Lauri Stevens is the principal consultant with and founder of LAwS Communications. An interactive media professional with over 25 years of experience, she is a social media strategist exclusively for law enforcement. As the founder of LAwS Communications, Lauri is the creator and producer of the SMILE Conference, the ConnectedCOPS blog and awards program and the COPPS Social Media Method.
Sam “Yoda” Palmer, Private Investigator / Retired Police Detective
M & P Services, LLC
Sam Palmer is a retired 25-year veteran of a large police department in the southwest. Sam worked as a uniformed patrol officer, a field training officer, precinct crime analysis officer, a citywide tactical crime analyst, and as a detective in the Homeland Defense Bureau. His last assignment was in the Intelligence Center Homeland Defense Bureau where he was working in the Real-Time Crime Center. As a member of the FBI Cyber Crimes Taskforce, he was responsible for social media related investigations and events, open source, and cyber related investigations. He has worked several large events to include the Super Bowl and NBA All-Star games.
Detective Palmer is proficient in the use of social media sites and open-source information and has used them as an investigative tool for his research to locate subjects for the past 14 years. He has assisted with several different types of investigations, which include homicide, domestic disputes, robberies, etc. With his assistance, offenders have been located, apprehended, and incarcerated. Detective Palmer utilizes different technologies, which include LPR and facial recognition, to assist with his investigations.
Detective Palmer has also been an instructor for approximately 8 years and has taught multiple law enforcement related courses. His specialty is in social media/open source investigations. He has provided countless hours of instruction to local, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, which include the FBI, Department of Defense, and the Department of Justice. He has also been a speaker and/or instructor at several local and international conferences, to include the SMILE Conference, International Association of Crime Analysts, Arizona Association of Crime Analyst, International Association of Chiefs of Police, California Crime Intelligence Association, and several regional gang conferences, to include the Midwest Gang Investigators Association, California Gang Investigators Association, and the Northwest Gang Investigators Association.