California’s Police Chiefs and Experts Discuss Law Enforcement Technology

USF Hosts 20th Annual Law Enforcement Symposium, Jan. 12-13

SAN FRANCISCO (January 9, 2015)

The University of San Francisco (USF), in partnership with the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD), presents the 20th annual Law Enforcement Symposium taking place on Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 12-13. The focus of this year’s timely symposium, “Leading Change: Law Enforcement Technology,” invites law enforcement professionals from across the state to discuss the utilization of new technology, including big data analysis, tech applications, and body and car cameras in policing.

Hosted at USF since 1995, the symposium includes panel discussions, individual presentations from nationally recognized experts, and open forums for participant Q&A. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and SF Chief of Police Greg Suhr will give welcoming remarks on Monday morning at 8:40 a.m.

Keynote speakers during the conference include:

  • Mon., Jan. 12 at 9:15 a.m.: SFPD’s Chief Information Officer Susan Merritt will present “From Clip Boards to Hi Tech Super Cops – Making IT Happen”
  • Mon., Jan. 12 at 1:00 p.m.: FBI Associate Deputy Director Kevin Perkins on “From Big Data to Smart Policing”
  • Tues., