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Law Enforcement Conference set for October


The Ohio Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Conference — set for Oct. 13–14 in Columbus — will feature three top-notch speakers, 30 workshops, and the Distinguished Law Enforcement Awards Luncheon.

This year’s speakers:

  • Lyndhurst Police Chief Rick Porrello, whose 1998 book was the basis for the motion picture “Kill the Irishman,” released this year. The film focuses on how Irish-American racketeer Danny Greene took on the Mafia. Porrello also is the author of “The Rise and Fall of the Cleveland Mafia” and host of, the Internet’s biggest mob history site.
  • Debra Puglisi Sharp, who was bludgeoned, raped multiple times, and held for 101 hours by a crack cocaine addict who killed her husband. Sharp has shared her story across the country, including at several law enforcement conferences. Her book “Shattered: Reclaiming a Life Torn Apart by Violence” was published in 2003.
  • Stephen Douglas, a psychologist and law enforcement consultant who serves as a psychological and organizational development consultant to the Columbus Division of Police. Douglas also advises other Ohio law enforcement agencies and maintains a private practice.

The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Columbus. The $75 fee covers workshops, general sessions, and breakfast and lunch both days. Hotel accommodations are not included.

Online registration will be available soon at The deadline to register is Sept. 23.