18th Annual Training Conference
Pennsylvania Law Enforcement Accreditation

The 2023 accreditation training conference is scheduled for March 20, 21 & 22, 2023. Training on the schedule this year includes the following:

Monday, March 20, 2023       9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Accreditation Manager Class/PowerDMS
This class is recommended for every agency that will be using PowerDMS, including those agencies switching from paper files to PowerDMS, while working towards accreditation. Chiefs are encouraged to attend this class with their representatives, so they have a full understanding of the work the accreditation manager will be doing. This will be of great help to the chief and the accreditation manager as they work through the process together.

Monday, March 20, 2023       9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Assessor Training Class
This class will prepare individuals to perform on-site assessments or prepare them to understand what to expect during an on-site. This class has some prerequisites which are listed on the assessor application. If you wish to attend this class, an assessor application must be completed and submitted with your resume as soon as possible but no later than February 17, 2023 to be approved by the Commission. Click here for an assessor application.

Monday, March 20, 2023       9:00 am – 12:00 pm
PowerDMS Group Training
Power DMS will be providing a large group training for all PowerDMS users regardless of your familiarity with PowerDMS. They will be covering the following topics:
     Efficient uploading & maintaining documents
     Creating folders & maintaining document revision lifecycles
     Managing security permissions
     Creating consistency as you start your assessment
     Building files to demonstrate compliance
     Leveraging built-in tools to maintain progress
     Preparation for mock & PLEAC assessments
     Creating new assessments
     Proper role assignments
     Copy relevant attachments vs. starting from scratch

Monday, March 20, 2023       1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Upper Dublin Township Police Department - Need for Contingency Plans
Did you ever wonder what you would do if an EF-2 tornado packing 130 MPH winds wiped out your police station without any warning? It happened to Upper Dublin in August 2021. Learn from their response and recovery including, how accreditation has been vital in their immediate/temporary recovery along with their long-term future build/re-build and the need for contingency planning before you need it.

Monday, March 20, 2023       4:10 pm – 5:00 pm
Pennsylvania Police Accreditation Coalition (PPAC) Meeting
The PPAC will hold a brief monthly meeting of the membership at the conference to discuss any business pending before the organization or for good of the order discussions. All are welcome, do not need to be a member to attend.

Monday, March 20, 2023       7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Networking Sessions sponsored by PPAC

Tuesday, March 21, 2023       9:00 am – 5:00 pm
“Be the Change, Take the Reins: Positively Influencing the Future of Policing.”
Jason Lehman, Sergeant (ret.) Long Beach Police Department; Founder, Why’d You Stop Me? 501(c)3
Sponsored by Lexipol, LLC
In January of 2022, Sergeant (ret.) Jason Lehman left his traditional law enforcement role to focus on his work as an educational consultant, writer, keynote speaker, and national subject matter expert on 21st Century Policing. Jason combines his skills in Strategic Communication, Procedural Justice, and Leadership to show decision-makers from across the country the importance of taking their service from “Duty” to “Desire.”

As the founder of the nationally endorsed and state-certified, best practice training organization entitled "Why'd You Stop Me" (WYSM), Jason and his leadership team have provided empowerment training to both police officers and the public in a successful effort of reducing acts of violence during police encounters by teaching the importance of “On Scene Education” without jeopardizing safety. Since 2014, Jason has used his real-life law enforcement experiences with deadly force incidents and post-traumatic stress to develop systems that show the best how they can get better. Jason will explain the value of getting 2% better every day by working from a place of “desire” and being the educator. Having spoken to over 40,000 leaders inside of jails and prisons, public safety organizations, and throughout numerous industries in corporate America, Jason uses vulnerability to demonstrate strength. After hearing Jason speak, leaders are left with a new and valuable perspective that gives them new tools to better embrace the “difficult” ones and effect cultural change in the 21st Century. Having been honored as the keynote speaker at the 2022 FBI-NAA National Conference, Jason is a dynamic and highly sought-after speaker who challenges the status quo while empowering his audiences to see the value of change. His underlying message is simple to hear but to challenge to live: When we seek to understand better the people we don't "like," we find true success.
Workshop topics:
o The Buy-in: Positively influencing behaviors
o The Contact: Looking at police and public contacts from both sides
o Identifying “Perspective”: Diving deeper into “perception” to locate its roots
o Positive Mindset for Personal Growth
o Engaging the Difficult Ones: Deeper community engagement to improve legitimacy

Tuesday, March 21, 2023        7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Networking Sessions sponsored by PPAC

Wednesday, March 22, 2023   9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Panel Discussion and Program Updates
The session will kick off with a panel discussion addressing accreditation myths and misconceptions and common agency issues, then opening up the session to questions from the audience to be addressed by the panel of accreditation experts. This session provides the opportunity for Accreditation Managers, Police Chiefs, Command Staff or anyone else from an accredited agency, from an agency working on accreditation, or anyone in attendance to ask questions and hear other questions get answered and learn more about the program.

Questions can be submitted in advance to: [email protected]. The identity of those submitting questions will not be revealed when the question is presented to the panel.

The morning will end with the annual program updates. This session is mandatory for assessors who are due for their update training and wish to remain on the active assessor list.

The sample assessment has been updated and reformatted and will be reviewed during this session.

Monday, March 20 – Wednesday, March 22, 2023       8:00 am – 4:30 pm
PowerDMS One-on-One Training Sessions
PowerDMS will be on site all three days offering one-on-one LIVE in person training sessions with users of their software at the PLEAC Conference. The sessions are offered to answer questions, provide technical support and discuss ways to maintain efficiency.

Sessions will be scheduled on a first come first served basis. Those enrolled in either the Accreditation Manager Class or the Assessor Training Class and interested in this one-on-one training must sign up for either a Tuesday or Wednesday session.

PowerDMS one-on-one sessions will be available for anyone interested who registers for the conference. Once you have registered for the conference, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to register for these one-on-one sessions.

Click here to register for the conference.

A reminder to all currently certified PLEAC assessors, you are required to have update training at least once every two years if you wish to continue to be on the active assessor list for PLEAC. If you do not receive the required update training, you will be removed from our list of active assessors. If you are in question as to your training needs, please contact us and we will provide you with that information.

Also, the Pennsylvania Police Accreditation Coalition (PPAC) will be sponsoring networking sessions on Monday and Tuesday evenings (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm). The room will offer light snacks, beverages and most important an opportunity for you to network with others who are working in the accreditation program. We wish to thank PowerDMS for their sponsorship.

The conference will be held at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey Hotel, 4650 Lindle Road, Harrisburg, PA 17111. We have reserved a block of rooms for those of you who wish to stay over. You must contact them directly at 717-564-5511. They will provide you with a room rate of $101.00 per night. The block will be held until February 20, 2023. You must make your reservations prior to that to take advantage of this special rate.

There is a registration fee of $150.00 per attendee that will be used to help defray costs associated with the conference.

Inquiries regarding the conference may be made by calling 717-236-1059 Extension 100 or by emailing Andrea Sullivan at [email protected].