NIJO is pleased to report the success of another JAILCON22 Western Regional Conference at the Talking Stick Resort in Scottsdale, AZ, June 6-8, 2022, the 6th annual corrections training conference for the western region.
As in previous years, the conference sold out having over 300 corrections professionals from several states including Arizona, California, Colorado, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming in attendance.
DAY 1 - June 6, 2022The Opening Session of the conference began with a flag ceremony presented by the Honor Guard from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Police Department. A beautiful rendition of the national anthem was performed by Deputy Leonard Miller from the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office (AZ). Welcome remarks were then given by host agency representatives: Sheriff Paul Penzone, Maricopa County (AZ), and Sheriff Mark Dannels of Cochise County (AZ) and President of the Arizona Sheriffs' Association. Following the opening session, individuals attended three 1.5 hour break-out training sessions with the option of five topics during every session. Training sessions were taught by top corrections experts from across the country, including: Dr. Steve Sampson (Founder, Institute for Social Intelligence; Chief Deputy Mike Haley, Ph.D. (Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, LA); Lt. Nancy Killian (Utah County Sheriff's Office, UT); Rachel Love (Partner, Struck Love Bojanowski, Acedo, PLC); Blake Hamilton (Partner, Dentons Durham Jones & Pinegar P.C.); Barbara Gould (Onwer, Gould Consulting, LLC); Chris Olson (Commander, Oro Valley Police Department, AZ); Sheila Polk (County Attorney, Yavapai County, AZ); Aaron Dawson (Jail Commander, Morgan County Sheriff's Office, AL); Rob Yantis (Jail Commander, Pennington County Sheriff's Office, SD); Sean Stewart, NCCE (Consultant, Stewart Criminal Justice Consulting); Keith Hoskins (Central Region Administrator, NIJO and Ret. Jail Administrator, Boone County Sheriff's Office, MO); Joshua Arnold (Director of Operations, NIJO); and Tate McCotter (Executive Director, NIJO). Topics during the break out sessions ranged from the "Conflict Management Techniques" to "Recruiting in Corrections" and a 4-person Panel on "Legal Issues" in corrections. The panel consisted of NIJO Executive Director, Tate McCotter, attorneys Blake Hamilton (Partner, Dentons Durham Jones Pinegar) and Rachel Love (Partner, Struck Love Bojanowski & Acedo PLC) and Keith Hoskins, NIJO Central Region Director. Sessions throughout the conference were targeted for all levels of corrections from sheriff and jail administrator to line level staff, including a special session just for medical professionals in corrections. During the afternoon session, sponsors and exhibitors set up in the Exhibit Hall in preparation for the afternoon Welcome Reception. The Welcome Reception included attendees meeting and mingling with each other as well as with vendor participants. Attendees enjoyed the event which included hors d'oeuvres and drinks and lots of great prize drawings sponsored by our generous sponsors.
DAY 2 - June 7, 2022The second day started with a riveting Keynote Session with Retired Navy Seal and American Hero, Jason Redman. Jason shared his inspiring story of 21 years serving with the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams. In 2007, Jason was severely wounded when his team came under heavy machine gun fire outside of Fallujah, Iraq. Attendees were motivated and inspired by Jason's story and message on how to overcome failure and crisis and triumph over adversity.
