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How To Catch A Predator: How to Run A Child Luring Sting

  • April 17, 2024
  • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Lincoln City Police Department, 1503 SE East Devils Lake Road, Lincoln City 97367
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Class Title:

To Catch A Predator: How to Run A Child Luring Sting

Target Audience:

Law Enforcement Only

Sponsoring Agency:

Lincoln City Police Department

Date and Time:

April 17, 2024, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (7:45 check-in)


$150 OPOA Members

$175 Non-members

Training Location:

Lincoln City Police Department, 1503 SE East Devils Lake Road, Lincoln City 97367


Detective Mark Povolny, Washington County Sheriff's Office

Mark Povolny is a detective at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, where he has worked since 2010.  He is currently assigned to the Violent Crimes Unit and the Major Crimes Team, as well as serving as a back-up PIO.  Det. Povolny also works with the Washington County Sex Trafficking Task Force.  Det. Povolny has participated in and directed multiple human trafficking operations, covering both adult prostitution and child sex trafficking. Det. Povolny also plans and leads one-day missions targeting child luring.  Prior to his law enforcement career, Det. Povolny was a broadcast journalist (don’t hold that against him!) and will cover how to effectively share the results of these missions to generate public support for your agency.

Detective Shannon Wilde, Washington County Sheriff's Office

Detective Shannon Wilde has worked for WCSO since May 2014. As a patrol deputy, she was a member of the domestic violence resource team and the mental health response team. She promoted to detective in March 2021 and is currently assigned to the violent crimes unit. She has also served as a public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office. Det. Wilde has participated in missions since 2018 and has experience as a chatter, as well as planning and leading missions. In her spare time, Shannon enjoys spending time with her family and working on her ’66 Mustang.

Detective Nicole Palmeri, Lake Oswego Police Department

Nicole Palmeri has been a police officer since 2016. She is currently assigned as a Detective with the Lake Oswego Police Department and serves on the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team and Honor Guard. Previously, she has served five years on the Clackamas County Crisis Negotiation Team and as a Defensive Tactics Instructor. Nicole has been active in Human Trafficking work since receiving her bachelor’s degree in social work from Fresno Pacific University in 2014. Nicole has participated in numerous multijurisdictional Human Trafficking Sting operations throughout the Portland Metropolitan Area as a decoy for both Child Luring and Prostitution since 2018. Nicole has led John's missions and investigations in Illicit Massage Businesses. In her free time, she loves CrossFit and spending time with family, including her two children and bull terrier Roxy.

DPSST Category: General

Brief Overview:

This class will teach you how to set up, plan, and execute your own undercover child luring sting.  These missions can be done on a small or large scale and can be adapted for each agency’s resources.  The public consistently ranks targeting sex offenders and child sex predators as one of their top priorities and the class will cover how to publicize the missions with the media and your community partners. Topics discussed will include which social media sites and apps to set up decoys, undercover chatting, decoy photos, operation plans, arrest plans, search warrants, case studies, prosecution and sharing your success with the public.

Contact Information:

Alicia Davis at (970) 412-4544 or training4@opoa.info.


Not required but if available, bring a smart phone with admin access to install 3rd party applications (ie Whisper, Snapchat, etc).  It can be your department-issued phone if you have admin access but a burner smart phone is preferred.  A computer is also helpful but not required.


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