Use of Force: A Panel Discussion and Fashion Show - Highlighting Officer Safety Considerations


Tuesday, August 20, 2019
3:45 PM - 5:15 PM
Session Type: Workshop

This panel discussion and fashion show is made possible by a partnering of Ten-Four Clothing and other companies that specialize in safety attire and tools for probation/parole officers. Kicking off the session will be a panel of probation and parole leaders and safety experts who will discuss safety considerations for probation and parole officers. Many agencies in the U.S. have been increasing the amount of training for officers on use of personal safety tools and defensive tactics, with the aim of improving officer safety. This panel will discuss industry-best practices specifically related to probation and parole. Other panel topics will include policy considerations, public perception, and addressing workplace culture resistance. The accompanying fashion show will present clothing and other items for men and women that will highlight specialized functionality that can assist officers wearing multiple safety tools while on duty.


Alisha Shoates James
Consultant, TN Department of Corrections

Alisha Shoates James began her law enforcement career with the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) in January 2005. After working patrol for several years, she was selected to join the Crime Suppression Unit (CSU). While working in the CSU as an undercover detective, Alisha participated in numerous criminal investigations, obtained and served search warrants, participated in undercover narcotics operations, participated in undercover prostitution operations, and conducted surveillance. All of which resulted in several state and federal convictions. In 2010, Alisha was selected to join the elite trainee operations division at the MNPD’s training academy. She assisted with operating a paramilitary style academy that included: physical fitness instruction, classroom instruction