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The OPOA offers training on a full range of law enforcement topics throughout the state of Oregon.  Our training staff, consisting of a training director and two training coordinators, are constantly looking to offer classes that meet the needs of the Law Enforcement Community.

If you are an agency that:

  • Would like to host or co-host training with OPOA
  • Have suggestions on instructors, topics, or locations 
  • Have suggestions on how we can help you!
Please contact our training staff at:  training@opoa.info!

Training announcements for the approved classes will be posted below as soon as
they are finalized and available.


    • October 11, 2023
    • 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Albany Police Department, 2600 Pacific Blvd SW, Albany, OR 97321
    • 23

    Class Title:

    Setting the Tone in High-Risk Situations: Crisis Communication for Dispatch Centers

    Target Audience:

     9-1-1 Telecommunicators and Supervisors

    Sponsoring Agency:

    Albany Police Department, Thane Training and OPOA

    Date and Time:

    October 11, 2023 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (7:45 check-in)


    $150 OPOA Members

    $175 Non-members  (Includes 1 year OPOA membership to qualified applicants)

    Albany Police Department

    2600 Pacific Blvd SW

    Albany, OR 97321


    Joe Miller, Thane Training Concepts, LLC & Andrea Tobin

    Joe is a retired police officer with over 15 years of experience serving on the hostage negotiation team and nearly a decade responding to people experiencing a mental health crisis while assigned to the Mobile Crisis Response Team. Joe has been teaching hostage negotiation and crisis communication skills to government agencies, school districts, healthcare facilities, and private industry since 2008. Joe has received three lifesaving awards and numerous commendations for his work with suicidal and emotionally disturbed citizens. 

    Andrea Tobin began her career as a call taker at Willamette Valley Communications Center. She has worked as a call taker, dispatcher, CTO, Supervisor, and Training Coordinator and now serves as a training manager at Central Lane Communications Center. She also works as a part-time instructor at DPSST training in Basic Telecom, CIT, and Tactical Dispatch.  She has received a meritorious service award, a commitment to excellence award, and an Impact award through APCO, OPOA, and her agency.  

    DPSST Category: General, Telecommunication

    Brief Overview:

    Dispatchers are often the first contact in high-risk events such as hostage or barricaded suspects and other crisis situations. From the initial kick-off to the final resolution, the role our dispatch centers take on is vital. Are you ready for the call?

    This course will provide an overview of crisis communication skills for use in situations call-takers and dispatchers may encounter such as hostage/barricade incidents and crisis related to mental/behavioral health issues.

    Participants will leave this class with a practical set of skills to establish meaningful dialog with a person in crisis to help de-escalate or stabilize angry behavior and provide a safer environment for all parties involved.

    Contact Information:

    Kim Dorn at (503) 586-8828 or training5@opoa.info.
    Business casual.


    APD requests attendees park beyond the orange cones in their parking lot to preserve parking for citizens.

    • October 17, 2023
    • 8:15 AM
    • October 18, 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Bend Police Department, 555 NE 15th St, Bend, OR 97701
    • 13

    Class Title:

    Simplifying How to Obtain, Review, and Present Financial Records

    Please Note: This class will feature intermediate level Microsoft Excel skills.  However, those with solid basic skills can still attend.  See Class Requirements below.

    Target Audience:

    Law Enforcement

    Sponsoring Agency:

    Oregon Department of Justice, Bend Police Department and OPOA

    Date and Time:

    October 17-18, 2023, from 8:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (8:00 a.m. check-in)


    $225 OPOA Members

    $250 Non-members  (Includes 1-year OPOA membership for qualified applicants) 

    Training Location:

    Bend Police Department

    555 NE 15th St

    Bend, OR 97701


    Oregon DOJ Financial Crimes Team

    DPSST Category: Investigations, General

    Brief Overview:

    Instructors will lead students in hands-on training in Microsoft Excel to review bank records from a real elder financial abuse case.  Students will learn tips and tricks in Excel to maximize the evidence in their financial investigations as well as learn how to present their findings to a prosecutor with simplified summaries of the financial records.

