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Welcome to the 2021 Missouri Dare Officers Association Training Conference

Registration Information

When is the MDOA Conference? July 12th, 2021 through July 16th, 2021

How much is the conference? $200 (This is a $25 dollar increase from before to help with rising costs.)

Who can attend conference? The MDOA DARE Training Conference is open to ALL LEO and Educators. You do not have to be a DARE Officer. Our courses will encompass all areas of law enforcement.

What is included? Officers will receive all their annual Mo POST required CEUs except for firearms. MDOA memberships are also included in the conference pricing.

How do we register? Download and complete the registration form below, then mail/email to MDOA.

How do we pay? MDOA can take check or online payment through the PayPal link below.

When is the registration deadline? Pre registration deadline is July 1st. ($25 late fee after July 1st).

What if I only attend 1 day? Educator or 1-Day training is $50.

Is the hotel included in the pricing? No. Attendees are responsible for booking their hotel reservations.

Are there COVID restrictions? Yes. We will be adhering to Local, State, and Federal COVID guidelines.

Can my family join me at the conference lunches? MDOA is not providing conference lunch for family but they are welcome to join us in the fun. Additional plates can be purchased on your registration form.

Attendees can Download & Print the above form, then mail completed form to MDOA with a check.

MDOA P.O. Box 541 Boonville, MO 65233  


Email the form to missouridare@gmail.com and make your online payment below.

Officer's Name

The Old Kinderhook Resort

    We're going to The Lake of the Ozarks in 2021! Join us at The Old Kinderhook Resort for some relaxation and some fun. Nestled in the heart of Missouri lies over 700 acres of pristine green and breathtaking natural beauty. This charming getaway blends the luxuries of resort life with the active lake lifestyle you love. Take your pick of activities that range from golfing and hiking to boating, swimming, and fishing — and that’s only the beginning. As a destination for all seasons, The Old Kinderhook boasts glittering pools in the summer and glossy ice rinks and more in the winter. Old Kinderhook is a year-round resort ideal for vacations, weekend getaways, and the 2021 Missouri Dare Officer's Association Training Conference.

  • MDOA Room Rate: $102.00/night for King or Double Queen Suites after local fees and tax exemption. 
  • Cottages, Villas, and Estate Homes are available at extra costs. Check with hotel for availability.
  • To book your room(s) please call the resort at 573-260-1247 (mention Missouri Dare Conference).
  • Please Note: Breakfast is not included in the room rate. The resort has a nice cafe next door to the Lodge with breakfast items along with coffee for a reasonable price (under $10).
  • MDOA will provide free quick pastry style items and coffee for attendees at the conference.
  • For any other questions contact Jamee Rugen at j.rugen@camdenso-mo.us or 573-836-0888


    Nestled among beautiful valleys at the Lake of the Ozarks, lies one of America’s most spectacular courses.Old Kinderhook, a Tom Weiskopf signature course, is a 6,726-yard par 71 featuring zoysia tees and fairways with large bentgrass greens. It will challenge the most serious golfer, yet plays on the friendly side. The course is renowned for its unsurpassed drama: valleys, waterfalls, hills, trees and water hazards, plus its beautiful lake setting. The elevation changes and breathtaking views will thrill you at every hole. Rental Clubs Available.

Spa 54

    Spa 54 at Old Kinderhook located at Old Kinderhook Resort, is a center of well-being that nurtures the mind, body and spirit, based around our heartfelt connection with nature. The Spa offers a number of wellness treatments for the body, facials and massages as well as Salon Treatments. We have full amenities for your use after any treatment, including a shower, steam room and use of our Lodge salt water pools.

The Trophy Room Restaurant

    Old Kinderhook’s premier restaurant serves delicious dinners. Enjoy gorgeous views and a warm ambiance. Our menus offer options for every occasion.

The Sand

    18″ of quality sand, night-time lighting, and a state of the art netting system provide two volleyball courts available to our guests. Located next to the Cabana this makes for a perfect outing for you and a couple of friends or a great team-building exercise.

Old Kinderhook Resort, 678 Old Kinderhook Dr, Camdenton, Mo 65020. 573-260-1247, www.oldkinderhook.com

2021 Keynote Speakers



Jason Fitzwater

Retired Florida Police Chief
"PTSD: The Silent Sniper"

    Jason Fitzwater, a retired Chief of police has a total of 20 years in law enforcement beginning his law enforcement career in Florida. In February 2001 Jason started with the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, in Bradenton Florida. Jason also worked for the Bradenton Police Department, and the Alachua County Sheriff's Office. Jason worked in Florida for a total of eleven years before moving back home to Missouri in 2012 to continue his career in law enforcement. Jason worked in law enforcement for eight years in Missouri before he retired in February 2020 to run his company full time.   

