This Year's Special Guests: Karen Solomon, Blue H.E.L.P., and Matt & Anita Hanlin
Since 2014, Karen Solomon has been giving a voice to the thousands of officers in the field who can’t or won’t speak out. She has interviewed hundreds of law enforcement officers and their families to gain insight into the field, trauma, stress, and both physical and emotional survival. Karen is a national speaker, author, columnist, and advocate. Her books Hearts Beneath the Badge and The Price They Pay are used in citizen’s academies throughout the country and endorsed by law enforcement leadership. Her articles can be found on Calibre Press, PoliceOne, LawOfficer, and Law Enforcement Today. Married to a police officer for sixteen years, Karen understands today’s challenges and puts her knowledge to work on behalf of the entire profession. Karen has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Eckerd College. She’s a member of the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE), and the Public Safety Writers Association.
Detective Matt Hanlin has been employed with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office in Florida since 2003. He is currently assigned to the training unit. Detective Hanlin has served as a Field Training Officer, as well as a detective in the Organized Crime Section/Narcotics section, General Investigations Section, Street Crimes Unit, and State Attorney's Office. Detective Hanlin was selected as the 2013 National Sheriff’s Association Deputy of the Year. Detective Hanlin has been awarded the Law Enforcement Purple Heart and the Medal of Honor from the Clay County Sheriff’s Office for his actions in a 2012 meth investigation where he was shot and his partner Detective Dave White was killed. Detective Hanlin resides in Orange Park, FL., with his wife, Anita. Detective Hanlin is an active supporter of Concerns of Police Survivors and has served three years as the chapter President for the North East Florida Chapter.
Anita Hanlin has been married to Matt Hanlin for the past twenty-six years. Together they have two daughters who have both recently graduated college. Anita earned her Bachelors in Education from the University of North Florida. She has been employed by the Clay County Board of Education since 2004, where she currently teaches 5th and 6th grade at Doctors Inlet School.