Annual Training Seminar


September 12th – 14th, 2018

First 50 to register will receive a personalized engraved ID tag.


Double Eagle Hotel
442 E Bennett Ave
Cripple Creek, CO 80813

For hotel reservations please visit or call (719) 689-5000


8:00am - 5:00pm



0730 - 0800 Check-In

0800 - 0830 Opening Remarks and Presentation of Colors

0830 - 1230 Verbal Fitness for Negotiators, Dr. Brian Polkansky

1230 - 1330 Lunch

1330 - 1530 Trumbull County Jail Hostage Incident, Cpt. Jeffery Cole, Warren, OH PD

1530 - 1730 Negotiating with a military trained negotiator, Cpl. Samuel Portalatin, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (Incident Debrief)


0800 - 1000 Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, FBI SA Joel Nashida

1000 - 1200 Protracted Incidents - Is your team ready?, Cpt. John Vance, Texas Rangers

1200 - 1300 Lunch

1300 - 1500 The Montgomery Standoff, Officer Joe Di Lillo, South Euclid, OH PD

1500 - 1730 Issues for Crisis Negotiation Teams, Anthony A Polse, Police Legal Advisor - Mesa, AZ PD


0800 - 1000 Negotiating from the perimeter, Sgt. Harry Drucker, Los Angeles Sheriff's Office

1000 - 1200 Wounded Veterans Issues, Maj. Ivan Castro (Ret.)

1200 - 1230 Closing Remarks



Joe Di Lillo Jr is the Public Information Officer for the South Euclid Police Department. He has been in Law Enforcement for 14 years, beginning with the Put-in-Bay Police Department in 2005, before moving to South Euclid in 2006. In 2015, Officer Di Lillo joined EDGE (Eastside Departments Group Enforcement) as a Hostage Negotiator. EDGE consists of 6 police departments bordering Cleveland's East Side. In that time, Di Lillo and the EDGE Negotiation Unit have encountered suicide jumpers, homicidal males, barricaded bombing suspects, and more. As well as the spokesman, Officer Di Lillo assists the SEPD Youth Academy, orchestrates the department social media page, and serves as the police liaison for the Ward 3 area in the City of South Euclid. 

The Montgomery FaceTime Standoff stems from an incident that occurred in South Euclid, Ohio on August 1st, 2017. The presentation displays the utilization of FaceTime as an investigative tool and stresses several key points that can assist in any negotiation. In addition to RMHN Conference, Officer Di Lillo will be conducting the presentation in South Carolina (SCCNA) and California (CAHN) in 2018. Officer Di Lillo can be reached via cell phone (440-567-9627) or by email,