Drawing on her more than 25 years of experience in law enforcement, Michele Freeman, chief for the City of Las Vegas Department of Public Safety, will be one of the keynote speakers at the closing session. In “Resiliency in the Aftermath of a Tragedy,” Chief Freeman will discuss her personal and professional experiences leading through the October 1, 2017, mass-shooting tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas, Nevada, and talk about how to transcend grief and trauma in order to adapt to shakeups in your organizations and communities. “As difficult as it can be, you must manage the environment, rather than let the environment manage you,” she said.
Chief Freeman will address how internal and external factors can impact your environment, how to remain resilient in the wake of a tragedy, and how to maintain hope and a positive optimistic outlook when the world around you seems to be falling apart.
Chief Freeman will also be a breakout session speaker. In “Why Work-Life Balance is Really Just Life Balance,” Chief Freeman will discuss the importance of self-care.
“Self-care is not selfish – it is essential to our wellbeing. When we don’t take care of ourselves, our ability to care for others is impaired and that leads to feeling that our lives are not in balance,” Freeman explains.
Chief Freeman believes strongly that, “When you stop and realize what you already have and are grateful, you can better appreciate, and find balance from within.” These concepts will be reinforced in her meaningful breakout session. Freeman will also talk about how to transcend the gender and professional roles we all take on by having outlets that allow us to preserve ourselves and maintain our sense of self. Participants will be able to engage in a group discussion and a workshop.
Michele Freeman presently serves as Chief for the City of Las Vegas Department of Public Safety. Her law enforcement career began at the City of Las Vegas more than 25 years ago when she accepted the position of corrections officer. She was promoted through the ranks serving as corporal, sergeant, lieutenant, and a privileged member of the department’s Special Emergency Response Team before being named deputy chief in 2006. Freeman was appointed acting chief in January 2011 and transitioned into her current role as chief in June 2011. As chief, she leads 428 civilian and Category I and III sworn employees and provides fiscal management of the department’s $79 million budget.
Chief Freeman is affiliated with several organizations including the American Jail Association, the International Chiefs of Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy, the Nevada Psychological Association, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee, Nevada Peace Officers Standards and Training, the Veterans Tribute Career and Technical Academy and the Trauma Intervention Program.
Chief Freeman’s commitment to improving overall employee health and wellness is demonstrated through her efforts and involvement both on- and off-duty. She has been and continues to be a champion of organizational health and employee wellness. Through her perseverance, the department added its first dedicated Crisis Intervention Administrator – a trained mental health professional who provides support to the department through education and counsel to those encountering crises.
Chief Freeman is a graduate of the 249th session of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy. This is a prestigious and rare distinction as participation is by invitation only and annually just 12 Nevada law enforcement leaders are afforded the opportunity.
She is a graduate of the 206th class of the renowned Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, a Master’s Certificate in Public Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a strong emphasis in Sociology and Psychology, and an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts. She is the recipient of both Management and Executive Certifications from the Nevada State Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission which are the highest certifications awarded to sworn personnel. Chief Freeman is a Certified Jail Manager, one of only eight in the State of Nevada.
Education and training are two of Freeman’s great passions. She leads by example in her commitment to developing the workforce, consistently educating herself and seeking opportunities to improve.