Northern Utah Gang & Youth Violence Conference

The 2019 Northern Utah Gang and Youth Violence Conference offers topics designed to assist law enforcement, teachers, probation and parole, youth corrections, school administrators, and youth service providers involved in addressing gang and youth violence.

This conference will highlight emerging trends with an emphasis on best practices from recognized professionals.

This two day conference offers participants 16 hours of accredited training.


Sessions for 2019
  • High in Plain Site - Jermaine Galloway
  • MS-13 How to Get Out of a Gang - Gerardo Lopez
  • SLC Gangs, Utah County Gangs, & Ogden Metro Gang Task Force Updates
  • Gangs & Sex Trafficking - Allison Franklin
  • Victims Resource Block - Jaime Pitts
  • What Exactly is the Dark We - Chris Ward
  • Financial Crimes - Rick Childress
  • Open Source Investigations - Ogden Police ATAC (Area Tactical Analysis Center)

Speaker Bios

Jermaine Galloway - "Tall Cop"

Officer Jermaine Galloway, known as the “Tall Cop”, is a nationally and internationally recognized presenter, national award winner and resource for those involved with prevention, education, treatment and enforcement.  Officer Galloway began his law enforcement career in Idaho in 1997 and has more than 18 years experience in alcohol and drug education, enforcement and prevention.  As a full time trainer, Officer Galloway currently dedicates thousands of hours to community scans, research and substance abuse identification in large and rural communities across the country.  While in law enforcement, Officer Galloway was a member of the DUI task force, a CSI, and a field-training officer.  In 2019, Officer Galloway moved is company to the state of Texas and now callas the Dallas, Texas area home.  
  
Officer Galloway provides nationwide training to coalition members, law enforcement, educators, counselors, probation, treatment, health professionals, judges, university officials, and community members.  Over the last three years, Officer Galloway has trained more than 150,000 people and over 450,000 total class attendees nationally and internationally.  Once in a specific community, Officer Galloway frequently conducts a community scan – working his way through several of the local alcohol & drug promotion retail locations.  The Tall Cop has scanned thousands of retail locations in almost every state and several provinces in Canada.  Officer Galloway frequently conducts interviews and has interviewed hundreds of individuals at various stores, festivals, events and retail locations.   The Tall Cop trains on several different alcohol and drug trends including: drug clothing, stash compartments, underage drinking, e-cigarettes & vaping, synthetic drugs, marijuana concentrates / dabbing, marijuana extraction labs, electronic dance music (EDM) events, inhalants, fake ID’s, party drugs, over-the-counter drugs, cough medicines, drug potentiators/friends of opioids herbal drugs, designer drugs, physical signs and symptoms, the influence of drug legalization, marijuana edibles, drug concealment methods and concealment products, drug paraphernalia, alcohol, logos, and identifiers.   

 In addition to creating and starting two non-profit organizations, Officer Galloway was a past Vice President of an alcohol and drug free prevention coalition in Idaho and was a member of the Idaho statewide impaired driving task force.  Officer Galloway is also a past board member of the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association (NLLEA). Officer Galloway has had articles published in print and online in American Police Beat Magazine, Campus Safety Magazine and many local area newspapers, during on-site presentations.  In addition to other media stories, webinars and interviews, in 2011, Officer Galloway was highlighted in a national video, produced by Human Relations Media, about the harms of “Spice - the Synthetic Marijuana.”  


Gerardo Lopez

Gerardo Lopez, a.k.a., Clever, has been working in gang intervention since 1998. Formerly of the notorious MS-13 from Los Angeles, Lopez escaped gang life and works to keep at-risk youth from making the same mistakes.

Growing up in the Korea Town neighborhood of L.A, Lopez was exposed to gang life from an early age. Though Lopez is not Salvadoran, he joined the pronominally Salvadoran gang, MS13, which has been the target of many politicians and media pundits as late. The origins of MS13 are interesting; a misguided foreign policy of the United States caused an influx of refugees into Los Angeles. Upon arrival, Salvadorans received the cold shoulder, and formed the gang as a way to protect themselves. After deciding to leave the gang, Lopez became involved with Homies Unidos in 1997. The organization works to end violence and promote peace through gang intervention and prevention.

