**UPDATE**  The 2017 Annual Training Conference will be held at The DeSoto in Savannah, GA.  It recently changed ownership ahead of schedule so we do not currently have a direct reservations link, but the The DeSoto reservations department is open 0700-2300 hours EST. 

To make reservations, please contact Tonya Harris via email at tharris@thedesotosavannah.com or by phone at 844.257.3520 (toll free) or 912.443.2021.  You may also email Janel Lamph at jlamph@thedesotosavannah.com or call her at 844.257.3520 or 912.443.2007.  If necessary, leave a message and one of them will promptly return your call.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

We also want you to know that Savannah has a Show Us Your Badge program that offers discounts at various merchants around the city.  No, don't use your law enforcement badge, but rather your conference nametag, to get the offered discounts.  Go to http://www.savannahbadge.com to find out more about the program and make your plans to join us!

2017 Speakers

John Azar-Dickens, Ph.D.

Force Science Institute/Rome GA Police Department

Dr. John Azar-Dickens is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in Forensic Psychology and a Certified Force Science® Analyst based in Rome, Georgia. In addition to instructing nationally for the Force Science® Institute, Dr. Azar-Dickens provides professional debriefing support and psychological assistance to officers involved in force incidents. A widely published author and active expert witness, Dr. Azar-Dickens also serves as a sworn patrol officer with the Rome, Georgia Police Department.

A key focus of his research and teaching is on the area of human performance enhancement and the exploration of how that performance is impacted by high levels of stress, specifically in law enforcement and military contexts. In addition to studying individual behavior, he has dissected overall training techniques and interventions designed to create the highest levels of performance and evaluated their overall effectiveness in real-world situations. His areas of study include the exploration of the relationship between physical activity and its impact on psychological functioning.

Dr. Azar-Dickens is a member of the Society for Police and Criminal Psychology and an Associate Member of the Georgia Association of Defensive Tactics Instructors and the Georgia Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors.

Eric Daigle


Attorney Eric Daigle acts as a legal advisor to police departments across the Country. He provides legal advice to law enforcement command staff and officers in the areas of legal liability, internal affairs, discipline, policy drafting, employment issues, use of force, laws of arrest, and search and seizure. His experience focuses on officers’ use of force, specifically in the training, investigation, and supervision of force, as well as deadly force incidents involving law enforcement.

Attorney Daigle acts in his capacity as a Law Enforcement Consultant providing guidance and oversight to department command staff on operations, organizational structure and risk management. Many departments have retained Attorney Daigle to assist with the review, development, and revision of department policies to maintain and reflect current police practices. Attorney Daigle serves as a member of independent monitoring teams and acts as an auditor in reviewing police department organizational compliance with procedural revisions directed or overseen by the Federal court system.

From 1992 to 2002, Attorney Daigle worked for the Connecticut State Police, during which time he spent many years as a detective assigned to investigative units. His experience included leading investigations; processing crime scenes for the collection of forensic evidence; and preparing cases for prosecution. Attorney Daigle is currently assigned as a reserve officer and maintains his Connecticut Police certification.

As a Connecticut P.O.S.T. certified law enforcement instructor in the area of legal training, Attorney Daigle provides legal training to law enforcement officers throughout the state for recruit and in-service training. This training includes search and seizure, laws of arrest, use of force legal updates, civil liability, search warrant drafting, racial profiling, TASER liability, and courtroom testimony and demeanor. Attorney Daigle has hosted and participated in seminars focusing on use of force legal standards, including Tactical Operations, TASER usage and responses to deadly force incidents by police.

Attorney Daigle is General Counsel for FBI- Law Enforcement Executive Development Association and a member of its instructor cadre teaching Internal Affairs. He is well versed in best practice standards for use of force and internal affairs. He is a member of the Americans for Effective Law Enforcement (AELE) Board of Directors, an instructor in the use of force seminar, and holds its Certified Litigation Specialist (CLS) credential. Attorney Daigle is the Vice Chairman of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Legal Officers Section and a member of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE). He holds the Certified Practitioner of Oversight from NACOLE.

Attorney Daigle is a member of the Connecticut Chiefs of Police Association and on the Board of Directors. He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association and is also a Past President of the New Britain Bar Association.


Grant Fredericks

Certified Forensic Video Analyst/Consultant

Grant Fredericks is a Certified Forensic Video Analyst and a contract instructor at the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. He is the owner of Forensic Video Solutions and is an instructor for the Law Enforcement & Emergency Services Video Association. As a consultant for Major Crime and Joint Forces Operations involving video evidence, Grant has provided technical assistance for high‐profile investigations in the UK, Canada, the United States and in many other jurisdictions around the world.

