Thursday, September 6, 2012

Richmond Police Host Social Media & Law Enforcement Conference

The Richmond Police Department is proud to bring law enforcement officers from across the country and around the world to Richmond next week as the Department hosts the Social Media the Internet and Law Enforcement Conference (SMILE).

The conference will be held Monday, September 10, through Wednesday, September 12, at the Omni Hotel, and include presentations about social media and law enforcement on topics such as public relations, criminal investigations and emergency management. 

“We look forward to having law enforcement authorities from around the country and around the world here in Richmond to discuss new methods of policing and community engagement,” Mayor Dwight C. Jones said. “Crime cannot be deterred by law enforcement alone as it requires the efforts of the entire community to truly make an impact. By improving the collaboration between the Richmond Police Department and city residents, we are making Richmond a safe place to live, work and play.”

Police Chief Bryan T. Norwood said he is honored the Department will host such an event.

“This conference is a great way for the Richmond Police Department to share its experiences and to learn about the many ways police agencies around the world are using social media to investigate crimes and foster great relationships within our communities,” Chief Norwood said.

Chief Norwood will discuss RPD’s social media successes during a chief’s panel on Monday, September 10, with Roanoke City Police Chief Chris Perkins and Galax Police Chief Rick Clark.

Some of the other speakers and topics include:

·      FBI Assistant Director Joe Demarest will talk about combating the cyber threat when it comes to emerging trends in national security;
·      A panel featuring Richmond Police Sgt. Mike Phibbs, the city’s own Andreas Addison and others explaining how police agencies can balance community participation without being Big Brother; and,
·      Toronto Police Constable Nathan Dayler giving examples of just how essential it is for law enforcement and emergency agencies to work together and use social media during emergency management incidents, such as the London riots and the Occupy demonstrations.

Six international award winners of the ConnectedCOPS awards will also be announced on Tuesday morning. They represent the best work in law enforcement use of social media from nominations that came from eight countries.

Learn more about the conference at