Law Enforcement Family Network Conference Speakers

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Keynote Speaker Paul Butler

Paul Butler is an internationally renowned speaker, presenter, instructor, and entertainer. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with a concentration in Culture and Communication, as well as an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice. He excels in the areas of motivation, leadership, customer service, and attitude empowerment. During his 27 years of law enforcement, he has been a public servant, training officer, sergeant, crisis negotiator, chief of police, and chief deputy. These opportunities have given him a unique perspective on a vast array of situations and circumstances that many people find themselves in every day. These experiences have helped him to develop the answers to questions and cures to problems most people are facing at work and in life on a continual basis. Paul became the chief of police of the Aynor Police Department at 22 years of age, making him the youngest police chief in the history of South Carolina. Born and raised on a small farm, his parents served as examples of hard work, common sense, personal responsibility, and respect for self and others. This has played heavily in his success in life and within each organization in which he has served.

He believes the power of a positive attitude can take you to the top or help you simply find happiness and pride in the current role you fill. A healthy attitude is often the key to both personal and professional success – this has certainly been the key to Paul’s success. As Chief Deputy of the Horry County Sheriff’s Office, he was selected to attend the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia in 2005 for the 220th Session. This 10-week, executive level course was host to 250 attendees from all 50 states and 29 countries around the world. Paul was selected by his class to be their graduation day speaker alongside then-FBI Director Robert Mueller. He continues to serve as the official Master of Ceremonies for the

FBI National Academy Associates during their annual training conferences, which are held throughout North America.

To increase his outreach, Paul Butler Presentations was formed and he has been traveling the globe speaking, instructing, and entertaining for all types of groups, organizations, and events. He is consistently one of the highest-rated presenters on the market today and comes with strong references and a list of past and future exciting events.

Speaker Dr Stephen James

Stephen James, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing at Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane. His research focus includes the interaction between physical stressors [such asleep related fatigue], law, policy, training and practice relating to operational performance for military and law enforcement personnel. Dr. James strives to better understand the dynamics of performance in a wide variety of military and policing tasks; driving, citizen encounters, crisis intervention, and deadly force encounters.

Dr. James utilizes simulation technology to evaluate training and performance of military and law enforcement personnel. This research has lead to more effective, and more cost effective, training and greater public safety. To date his research has been foundational in the development of the DARPA Strategic Social Interaction Module Tactical Social Interaction training development, a program designed to teach young warfighters and law enforcement the balance between tactical considerations and relationship building; the creation of an Enhanced-CIT, a program to move beyond the Memphis model; and the ground up rewriting of the Oregon Basic Police Academy, one that is evidence based and research driven. Dr. James also sits on a number of law enforcement focused committees and working groups including the Department of Homeland Security Human Factors Engineering Community of Practice, the Chicago PD EIS National Advisory Council, and the Spokane Mental Health Committee. Dr. James was a member of the SAFE Driving Initiative for California POST research team.

Prior to becoming an academic Dr. James spent more than 20 years in the British infantry as a solider and officer; serving in Cyprus, the Former Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland, and Afghanistan.

Speaker Corporal Kyle Nelson

Kyle is a 15-year veteran of law enforcement in Bellingham, WA and serves on the board of directors for the Behind the Badge Foundation (BtBF). He is also the race director for the Fun with the Fuzz 5k race, an annual race which supports the BtBF. Kyle combined his interests in officer wellness and personal finance by attaining a certification as a financial coach through the Ramsey Solutions. This certification is based on the teachings and principles of Dave Ramsey, most notably the Seven Baby Steps that are outlined in the Total Money Makeover. Kyle believes that finances touch every area of our lives and that officers and their families can reduce their stress by taking control of their finances, thereby improving officer wellness. He is passionate about helping officers and their families establish, pursue and obtain their financial goals.

Speakers Scott and Susan Rankin

Kent Police Department

Susan Rankin

Susan Rankin is a LEO wife, mother, and healthcare worker who served 4 years of active duty in the United States Marine Corps. She is a Certified Professional Coach through iPEC and founder of Restoring Hearts Coaching, LLC. Susan has received specialized training in betrayal trauma with the APSATS organization. She is passionate about helping women heal and thrive from the aftermath of betrayal. She is a ministry leader of Pure Desire groups for women at her church and a facilitator of online marriage groups with She has been an LEO wife for over 23 years and understands the impact that the law enforcement profession can have on a marriage.

Susan can be found outside biking, hiking, or running. She has completed several half and full marathons, as well as one ultra marathon! She enjoys playing cards and games with friends and family, especially her adult son who lives in Nevada and teenage daughter who resides with her and husband Scott in Puyallup, WA.

Scott Rankin

Scott Rankin has been a Police Officer with the City of Kent since January of 1998. He also worked as a Patrol Officer in Troy, Michigan for about 15 months. During his career he has been fortunate enough to have held many assignments, to include; SWAT, PROACT Detective, School Resource Officer, Range Coach, Explorer Advisor, and Honor Guard, among others. He served a tour of duty as a TAC Officer and Patrol Procedures Instructor at the Washington State Basic Law Enforcement Academy. Scott was promoted to Sergeant in 2014 and served in Patrol until being recently promoted to Commander earlier this year.

Prior to serving his community in Law Enforcement, Scott served four years active duty as an Infantryman in the United States Marine Corps. His last duty station was with the Fleet Anti-Terrorism Security Team (FAST) Company in Norfolk, Virginia. Scott met his beautiful bride, Susan, in 1995 while they were both serving as Marines in Yorktown, Virginia. They have two children together (24 and 16) and will be celebrating 26 years of marriage in November.

Scott has a servant’s heart and is consistently involved in volunteering in his community. He and Susan currently lead a Pure Desire Ministry at their church in Puyallup, where they help men and women find healing from addiction and betrayal. Scott has coached everything from youth soccer and baseball to varsity wide receivers at a local high school football program. Scott is currently pursuing his education and certification as a Life and Leadership Potentials Coach through iPEC.

When not working or serving his community, Scott can be found at the gym, biking, or playing golf. He enjoys playing cards and games with family and friends. And pretty much anything that involves a pool, lake, or beach and warm weather.