Thursday, April 20, 2017

1:00 – 3:00 pm: Registration     at the     Sheraton Commander, 16 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

3:00 – 5:00 pm: Welcoming Reception: Sheraton Commander – Nubu Bar
Hosted by Harris Corporation, PSPC

6:30 pm: Open Bar followed by New England Style Clam Bake
Summer Shack, 149 Alewife Brook Parkway (Alewife Station) Cambridge
Transportation: Take a cab or subway (Red Line) from Harvard Square outbound to Alewife Station. Summer Shack is at the Alewife stop.







Friday, April 21
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein Room 2036
1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge
8:00 – 9:00 am: Hot Breakfast

9:00am – 10:30 pm: Welcoming Remarks and Participant Introductions
Chaired by Dr. Elaine Bernard

Each group should elect a spokesperson to share the most pressing problems you are facing. It’s probably a long list, so pick the most troublesome things that you can’t resolve. The group will be eager to hear what’s happening in your jurisdiction concerning battles at the bargaining table at contract time, the mounting tension between the police and communities you serve, strategies and tactics used to counteract the negative coverage of law enforcement, the struggle to get input into policies related to body cameras, relations with the media, increase of attacks on the police, saving your members’ pensions, and whatever other issues are piling up on your platter.

Elaine Bernard is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading experts in the history of unions and the valuable role they play in curbing income inequality and building a vibrant, financially secure middle class. She is the executive director of the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and the Harvard Trade Union Program. The Labor and Worklife Program (LWP) is Harvard University’s forum for research and teaching on the world of work and its implications for society. Located at the Harvard Law School, the LWP brings together scholars and policy experts from a variety of disciplines to analyze critical labor issues in the law, economy, and society. The LWP also provides unique education for labor leaders throughout the world via the oldest executive training program at Harvard University, the Harvard Trade Union Program, founded in 1942. In 2015 three police union leaders attended the six-week long program and Elaine hopes to welcome more law enforcement people to the program in January 2018.

In 1999, Bernard and Harvard economist Richard Freeman organized the first Police Union Leadership Seminar at Harvard University. Since then, with the support of Cynthia Brown of American Police Beat and PubSecAlliance, Bernard and the Labor and Worklife Program have hosted the seminar and made it an annual event. Recently Bernard has organized a Leadership Development Program for Canadian police unions working with the Canadian Police Association and the University of Ottawa.

10:30 – 10:45 am: Coffee Break

Friday, April 21, 2017
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein Room 2036
1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

10:45 am – 12:00pm & 1:00 – 2:30PM  
Overwhelmed with Conflict? This Class Will Help!
Presenter: Dr. Daniel Shapiro, Harvard Law School

There is no profession anywhere that is more conflict-ridden than law enforcement. Whether it’s conflicts with the people you have to arrest, conflicts with management, conflicts within your union, or conflicts with the citizens you serve and the world at large, people doing police work are literally overwhelmed with conflict coming from all directions.

In this session, Dr. Shapiro, one of the world’s leading experts on conflict resolution, will talk about the myriad of reasons people get bogged down in endless conflicts and reveal some helpful ways to resolve the issues and move forward. Dr. Shapiro will walk you through successful ways to get out of the conflict mode and into the collaboration mode with a powerful, proven method that will work even with your worst enemy. Based on two decades of research, Dan Shapiro will discuss the five core motivational concerns that underpin effective collaboration and you will get concrete advice for using them in a practical setting. Examples will be drawn from his experiences working with everyone from clashing corporate executives, hostage negotiators, international enemies and families in crisis. Questions and discussion encouraged.

All participants will receive a copy of Dan Shapiro’s most recent book, Negotiating the Nonnegotiable.

This class will continue after lunch.

Daniel Shapiro, Ph.D., is founder and director of the Harvard International Negotiation Program, associate professor in psychology at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital, and affiliate faculty at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. He consults regularly for government leaders and Fortune 500 companies, and has worked with everyone from hostage negotiators and families in crisis, to disputing CEOs and clashing heads of state.

He has conducted successful conflict resolution initiatives in the Middle East, Europe, and East Asia, and for three years has chaired the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Conflict Resolution. Through non-profit funding, he developed a conflict management program that now reaches one million young people across more than twenty countries.

