Adoption of social media by law enforcement is in a stage of exponential growth. Some law enforcement agencies have already experienced tremendous successes; while others are ready but don’t know how to get started. The law enforcement field is ready to add another weapon to its arsenal. The Social Media the Internet and Law Enforcement (SMILE) conference will arm you with all the technical hands-on skills and the practical knowledge to enter the social media world with confidence.

The SMILE Conference is the leading 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.

Dallas Police Chief David Brown says his department has benefited from sending his Chief of Staff and social media officer to previous SMILE Conferences. He added, “This conference is focusing on one of the most exciting frontiers facing law enforcement today. The ever growing importance of Social Media should be embraced and utilized by law enforcement to enhance the service we provide the public.” The Dallas Police Department is hosting the conference in September.

A special emphasis on public order, social activism, and the changing relationship with traditional media

The first day of the conference, attendees hear from law enforcement and communication professionals on topics of social media strategy, reputation management, policy and other issues pertaining to community outreach. This (the fourth) SMILE Conference will also emphasize the changing role between law enforcement, social activists and traditional media. Thursday will offer an entire day of topics covering social activists’ interference with investigations, maintaining public order, and mass surveillance in an open source world.

Registration is open at The SMILE Conference website. Hotel registration information will be posted soon.

Free shuttle service between the hotel and airport(s) will be provided courtesy of the Dallas PD on the Tuesday prior to the conference and Friday evening.

Social events include a pre-conference reception Tuesday evening with Chief Brown, a tour of the Dallas Cowboy Stadium Wednesday evening and a Town Hall meeting Thursday evening. Details are available on the conference website.