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Technology Talk

LEIM Section Plans 35th Annual Training Conference and Exposition

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

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lanning is well under way for the 35th Annual Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Training Conference and Exposition, which will be held June 13–15, 2011, in San Diego, California. Designed by practitioners, for practitioners, the LEIM Section of IACP has hosted law enforcement chief executives, commanders, operational practitioners, technical developers, and industry representatives at this conference since 1977. The conference is designed to share leading practices and lessons learned in the innovative application of technology to improve officer safety and public safety, enhance efficiency and effectiveness of operations, and build enterprise-wide information-sharing capabilities.

Online registration for the 2011 LEIM Training Conference and Exposition is now open. Please visit select the Technology tab, or use your smartphone to read the quick response (QR) code at the end of this column.

Technology Convergence

The theme of the 2011 LEIM Conference is Technology Convergence. The conference is designed to address how technology is converging across several different dimensions, which follow:

  • Technological convergence, where different previously independent technological systems evolve to perform similar, interrelated tasks (for example, voice, data, and video technologies converging to interact and create new efficiencies and capabilities)
  • Technology and business practice convergence, where technologies are converging with operational practices of law enforcement and justice agencies to fundamentally change the way practitioners work
  • Technology and policy convergence, where technology is driving new and emerging policy initiatives and convergence of policies (for example, policies associated with providing open records in an increasingly digital world while building, enforcing, and maintaining privacy and confidentiality)

Preconference Workshops, Plenary Sessions, Concurrent Workshops, and Technology Exposition

The 2011 LEIM Conference is organized to provide plenary sessions on universal topics, and concurrent workshops address a broad range of technology, policy, planning, operational, and management issues.

Workshop topics will address current and emerging information management and technology issues across four primary tracks:

  1. Executive
  2. Operational
  3. Technical
  4. Communications and Interoperability

Three preconference workshops, which will address critical issues, follow:

  1. Social Media and Law Enforcement
  2. Automated License Plate Recognition
  3. Information Sharing 101: Planning/Operations/Technology

In addition to plenary sessions and concurrent panel presentations, the LEIM conference includes a Technology Exposition Hall, which features industry-leading technology solution providers. Lunches and coffee breaks are provided each day in the Exposition Hall, which enables attendees to explore new and emerging technologies to address their priority business needs.

Call for Presentations

The IACP LEIM Section has opened a Call for Presentations and is now inviting law enforcement professionals to submit proposals for workshop presentations at the 2011 LEIM Conference. Concurrent workshop sessions (one-hour duration) will be held throughout the conference, together with plenary sessions addressing universal topics. Workshops are designed to enhance the skills, expand the knowledge, broaden the perspective, and support the professional development of conference attendees.

The LEIM Section is particularly interested in receiving proposals for presentations on the following key topical categories:

  • Automated License Plate Recognition
  • Biometrics, Identity Management, and Identification Technologies
  • Communications and Interoperability
  • Cyber Crime and Digital Evidence
  • Information Sharing, Analysis, and Fusion
  • Information Technology Standards and Architecture
  • Mobile and Handheld Technologies for Law Enforcement
  • Predictive Policing and Technology
  • Privacy: Policy, Practice, and Technology
  • Social Media and Law Enforcement
  • Strategic Planning and Project Management
  • Suspicious Activity Reporting and Situational Awareness
  • Traffic Incident Management and Intelligent Transportation

To submit a proposal for a workshoppresentation, please complete the 2011 LEIM Call for Presentations form online at under the Technology tab. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of your submission. Workshop proposals will be accepted through January 7, 2011. Selection decisions will be announced and speakers will be notified by January 29, 2011.

IACP/iXP Excellence in Technology Award Program

The IACP-iXP Excellence in Technology Award Program was created to recognize a law enforcement agency’s superior achievement and innovation in the field of information technology. The program is an international competition open to local, tribal, state, provincial, federal, and multijurisdictional law enforcement agencies. The awards recognize small (50 or fewer sworn personnel); medium (51–200 sworn personnel); large (200-plus sworn personnel); and regional/multijurisdictional agencies in three categories:

  1. Innovation in Information Technology
  2. Response to Computer Related Crime
  3. Excellence in Law Enforcement Communications and Interoperability

Applications for the 2011 IACP/iXP Excellence in Technology Award Program may be submitted online through February 1, 2011. For more information, visit, select the Technology tab, and click the LEIM Conference link.

2011 LEIM Conference Scholarships

With budgets shrinking and more competition for local funds, many potential LEIM conference attendees have expressed concern that they may not be able to attend the annual LEIM conference. To address this concern, the LEIM Section Board of Officers has announced that it will offer five full scholarships for qualified agencies that lack adequate funding to attend the 2011 LEIM Training Conference and Exposition. Conference scholarships provide travel, lodging, and full conference registration for one official representative of a qualified agency.

To qualify, applicants must be members of a law enforcement agency (sworn or civilian) and authorized by the chief executive of the agency. Applicants must demonstrate an operational need for the training and establish financial need. Priority will be given to applicants who are firsttime LEIM conference attendees. Scholarship recipients must agree to submit a written report to the LEIM Section Board of Officers within 30 days of the conference’s completion to discuss what the recipient gained by attending the conference and how this knowledge will advance the operations of the sponsoring agency. For more information, please visit and select the Technology tab. ■

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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVII, no. 12, December 2010. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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