The California Peace Officers’ Association (CPOA) will be hosting its 90th Annual Training Symposium on May 24-27 in Los Angeles at the breathtaking new JW Marriott Hotel at LA Live. Core Value Leadership: Building Out from the Center is the theme. Is this building out from the center of our organizations or out from the center of our self? One cannot happen without the other.

CPOA in concert with Connected Cops will explore the hot topic of the year – Social Media and Electronic Communications. Lauri Stevens of LAwS Communications and Chair of Web Design & Interactive Media at The New England Institute of Art, will head up three of the presentations:

  • Social Media – What is it and Who is Using it? A presentation by Ms. Stevens will be followed by discussions by the following on the use of social media by their departments: Chief Rick Braziel of Sacramento PD, Asst Chief Jason Benites of Oxnard PD, and Chief John Neu of Torrance PD.
  • Social Media: A Hands-on Workshop. Bring your smart phone or your laptop with an air card and learn how to maximize your use of Facebook, Twitter and NIXLE.
  • Social Media and Electronic Communications in the LE Workplace: A Panel Discussion moderated by Lauri Stevens. Panel members include Chief Tim Jackman of Santa Monica PD, Capt. Rich Lucero of Fremont PD, Sgt. Tom LeVeque of Arcadia PD and Kevin Hancock of Lexipol.
  • Ms. Stevens is a nationally recognized leader in the realm of law enforcement’s use of social media…for community building, for investigations, and for inter- and intra-agency communications. will be the “guest blog” for the CPOA Annual Training Symposium. Future articles will appear here.

    Plan to attend these sessions and learn how you and your agency can benefit by greater knowledge and use of the various types of social media.

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