Event Details


Can’t join us for the in-person portion of Advance?

We’d love to see you during Virtual ADVANCE, a series of POST-accredited sessions that take place during the month of September. Join us virtually on Wednesdays from 2pm-4pm and Fridays from 10am-12pm starting September 1st and ending the 17th. We’ll be covering a variety of topics so stay tuned!

Already joining us for the in-person portion of Advance?

Virtual ADVANCE is scheduled so that anyone who wants to attend the virtual sessions AND in-person sessions can! Different topics will be offered at each, so there is a lot of benefit (and a great discount) for attending both.


Registration TypePricing
Individual PassesIn-Person TicketVirtual PassIn-Person + Virtual Bundle
Member Price$375$175$475 ($75 savings!)
Non-Member Price$425$225$575 ($75 savings!)
Department Membership All-Access PassesEnjoy unlimited access to Virtual Advance content for all full-time sworn personnel who are part of department membership and/or professional staff membership
Department Membership All-Access Pass for a Small to Medium agency (5-100 full time sworn officers)$1,000
Department Membership All-Access Pass for a Medium+ to X-Large agency
(101+ full time sworn officers)

*This rate is ONLY available to agencies that have a Department Membership. Unsure if you have one? Please email our Project Assistant, Montana, at mlynch@cpoa.org before you purchase.

There will be two all-access pass options. Please select the one that corresponds to your agency size (these will be checked) and continue through checkout. Once the pass is purchased, you’ll need to complete one more step. Please send a list of all of the individuals in your department who wish to attend the virtual sessions, along with their emails, rank/title, and POST IDs to mlynch@cpoa.org and we’ll get them registered as individuals. They will all receive confirmation emails once registered, and will receive emails with log- in instructions closer to the event. PLEASE NOTE all individuals who sign up for the virtual sessions will receive access to all virtual sessions, so they will have a choice of which sessions they wish to attend.


*Schedule Subject to Change*

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DateTimeCourse TitleSpeakerDescription
Wednesday, September 1st2:00 PM - 4:00 PMCourageous Heart: The Human Behind the BadgeChief Robert Jonsen, Palo Alto PDCourageous Heart was established for law enforcement personnel so they could gain valuable tools and practices designed for combating stress, improving resiliency, enhancing well-being, and reducing implicit bias. This essential evidence-based program imparts that every officer can live healthy lives (physically, mentally, and emotionally), while serving their communities to the best of their abilities. The outcomes from these benefits have positive cascading effects for the residents and communities throughout the areas served by law enforcement agencies.
Friday, September 3rd10:00 AM - 12:00 PMImpact of Wellness on De-escalationCapt. Dustin Kulling, San Joaquin County Sheriff's OfficeDe-escalation is a transactional concept that requires involvement from all participants at an encounter. The outcomes of tense encounters are, in part, affected by the wellness of the officers attending to the calls. This course explores the dynamic interactivity of officer wellness and de-escalation. It examines how the performance of first responders is affected by cumulative and acute stress. Most notably, it addresses the change in the cognitive thought, perception, and communication abilities of people who are in a hyper aroused state. The course provides a new perspective to the training, wellness, and culture of modern law enforcement agencies.
Wednesday, September 8th2:00 PM - 4:00 PMMental Evaluation and Homeless Outreach Programs for small and medium sized agenciesSgt. Don Moreau, Signal Hill PDLearn what small to midsized agencies should consider when implementing mental evaluation and homeless outreach programs; reasons agencies should be implementing these programs, how to help justify the need for them, and also what to look out for, as well as other lessons learned.
Friday, September 10th10:00 AM - 12:00 PMRedirecting mental health response/call centers/Denver STAR/Eugene CahootsScott Snow, Director Crisis Services Bureau, Denver PDSession from city that is using alterative non-policing responses to mental health calls
Wednesday, September 15th2:00 PM - 4:00 PMLess LethalLt. Travis Norton, Oceanside PDThe past year experienced many incidents of force and resulting calls for a review of less lethal force philosophy. Under these lenses of case law, policy issues, technology and deployment tactics, attendees will hear lessons learned from numerous large-scale critical incidents involving an adversary with the focus on decision making, equipment needs, strategy and tactics, and current training gaps Several decision making exercises will also be presented and provided for attendees. This topic is appropriate for supervisors to executives.
Friday, September 17th10:00 AM - 12:00 PMCritical Legal Issues Update: Trends, Training & TrialsMissy O'Linn, Partner, Co-Team Leader, Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLPThe concepts included in this program are considered to be innovative and revolutionary in the approach to teaching law and policy to law enforcement personnel. The program focuses on principles and concepts of civil liability and allegations of police misconduct related to civil rights litigation in federal and state court.

