COPSWEST Training & Expo 2017

October 30 - November 01, 2017   |   Palm Springs Convention Center and Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

COPSWEST Training & Expo Registration Now Open


3 Days of POST-Certified Training
COPSWEST Training & Expo is an approved provider of POST credit. Earn up to 12 hours of POST credit at COPSWEST, pending POST approval. For more information on POST credit, visit

2 Expo Days
From emerging policing technology to tactical gear, 250+ vendors under one roof. Free registration for law enforcement.

1 Premier Training and Expo under One Roof

Download this year’s brochure for details. 2017 COPSWEST Brochure

Monday, October 30
7:00 AM – 5:00 PM Training Registration Open
8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Opening Ceremonies & Annual Business Meeting
8:45 AM – 9:45 AM General Session – The Aftermath of a Critical Incident & Moving Forward
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Concurrent Breakout Sessions – Chose one based on your rank or interests
Session #1 Ethical Issues Facing Officers, their Agencies, and their Lawyers
Session #2 Making an IMPACT:  How One Agency is Changing their Response to those in Crisis
12:15 PM – 1:45 PM  Annual Awards Luncheon
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Concurrent Breakout Sessions – Chose one based on your rank or interests
Session #3 Prop. 64: Law Enforcement Implications
Session #4 The Morality of Lethal Engagement
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Welcome Reception

Tuesday, October 31
7:00 AM – 4:00 PM Training & Expo Registration Open
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM General Session: The Night the Rules Changed: Dallas-July 7, 2016
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Expo Open – 250+ Public Safety Exhibitors
10:15 AM – 12:15 PM General Session: The Future of Policing

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM 10th Annual Charity BBQ Cook-Off

Wednesday, November 1
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Training & Expo Registration Open
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Expo Open – 250+ Public Safety Exhibitors

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM General Session: Orlando Pulse Nightclub Shooting Debrief
12:30 PM – 2:30 PM Keynote Luncheon: Extreme Leadership

Must- See Vehicle Seminars

Tuesday, October 31
2:00 pm – 2:45 pm  BMW
This seminar will review the desires of both motor officers and fleet managers, illustrating how the key product features and benefits of the BMW R 1200 RT-P directly address those desires. Additionally, what is new for 2018 model year will be reviewed.

Wednesday, November 1
9:00 am – 9:45 am   Chevrolet & Kerr Industries
Chevrolet & Kerr Industries -A Proven Partnership: Presented by Jon Gaddis, a 25-year law enforcement veteran. In their role as a tier one supplier & upfitter to General Motors, Jon Gaddis of Kerr Industries will discuss how their offering differs from other programs, share the flexibility of the GM/Kerr program to give customers exactly what they need and want, and help determine the difference between what looks right and what is right for a customer’s specific needs. And most importantly, Jon will share tips & tricks for fleet managers regarding factory options in a Chevrolet Tahoe & Silverado to make sure your department gets what it pays for!


FREE Admission! Find new suppliers, view product demos and see the newest products,  services, and technology in public safety.  Employees of public safety agencies, and city, county, state or federal departments attend the expo portion of the event for free.

10th Annual Charity BBQ Cook-Off

Now in its 10th year, the Charity BBQ Cook-Off has become a signature event of the COPSWEST Training & Expo. Join us as law enforcement teams showcase their grilling skills for celebrity judges and a crowd of 1000+.  In 2016, $1,000 was raised for each team’s chosen charity.  Help us raise even more by making the 10th Annual Charity BBQ Cook-Off a must-do on your calendar of events for 2017.




