts after identifying Terrorist Cell Indicators within banking activity.  This software is designed to support the Financial Sector in its proactive intelligence effort against Islamic and other forms of Terrorism.

Former Head of European Operations for ACAMS (Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists.

Grahame has a substantial network of contacts in the European AML regime having spent two years working closely with senior figures to support their staff and organizations on AML qualifications, training, and staff career development..

Previously a Detective at the National Terrorist Financial Investigations Unit at New Scotland Yard With substantial  Counter Terrorist Financing experience.

Designated financial investigator for Operation Crevice (The fertilizer plot), and 7/7 the suicide attacks on the London Transport Network. Holds a Master’s Degree in Fraud Management. Holds CAMS certificate.

Training Seminar Offered:

Financial Intelligence~Terrorism Program


Dr. Cipriano’s Blog Entry from New Mexico Training Site

What a phenomenal seminar we had in Crownpoint, New Mexico.  There were approximately 40 public safety professionals in attendance, predominantly law enforcement professionals, inclusive of police officers, police dispatchers, a chaplain, and a local pastor providing services to Navajo Nation and the various police departments within the Northwestern Part of New Mexico.  Focus of the seminar was on police stress, resiliency cultivation, suicide prevention/intervention, conflict resolution, and cultural sensitivity.  Several attendees participated in the table top exercise and discussion for utilizing stress abatement skills such as: ways to “reframe” (change) internal dialogue following a critical incident or series of critical incidents, the use of deep breathing, the use of visualization techniques, and the use of progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) to name a few.

Suicide prevention and intervention tools were also provided and processed via  “dialing in” to particular triggering event(s) in understanding suicidality within the law enforcement population.  Embarrassment and/or humiliation is one of the top catalyst’s for suicidality, in particular suicidality within the law enforcement population.  Peer support and clinical and administrative support were some of the buffers identified, discussed and encouraged to obtain for respective departments and agencies.   To conclude, some of the unique cultural and origins of conflict within law enforcement were processed and reviewed.  They were illustrated for purposes of awareness along with proliferation of management tools in combating conflict as it arises.

Those that attended the seminar were encouraged to utilize the operational, behavioral, and clinical knowledge that was shared from such an esteemed group.  Look forward to seeing you in 2017!

Crownpoint Court

Scott S. Byington


Detective Scott S. Byington received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Logistics from Weber State University in Ogden, Utah  in 1998. Scott was hired by Layton City Police Department and graduated from Utah P.O.S.T. Police Academy in 1999. Scott began his career as a patrol officer until 2001 when he was assigned to the traffic division. Scott is a trained accident reconstruction investigator and Emergency Vehicle Operation instructor, he is currently the lead instructor for Layton PD.  Scott was transferred to the detective division in 2003 where he earned the Distinguished Service Award and a Unit Citation Award.  After serving the Layton City Detective Division for 7 years, Scott was assigned to the Davis Metro Narcotics Strike Force as their first pharmaceutical drug investigator. Scott has been recognized with several Citations of Honor from the Utah Narcotic Officer’s Association and Distinguished Service Awards from the Layton City Police Department.  He has dismantled multiple drug trafficking organizations including a white supremacy pharmaceutical DTO responsible for forging prescriptions and distributing well over 15,000 pills in a three month span.  Scott also identified and dismantled an Oxycodone drug trafficking organization operating in multiple states.  In 2012, Scott was selected by Rocky Mountain HIDTA (High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) as the Drug Enforcement Officer of the Year.

In 2013 Scott organized and was appointed President of the Utah chapter of the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), he is the Sergeant at Arms for the Utah Narcotics Officer Association, and is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Scott has provided pharmaceutical investigation training for the Utah Narcotics Officer Association, Utah Pharmaceutical Drug Crime Project, National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, United States Air Force and Army, National District Attorney’s Association, Association of Public Safety Communications Officials and continuously lectures at regional schools, hospitals, and clinics.

Seminar Offered:

Heroin on steroids: Fentanyl, W-18 and U-47700