Participants will receive an update on precedent-setting cases and applicable legal standards. The discussion will focus on trends in use of force litigation and legislative requirements, issues of quality and quantity of training, supervisory concerns, BWCs, media related issues, high-profile circumstances, and other topical concerns for law enforcement personnel and agencies. The program includes risk-management action plan items and other novel training concepts.

*Schedule Subject to Change*

Session NameSpeakerBiography
Courageous Heart: The Human Behind the BadgeChief Robert JonsenChief Bob Jonsen has been in law enforcement since 1986. Chief Jonsen’s career began with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department where he worked for 27 years before being selected Chief of Police for the Menlo Park Police Department in 2013. In 2018, Chief was chosen to lead the Palo Alto Police Department.

As the Chief for the Palo Alto Police Department, Bob has continued to ensure that employees are offered the opportunity to participate in resiliency training and has collaborated with the Compassion Institute in developing “Courageous Heart – The Human Behind the Badge” training for first responders.

Chief Jonsen became a certified instructor for Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) in 2018, a program developed at Stanford University. Chief Jonsen also graduated as a trained mindfulness facilitator from UCLA’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior in 2020. Additionally, he’s a Peer Coach for Resilience Immersion Training, a program designed specifically for public safety personnel and developed by the Mindful Badge Initiative and the University of California San Diego, Center for Mindfulness.
Impact of Wellness on De-EscalationCapt Dustin Kulling, San Joaquin Co. SoDustin Külling is a California native and first-generation American on his father’s side. He currently leads the San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office's Field Forces Division and has worked in law enforcement for over 25 years. The Field Forces Division provides front-line law enforcement services to the community through Uniformed Patrol Operations and several other high-profile units and teams. Captain Külling is a graduate of the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) Command College (Class 66); spent 18 months in that program studying how advancing technology impacts law enforcement encounters where officers use force.

Captain Külling is currently a Ph.D. student at Liberty University and holds a Master of Education: Higher Education – Instructional Design and Technology (graduated with High Distinction) and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (graduated magna cum laude). He is an instructor with the non-profit organization “Yoga for First Responders,” where he teaches first responders to achieve peak performance through optimizing cognitive processes and the psychophysiological system.
Mental Evaluation and Homeless Outreach Programs for small and medium agenciesSgt Don Moreau, Signal Hill PDDonald Moreau has worked for the Signal Hill Police Department in several capacities over the past 21 years. Starting as a part-time Cadet and then several years as a Dispatcher/Jailer. Donald graduated from LASD Academy Class 339 in 2005 and started a career as a Police Officer. In that time, he was assigned to a Community Policing detail, Property Crime Detective, Patrol Supervisor, Detective Supervisor, and now Patrol Sergeant and Traffic Bureau Sergeant. As an ancillary assignment he was also an Explorer Advisor and Explorer Program Coordinator, Mental Evaluation officer and Mental Evaluation Team Coordinator, and Homeless Liaison Officer. Donald lives in Orange County with his wife and teenage daughter and really enjoys watching the Dodgers win!
Alternative Policing Models and Behavioral Health ResponseScott Snow, Director Crisis Services Bureau, Denver Police DeptScott M. Snow has worked for the Denver Police Department for over 27 years and has worked diligently to expand and enhance services involving behavioral health needs and victim services including events involving non-criminal, stark misfortune. Scott’s continued priorities have involved s focus on collaborative partnerships with local, state and national organizations and service providers including governmental and non-governmental agencies, community-based and non-profit organizations.

