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Technology Talk

Inaugural World Innovation Conference—Law Enforcement Information Management (WICLEIM) 2014 Held in Amsterdam

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

IACP President, Chief Yost Zakhary,
welcomes attendees to the
WICLEIM2014 Conference.

LEIM Chair Inspector (Ret.) Lance Valcour

Rob Wainwright, director, Europol

LEIM Member Chief Inspector Elle de Jonge

Lord Wasserman provides the
keynote presentation.

TASER International CEO Rick Smith

IACP hosted the inaugural World Innovation Conference—The Future of Law Enforcement Information Management (WICLEIM) in Amsterdam, Netherlands on June 10–12, 2014. The brainchild of LEIM chair Inspector (Ret.) Lance Valcour and LEIM member Chief Inspector Elle de Jonge, this European LEIM Conference was organized with international partners, including the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITIG), Dutch National Police, European Network for Law Enforcement Technology Services (ENLETS), Federal Police of Belgium, Hague Security Delta, Royal Marechaussee Netherlands (KMar), Fiscal Information and Investigation Service (FIOD), and the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI). IACP also partnered with the Bloomberg Institute, who managed the conference, provided logistics and support, and organized the Technology Exhibit Hall, which included a host of world-class industry solutions providers. The conference was organized at the Amsterdam ArenA, the largest stadium in the Netherlands and home of the Association Football Club (AFC) Ajax.

IACP President Yousry “Yost” Zakhary welcomed attendees, speakers, and exhibitors to the conference during an opening reception, which was held the evening of June 10, 2014. Guests also were welcomed by Gerard Bouman, commissioner of the National Police of the Netherlands, and Kshemendra Paul, program manager, Information Sharing Environment.

A total of 225 people representing jurisdictions throughout Europe and North America attended the WICLEIM2014 Conference. The IACP was well represented at the conference, which included participation by Colonel Michael Edmonson, superintendent of the Louisiana State Police and chair of the State and Provincial (S&P) Division of IACP; LEIM chair Inspector (Ret.) Lance Valcour; and IACP committee chairs Harlin McEwen (Communications and Technology Committee), Pamela Scanlon (Criminal Justice Information Systems Committee), and Jim Emerson (Computer Crime and Digital Evidence Committee), each of whom spoke at the conference addressing issues of enduring interest to IACP members worldwide. In addition, IACP staffers Dr. Michael Wagers, director of Law Enforcement Operations and Support, and Paul Santiago, director of the International Policing Division, also attended the event. David J. Roberts, senior program manager of the IACP Technology Center and staff liaison to the LEIM Section, served as conference chair and facilitated introductions and plenary sessions throughout the event.

Plenary sessions opened the conference on June 11, 2014, featuring a formal opening by Rob Wainwright, director of Europol, addressing “Planning the Future of Law Enforcement Information Management,” and a keynote speech by Gordon Wasserman, the Lord Wasserman of Pimlico in the City of Westminster, “Public Safety Technology: Doing More with Less—The Challenge of Our Time.”

Facilitated panel discussions on innovation in law enforcement information management included remarks and insight by Hans Leijtens, lt. general, commander, the Netherlands Marechaussee; Jim Chu, chief constable, Vancouver Police Department and president of the CACP; Hans Schonfeld, strategic advisor, Dutch National Police; Aline Duchateau, deputy director information management, Federal Police Belgium; and Alberto Contaretti, program officer, EU Policies, Policy and Research in Security Unit, DG Enterprise and Industry.

Rick Smith, chief executive officer and cofounder, TASER International, provided a keynote presentation, “Accelerating Pace of Technology,” which offered insight on the future of technology in justice operations and explored challenges and opportunities confronting law enforcement executives and practitioners around the world.

In addition to plenary sessions, the WICLEIM2014 Conference featured workshop tracks addressing several key topics.

  • Intelligence and Sensing
  • Policy and Privacy
  • Social Media
  • The Operations Room of the Future
  • Cyber Security and Crime
  • Shared Services
  • Biometrics

Conference attendees met in workshop sessions both days, which included facilitators and innovation reporters. At the conclusion of each day of the conference, attendees participated in facilitated sessions reporting on results, observations, and recommendations.

Conference reporters, including IACP members Lance Valcour, inspector (ret.), Ottawa Police Service and chair of the LEIM Section of IACP; and Chief Inspector Elle de Jonge, Dutch National Police and LEIM member, helped moderate workshop presentations, facilitate discussions, and reported in plenary sessions at the conclusion of the conference.

In addition to the plenary sessions and concurrent workshops, an essential element of the WICLEIM2014 Conference was the Technology Exhibit Hall, which featured world-class solution providers such as Capgemeni, Esri, IBM, Microsoft, and PON.

Given the overwhelming success of this inaugural World Innovation Conference, IACP representatives are already beginning initial planning for next year. Please stay tuned for more information. ♦

Global leading solution providers sponsored and participated in the
WICLEIM2014 conference

For information on the WICLEIM and LEIM conferences, as well as other law enforcement technology events and resources, visit the IACP Technology Center at

Please cite as:

David J. Roberts, “Inaugural World Innovation Conference—Law Enforcement Information Management (WICLEIM) 2014 Held in Amsterdam,” Technology Talk, The Police Chief 81 (August 2014): 96–97.



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXXI, no. 8, August 2014. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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