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Technology Talk

IACP Leadership in Technology Awards Programs

G. Matthew Snyder, Manager, IACP Technology Center

The IACP, with the support of iXP Technologies, has established the Leadership in Technology Award Program to recognize a law enforcement agency's superior achievement and innovation in the field of communication and information technology. The program is an international competition that is open to local, tribal, state, provincial, federal, and multijurisdictional law enforcement agencies.

The award program was developed under the guidance of IACP First Vice President Joseph G. Estey, chief of the Hartford, Vermont, Police Department. The program is managed and coordinated by the IACP Technology Center. Nominations may be made by any law enforcement agency through a Web-based application on the IACP Technology Clearinghouse Web site ( Four awards (small, medium, large, and multijurisdictional law enforcement agencies) will be made annually for each of the three achievement areas:

  • Innovation in Information Technology: This category highlights the achievement of an agency in implementing an innovative information technology that enhances the effectiveness of law enforcement.
  • Response to Computer Related Crime: This category recognizes an agency's, an organization's, or a collaborative effort's innovative or highly effective approach to computer-related crime, including programs and case-specific achievements.
  • Excellence in Law Enforcement Communications and Interoperability: This category recognizes an agency's implementation of wireless technology to improve mission critical voice communications, interoperability, or information or data sharing.

The agency size competitive categories are defined as follows:

  • Small: 50 or fewer sworn officers

  • Medium: 51 to 200 sworn officers

  • Large: 200 or more sworn officers

  • Multijurisdictional: Any size
Applications will be judged by members of the IACP Technology Coordination Panel. The panel is composed of information technology committee and section representatives, select IACP staff, and a vice president of the IACP. Awards will be presented to the chief executive officer of each winning agency or multijursidictional organization during the awards banquet at the midyear meeting of the IACP Law Enforcement Information Management Section.

The deadline for applications is February 27, 2004. Winners will be notified of their selection on April 10, 2004. The winning agency for each category will receive a plaque and two complimentary registrations to the IACP Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Section technology conference and exhibition. In addition, winning agencies will be asked to present their project at the annual IACP conference during a Technology Institute workshop and will receive an annual IACP conference registration waiver for each presenter. Travel and related expenses for both conferences are the responsibility of the winner. All members and nonmembers are encouraged to nominate leading technology oriented agencies for this distinguished award.

IACP LEIM Technology Conference
The International Association of Chiefs of Police Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Section welcomes law enforcement representatives to participate in the 28th Annual LEIM Training Conference and Exhibition in Sacramento, California. The conference will be held May 3–7, 2004, at the Sacramento Convention Center. A block of rooms has been reserved for LEIM attendees at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento.

The LEIM conference will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn about the latest information management technologies and initiatives, as well as provide hands-on demonstrations of cutting-edge solutions. The agenda will address mobile computing, information security, justice IT standards, interoperability, handheld computers and wireless communications. In addition, attendees may participate in an evaluation of information technology; consider strategic planning methods for law enforcement information systems; and receive information on technology funding and grant management.

This international law enforcement technology professional conference is designed for practitioners by practitioners. IACP member agency attendance, participation, and support play a critical role in LEIM's mission to advance the law enforcement profession through technology.

A number of preconference activities are planned to enhance the value of the conference for law enforcement and corporate delegates:

  • The IACP's Private Sector Liaison Committee (PSLC) will meet April 28 and 29 before the conference. The PSLC meeting is open to all IACP members.

  • The IACP's Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Committee and Communications and Technology (C&T) Committee will meet in conjunction with the conference on May 1 and 2. Committee meetings are open to all IACP members.

  • The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Office of Science and Technology will hold a seminar on May 3. This seminar will feature a series of presentations that highlight NIJ's latest information and communications technology projects. Delegates will be encouraged to participate in these presentations by offering end-user and IT manager feedback to these significant federal endeavors that have national implications.

  • The Law Enforcement Technology Tutorial for public safety agency personnel will be held on May 3. The tutorial is designed to provide public safety employees with an orientation to the key terms and concepts associated with Law Enforcement IT. Seats are limited.

Registration forms are available through the IACP Technology Clearinghouse Web site. Attendance is limited to the first 450 registrants, and LEIM Section members will be given priority. Details concerning the LEIM conference will be posted to the IACP Technology Clearinghouse Web site at

Please call Tom Robey, Juanita Ward, or Jennifer Hicks at IACP headquarters at 800-THE-IACP for more information.


From The Police Chief, vol. 71, no. 2, February 2004. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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