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Conference focuses on officer safety, wellness

Putting others first is a reality of police work. Yet research and real life clearly show that the stress of the job can take a toll on those who do it, prompting a decision to focus the Ohio Attorney General’s 2013 Law Enforcement Conference on officer safety and wellness.

Several workshops and presentations will center on the conference theme of Protecting Ohio’s Finest. The conference — now in its 20th year — will take place Oct. 29–30 at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. Registration will be available soon at
This year’s speakers:
  • Robert Paudert retired in 2011 as chief of the West Memphis, Ark., Police Department after his son, Sgt. Brandon Paudert of the same department, was killed in the line of duty by sovereign citizens. Robert Paudert worked in law enforcement for 45 years before joining the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance. He speaks to law enforcement nationwide about the dangers posed by the sovereign citizen movement.
  • Donna Schulz’s husband, FBI Special Agent Bruce Schulz, took his own life in 1995. A 33-year law enforcement veteran, she retired in 2012 as the law enforcement coordination manager with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Middle District of Florida. She is involved with In Harm’s Way, a training program aimed at preventing suicide among law enforcement officers.
  • Dr. Stephen Douglas is a psychologist and law enforcement consultant who has been a favorite among past conference attendees. He serves as a psychological and organizational development consultant to the Columbus Division of Police and maintains a private psychology practice.
Among the conference’s 30 educational workshops are Single Officer Response to Active Threat; Critical Incident Stress Management Awareness; Investigation, Capture, and Prosecution of the Craigslist Killer; and Sex and Texts: Lessons Learned from Steubenville. Several workshops will offer continuing legal education credit.
The $75 registration fee covers breakfast and lunch both days, including the Distinguished Law Enforcement Awards Luncheon on Oct. 30.
For more information: E-mail or contact Kelly Shore at 740-845-2684.
CAC Symposium among conference highlights
The second annual Crimes Against Children Symposium will be held Tuesday, Oct. 29, during the Ohio Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Conference. The invitation-only event will provide attendees the opportunity to exchange ideas and information with investigators and prosecutors working online child exploitation cases around Ohio and to hear from Dr. Peter Collins, an Ontario Provincial Police forensic psychiatrist who has worked with agencies worldwide. To inquire about a symposium invitation, e-mail