Montana Board of Crime Control

2020 Montana Crime Prevention Conference

The 2020 Crime Prevention Conference was hosted virtually from October 5 - October 9, 2020.

Update Video recordings for most sessions are now available! They are linked in the schedule below. The recordings will be available until mid-summer 2021 and will be removed when presentations are selected for the 2021 Crime Prevention Conference. Training credit will not be offered for session recordings.

Training Credits

All 2-hour sessions are eligible for POST, CPE, OPI, and CLE credits. When you register for a session, you will be asked whether you will be claiming POST credit for that session. MBCC will monitor attendance at each session and ensure that all attendees are eligible when claiming credits.

If you intend to claim POST, CPE, OPI, or CLE credits, fill out the form Training Credit Form and send it to mbcc@mt.gov after your session. MBCC will sign and return the form to you.

2020 Recognition Awards

The 2020 Recognition Award winners are:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    • John Strandell
  • Innovative Community Improvement Award
    • Gayle Butler
    • Marisa Britton-Bostwick
    • Teri Gochanour
    • The Montana Correctional Enterprises CAMPP MT Team

For more information about the awards and winners, visit Recognition Awards.

Session Schedule

All sessions are completely free and anyone who registers is allowed to attend. Individuals may attend as many sessions as they wish.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Monday, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Opening Keynote Speech

Attorney General Tim Fox
Montana Attorney General

Credits Available: None

Please join us in kicking off the 2020 Crime Prevention Conference with Attorney General Tim Fox's opening keynote speech!

Registration Closed

Session Recording

Monday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Investigating Sexual Assault

Bryan Fischer
SAKI Training Coordinator, Montana Law Enforcement Academy
Kayla Bragg
SAKI Site Coordinator, Montana Department of Justice

Credits Available: POST, CPE, OPI, CLE

A Montana Law Enforcement Academy (MLEA) sponsored course covering best practices to effectively respond to and investigate sexual assault crimes. Incorporating MLEA’s new innovative sexual assault training, learn investigative techniques, rapport building skills, conversation tools, and stress management strategies to better serve victims of sexual assault in your community. This training is for criminal justice and community agencies who work with, serve, and provide services to victims of sexual assault including Law Enforcement Officers, County Attorneys, Victim Advocates, SANE/Medical staff, First Responders, Mental Health professionals and others.

Registration Closed

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Monday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Adult Protective Services (APS)

Michael Hagenlock, LCSW, LAC
Bureau Chief at Montana DPHHS, Adult Protective Services
Trevor Tangen
Program Manager at Montana DPHHS, Adult Protective Services

Credits Available: POST, CPE, OPI, CLE

This presentation is tailored to a law enforcement audience, but all are welcome to attend! Participants will learn to recognize the signs of elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation; what should be reported; how to report findings; and how to work collaboratively with Adult Protective Services.

Registration Closed

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Monday, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Intimate Partner Violence and Immigration: A Complex Scheme of Power and Control

Hilly McGahan
Senior Staff Attorney, SAFE Harbor Legal Program
Brandi Ries
Attorney, Ries Law Group, P.C.

Credits Available: POST, CPE, OPI, CLE

This session will cover immigrant victims of domestic and sexual violence. The presenters will provide an overview of intimate partner violence dynamics when working with immigrant populations, unique issues that arise when working with immigrant survivors, legal remedies available to immigrant survivors, and support services needed in cases involving immigrant survivors. Participants will receive training on how to properly identify immigrant survivors; effectively advocate for immigrant survivors; and improve responses to immigrant survivors.

