Opening Keynote Speaker
March 28, 2017 - 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.
Summoned: Why This Is More Than Just a Job!
Detective Kevin McNeil presents a motivating and compelling presentation on why helping abuse victims is more than just a job; it is a calling. This presentation will highlight why your job is more than just something you get paid to do but is a unique call to service. Part of Kevin’s presentation highlights the importance of providing a space for victims to talk about their abuse in a friendly supportive environment such as the child advocacy center. He demonstrates how neuroscience confirms that talking about abuse in a supportive environment increases the chances of victims recovering from their abuse; enabling them to live healthy lives. You will see how forensic interviews are changing lives and giving parents reassurance they are not alone.
Kevin will emphasize why this effort to end abuse must be done as a team. Kevin shows why you are a part of a unique team that has been summoned to rid the earth of its greatest enemy; abuse. You will learn why caring for abuse victims is a calling. After attending Kevin’s presentation, you will be assured that you have been officially summoned to join the world’s greatest team; those who serve abuse victims. Consider yourself served.
Kevin McNeil is a Special Victims Detective, author, educator, and motivational speaker. Throughout his 18-year career as a law enforcement officer and detective, Kevin has testified in court as an expert witness and is responsible for putting together numerous cases for prosecution against sex offenders. Kevin has investigated and solved several high profile media cases; including six serial rape cases and five child murder cases.
His years of experience as a police officer and detective allow him to consult with local law enforcement agencies as well as Child Advocacy Centers, hospitals, school systems and state family protective service agencies. He helps agencies measure the effects of abuse, and educates the general public on how to recognize and report abuse to the proper authorities. Kevin’s passion is to educate the world on the effects of abuse and how it can be eradicated from our culture.
Deputy Assistant Director David L. Denton presents how law enforcement needs to change from an offender focused approach to a victim focused approach in child exploitation cases. He also discusses Homeland Security Investigation's (HSI) realization and awakening to this issue, how HSI effected a paradigm shift within the agency and transitioned to a Victim Focused methodology for investigations and digital forensics. Hear how Project VIC has changed the global landscape of child exploitation investigations making law enforcement more efficient with the end result being more victims of these heinous crimes identified and rescued, and more offenders caught and held accountable.
David L. Denton accepted the position of Division Chief (DC) for Homeland Security Investigations – Cyber Division on January 22, 2017. In his capacity as Division Chief, DC Denton supervises approximately 70 personnel in 4 separate units within the HSI Cyber Crime Center and Forensic Laboratory. DC Denton previously served as the Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) Alabama from 2015-2017, supervising approximately 40 HSI Special Agents and support personnel throughout Alabama, as well as approximately 25 Task Force Officers. HSI offices in Alabama include Birmingham, Huntsville, Montgomery and Mobile. DC Denton also served as the Resident Agent in Charge (RAC) for Birmingham from 2012-2015, and before that was the Deputy Attache in Montreal for HSI Canada from 2007-2012. As Deputy Attache in Montreal, DC Denton was responsible for facilitating investigative requests between HSI domestic offices and HSI’s Canadian LE/Government counterparts regarding border related national security, Immigration and Customs criminal Enforcement (ICE) matters. Prior to his service in Montreal, DC Denton was based in ICE headquarters and served as a Program Manager and Section Chief within the Financial, Narcotics, & Public Safety Investigations Division, Cornerstone/Financial Programs Unit. DC Denton began his career in federal law enforcement in 1996 as a Special Agent with the former U.S. Customs Service where he served in the San Ysidro and San Diego field offices. DC Denton is a licensed attorney and an alumnus of the University of Alabama, where he graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 1995.