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The Winning Mind© for Women

The Winning Mind© for Women

“The Winning Mind for Women” is one of the most unique and popular courses offered by the “Winning Mind Seminars” team.  Sgt. Betsy Smith guides students through 8 hours of intensive, interactive training that will provide attendees with updates and information they can employ to improve and enhance both their professional and personal lives.

Course Description:

We begin each session by honoring the sacrifices of our fallen, celebrating the law enforcement profession and asking each attendee to inwardly assess their own career. We define true “Warrior Ethos” as well as the “Guardian Mindset” as we talk about the history of women in policing and celebrate our winners and role models.  We then introduce gender-specific science and leadership principles that anyone can use to enhance their career and improve their life on and off the job. The multi-media format keeps students engaged and entertained while we provide officers, agents, dispatchers, trainers, supervisors, managers and all other personnel with a realistic view of gender differences and how these can be harnessed in both men and women to improve performance, morale, communication, relationships, and especially officer safety.

 

During this intense session students will also be exposed to:

 

  • The Not Today mindset, on every call, on every shift
  • Why “survival” is minimalistic and we must train to WIN!
  • Embracing your responsibility for your own tactics, training, safety and career
  • What “Guardianship” really means to you, your career and your community
  • Why and how to embrace Warrior Ethos regardless of your career path
  • Preventing and preparing for officer ambush
  • How to leave behind the “victim-based” mentality and take control of your own future
  • Recognizing and taking advantage of the differences between men and women
  • Learning to communicate effectively with everyone in your agency and beyond
  • How to bring your family into your world to enhance off duty safety and your relationships
  • Finding and using the best female-specific equipment available
  • Learning to “lead, mentor, and inspire” others regardless of your assignment or tenure
  • How to increase your awareness and overcome the effects of “routine”
  • Dealing with pregnancy in a high risk profession
  • Assessing your own career and coming up with a plan for real success
  • How “Post Traumatic Growth” can improve your career and your life
  • How to truly embrace “the family” of law enforcement and stand together

This training is like no other in that it encourages women, and those who train and supervise them, to look beyond the anecdotal, “that’s-the-way-we’ve-always-done-it” world of learning and utilize science, physiology and proven methods and information that will help anyone in law enforcement improve their career and their survival.   Sgt. Smith’s philosophy of “teaching by storytelling” cites real-world, inspirational examples of courageous men and women whose stories stay with the attendees long after the class has concluded. The atmosphere created in the classroom encourages students to network and gain strength and information from each other, making this session a powerful day for all involved.  This course will inspire, motivate, and encourage women to excel and to win, regardless of assignment!

Street Level Counterterrorism

This dynamic presentation addresses terrorism related events in the United States. In 2007, Deputy Blakely initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle in rural South Carolina that would change his life. That traffic stop disrupted an act of terrorism during the planning stages. It stands, to date, as the only terrorist attack prevented by a patrol officer on a traffic stop. This course will discuss in depth details of Cpl. Lamar Blakely’s August 4, 2007 traffic stop, which resulted in the arrest and prosecution of a terrorist and other associates. It will be an up close and personal look at the pros and cons in handling this situation as well as lessons learned. Cpl. Blakely will discuss the various hearings that lasted several years. This course will help officers better understand the threat of terrorism, how it affects each of our communities regardless of how large or small, and give officers a closer look into documentation during traffic stops, as well as how to get the community involved. The second part of this course will educate officers on the need for proactive law enforcement in today’s society. He’ll discuss the resources available to officers to further the protective efforts of the community and nation.

Emotional & Relationship Survival for Law Enforcement

Being a cop is more than what you do, it is who you ARE!!!  It’s how you think of and define yourself, and it’s a title to wear with pride.  Law enforcement is a unique and challenging profession, practiced by men & women specially wired to take on those challenges.

 

Balancing on-and-off duty life is something we all face, and where many of us falter.  Leading a well-rounded life is crucial for both personal and professional success.  But knowing how to lead that well-rounded life is a challenge for many.