Bryan Reyes



Seven months after being appointed Chief of Police of the Palm Springs Police Department, Bryan Reyes found himself in a nightmare. His department was struck by tragedy on October 8, 2016. Two police officers were slain in an “ambush style” attack and another was injured. Chief Reyes had a devastating active incident unfolding before him and soon to follow, the aftermath that impacted his officers’ families, his department ‘family’, his City’s community, and eventually thousands of individuals nationwide.
Bryan Reyes has twenty-six years dedicated to law enforcement. He began his law enforcement career in 1991 as a Reserve Police Officer for the Compton Police Department. In 1993, he transferred to the Palm Springs Police Department. As a Palm Springs Police Officer, Bryan has worked as a patrol officer, Field Training Officer, Use of Force Instructor, and Detective assigned to the Crimes Against Persons Unit. He was a member of the SWAT team for 15 years with his last year of service on the team as the SWAT Commander. In 2000, his peers selected him as the Officer of the Year. He has received numerous accolades and awards over the years to include a life-saving medal for his efforts in saving a man from jumping off a bridge.
Bryan has held the ranks of Officer, Detective, Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain. He was appointed Chief of Police on February 10, 2016. He obtained his BA and Master of Public Administration from CSU San Bernardino, and is a 2012 graduate of the LAPD West Point Leadership Program. Bryan is active in the community, a resident of the community, and enjoys being a board member for the Palm Springs Boys and Girls Club.

   Robert Faigin
Robert Faigin was appointed Special Assistant to the San Diego County Sheriff in 2001.  He currently serves as Special Assistant/Chief Attorney to Sheriff Bill Gore.  He is responsible for providing legal advice to the Sheriff, Command Staff, and other departmental personnel.  As head of the Legal Affairs Unit, Robert and his staff provide legal opinions, conduct research on a variety of legal issues affecting the department, review pleadings and departmental documents for legal sufficiency, and coordinate various litigation matters for County Counsel.  His current areas of emphasis include criminal law and procedure, civil rights liability, employment and labor law, detentions, and peace officer bill of rights.  Prior to joining the department, Robert served as a Deputy District Attorney in Solano County and a Senior Deputy District Attorney in Lassen County.  As a prosecutor, he handled cases from charging to sentencing.  In Solano County, he prosecuted family violence cases including domestic violence, child and elder abuse.  In Lassen County, he prosecuted misdemeanor and general felonies including violent crimes, domestic violence, property and theft crimes.  He has tried over 50 jury trials to verdict in addition to hundreds of bench trials.  Robert previously served as the State Chair of the California Peace Officers Association, Police Legal Advisors section.  He is a member of the San Diego County Bar Association, the California Peace Officers’ Association, and the California State Sheriffs’ Association.  Robert holds a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law.  He is admitted to practice in both California and Nevada.  He holds a Master of Science degree in Public Administration from California State University Dominguez Hills, and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science from the University of Nevada Reno.

  Greg Galliano
Greg Galliano is a Sergeant with the Sacrament Police Department, serving as a member of the Impact Team. As the Impact Sergeant he is responsible for the supervision of the Homeless Outreach program and the Mobile Crisis Support program. This has included program development for the police department and external partners. He also serves as the department’s expert for the Crisis Intervention Program. He has been a member of the department for eleven years serving as an instructor for the Sacramento Police Academy, a field training officer and a patrol sergeant. Prior to joining the Sacramento Police Department he attended the University of California at Davis where he earned a B.A. in Psychology. He later attended Fuller Graduate School where he earned a M.A. in Theology.

Seth Cimino
Seth Cimino is employed by the Citrus Heights Police Department where he is assigned as a Special Investigations Unit Narcotics Detective. He transferred to the Citrus Heights Police Department in November 2013 after spending over 11 years with the Del Norte Sheriff’s Office. During his career, Seth has spent over 9 years as a narcotics detective. His focus of investigation has been marijuana related crimes to include: possession, cultivation, transportation, sales and Butane Hash Oil manufacturing. He has been involved in the investigations of several hundred drug related crimes. Seth has also qualified as a State court as an expert in marijuana cultivation, possession, possession for sales, transportation, sales, Butane Hash Oil investigations, medical marijuana case law, Proposition 215/Senate Bill 420 and their application. Seth is a POST certified instructor and frequently travels throughout the State and country and teaches courses about marijuana related crimes. Seth is also a State board member and instructor for the California Narcotic Officers’ Association. Before law-enforcement, Seth received his Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from CSU-Sacramento.

   Melvin Allick II
Melvin Allick II is currently a Lieutenant serving with the Texas Department of Public Safety, Highway Patrol Recruiting Service. Prior to joining his agency in 2008 he served as a Marine Corps Reserve Infantryman, an Air Force Pararescueman (PJ) and an elementary school teacher. He is currently stationed in Austin, TX. And has obtained his Master of Public Affairs Degree from the LBJ College of the University of Texas.

