Eells, Thor
Law Enforcement Response to Suicidal Subjects: What is our Legal Duty?
Hours: 2    Start Time: 08:00    End Time: 10:00    
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This presentation is designed to educate police personnel on the legalities and challenges faced when responding to suicidal subjects. Unique perspectives are provided in order to provoke discussion within agencies to have a true understanding of the relevant Constitutional requirements. Case law examples are provided as talking points to assist in guiding policy and response decision-making. In addition, model programs from throughout the United States are presented as potential options for agencies to consider.

Thor Eells - Bio
Thor Eells is a retired Commander from the Colorado Springs Police Department. He has more than 30 years of experience in all facets of policing to include patrol, investigations, special operations, training, and professional standards. He served the majority of his career in tactical operations. He has extensive experience in command operations and oversaw the successful law enforcement response and resolution of both natural and man-made emergency situations. Before retiring from the Colorado Springs Police Department, Eells was instrumental in leading a multi-discipline group that developed the department's Community Response Team to address persons experiencing a mental illness crisis.

In addition to his practical experience, he has extensive teaching experience, having taught a wide variety of law enforcement classes for the NTOA. Eells has a long history with the NTOA to include representing the association in the Department of Homeland Security's efforts to develop SWAT capabilities and testing as well as being one of the core committee members in developing the NTOA's National SWAT Standards. Thor was previously Chairman of the Board of Directors and a board member for seven years. He has also been recognized as an expert witness in federal courts. Eells holds a Masters Degree in criminal justice from the University of Colorado and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, as well as The Center for Creative Leadership. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the National Tactical Officers Association.