 

This course examines common personal & professional roadblocks that prevent officers from leading a balanced life.  We teach a reality-based approach focused on developing the whole person.  After all, a balanced cop is an energized cop.

Course Content

  • Being More Than A Cop©
  • Defining personal & emotional health
  • Effects of adrenaline on health
  • Common self-defeating beliefs
  • Building resiliency
  • Understanding the mind/body connection
  • Creating balance between home & work
  • Managing anxiety & stress
  • Surviving burnout
  • When burnout turns to depression
  • Resistance to becoming emotionally well
  • Relationship 911!!
  • Effective communication strategies
  • Steps to save relationships or say good-bye

Men & Women Are Different, But They Can all Be Great Cops!

Men & Women Are Different, But They Can All Be Great Cops!

Using “Gender Intelligence” to Improve Officer and Career Survival in Police Personnel

This course is designed to provide dispatchers, officers, trainers, supervisors, managers and other personnel with a realistic view of gender differences and how these can be harnessed to improve performance, morale, relationships, and officer safety.

Sgt. Betsy Smith will guide students through an 8 hour intensive, interactive training session that provides attendees with up to date information they can employ to improve and enhance their professional and personal lives, as well as those of their staff members and co-workers. We start with the history of women as warriors and then add gender-specific science and leadership principles that anyone can use to learn to truly motivate and improve morale, and to help their employees avoid a “victim-based mentality.” The multimedia format keeps students on the edge of their seats while we provide tips and tactics that attendees can use to foster better organizational communication, and enhance their training and mentoring programs. We provide information attendees can adapt for their own personal use long after the conference has concluded.

We’ll discuss training, equipment, tactics, off-duty survival, mentoring, defining success, relationships, dealing with the workplace bully, pregnancy on the job, learning to forgive but not forget, and how to truly make yourself a leader in your organization and help others do the same. Using real-world experience combined with gender intelligence, this course will inspire, motivate, and encourage you to help the women and the men of your organization to excel and to win, regardless of assignment!

Michael Bazzell

Michael Bazzell is the Computer Crime Detective for the Alton, Illinois Police Department. Since 1997, he has handled all cases involving any type of Computer Crime and Computer Forensic Analysis, including several State and Federal cases throughout the Metro-East St. Louis area. In 2005, Michael was assigned full time to the FBI’s Cyber Crime Task Force, where he continues to investigate Federal cases being prosecuted by the United State’s Attorney’s Office. He is also a part time instructor for Lewis & Clark College teaching Ethical Hacking, Computer Forensics, and Computer Investigation. Since 2002 he has been an active member of the elite Technical Operations Group of the Major Case Squad of Greater St. Louis, and served five years as the Director of the Metro-East Regional Computer Crime Enforcement Group under the authority of the Illinois Attorney General. As an active member of these organizations, he has been involved in numerous high-tech crime investigations including online child solicitation, manufacture of child pornography, child abduction, kidnapping, cold-case homicide, and high level internet bank intrusions.

In his free time, he is a published photographer, freelance writer, and studio musician.

Courses:

New High Tech Investigation Techniques – Basic

New High Tech Investigation Techniques – Advanced

New High Tech Investigation Techniques (Advanced)

New High Tech Investigation Techniques (Advanced) – This one day session expands on the basic online investigation techniques that are vital to any Officer’s arsenal of tools. This is a very full day of instruction intended on teaching a unique response to crime with unconventional free resources. Additionally, a session demonstrating how hackers are creating havoc will help deliver an educated response from an Officer to the victims of internet crime. Times can be adjusted to fit your needs. Participants receive lifetime access to the Basic Investigations Resources and Advanced Investigations Portal areas of the site which include updated links, content, software, guides, and templates. All session details can be found by clicking the course link above.

Open Source Intelligence Techniques

This session identifies and demonstrates over 200 free online resources that can aid Investigators in solving both technical and non-technical crimes. Participants will be shown how to “dig” into the internet for personal information about any target. While popular sites such as Twitter, MySpace, and Facebook are covered in detail (including techniques that legally access some “private” content), the presentation goes much deeper into the vast resources available online for researching personal information. Additionally, instructions for identifying local events such as flash mobs and fights in real time will be presented in great detail. Aside from web sites, other technologies such as digital camera data, document meta-data, Geo-location services, and live communication monitoring will be explained. These sources can also be used to conduct thorough background checks on potential employees. All resources can be applied to domestic and international investigations.

