Presentation Descriptions

Female Enforcers: Advanced mental, physical, and tactical skills to survive
Lt. Cyndy Velazquez

Female Enforcers is a one-day course that addresses the 24/7 of reality of working as a woman in law enforcement today. Instructed by a sworn female, this dynamic seminar will cover everything from gender advantages/disadvantages and training techniques to force encounters and trusting your instincts. It also touches on case law relevant to females in the workplace.

Presenting skill sets designed to enhance the proficiency of female crime fighters mentally, physical, and tactically. This course is constantly evolving, incorporating current events and relevant supporting material that meet the professional needs of law enforcement. Topics discussed (but not limited to):

  • The history of women in police work
  • Training and equipment
  • Use of force
  • Physical and emotional health
  • Communication difference between genders
  • The importance of leadership and mentoring among female officers
  • Gender specific issues
  • Balancing family and career
  • Reaching the next level

This dynamic eight-hour class is interactive and inspiring!

First, Be Strong on Your Own (So we can be strong together)
Tina Rowe

If you want to be part of an effective group, team, or organization, you have to be consistently competent and confident as an individual. This presentation will provide ideas, techniques, and checklists for helping you gain the knowledge, skills, and abilities you need to be at your best all the time, so you can be viewed as a credible and valuable officer/employee, resource, and representative.

How to Diagnose and Cure (or At Least Manage) Your Balance Disorder
Tine Rowe

The concept of life-work balance is an elusive dream that seems like a fantasy for most people, especially women in criminal justice careers. One reason is that we don’t have control over many aspects of our work or our lives. The other reason is that we often don’t use much self-control either. This presentation will help you find ways to identify what is causing your head (and the rest of you) to spin, then help you straighten things up and realign as needed.

It’s What You do Next that Matters
Julie Werhnyak

On March 3, 2015, a 911 call suddenly became a life and death encounter for then 19 year veteran Officer Julie Werhnyak of the Tempe, Arizona Police Department.

Julie and other officers responded to a check welfare call and upon arrival, a domestic violence victim was heard screaming for help from inside her residence. Officers forced entry and Julie was the first through the door. She was subsequently ambushed in the dark by the suspect who stabbed her in the neck with a large hunting knife – narrowly missing her carotid artery by less than an inch. Julie and other officers shot and killed the suspect and rescued the victim who was found bound, beaten, and stabbed multiple times.

During this presentation, Julie tells her riveting story and shares real-time audio from the radio traffic and actual crime scene photos. She also includes how her prior mental, physical, and tactical training prepared her to survive this lethal encounter.

Julie will discuss actions taken during the incident and identify lessons learned in the aftermath. In addition, she will provide her perspective for understanding and helping colleagues in dealing with traumatic events.

Julie has presented at venues as large as the Los Angeles Women Police Officer Association (1,000 attendees) and the 2016 International Association of Women Police conference in Barcelona, Spain.  Julie’s story has been featured in multiple news stories as well as articles in Police One Magazine and Women Police Magazine.

Physical Fitness: How to optimize your time and energy to get real results
Stephanie Hickey

Is your current exercise regimen providing you desired results? Have you experienced negative side effects due to your exercise regimen? Have you considered how the time you have, intensity of the workout, and the diet effect your results? This presentation will describe the 10 facets of “fitness,” explore HIIT compared to isolated weight-training, and provide tips to make a consistent routine in your life.