After the conclusion of the Keynote Session, attendees gathered in the Exhibit Hall to visit with 42 corrections-specific vendors to learn more about their products and services. Jason Redman also joined everyone in the Exhibit Hall where he met attendees and signed books. NIJO and all conference attendees, express our gratitude to all of our sponsors and exhibitors for their support at JAILCON which helps provide over 30 hours of legal-based training for corrections professionals. The afternoon of the second day consisted of two more 1.5 hour training sessions offering five topics per session. Topics during the afternoon training consisted of titles such as "FBI Code-Breaking in Jails", "Intake Property Searches" and "Professionalism in Corrections". Training sessions on the 2nd day were taught by: Keith Hoskins (Central Region Administrator, NIJO and Ret. Jail Administrator, Boone County Sheriff's Office, MO); David Simpson (Forensic Examiner, FBI); Kenneth Bradshaw (Jail Commander, Cochise County Sheriff's Office, AZ); Steve Sampson, Ph.D. (Retired, College of Justice & Safety, Kentucky State University); Megan Kennedy, RN, CCHP (Director, Detention Health Services, Cochise County Sheriff's Office, AZ); Chief Deputy Mike Haley, Ph.D. (Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, LA); Maureen Carrillo (FTO/Detention Officer, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, AZ); Maribel Simon (Detention Officer, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, AZ); Barbara Gould (Owner, Gould Consulting LLC); Don Bischoff (Captain, Manager Jail Re-Entry Program, Mohave County Sheriff's Office, AZ).
Tuesday evening all attendees and sponsors/exhibitors were invited to attend the Corrections Appreciation Event, the Heatwave Summer Party, at the Talking Stick Resort Pool and Sunwatcher Bar. Attendees enjoyed music, frozen treats, contests and prize giveaways. The biggest highlights of the night were the belly flop contest, the dance off, and, for the 5th year in a row, the highly competitive JAILCON Cornhole Tournament!
DAY 3 - June 8, 2022The final day of the conference started off with three 1.25 hour training sessions offering five topics per session. Topics during the morning sessions, were "Cell Extraction", "Stress Management", and "Took & Key Control". Training sessions during these sessions were taught by: Russell Croyle (Sergeant/Supervisor, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, AZ); Joseph Dodd (Detention Officer, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, AZ); Keith Hoskins (Central Region Administrator, NIJO and Ret. Jail Administrator, Boone County Sheriff's Office, MO); Josh Arnold (Director of Operations, National Institute for Jail Operations); Mike Haley, Ph.D. (Chief Deputy, Washington Parish Sheriff's Office, LA); Sean Stewart, NCCE (Consultant, Stewart Criminal Justice Consulting); Aaron Dawson (Jail Commander, Morgan County Sheriff's Office, AZ); Rob Yantis (Jail Commander, Pennington County Sheriff's Office, SD); Chief Larry Hall (City of Buckeye Police Department, AZ); Nancy Killian (Lieutenant, Utah County Sheriff's Office, UT). In addition to these training sessions, JAILCON also featured a one-day Medical Block for correctional healthcare professionals. The following training sessions were offered during the Medical Block: "Stopping TB in Corrections" taught by Cherie Stafford, RN, MSN/MPH, TB Nurse Coordinator for Arizona Department of Health Services; and "My Patient is Your Patient", taught by Wend Orm, MD, Statewide Medical Director, Centurion, and Grant Phillips, MD, CCHP, Medical Director, Medical Services Contract Monitoring Bureau with Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation, and Re-Entry.
The final event of the conference was an inspiring Awards Ceremony and Luncheon where correctional professionals and agencies from the western region were recognized for their dedication and excellence in the corrections profession throughout their careers, especially during this past year. Commander Kenneth Bradshaw (Cochise County, AZ) and President of the Arizona Jail Commanders, presented the Arizona Sheriffs' Association Awards and NIJO Executive Director, Tate McCotter, presented the JAILCON22 Western Region Corrections Professionals Awards. (Read more about the Awards Ceremony: JAILCON22 Western Region Corrections Professionals Awards).
Throughout the conference, JAILCON Attendees purchased raffle tickets and participated in a cornhole tournament to raise money for the Arizona 100 Club. At the Award Ceremony, NIJO Executive Director, Tate McCotter, presented AZ 100 Club Director, Angela Harrole, with a check for $1,432. The AZ 100 Club provides financial assistance to families of first responders who are seriously injured or killed in the line of duty and provide resources to enhance their safety and welfare.
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