he International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Section invites IACP members and nonmembers to participate in the 30th Annual LEIM Training Conference and Exhibition in Grapevine, Texas. The conference will be held June 5-9, 2006, at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center adjacent to the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The LEIM conference provides attendees with an opportunity to learn about contemporary information management technologies and initiatives. A practitioner-oriented agenda is being developed that includes the following topics:
- Computer-aided dispatch, records management systems, and mobile computing programs and resources
- Effective project management techniques
- Systems integration and interoperability
- Federal funding opportunities and grant management
- Information technology standards (U.S. Department of Transportation and U.S. Department of Justice)
- Intelligent transportation systems
- Traffic incident management
The LEIM conference is the only international law enforcement technology professional conference designed for practitioners by practitioners. The section's leadership facilitates a conversation among law enforcement executives, technologists, and members of the private sector that yields long-lasting benefits for state, local, and tribal law enforcement technology projects. Attendance, participation, and support from IACP members and agency representatives play a critical role in LEIM's mission to advance the law enforcement profession through technology.
The Third Annual IACP Leadership in Technology Award Program, sponsored by iXP Technologies, will be held in conjunction with the conference. The event will recognize a number of law enforcement agencies' superior achievement and innovation in the field of communication and information technology. The international competition is open to local, tribal, state, provincial, federal, and multijurisdictional law enforcement agencies. These best-of-breed projects will be showcased and recognized at the LEIM event. Select award winners will present executive overviews of their projects during the IACP Technology Institute workshop track at the 113th Annual IACP Conference in Boston, Massachusetts in October.
A number of significant preconference activities are planned to enhance the value of the conference for delegates:
- The IACP Private Sector Liaison Committee (PSLC) will meet on Thursday, June 1, and Friday, June 2. The IACP Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Committee and the IACP Communications and Technology Committee will meet on Saturday, June 3. On Sunday, June 4, the two technology committees will again meet separately and also in a joint session. Committee meetings are open to all IACP members and invited guests
- The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Office of Science and Technology will hold a seminar on Monday, June 5. This seminar will feature a series of presentations that will highlight NIJ's latest information and communications technology projects.
- The final preconference activity is the law enforcement technology tutorial for public safety agency personnel, which will be held in the afternoon of Monday, June 5. The tutorial is designed to orient public safety employees with the key terms and concepts associated with law enforcement IT. The tutorial will be conducted with a limited number of seats.
Please take a moment to review the conference agenda and event information on the IACP Technology Clearinghouse Web site (www.iacptechnology.org). IACP members and their department's technology personnel should consider attending this important training and networking event.
Attendance is limited to the first 500 registrants, and LEIM Section members receive registration priority. LEIM Section membership is free to all IACP members. To register as a section member, see the application at the clearinghouse Web site or in the membership area of the main IACP Web site (www.theiacp.org).
To keep attendance costs low, a block of discounted rooms have been reserved for the event. The Gaylord Texan is offering a rate of $117 per night (federal per diem) to LEIM conference attendees. Reservations must be made directly with the hotel by telephone or through the online link at (www.iacptechnology.org/2006LEIM.htm).
IACP staff members welcome questions concerning the LEIM conference and exhibition. Each attendee will leave the event with a better understanding of information technology, communications technology, federal funding opportunities, and successful project management techniques. ■