The 28th Annual Breaching the Barricade Law Enforcement Conference will be held on 30 September 2022, at the Lerner Theater, in Elkhart, Indiana. The conference and its companion Officer Appreciation Day are premiere industry events made possible by the vision, work, and mentoring of Jim Bontrager. The appreciation day event will be held in Sturgis, Michigan on Saturday, 1 October 2022. A U.S. Marine veteran, Jim is a long serving lead police chaplain for the Elkhart Police Department. At Bontrager’s invitation, Thomas Lemmer will be presenting again at the conference.
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Lemmer Presenting Two Training Sessions
First, on the main stage, Lemmer will engage the conference’s participants with a new presentation entitled: “So you ask yourself; Why Me? Why Now?“ Even in the midst of adversity, across this nation, police officers, deputies, and state troopers continue to secure the safety of their communities. Consistent with our constitution, they defend individual liberty and protect civil liberties. The session will help our officers both better understand this moment of challenge facing their profession, and help them embrace why each of them has a critical role in restoring public safety across America.
In a breakout session, Lemmer will provide an introduction to his Eight Levels of Supervisory Engagement Model. A fundamental truth of organizations, including law enforcement agencies, is that underperforming and problem employees exist. When the underperforming or problem employee is a supervisor, the need for the organization to respond is elevated. This is true even when supervisors are merely ineffective, as ineffective supervisors foster a less effective workforce. However, the impact on the agency is even worse, when supervisors do not support the organization’s values, goals, and strategies. Encouraging excellence among our police supervisors is essential to rebuilding the agencies needed to move the profession forward.
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Why Me? Why Now?
For those within the profession who are questioning their place in this challenging time, this training provides an opportunity to refocus and recharge. The presentation was created by Thomas Lemmer as an officer wellness, emotional strength development, and mission support resource. To learn more about this resource focused on meeting the current challenging times for the profession, go to our course overview page.
Eight Levels of Supervisory Engagement
Effectively addressing problematic and deficient supervisors is advanced through this executive-level training. Half-day and full-day seminar versions of this course are among the options nationally for law enforcement agencies and associations. Learn more about our supervisory engagement course offerings, and how to bring this training to your agency, by going to our course overview page for this training.
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Founder’s Post Training Event Update – 30 September 2022
A great day at the 2022 Breaching the Barricade Conference in Elkhart, Indiana, held at the Lerner Theater. A salute to Jim Bontrager, Jennifer Lanzen and so many others who pulled off yet another premier event.
I strongly encourage all law enforcement officers (active and retired) to attend the 2023 conference – there is none other like it. It was such an honor to return to the conference this year and present both on supervisory engagement and my newest course, “So You Ask Yourself: Why Me? Why Now?” It was a moving experience. What a privilege to help inform, refresh, and encourage so many in the law enforcement profession.
And in turn, what a bonus to be so inspired by the other presenters, the conference staff and those in attendance. A tip of the hat and a salute Mark Lamb, Sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona, Brent Newman, retired Chief California Highway Patrol, and his wife Victoria Newman, President of How to Love Copes, Rick Snyder, Chaplain for the National FOP, and Wayne and Angela Blanchard, Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, Elkhorn, WI. Powerful and inspiring speakers all.
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