Scott has conducted numerous trainings and workshops and provided consultation across the United States and the state of Colorado. Scott has been a featured speaker at local, state, national and international conferences related to multiple areas of interest and topics involving victim services, behavioral health response, procedural justice and other areas involving creative law enforcement response.

Scott has served as the Chair of Denver’s Sexual Assault Interagency Council, is a member of Denver’s Victim Service and Advocacy Network Steering Committee, a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Victim Services Committee, a member of the Police Executive Research Forum, a member of Denver’s Sexual Assault Response Team, a member of the Board of Directors for Denver’s Rose Andom Center and Denver’s Center for Trauma & Resilience, has served as a consultant for the National Center for Victims of Crime, the FBI, the United States Department of Justice and a number of law enforcement agencies across the country
Less Lethal – Opportunities for ImprovementLt. Travis Norton, Oceanside PDLieutenant Travis Norton began his career in law enforcement at the Oceanside Police Department in 1998. As an officer, Lieutenant Norton held a variety of assignments including Defensive Tactics Instructor, Less Lethal Instructor, Drug Recognition Expert, Chemical Agents Instructor, SWAT Operator and Field Training Officer. In 2004, he was chosen as one of the first members of the newly created uniformed Gang Suppression Unit. In 2006 he was selected as a Gang Detective for the Special Enforcement Section where he stayed until his promotion to sergeant in 2009. As a sergeant he was assigned as a patrol supervisor in the Field Operations Division and also served for seven years as a team leader on the SWAT Team and was the department’s Emergency Planner. In 2016 he went back to the Gang Suppression Unit as a supervisor until his promotion to lieutenant in February of 2018. He currently manages the Professional Standards Unit and Training Division and is the SWAT Executive Officer and Crisis Negotiations Lieutenant.

Lieutenant Norton holds a Master of Science degree in Emergency Service Administration from CSU Long Beach, and he is currently a doctoral student at USC. He is an instructor for the National Tactical Officers Association, Field Command and the California Association of Tactical Officers (CATO) where he teaches SWAT related subjects, tactical science, leadership, and critical incident management. Travis is the team leader for the CATO After Action Review team that responds to incidents in the United States and Europe to glean lessons learned and improve the law enforcement response to future events. Additionally, he is on the CATO SWAT Operator Board of Certification which is nation’s first ever certification process for tactical operators.
Federal Litigation Trends in In-Custody DeathsMissy O'LinnMildred K. O'Linn is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP. Ms. O'Linn has an unparalleled background as an attorney and technical expert in peace officer civil liability, training and tactics and the defense of governmental entities. Ms. O'Linn was a police officer for eight years at the Kent State University Police Department. Subsequently, she served as the Legal and Technical Advisor for the Law Enforcement Television Network, Inc. (LETN).

In her 35-year legal career, Ms. O'Linn has been repeatedly recognized for her skills as litigator and in 2009 Ms. O'Linn was accepted as a member of the distinguished American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), an award only bestowed upon proven trial attorneys. In 2011 she was inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America as a Senior Fellow, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Most recently in 2020, Ms. O'Linn was a featured speaker in the LA-ABOTA Masters in Trial Program, "Put Your Pants on and Pick a Jury" series in the Civil Rights - Police Misconduct presentation.

Ms. O'Linn has received numerous awards and acknowledgments for excellence in representation and for her contributions to the defense of the law enforcement community from various agencies. More recently, the State of California awarded her the California POST Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement Training and she was inducted into Safariland Training Group's "Monadnock Hall of Fame" for her dedicated service to educating those who are tasked to protect others.