Expand the Response Conference

Expand the Response Conference
Connecting Disciplines ~ Healing Victims
January 15-17, 2019


1st Annual Expand the Response Conference presented by Victim Support Services. Connecting criminal justice, law enforcement, advocacy, social service and mental health professionals who respond to crime victims. Join us in learning how to more effectively assist crime victims. Network with others in your field from across the state and country. Early bird registration price of $245 ends August 31st! Standard Registration fee increases to the standard rate of $299 on September 1. We will see you at Little Creek Casino and Resort in January 2019!



On Wednesday, January 16 at 5:30pm, Victim Support Services is hosting an Expand Your Network Night. This is a chance for professionals to network and make connections with others in the criminal justice field. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided and there is a no host bar. Cost to attend is $25 per person. Tickets may be paid online, with your registration fee, and will be included in your registration packet. 



LITTLE CREEK CASINO RESORT is providing discounted rates to attendees. Those who stay at the LCCR hotel will receive discounted rates of $112/night plus tax on Premium King and Premium Double Queen non-smoking rooms and $85/night plus tax on King and Double Queen non-smoking rooms. Please mention the block code 1st Annual Expand the Response Conference to receive the special group rate. Discounted attendee rates are available by booking before 12/15/2018, or while rooms are still available.

Other area hotel options in Olympia, WA:

Hilton Garden Inn: $129/night plus tax

Hotel RL by Red Lion: $129/night plus tax

La Quinta Inn and Suites: $89/night plus tax




Mass Violence Preparation and Response

Special Keynote: Captain Christoper Vanghele, Newtown Police Department

Presenter Bio

Captain Christopher Vanghele has been a Newtown Police Officer since June of 1993.  He has held numerous assignments and ranks within the Department including; patrol officer, Statewide Narcotics Taskforce officer, School Resource Officer, Patrol Sergeant, Administrative Sergeant, Administrative Lieutenant and Patrol Lieutenant.  During his tenure he was a founding member of the Connecticut School Resource Officer’s Association, served as the Department’s grant writer, coordinated the Citizen Police Academy and chaired the Department’s Awards and Decorations Committee.

Captain Vanghele is currently the Executive Officer of the police department and second in command.  He is a certified domestic violence instructor and was a past president and treasurer of the Fairfield County Police Training Officer’s Association.

Captain Vanghele is the recipient of his Department’s Bravery Award, Merit Award, Chief’s Service Award, Commissioner’s Service Award, and Education Award.  He has numerous MADD awards for his proactive drunk driving enforcement efforts.  He is the recipient of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families “Community Partner Award”, and he has received the 2013 “First 100 Plus” award for his leadership and commitment to improving the lives of domestic violence victims in Connecticut.  He has most recently been awarded the Courage of Connecticut Award for his actions during the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy.

Captain Vanghele graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s degree in English literature and has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from American Military University.  He has attended the New England Institute of Law Enforcement Management’s Command Training Program, the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar, and the Sacred Heart University Police Leadership Institute.  He is an associate professor at POST University in Connecticut where he instructs courses within the Criminal Justice Department.

Captain Vanghele responded to the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012 and led the initial entry team.  He then acted as the on-scene incident commander for the Newtown Police Department.

Presentation Description

On 12/14/12 the Newtown Police Department responded to one of the worst school shootings in history.  A lone gunman shot his way into the Sandy Hook Elementary School and within minutes killed six teachers and twenty children.  As a first responder to the scene and as a leader within the Newtown Police Department, Captain Vanghele will share his experiences from that day and in the weeks and months that followed.  From a retrospective and lessons learned viewpoint, he will discuss the emergency response and the investigation as well as the aftermath of the event.  Captain Vanghele will discuss the various aspects regarding this tragic incident to include; the overwhelming outpouring of assistance, the mental health effects of trauma, community resiliency, law enforcement training issues, school security, active shooter response, and charting a course for the “new normal”.



identity theft and fraud prevention and recovery

working with families of homicide

stalking from the perspective of a victim

active shooter response in schools

working with foreign national victims of trafficking

& others 




By sponsoring the first annual Expand the Response Conference, your organization will be recognized by hundreds of influential professionals in the criminal justice field. This conference impacts the lives of those affected directly by crime. In order to reap full sponsorship benefits, please register to be a sponsor no later than December 21, 2018.

For more information contact Dr. Michaela Weber, Executive Director, at

Phone: 425.252.6081

Fax: 425.259.1730

Email: Michaela@ victimsupportservices.org

Click here, if you would like to fill out a sponsorship form and mail it in.