Among many other techniques, the attendees will learn how to conduct the following queries.

General search queries on dozens of search engines
Use online translation tools to search and translate foreign text
Monitor live content and communication on social networks
Create online map layers to identify communication by location
Thorough searches of all social networks
Access content believed to be private on social networks
Search Geo Location data within Twitter streams
Analyze micro blogging content by location
Reverse search by photograph
Search historical versions of websites
Locate documents related to target subject
Identify crime rings using online auction sites
Locate online photo albums shared by target subjects
Locate online videos related to subject of investigation
Analyze EXIF data in photographs to identify suspects
Search online forums for communication

Case Examples

Actual case examples are demonstrated that apply several of the techniques discussed to solve a series of felonies. This demonstration gives a complete view of how the techniques are used in unison to solve individual cases.

Collecting Online Content

The audience will be shown how to use various technologies to assist with any type of investigation. Topics include internet provider emergency contacts, online evidence documentation, online video extraction, social networks analysis, and more. Several methods of manually extracting online content will be explained as well as the benefits of each. Precise methods of obtaining content directly from Facebook and other networks will be demonstrated. All procedures will be explained from start to finish including preparation of search warrants and emergency requests. Digital templates will be available to all participants.

Online Investigation Techniques

The audience will be shown how to use advanced technologies to assist with any type of investigation. Topics include identifying compromised email addresses, “spoofing” caller ID, anonymous forwarding email addresses, anonymous forwarding phone numbers, identifying shortened links, monitoring online digital radio frequencies, locating stolen data phones, rental vehicle information, and more. All procedures will be explained from start to finish and links will be available to all participants.

Online Investigation Resources (API’s)

This session identifies and demonstrates several free online resources that compile many of the websites presented during the basic course. This automated process can aid Investigators in solving both technical and non-technical crimes. Participants will be shown how to request, retrieve, and analyze the content received during this process. All attendees will also get access to premium licensed API keys for unlimited searching.

Intel Analysis Software

This session will demonstrate free software tools that will aid an Officer during any type of investigation. A custom portable web browser will be given to the participants that include configured plugins that add new search features. These include reverse image location, automatic media download, instant screen capture, and more. Additionally, the browser is configured to block website analytics that can divulge sensitive information about the searcher. Other software includes tools that clone websites, locate twitter data, recover deleted files, display historical versions of satellite mapping data, and identify metadata within online documents. Attendees will have full access to the entire collection of software demonstrated during the session.

Hiding From The Internet

Police Officers and their families are constantly at risk of being targeted by criminal suspects. This session identifies publicly available vulnerabilities that expose sensitive information about Officers. Resources for eliminating this public and private data are explained as well as expected results. Attendees will learn how to eliminate their personal information, including address and contact information, from both public and private databases. Online resources for eliminating personal information will be provided to all recipients.

New High Tech Investigation Techniques (Basic)

New High Tech Investigation Techniques (Basic) – This one day session focuses on the investigation techniques that are vital to any Officer’s arsenal of tools. This is a full day of instruction intended on teaching a unique response to crime with unconventional free resources. While the advanced course expands on additional topics, this crash course covers the essentials. Times can be adjusted to fit your needs. Participants receive lifetime access to the Basic Investigations Resources area of the site which includes updated links, content, software, guides, and templates.

Open Source Intelligence Techniques

This session identifies and demonstrates over 250 free online resources that can aid Investigators in solving both technical and non-technical crimes. Participants will be shown how to “dig” into the internet for personal information about any target. While popular sites such as Twitter, MySpace, and Facebook are covered in detail (including techniques that legally access some “private” content), the presentation goes much deeper into the vast resources available online for researching personal information. Additionally, instructions for identifying local events such as flash mobs and fights in real time will be presented in great detail. Aside from web sites, other technologies such as digital camera data, document meta-data, Geo-location services, and live communication monitoring will be explained. These sources can also be used to conduct thorough background checks on potential employees. All resources can be applied to domestic and international investigations.