    In February 2018, Jason and Sheriff Michael Neal of Monroe County Arkansas started N&F Training Solutions LLC. Over the last three years Jason has traveled to twenty-five states and within the United States and Canada training over a thousand law enforcement officers in Counter Ambush Tactics. Jason has written nine law enforcement courses for N&F Training Solutions LLC that are POST accredited not only in the state of Missouri but fifteen other states also. In 2018 Jason wrote “PTSD the Silent Sniper” course and has taught the training to over fifteen thousand law enforcement and Public Safety personal in the United States and Canada. Jason has been the keynote speaker at several conferences such as Texas Gang Investigators conference, Kentucky Tactical Officers Association, Tennessee Narcotics Officer Association conference. Jason has taught at the Missouri Police Chiefs Command College in 2019, 2020, and 2021.

Michael Neal

Monroe County Arkansas Sheriff
"Critical Mindset: I Had to Stop the Threat"
    Michael Kent Neal is currently the Sheriff of Monroe County was a former Corporal for Arkansas Game & Fish and was assigned to Lee County. Michael began his career in law enforcement in 1998 as a part time officer for the Monroe County Sheriff's Department. As a member of the Brinkley Fire and Rescue team he served as fire Instructor and after ten years of service retired in 2009 in the rank of Captain. On May 20, 2010 Office Neal was instrumental in ending a brutal gun battle in West Memphis that resulted in the death of two West Memphis police officers and the wounding of the Crittenden County Sheriff and his chief deputy. Michael became instrumental in ending the gunfire by ramming his Game & Fish vehicle into a minivan carrying two shooters. While under direct fire, he engaged them in a fierce gun battle, eliminated their threat and saved many lives. In his presentation of the Medal of Valor to Officer Neal, Governor Mike Beebe stated “His training kicked in and further tragedy was averted and avoided by his trained, heroic, selfless actions.”Officer Neal has received over numerous different awards for his heroic actions which included: 3 Medals of Valor, Citations from The Arkansas House of Representatives, The Arkansas State Senate, The United State Senate, the 2010 Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Officer of the Year Award, the Southeast Regional Wildlife Office of the Year and Arkansas Law Enforcement Officer of the Year the 2011 International officer of the year.

2021 Course Descriptions

Officers will receive all their annual Mo POST required CEUs except for firearms.

"Darkness to Light, Stewards of Children"

Presented by Tara Brace

    Darkness to Light is a leader in child sexual abuse prevention education, research, and advocacy. We empower adults to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child sexual abuse through awareness, education, and stigma reduction. Our vision is a world free of child sexual abuse - a world in which adults form prevention-oriented communities that protect the child’s right to a healthy childhood.


"DARE Remote"

Presented by Kathie Salas

    Administer the DARE program for Elementary and Middle School students utilizing an online dashboard/portal. The DARE Remote system is a touchless system (no paper workbooks required) that allows students to complete their workbook lessons from any where that they can access the internet, and allows the DARE instructor to review the student's responses remotely. 

"Bullying, Social Media, & Suicide"

Kenneth Suttner Update

Presented by Attorney April Wilson 

    The goal of this course is to discuss bullying as it relates to social media and the effect it has on suicide risk. The course will review how bullies employ different techniques to harass their victims and how bullying has been transformed by technology.

"Managing Risk in School 

Law Enforcement Operations"

Presented by Weaver & Associates


    During this 1-hour course, we will discuss general concepts of risk management, general categories of risk facing officers and agencies. We will delve in to specific risks facing law enforcement officers in the school environment and discuss strategies to mitigate these risks.

"Family Reunification Plans"

Presented by Deb Hendricks

MSBA Center for Education Safety

    This course includes how to get the right child back with the right parent after an incident where the kids have to be sheltered for a time or evacuated.  This can be from a natural disaster or a man-made incident.  Either way, that chaos creates opportunities for “bad actors,” whether they are child traffickers or just non-custodial parents, to separate the kiddos from their parents.

"Understanding the Millennial Generation"

Presented by Cpt. Kevin Woodson

    This course is designed to introduce participants to the Millennial Generation.  Today’s workforce consists of more than 85% of the Millennial Generation.  There is a defined divide between the Millennial Generation and past generations.  We will discuss a better understanding the Millennial Generation and how they were raised, technological advancements, their expectations, and general statistics that make up the Millennial Generation. 

"Special Education & DARE"

Presented by Ofc. David Burke

Washington Police Dept.

   This course provides an introduction to the terminology, identification, and issues commonly encountered when addressing the needs of diverse students with disabilities. Officer's learn DARE specific instruction consistent with adopted content standards for students including understanding an IEP, developing lessons plans, and implementing fun new teaching activities in the special education classroom.

"Introduction to Sign Language"

Presented by Carol Heffernan

    This course is an introduction to American Sign Language. It creates a visual-gestural environment that introduces ASL grammar and vocabulary without presenting English equivalents. This course includes interactive activities, cultural awareness education, and individual feedback.

"Surviving a Career Critical Incident"

Presented by Weaver & Associates


    During this 2-hour course, we will discuss "career critical incidents"--anything that can result in prosecution, discipline, damage to your reputation, or civil liability; and anything else that can negatively affect your career or livelihood. We will discuss strategies for surviving, and thriving, when you are facing these challenging circumstances in these challenging times. 