Tami Kayea
Tami Kayea has been a firefighter and paramedic with Dallas Fire-Rescue Department for 21 years. She came up through the ranks and has served as a Battalion Chief for almost 8 years. She has been assigned to Battalion 1 for the past 5 years which is stationed downtown and the busiest district in the city. Prior to Battalion 1, she was Section Chief of EMS. Tami has been a member of the department’s Critical Incident Stress Management team for 15 years. She has her Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program. While obtaining these degrees she spent several years studying mass casualty response and continues to have a passion for emergency management. She was in command of fire and EMS operations on July 7, 2016 when Dallas police were ambushed by a shooter and lost 5 officers. Tami has sought to combine her knowledge and experience from July 7 and other MCI events to help other departments and agencies.

Christopher Martinez
Christopher Martinez started his career with the Dallas Fire-Rescue Department in September of 1996. During that duration, he has served as a Fire Inspector and Senior Fire Inspector in the Fire Prevention Division, Lieutenant and Captain in the Arson and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Division and Section Chief over Internal Affairs. During the last three years he has held the position of Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal for Dallas Fire Rescue while also serving as a member of the EOD Unit. He holds state certifications as a Fire Inspector, Peace Officer, Arson investigator and a national certification as a Bomb Technician.

Rick Braziel
Rick Braziel was a member of the Sacramento Police Department for over 33 years including five years as Chief. He conducts organization assessments, critical incident reviews, and instructs in Teambuilding, Communication Skills, Community Policing, and Leadership. Rick is an Executive Fellow at the Police Foundation. He was the lead investigator in the review of the police response to Christopher Dorner. He was a member of a team reviewing the riots in Ferguson Missouri and the St. Louis County Police Collaborative Reform Initiative. Rick also completed a review of the Stockton Police response to the Bank of the West robbery and hostage taking and the review of the December 2, 2015 terrorists attack in San Bernardino. He is Inspector General for Sacramento County. Rick is co-author of the book, COP TALK: ESSENTIAL COMMUNICATION SKILLS FOR COMMUNITY POLICING. He holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Communication from CSU Sacramento and a Master’s Degree in Homeland Security from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School.

   Scott Smith
Lieutenant Scott Smith has been employed with the Orlando Police Department for the past 25 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminology from Florida State University in 1992 and was immediately hired by the City of Orlando. As an officer, he worked in Patrol, Gangs, Fugitive and the Criminal Investigation Division. In 2008, Lieutenant Smith was promoted to Sergeant and returned to Patrol. As a supervisor, he oversaw a patrol squad, a Tactical Anti-Crime squad and the K9 Unit. In 2015, he was promoted to Lieutenant and returned to Patrol as a midnight shift Watch Commander. He is currently the Section Commander for the Tactical Anti-Crime Unit. In addition to his regular duties, Lieutenant Smith has been a member of the SWAT Team for over 20 years. Since his selection to the Team in 1996, he has served an assault operator, grenadier, Assistant Team Leader, Team Leader, HazMat Leader and is currently a Deputy Team Commander. Lieutenant Smith is married to Lieutenant Michele Smith (Ret), and they have one child together.

JP Dinnell is a decorated former Navy SEAL, training instructor and now a leadership instructor and speaker with Echelon Front. Jeremiah served for nearly a decade in the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams with three combat deployments. Sent to the violent terrorist stronghold of Ar Ramadi, Iraq in 2006 with SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, Jeremiah served as point man, machine gunner, and lead sniper for Delta Platoon opposite the American Sniper, Chris Kyle, in Charlie Platoon. He worked closely with SEAL Officers Jocko Willink, his Task Unit Commander, and Leif Babin, with whom he had graduated from the advanced SEAL Qualification Training course, and was the driving force on many of the daring combat operations Jocko and Leif wrote about in Extreme Ownership. Upon his return, Jeremiah again worked directly for Jocko Willink as a training instructor at Naval Special Warfare Group One Training Detachment, where he orchestrated realistic and challenging Special Operations Urban Combat and Close Quarters Combat training to better prepare SEAL units for the real-world battlefield. He also served as Combatives and Marksmanship Instructor and earned his Master Trainer Specialist qualification while helping Jocko rebuild and enhance these training programs into the highly effect platforms they are today. As a member of Echelon Front, Jeremiah brings fascinating perspective into the winning mindset and culture of Task Unit Bruiser. His extraordinary combat experiences provide high-impact lessons learned and instruction with direct application helping Echelon Front to teach others how to build their own high-performance, winning teams and dominate their battlefields.

