Efficient patrol strategies are crucial to managing scarce police resources and improving community trust. However, the policing industry has recently been dealt a trifecta of challenging complications including widespread retention and recruitment issues, community pressure for police accountability and non-enforcement tactics, in addition to budget shortfalls.

Many agencies are seeking ways to maximize their workforces to effectively protect the community while shedding the misconception of over-policing. As a result, there is high agency demand for tools that improve patrol efficiency and real-time patrol visibility to prevent burnout and deter crime.

Access this webinar to hear how Wilmington PD, recently featured in Forbes Magazine, incorporates ShotSpotter Connect™ as part of its innovative patrol strategy to prevent crime and engage the community.  Amanda Woods of Becker and Poliakoff also shares funding opportunities that agencies can take advantage of in 2021.

Key Webinar Takeaways:

  • Using technology to maximize resources and drive positive outcomes with data-driven patrols

  • Best practices for sharing results with your community to improve engagement and legitimacy

  • Accessing money that's available now to help you navigate staff shortages and budget cuts

Who Should Attend:

Police Chiefs, Heads of Patrol Division, Command Staff, Patrol Ops, Crime Analysts, Senior Data Analysts.

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Our Speakers

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Deputy Chief Alex Sotelo

Field Services Bureau Commander

Wilmington Police Department

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Barry Coburn

Senior Data & Crime Analyst

Wilmington Police Department


Amanda Wood

Grant Funding Expert

Becker & Poliakoff

About the Panelists

Deputy Chief Alejandra Sotelo - Wilmington Police Department

Deputy Chief Alejandra Sotelo joined the Wilmington Police Department in 2000. In her role as Deputy Chief, Sotelo oversees the Field Services Bureau which is comprised of the Uniform Patrol Division and the Special Operations Division. Prior to becoming WPD’s first female Deputy Chief in 2019, she worked in a variety of assignments at the Wilmington Police Department including Patrol, Investigations, Internal Affairs. She previously served as the Captain over Planning and Research which oversees, the Real Time Crime Center, training, recruiting and CALEA.

She is a graduate of the 74th Class of the Administrative Officers Management Program at North Carolina State University and is currently working on her Master’s degree from UNC Pembroke.
Deputy Chief Sotelo received her Bachelor of Science Degree from UNCW in Criminal Justice. A native of Texas, she has lived in the community she serves in Wilmington, NC for more than 30 years.

Barry Coburn - Wilmington Police Department

Crime Analyst Barry Coburn is a true expert in the field of Crime Analysis. In his 29-year of experience, Mr. Coburn has achieved outstanding results in criminal investigation, tracking crime trends, as well as successfully addressing public safety and evolving criminal concerns.

Barry Coburn's innovative approach of combining his expertise with technology has been credited with making the Wilmington Police Department more efficient and effective in implementing short and long-term crime prevention strategies, including configuring gunshot detection and patrol management technology. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech University.

Amanda Wood - Becker & Poliakoff

Amanda Wood’s primary focus is assisting law enforcement agencies with federal funding needs. She previously served as Legislative Director to Senator Bob Graham (D-FL), where she was responsible for developing and implementing the Senator’s legislative agenda and strategy. While serving as the Senator’s chief advisor on federal appropriations, Ms. Wood worked closely with representatives from Florida cities, counties, and state agencies to advocate for projects funding.

Currently, Amanda trains agencies to communicate effectively with their local government and helps them identify and pursue funds for their needs. She provides strategic advice to law enforcement teams and guides them through the funding process, including review of grant applications. She achieves success through direct communication and research regarding community-specific federal funding opportunities.