And Many More Courses...

    View the 2021 schedule above to see full list of courses available at this years MDOA Conference.

Conference Schedule

Sunday July 11th, 2021

  • 4-5 Early Registration

Monday July 12th, 2021

  • 7-11 Registration
  • 8-11 Suicide and Law
  • 8-11 Family Reunification After Disaster
  • 8-11 MILO Shooting Simulator for LEO
  • 11:30-1 Opening Lunch & Ceremony (Provided)
  • 1:15-4:15 Suicide and Law
  • 1:15-4:15 MILO Shooting Simulator
  • 1:15-4:15 Family Reunification after Disaster

Tuesday July 13th, 2021

  • Classic Breakfast Provided (eggs,sausage, etc)
  • 8-Noon Youth Service Project
  • 8-10 Darkness to Light
  • 8-10 Racial Profiling
  • 8-10 Basic Sign Language for LEO
  • 10:15-12:15 Drug Update
  • 10:15-12:15 Special Education & DARE
  • 10:15-12:15 Basic Sign Language for LEO
  • 12:15-1:30 Lunch Break (Not Provided)
  • 1:45-3:45 Drug Update
  • 1:45-3:45 Racial Profiling
  • 1:45-3:45 Darkness to Light
  • 6-8 Family Night at The Sand (Food Provided)

Wednesday July 14th, 2021

  • Classic Breakfast Provided (eggs, sausage, etc)
  • 8-Noon PTSD the Silent Sniper
  • Noon-1 Box Lunch (Provided)
  • 1-5 Critical Mindset "I had to stop the threat"
  • 6:30 DARE Cruise Night at Andy's

Thursday July 15th, 2021

  • Continental Bfast Provided (parfaits, bagels, etc)
  • 8-11 Understanding the Millennial
  • 8-11 Managing Risk in School LEO
  • 8-11 DARE Remote and Updates
  • 11:30-1 Awards Ceremony/Lunch (Provided)
  • 1:15-4:15 DARE Remote and Updates
  • 1:15-4:15 Managing Risk in School LEO
  • 1:15-4:15 Understanding the Millennial

Friday July 16th, 2021

  • 8-10 Special Education and DARE
  • 8-10 Childhood Trauma and COVID19 Impact
  • 10:15-10:45 Closing Ceremony

MDOA Event Partners


    Elks Lodges brings so much more to their communities than just a building, golf course, or pool. They are places where neighbors come together, families share meals, and children grow up. Elks invest in their communities through programs that help children grow up healthy and drug-free, meet the needs of today's veterans, and improve the quality of life.

First Track GPS | Track Your Offender 24/7. No Matter Where They Are.

    First Track GPS, LLC is a Missouri company founded with a background based upon criminal pre-trial release. Its owners and managers are well respected in the criminal defense and judicial communities. Their expertise in the posting of bail and producing absconding defendants has made their involvement and addition of electronic monitoring an ideal complement to judicial pre-trial alternatives.

Criminal Defense Lawyer Springfield MO | Sex Offenses, Drug Charge (entrapped.com)     

    With over 70 years of legal experience, Dee Wampler and Joe Passanise have a deep understanding of state and federal criminal laws. They have successfully represented individuals in a range of matters spanning DWI violations to white collar criminal charges to drug offenses and other serious violations. Trial-tested, they provide high-quality advocacy in municipal, state and federal courts. Both attorney Wampler and attorney Passanise are regularly commended by local and nationally recognized organizations.

    Rep. Shane Roden, a Republican, represents part of Jefferson County (District 111) in the Missouri House of Representatives. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2014. In addition to his legislative duties, Rep. Roden is a firefighter, paramedic and a reserve Deputy Sheriff. Rep. Roden is also a life member of the Commemorative Air Force.

TAB Pistol Plus LLC, is a small family owned business. We offer firearms and accessories. We also provide custom embroidery and custom shirt transfers. Formally known as Stich-N-Things.

Family Events

Youth Service Project

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021 @ 8-Noon

We need your help! Officers can join in on the fishing fun with our youth service project. Connect with local kids on an amazing fishing experience with local legend Bassin' Bob.

Family Beach Party

Tuesday, July 13th, 2021 @ 6-8pm

Kick back and relax. Throw on the Hawaiian shirts and sun screen for a great time in The Sand. BBQ, Music, and Games at the Cabana located at the Old Kinderhook. Kids enjoy making sand castles and searching for buried treasure.

DARE Cruise Night

Wednesday, July 14th, 2021 @ 6:30 pm

Put some shine on that cruiser and join us for an amazing Cruise Night at Andy's Frozen Custard. We'll leave together from The Old Kinderhook and cruise 30 mins up Hwy 54 to Osage Beach Pkwy for some local food and treats.

*Family events dates, times, and locations are subject to change without notice.