Mackinac Island Fall Joint Conference with the National Executive Institute Associates, September 8-10, 2015:  


Program planning is well underway for the joint MCSA-NEIA conference at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.  The overarching theme for this special conference will be focused on the development of public trust in law enforcement and the need for an effective partnership with the community (see conference overview for more details).  This is one of the six Pillars contained in the report from the President’s Taskforce on 21st Century Policing that is being discussed across the country. This topic will be explored through guest speaker, panel presentations, facilitated discussions, and small group discussions.  The good ideas that come from this event will be documented and discriminated to the members of both associations and the wider law enforcement community.

To register for the event please click on the following link or copy and paste on your web address bar:

Note: if you do not already have an account with the National Sheriff’s Association, you can create one for this event. If you are experiencing any problems registering, please contact Terri Hicks at (703) 838-5301 or

  • Corporate Partners were specifically solicited for Mackinac Island conference and are designated as MI (gold, silver, or bronze)
  • There is no registration fee for spouses
  • The registration fee also includes tickets for the ferry to and from the island as well as luggage transfer from the docks to the hotel
  • NEIA members have been identified as a separate registration category
  • The conference will begin with a welcome reception on Tues. Sept. 8th and will conclude with breakfast on Fri. Sept. 11
  • The program is scheduled on Wed and Thurs and will provide sufficient time for participants to network
  • The venue for the conference is the Grand Hotel, a well-known historical site on Mackinac Island (only horse and bikes allowed on the island).  To make hotel reservations you have to down load the reservation request (listed under the News and Documents tab on, fill it out, and either mail or fax the form as instructed. 

Please note:

  • The hotel rate includes all meals
  • The rate has been reduced with contributions by Corporate Partners
  • The venue has limited capacity so all are encouraged to register for the conference and to make hotel reservations as soon as possible
  • It is advised to contact Megan Noland at the Oakland County Sheriff's Office to discuss your itinerary before making final arrangements
  • For all questions concerning the conference itself, please contact Megan at (248) 858-5009 or
  • Information concerning travel to and from Mackinac will be provided to individuals who register

NOTE: The MCSA Conference registration is limited to Association Members, their Staffs, members of the National Sheriffs Association, Corporate Partners, Federal Partners, and invited guests. Questions regarding eligibility for registration should be directed to Executive Director Michael Ferrence Jr.

Tuesday, September 8th, Evening Welcome Reception

Wednesday, September 9th, Morning Session

 What is Trust?

  • Ayres-Corderman


  • Darrel W. Stephens, Executive Director, Major Cities Chief’s Association
    Former Police Chief, Charlotte NC; City Administrator St. Petersburg, FL and Executive Director, PERF.
  • Law Enforcement Panel of Sheriffs and Chiefs Ci(MSCA\NEIA)
    - Observations and comments regarding Stephens’ opening presentation.
  • Small Group Discussion
    - What are the behaviors and actions of the police that contribute to the notion that law enforcement has a public trust problem?

Wednesday, September 9th, Afternoon Session

  • Community Leaders Panel
    Communities perception of the police specifically at it relates to public trust.
  • Small Group Discussion
    What specific actions are occurring that causes lack of public trust?
  • Sheriff Dave Mahoney, and guest community leader, Dane County, WI.
    Experience of an officer involved shooting of an unarmed individual and the subsequent decision of the prosecutor not to bring charges.

Wednesday, September 9th, Evening Dinner Speaker
“Strategies for Strengthening Trust and Community/Law Enforcement Partnerships”

  • Dr. Cedric L. Alexander, Deputy Chief Operating Officer for Public Safety in DeKalb County, Georgia and Past President, NOBLE

Thursday, September 10th, Morning Session

  • Combined Law Enforcement and Community Leaders Panel
    What specific steps should be taken to address perceptions and opinions of the public’s trust and law enforcement?
  • Small Group Discussion
    What specific actions are currently being taken to develop a trusting relationship?
  • Action Steps
    List of specific action steps law enforcement and community leaders can take as a result of presentations and conference discussions.

Thursday September 10th, Afternoon Session

  • “Charleston SC, a Community Challenged”
    Sheriff Al Cannon, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office and Chief Greg Mullen, Chief of Police, Charleston, SC
  • “Killing Rampage in Santa Barbara”
    Sheriff Bill Brown, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

Thursday, September 10th, Evening Dinner Speaker TBD

Friday, September 11th, Breakfast and Dismissal

General Conference Overview

Sunday June 28th

  • On-site registration
  • Welcome Reception

Monday June 29th

  • President's Taskforce on 21st Century Policing - Sue Rahr, Sheriff King County WA (Ret.) Panel Member
  • CBP- Commission Gil Kerlikowske
  • ICE - Director Sarah Saldana
  • Mental Health Programs and Issues - Dr. Fuller Torrey and Sheriff Sandra Hutchens
  • Legislation Update - Laura Cooper and Sheriff Michael Bouchard
  • NSA Exhibit Hall
  • Evening Social Event

Tuesday June 30th

  • By Law Amendments
  • Election of Officers 2016-17
  • DOJ - Attorney General Loretta Lynch
  • I&A DHS - Gen Frank Taylor, Under Secretary
  • FBI - Assistant Director Michael Steinbach (LE Sensitive Briefing on Foreign Fighters)
  • COPS - Director Ronald Davis, Initiatives and Grants
  • Cyber Threats - Steve Chabinsky and Lynn Mattice
  • NSA Exhibit Hall

Note: Breakfast and lunch provided each day.

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