DAY ONE – Session Info
8:00 – 4:00 PM
STAFF SGT. LYNDSAY HOUGHTON
8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
Gangs in BC
Staff Sergeant Houghton of CFSEU will discuss the landscape of gangs in BC, with a focus on local, national and international recent trends
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Exit Gang Life
This session will discuss the current efforts to engage current gang members with the aim to assist them in exiting the gang lifestyle. Success stories will be shared and the future vision and challenges for this new and innovative gang prevention and intervention program
10:15 AM – 11:15 AM
Trauma Generated Pathology and Violence Potential
Gang Dynamics through a VTRA Lens.
JOHN W. CALLERY
11:15 AM – 12:15 PM
The Opioid Crisis and Marijuana Legalization
John has been a Federal Agent for twenty-seven years with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and is currently supervising a major United States Field Office tasked with enforcing drug laws and addressing today’s opioid crisis. John is considered an expert in drug enforcement and investigation from the street level to major cartel investigations. He and the agents he supervises are playing a major role in stemming the tide of opioid abuse, particularly as it concerns prescription drug abuse. With the recent marijuana legalization, John will discuss the detrimental effects of the active ingredient Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on the teen brain. This isn’t the “weed of the 60’s and 70’s” our kids are smoking, vaping, and eating today, so it is important for all of us to be prepared for the results that other legalized states have seen.
1:15PM – 2:15 PM
Session Title: Gangs & Social Network Analysis
Dr. Bouchard of Simon Fraser University will discuss the analysis of social networks for the prediction of gang violence. These methods have been successfully used in Chicago with the Violence Reduction Program, and Dr. Bouchard will demonstrate their value through local case studies.
DR. KEIRON MCCONNELL
2:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Anti-Gang Patron Ejection Programs
Dr. Keiron McConnell will discuss a variety of Anti-Gang Patron Ejection Programs. This will include the history of the programs like Barwatch and Restaurant Watch, the legal framework, and the discussion of the successes of the programs.