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Technology Talk

35th Annual LEIM Training Conference and Exposition—Recap

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

IACP President Mark A. Marshall addresses LEIM conference attendees in his keynote address, “Policing in the 21st Century,” and facilitates a panel discussion among (from left) IACP Fourth Vice President Richard Beary, Chief Greg Browning, Sheriff Adam Christianson, and city manager Blair King (not pictured: Chief William Lansdowne).
Harlin McEwen, chair, IACP Communications and Technology Committee, addresses a joint session of the Communications and Technology Committee and the Criminal Justice Information Systems Committee.
Brian Elswick, associate information systems analyst, Automated Regional Justice Information System (ARJIS), moderates a workshop called “Discussion Panel on Mobile Computing.”
LEIM conference attendees explore new and emerging technologies at the technology exposition.

he Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Section of IACP recently concluded the 35th Annual LEIM Training Conference and Exposition in San Diego, California. The event, held at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel June 13–15, 2011, was a considerable success. More than 600 people participated in the conference, including representatives from 44 U.S. states and from Belgium, Canada, England, Nigeria, and Turks and Caicos Islands.

Conference Plenary Sessions

The 2011 LEIM conference opened with welcoming remarks by Greg Browning, chief of police, Juneau, Alaska, Police Department, and chair, LEIM Board of Officers; followed by the presentation of colors by the San Diego, California, Police Department Color Guard; a nondenominational invocation by Herb Smith, chaplain, San Diego Police Department; and a welcome by William Lansdowne, chief of police, San Diego Police Department.

IACP President Mark A. Marshall, chief of police, Smithfield, Virginia, Police Department, provided the keynote address, “Policing in the 21st Century.” Chief Marshall discussed his Policing in the 21st Century Initiative, the goal of which is to promote dialogue about the emerging new reality in American law enforcement. Following his opening remarks, Chief Marshall facilitated a panel discussion addressing

  • the impact of the economy on policing,
  • emerging models of policing in light of current economic realities, and
  • the role of technology in policing.

The panel discussion included IACP Fourth Vice President Richard Beary, chief of police, University of Central Florida; William Lansdowne, chief of police, San Diego Police Department; Adam Christianson, sheriff, Stanislaus County, California; and Blair King, city manager, Coronado, California.

Kshemendra Paul, program manager, Information Sharing Environment, spoke to LEIM conference attendees in a presentation called “Information Sharing: The Critical Link between the Federal Government and Local Law Enforcement.” Paul provided an update on what the government is doing to support public safety or ganizations across the country, highlighting areas with the potential to better align and leverage current initiatives.

Harlin McEwen, chief of police (retired), Ithaca, New York, Police Department, and chair, IACP Communications and Technology Committee, provided attendees with an update on the nationwide public safety broadband wireless network.

Nancy Kolb, senior program manager, IACP, moderated a plenary session titled “Navigating the Complex World of Social Media.” Panelists included Tim Burrows, sergeant, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Police Service; Mark Economou, public information manager, Boca Raton, Florida, Police Services; and Michael Parker, captain, Los Angeles County, California, Sheriff’s Department.


The 2011 LEIM conference featured 40 concurrent workshops organized into four tracks: Executive, Communications, Operational, and Technical. Workshop topics were broadly focused, ranging from “Intelligence-Led Policing and the Challenges of Implementing Technologies with the Smaller Agency” to “GFIPM—Supporting All Levels of Government toward the Holy Grail of Single Sign-on” and “Facial Recognition Utilizing Driver License Photos.”

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 2011 LEIM conference technology exposition included 56 industry-leading solution providers exhibiting at the conference. The conference also attracted 20 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 technology planning and implementation.

Committee Meetings

Several IACP committees host their midyear meetings in association with the LEIM conference. The Computer Crime and Digital Evidence Committee met Saturday, June 11; the Private Sector Liaison Committee met Saturday and Sunday, June 11–12; and the Communications and Technology Committee and the Criminal Justice Information Systems Committee met independently and jointly on Sunday, June 12. ■

LEIM 2012
Mark your calendars now, and plan to attend the 36th Annual LEIM Training Conference and Technology Exposition, May 21–23, 2012, in Indianapolis, Indiana.
     Visit in the coming months for more information.

Please cite as:

David J. Roberts, “35th Annual LEIM Training Conference and Exposition—Recap,” Technology Talk, The Police Chief 78 (July 2011): 78–79.

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From The Police Chief, vol. 78, no. 7, July 2011. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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