He has published extensively in the field of conflict resolution, and is author of Negotiating the Nonnegotiable and co-author of the classic Beyond Reason: Using Emotions as You Negotiate.  Dr. Shapiro is the recipient of numerous awards, including the American Psychological Association’s “Early Career Award” and the Cloke-Millen “Peacemaker of the Year: award. The World Economic Forum named him a “Young Global Leader.”

12:00 – 1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 pm:
Part II – Conflict Resolution, Presenter: Dr. Daniel Shapiro

2:00 – 2:15 pm Coffee Break
2:15 – 3:45 pm:
Social Media and Digital Communications: What Works and Doesn’t for Police Unions
Presenter: Mike Parker
Commander LASD (Ret.)

Are you sharing the news when your members do great work? Is your message getting through to others or are you talking to yourself? Are you using images and video every time you post on your website or send out an email? What you say, how you say it, and what communications media you use makes all the difference. Mike Parker will give you helpful tools for what you should and shouldn’t do through real life examples of failures and successes using social media, websites, and media outreach from across the nation. Please feel free to share your successes and failures with the class.

Mike Parker is a 31-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD),and has worked at 15 patrol, jail, and administrative assignments since he graduated from the Sheriff’s Academy. His most recent assignment was commander of the Personnel and Training Command of the LASD, which includes over 9,500 deputies and 7,500 professional staff. Mike has presented at over 50 major policing conferences in over 30 countries and has published over 100 articles on communications, community policing and problem solving. In 2012 Mike received the FEMA “Community Preparedness Heroes Award,” and in 2013 received the White House “Champions of Change” Award.  He is considered one of the leading experts in how law enforcement agencies and associations can implement a communications and public relations effort with an emphasis on social media.

3:45 – 5:00 pm:
Everything You Need to Know about Pay, Body Cams, FLSA, Garrity Rule and Lots More
Presenter: Will Aitchison

In this session, Will Aitchison, one of the nation’s most influential attorneys representing law enforcement unions and associations, will review important legal developments over the last year, including case law concerning body cameras, the Garrity rule, Brady lists, the FLSA, and other important topics. Will also review the wage and benefit settlements among the country’s largest police departments.

Will Aitchison is a Portland, Oregon attorney who has represented over 100 law enforcement and firefighter labor organizations. He is a veteran of hundreds of public sector labor negotiations and has handled dozens of FLSA lawsuits for law enforcement officers, recovering over $100 million in damages. Mr. Aitchison received his law degree from Georgetown University and is the author of eight books on public sector labor matters, including The Rights of Law Enforcement Officers (6th Edition), The Fair Labor Standards Act (5th Edition), and Collective Bargaining. Will also acts as a negotiations consultant for law enforcement labor organizations.


6:30 – 9:30 pm: Cocktail Reception and Dinner
Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy St., Cambridge

Hosted by Horace Small
At Horace Small, there’s no limit to the commitment we have when it comes to outfitting America’s law enforcement professionals the right way. It’s this unrelenting respect for the uniform that has driven us to deliver everything you expect from a uniform. Over the past 77 years, we have continually optimized, engineered and fine-tuned our designs so the uniforms we make – like the men and women who wear them – are built for the call, ready to perform their duty, and suited for the ultimate act of service. You’ll find it all at Horace Small.

Saturday, April 22
Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall, Milstein 2036
1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

8:00 – 9:00 am: Hot Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 am
Your Pay and Pensions are Not the Problem – Shooting Down the Myths
Presenter: Shelby M. Chodos, Adjunct Faculty in Public Finance, Harvard Kennedy School

Shelby Chodos, a public finance expert at Harvard’s Kennedy School – and, according to your evaluations, one of the most popular presenters ever at the Harvard Police Union Leadership Seminar – is back this year to discuss the facts as opposed to myths about public sector finance so you will be better informed about this important issue. He will talk about where state and local governments spend their money as well as the ongoing fiscal and pension crises caused by legislatures’ refusal to raise taxes. You will learn that it’s not your pay, health care benefits and pensions that are the problem – the costs of which have stayed relatively stable over many years. He will present the facts that show the real problem is the astronomical increase in health care expenditures combined with lower tax revenues that’s become unsustainable. He will discuss the information you have to have about public finance and the things you need to understand before you head to the bargaining table. Special attention will be paid to understanding how your city’s bond ratings are determined and how to get the data on your city’s expenditures which will show that in most municipalities spending on public pensions averages below 3% of total expenditures.

