The SMILE Conference® is the leading conference devoted to Social Media, the Internet and Law Enforcement initiatives. The SMILE Conference has pioneered the adoption of social media by law enforcement agencies across the world for public outreach, crime prevention, and forensics. In conjunction with the ConnectedCOPS™ blog, The SMILE Conference has become both the go-to and most trusted source by law enforcement agencies worldwide.
Previously only ever held in the United States & Canada the 10th SMILE Conference comes to Birmingham, United Kingdom & is the first conference to be held in Europe. Established adoption of social media by law enforcement is in a stage of exponential growth. United Kingdom police forces are renowned worldwide for their effective use of Social Media. Come and hear from key speakers who have helped to develop and implement the strategy. Social Media the Internet and Law Enforcement (SMILE) conference will arm you with the technical hands-on skills and the practical knowledge to navigate the social media world with confidence.
Chief Constable Chris Sims from West Midlands Police will host both law enforcement professionals & partner agencies from around the world at #SMILEcon #10 between Tuesday 9th September & Thursday 11th September.
The first day of the conference focuses on how social media has been used to build new relationships & develop trust & confidence with communities. Day two will feature various aspects of event management using social media platforms & the ConnectedCOPS awards. Day three is specifically for police officers & police staff only and will feature how Social Media platforms have been used during criminal investigations. A short ceremony will be held on day three to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 disaster.
Delegates can attend for all three days or alternatively a one day delegate pass is available. Rates are extremely competitively priced and include tea, coffee and a hot buffet lunch.
We have a confirmed keynote speaker, Deputy Chief Peter Sloly from Toronto Police, Award Winning Police Officer Michael Brown, Professor Babak Akhgar of CENTRIC and Sheffield Univeristy and Amanda Coleman of the Greater Manchester Police. We are working on an international mix of speakers who are the leading thinkers in this area. Our subject matter experts will lead delegates through three public-safety-specific and information-packed intense days of social media and Internet education.
With competitive special day delegate rates the format of this conference means that staff from agencies such as Local Authorities, Office of Police & Crime Commissioner, Health, HM Court, Probation as well as Policing would all benefit from attending. From senior leaders to the newest officer in the force, Investigators, Community Policing Officers, staff involved in public or event management would learn from experts in the field. SMILE Conference is appropriate for anyone who is interested in social media and its many applications in the field of law enforcement, community engagement and crime prevention.
The SMILE Conference typically addresses social media as community media, investigative techniques and case studies, social media policy and strategy, legal issues, recruitment and retention and will also offer a SMILE boot camp of hands-on training every morning from 7:30-8:45. Plenary sessions run from 9-5 & 9-3 on the third day. *For specific topics, please check the final agenda.
The conference will also include one evening “Town Hall” meeting.
Wednesday evening In Birmingham – This Town Hall event at a central Birmingham location has proven to be one of the most popular events of the conference. It will provide everyone an opportunity to further explore and discuss at length issues concerning social media and law enforcement that could not be fully addressed during the plenary session. The Town Hall will be highly spirited, interactive and wrapped in a social media context.