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Gangs & Guns Training Symposium and Workshops 2018

February 15, 2018 8:30 am - February 16, 2018 4:30 pm Delta Burnaby Hotel & Conference Centre


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Join International & Local Experts for the 10th Annual Gangs & Guns Symposium 2018.


Training Symposium Workshops: February 14th, 2018

Gangs & Guns Training Symposium February 15th and 16th, 2018



Delta Burnaby Hotel and Conference Centre

4331 Dominion Street
Burnaby, BC V5G 1C7

**Special group rate available by following hotel link above

Ticket Prices:

Pre-Symposium Workshops (Feb 14) open to Training Symposium attendees only

$75 + tax per morning, or afternoon, session; $125 + tax for both sessions

These workshops are only available to people who have purchased tickets to Gangs & Guns 2018 Training Symposium.

Note: Snacks only provided at the Feb 14th workshops

Morning Only Workshop (8:30am to 11:30am)

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SOLD OUT: Afternoon Workshop (12:30pm to 3:30pm)

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SOLD OUT: Full Day Workshop (8:30am to 3:30pm – with a lunch break between 11:30am and 12:30pm)

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Training Symposium (Feb 15 & 16)

Regular Registration (Feb 15/16) $510.00 +tax
Regular Student Registration(Feb 15/16) $255.00 + tax

Complimentary Tickets –
Book and pay for 5 tickets from the same agency and location and you will receive 1 additional complimentary ticket for your agency. Please provide the full name, email address and phone number for the complimentary attendee into the customer notes area while booking your tickets. Also advise us if he/she would like to attend the networking event on February 15, 2018.

Lunch and snacks will be provided both days. A networking event will be held on Feb. 15, 2018.


All registrations will be accepted online through our Safer Schools Together website. Payment can be made through PayPal with either a credit card or PayPal account. You may also send us a cheque or money order in the mail after registering online.

Cheque Or Money Order
If paying by cheque or money order, we must receive the cheque 30 days prior to the conference to secure your spot.

Please mail cheque/money order to:

Safer Schools Together
14788 Russell Ave
White Rock BC V4B 2P2 Canada

Please email with any questions or concerns.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be submitted by email at least 30 days prior to the conference start date and will be subject to a $50.00 administration fee. No refunds will be given for cancellations made within 30 days of the conference start date; however, you are invited to send a replacement provided you notify Safer Schools Together of the name substitution. Refunds will not be provided for registrants who fail to attend the conference or a portion of the conference.

It is the sole responsibility of the delegate to cancel any room reservations made with the hotel.


Morning sessions: (There are two morning sessions running simultaneously, please advise which session you would like to attend in the ‘Notes’ section when purchasing your ticket)

CHOOSE FROM MORNING SESSION #1 OR #2 (Sessions run from 8:30am to 11:30am)



“Gangs 101”

This preconference session will be for people who are new to dealing with gang and organized crime issues. This may be youth workers, educators or police.  The session will set out what we know about gangs, what has been done to reduce gangs, a short case study of the violence and finally a discussion of prevention, intervention and suppression methods utilized.

This presentation is led by Dr. Keiron McConnell, an engaging speaker who provides the audience with insights into this gang phenomenon, and is based on his experiences as a police officer for the last 28 years with the last 15 years exclusively working in a variety of gang suppression units. Moreover, this presentation will share his academic work which included field observations in Chicago, Los Angeles, Toronto, Hobbema, and London, England.

Keiron is a faculty member at Kwantlen University, Douglas College, and Wilfred Laurier University where he teaches courses on Policing and Organized Crime. In 2014, Keiron was awarded the Frederick Thrasher Award for excellence in Gang Scholarship, Leadership and Enforcement. Keiron is a reviewing editor on the Journal of Gang Research and is the only Canadian on staff at the National Gang Crime Research Centre. Keiron recently was appointed to the Criminal Intelligence Services Ontario Academic Council.

Presenting alongside Keiron is Det. Sandy Avelar and Det. Anisha Parhar on “Her time” an anti-gang initiative focused on females entangled in the gang lifestyle.




