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Posted on October 12, 2016

Portrait of Col. Tyree Blocker

Conference on Homeland and International Security: “Human Security II: Building Community and Police Teams to Protect and Serve Our Citizens”

9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 2

Performance Center, inside the Natali Student Center

View the conference brochure

The Department of Criminal Justice, presents the 9th annual Conference on Homeland and International Security, which explores current tensions between communities and police, and how those entities can work together more effectively.

Keynote speaker is Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Col. Tyree C. Blocker, who commands Pennsylvania’s 4,500 state police troopers. A 30-year veteran of the Pennsylvania State Police, Blocker’s talk will address “21st-Century Policing.”

Other speakers:

  • Dr. Mathilda Spencer, a criminal justice professor with decades of experience working with violent juvenile sex offenders and cases of domestic violence.
  • Cody Santiago ’14, an emergency management professional who specializes in preparing schools and other public entities for emergencies.
  • Dr. Hans Mumm, an author whose wide-ranging expertise in national security, homeland security and advanced technologies, including drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
  • Dr. Christopher Wydra, a retired City of Pittsburgh detective, part-time law enforcement officer and coordinator for the Cal u Global Online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice: Homeland and International Security program.

The schedule

Attendees may sign in beginning at 8 a.m.

            9-9:15 a.m. — Opening ceremony and opening remarks

            9:15-9:50 a.m. — Dr. Mathilda Spencer: “Multiculturalism and the Criminal Justice System”

            9:50-10:25 a.m. — Cody Santiago: “Community Initiative to Fighting Violent Crimes: A city of York, Pa. Case Study”

            10:25-11 a.m. — Dr. Hans Mumm: “Technology, Community and Policing”

            11-11:35 a.m. — Dr. Christopher Wydra: “Building Trust and Collaboration Between Police and Community”

            11:35 a.m.-12:15 p.m. — Col. Tyree C. Blocker: “21st-Century Policing”

            12:15-12:30 p.m. — Closing remarks 

Join us

Admission to the Conference on Homeland and International Security is free. The public may attend. Registration is required.

To register, send your name and title/rank, company/organization/department, phone number and email address to Melinda Kolesar at

Sponsorship opportunities

To promote your business or organization in the conference program at the gold ($500) or silver ($250) sponsorship levels, contact Melinda Kolesar at