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Technology Talk

37th Annual LEIM Training Conference and Exposition—Recap

By David J. Roberts, Senior Program Manager, IACP Technology Center

Members of the Scottsdale Police Department Honor Guard Presentation of Color.
Pictured on stage (left to right) are Rabbi Kravitz, Chief Alan Rodbell, and IACP Executive Director Bart Johnson.
Lincoln Public Safety Director Thomas Casady presents his IACP/LEIM IT Summit keynote address, “The Path of Technology in Policing.”
Dr. Richard Falkenrath, Principal, Chertoff Group and Former New York Police Department Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism, addresses conference attendees on the topic of Cloud Computing for Law Enforcement.
Sergeant Brandon Huntley, Phoenix Police Department, Commander Laurie Van Deusen, Palm Beach Gardens Police Department, Lieutenant Lauri Burgett, Phoenix Police Department, and Darrell Smith, Crime & Gun Intelligence Coordinator, ATF, present their workshop, “Investigating and Preventing Gun Violence in Our Communities.”
Christopher Bruce, Past President, International Association of Crime Analysts, presents his workshop, “Smarter Policing: Leveraging Existing Data and Technology to Make Better Decisions”

he Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Section of IACP comprises more than 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 LEIM Section annually has sponsored a conference and technology exposition, and the 37th one recently concluded in Scottsdale, Arizona. The event was held at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel May 21–23, 2013, and was attended by 526 people, including representatives from 43 U.S. states, as well as Australia, Bahamas, Canada, the Netherlands, and Nigeria. This year 82 members of the LEIM Section attended the conference.

Conference Plenary Sessions

The 2013 LEIM conference opened with welcoming remarks by Scott Edson, commander, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, and chair of the LEIM Section. Commander Edson’s opening was followed by the presentation of colors by the Scottsdale Police Department; a nondenominational invocation by Rabbi Robert Kravitz, Chaplain, Scottsdale Police Department; and welcoming remarks by Alan Rodbell, Chief, Scottsdale Police Department and Bart R. Johnson, Executive Director, International Association of Chiefs of Police.

LEIM Board members Commander Edson, Lance Valcour, executive director, Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG), and Steve Williams, major, Florida Highway Patrol, joined Thomas Casady, public safety director, Lincoln, Nebraska, in providing results of the IACP/LEIM IT Summit, which was held on May 20, 2013. Director Casady provided an opening address, “The Path of Technology in Policing,” which reviewed the evolution of technology in policing, identified major technology trends, and explored the economic imperative of police technology. The panel then engaged in a facilitated dialogue with members of the audience exploring operational and technological priorities and challenges.

IACP Executive Director Bart R. Johnson moderated a plenary session panel “Leveraging the Cloud for Law Enforcement.” Mr. Johnson provided context for the session, referencing a symposium that was co-sponsored by IACP and SafeGov on January 31, 2013. Dr. Richard Falkenrath, principal, Chertoff Group and former New York Police Department deputy commissioner for Counterterrorism, provided an overview of cloud computing in justice and summarized results of a survey completed by IACP and Safegov. David Cuthbertson, assistant director, CJIS Division, Federal Bureau of Investigation, provided an overview of security issues associated with cloud computing and a discussion of CJIS security policies as they apply to cloud computing. Pamela Scanlon, executive director, Automated Regional Justice Information System (ARJIS), San Diego, California, provided operational insight on applications of cloud computing and discussed issues ARJIS has addressed in this new computing paradigm.


The 2013 LEIM conference featured 36 concurrent workshops organized into four tracks: Executive, Communications, Operational, and Technical. Workshop topics ranged from social media and internet profiling and intelligence gathering, to facial recognition and predictive policing.

Technology Exposition

In addition to plenary sessions and workshops, LEIM conference attendees also benefited from a robust technology exposition featuring world-class solution providers. The 2013 LEIM conference technology exposition included 54 industry-leading solution providers exhibiting at the conference. The conference also attracted 19 sponsors. Conference-attending chiefs, commanders, operational managers, technical support, and line staff were able—with the help of key industry partners—to explore the range of technologies and services that are available to help ensure success in law enforcement planning and implementation.

Committee Meetings

Several IACP committees host their midyear meetings in association with the LEIM conference. The Computer Crime and Digital Evidence (CCDE) Committee, Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Committee, and the Private Sector Liaison Committees (PSLC) met Saturday, May 18; the Communications and Technology and CJIS Committees met independently and jointly on Sunday,
May 19.♦

Please cite as:

David Roberts, "37th Annual LEIM Training Conference and Exposition—Recap," Technology Talk, The Police Chief 80 (January 2013): 114–115.

LEIM 2014

Mark your calendars now, and plan to attend the 38th Annual LEIM Training Conference & Technology Exposition, May 20–22, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit in the coming months for more information.



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXX, no. 8, August 2013. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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