The SMILE Conference is the world’s premiere source for training for police in the use of social media for community outreach, event management and investigations.
The SMILE Conference is the leading training 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. Come learn from the best and network with an international audience of police social media practitioners.
Acting Chief Tom Jahner and the men and women of the Phoenix Police Department will host law enforcement professionals from around the world at #SMILEcon #11 April 28th-30th, 2014. This will be the only U.S. based SMILE Conference in 2015.
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. Day three is specifically for police officers & police staff only and will feature how Social Media platforms have been used during criminal investigations.
As at every SMILEcon, 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.
From the Chief to the newest officer in the agency, Investigators, PIOs, SROs and Community Policing Officers, The SMILE Conference is appropriate for anyone who is interested in social media and its many applications in the field of law enforcement, community engagement, event management, crime prevention and investigations.
Delegate rates haven’t been raised in the entire five year history of the conference are extremely competitively priced and include tea, coffee and a hot buffet lunch.
The SMILE Conference will address social media as community media, investigative techniques and cases studies, officer safety, social media policy and strategy, legal issues, recruitment and retention and will also offer a SMILE bootcamp of hands-on training every morning before the conference. Plenary sessions run from 9-5, 9-3 on the third day.
The conference will also include one evening Town Hall meeting.
Wednesday evening at the Sheraton – This Town Hall 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.
The idea of a social media conference for police first percolated at LAwS Communications in late 2008 when Lauri Stevens was working with a midwestern police department creating their Facebook page and blog. But the demand didn’t appear until September of 2009, shortly after the ConnectedCOPS blog was created. So the first conference was planned for April 7-9 of 2010, in Washington D.C.
While there was to be a partner involved, he dropped out in January of 2010. With the advertising out there and plans underway, LAwS Communications became an accidental conference producer. But the first conference was a huge success! Sixty-four people attended, even from Netherlands, the UK and Canada.
In 2011, there were three more SMILE Conferences, all U.S. based. The second was held in Santa Monica with the Santa Monica Police hosting. The third was held in Chicago, at CPD HQ with Chicago Police hosting. The fourth was in Dallas; the DPD as hosts.
2012 took us to Vancouver, hosted by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police for number five. Then the sixth was hosted by the Richmond Police in Richmond, VA.
SMILE Conference number seven was held in Sunnyvale, California and was hosted by the Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety, for number eight we went back to the midwest and were hosted in Omaha by the Omaha Police.
In 2014 we went south to Florida and were hosted by the Tampa Police for number nine and for number 10, we hopped over to the UK and were hosted by the West Midlands Police in Birmingham.
The SMILE Conference is the leading conference globally when it comes to police use of social media. Our delegates and speakers have attended from Kenya, Finland, Netherlands, Belgium, United Kingdom, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, United States and Canada. Combined with the ConnectedCOPS blog, the ConnectedCOPS Awards and the Global Police Tweet-a-thon (also founded by LAwS Communications), we have connected and trained thousands of police officers around the world.
People who attend SMILEcon return over and over, to reconnect, stay abreast of new developments and keep their skills polished. Come see what all the fuss is about.