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9:00 - 10:00 AM General Session

Fighting the good fight…and surviving it

Tony Moreno

10:05 - 11:00 AM Genreal Session

Geo-Intelligence: Harnessing Social Media for Situational Awareness in High-Risk Operations

Learn how to leverage the power of geo-intelligence and social media to enhance situational awareness during high-risk operations. This session will delve into the strategic use of geotagged social media data to monitor and analyze real-time events, helping law enforcement agencies make informed decisions quickly. Discover tools and techniques for extracting valuable insights from social media platforms, improving response times, and ensuring officer and public safety. Through real-world examples, gain a comprehensive understanding of how geo-intelligence can be a game-changer in high-stakes situations.

Anthony Rodriguez

11:00 - 12:00 PM General Session

OSINT for Law Enforcement and Investigators: case study

Conducting open-source investigations manually can be daunting, akin to searching for a needle in a haystack. The relevant information is often buried within vast quantities of data, making both collection and analysis time-consuming and complex. Traditionally, investigative teams have had to juggle multiple tools, each requiring separate subscriptions. This not only incurs significant costs but also creates navigational challenges that hinder efficiency. In this presentation, we will showcase a compelling case study involving a wanted individual to illustrate how to improve the OSINT process and the challenges involved. We will demonstrate various OSINT techniques and tricks that enable the discovery of numerous digital fingerprints related to the target across the internet, including social media activity, online forum posts, and other publicly accessible data sources.

Nicolas De Rycke

9:00 - 10:00 AM General Session

Social Media and Crime

James Robertson, MA (AEDT)

9:00 - 10:00 AM - Breakout Session

Python for OSINT - Leveraging AI and Machine Learning

This course is designed specifically to arm professionals with the Python skills necessary for advanced OSINT applications. This course incorporates AI and machine learningtechnologies, including computer vision, generative audio, and the use of local large language models (LLMs) for enhancing coding and debugging practices. Our program is meticulously crafted for beginners but scales to challenge even seasoned professionals. It covers essential skills such as setting up development environments, managing version control with GitHub, and automating OSINT tasks. The highlight of the course is a capstone project where participants apply what they’ve learned by building an application using the latest AI tools and open-source neural networks. This program not only builds technical skills but also focuses on their real-world applications in intelligence, business analysis, and investigations. As a recognized expert in pioneering OSINT techniques using AI, I have had the privilege of training key personnel from notable organizations such as the Metropolitan Police, the Home Office, and security teams at Buckingham Palace. My experience and insights into the intersection of AI and OSINT provide valuable perspectives that are both current and practical.

Ben M.

10:05 - 11:00 AM Genreal Session

The Rise of Fentanyl & Big Crimes on Social Media: How we can be where the Criminals are to Keep Kids Safe

Tatiana Peralta

08.00 - 9:30 AM Registration

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9.30 - 10.30 AM Opening Ceremony

Opening Ceremony: Honor Guard Presentation and Keynote Address by the Sheriff

Kick off the SMILE Conference with an inspiring and ceremonial start. The Honor Guard will present the colors, symbolizing our dedication to duty, honor, and service. This solemn moment sets the tone for our conference, reminding us of the core values that drive our law enforcement community. Following the presentation, we will have the honor of hearing from the Sheriff. His keynote address will offer valuable insights and set the stage for the discussions and learning that will take place over the course of the conference. His words will underscore the importance of social media in law enforcement, the challenges we face, and the innovative solutions we can implement to better serve our communities.

Melisa Rock

Lucy Melisa

Fredric Martin

Devid Arone

Laura Bryant

11:00 - 12:00 PM General Session

The Benefits of Giving Frontline Police Officers a Voice on Social Media

Metro Vancouver Transit Police (MVTP), with an authorized strength of only 186 police officers and 20 Community Safety Officers, has 48 social media accounts across 8 platforms. Most of these accounts are handled, not by the PIO or Executive team, but by officers at the sergeant rank or below. As a result of the small department’s large digital footprint, niche demographics are being reached, goodwill in the community is growing, and media attention has increased. Using MVTP as a case study, Linda Tobias will explore how empowering units and individual officers to have a branded presence on social media will humanize your department, build relationships with the marginalized groups/individuals, and increase employee morale. Linda will share how: employees are selected to manage a social media account, risk is mitigated, oversight is administered, internal support is solicited; and how to make the whole process manageable, even with limited resources.

Linda M. Tobias

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