February 27, 2024

Owen Conway & Kyle Meyers

Presentation: ”UNJUST”

In the summer of 2022 Lethbridge Police Service members responded to an armed hostage taking at a local office.  It was quickly determined that a client of the office had taken an employee hostage with the intention of forcing officers into a deadly encounter.  What transpired was an accelerated negotiation and hostage rescue over the course of 90 minutes.  The presentation includes audio of 911 calls, radio transmissions, negotiator calls into the business, video of tactical intervention and follow-up interviews.  Lessons learned and teaching points are covered in the presentation.

Presented by: Sgt. Owen Conway & S/Sgt. Kyle Meyers

Owen Conway is a Sergeant for the Lethbridge Police Service and seconded to the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT).  Sgt Conway began his career in 2007 with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and was posted to Maple Creek Saskatchewan. Sgt Conway joined the Lethbridge Police Service in 2009 and has spent the majority of his career in drugs and organized crime and in uniformed patrols.

Sgt Conway joined the Crisis Negotiation Team in 2021 and has been a part of hostage situations, suicidal subjects, and criminal barricades. Sgt Conway attended Athabasca University along with the Lethbridge College Criminal Justice Program.

Kyle Meyers is a Staff Sergeant with the Lethbridge Police Service and has 22 years of policing experience with LPS.  Over the course of his career Staff Sergeant Meyers has worked in a variety of areas including patrol, downtown beat, property crimes, violent crimes and professional standards.  Staff Sergeant Meyers is currently in charge of the Support Services Section for LPS.  Staff Sergeant Meyers holds a Bachelor Degree from Lethbridge College in Conservation Enforcement.

Staff Sergeant Meyers has been a crisis negotiator since 2009 and has served as the team lead for the LPS Crisis Negotiation team since 2018. Over the course of his policing career Staff Sergeant Meyers has been involved in numerous negotiations involving criminal barricades, suicidal subjects and hostage takings.