Panel Discussion: Mid-Year Law Enforcement Fatalities Report

Keeping Officers’ Names Off the Wall

Please join us for a presentation of the preliminary numbers of U.S. law enforcement fatalities from January – June 2020 as recorded by the National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum. Reviewing and discussing this data will be a panel of law enforcement officer safety and wellness experts, including a pair of Destination Zero National Officer Safety and Wellness winners, a medical doctor discussing physical health and well-being and a psychologist addressing mental health issues in policing. This live and interactive panel will discuss successful and innovative strategies to reduce line-of-duty deaths and improve officer safety and wellness. 


Fatalities Report:

Marcia Ferranto
Chief Executive Officer
National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum

Keynote Speaker:

Michael Costigan
Acting Director
Bureau of Justice Assistance

Panel Moderator:

John Matthews
Senior Director of Officer Safety and Wellness
National Law Enforcement Memorial and Museum


Chief Will Balling, Sidney (OH) Police Department
Sheriff Ira Edwards, Clarke County (GA) Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff Brian Gardner, Linn County (IA) Sheriff’s Office
Jon Sheinberg, MD, FACC, Lieutenant, Lakeway (TX) Police Department
Dr. Heather Silvio, Deputy Director, Police Training Institute


Michael Costigan

Michael Costigan

Mike Costigan serves as Acting Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance. Previously he served as Chief of Staff for the Office of Justice Programs. This is Mike’s third term as an appointee of the Department of Justice. Immediately after graduating from the University of California, Santa Barbara, he came east to work in the Reagan Administration for Attorney General Ed Meese as a speechwriter and press aide.

Mike has worked extensively on public safety issues throughout his career, running Virginia Exile, the Administration’s statewide gun violence reduction effort. He used the success of his program as a model for a national program for then Presidential candidate George W. Bush. It became known as Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) and was adopted by President Bush and implemented by Attorney General John Ashcroft. President Trump and Attorneys General Sessions and Barr re-committed to PSN as their top gun violence reduction effort.

Chief Will Balling

Chief Will Balling began his career with the Sidney Police Department as a patrol officer in 1994 and has since become the department’s sixth Chief of Police. After beginning as a patrol officer in 1994, Chief Balling was promoted to sergeant in 1998 and lieutenant in 2003. Balling was promoted to captain in 2011, managing the Police Communication Center and in 2012 became the captain managing police operations. During his time with the department, Chief Balling also served as a drug detective, detective, bike officer and evidence technician. Chief Balling earned a Master of Justice Administration degree from Tiffin University and a Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree from Wright State University. He is a certified law enforcement executive and has completed the Police Executive Leadership College. He has also completed training by the International Association of Chief of Police in Leading by Legacy and is a police officer training instructor.

Sheriff Ira Edwards

Sheriff Ira Edwards took office January 1, 2001, and is currently serving his 5th term. He is the first African American elected in the history of Clarke County and the first to win a county-wide election as a constitutional officer. He has served in law enforcement for the past 35 years. Sheriff Edwards is very active on a local, state, and national level where is serving as 3rd Vice President for the National Sheriff Association and 2nd Vice President for F.B.I. Law Enforcement Executive Development Association. He is an adjunct instructor for Athens Technical College, where he is committed to educating our youth to succeed in life. He serves on numerous boards which include, Georgia Sheriff’s Youth Homes, the Athens Tutorial Program, St. Mary’s Hospital, and D.A.R.E. International. Sheriff Edwards was appointed by the National Sheriff’s Association in May 2020 to serve on the National Faith and Blue Weekend Working Group to strengthen collaboration between law enforcement and local communities.

Sheriff Edwards attended the University of Georgia where he received his B.A. degree in Sociology with a focus in Criminal Studies.  He received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University, where he was inducted into the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society, graduating with honors.  He is a graduate of the National Sheriff’s Institute, where he was nominated, class president. He is also a graduate of the F.B.I. National Academy Session 239 and the F.B.I. Leadership Executive Development Program, Session 71.

Sheriff Brian Gardner

Sheriff Brian Gardner began his career with the Linn County Sheriff’s Office in 1980 as a communications operator.  He became a reserve deputy sheriff in 1981 and began working as a full-time deputy sheriff in 1982. As a deputy sheriff, he worked in the Jail, Civil and Patrol Divisions and served as the Accreditation Manager in the General Services Division.  He was promoted to Sergeant in 1994 and worked in the Community Services Unit of the General Services Division and in the Jail Division. In 1997, he was promoted to Lieutenant and became the Jail’s first Assistant Jail Administrator. He was promoted to Captain in 2000. He was elected Sheriff in 2008, assuming the position on January 1, 2009.  He was reelected Sheriff in 2012 and 2016 and is currently serving his third term in office.  

He received a Master of Public Administration degree in Criminal Justice from City University in Bellevue, Washington in 2004. Sheriff Gardner is a graduate of the 80th basic class of the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in 1982, the 199th session of the FBI National Academy in 1999, and the 99th session of the National Sheriffs’ Institute in 2010. He has been an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) since 1981, a Certified Homeland Protection Professional (CHPP) since 2013, and a Certified Credible Leader (CCL) since 2017.

Jon Sheinberg, MD, FACC

Dr. Jon Sheinberg is a board-certified invasive cardiologist. He practices general cardiology and lipidology (the intricate field of cholesterol management and how different cholesterol disorders contribute to coronary disease). Dr. Sheinberg has additional training and expertise in aggressive coronary disease detection and prevention. Besides medicine, Dr. Sheinberg’s passion is law enforcement. He is a sworn police officer and a Lieutenant on the Lakeway (TX) Police Department, as well as a Special Deputy United States Marshal. He sits on the Department of Justice’s Officer Safety and Wellness Working Group, part of the Presidential Task Force on 21st Century Policing and travels throughout the US, as well as internationally, speaking on the creation of wellness and safety initiatives for public safety agencies.

Dr. Sheinberg also serves as the Medical Director for the Central Texas Regional Swat Team and is the CEO of the Public Safety Cardiac Foundation, a non-profit created to help reduce the #1 killer of men and women in uniform, heart disease.

Dr. Heather Silvio

Dr. Heather Silvio, Deputy Director of the Police Training Institute, is a licensed clinical psychologist who develops and conducts national training intended to bridge the gap between at-risk youth and law enforcement. She previously worked as a national law enforcement trainer with the Community Safety Institute and locally for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Her prior position as the interim Chief of the Combat Related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder treatment team at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Las Vegas afforded a seamless transition from her time as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service, providing mental health services to active duty members across all branches of the Armed Forces, as well as family members and retirees.


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