2022 Conference Speakers

Monday February 27th, 2023:

Tuesday, February 28th, 2023:

-OWI/Legal Update: Tara Jenswold & Emily Thompson

Tara Jenswold has served as Wisconsin's Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor since 2003. In 2009, she joined the Wisconsin Department of Justice as an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Litigation Unit. Prior to becoming an Assistant Attorney General, Ms. Jenswold served as the Assistant Director/Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor at the University of Wisconsin Law School’s Resource Center on Impaired Driving from 2001-2009. Prior to joining the Resource Center, Ms. Jenswold worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Walworth County; where she specialized in the prosecution of traffic offenses.


As Wisconsin’s Traffic Safety Resource Prosecutor, Ms. Jenswold provides training and technical assistance to prosecutors and law enforcement officers. She gives numerous presentations on the impaired driving laws and vehicular crimes on the state and national level. Ms. Jenswold also serves as coordinator of various seminars and trainings in Wisconsin. In addition to her training responsibilities, Ms. Jenswold acts as a special prosecutor, specializing in complex vehicular homicide cases. She has served as a contributing author of the Wisconsin Prosecutor’s Manual for OWI Cases and the Wisconsin State Patrol’s OWI Enforcement Manual and serves on various traffic safety related committees and task forces.

-Breakout: Intoxication v Impairment: Anatomy and Physiology of the Impaired Driver - Kevin Burke

Driving is a divided attention (psychophysical) task in which the operator must be able to process information from the ever-changing external environment (psycho), while physically manipulating the controls of a motor vehicle (physical).


The Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST), which (two of the three tests) are psychophysical in nature, have been used with great success for decades by American Law Enforcement Officers (ALEO) during impaired driving investigations and court proceedings.


Understanding sciences such as anatomy, physiology, psychology, human kinetics, pharmacology, and toxicology is critical in comprehending psychophysical impairment exhibited by the drug impaired driver.


Most ALEO have an educational background in criminal justice. As a result, they are incapable of using a practical application of the inner workings of the human body during their impaired driving investigations. Rather, they rely primarily on the SFST, the odor of intoxicants, slurred speech and driving behavior of the operator to detect and arrest motorists who are under the influence of drugs. This has put ALEO at a severe disadvantage for 21 st century impaired driving investigations.
In the past two decades there has been a sharp rise in drivers who are impaired by drugs other than alcohol. This is due to several reasons: 1) A steep rise in the consumption of prescription medication for legal and illegal purposes; 2) Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS), which have flooded the world drug market; 3) Marijuana has become legalized in many states; 4) Americans have become more pleasure focused than ever before. All of these have caused the SFST to become antiquated because they were created to measure impairment at, or near certain breath/blood alcohol levels. Due to marijuana, and many of the NPS causing a higher degree of cognitive impairment than physical impairment, it is crucial
that ALE be able to identify indicators of psychological i.e., cognitive impairment as well as physical impairment.


This presentation will help the attendee learn how drugs cause physiological changes, which are manifested in anatomical structures, information processing, and behavior. And how this relates to the psychophysical operation of a motor vehicle. As a result, they will be well equipped to take this theoretical knowledge and practically apply it during impaired driving investigations. This will allow the
attendee to be more vigilant and confident in detecting and arresting drug impaired drivers on the street and convicting them in the courtroom.

 

- P.O.S.T. / WI L.E.D.R. Team - WI DOJ Stacy Lenz/Trevor Bilgo

- Ashley's Story - Mike Knetzger

- Alternatives Approaches to High Risk Vehicle Contacts - Mark Schwarz

 

Wednesday, March 1, 2023:

-Ret. Lieutenant Brian Murphy - Oak Creek Police Department - Sikh Temple Shooting

Lt. Murphy began his career in the law enforcement field beginning in 1980. Lt. Murphy served in the United States Marines from 1980-1985

Upon leaving the Marine Corp in 1985, Lt. Murphy served 5 years as a security officer at the United Nations.

In 1990 Lt. Murphy moved to Jefferson, WI and began at the Sheriff Department for one year before starting at the Oak Creek Police Department. Lt. Murphy served with the Oak Creek Police Department for over 22 years. Lt. Murphy was a member of the OCPD Emergency Response Unit from 1992- 2009. He was an entry team member, explosive breacher and ERU team leader.

Lt. Murphy holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Marian University.

 

In August 2012, Lt. Murphy was the first responding officer to the Sikh Temple massacre which left 6 dead and another 3 wounded. Lt. Murphy was shot 15 times during the gunfight with the suspect. Lt. Murphy has been recognized on both a state and national level for his actions.

 

Among many Awards and Commendations:

2013- Oak Creek Police Purple Heart

2013- Oak Creek Police Medal of Valor

2013- Wisconsin Association of SWAT Personnel- SWAT officer of the year

2014- Congressional Badge of Bravery

2015- Presidential Public Safety Medal of Valor

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