Registration Closed

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Tuesday, October 5, 2020

Tuesday, 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Pretrial Programs in Montana

Pam Bunke
Office of Court Administrator Pretrial Coordinator
Retired Administrator, Adult Community Correction Division, Department of Corrections
Mike Ferriter
Office of Court Administrator Pretrial Coordinator
Retired Director, Montana Department of Corrections
Kellie McBride
Director, Lewis and Clark County Criminal Justice Services
Gloria Soja
Coordinator, Lewis and Clark County Criminal Justice Services

Credits Available: POST, CPE, OPI, CLE

This presentation will focus on how the pilot Pretrial programs in Butte/Silverbow, Lake, Lewis and Clark, Missoula, and Yellowstone counties were developed and implemented. Participants will learn about common myths about Pretrial programs, lessons learned along the way, the State’s adoption of the research based and validated Public Safety Assessment (PSA) screening tool, and the State’s adoption of the AutoMon Management Information System database for comprehensive tracking and for text messaging defendants with Court date reminders. The presentation will conclude with a discussion on the future of Pretrial programming in Montana, including MLEA’s 2019 addition of a POST certification for Pretrial Officers.

Registration Closed

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Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

CAMPP MT: Connecting Adults and Minors through Positive Parenting

Gayle Butler
Administrator, Montana Department of Corrections, Correctional Enterprise Division
Marisa Britton-Bostwick
Education Director, Montana State Prison MSP/MCE
Teri Gochanour
Grant Program Coordinator, CAMPP MT
Erika Wimmer
Quality Assurance and Compliance, Department of Corrections

Credits Available: POST, CPE, OPI, CLE

CAMPP is an innovative approach to breaking the cycle of incarceration through building strong connections between incarcerated fathers and their minor children. CAMPP utilizes evidence-based parenting programming, supervised visits, and partnerships with other agencies to ensure fathers are safely reunified with their children. Statistics indicate fathers with positive family connections are more successful after prison release, which is a win-win for Montana; lower future victimization, lower crime rates, fewer children in the foster care system and less money flowing into our prison system paid by tax dollars.

Registration Closed

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Tuesday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Jon Bennion
Chief Deputy Attorney General
Melissa Schlichting
Deputy Attorney General
Tina Chamberlain
Montana Missing Indigenous Persons LINC Coordinator, Montana Department of Justice
Brian Frost
Missing Persons Specialist, Montana Department of Justice

Credits Available: POST, CPE, OPI, CLE

This session will provide an in-depth look at the surprising results of missing persons data from the past three years, introduce the work of the Montana Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force, and discuss strategies to reduce missing persons in Montana.

Registration Closed

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Tuesday, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Missing Indigenous Persons Listening Session

Jon Bennion
Chief Deputy Attorney General
Melissa Schlichting
Deputy Attorney General
Tina Chamberlain
Montana Missing Indigenous Persons LINC Coordinator, Montana Department of Justice
Brian Frost
Missing Persons Specialist, Montana Department of Justice

Credits Available: None

This session will provide an opportunity for attendees to talk about community and law enforcement response to missing person cases, challenges that criminal justice involved juveniles experience that leads them to go missing, and services that exist or are needed for families as resources. This is an open dialogue that will help the Montana Missing Indigenous Persons Task Force improve jurisdictional barriers and increase response.

Registration Closed

Wednesday, October 6, 2020

Wednesday, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Child Abduction Response Team

Derek VanLuchene
President and Founder, Ryan United; MBCC Board Member

Credits Available: POST, CPE, OPI, CLE

What does current research reveal about recent incidents involving missing and abducted children? In this module, participants will be provided an overview of the major issues involving missing and abducted children, considering trends indicated by the prevailing research. Participants will learn about each classification of missing children, victim and offender profiles and the social ramifications of missing, abducted and endangered child incidents. This module is designed to help participants develop a firm understanding of what they may encounter and the importance of developing local policies and procedures to help successfully manage these investigations.

Registration Closed

Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

MT Department of Justice Programs Supporting Victims of Crime

Eric Parsons
MT Department of Justice, Office of Victim Services
Holley Johnson
Crime Victim Compensation Program Manager

Credits Available: POST, CPE, OPI, CLE

This workshop session will focus on the three direct services that the Office of Victim Services (OVS) provides to victims of crime: the Address Confidentiality Program, Hope Cards, and Crime Victim Compensation. All professionals interacting with crime victims - advocates, law enforcement, court clerks, victims' attorneys - should be familiar with these OVS programs so that referrals can be made when appropriate.

