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  • Changes to the SNS, the VIS, and the BARD – Implications for the States

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    Changes to the Standard Numbering System, the Vessel Identification System, and the Boating Accident Report Database – Implications for the States

    The Coast Guard issued its final rule on March 28, 2012 (Docket No. USCG-2003-14963) and amended its regulations related to numbering undocumented vessels and reporting boating accidents. These changes align and modernize terminology used in the Standard Numbering System (SNS), the Vessel Identification System (VIS), and accident reporting; require verification of vessel hull identification numbers; require SNS vessel owners to provide personally identifiable information; and provide flexibility for states and territories in administering these regulations. Together, the changes are intended to improve boating safety efforts, enhance law enforcement capabilities, clarify requirements for all stakeholders, and promote the Coast Guard strategic goals of maritime safety and security. Learn about the changes and what your organization needs to do to prepare for these regulatory changes by January 1, 2017.

    Vann Burgess

    USCG RBS Specialist

    Tammy Terry

    Boating Accident Program Manager

    Madelynn Fenske

    Customer Service Supervisor

  • GPS Forensics

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    This introduction to GPS forensics will provide law enforcement officers with a foundation for recovering evidence from GPS devices and preparing it for courtroom presentation.

    Imagine if you could go back in time and place a tracking device on the vehicle or vessel of your suspect, or even place it on the suspect himself. The tracker could capture and store your suspect’s travels, recording where he went, what time, how fast, and how long he stayed. Boaters, anglers, and hunters across America are buying and using tracking devices every day – in the form of GPS units. Modern GPS devices are capable of storing vast amounts of navigational data in the form of maps, track lines, waypoints, routes, and more. Some of this data is captured and stored automatically by the device whenever it is in use. Other data is manually entered by the GPS user. In the hands of a law enforcement investigator, the data can be used as devastating evidence in a courtroom setting.

    This introduction to GPS forensics will provide law enforcement officers with a foundation for recovering evidence from GPS devices and preparing it for courtroom presentation. The class will take students through the history of the GPS system, describe the components of the system, and explain the basic concepts of how GPS works. Students will learn about the wide variety of devices that are on the market and the types of data the devices might hold. They will learn the best practices for securing a GPS for examination and the legal guidelines that must be followed. Finally, students will learn about the tools and software needed to conduct a basic examination of a GPS, and how to present the results.

    Paul Alber

    Officer, Palm Beach Police Department

    In 1993, after graduating with a bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, Paul Alber started his law enforcement career with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He worked with local, state and federal agencies on a wide range of cases, from traffic citations to drug trafficking. He also became a field training officer and an agency instructor. An avid outdoorsman, Paul is often out fishing and diving. When his personal list of coordinates for reefs, wrecks, ledges grew into the hundreds, he began experimenting with various LORAN and GPS computer programs to manage his list of fishing spots and to plan offshore trips. He quickly realized that some of the software he was using had significant law enforcement applications and started using his knowledge of marine electronics, particularly GPS units, in boat crash reconstructions and marine fisheries enforcement. As his skills grew, other agencies began reaching out to him for assistance. In 2006, he joined the Palm Beach Police Department, where he was quickly assigned to the department’s marine unit. He now splits his time, patrolling both the streets of Palm Beach and the waters of South Florida. He routinely assists other agencies, particularly the Department of Homeland Security, providing expert assistance with GPS forensic analysis on a variety of cases.

    Raul “Skip” Camejo

    Captain, Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Police

    Raul “Skip” Camejo, a captain with the Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Police (En-Con Police), has served the EnCon Police for 19 years and is currently in command of the Western District. His previous assignments include administrative captain in the Hartford headquarters, training sergeant, and field officer. Before joining the EnCon Police, Camejo, who earned a bachelor of arts degree in criminal justice from Charter Oak State College, served 19½ years as a municipal police officer. Camejo is a past president of the Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association and a member of NASBLA’s Enforcement Training Techniques and Technology subcommittee.

  • Public Relations & Death Notifications

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    A presentation on death notification.

    Joel Wilkinson and Kate Braestrup of Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Warden Service will deliver a presentation on death notification. Notifying the family members of a deceased hiker, boater and or hunter can be as tough on the officer as it is on the family. Join Joel and Kate as they give you the tools to be effective and compassionate.

    Joel Wilkinson

    Colonel, Maine Warden Service

    Colonel Joel Wilkinson joined the Maine Warden Service in 1992 as a deputy game warden and has been in law enforcement for over 20 years. He served the Oxford County Sheriff’s Department and the Windham Police Department before becoming a full-time game warden in 1995. Joel is currently a game warden colonel, a position he has held for over four years serving under two separate governors for the State of Maine. He serves as the Inland State Boating Law Administrator for Maine. He is also on the Board of Trustees for the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and the Maine Drug Enforcement Advisory Board. While in the field supervisory role, Colonel Wilkinson was the dive team  for the Incident Management Team and supervised the Special Investigations Unit. While serving as the colonel and captain, Col. Wilkinson received the Manager of the Year award twice from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and Governors Office in 2006 and 2010. He received the Maine State Police Colonels Award in 2002 for his work on a homicide investigation. He holds an associate’s degree in law enforcement from Southern Maine Community College.

    Kate Braestrup

    Chaplain, Maine Warden Service

    The daughter of a foreign correspondent, Kate Braestrup spent her childhood in Algiers, New York City, Paris, Bangkok, Washington, D.C., and Sabillasville, Maryland. Educated at the Parsons School of Design/The New School and Georgetown University, Braestrup originally thought of herself primarily as a writer. She had published a novel, Onion, in 1990, as well as occasional essays in national publications. Braestrup entered the Bangor Theological Seminary in 1997 and was ordained in 2004. Since 2001, she has served as chaplain to the Maine Warden Service, joining the wardens as they search the wild lands and fresh waters of Maine for those who have lost their way, and offering comfort to those who wait for the ones they love to be rescued, or for their bodies to be recovered.