Leading Beyond the Badge

Women in Law Enforcement Round Table: Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins book discussion.

The virtual presentation will be held on July 12, 2022 @ 12:00 p.m.

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Regional Summer Events

This summer we are expanding our collaboration and outreach efforts with all public safety in Ohio by partnering with public safety agencies in regional community events. The goal of these events is to increase awareness of and recruitment for agencies throughout Ohio. We work together to ensure that the needs and safety of the community are met 24/7, so why not create opportunities for growth and diversity with one another for a one-day summer event?

Ohio Connecting Communities is a statewide initiative where the goal is to “challenge” and encourage collaboration and engagement between public safety agencies and the communities they serve to create and build stronger relationships. We envision a half-day event in each region of the state where agencies connect with the communities they serve while indirectly recruiting potential candidates. Our goal is to... 

  • Help build positive community relations.
  • Educate the public about what the various public safety agencies do and how you they serve the community.
  • Create positive discussions, photos, and videos on social media about public safety agencies using the hashtag #OhioConnectingCommunities.
  • Learn more about the potential “pool of applicants” and recruit prospective applicants in your community.

OCJS will reserve the location and we encourage you to send your most passionate and diverse staff with materials to share with the public. In order to prepare space, ensure representation, and share with the community which agencies will be in attendance, please register for the event below.

Please register below for the region you belong to below. We encourage you all to share this with every public safety agency in your area. If there are any questions, please email our office at

Northwest Region
July 9, 2022 — 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location - Terra State Community College, 2830 Napoleon Rd., Fremont, OH 43420

Southwest Region
July 16, 2022 — 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location - Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 7700 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45216

Northeast Region
July 30, 2022 — 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location - Cuyahoga Community College, Parma, OH

Central Region
August 20, 2022 — 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location - Ohio Department of Corrections Training Academy, 11781 State Route 762, Orient, OH 43146

Southeast Region
August 6, 2022 — 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location - Hocking College, Nelsonville, OH

Ohio Connecting Communities

Recorded Webinars

May 9, 2022

The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work. Join Sarah Shendy, with the Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment, and a special guest as they discuss The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor and how we can translate lessons learned from this book to your career journey in law enforcement. While it's recommended you read the book before this discussion, it is not a requirement to participate.


April 22, 2022

Leading Beyond the Badge: Women in Law Enforcement Roundtable - Discussion with Sheriff Kandy Fatheree. Sheriff Kandy Fatheree of the Summit County Sheriff's Office is the first elected female Sheriff in the County and third in the state to be elected to this role. She will join us to discuss her career journey through her historic election in Summit County.


April 13, 2022

Leading Beyond the Badge: Women in Law Enforcement Roundtable - Discussion with Chief Deirdre Jones. Chief Deirdre Jones with the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Police Department talks with us about her career journey in law enforcement and specifically will discuss accountability and its relationship to police morale and community support.


March 28, 2022

A Law Enforcement Symposium on Morale & Recruitment. The Blue Morale Project discussion is being hosted by dual-board certified psychologist and co-author of The Blue Morale Project, Dr. Ronald Jay Cohen, and featuring the following speakers and presentations:

"The Nexus Between Recruitment, Retention and Morale"
In this keynote address, Chief Kevin Williams will overview the intimately intertwined topics of recruitment, retention and morale, and cite practical sample strategies that may prove beneficial to law enforcement agencies.

"Salient Overlapping Factors in Blue Morale and Blue Recruiting"
Drawing on the research literature and practical experience, Dr. Ronald Cohen explores how some of the key variables related to morale at law enforcement agencies may be powerfully salient to prospective recruits.

"Motivation, Morale, and Recruiting After Negatively Publicized Events"
Professor Gary Goines will reflect on how motivation, morale, and recruiting can be impacted by genuine and press-elevated crises.

"Recruitment and Retention of Personnel"
Captain Ann Young will discuss the vital role of factors such as morale and personal adjustment in recruitment and retention.

"Trust, Morale and Retention"
Dr. Barbara Cohen-Pavlo will discuss the “whys and hows” of trust, morale, and retention.


March 14, 2022

Leading Beyond the Badge: Women in Law Enforcement Roundtable. Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Fankl, book discussion


March 10, 2022

Richmond Height Police Department – Youth Outreach Programs. Join Chief Tom Wetzel, with the Richmond Heights Police Department, as he discuss their youth outreach programs and the impact they are making as an agency on their community.


March 8, 2022

Leading Beyond the Badge: Women in Law Enforcement Roundtable. Join us as we talk with leaders in law enforcement about creating opportunities from adversity and overcoming challenges they have faced in their careers. This discussion took place at Cuyahoga Community College – Western Campus in Parma, OH. Panelist include Officer Sarah Shendy (Copley PD), acting Lieutenant Khisha Hudson (Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority), Sgt. Kelly Smith (Cleveland PD), Captain Tanya Czack (Parma Heights PD), and Chief Sheila Mason (Village of Woodmere PD).


