January 10, 2002
2002 Western Robbery Conference to be held in Breckenridge, Colorado
Denver, Colorado – The Colorado Association of Robbery Investigators (CARI) has announced that it will host the 31st annual Western Robbery Conference in Breckenridge, Colorado, May 29 – 31, 2002.
The Western Robbery Conference is a training conference that is open to all law enforcement personnel as well as qualified private security representatives. The conference consists of two and one half days of dynamic classroom instruction provided by experienced law enforcement personnel. Social functions are included to encourage class member interaction and development of professional contacts. One of the functions is an awards banquet during which CARI will announce the winners of two prestigious awards: The Michael A. Powell Memorial Award for Robbery Investigator of the Year and the Officer of the Year. The conference is instrumental in building the necessary cross-jurisdictional camaraderie needed to investigate suspects that travel not only from city to city, but from state to state, as well as providing attendees with new investigative techniques and strategies and updates on current robbery patterns. Recent conferences have included representatives from law enforcement agencies throughout Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Wyoming and Australia.
The 2002 Western Robbery Conference will feature many outstanding guest speakers and topics, including: Dr. Rosemary Erickson, author of, “Armed Robbers and Their Crimes,” who will share her many years of research, interviews with robbers and her conclusions; retired Chicago Police Detective Patrick McCarthy who will lecture on setting up and conducting successful surveillances and stakeouts; Mr. Daniel Beckwith, Federal Bureau of Prisons and Mr. Brian Parry, California Department of Corrections, will discuss prison gangs and their relationship to crime on the streets; Supervisory Special Agent John Lipka, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Detective Tom Fisher, Denver Police Department, will discuss the current state of world terrorism, the progress of the investigation into World Trade Center and Pentagon terrorist attacks; Chief Deputy District Attorney Doug Jackson, Denver District Attorney’s Office on legal updates and courtroom strategies; and Detective Mark Woodward, Denver Police Department, who will provide an analysis of robbery patterns and how suspects have been identified.
CARI is a tax exempt, non-profit organization that was originally formed in 1971 as the Metro Denver Robbery Intelligence Group to promote better communications among metro area robbery details and began meeting once a month to exchange offense, pattern and suspect information. In 1988 the organization's name was changed to its current name in an effort to spread membership statewide.
For more information about CARI and the Western Robbery Conference please visit the organization’s website at www.co-asn-rob.org.