COPSWEST Registration is Now Open.

Expo-only registration allows admittance to the expo, vehicle manufacturer demonstrations, and the Tuesday Expo Reception. Options to add on the Tuesday Expo-Plus Pack (includes BBQ and a Tuesday Expo Reception drink ticket) and more non-training activities are available when you register.

Full registration allows access to training on indicated days, continental breakfasts, the Annual Awards Program Luncheon, Welcome Reception, drink at the Tuesday Expo Reception, the Charity BBQ Cook-Off and all expo activities.

Click the link below to download this year’s brochure for details.                           2017 COPSWEST Brochure

Registration Type     Registrant Type      On or Before 10/13
After 10/13
Expo Only Public Safety Free Free
Expo Only Private Sector Free Free
3-Day Full  Event Member $350 $375
3-Day Full  Event Nonmember $425 $450
2-Day Full  Event Member $275 $300
2-Day Full  Event Nonmember $350 $375
1-Day Full  Event Member $200 $225
1-Day Full  Event Nonmember $275 $300

Attendance Policy

Attendance is limited to those who work directly for public safety agencies and city, county, state or federal departments. Identification is required. Anyone attending from a company who actively purchases products from exhibitors, as well as any vendor who has never attended COPSWEST and is walking the show with the intent of exhibiting in 2018 can register. CPOA reserves the right to refuse ineligible attendees.

COPSWEST considers the practices of Suit-casing and/or Out-boarding to be unethical business conduct and strictly prohibits both practices. Suit-casing refers to the practice of companies or persons who go to expos as attendees but solicit business from attendees and exhibitors. Only official exhibitors and sponsors are allowed to conduct other hospitality events during non-expo hours. All violations will be directed to the COPSWEST Committee and/or the CPOA Board of Directors for penalties and sanctions against the violating company. CPOA reserves the right to remove ineligible persons from the show floor.

Please be advised that photographs will be taken at the event for use on the CPOA websites, media materials, COPSWEST marketing and other CPOA publications. By entering this event, you consent to CPOA photographing and using your image and likeness (both now and in the future). Additionally, by registering for this event you agree to receive electronic communication from CPOA unless you unsubscribe.

Questions? Please email or call 916-263-0541.

Showcase your products and services to the decision makers of law enforcement and public safety agencies from across the United States.
Join us October 30 – November 1, 2017 at the Palm Springs Convention Center as we return to Southern California for COPSWEST Training & Expo.

How can COPSWEST help YOU?

  • Connect with more than  1,500 industry decision makers from across the U.S.
  • Market your company to more than 480 agencies and organizations.
  • Build relationships with potential customers and boost brand loyalty.
  • Gain recognition as a leader in your industry.
  • 75% of 2016 attendees stated they plan to make a purchase based on attending the expo.
  • NEW – CW Retail Pavilion – Cash and Carry serving the tactical needs of the LE professionals.

Hurry, we are over 95% sold – Reserve your Booth Today!

Exhibitor Links:
2017 COPSWEST Sponsorship Opportunities
Exhibitor Service Center  – Use the exhibitor service center to make payments, update company info, add booth staff and register vehicles.

Booth prices start at $1,350.00 per 10×10 space and include*:
Draped 8’ high back wall and 3’ high side rails.
Professional sign with company name and booth number.
Listing of company name and booth number in event mobile app.
Your company name and booth number on the COPSWEST website exhibitor list and floor plan.
Two exhibitor badges per 10′ x 10′.
Pre/post-event attendee lists.
Aisle cleaning
Access to COPSWEST official logo and marketing materials for use in advertising and social media.

*CPOA members get $50 off the booth price per 10’x10′ space.

Payment in full is due at time of reservation. Please contact Cindi Williams at 916.520.2246 or if you need temporary exceptions or have any questions.

