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InfraGardMN January 2020 General Member Meeting

January 27, 2020 @ 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Reducing Violence Through Research and Analysis

Event Description: For over two years, Twin Cities-based professors Jillian Peterson and James Densley have studied the life histories of mass shooters in the United States for a project funded by the National Institute of Justice that has received global media attention. They built a database dating back to 1966 of every shooter who killed four or more people in a public place and interviewed incarcerated mass shooters and their families and friends; people who planned a shooting but changed their minds; shooting survivors and first responders. The goal has been to find new, data-driven pathways for preventing mass shootings. This presentation shares some of their findings and demonstrates how, by understanding the traits that mass shooters share, we can do more than just upgrade security or lockdown an entire generation. We can instead plan to prevent the violence. Visit https://www.theviolenceproject.org for details.

12:30 – 1:00    Check In & Pre-Meeting Networking
 1:00 – 1:15    Welcome and Opening Remarks!  Jerrod Montoya – President InfraGard
 1:15 – 1:25    Board Elections and Candidate Intros- Candidates
 1:25 – 1:50    Making InfraGard a Force Multiplier –  John Bonhage -- FBI
 1:50 – 2:15    Networking Break 
 2:15 – 4:00    The Violence Project: Mass Shooting Prevention Through Research – 
                     Jillian Peterson PhD – Hamline University,    
                     James Densley PhD – Metropolitan State University  

Register Here (Required) All attendees must register by noon on Wednesday January 22nd.

Please Join Us Immediately After the Meeting for Happy Hour at  Pizza Lucé!

9320 Excelsior Blvd.
Hopkins, MN

Speaker Bios

Jillian Peterson, PhD, is a Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Hamline University and the faculty director of the Center for Justice and Law. Jill launched her career as a special investigator in New York City, researching and developing the psycho-social life histories of men facing the death penalty, which were used in their sentencing hearings. Jill has led large-scale research studies on mental illness and crime, school shooting prevention, and mass violence, which have received national media attention. She is a sought-after national trainer and speaker on issues related to mental illness and violence, trauma, forensic psychology, and mass violence. Jill earned her Master’s in social ecology and Doctorate in psychology and social behavior from the University of California, Irvine. She is trained in restorative justice, violence mediation, crisis intervention, de-escalation, and suicide prevention.

James Densley, PhD, is a Professor of Criminal Justice and the first University Scholar at Metropolitan State University, part of the Minnesota State system. He is also a Visiting Professor at the University of West London and Fellow of the Hamline University Center for Justice and Law. James first moved to the United States to teach special education in the New York City public schools. After earning his Doctorate in sociology from the University of Oxford, he quickly established himself as one of the world’s leading experts on street gangs and youth violence, including cyber violence. James’ work has attracted global media attention. He has been an invited or plenary speaker on three continents. James is the author of three books, including the award-winning How Gangs Work (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), 40 refereed articles in leading social science journals, and over 50 book chapters, essays, and other non-refereed works.

John Bonhage has been with the FBI for over 24 years as a Special Agent in Minnesota working on violent crime, health care, financial fraud, environmental crime, counter intelligence and counter terrorism investigations. He is currently the Private Sector Coordinator for FBI Minneapolis Division and has been the InfraGard Coordinator for Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota for the past five years.


January 27, 2020
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm


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9320 Excelsior Blvd
Hopkins, MN 55343 United States
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