Who should participate?

Institute participants include:

  • College and university personnel, police, state troopers, K-12 personnel, business and industry personnel and leaders, as well as personnel from groups and organizations responsible for keeping their clientele safe.
  • Administrative leaders in colleges and universities, public safety (troopers and police officers), the governor’s office, game wardens, superintendents and principals at K-12 institutions, and business and industry leaders will identify staff to participate in the Public Safety and Crisis Management Institute at Unity College.
  • Graduate students in the Unity College MSPS-Conservation Law program, as well as undergraduate and graduate college and university students enrolled in Criminal Justice programs, are also invited to participate.


Mr. Karl ColderMr. Karl Colder of the United States Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration will be offering the keynote address.

Mr. Colder is the Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Division. The Washington Division consists of the District of Columbia and the states of Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. The division is covered by DEA offices in Washington, DC; Baltimore, Hagerstown, and Salisbury, MD; Richmond, Norfolk, Roanoke, Winchester, Bristol, and Hampton, VA; and, Charleston, Wheeling, and Clarksburg, WV. The mission of the Washington Division is to consistently develop a diverse workforce of the highest integrity and ethical standards that proudly represents DEA.

Mr. Colder also served as the Deputy Chief Inspector of Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR).  In this position, Mr. Colder was the principal advisor to the chief inspector on all OPR related matters and led one of DEA’s most sensitive and important programs.  Heading that office, Mr. Colder ensured that DEA’s professionalism, credibility, and longstanding reputation for high integrity was maintained with the public and Congress.


Nationally recognized experts will deliver workshops that include:

  • Active Shooters
  • Civil Rights and Hate Crimes 
  • Communication Plans and Collaboration among First Responders
  • Crisis, Disasters and Emergency Management Plans
  • Cultural and Linguistic Competency for Disaster Preparedness Planning
  • Emergency Preparedness and Crowd Management 
  • Environmental Protection: Bomb Threats, Chemical Safety and Hazardous Materials 
  • Managing Crisis with Drones and Artificial Intelligence

All workshops are designed to demonstrate how topic areas may be addressed should a real world situation occur. Sessions will provide high-quality practical preparation for unforeseen adversities.

Attendees are eligible for a Professional Development Certificate of Attendance in Public Safety and Crisis Management.

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Dates and Times:

Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday, June 22, 2018 from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Unity College in Unity, Maine.  

Conference Fees*:

  • Full Conference Package with overnight accommodations: $275 ($255 before Jan. 31). Includes Thursday dinner, lodging, Friday breakfast and lunch, and all materials.
  • Full Conference Commuter Package without accommodations: $225 ($205 before Jan. 31) Includes Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast and lunch, and all materials.
  • Thursday ONLY: $80 ($70 before Jan. 31) Includes Thursday meal and all materials.
  • Friday ONLY: $180 ($160 before Jan. 31) Includes Friday breakfast and lunch, and all materials.

*Early Bird Registration: Early Bird prices are valid for registration and payment before January 31, 2018. Students in Conservation Law, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement programs are eligible for the Early Bird prices regardless of registration date (must show valid student ID at check-in).

Final Registration: The FINAL day to register for the conference is May 15, 2018, or until capacity is reached.

Onsite/walk-in registration for the conference will not be permitted.

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Overnight accommodations will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and single-occupancy rooms are limited. PLEASE REGISTER EARLY! 

ALL PARTICIPANTS are required to bring a valid ID for registration check-in.

All fees are non-refundable.

Group Registration:

Groups of 5 or more participants should register as a group by contacting PSCMIevent@unity.edu or Ms. Stacey Hachey at (207) 509- 7151.


Airport shuttle vans will be available for attendees, on a limited basis. Roundtrip shuttle from/to Bangor Airport – $50 and Roundtrip shuttle from/to Portland Airport – $75. Arrangements and payments must be made in advance; information will be provided in future conference communications.  

The nearest airports include: Bangor International Airport (45 minutes) and the Portland International Jetport (1 hour, 40 minutes). Car rental companies are also available at each airport. Please note that while attending the institute all activities on campus are within walking distance.   

Unity College offers lodging throughout the summer, including before and after the Institute, for an additional fee. Please visit https://retreats.unity.edu/campus-accommodations/ when planning your visit.


Please email PSCMIevent@unity.edu or call 207-509-7151.

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