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2016 Annual PSPBL Conference

Conference Theme and Objectives:

Warriors, Guardians, Problem Solvers: Defining roles through PBL

PSPBL realizes that today’s police agencies face a much greater challenge than ever before. Lessons have been learned from polarizing incidents throughout America, from the Boston Marathon bombing, the unrest in Ferguson and Baltimore, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Across the U.S., Canada, Australia, and elsewhere, police organizations are being tested, attacked and criticized regularly for excessive militarization to excessive force. Police tactics are under a microscope. There are many causes for this turbulent climate but at the top the list is police training and how police leaders and trainers respond. The focus of our conference is to provide some answers for trainers and leaders that will clarify police roles in the 21st Century. This will include lessons learned from police in the U.S. and abroad, including, responses to crisis incidents, current and new PBL/PTO concepts, emotional intelligence, and other training innovations to address these changing times. Specific topics deal with Police Training Officer programs, Problem Based Learning, Emotional Intelligence, Fair & Impartial Policing, Procedural Justice and Community Unrest De-escalation.

Final Schedule to be posted before the conference. Also, once you register to the conference, you will receive e-mails about the upcoming presenters. If you wish for us not to contact you, please let us know during your registration.

Keynote Speaker:


Boston Police Commissioner Edward F. Davis Lead police official during the tragic Boston Marathon bombing.


Boston Police Commissioner

Edward F. Davis is the President and CEO of Edward Davis, LLC, a security and business strategy firm. Davis has brought together a team of security and technology solutions experts including former federal, state, local law enforcement, military officials, corporate leaders and attorneys with strong links to academic institutions, national and international government and intelligence entities. The Davis team lends their expertise to crisis response, risk management, cyber and insider threat, facility assessment and design, audit and compliance, thought leadership and policy, government consulting, IoT protection and product strategy. Davis represents fortune 500 companies and other corporations including Motorola Solutions, Uber, Deloitte, and the Red Sox, as well as high tech startups and government agencies.

Former Police Commissioner of the Boston Police Department and Chief of the Lowell Police Department. Davis retired from law enforcement after 34 years. He administered 6 world championship celebrations and led the highly successful response to the Boston Marathon bombing. His success in organizational change resulted from a strong commitment to Community Policing. His model resulted in 50 and 35% decreases in serious crime in two major cities in Massachusetts. He is a recognized expert in crisis management and community policing. He brings with him a strong record of interagency collaboration and a broad range of local, state, national and international experience in law enforcement and public safety.

Commissioner Davis has worked internationally on terrorism and policing in Singapore, London, Northern Ireland, Jordan and Israel. Commissioner Davis served on the Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF) Board of Directors and was a founding member and first President of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs Association. He has worked as an advisor to the Chicago police and is a member of the Federal Court Monitor team for the New York Police Department.

Davis is a frequent contributor to CNN, FOX News, and USA today. He has appeared on Meet the Press, and 60 minutes. He is a current Security Consultant to CBS Boston station WBZ. Davis provides thought leadership to mitigate and manage Cyber Security threats. He is a Fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics and has lectured extensively at Harvard and MIT on the pertinent issues of Cyber Security and Terrorism. He is serving on the advisory board of Raytheon Cyber. He serves as an advisor to several venture backed startups including Cybric, Mark 43, and Shooter Detection Systems.

Commissioner Davis has been recognized for his efforts locally and nationally, including through the Police Executive Research Forum, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Major Cities Chiefs Association. He has received Honorary Doctorates from Northeastern and Suffolk Universities and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. He holds a Professional Director Certification from the American College of Corporate Directors, a public company directors education and credentialing organization. Past and current Board and Advisory appointments include: Police Executive Research Forum’s (PERF), LoJack, Mark 43, Cybric, Inc., Raytheon Cyber, Uber, Draft Kings, Shooter Detection Systems, Sarcos, Sensity, Mutualink, NetBio and American Gaming Association.

Conference Topics:
  • Community unrest de-escalation
  • Adult learning in the academy
  • Emotional Intelligence (EI) in policing
  • Warrior versus Problem Solver
  • Financial benefits to Chiefs transitioning to PTO
  • PTO Orientation (introductory session)
  • What is PTO? PBL? EI? in police work.
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Standard Registration Fees:

  • $400.00 – PSPBL Members
  • $450.00 – Non-Members
  • $485.00 – Non-Members who wish to register for the conference and become members of PSPBL for an additional $35.00 (a $50.00 value)


Contact us for group rates (4 or more from same department)

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Conference registration for Non-PSPBL members:

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Conference registration for Non-PSPBL members PLUS annual individual membership:

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You can use any major credit cards. In the alternative, those who wish to pay by check (and save online processing fees) can mail a completed registration form and a cheque to:

Attn: Conference Registration
P.O.Box 362
Oakley, CA 94561

2015 Conference
I found the program interesting and see the value in it. I left wanting to learn more about problem based learning. I would like to attend the PBL course sometime.
Not knowing much about the program I found pieces that I felt were informative and things I believe I can use as a FTO coordinator and supervisor. Glad to see this organization being progressive and always looking into changing with the times.
For a small conference I enjoyed the dialogue. Hearing others success and failures help me understand difficult aspects of this program.
The conference runs itself and is always a great opportunity to re-charge the PBL battery.
I found the PTO 2.0 information extremely fascinating. I’m very excited to start integrating the new 2.0 processes into our PTO training program.
2014 Conference
Very helpful. Glad it was hands-on/interactive. I realized changes I would like to make personally and changes I would like to see in our program.
It was good. I am able to take some ideas back to the department.
The roundtable discussion was a good way to get clarification on things, as well as getting insight on things that work and don’t work for different agencies. I found that helpful.
The conference was really well put together. I was glad I got to attend.
Regarding the PTO 2.0 session – This was the top reason I attended the conference. My questions were answered and the information I received exceeded my expectations.
Nice to hear from the originators of PTO and their views of where policing is going.
I really liked getting a practical view of incorporating PBL into the hiring process. Provided ideas to take back to my department.

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Conference Venue and Hotel Logistics:

Our conference will be held at the UMASS Lowell Inn & Conference Center in Lowell, Massachusetts. We have reserved a block of rooms at the conference rate of $99.00 (+tax/fees) per night. Reservations must be made by May 23, 2016 to guarantee availability and room rate. Be sure to indicate association with the PSPBL Annual Conference.


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Travel to the Venue:

Two International Airports serve the Lowell area. Both airports are approximately 30 minutes from Lowell.

Manchester International Airport

Approximately 30 minutes to the north of Lowell, MA.

Logan International Airport (Boston, MA)

Approximately 30 minutes to the south of Lowell, MA.

Recommendation is to fly into Manchester, smaller airport and less traffic congestion.
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The Police Society for Problem Based Learning
PO Box 362  Oakley, California, USA  94561
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