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Best practices on how to secure federal or state funding for ShotSpotter


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In this Webinar you will learn how to secure federal, state, and private funding for ShotSpotter and personnel to address gun violence problems

Are you interested in getting ShotSpotter in your city or expanding your coverage area but lacking the funds?

Federal funding and government relations expert, Amanda Wood from Washington DC leads this discussion and explains how to develop your funding roadmap for 2016 and 2017, introducing a framework for addressing your funding needs. She also guides a case study discussion with Alfred Lewers Jr., former Assistant Chief of Miami Gardens Police Department. Alfred shares his own successes for securing funding for his agency and gives you tips on what worked to get the federal and grant funding he needed to get ShotSpotter into Miami Gardens.

You will learn:
• How to build a comprehensive funding strategy that includes multiple sources of funding
• Different federal opportunities that assist with technology needs for your agency
• Steps to ensure that you receive political support
• Key Federal funding dates and application options
• Tips from Miami Gardens PD, an agency that used federal and state funding grants, along with private donations, to deploy their technology solution

Our Guest Speaker, Assistant Chief (RET.) Alfred Lewers Jr., Miami Gardens, FL

Alfred Lewers, Jr.

Alfred Lewers Jr. is recently retired from the Miami Gardens Police Department (MGPD), as the Assistant Chief of Police. He holds the unique honor of being the first person hired at the agency in October, 2006 and helped to create the 300-member department from scratch.
During Assistant Chief (Ret.) Lewers’ tenure, he held the ranks of Captain and Major, being assigned to all divisions within the department. He is skilled in grants acquisition and gunfire reduction through technology and multifaceted strategies, and he is also a champion of Problem Oriented Policing.

Prior to his service with the MGPD, Assistant Chief (Ret.) Lewers was a Lieutenant at the Fort Lauderdale Police Department (FLPD) in charge of Recruiting, Background Investigations, Training and the Alarm Units. During his term with the FLPD, he held positions as: the Recruiting Unit Supervisor, where he perfected his skills in diversity recruitment and retention; and as the Public Information Officer, acting as the agency’s spokesperson, a Patrol supervisor and an Officer.  He was also an investigator in both the Criminal Investigations and Special Investigations Divisions, where he specialized in Juvenile Crimes, Auto Theft, Racketeering, Mid-Level and Upper-Level Narcotics Investigations. In addition, he was a member of the agency’s SWAT team as a Hostage Negotiator and a part of the Department’s Honor Guard.

Before the FLPD, he serviced as a Coral Springs Police Officer for two years and is a proud veteran of the United States Army, where he served as a military policeman.

Assistant Chief (Ret.) Lewers is an MPA Candidate at Florida International University’s Steven J. Green School of International & Public Affairs and holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Union Institute & University. He holds a Graduate Certificate from the University of Virginia in Criminal Justice Education and is a graduate of the 259th Session of the FBI National Academy.

Our Guest Speaker, Amanda Wood, Senior Government Relations Consultant

Amanda Wood

Amanda Wood represents municipal, corporate and nonprofit clients on matters related to transportation, economic development, natural resources, law enforcement, and social services in Washington, DC. She previously served as Legislative Director to Senator Bob Graham of Florida, where she was responsible for developing and implementing the Senator's legislative agenda and strategy. While serving as the Senator's chief advisor on federal appropriations, Ms. Wood worked closely with representatives from cities, counties, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations, and state agencies to advocate for projects ranging from infrastructure improvements to research and cultural projects.

As a Senior Government Relations Consultant, Amanda's primary focus is assisting clients with federal funding needs. In addition, for private sector clients, Amanda trains their sales teams to communicate effectively with their local government clients and helps them identify and pursue funds for local government acquisition needs. She provides strategic advice to sales teams and guides clients and prospects through the funding process, including review of grant applications. She achieves success through direct communication with sales targets and research regarding community-specific federal funding opportunities.

Our Moderator, Ron Teachman, SST, Inc. Public Safety, Sales Director

Ron Teachman

Ron Teachman is a 38 year law enforcement veteran, with domestic and international experience, who has served as Chief of Police in two cities, both of which became ShotSpotter client agencies under his leadership.  Recognizing that reducing and preventing gun violence is a key to repairing police-community relations, Ron joined SST last October to help acquaint his former colleagues with the value of the ShotSpotter Flex service.

Ron began his career in 1977 in his hometown of New Bedford, MA, working in a variety of positions while ascending through the ranks, before serving as Chief from 2006 to 2011. Since January 2013 until his arrival at SST, Ron was the Chief in South Bend, Indiana.  Both New Bedford and South Bend are racially, ethnically and religiously diverse cities of about 100,000 residents, with rapidly growing undocumented immigrant populations.   During his tenures as Chief, each department actively participated in regional, state and federal gang, fugitive, gun and drug task forces, and partnered with an assortment of social agencies, non-profits municipal departments, clergy members and community groups on crime, safety and quality of life issues.

Between his terms as Chief, Ron worked for The Emergence Group, a Washington, D.C. based company specializing in criminal justice reform in post-conflict and emerging nations.  After a brief stint in Egypt, Ron was on assignment for 18 months in Tajikistan, the poorest and most undeveloped of the former Soviet Union Republics, where he led a Community Policing program, funded by the U.S. Bureau of International and Law Enforcement Affairs.

Ron is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of New England Law/Boston and has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1994.  He also has undergraduate degrees in Political Science, Sociology and Criminal Justice.  Ron graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy and has also attended the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development sessions, both regionally and at the FBI training center in Quantico, VA.  He has completed the Senior Management Institute for Police, hosted by the Police Executive Research Forum.  Additionally, he has executive experience in labor relations, participating in collective bargaining, grievance and disciplinary procedures, and spent almost thirty years in the New Bedford Police Union, for which he served three terms as a negotiator.