“Birth of Gangster”

Rob Rai (Surrey School District), Sgt. Mike Sanchez (SGET) and Jordan Buna (Surrey Wrap Program) will outline and explore the criminal career paths of some of BC’s most notorious gang members. The presentation will examine how otherwise promising young children filled with leadership qualities and potential eventually disregarded their own legitimate aspirations to knowingly dive head first into a world filled with violence, betrayal, prisons, and most often, death. Too often it is thought that young men who come from supportive middle class families are not at risk for criminal behaviour, the data and research presented here will paint a much different narrative.



A gripping portrait of a notorious Vancouver gangster and Hells Angels elite who descended into a life of homelessness and addiction, ultimately redeeming himself through award-winning youth advocacy.


AFTERNOON SESSION: (12:30pm to 3:30pm)


“Digital Threat Assessment”

You cannot ignore the fact that social media has had an impact on your work or changed the way you operate in a professional role. Utilizing social media is critical in the realm of public safety, with everything from homicide investigations, terrorism, human trafficking, narcotics and gang investigations to school safety.  Our expertise lies in teaching school safety professionals and law enforcement how to establish a student’s digital baseline behaviour and to assess threat potential from content posted onto social media.

This pre conference session will be a compressed version of our full-day Digital Threat Assessment (DTA) training that we deliver to professionals across North America.  Please bring a fully charged laptop (Mac, PC, Chromebook, Microsoft Surface) to participate fully in the hands-on activities. Smartphones and tablets will have limited searching capabilities.

Learning Outcomes:

–   Reverse Image Searching: Determine the authenticity of images (e.g. guns)

–   How to effectively search and navigate Instagram without having an account + Instagram Location searching

–   The evolution of Snapchat and how it could assist your investigation

–   A basic look at the deep and the dark web and how they operate

–   Professional privacy and safety: how to make sure you are not revealing your own personal information online

–   Updates on the most up to date changes in the social media world


Registration opens 7:30am on the 15th and the program for each day runs from 8:20am to 4:30pm


JAY DOBYNS, ATF SPECIAL AGENT (RET.) (Friday 10:15am to 12:15pm)

“Catching Hell”

Real-life experiences as an undercover operative during my infiltration of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Gang. “Lessons learned” by myself and others related to the tradecraft of undercover and street investigative work.



“Delinquency, Criminality and the Far Right Movement” (Thursday 3:30pm-4:30pm)

A detailed look at the experiences of the presenters trajectory, through criminality, radicalization, recruitment towards the far right movement, and the disengagement process.



LANCE DUDAR, TRiP  (The Regina intersectoral Partnership) COORDINATOR (Thursday 10:15am – 11:45am)

The Regina intersectoral Partnership (TRiP) is a multi-sector, collaborative, risk-driven initiative designed to improve community safety and well-being. TRiP focuses its coordinated services to reduce pro-social and system barriers, increase school engagement and attendance, and ultimately reduce vulnerability of children and their families.

TRiP will provide information on their history, including how to engage multiple stakeholders, best practices and research; followed by development and design stages; and finally, details on the functioning process inclusive of intake and referral components.

ROBBY ROBINSON (Friday, 2:30pm to 3:30pm)

“Gang Issues Vs Gang Problems, The Climate, The Approach, The Solutions”

The presentation will help the participant understand the power and influence street gangs have in the community and the school setting. There are several factors that the participant needs to understand: the power of the gang to motivate and directly sanction criminal activity. By engaging in criminal activity in the company of one another, the gang creates it culture and subculture unknown to the layman. By engaging in criminal activity, the gang takes on a momentum of its own. People become fearful and are unwilling to assist Law Enforcement in the apprehension of criminals. It is important to understand the difference between Gang Issues vs. Gang Problems, Street Influences, Gangster Rap & Hip-Hop, Violence Between Rival Gangs, Denial in the Community & School, Intimidation, Bullying, Drugs & Narcotics and The Levels of Gang Involvement.

BYRON BOSTON (Friday, 8:30am to 10:00am)

“Mexican Drug Cartels Overview”

How to identify and target Mexican Drug Trafficking Organizations.  To aggressively target drug trafficking organizations, law enforcement officers need to gain a better understanding of the true structure and operational components of the Cartels and how the Mexican drug war impacts cities across North America. Identify which Mexican Drug Cartels control drug distribution in each region of North America.