    Obtaining Financial Records:  

    • Methods to locate financial accounts
    • Identifying the correct legal process to obtain financial records
    • Templates of subpoenas, search warrants, and other forms will be provided

    Review Financial Records:  

    • Import records into Microsoft Excel using Bankscan
    • Normalizing/categorizing transactions on the accounts to better under spending patterns as well as identify illicit activity

    Presenting Financial Records:  

    • Incorporating data from Excel into police reports
    • Using data to create valuable exhibits (Pivot Tables, graphs, charts, etc.)

    Instructors will also discuss nuances in elder financial exploitation cases and support services offered to law enforcement by DOJ investigators and analysts.

    Contact Information:

    Kim Dorn at (503) 586-8828 or training5@opoa.info.

    Class Requirements:

    • Familiarity of Excel is REQUIRED

    • Laptop with Excel 2016 or newer

    • Laptop power cable

    • Mouse

    • Extra monitor or screen (if available)

    Class Prep Courses:

    • NW3C Basic Level Spreadsheeting Skills Class – Virtual Classroom 06/21/23

    • Excel Campus – www.youtube.com/@ExcelCampus

    • Xelplus.com (Leila Gharani) - www.youtube.com/@LeilaGharani


    Business casual.
    • October 27, 2023
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Mill Casino, 3201 Tremont Ave, North Bend, OR 97459
    • 21

    Class Title:

         Infant and Child Death Investigations

    Target Audience:

      *** Law Enforcement, Medics, DME's, Deputy & District Attorney's***

    Sponsoring Agency:

    Oregon Peace Officers Association & Coquille Tribal Police

    Date and Time:

    October 27th, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (8:30 a.m. Check-in)       


    $150 OPOA Members

    $175 non-OPOA Members (membership included if qualified)

    Training Location:

    Mill Casino, 3201 Tremont Ave, North Bend, OR 97459


    Kristine Karcher, BSN D-ABMDI has served as the Chief Deputy Medical Examiner, and Forensic Nurse Examiner for Coos County, Oregon for 25 years. She received her BSN from Oregon Health Sciences University and Masters level Certificate in Forensic Nursing from University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, CO.  She is an adjunct professor at the University of California Riverside online Forensic Nursing Program and serves as a member of the Oregon’s State Attorney General’s Sexual Assault Task Force Medical/Forensic Committee. Kris has maintained Registry Certification Diplomate status with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (D-ABMDI) since 1999. She represented Oregon at the 2008 CDC SUIDI National Training Academy and teaches regularly on the topic of infant death investigation. She is enthusiastic about sharing her experiences and knowledge to better provide a thorough, organized, and professional investigation of all infant deaths.

    Jennifer Snippen PhD MA BSN F-ABMDI is the past Chief Deputy Medical Examiner for Linn and Benton Counties and a past instructor for the Linn Benton CC Criminal Justice program, UC Riverside Forensic Nursing Program, Oregon State Medicolegal Death Investigator Program & the Oregon State University eCampus Anthropology program. She is now on the Anatomy and Physiology Faculty at Lane CC. Jennifer maintains Board Certified Fellow status with the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (F-ABMDI). She has earned a Masters degree studying law enforcement experiences of infant death investigation and a PhD studying US death investigation practices. Jennifer represented Oregon at the 2008 CDC SUIDI National Training Academy and teaches regularly on the topic of infant death investigation. She is dedicated to improving infant death investigation outcomes for affected families and law enforcement agencies - as well as the greater criminal justice and scientific communities.

    Brief Overview:

    Students will learn about current best practice guidelines for infant death investigation, as well as specific challenges that are faced by law enforcement investigators. Case review examples will be used to explore critical investigation components with a focus on consistent, meticulous, and compassionate investigation of these complex and challenging cases.  Students will also be introduced to practical infant growth & development considerations as well as the importance of medical & social history acquisition. The roles of both patrol first responders and detectives will be addressed.  Collaboration with medical and medicolegal death investigation professionals will be emphasized.  

