2020 Virtual Keynotes
Final Selections Coming Soon!

  

Video Release of a National Event: Sacramento Police Lessons Learned when 
the Satellite Trucks Arrive - The Stephon Clark Case
Jena Swafford, Public Information Specialist & Vance Chandler, Lieutenant, Sacramento Police Department

On March 18 2018, two Sacramento Police officers responded to a 911 call reporting a car break in. As officers marked on scene, the initial moments were not unlike what you would expect on a call of that nature, responded to on at any given time in any city or county. But the tragic incident that unfolded that night, quickly propelled the officers, the Sacramento Police Department and this community into the national spotlight. What made that incident so different? That is a question that has reverberated through this agency and community ever since. This presentation will focus on three areas; the back story on video release of officer involved incidents in Sacramento, the video release process, and the Stephon Clark shooting.



Burning Shield 
Jason Schecterle, Keynote Speaker & Former Phoenix Arizona Police Officer 

After serving four years in the Air Force, at the age 26, Jason achieved his goal to work on the streets of Phoenix as a rookie police officer. Then, only 14 months into his career, Jason’s life took an unexpected tragic turn. On the night of March 26th, 2001, a taxi cab crashed into the rear of Jason’s patrol car. Upon impact, Jason’s car burst into flames, trapping him inside. Through a series of miraculous and fateful circumstances, Jason survived the crash and ensuing physical and emotional catastrophe. He suffered severe burns to over 40% of his body which drastically altered his appearance. He has undergone more than 50 surgeries just to have the ability to accomplish simple daily tasks we often take for granted. Jason’s journey chronicles his fight for life, his triumph over tragedy and the inspiration that enables him to continue to overcome unimaginable adversity. His personal narrative exemplifies that the power of the human spirit can never be underestimated or extinguished. 


  

Gilroy Garlic Festival Active Shooter Incident
Chief Scot Smithee & Captain Jason Smith, Gilroy Police Department 
The Gilroy Garlic Festival is a three-day food and entertainment event hosted by 4,000 local volunteers and serving tens of thousands of guests each day. With only 19 minutes left on the final day of the event an active shooter breached a perimeter fence and opened fire on the crowd with an assault rifle. Gilroy Police Officers immediately ran towards the gunfire and engaged the suspect striking him multiple times. Despite the quick response of officers 3 festival goers were killed and 18 were wounded by the suspect’s gunfire.