DR. CAROL FLEISCHHAKER (Thursday 2:30pm – 3:30pm)

“The Trials and Tribulations of Gang-Related Prosecutions”

The British Columbia approach to gang/criminal organization prosecutions differs from other areas in Canada in that less emphasis is seemingly placed on the utilization of Criminal Code sections specific to “criminal organizations.” However, our investigators and Crown counsel are far from idle. They remain tirelessly committed to enforcing the law and administering justice to members and associates of gangs. This session will provide a case review of recent gang-related prosecutions in BC, as well as an overview of recent court cases in Canada dealing with significant issues specific to these types of prosecutions. Attendees of this session will see the fruits of investigative labours across the province and country; they will be made aware of current issues facing the courts, and they will understand potential evidentiary and procedural challenges in order to modify their investigative approaches if necessary.

DET. MIKE SHUTE, CALGARY POLICE SERVICE (Thursday 12:45pm – 2:15pm)

“Case Study involving Middle Eastern Organized Crime targets – Operation HYBRID”

This investigation began as an investigation into two murders and an attempt murder and developed into a Task Force targeting 9 people involved in Drugs, Gun Trafficking, multiple shootings, murder, attempt murder and Organized Crime. This investigation lasted for 9 months and utilized Part VI interceptions (wire Tap) for 6 months.

The learning points will include the development and use of Cooperative Witnesses, difficulties of suppression to prevent violence and unique Restraint Order to seize drug phone lines.


“Operation Centers – Realities in Policing”

The Toronto Police Operations Centre (2015 IACP RAC winner) was formed just a couple of years ago and is responsible for providing essential coordination and flexibility in the Toronto Police Service’s delivery of services.   TPOC – with the aid of internal and external partners – creates and maintains a common operating picture allowing for efficient deployment and re-deployment of personnel and assets when and where they are required, Service wide.  Lesson 1 – Common Operating Picture

TPOC aims to facilitate communication between all facets of the Toronto Police Service thereby cultivating greater understanding of the Service’s aims and initiatives as well as strengthening internal cooperation and enhancing intra-service partnerships.  TPOC’s privileged vantage point provides complete situational awareness of the city and the Service; therefore, TPOC has, despite ultimately being a support unit, operational supremacy capable of authorizing immediate action, while at the same time engaging with all of our community partners through trusted private enterprises and networks.

TPOC also developed a counter–terrorism protocol, known as Aegis, and leverages the enhanced communications networks, partnerships, and operational flexibility it provides, to mount the most effective and efficient response to gang shootings, a terror attack or threat thereof given the operational constraints of the day. Recent terrorist attacks in North America and abroad have demonstrated the need for police organizations to enhance their interoperability, trusted lines of communications, and flexibility in their deployment models.  Lesson 2 – Breaking Down Walls – for the greater good!

Police operations centers are changing the face of police operations through the creation of trusted information exchange hubs, operational common operating pictures, and enhanced situational awareness. Police organizations with effective operations centers are more capable of responding to emergencies, gang threats, terrorist attacks and to participate in active steps to deter such criminal activities and/or to mitigate them as quickly as possible. Lesson 3 – Operational Reality


Staff Sergeant Lindsey Houghton will lead off speaking about the current gang landscape in British Columbia and will be followed by Sergeant Jag Khosa and Ms Rubina Mudhar. They will speak about the CFSEU-BC’s exciting and innovative Gang Intervention Team and the Gang Exiting Pilot Program. Both of these teams have been running for just over a year and Sgt Khosa and Ms Mudhar will share aspects of the program, how the programs work, give examples of some of the clients who have participated, and relay effective intervention strategies.



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Gangs & Guns Training Symposium 2018 - Adult $455.18 includes 5% GST on Canadian Events Only

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Gangs & Guns Training Symposium 2018 - Student $227.59 includes 5% GST on Canadian Events Only

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Gangs & Guns Pre-Conference Workshops - Feb 14, 2018 Full Day $111.56 includes 5% GST on Canadian Events Only

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Gangs & Guns Pre-Conference Workshops - Feb 14, 2018 Afternoon Session $66.94 includes 5% GST on Canadian Events Only

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Gangs & Guns Pre-Conference Workshops Feb 14, 2018 - Morning Session $66.94 includes 5% GST on Canadian Events Only

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