    DPSST Category:  General 

    Contact Information:

    Alicia Davis at (970) 412-4544 or training4@opoa.info


    Business Casual

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    • November 13, 2023
    • 8:00 AM
    • November 17, 2023
    • 5:00 PM
    • Spirit Mountain Event Center, Grand Ronde, Oregon


    The OPOA Annual Conference is back!

    Join us for the 53rd Annual Law Enforcement Conference 

    located at Spirit Mountain Event Center, Grand Ronde.

    Lodging information below.

    Oregon Association of Property & Evidence Officers Presentations

    Monday topics will include: 

    Keynote: "Curators of the Museum"

    Establishing a new identity to change the culture of evidence management.

    Shawn Henderson, Evidence Management Institute

    Legislative Updates: A Review of Oregon Law

    Attorney Aaron Hisel, Montoya, Hisel & Associates

    Courtroom Processes and Testimony

    DDA Katherine G Williams

    Working with EDP Populations

    Joe Miller - Thane Training      

    The Landers Homicide, Case Study

    Detective Sgt. Steve Hinkle, OSP

    Tuesday topics will include:

    "Let's Stop Giving our Cocaine to the Dogs"

    Shawn Henderson, Evidence Management Institute


    “Property Room Geography – Packaging, Storage, and Layout to Maximize Efficiency”

    Shannon Turner, FocusOnEvidence

    “Retention Review Methods - Establishing a systematic disposition review to increase purge projects”

    Shannon Turner, FocusOnEvidence

    “Establishing a 360 degree chain of custody. Rethinking the traditional view of Chain of custody”

    Shawn Henderson, EMI

    "Leadership Without Authority"
    Shawn Henderson, EMI

    Payday Case Study

    Det. Darren Pomeroy, Forest Grove PD and

    Det. Pat LaMonica, Hillsboro PD

    Wednesday topics will include:

    “Working the Problem: A Workshop for Evidence Supervisors”

    Three Tools for Translating Your Needs into Executive Action: Using Data to Drive Results, Applied Collaborative Problem Solving, and Making Policy and Procedure Sexy Again

    Shawn Henderson & James Nally, EMI & Tracker Products

    Oregon Peace Officers Association Presentations

    Tuesday topics will include:

    Advanced Patrol Tactics

    Lt. Kelly DeVoll, Calibre Press Instructor

    Wednesday topics will include:

    Drone Assessment and Response Tactics

    Sgt. Mike Amend & Ofc. Adam Baker, Gresham PD

    Response to Bombing Incidents
    New Mexico Tech

    Thursday topics will include Breakouts on:

    Case Study with New Mexico Tech

    Cold Case Subchapter Breakout

    Basic Background Subchapter Breakout

    Friday topics will include:

    Leading from the Middle
    Lt. Kelly Degman from Go4th Training

    How to Solve the Recruiting & Retention

    Challenges in Policing
    Gregory Zarolinski and Lamont Reed
    Performance Protocol


    Monday & Tuesday Only $199

    Monday through Wednesday Only $249

    Tuesday through Friday Only $299

    Monday through Friday $399

    Single Day Registration $149

    Tuition includes buffet lunch each day


    Spirit Mountain Lodge
    Grand Ronde, OR

    To reserve a room in the room block: 

     Call 1-800-760-7977
    Name: OPOA 53rd Law Enforcement Conference Code #4293

    Or Book online at:

    Enter Group Code: 4293

    *Must reserve the room block no later than October 12, 2023 

    • November 17, 2023
    • 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Spirit Mountain Event Center 27100 Salmon River Hwy Grand Ronde, OR 97347
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    53rd Annual 

    Law Enforcement Awards Banquet

    NOVEMBER 17th, 2023

    Social hour begins - 5:30 pm

    Dinner & Awards begins - 6:30 pm


    $50 on or before 11/10/2023

    $65 after 11/11/2023

    Spirit Mountain Event Center
    27100 Salmon River Hwy, 

    Grand Ronde, OR 97347


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