Schedule-at-a Glance:

Monday, October 30, 2017
8:00 am – 4:00 pm        Training
7:00 am – 11:00 am      Vehicle* Move-In
11:00 am – 5:00 pm        Exhibitor Move-In
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm        Welcome Reception

*Vehicle Move-In schedule will be emailed to exhibitors. Please contact Expo Manager Cindi Williams in advance if you plan to bring vehicles.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
8:00 am- 12:15 pm         Training
10:00 am – 5:00 pm         Expo Open
11:30 am – 1:30 pm         Charity BBQ Cook-Off

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
8:00  am- 1:00 pm         Expo Open
10:00 am – 12:00 pm      Training
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm         Exhibitor Move-Out


AVOID HOTEL SCAMMERS!  It’s important that you protect yourself from professional hotel scammers who may contact you claiming to have conference hotel rooms available. Safeguard yourself by ONLY booking your hotel through the link provided below or in emails from CPOA. If you receive a suspicious email or phone call, email immediately.


Hilton Palm Springs Hotel –  400 East Tahquitz Canyon Way

A COPSWEST block of rooms has been set aside at the Hilton Palm Springs Hotel at the rate of $150/night. Book your room before September 28th to take advantage of this rate. Rooms are expected to sell out, so book as soon as possible. Click Here to Book Your 2017 COPSWEST Attendee Room at the Hilton or call 800 445-8667 and identify yourself with the COPSWEST group.

SOLD OUT : Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel -888 Tahquitz Canyon Way




10th Annual Charity BBQ Cook-Off

About the Event:

Join the finest chefs in law enforcement as they cook-up hundreds of pounds of ribs and chicken to raise money for local charities. Public safety agencies create teams to compete against one another for the best bbq. Each agency chooses a charity to donate their portion of the proceeds.

In 2016, $1,000 was raised for each of the chosen charities. Help us raise even more by making the 10th Annual Charity BBQ Cook-Off a must-do on your calendar of events for October 2017.

Brand your company in front of 1,000 attendees that attend this delicious BBQ cook-off each year. 2017 COPSWEST Sponsorship Opportunities or call Cindi Williams at 916-520-2246 for more details.

Winners from previous years:

2016 – Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department
2015 – Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department
2014 – Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department
2013 – Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department
2012 – San Bernardino District Attorney’s Office
2011 – Redlands Police Department
2010 – San Bernardino Sheriff Department – Rancho Cucamonga Station
2009 – San Bernardino Sheriff Department – Rancho Cucamonga Station
2008 – California Highway Patrol – Rancho Cucamonga Station

For more information on this event, please contact Marcia Durst at for more information.



Expand your visibility.
Build name recognition with the top-brass to line-level in law enforcement.
Enhance your visibility beyond the expo floor.
Showcase your support for the public safety community.

2017 COPSWEST Sponsorship Opportunities!

Choose from social events, advertising opportunities, educational opportunities and more to put your company in front of decision makers at COPSWEST.

Contact Expo and Sponsorship Manager Cindi Williams at or 916-520-2246 for more information or to customize a sponsorship package for your company.

You know the value in the training, networking and discovering new vendors at the COPSWEST Training & Expo, but your superiors may be unfamiliar. Convince them of all your agency can gain through your attendance with the pointers below.

  • Create a personal agenda to present to your supervisor. In it, identify which training sessions you will attend and highlight how these sessions will benefit your agency.
  • Offer to deliver a short presentation upon your return summarizing what you’ve learned or prepare written briefs for colleagues on each session to spread the knowledge throughout your agency.
  • Share handouts and your session notes with your colleagues afterward.
  • Remind your superiors that the training earns you up to 12 POST credit hours.
  • Offer to share a room with another agency employee to reduce hotel expenses.
  • Register early to qualify for discounted rates.
  • Take inventory of what supplies and technology your agency may need over the next year. Then, check out the exhibitor list to create a list of which companies can assist you in restocking, reconsidering current purchases and discovering new cost-cutting technology.
  • Present other benefits, such as networking to learn what other agencies of the same size from across the Western U.S. are doing.
  • Download the sample justification letter to submit to your superiors.

COPSWEST Justification Toolkit 2017