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Neal McLoughlin

Neal McLoughlin

Neal is a supervisor with a major Midwest Law Enforcement agency in which he has held a variety of positions in his over 20-year distinguished career. Neal holds an M.B.A. from St. Xavier University and received his C.F.E. designation in 2005. He was a course developer and instructor for CPD (Career Professional Development a Law Enforcement training company). He most recently coordinated a program involving Federal agencies as well as State and Local law enforcement. Resources were combined under his direction and resulted in a targeted 53 criminal cases in a 90-day period via social media. The program was recognized, and its methods are being emulated through the DOJ for use in local law enforcement through NDCAC The National Domestic Communications Assistance Center (NDCAC) is a National center, organized under the Department of Justice (DOJ).


Walking the Digital Beat~ Practical Application & Use of Social Media in Criminal Investigations

Walking the Digital Beat~Practical Application & Use of Social Media in Criminal Investigations

Two Day Course Overview: This Level 1 course is intended for Law Enforcement agencies and their personnel. It is non-technical with no prerequisites necessary and presented in an easy to follow format in which the participants will be well acquainted with social platforms and how to use them to develop intelligence, violate parolees, disrupt criminal gang activity and enhance cases for the prosecutors’ office.

Additionally, an overview will be given of actual program from start to finish and real-world experiences discussed and challenges overcome. You will be given insight into an actual program and program numbers that occurred in a 90 day period.

Subpoena, Preservation Orders,  and Search Warrants how to request information. How to create on line personas with Registered CI status. Applications for use with Individual Departments of Correction and Bail Bond enhancements that will enable you to work in conjunction with your local prosecutor’s office.

Beyond the foundation of how this can be accomplished within your agency. Also reviewed are the pitfalls and liability of conducting covert social media investigations incorrectly. We will review the pitfalls of how badly not having a firm foundation in social media investigations can result. How to set up policy and how to continually update policy as technology moves forward.

Attendees will learn:

*Uses of social media in investigations both open source and covert.

*Identifying and targeting criminal groups online.

 *How to access the dark web and the deep web. The difference between the two and how to conduct investigative lead search should your investigation take you there.

*Setting up Policy and Procedure to avoid legal liability for L.E. both officers and agencies.

*Properly documenting and using evidence obtained in the investigation and prosecution.

*Scaling online investigations from individual to multi-agency operations.

*Connecting the dots from behind the keyboard to street operations and raids.

*How to obtain buy-in from your Command Staff, Investigation, Narcotics, Specialized Units and Patrol Divisions.



Chief Christopher Mannino


Chief Mannino, in his 22nd year in law enforcement, serves in the Chicago area and teaches social media strategies and problem oriented policing across the country.  His agency’s law enforcement social media efforts have been featured by major Chicago media market news networks as well as received national attention. The Chief presented at both the 2016 and 2017 Problem Oriented Policing Conferences (Naperville,IL and Peoria, IL).  He is a graduate of the 237th session of the FBI National Academy where his studies focused on public relations for law enforcement. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Political and Justice Studies.

Mannino serves on the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police Public Relations Committee and is a social media manager for the International Association of Chiefs of Police- US Section.

Mannino is also an adjunct law enforcement instructor, instructing on “Implementing a Social Media Strategy for Law Enforcement” and “Implementing Problem Oriented Policing” for law enforcement mobile training units across the country. His goal is to help law enforcement personnel better represent their agencies and engage their communities while understanding legal considerations and the challenges posed by social media.



Implementing Social Media Strategy for Law Enforcement

PURPOSE OF COURSE: This one day course has been designed to meet the practical needs of a Public Information Officer or other police personnel assigned to create, implement, and manage a social media strategy for a law enforcement agency.

COURSE OVERVIEW: This course will give the police personnel insight into the history of law enforcement use of social media, how to create agency accounts on the most popular social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), legal considerations, civil rights considerations, creating engaging content, avoid pitfalls, and an overview of additional social media platforms and tools.

COURSE GOALSThe main goal of this course is to educate police personnel on how to successfully create social media accounts for their agencies, manage content within legal guidelines and community expectations, and successfully promote their agency and law enforcement in general.

COURSE PREREQUISITES: This course will be offered to law enforcement personnel assigned to a Public Information Officer role or tasked with creating and/or managing social media accounts.

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 25-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 received the “Police Unit Citation” again in 2013, while serving as the S.W.A.T. Commander.

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 Public Service Award (2001) from the FBI, when he captured the Utah Division of the FBI’s most wanted person, following a vehicle and foot pursuit. He has completed the FBI Command College (June 2012) and graduated the FBI National Academy (Session 270) October 2nd-December 15th 2017.

He continues to actively work within the community; serving as the President of the Exchange Club (2016-2017) and as the Chairman for the Sandy Day of Pride (2017-2018), a clean up event that organizes hundreds of volunteers and resources to work on trail maintenance, clean up and beautification of the city.

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 25 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 responsibilities
  • E.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 philosophy
  • 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!