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January 24, 2022

Leading Beyond the Badge: Women in Law Enforcement Roundtable. GRIT by Angela Duckworth, book discussion


January 10, 2022

Law Enforcement Wellness. The Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment would like to invite you to a session that aims to provide insights on the importance of law enforcement wellness and how to mitigate life’s stressors on and off duty. During this webinar, we will discuss realistic, yet unorthodox, approaches to combat the effects of chronic stress and trauma on the mind and body. These tactics can also be utilized to improve focus, mental clarity, and emotional regulation. By improving the wellness of law enforcement, not only do we enhance the service provided and the quality of life for officers; the efforts transcend into the community to elevate healing on a broader scale.

Presenter Amanda Dozanti is currently a Law Enforcement Wellness Specialist with the Hope Meadows Foundation.


November 17, 2021

The 3R's: Emotional Resilience, Mission Readiness, Healthy Reintegration. The 3Rs program was developed specifically to address the needs of first responders and military personnel beginning at the entry level, following members throughout their service tenure, and finally reintegrating back to civilian life. Based on research in the areas of mindset and human performance, and refined through practical application with professional and Olympic athletes, the 3Rs has been adapted to confront the unique stressors faced by law enforcement personnel.

During this webinar, attendees will be provided with information on the potential deleterious effects of perceived threat versus actual threat, the need for adopting interruption-based programing and training, the base level of application for a foundational routine, and the impact our accumulated stressors have on our overall performance. We will also discuss the need for a holistic approach to performance and how our unaddressed trauma may impact our families and others close to us. The 3Rs team is comprised of individuals with decades of experience in law enforcement, the military, and with developing and implementing coaching programs for a wide variety of audiences.


November 10, 2021

Elevating Women Behind the Shield. Panel discussion on women in policing. Join us as we discuss the importance of mentorship, work-life balance, lessons learned, the importance of credibility and reputation, and more. Our hope is to inspire women within the field looking to move up in the ranks and those aspiring to enter a career in law enforcement.


September 15, 2021

Youth Police Academy. A discussion on Youth Police Academies. These types of programs are developed for local students who have an interest in law enforcement. Engaging and giving youth hands on experience while developing meaningful relationships with their local police department. Please join us as Office Joe Di Lillo, Jr., with the South Euclid Police Department, discuss the work of their department’s Youth Police Academy.


August 23, 2021

Recruitment and Selection of Quality Diverse Applicants. A discussion on the recruitment and selection of more diverse groups of candidates. Special guest Chief Kurt Althouse with the Vandalia Police Department, will discuss how his agency was able to successfully attract diverse and quality applicants through various recruitment tools and activities. Earlier this year, his agency gained social media attention for having an entire shift staffed entirely by women for the first time in its 61 year history as a department.


August 10, 2021

Citizen Police Academy – Bringing Law Enforcement and Communities Together. Detective Tom Ballinger, of the Copley Township Police Department, joins us to discuss a program that provides insight to the public on the responsibilities and operations of law enforcement departments. The Southwest Summit Citizens Police Academy was designed to accomplish several goals. The most important goal of this Academy is to open channels of communications between the citizens and their local Police Department. While helping develop an understanding of the role that law enforcement has in the community. The objective of this Academy is not to make police officers out of the graduates, but to make them better-informed citizens, with an accurate knowledge of law enforcement's many responsibilities and functions.


July 12, 2021

Social Media and the First Amendment; Avoiding Facebook Foibles and Twitter. What do you do when a comment appears on your social media feed that’s contrary to your agency’s values or ignites controversy with the public? Do you know what you can (and cannot) post on social media especially during a crisis? Knowing how the First Amendment applies to your social media feed(s) can protect you from a lawsuit, legal fees, and damages. Get practical tips from a social media expert who is also an attorney and regularly advises public agencies on social media, public records and first amendment issues. This won’t be dry legal humdrum – expect funny, real life examples that will make your social media feeds better and smarter.


July 19, 2021

Women in Policing. Panel discussion on women in policing. With insufficient research on the understanding of the unique challenges that women officers face and how to mitigate or overcome these challenges, we’re bringing the individual experiences of these women in uniform to the discussion.


June 21, 2021

Law Enforcement Career Exploration Programs. Career exploration programs for youths in Ohio with Sgt. Adam Willauer with the Delaware Police Department. These types of programs allow a potentially diverse network of youth the opportunity to explore various career opportunities within law enforcement in an exciting and informal environment.


June 15, 2021

Four Cities Compact: The Criminal Science Technology Program. Career exploration program for youths that cross-trains and prepares students for entry-level positions in the specific areas of criminal justice. State and National certifications, competitions, and college credit are all offered through this very exciting and interactive two year program for high school students. Please join us while we discuss with Instructor and Officer Jeremy Milford, Sr., of the Peninsula Police Department, the Criminal Science Technology Program, a partnership between school districts in Barberton, Norton, Wadsworth, and Copley-Fairlawn.


May 27, 2021

Does college education contribute to law enforcement officer effectiveness? The Office of Law Enforcement Recruitment would like to invite you attend a discussion with Dr. Patrick Oliver on higher education in law enforcement.


News Releases

June 23, 2021

Governor DeWine Announces College to Law Enforcement Pathway Program. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine today announced the launch of a new pilot program that will equip aspiring peace officers with the critical skills necessary for a successful career in law enforcement.


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