The SMILE Conference is the world’s premier source for training for police in the use of social media for community outreach, event management, crisis communications and investigations with social media.
The 18th SMILEcon is now THREE conferences spanning six days. The iSMILE is Investigators’ SMILEcon and will feature three whole days of investigative content. iSMILE is in its second year.
This is the first year for coSMILE which will feature non-social media content on Sunday for community outreach officers. Participants can elect to attend Sunday and Monday or Sunday along with the entire SMILE Conference.
The SMILE Conference, now together with the iSMILE Conference and the coSMILE Conference, has pioneered the adoption of social media by law enforcement agencies across the world for public outreach, crime prevention, and forensics since 2010. The SMILE Conference has become both the go-to and most trusted source by law enforcement agencies worldwide. Come to learn from the best and network with an international audience of police social media practitioners.
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 and will include break-out sessions. Day three will add content on intelligence gathering specifically for police Investigators and analysts. Day three will include breakout sessions for Investigators, analysts, and PIOs. Day 4 is ALL hands-on for investigator and analysts. Day four is limited to police professionals, sworn and civilian.
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.
Join over 500 of your police colleagues. From the Chief to the newest officer in the agency, Investigators, PIOs, SROs and Community Policing Officers, The SMILE Conference is appropriate for anyone in public safety who is interested in social media and its many applications in the field of law enforcement, community engagement, event management, crime prevention, and investigations.
While there is no typical delegate, our guests are usually split between PIOs and their supervisors, investigators and crime analysts and typically run about 65% sworn and 35%, civilian.
SMILEcon welcomes Fire, EMS and 911 professionals and private security personnel.
Delegate rates haven’t been raised in the entire ten-year history of the conference and include 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 break-out sessions to meet the needs of delegates of varying levels of social media readiness.
Chief Kevin Davis and the women and men of the Fairfax County Police Departments will host law enforcement professionals from around the world at SMILEcon #18, iSMILEcon #2 and coSMILEcon #1, September 18-23, 2022.
The conference will also include one evening Town Hall meeting.
Tuesday evening at the Fairfax Marriott – This Town Hall has proven to be one of the most popular events of the conference. It will provide everyone with an opportunity to further explore and discuss at length issues concerning social media and law enforcement that could not be fully addressed during the day. 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 2009 when Lauri Stevens was working with a midwestern police department creating their Facebook page and blog.
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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 to see what all the fuss is about.