National Conference

Please be Advised: Due to current restrictions across the country, and specifically in the state of Washington, we have rescheduled the June 10-12th 2020 NAFTO National Conference. The new conference dates are June 9th, 10th, and 11th  2021.

Hello Everyone,

Due to current restrictions across the country, and specifically in Washington, we have rescheduled the June 10-12th 2020 NAFTO National Conference.  Our annual conference will now be held at the Northern Quest Resort in Spokane, Washington, in June of 2021. It was clear to our board that postponing the conference a full 12 months was our best option. When considering restrictions on travel and training and the budgetary and staffing impact the pandemic has had on our agencies, we feel that the summer of 2021 gives all of us the best opportunity to attend. The new conference dates are June 9th, 10th, and 11th  2021.

Unfortunately, as we all know, our current environment has forced us to make difficult decisions. However, we’re happy to announce that the good people at the Northern Quest Resort have been very flexible and most cooperative with rescheduling our conference.

All registrations for the conference will be moved and scheduled for the new date.  If you already registered for the conference you need to do nothing to maintain that registration. If you need to cancel your registration you may do so by contacting  Please be patient with response times as we are fielding many inquiries right now.

Your Executive Board has been working quickly to resolve a number of matters concerning the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on NAFTO training. Our primary concern all along has been the safety of our members and to continue to provide quality training. NAFTO’s annual conference is the highlight of our year and up until the pandemic broke, it was clear that the conference was going to be a popular and successful event. Registrations were coming in quickly and our list of presenters was impressive. It is our hope that the same instructors and presentations will migrate to the new dates with us. With a little luck, we will not face any more obstacles between now and then and we will all be able to enjoy our time together in the great Northwest. 

See you all in 2021.

Keynote presentation by John Bostain of Command Presence

“Why Do We Know What We Think We Know?” – John Bostain 

John Bostain is the President of Command Presence, LLC. John has committed the last 23 years to law enforcement, 20 of which have been as a law enforcement trainer. He has presented nationally and internationally on contemporary law enforcement topics such as dynamics of officer/citizen encounters, use of force, human performance factors, and instructor development. In 2012, he became the recipient of the prestigious Trainer of the Year Award as selected by Law Officer Magazine. He’s certified as a Force Analyst by the Force Science Institute (FSI) and holds a B.S.Ed in Adult Education from Valdosta State University.

Breakout Sessions Offered:

Be an Effective Trainer, Bring Us Your Challenges, Tactical Social Interaction, Consistency in DOR Evaluation, FTO Back to Basics, FTO Selection Process Workshop, CIT in the Academy and FTO Car, Enhanced Coaching & Adaptive Communication, The Right Fit – Matching Instruction to Student Personality, Civil Liability – Defending Use of Force & Training Courses, Transformational Trainer, Top 10 Case Laws Every FTO Should Know.

General Session Course by Dep. Chief Kyle Sumpter of  Federal Way Police 

“Deadly Force Principles” – Dep. Chief Kyle Sumpter

Deputy Chief Kyle Sumpter was a patrol officer, major crimes detective, firearms instructor, and responsible for his department’s firearms and deadly force training.  He was a SWAT officer and commanded the largest team in the state. He organized and commanded a regional team of detectives responsible for investigating officer-involved shootings.  He gives training around the state and serves as an expert witness in police litigation.


Registration is $349.00 per non-NAFTO member attendees and $324.00 for current NAFTO members. This fee includes a 1-year NAFTO membership, 2 breakfasts, 2 catered lunches, and a banquet dinner (Thursday 06/11/2020).  

To register, please go to

Questions can be e-mailed to


LODGING IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE ATTENDEES. Northern Quest is offering an amazing discounted room rate of $131.00/night for Conference Attendees. Provide the event code #23222 and ask for the conference room rate or book online using this link:

Luxury RV Spaces and Cottage Rentals also available at conference site, if interested.

Cost savings considerations at this year’s conference:

  • Complimentary shuttle from the Conference Center to and from Spokane Airport, downtown Spokane, and the surrounding area.
  • Minutes from international airport with many direct flight options.
  • Waived resort fee and free parking for local attendees.
  • 5 meals provided for reduced Per Diem.
  • No sales tax at Conference Center.
  • Self-contained venue with numerous dining and entertainment options on property.
  • 14 class options over 3 days of training.


Due to restriction from the venue, REGISTRATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED by May 15th, 2020. Seating limited to the 1st 200 applicants.

Early Conference Check-In Begins Tuesday, June 9th, at 1800 Hours in the Hotel Lobby


Don’t forget, there’s still time to submit applications for Master Field Training Officer and nominations for Field Training Officer of the Year. All applications and nominations must be received by March 15th, 2020.  For additional information on awards go to and to  Master Field Training Officer certification costs your agency nothing and is a great way to recognize the hard work and dedication of your department’s Field Training Officers.

2020 National Conference Itinerary

10:00am –5:00pm

NAFTO Board Meeting

5:00pm – 7:00pm


7:00am  – 8:00am


– Pavillion IV

8:00am  – 8:50am

Opening Ceremony

Welcome – Dan Greene – NAFTO Executive Director

Presentation of Colors – Spokane Honor Guard

Benediction – TBD

Opening Remarks

Chief James Wynecoop – Kalispel Tribal Police Dept.

Chief Brad Richmond – Airway Heights Police Dept.

Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich- Spokane County Sheriff

9:00am – 12:00pm

“Why Do We Know What We Think We Know?”

John Bostain with Command Presence Pavilion IV

12:00pm  – 12:55pm

Lunch (Included)

– Pavillion IV

1:00pm – 2:50pm

Bring Us Your Challenges

Kerry Avery Pavilion II

Consistency in DOR Evaluations

Lt. Bryan Klingele Pavilion III

3:00pm – 4:50pm

Tactical Social Interaction

Anthony Anderman

Pavilion II

FTO Selection Process Workshop

Jeff Vanhook Pavilion III

5:00pm – 7:00pm


– On Your Own

7:00pm – 11:00pm

NAFTO Night In

– Northern Quest Loft

7:00am – 8:00am

Breakfast (Included) 

– Pavillion IV

8:00am – 9:50am

FTO Back to Basics

Cmdr. Jeff Eddy
Pavilion II

Enhanced Coaching & Adaptive Communication

Sgt. Martin Tucker
Pavilion III

10:00am – 11:50am

The Right Fit – Matching Instruction to Student Personality

Dr. Lou Sowers
Pavilion II

Top 10 Case Laws Every FTO Should Know

Ofc. Graham Tinius
Pavilion III

12:00pm – 12:55pm

Annual NAFTO General Membership Meeting
Lunch (Included)

– Pavillion IV

1:00pm – 2:50pm

Civil Liability – Defending Use of Force & Training Courses

Heather Yakely, Esq.
Pavilion II

CIT in the Academy and FTO Car

Dep. Dan Moman
Pavilion III

3:00pm – 4:50pm

Be an Effective Trainer

Kerry Avery
Pavilion II

Transformational Trainer

John Bostain

Pavilion III

5:30pm – 6:00pm

Networking and Social Hour

– Pavillion IV

6:00pm – 8:00pm

NAFTO Banquet

Guest Speaker: Spokane Police Chief Craig Meidl 
Pavillion IV

8:00pm -11:00pm

Hospitality Suite


7:00am –8:00am

Breakfast (Included) 

– Pavillion IV WANAFTO Business Meeting

8:00am – 11:00am

Deadly Force Principles

Dep. Chief Kyle Sumpter Pavilion IV