Registration Closed

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Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

Michael White
Director of Community Programs, Community Medical Services
Dr. Robert Sherrick
MD, FASAM, Chief Medical Officer for Community Medical Services
Dr. Daniel Nauts
MD, FASAM, Montana Primary Care Association Consultant

Credits Available: POST, CPE, OPI, CLE

In this panel discussion, Michael White, Dr. Sherrick, and Dr. Nauts will present an overview of Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), best practices around implementing MAT in jails, and lessons learned. They will discuss successful implementations in Montana, including an update on the MAT pilot project in Lewis and Clark County jails.

Registration Closed

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Wednesday, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Theft by Deception: the Domain of the Confidence Criminal

Alex Ward
State President of AARP Montana, President of the Montana Crime Prevention Association

Credits Available: POST, CPE, OPI, CLE

This presentation will cover the many faces of confidence games. From the face-to-face type such as the pigeon drop or bank examiner, to the focus on telemarketing fraud that deals with such things as disasters, robocalls, or imposter scams. We will discuss how COVID-19 and Census Fraud have created additional challenges. Finally, we will discuss internet crime – and some of the techniques that can be used to make it harder for these criminals to succeed.

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Thursday, October 8, 2020

Thursday, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Motivational Interviewing

Dave Garcia
Bureau Chief of Professional Development, Montana Department of Corrections

Credits Available: POST, CPE, OPI, CLE

This is an introduction on the basic concepts of what Motivational Interviewing is and how it can assist you in people helping themselves.

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Thursday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Linking Systems of Care: Policies and Practices for a Trauma-Informed Montana

Jess Mayrer
MPA, LSOC Policy Coordinator
Patrick McKay
PhD, LSOC Statistician
Jackson Bunch
PhD, LSOC Principal Investigator

Credits Available: POST, CPE, OPI, CLE

Linking Systems of Care (LSOC) is a six-year demonstration project underway in collaboration with the federal Office for Victims of Crime, the Montana Board of Crime Control, the University of Montana, and child-serving providers from across the state. To identify youth and families in need of trauma-related services, project stakeholders are screening young people for trauma and victimization. LSOC has also created a comprehensive policy and practice template designed to catalyze trauma-informed care among Montana organizations and programs. LSOC team members will share data findings from trauma and victimization screening and strategies to help organizations become increasingly trauma informed.

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Thursday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Federal Programs Supporting At-Risk Youth

Christy Hendricks
Federal Grants Coordinator, Montana Office of Public Instruction
Hank Richards
Lead Educator, Ted Lechner Center Youth Services

Credits Available: POST, CPE, OPI, CLE

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the High-Tiered Community of Practice, what it is, and how it functions. Topics will include sustainability, transitions, initiating a multi-tiered approach, shared best practices, and facility-wide support in juvenile justice settings. Participants will also have the opportunity to learn about the Title I, Part D federal grant program, and its goals, including: providing children with the services needed to successfully transition from institutionalization to further schooling or employment, improving educational services for these children, preventing youth who are at-risk from dropping out of school, and providing dropouts, children, and youth returning from correctional facilities with a support system to ensure their continued education.

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Friday, October 9, 2020

Friday, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Safe, Whole, and Heard: Overview and Discussion of the Rights of Crime Victims in Montana

Heidi Sanders
Attorney, Victim Legal Assistance Network (VLAN)

Credits Available: POST, CPE, OPI, CLE

This session will focus on the legal issues unique to victims of crime, and what advocates, law enforcement, and other allied professionals need to know as they work with survivors.

Please visit the new MLSA website for an extensive compilation of victim-services information from across the state: https://www.mtcrimevictimhelp.org/

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Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Human Trafficking

Natale Adorni
Montana Law Enforcement Academy

Credits Available: POST, CPE, OPI, CLE

The trafficking of human beings is multifaceted. What drives this “game.” Human trafficking is a complex human rights and social injustice crime. Traffickers often operate unnoticed and many victims do not self-identify. This training will provide you with vital legal definitions, street terminology, factors associated with recruitment, psychological, emotional and the physical control the trafficker has over the victim.

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