Shelby Chodos has taught the graduate level state and local finance courses at Harvard for more than a decade and a retired managing director of Commonwealth Capital Partners, Inc., a private investment firm in New England. After receiving his Master’s degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School, he spent a decade on Wall Street, where he worked for a major investment banking firm. He has served as an expert witness before numerous legislative and administrative bodies on finance, economic development and pension investment. He received his Masters from Harvard’s Kennedy School in 1982 on a full academic scholarship as the recipient of the Truman Scholarship Program, established by Congress in honor of the Nation’s 33rd President.

10:30 – 10:45 am: Coffee Break

10:45 am – 12:15 pm:
Nurturing the Talent of Tomorrow
Presenter: Jeff Lawrence

Jeff Lawrence – one of the world’s top leadership experts and a great friend of the men and women of law enforcement everywhere – will address one of the greatest threats to police unions today – generational indifference. This session will provide a valuable opportunity to discuss the “millennial” issue and talk about why most of the people who hold the power in police unions are afraid their younger members and successors are not ready to take the reins of the organization. We will also talk about what your association is doing to prepare the younger members to take control when the time is right.

Here are some questions to think about in preparation for this session:
How close to retirement or some other form of departure are the people in the critical positions in your organization?
Who are the people in a position to replace them?
What have you done to make sure they are ready? Just how ready do you think they are?
What are the essential parts of your mission and/or operating model that must be preserved into the future?

If we asked that same question to the people you think could take leadership roles in the future, how would their answers compare to the answers of the people currently in charge? Does the comparison concern you? This is a leadership problem that few people are talking about and Jeff will make the case that if you don’t figure it out – your legacy and the future of your association hangs in the balance.

Jeff Lawrence is the managing director of Organizational Agility Advisors. He has served as an advisor to senior executives across multiple sectors for over 25 years. In addition to his experience in the corporate, public and non-profit sectors, Jeff has taught leadership at Harvard University, Oxford University, the University of Warwick, and Northeastern University. Jeff’s experience in the fields of personal, organizational, and business development help him bring a broad range of capabilities to his advisory work. He is considered a unique talent for his ability to help clients generate new insights and options in the face of even the most vexing situations. His most recent work has focused on helping senior teams in the technology, finance, healthcare, and government sectors increase their ability to adapt, respond and thrive in turbulent times. Prior to founding Organizational Agility Advisors, LLC, Jeff helped create and develop Cambridge Leadership Associates, a firm based on the Adaptive Leadership work of Ron Heifetz and Marty Linsky of Harvard University. Prior to his role at CLA, Jeff spent nearly 20 years in financial services, both in a corporate setting as well as starting and building two companies designed to help entrepreneurs build productive and agile businesses. A former Peace Corps Volunteer and Training Director in Southern Africa, he holds a B.A. in English and a M.A. in Counseling from Colgate University.

12:15 – 1:00 pm: Lunch

1:00 – 2:30 pm:
Is the War on Police Over Under President Trump?
Maybe, But Don’t be Surprised If Not Much Changes
Presenter: Ron DeLord, Attorney and Former Executive Director of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas

A majority of law enforcement officers and their unions are convinced there is a war on cops that was instigated by President Obama. The National FOP and scores of local police unions endorsed Donald Trump while not one police union in the country endorsed or campaigned for Hillary Clinton. Some of the criticisms about the lack of public support of police by President Obama and Secretary Clinton were justified. Candidate Trump clearly courted police unions and publicly praised the difficult work law  enforcement people do. In a profession under daily attack after each video of police use of force goes viral, it was a relief that that we might have elected a president who promised not to unjustly pre-judge the actions of officers.

All the signs indicate that the Trump administration will show greater general support for law enforcement; provide more funding for immigration enforcement; and ramp up the fight against radical Islamic terrorists. But what about the real issues confronting police officers and police unions? Are they going to be addressed? Don’t count on it.