Lopez has a degree in Criminal Justice and has worked withyouth in halfway houses and mental health institution. But his new life came to a screeching halt one day in February of 2009, when he was indicted on federal drug conspiracy charges. An LAPD officer accepted a lateral transfer to the Aurora P.D in Colorado, in 2002 shortly after Gerardo moved there from Los Angeles and he led the investigation. While spending two years in jail, Lopez studied his case and began representing himself through court motions. He analyzed thousands of his own wiretapped phone calls and was able to challenge the evidence obtained through the intercepted calls and presented evidence that prosecutors presented false and misleading evidence to the grand jury to get him indicted. The case was dismissed by the U.S. Attorney’s office and he was freed “in the interest of justice.”


Allison Franklin

Allison Franklin is a passionate and dedicated survivor, leader and advocate for survivors of all forms of sexual exploitation. Allison offers support and direct mentorship to men, women and children that are survivors of sexual exploitation and the commercial sex industry. She is an accomplished speaker addressing sex trafficking and sexual exploitation accompanied with the co-morbidity of drug abuse and mental health. Allison is a survivor consultant for the National Criminal Justice Training Center. She works on national, state and local levels with numerous stakeholders to find innovative solutions to abolish modern slavery.


Chris Ward

Christopher A. Ward is the Supervisory Special Agent for the DEA Salt Lake City Tactical Diversion Squad.  SA Ward started his Law Enforcement career with the Salt Lake City Police Department in 1997, serving in Patrol, Narcotics and K-9.  SA Ward was promoted to Sergeant with the Police Department in 2006 and oversaw the K9 squad and then served as a Task Force supervisor for a DEA Enforcement Group.  In 2010, SA Ward accepted a position as a Special Agent with the DEA and was assigned to the Grand Junction Resident Office in western Colorado.  SA Ward then volunteered for a Special Agent position with DEA in Mazatlán, Sinaloa Mexico.  During his time in Mexico, SA Ward worked high level Mexican trafficking organizations,  including the Sinaloa trafficking group, the Beltran-Leyva Trafficking organization and the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion.

In 2018, SA Ward was promoted to Supervisory Special agent and returned to the Salt Lake City District Office Tactical Diversion Squad, which is responsible for investigating pharmaceutical diversion, counterfeit pills operations, Death resulting cases and Darkweb investigations. 

Christopher A. Ward is the Supervisory Special Agent for the DEA Salt Lake City Tactical Diversion Squad.  SA Ward started his Law Enforcement career with the Salt Lake City Police Department in 1997, serving in Patrol, Narcotics and K-9.  SA Ward was promoted to Sergeant with the Police Department in 2006 and oversaw the K9 squad and then served as a Task Force supervisor for a DEA Enforcement Group.  In 2010, SA Ward accepted a position as a Special Agent with the DEA and was assigned to the Grand Junction Resident Office in western Colorado.  SA Ward then volunteered for a Special Agent position with DEA in Mazatlán, Sinaloa Mexico.  During his time in Mexico, SA Ward worked high level Mexican trafficking organizations,  including the Sinaloa trafficking group, the Beltran-Leyva Trafficking organization and the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion. In 2018, SA Ward was promoted to Supervisory Special agent and returned to the Salt Lake City District Office Tactical Diversion Squad, which is responsible for investigating pharmaceutical diversion, counterfeit pills operations, Death resulting cases and Darkweb investigations. 

Date And Time
Wed, Oct 2, 2019, 8:00 AM –
Thu, Oct 3, 2019, 5:00 PM MDT

Location
Megaplex Theaters at The Junction
2351 Kiesel Avenue
Ogden, UT 84401
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Places to Eat
  • ​Sonora Grill 
    • 2310 Kiesel Ave
  • Rovali's Ristorante Italiano
    • 174 25th St
  • Tona Sushi Bar and Grill 
    • 210 25th St
  • Union Grill 
    • 315 24th St #1401
  • Harley & Buck's 
    • 2432 Washington Blvd
  • Rooster's Brewing
    • 253 25th St
Places to Stay

Conference registration fees are $185.00. Late registration after September 20, 2019 will be $225.00. Credit cards are preferred method of payment (through Eventbrite Link). Checks are also accepted payable to Ogden City Police Department and mailed to the Ogden Police Dept. Attn: Diana Lopez, 2186 Lincoln Ave. Ogden, UT 84401; or email dianlopez@ogdencity.com. We will only be able to accept registrations that have payment included.