Grant was the Technical Manager for a large scale criminal investigation in 2011 involving over 5,000 hours of video evidence, directing the work of fifty forensic video analysts from the US, Canada and the UK. His work won the IACP’s top award for Technical Advances in a Criminal Investigation. Grant is a consultant to the US Department of Justice, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the National Institute of Justice and is a co‐author of the standards document Digital Video Systems Minimum Performance Specifications for Digital In‐Car Video Recording Systems for US law enforcement agencies. Grant is a former police officer and coordinator of the Vancouver Police Forensic Video Unit in Canada.

Jack Harris

Captain (Retired), Tuscon AZ Police Department

Jack Harris conducts training for law enforcement and public safety personnel throughout the country on a variety topics aimed at Helping Keep Good People Good.  With a combination of law enforcement & management experience, behavioral science background, and a passion for practical solutions, Jack helps people develop practical skills they can apply to everyday, real-life situations. 

He began his law enforcement career as a deputy with the McDonough County Sheriff’s Department in Macomb, Illinois.  He then spent twenty-years with the Tucson, Arizona Police Department; where he held a variety of operational and administrative command assignments. 

In addition to his law enforcement background, Jack is a licensed counselor (by the Arizona Board of Behavioral Heath Examiners), Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress by the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, EMDR trained, an approved instructor for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) and a trained mediator.  He holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Arizona and a Bachelor’s Degree from Western Illinois University.

Dan Libby

Chief Deputy (Retired), Charlotte County FL Sheriff's Office

Chief Wilfred Daniel (Dan) Libby is a 38-year veteran of law enforcement.  He retired in 2014 as the Chief Deputy (Under Sheriff) for the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office and was the past Commander of the Bureaus of Administration and Law Enforcement which included the Professional Standards Division (Training, Internal Affairs, and Staff Inspections). He assumed these posts after serving seven years as the Chief of Police for the City of Punta Gorda, Florida.  Prior to his Florida law enforcement experience, he was the Chief of Police in Plymouth, New Hampshire (9 years) and a road patrol police officer/sergeant in Bedford, Massachusetts (11 years).  He has been certified in three states as a police officer.

Chief Libby holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Massachusetts in American History and a Juris Doctor Degree in Law from New England School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts.  He is admitted to the practice of law in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (inactive status).  He is a graduate of the Command Officer Training Program at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, the 202nd session of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Charter Executive Leadership Class.

Chief Libby has been an instructor for the Massachusetts Criminal Justice Training Council, Northeast Regional Police Institute and the New Hampshire Criminal Justice Training Council.  He is a former adjunct professor of Criminal Justice at Florida Southwestern State College of Ft. Myers, Florida.  Chief Libby is currently an adjunct instructor in the Institute of Police Technology and Management’s Internal Affairs and Background Investigations Courses at the University of North Florida. During his tenures as an instructor, Chief Libby has instructed over 20,000 Law Enforcement Officers and Criminal Justice students in a multitude of criminal justice subjects.

Chief Libby is currently the president and principal of W. D. Libby Consulting, Inc., a law enforcement training corporation and serves as a litigation professional (expert witness).

Dan is married to Michelle (a retired trauma center registered nurse/case manager) and has two grown daughters, Rachel (an emergency room physician at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, GA) and Kim (middle school teacher at the Kipp School in Austin, TX). Dan and Michelle reside in Ellijay, Georgia. 


Penny Phelps

Captain, Monroe County FL Sheriff's Office

Penny Phelps possesses 34 years of experience in law enforcement and corrections.  During her 20-year career with the Bay City Police Department, Ms. Phelps was a certified bicycle officer, coordinated the Field Training Officer program, developed the community policing program, taught DARE, commanded the SWAT team, supervised an undercover drug team, was a member of the search and recovery scuba dive team and developed the Citizens’ Police Academy.  She achieved the rank of Deputy Chief of Police. 

Ms. Phelps traded wool socks for sandals when she began her career with the Monroe County, Florida Sheriff’s Office in 2002.  She was the operations captain for the Bureau of Corrections for seven years.  Two sheriffs later, she now oversees the Aviation unit, the Bomb squad, the Civil deputies, the Court deputies, the Criminal Intelligence unit, the Crisis Negotiators, Dispatch, the Dive team, the Major Crimes Detectives, the Narcotics detectives, the School Resource Officers, the Traffic unit and the Training Team.   

Captain Phelps holds an Associate’s Degree in criminal justice from Delta Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice from Saginaw Valley State University, and a Master’s Degree and a Doctorate Degree in organizational management and leadership from Capella University. 
She is a graduate of the 184th session of the FBI National Academy.

Hotel Info

The DeSoto Savannah

15 East Liberty Street Savannah, GA 31401

Conference Rate: $120/night
Booking code: tharris@thedesotosavannah.com

Phone: 844-257-3520