In this class Ron DeLord will discuss conflicts that arise when the president and both houses of Congress are pro-business. These people are historically anti-union, anti-defined benefit pensions, anti-public employee dues deduction, anti-collective bargaining, and certainly not your friend on labor issues. The next Supreme Court justices will be aligned with the Chamber of Commerce, Koch brothers, Laura and John Arnold, Reason Foundation and Goldwater Institute.

Urban police officers will still have to deal with racial divides in minority communities, unemployment, poverty, the mentally ill, homeless people, understaffing, and a lack of funding for training and equipment. And many police unions are facing new reduced benefit pension tiers as local and state governments dismantle defined benefit pensions in every state. These cities also have to deal with the financial challenges of eroding infrastructure. Ron will trace how the proposed cuts in funding for a wide range of social services means more and increasingly dangerous work for the police.

So what should we do? First, don’t fall into the trap of believing all is well in the world and it’s time to relax. President Trump may be your friend on some levels, but he cannot and will not erase your challenges. But you can adapt to the new reality and embrace reforms that will improve the profession.

Ron DeLord served as a police officer in Beaumont and Mesquite, Texas from 1969 to 1977. Beginning in 1977, Ron was elected to ten three-year terms as president of the 19,500-member Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT), a statewide police labor organization. He later served as executive director of CLEAT (2007-2008) and special counsel until he retired in July 2013. He has a labor consulting firm that provides seminars, training, negotiations and organizational strategies for public employee unions. Ron has a Bachelor of Science degree in Government from Lamar University (1971); a Master of Arts degree in Police Science and Administration from Sam Houston State University (1982); and a Juris Doctorate from South Texas College of Law Houston (1986). He has been a licensed Texas attorney since 1987, is a graduate of the 10-week Harvard Trade Union Program (1992) and a prolific author.

2:30 – 3:00 pm: Coffee break and Group Photo Shoot with Martha Stewart

3:00 – 4:00 pm:
Dealing with the Media when Members are in the Crosshairs
Presenter: Michael Gendron, Government & Media Relations Officer, Canadian Police Association

Having a clear communications strategy is a vital component of any police union/association strategic plan, but that strategy can often get tossed out the window in the aftermath of a critical incident where your members are in the media crosshairs.

This session will build on last year’s presentation, offering more practical and hands-on tips you and your association can use to respond in circumstances where standard ‘command and control’ just isn’t possible. From identifying potential crises that your organization may have to prepare for, to the sharing of ‘best practices’ and advice from a former press secretary to a national politician with over 10 years of relationships developed with media, and who now works exclusively on behalf of front-line police personnel. Michael will also review some “hits and misses” from press conferences.

Michael Gendron began a 10 year career working on Parliament Hill (Canada’s equivalent of Capitol Hill) in 2001 and served in a variety of communication and policy roles for the Minister of Transport, Minister of Social Development and the National Caucus Research Bureau before taking on a role as a Press Secretary with the Leader of the Official Opposition (Minority Leader) in 2007.

During his time in government, Michael was the lead policy researcher on the Justice and Public Safety files, and his work included briefing Parliamentarians as members of the majority caucus on issues of national scope, as well as working with key stakeholders in policy development.

In 2009, Michael joined the Canadian Police Association (CPA) as a Government and Media Relations Officer, reporting directly to the National President and Board of Directors. In this role he is the first point of contact between the national media and the CPA Executive, and is responsible for helping to produce letters to the editor, op-eds and internal communications products for the association, he has also had the privilege of serving on a number of advisory committees, including the National Steering Committee for Public Safety Canada’s Shared Forward Agenda on the Economics of Policing. 2017 will be Michael’s 6th time attending the Police Union Leadership Seminar at Harvard as a representative of the CPA.

