Michael Fergus, IACP Technology Center
Rick Smith, co-founder and CEO of TASER International, delivers the keynote address, “Technology Acceleration,” at the IT Summit on May 19, 2014.
“The concept of adaptability and change, I think, is becoming more and more important for organizations, whether public or private, because the pace of change is accelerating. And that’s not just some sort of casual observation—it’s a mathematical certainty.”
he above comment from TASER International co-founder Rick Smith set the tone for the IT Summit preceding the 38th Annual IACP Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Conference and Technology Exposition. Since 2012, the LEIM Section has hosted a daylong IT Summit to discuss the important technology issues facing law enforcement agencies. During his keynote speech, Smith challenged the audience to look to the future and anticipate the technology available to officers in the field and the infrastructure required to store, manage, and utilize the ever-increasing volume of data that the technology will generate.
The LEIM Section of IACP comprises over 700 chiefs and information technology professionals from agencies of all sizes, jurisdictions, and geographies. Every state in the United States is represented, as are five Canadian provinces and eight other nations. Since 1977, the IACP LEIM Section has sponsored a conference and technology exposition, and the 2014 event took place at the Westin Peachtree Center and AmericasMart in Atlanta, Georgia. More than 500 law enforcement, industry, and IT professionals from the United States, Canada, and as far away as the Netherlands and Nigeria attended this year’s event.
The summit continued with a series of panel discussions moderated by IACP Senior Program Manager David J. Roberts. Participants utilized audience response technology to engage in an active dialogue about the changing technology landscape and the emerging operational, policy, and privacy implications that accompany the technological advances.
Conference Plenary Sessions
The 2014 LEIM conference was opened by Lance Valcour, O.O.M., a former inspector with the Ottawa Police Service and chair of the LEIM Section Board of Officers, followed by the presentation of colors by the Atlanta Police Department color guard. Opening remarks were delivered by IACP President Yost Zakhary and Executive Director Vincent Talucci, and conference attendees were welcomed by Atlanta Police Chief George N. Turner.
Following the opening ceremony, LEIM board members Commander Scott Edson, Los Angeles, California, Sheriff’s Department; Steve Williams, Major, Florida Highway Patrol; James Buckley Jr., Special Agent, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement; Lieutenant Michael Macarilla, Director, Vermont Intelligence Center; and Major Christopher Wiles, Danville, Virginia, Police Department, joined Inspector Valcour in providing the results of the LEIM IT Summit. The panel then engaged in a facilitated dialogue with members of the audience that explored operational and technology priorities and challenges.
Panelists participate in a facilitated dialogue, Exploring the Future of Law Enforcement Technology, at the IT Summit. Left to right: Dave Roberts, IACP; Ben Gorban, IACP; Alecia Webb-Edgington, APPRISS; Steve Correll, Nlets; Pam Scanlon, ARJIS; and Steve Williams, Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
The conference program continued with a panel discussion focusing on the future of law enforcement communications. Panelists included IACP Communications and Technology Committee Chair Harlin McEwen; Deputy General Manager of the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet), TJ Kennedy; and Deputy Chief Eddie Reyes of the Alexandria, Virginia, Police Department.
The 2014 LEIM conference featured 30 concurrent workshops organized into three tracks: Executive, Operational and Analytical, and Technical. Workshop topics ranged from the use of cloud-based solutions for law enforcement and information sharing to 3D imaging of crime scenes and the integration of unmanned aircraft into public safety operations.
Kshemendra Paul, program manager for the Information Sharing Environment (PM-ISE), addresses the Criminal Justice
Information Sharing Committee.
Major George Ake, North Carolina Highway Patrol (ret.), gives a presentation on the NLETS Targeted Internet Photo Sharing (TIPS) program at the Communications and Technology Committee meeting.
One of the most popular features of the LEIM conference is the Technology Exposition. This year attendees could explore products and services from 68 industry-leading solution providers. With the help of key industry partners, attendees were offered the opportunity to learn about the range of technologies and services that are available to help ensure successful law enforcement planning and implementation.
Mark your calendars for next year’s LEIM Conference & Technology Exposition, which will be held May 19–21, 2015, in San Diego, California. Visit www.theiacp.org/LEIM-Conference to view past presentations or learn more about future LEIM conferences.
Several IACP committees host their midyear meetings in association with the LEIM conference. The Computer Crime and Digital Evidence (CCDE) Committee, Communications and Technology Committee, Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Committee, and the Private Sector Liaison Committees all met to discuss the pressing issues facing law enforcement agencies. ♦
Please cite as:
Michael Fergus, “38th Annual LEIM Training Conference and Exposition: Cutting-Edge Tools, Technology Issues, and Adaptability for Law Enforcement,” Technology Talk, The Police Chief 81 (July 2014): 74–75.