By David J. Roberts, Senior Program Manager, IACP Technology Center
he Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Section of the IACP comprises more than 1,000 chiefs and information technology professionals from agencies of all sizes, jurisdictions, and geographies. Every state in the United States is represented, as are five Canadian provinces and eighteen other nations, from Australia to the United Kingdom.
|Photographs by Mike Fergus |
|Lord Wasserman gives the opening keynote presentation at the 2012 LEIM Conference.|
|Lt. Samuel Hood III, director of law enforcement operations, Baltimore, Maryland, Police Department, presents his workshop, “Incorporating Technology to Reduce Violence.”|
|Eddie Reyes, deputy chief of police, Alexandria, Virginia, Police Department, presents his workshop, “Nlets: Innovative Technology Enhancing Criminal Justice and Public Safety.”|
|The LEIM Board of Officers cut the ribbon to open the technology exposition hall, on Monday, May 21. From left, James Buckley Jr., U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations; Greg Browning, chief of police, Juneau, Alaska, Police Department and immediate past chair, LEIM Section Board of Officers; Lance Valcour, executive director, Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group; Ed Posey, captain, Gainesville, Florida, Police Department and chair, LEIM Board of Officers; Scott Edson, captain, Los Angeles County, California, Sheriff’s Department; and Steve Williams, major and chief technology officer, Florida Highway Patrol |
|Conference attendees visit some of the 51 exhibitors in the technology exposition hall during the Welcoming Reception on Monday evening, May 21. The hall remained open and busy throughout the conference.|
Every year since 1977, the LEIM Section has sponsored a conference and technology exposition, and the 36th Annual LEIM Training Conference and Technology Exposition recently concluded in Indianapolis, Indiana. The event, which was held at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown hotel May 21–23, attracted 490 people, including representatives from 43 U.S. states and from Canada, England, France, Pakistan, Armenia, and the Netherlands. This year, 88 members of the LEIM Section attended the conference.
Conference Plenary Sessions
The 2012 LEIM conference opened with welcoming remarks by Ed Posey, captain, Gainesville, Florida, Police Department, and chair, LEIM Board of Officers; followed by the presentation of colors by the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety; and a nondenominational invocation and welcome by Richard Kassel, chaplain, Indianapolis Department of Public Safety.
Lord Gordon Wasserman, member of the House of Lords, of Pimlico in the city of Westminster, England, and an advisor on policing and criminal justice to the British government, provided the opening keynote presentation, “Police Technology in the New Economy—Responsible and Sustainable Planning for the Future.” Lord Wasserman discussed economic pressures facing police chiefs around the world and the extraordinary advances in technology that have been achieved over the past 25 years. Too many chiefs have had to cut their scientific and technological support services, however, in favor of keeping their officers visible on the streets. Lord Wasserman discussed responsible and sustainable ways of using technology to meet this challenge.
Nancy Kolb, senior program manager at the IACP, provided a plenary address, “Social Media in Law Enforcement: Emerging Trends and Best Practices.” Kolb discussed opportunities and challenges facing law enforcement, including vetting practices, imposter accounts, investigative practices, and officer safety and explored how social media tools can be used to build partnerships, prevent and solve crimes, and sustain relationships.
The LEIM Board of Officers facilitated an open dialogue with conference attendees during Monday’s closing plenary session, exploring current technology priorities facing contemporary law enforcement executives, managers, and operational practitioners.
The 2012 LEIM conference featured three preconference workshops and 36 concurrent workshops organized into four tracks: Executive, Communications, Operational, and Technical. Workshop topics ranged from predictive policing and Internet profiling and intelligence gathering to best practices in citywide surveillance and body-worn and in-car video solutions.
In addition to plenary sessions and workshops, LEIM conference attendees also benefited from a robust technology exposition featuring world-class solution providers. The 2012 LEIM conference technology exposition included 51 industry-leading solution providers exhibiting at the conference. The conference also attracted 13 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 planning and implementation.
Several IACP committees host their midyear meetings in association with the LEIM conference. The Computer Crime and Digital Evidence (CCDE) Committee; Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Committee; and the Private Sector Liaison Committee (PSLC) met Saturday, May 19. The Communications and Technology Committee and CJIS Committee met independently and jointly on Sunday, May 20. ♦
Mark your calendars now and plan to attend the 37th Annual LEIM Training Conference and Technology Exposition, May 21–23, 2013, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Visit http://www.theiacp.org/LEIM in the coming months for more information.
Please cite as:
David J. Roberts, "36th Annual LEIM Training Conference and Exposition—Recap," The Police Chief 79 (July 2012): 66–68.