Among many other techniques, the attendees will learn how to conduct the following queries.

General search queries on dozens of search engines
Use online translation tools to search and translate foreign text
Monitor live content and communication on social networks
Create online map layers to identify communication by location
Thorough searches of all social networks
Access content believed to be private on social networks
Search Geo Location data within Twitter streams
Analyze micro blogging content by location
Reverse search by photograph
Search historical versions of websites
Locate documents related to target subject
Identify crime rings using online auction sites
Locate online photo albums shared by target subjects
Locate online videos related to subject of investigation
Analyze EXIF data in photographs to identify suspects
Search online forums for communication

Case Example

Actual case examples are demonstrated that apply several of the techniques discussed to solve a series of felonies. This demonstration gives a complete view of how the techniques are used in unison to solve individual cases.

Dave Smith’s The Winning Mind©

The Winning Mind© 

Dave Smith

8 hours

Presented by David S. Smith

Dave Smith & Associates

Winning Mind Seminars

Dave “J.D. Buck Savage” Smith first presented The Winning Mind© in 1987.  Since then it has evolved into one of the most remarkable training experiences that law enforcement personnel will ever attend.  By looking at the key components of peak performance, including who survives and why, the roles that optimism, risk and bureaucracy play in our personal and professional lives, and how individuals and organizations can make themselves truly resilient, Dave presents an entertaining & inspiring program designed to help everyone, regardless of their experience, optimize their odds of winning any confrontation.

The Winning Mind is updated continuously and can be customized for any agency, event, conference or audience.  In his unique, energetic style, Dave Smith gives men & women the mental edge they need to not only face threats on the street but also manage the stresses they may confront in their daily lives, both on and off duty.  In this multi-media session, Dave will discuss:

  • What makes someone a “winner?”
  • Why “survival” is minimalistic and we must train to WIN!
  • Understanding the role beliefs play in winning.
  • What is true “optimism?”
  • The science of crisis decision making.
  • The “Not Today” mindset, every day, on every shift
  • The role of “Warrior Ethos” in all aspects of law enforcement.
  • Understanding your own Risk Thermostat.
  • Maintaining optimism in a bureaucratic world
  • Preventing panic, the “archenemy of survival.” 
  • Being truly resilient after a setback!

This course is perfect for everyone in your agency from management to recruits, from sworn to civilian, from patrol to investigations, and can be customized to fit individual agency needs. Dave Smith’s The Winning Mind has something for everyone!

Gangs in School: Prevention to Investigation

Gangs in Schools:  Prevention to Investigation

This one-day class is for school officials, teachers, police officers, school resource officers, detectives, juvenile detectives, and gang officers   Learn the tools proven to reduce gang activity and violence in and around grade schools, middle schools, high schools and Universities by gang experts.  Blocks of instructions will include:

 

  • Identifying existing problems in your schools
  • Dealing with school administration
  • Dealing with uncooperative parents
  • Gang identification and documentation in schools
  • Gang recruitment in schools
  • Student’s rights and Due Process
  • Gang education and specific training for parents, staff/teachers
  • Alternative school programs

 

Gangs in Schools: Prevention to Investigation was developed and is presented by Dom Cappelluti, Street-Strategies, Inc. and it is part of  his one-day topic specific seminar series.

Gang Combat Dynamics

Gang Combat Dynamics (GCD): A Zero-tolerance Approach to Gangs

This two-day course will provide the investigator with strategies to vigorously target, investigate, interview/interrogate, prosecute and prevent resurgence of criminal street gangs. The program will equip the investigator with the knowledge and tools to “attack” organized gangs by using a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional approach. The concepts taught in this course have been used to effectively dismantle gangs and take back communities.

  • Understanding today’s gang alliances and their growing social network
  • Gangs in schools
  • Effective street interviewing
  • Conducting gang investigations- graffiti to homicide
  • Being successful in the interview- getting confessions from
  • Strategize your follow up attack- eradication strategies