IACP Technology Center

IACP Technology Center

The 2018 IACP/LEIM Technology Conference will be held May 21-23, 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island. The conference marks the 42nd anniversary of the IACP/LEIM Technology Conference. More information regarding the conference, including a Call for Presentations and links to register for the event and the hotel will be available shortly. In the interim, please feel free to register to be notified as soon as news is announced. Subscribe to conference updates HERE.


The IACP Technology Center is designed to function as a comprehensive resource for law enforcement agencies and IACP Members in planning, implementing, and managing technology to a) improve public and officer safety and homeland security, b) enhance the effectiveness of operations and the efficient use of resources, and c) support and encourage the professional development of law enforcement personnel, public safety agencies, and IACP Members.

Technology programs addressed by the Center are broadly arrayed, ranging from Automated License Plate Readers, in-car cameras, and biometric identification technologies to national information sharing initiatives such as the National Data Exchange (N-DEx) program and the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X). 


Technology plays a crucial role in the daily work of law enforcement, equipping officers in the field with enforcement and investigative tools that can make them safer, better informed, and more effective and efficient. In response to the expanding use of new and emerging technologies, the International Association of Chiefs of Police released a Technology Policy Framework to guide the development and support policies that ensure responsible and effective deployment and use of technologies. A copy of the IACP Technology Policy Framework can be found HERE.


The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), National Sheriffs' Association (NSA), and the Major County Sheriffs' Association (MCSA) released a joint statement supporting modernizing crime reporting updating data to be collected to more accurately reflect current crime and related activities, the transition of the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program for all law enforcement agencies to the National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), and retirement of the Summary Reporting System (SRS). This joint statement of support, issued on August 26, 2015, can be found HERE. In addition to this joint statement of support, the IACP approved a resolution Modernizing Nationwide Crime Reporting and Updating Data to be Collected to More Accurately Reflect Current Crime and Other Data, Such as Use of Force By and Against Police. This resolution, which was sponsored by the Research Advisory Committee, Victim Services Committee, CJIS Committee, and Communications & Technology Committee, can be found HERE

Former FBI Director James B. Comey also addressed the need for detailed, incident-based data in his remarks at the 2015 IACP Annual Conference. His remarks regarding incident-based reporting can be found in the IACP YouTube channel of his speech, beginning at 23.04, HERE.

IACP is actively engaged in the National Crime Statistics Exchange (NCS-X) program, which is being spearheaded by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, with the support of the FBI. The NCS-X Team includes the IACP, Research Triangle InstituteSEARCH GroupIJIS Institute, and PERF

Cloud Computing in Law Enforcement: Guiding Principles & Survey Results

Law enforcement agencies throughout the United States and around the world are increasingly considering cloud computing as a viable option to support information management and operations. The IACP and SafeGov co-hosted a symposium called “Leveraging the Cloud in Law Enforcement" in January 2013. The symposium featured results of a survey of IACP members undertaken by IACP, the Ponemon Institute, and SafeGov regarding cloud computing and its application to law enforcement. Results of the survey of IACP members can be found in a PowerPoint presentation HERE, and an article in The Police Chief magazine HERE.

In addition to the survey, IACP also developed Guiding Principles on Cloud Computing for Law Enforcement. These principles, which were developed in collaboration with experts from SafeGov and key law enforcement subject matter experts from around the United States, establish clear and concise parameters and a path forward for the exploration of cloud-based computing solutions and services by law enforcement. The principles were updated in 2015.

World Innovation Conference: The Future of Law Enforcement Information Management

On June 10-12, 2014, the IACP, together with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), Canadian Interoperability Technology Interest Group (CITG), Dutch National Police, European Network for Law Enforcement Technology Services (ENLETS), Federal Police of Belgium, Hague Security Delta, Royal Marechaussee Netherlands (KMar) and other international law enforcement partners, hosted the first World Innovation Conference: The Future of Law Enforcement Information Management in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.  An overview of the conference and results can be found HERE.

Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Section  

The IACP LEIM Section provides law enforcement executives, IT managers, and technology specialists with a forum in which to share information, leading practices and lessons learned regarding state-of-the-art law enforcement information management, communications and interoperability, technology standards, and information sharing. Comprised of approximately 700 members, the LEIM Section is a rich source of information for chiefs, operational practitioners, and technologists. If you are not already an LEIM member, join today! (Note: You must be an IACP member to join. CLICK HERE to join the IACP and the LEIM Section.)

The LEIM Section has created a Subgroup of IACP on LinkedIn. The LEIM Section Subgroup is open to all IACP LEIM Section members. This Subgroup is our initial effort to build a dynamic community of practice among law enforcement executives, operational managers, and information technology professionals. The primary objectives are to share best practices, lessons learned, and issues of common concern. Please join today!

IACP Committees Addressing Technology

IACP hosts several committees that deal directly with law enforcement technology, including the Communications & Technology Committee, the Criminal Justice Information Systems (CJIS) Committee, and the Computer Crime & Digital Evidence (CCDE) Committee. More information regarding committee membership, activities, and resources can be found on committee webpages.

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