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Technology Talk

34th Annual IACP LEIM Training Conference and Exposition

Bill Albright, Program Manager, IACP Technology Center

he ever-escalating pace of converging technologies (audio, video, and data) has increased pressure to acquire new technology to meet the ever-growing demands placed on public safety agencies. Always-on connectivity, information on demand, and interoperability standards have also led to greater demands being placed on law enforcement executives. Rapid, continuous information technology modernization in support of public safety has been, and will remain, critical to success.

The introduction of new technology also brings with it additional challenges beyond the technical realm, such as governance development for interoperability projects. Historically, law enforcement agencies have engineered and maintained their respective systems to be independent of neighboring jurisdictions. The idea of interoperability is a relatively new concept, requiring a shift in the systemic law enforcement paradigm to become a viable movement. Many grants now give preference to projects that involve a collective effort between two or more agencies, but an underlying question for many agencies is that of simply maintaining operability. Likewise, underfunded agencies with flat budgets lack the expertise to build or maintain systems capable of interagency connectivity.

The Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Section invites you to participate in the 34th Annual IACP LEIM Training Conference and Exposition, May 24–27, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia. The Atlanta Police Department will serve as the host agency and as a cosponsor in support of the conference. This conference will provide attendees with an opportunity to hear and learn about current and emerging technology and trends. Subject matter experts from around the nation and the world will give presentations on leading practices and lessons learned in the application of technology to fight crime. Topics will include, but are not limited to, strategic planning; information sharing; information technology standards; license plate readers; communications; digital asset management; video surveillance, network integration and system security; project governance; and grant writing. The objectivity, quality, and quantity of the information exchanged at this conference are unparalleled.

The IACP LEIM Section exists to address technology issues facing the law enforcement community. The IACP LEIM Section hosts an annual conference designed by practitioners, for practitioners. This annual conference gives law enforcement professionals a forum to exchange ideas, lessons learned, and leading practices with their peers.

Conference Activities

LEIM Conference Orientation: All first-time conference attendees are invited to attend this session on Monday, May 24. This orientation is designed to answer questions and provide an overview of the multitude of offerings at the conference. Valuable tips will be provided for benefiting from the conference. Receive directions on how to navigate the halls and find the sessions you need, review networking and social event opportunities, and learn where to check your e-mail—the cyber café. Attendees will find everything they need to have a successful conference experience.

Workshop Tracks: As part of an ongoing process to deliver focused content, the conference offers four workshop topic tracks (Federal, Executive, Technical, and International) to allow conference attendees to select which sessions would be of most interest to them. These workshops will address programs and strategies that are being or have been implemented by local, regional, and state law enforcement agencies. The tracks will run concurrently each day of the conference.

Exposition Hall: Discover new solutions. Tour the exposition hall with the latest law enforcement technologies and speak to knowledgeable vendors that serve the industry. In addition to corporate displays, federal government technology projects and state and local law enforcement technologies will be featured.

7th Annual IACP-iXP Excellence in Technology Awards Ceremony: Join IACP in recognizing superior achievement and innovation in the field of law enforcement communications and information technologies. This international awards program is designed to recognize exceptional, innovative, and extraordinary achievement in law enforcement technology-based programs, efforts, or initiatives that benefit the profession. Award achievements will be recognized in the areas of Innovation in Information Technology, Response to Computer-Related Crime, and Excellence in Law Enforcement Communications and Interoperability. The awards ceremony is set for Monday evening, May 24, 2010, in conjunction with the conference Welcome Reception at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.

Pre-conference Workshops: (1) The ABCs of Information Technology Tutorial session is designed to assist non-technical law enforcement personnel to understand the basics of managing technology programs and information systems. Clarity of basic terms, concepts, and trends will give law enforcement practitioners the tools they need to survive and excel in what can appear to be an impossible job: information technology management.

(2) The prevalence of License Plate Reader (LPR) technology in law enforcement has significantly increased in the last few years. As with any technology, there are policy implications that law enforcement agencies must consider. This workshop will provide an opportunity to learn more about the current trends, issues, and challenges of implementing LPR technology.

Complimentary Expo Hall Day Pass for Law Enforcement: Sworn officers, first responders, and civilian employees of public safety and government agencies and of the armed forces, can register on-site for complimentary access to the exhibit hall. Public safety agencies include offices of police, sheriffs, emergency medical service, fire service, Hazmat, and park rangers from federal, state, city, county, campus, and tribal agencies and the armed forces. To qualify for this exhibit hall-only day pass, the recipient must work for a government or public safety agency and will be required to show credentials when registering.

Registration: Full conference registration, which includes access to all general sessions, workshops, receptions, and the expo hall, is limited to IACP members, non-members, and exhibitors. Non-members include sworn officers, first responders, and civilian employees of public safety and government agencies, and the armed forces. Non-member registrants must work for a government or public safety agency and will be required to show credentials upon arrival.

Further Information

To register, view the current conference schedule of events, make hotel reservations, and to view more conference details, visit the IACP LEIM Conference page on the IACP Web site ( Early registration is strongly encouraged due to the limited space, so register today to see what the LEIM Section has to offer. The LEIM Section looks forward to seeing you in Atlanta. For additional information, please send an e-mail to ■

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Bill Albright, "Technology Talk: 34th Annual IACP LEIM Training Conference and Exposition," The Police Chief 77 (March 2010): 74, (insert access date).



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVII, no. 3, March 2010. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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