2020 WAI Conference 

March 3-6, 2020

The Blue Harbor Resort and Conference Center 

Sheboygan, WI


subject to change

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

7:30 – 8:00  Registration

8:00 - 8:30   Welcome

8:30 – 9:30     Evidence Dispositions

Holly Schultz and Marci Enloe, Dane County Sheriff's Department
                                In this presentation, we will be discussing how to establish a purging process within your agency.
                                     We will be covering how to create timelines for holding evidence, establishing authorized personnel 
                                     to make disposition decisions, and how to train officers on disposition decisions so they're more

9:30 - 9:45 Break

9:45 – 10:45     Handling Biological and DNA evidence

P&E Committee Presenting
                                 DNA law is a hot topic for property managers. We will be discussing how to manage DNA evidence as well
                                      as other issues relating to biological evidence handling.

8:45 - 11:00 Break

11:00 - 12:00   Firearms/Disqualifiers Presentations

Andrew Nowlan, DOJ - Handgun Hotline
                                     How to determine if a firearm can be returned. 

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 - 2:30      Sexual Assault Submission Guidelines Presentation

Special Agent Ann Sheridan DOJ/SAKI

Laurie Valley, DOJ WISAKI

Kathy Mahnke & Jennifer Naugle, Wisconsin State Crime Laboratory
                                DOJ SAKI and WSCL will be discussing the recent changes to Sexual Assault kit handling  

2:30 - 2:45 Break

2:45 - 4:30        Property Management Pitfalls and Property Evidence Managers Guide Updates

P&E Committee
                              Topics Covered: New Guide updates, Firearm returns checklists

Wednesday March 4, 2020

8:00 - 8:15  Opening Ceremony

8:15 - 9:05 Firearms - What to Expect on a Firearm

Jessica Crawford, Firearms Examiner WI State Crime Lab

9:05 - 10:05  Firearms Disqualifiers

Andrew Nolan - Handgun Hotline

10:15 - 12:15    Azana Shooting - Crime Scene Processing & Takeaways

Detective Jennifer Toepfer & Lt. Jason Pfeiffer, Brookfield PD

12:15 - 1:00  Lunch

1:00 - 3:00 Sikh Temple Shooting - Crime Scene Processing & Takeaways

Eric Fraser & Michael Sheen, FBI

3:30 - 5:00  Surviving a Mass Shooting

Brian Murphy, Retired Lieutenant Oak Creek

3:00 Break WAI Group Photo

Thursday March 5, 2020

Break Outs - Morning

8:00 - 9:45

10:15 - 12:00 

Cellbrite "Digital Mapping" Data Extraction - Matthew Olesen

Initial Response at Arson Scene- Lee Mikulec, Fond du Lac PD

Drones - Deputy Scott Lehmann, Dane Co. Sheriff

Latent Print Updates (including AFIS) - Madeylne Weismantel & Adrianna Bast, WI State Crime Lab

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch 

Break Outs - Afternoon

1:00 - 2:45

3:15 - 5:00 

Berla Infotainment in Vehicles - Detective Tim Blanke, Dane Co. Sheriff

Recognizing Meth Labs - Mark Wagner & Brian Prieve, Milwaukee DCI

Photographing Fingerprints at Scene & Agency - Ronald Groffy

The workshop will discuss and present basic to advanced methods, techniques and accessories that may affect the successful outcome of obtaining comparison quality friction ridge detail.  These methods are applicable to latent and processed detail that may be present on various surfaces found at scenes and items returned to the agency.

Presentation will include use of different imaging equipment available to agencies, encompassing cellphones, tablets, point-and-shoot cameras, DSLRs and flatbed scanners.

If attendees would like to actively participate in trying some of these methods, it is suggested that they bring a:

Camera, Tripod, Light source, flash with remote synch cord if available, flashlight, if available; macro lens or close-up filters

As time permits, presenter will address individual questions about camera operations not related to friction ridge photography.

Forensic Entomology:  How to Recognize and Use Insects as Evidence - Linda-Lou O'Connor & Diana Johnson

The determination of time of death is a key, yet often elusive, piece of information in an investigation.  Of the many approaches available to pathologists and investigators, the use of insects to estimate the minimum time since death remains a versatile and effective tool.  During this session, attendees will learn how insects found on/near a body can be used to assist an investigation.  Background information related to the identification and recognition of insects will be presented.  Also, best practices for collection and documentation will be discussed.  Actual cases will be used to emphasize major points.  Preserved specimens will be provided for examination.

6:15  Banquet 

Friday March 6, 2020

8:00 - 9:00  All Roads Lead to Officer Wellness

John D. Putnam, WI DOJ

9:10-10:10 Investigative Bias

Keith Findley, UW Law School and Project Innocence

10:20 - 12:00 Analyzing the Crime Scene and Suspect Development

Jim Holmes, DCI

Defense Attorney Steven Hurley

12:00 - 2:00 General Membership Meeting, Lunch, & New Officer and BOD Photos

Registration closes February 25th and any registrations cancelled after February 18th will incur a $50.00 fee

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