4:00 – 5:00 pm:
The Growing Threat Against Labor Unions and Collective Bargaining
Presenter: Dr. Elaine Bernard, Harvard Law School

During this hour, Elaine will talk about the crucial historical role unions have played in lessening income inequality and promoting democratic values. Elaine will report on the latest well financed efforts to destroy both public and private sector unions that is posing a serious threat to your pay, your pension and health care programs, and even your job. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and ideas of how best to protect the hard-won pay, benefits and improved working conditions for your members.
Saturday April 23, 2016
6:30 – 9:30 pm: Cocktail Reception and Dinner
Hotel Sonesta on the Charles, Riverfront Room
40 Edwin H. Land Blvd., Cambridge
(617) 806-4200

Evening Hosted by TASER International

Founded in 1993, TASER International has remained committed to protecting truth and protecting life with innovative public safety technologies. Our TASER devices and Axon platform have transformed how members of law enforcement do their jobs. Our Axon platform offers agencies an end-to-end solution for managing digital evidence that connects mobile, cloud, and wearable technologies. Agencies have relied on us for the latest in law enforcement technology because they know that solutions like Axon’s will make their lives easier and more efficient. To date, more than 158,000 lives and countless dollars have been saved with TASER’s products and services.

Sunday, April 24

Harvard Law School, Wasserstein Hall: Milstein Room 2019
1585 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

8:00 – 9:00 am: Hot Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 am:
PubSecAlliance: Past, Present and Future
Presenter: Cynthia Brown
In this session Cynthia will talk about the mission and goals of PubSecAlliance, an online community open to all the police association and union leaders and their members in the U.S., Canada and other English speaking countries. She will make the case about why it is crucial for your group to join PubSec and how and why to get your members involved. Participants are encouraged to tell us how PubSecAlliance can serve you better and be of more help and support during these challenging times.

10:00 – 11:00 am
How we Survived One Crisis After Another
Presenter: John Rivera, Dade County PBA

Ferguson, Dallas, Baton Rouge, the list goes on and on. For law enforcement unions and associations the past two years have been marked by one terrible crisis after another including a rash of tragic shooting deaths of officers responding to incidents, sitting in their cruisers, and even entering and exiting police headquarters.

The deterioration of the relationship between the police and the communities they serve has been another big problem impacting many cities and towns across the U.S. and Canada. And the effort to eliminate defined benefit pensions, charge more for health insurance, and privatize the job is also taking an ugly toll. The effort many police unions are making to protect their members and heal the rifts with the community are truly impressive.

In this session John Rivera, president of the Dade County PBA with more than 6,500 members, will talk about some of the initiatives his team has launched including hosting a weekly radio call in show, getting a Grammy award winning singer to produce a song that supports the police, organizing an aggressive political action campaign against the media and politicians, fighting the privatization effort, and even buying and serving pizzas to a crowd of Black Lives Matter demonstrators outside the PBA offices. John will fill us in on what worked and what didn’t and give some helpful hints on how you can mount similar campaigns in your jurisdiction.

John Rivera is president of the Dade County Police Benevolent Association and the Florida Police Benevolent Association, and in the law enforcement union world one of the shrewdest political operatives out there. He knows who his friends are, stays focused, understands the game – when to negotiate and when to drop the bomb. He has been a relentless crusader against the effort in Florida to privatize every aspect of the public sector – from schools, to prisons, to law enforcement.

During his law enforcement career, Rivera took countless violent criminals off the streets. He has served the Miami-Dade Police Department since June of 1976.  Rivera worked in the Organized Crime Bureau for more than a decade investigating cases involving organized crime and political and public corruption. He was also the lead investigator on the Mariel Task Force.  In May of 1990, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant.

Throughout his career Rivera faced situations that became the foundation for his unwavering advocacy of law enforcement officers and the challenges they face: Rivera was shot in the line of duty while thwarting an attempted armed kidnapping, and held a fellow officer as he died in Rivera’s arms. That is why John Rivera is so adamant about never forgetting those who serve and protect.

Rivera’s calling to be a voice for law enforcement began  in 1989 when was elected to the Dade County PBA Board of Directors. He served on the board until December 1992, when he was elected president of the Association. He took the office of PBA President in January 1993, a position he still holds. Rivera is also president of the Florida PBA, which represents 30,000 officers across Florida.  He is a vocal advocate for law enforcement and is committed to educating the public on the challenges officers face daily. Rivera has appeared repeatedly on national and local television programs focusing on solutions to problems facing the law enforcement profession.

11:00 am -12:00 pm:

Round Table Roundup – 2017 Seminar
Group discussion on the 2017 seminar. What topics worked, what didn’t. Please bring your thoughts and ideas about ways to change the program and make it more effective.

Facilitators: Cynthia Brown & Elaine Bernard

12:00 – 12:30 pm: Presentation of Harvard certificates.


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