Conference Planning Meeting

The Kansas Juvenile Officers Association (KSJOA) is an organization committed to Kansas kids.  KSJOA was established in 2009 by the merging of Kansas D.A.R.E. Officers Association (KDOA), and the Kansas School Resource Officers Association (KASRO).  Active membership is limited to those who work in the Kansas Juvenile Justice System, or educators who have active D.A.R.E., G.R.E.A.T., or SRO Officers.  

Associate and sustaining memberships are also available for those who are interested in supporting the purpose of the association.  Listed below are those who are eligible for an active membership.

Juvenile Court Services
Community Corrections
Juvenile Corrections
Electronic Monitoring
D.A.R.E. Officers
School Resource Officers
G.R.E.A.T. Officers
Law Enforcement Administrators
School Administrators
County / District Attorneys or ACA / 



Our 2018 Conference is rapidly approaching and is scheduled for July 23rd- July 27th in Manhattan, KS.  Registration forms are now available at  With that in mind, I wanted to take some time to address the state of our association as well as cover some important dates for our association.

First off, I am excited for this conference, because we have the biggest lineup of speakers to date.  Our board voted back in January to raise our conference budget to allow more room to book speakers.  We were able to do this largely due to the continued support of Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt as well as some increased funds raised by our golf tournament and sponsorship work done by the board.  We have some powerful speakers to include Larry Thompson, John-Michael Keyes, John Moore, Lt. Brian Murphy, and some new training by Calibre Press!  We are also partnering with the National Association of School Resource Officers this year to offer the opportunity to take the Advanced SRO Course at the same time and location as our conference.  Registration is up on NASRO’s webpage for that course, and there is no need to dual register. 

As excited as I am about our lineup of presenters; I am equally excited about our location.  At the end of our past conferences, we asked that everyone fill out a survey.  We take the data we receive to make KSJOA better.  Several of these speakers come from your recommendations as well as the recommendation to move our conference to Manhattan the next two years.  Manhattan was a location that gave people from both the Wichita Metro as well as the Kansas City Metro regions the opportunity to attend the training without local travel constraints.  The Four Points Sheraton is a great hotel and have been awesome to work with.

I am also super exited for the future of KSJOA and the energy and new ideas our Board of Directors as well as Board Representatives have brought to the table.  I can honestly say that I went into last weeks’ board meeting a little worn out after a personal career move as well as my three-year Presidency of the organization.  I was refreshed by the energy of this board.  We have some surprises as well as possible celebrity appearances in the works for this conference.  We will make these announcements in the weeks to come.  Watch for these announcements on our new public Facebook page.   

A change to this year’s conference I would like to make everyone aware of is the separation of the golf tournament from the conference.  We are looking at doing our annual fundraising golf tournament in the fall separate from the conference to both hopefully bring some better temperatures as well as give more time to devote to that event. 

This year is an election year, and we will elect a 2nd Vice President at our conference.  This is a progressive 8-year term.  There has been a change to the KSJOA By-Laws that make it mandatory to submit applications/ intentions to run for this position to the Board of Directors no later than June 1st, 2018.  This process includes name, address, and a short bio of the nominee for election.  Additionally, the nominee must present a written letter from their supervisor stating that they agree and allow the officer to run for the position.  Please contact any board member with further questions regarding this process. 

Additional Dates to Remember:

·         Award Nominations (DARE Essay, SRO of the Year, DARE Officer of the Year, School Employee, and Law Enforcement Administrator of the Year nominations are due no later than June 1, 2018.  Email these to Undersheriff Tom Fischer at

·         06/21/2018 @ 5PM- Last day to book a room at conference room block rate ($91).  Breakfast for 2 persons per room is included in the room rate.  Hotel information is available at

·         September 2018- Tentative timeframe for golf tournament.  Email Caleb Lewis at if you have a good sponsorship or would like to help with the golf tournament. 


Derrick Ploutz

KSJOA President 

Will be held July 23rd - 27th 
at the 
4 Points by Sheraton
Manhattan, KS.

2018 (Tentative) Conference Schedule


We're looking for any school districts who have D.A.R.E. and deliver in any of the following ways: 

5th (elementary) and 6th (middle) sequence

Only elementary

Only middle

We would ask the school districts to agree to participate in the study for two years (2018-19 AY - 2019-20 AY). I have attached a document with additional details of the evaluation. Please let me know what questions you have. I'm happy to set up a time to chat on the phone if that is easier. 

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