Social Media the Internet and Law Enforcement (SMILE) Conference to be Hosted by Santa Monica Police Department

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The West Coast SMILE™ Conference to be held January 10-12, 2011

The SMILE Conference

Given the success of the inaugural SMILE Conference and broad international support, this follow-on event will further reinforce the need for departments to proactively take the lead in their community outreach efforts.

The second social media conference for law enforcement professionals will take place January 10-12, 2010, at the RAND Center in Santa Monica, California. Building on the success of the first Social Media the Internet and Law Enforcement conference (The SMILE Conference™) LAwS Communications will be the event producer. Law enforcement professionals will be equipped with all the technical hands-on skills and the practical knowledge to enter the social media world with confidence, or to polish up their own techniques through peer and interpersonal technology interaction.

“Given the success of the inaugural SMILE Conference and broad international support, this follow-on event will further reinforce the need for departments to proactively take the lead in their community efforts. The conference is unique in its ability to bring together a widely respected gathering of law enforcement professionals,” stated conference organizer, Lauri Stevens. "The necessity of sharing information and exchanging effective ideas on community policing, outreach and evolving social media techniques, such as investigatory and forensics uses, has become a hallmark that sets this conference apart.”

The speaker line-up of social media law enforcement professionals is just starting to take shape. The SMILE Conference international panel of experts will lead delegates through three days of in-depth social media education specific to the law enforcement professional. Training sessions will happen each morning and followed by three days of plenary sessions for topics: Community Engagement and Investigations making up the first two days, with the third day covering such topics as Information Management, Security and Interoperability.

Key confirmed speakers include:

  • Tim Jackman, Chief of Police in Santa Monica, California
  • Christopher Duque, a 30 year veteran of the Honolulu Police Department
  • Scott Mills, Constable with the Toronto Police Service
  • Mike Bostic, Raytheon Civil Communications Solutions Group, Former Deputy Chief, LAPD
  • Mike Alderson, former senior officer in the UK’s Sussex Police and current Director of Open Eye Communications Ltd.

Registration, Venue & Hotel:
Very Early Bird SMILE registration is available through September 30 at a special rate of $399. Early Bird, Regular and On-Site registration will also be available. The DoubleTree Guest Suites in downtown Santa Monica is the official hotel for the SMILE Conference with a special rate: The Conference will be held at the RAND Center in Santa Monica, CA.

Sponsorships are available to corporations and other groups looking to reach law enforcement professionals who are involved with their department’s social media and technology initiatives. More information on sponsorship opportunities can be downloaded at:

Town Hall Meeting Planned:
The SMILE Conference will include an evening Town Hall Meeting during the conference to allow delegates and speakers the opportunity to explore and discuss in-depth issues concerning social media and law enforcement that could not be fully addressed during the daytime sessions.

About The SMILE Conference:
The Social Media In Law Enforcement conference (The SMILE Conference) will address social media as community media, investigative techniques and cases studies, social media policy and strategy, legal issues, recruitment and retention. Also included is a full day of workshops on social media how-to(s), so you will leave with the hands-on skills you need. From the chief to the newest officer in the agency, The SMILE Conference is for anyone who is interested in social media and its many applications in the field of law enforcement.

For more information please visit us at Follow us in the social media world on Twitter @SMILEConference or the hashtag #smilecon and on Facebook at

Conference Contact:
Lauri Stevens
LAwS Communications

PR Contact:
Susan van Barneveld
Public Communications Worldwide
Tel. 714-891-3660

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