The 2016 Annual Training Conference will be held at the historic Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, SC.  It is our 30th anniversary and plans are already underway for a great conference.  See below for information about the hotel, our speakers, and the schedule.  We hope you'll make plans to join us!

2016 Speakers

Charles Cohen

Captain, Indiana State Police

Chuck Cohen’s formal education includes a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and an undergraduate degree from Indiana University with a double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology. Chuck is also a Certified Fraud Examiner.

He is a Captain serving the Indiana State Police, where he has been employed since 1994. He is currently the Commander of Intelligence and Investigative Technologies. In this capacity, Chuck is responsible for the cybercrime, electronic surveillance, technical services, and Internet crimes against children units along with overseeing the department’s overt and covert criminal intelligence function. Chuck is the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center Executive Director and Indiana Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force Commander.

Chuck speaks internationally on topics including the implications of online social networks in criminal investigations and criminal intelligence gathering, cyber crime, online fraud, money laundering, corruption investigations, and the investigation of skilled criminal offenders. He is an Adjunct Instructor at Indiana University Bloomington, where he teaches Foundations of Criminal Investigation.

Chuck was a member of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Summer Hard Problem Program in 2008, 2009, and 2010. The 2008 study topic was “3D Cyber Space Spillover: Where Virtual Worlds Get Real.” The 2009 topic was “Mixed Reality: When Virtual Plus Real Equals One.” And, in 2010, the topic was “Online Social Media.” He sits on the IACP Cyber Crime & Digital Evidence Committee and serves as an Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies Cyber Crime Committee Subject Matter Expert.

He is a published author, including peer-reviewed material and a cover article for Police Chief Magazine.  Chuck was recently featured on the cover of the National White Collar Crime Center’s Informant magazine and a feature guest on the syndicated radio program “The Badge” on SiriusXM. He was a subject matter expert for a Fox nationally syndicated show regarding criminal activity in online dating sites and for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s national news regarding criminal activity in Virtual Worlds.

Eric Atstupenas

Attorney, Atstupenas Law Office

Mr. Atstupenas is the owner of Atstupenas Law Office, based out of Massachusetts, which provides legal services to law enforcement professionals in the areas of liability, employment law, internal affairs, discipline, use of force, criminal procedure, constitutional law, and contracts.  He is licensed to practice law in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.  Mr. Atstupenas presently serves as legal counsel for the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Municipal Police Institute.  Mr. Atstupenas also serves as a consultant and instructor for Eric Daigle, Esq., of the Daigle Law Group.

Mr. Atstupenas is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Legal Officers Section, and an associate member of the Central Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and the New England Association of Chiefs of Police.  Mr. Atstupenas has provided training to law enforcement professionals across the nation, has written manuals for law enforcement executives, and has authored and published articles on a wide variety of topics affecting law enforcement professionals.  He is a long-time supporter of law enforcement agencies and professionals and is dedicated to providing both proactive and reactive advising, consulting, and training targeted at ethical, constitutional, and effective policing.

Lisa Skinner

Special Agent (Retired), Federal Bureau of Investigation

Lisa G. Skinner is a retired Federal Bureau of Investigation Supervisory Special Agent. During her 27 years as a Special Agent with the FBI, she served in the following Field Offices:  Houston, Texas; Washington, D.C.; Tampa, Florida; Seattle, Washington; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Anchorage, Alaska.  Her final assignment was as an instructor at the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Virginia. 

Skinner’s investigative experience includes: Fugitives; Espionage; Foreign Counterintelligence; Domestic Terrorism; and Civil Rights.  In 1994, the Hillsborough County, Florida Bar Association recognized her as the Federal Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  The award was presented for her investigation and the successful prosecution of two active duty U.S. Army personnel for Espionage.  She is a graduate of the Department of Defense Polygraph Institute and served as the Polygraph Examiner for the Knoxville and Anchorage FBI Field Offices.  Prior to being assigned to the FBI Academy, she served as the Chief Security Officer for the Anchorage FBI Field Office.

From 2006 until her retirement in 2013, Skinner was assigned to the FBI Academy as an instructor for the National Academy.  While at the FBI National Academy, she was designated as an adjunct professor for the University of Virginia, and served as an instructor for Interviewing Strategies through Statement Analysis, Analysis of Verbal and Nonverbal Behavior and Investigative Interviewing and Interrogation.

In 2012, Skinner received the Jefferson Award from the University of Virginia for the research she and Dr. David Matsumoto conducted in verbal and nonverbal indicators of deception and veracity.  This research was the basis of the class that they created specifically for the FBI National Academy, which combined Dr. Matsumoto’s years of research on microfacial expressions and emotional leakage with the techniques of statement analysis.  Dr. Matsumoto’s and Skinner’s research has been published in the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin and in the Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology.

Skinner now serves as an Independent Consultant for Humintell and provides training in statement analysis and evaluating truthfulness and detecting deception through nonverbal behavior.  Additionally, she assists law enforcement departments and agencies with investigative strategies.

Skinner received her Bachelor of Science degree in Corrections and Law Enforcement from Jacksonville State University and her Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama.

Randy Means

Attorney, The Thomas and Means Law Firm

Bob Thomas and Randy Means have 65 years of full-time experience helping to solve the most complex and sensitive problems in American law enforcement. They have provided contractual legal and risk management services to hundreds of law enforcement agencies, including many of the largest and best in the country, and have trained nearly a half-million law enforcement officials.

Their work has been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, discussed on 60 Minutes, and featured on the Law Enforcement Television Network. They have appeared on the FBI Training Network and taught at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers. They have served as head of both their state and national professional associations. They managed the litigation in Graham v. Connor, the landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court on use of force by police, and are long time legal and risk management instructors for the IACP.

Hotel Info

The Francis Marion Hotel

387 King Street
Charleston, SC 29403

Conference Rate: $129/night.
Booking code: NIAIA

Phone: 877-756-2121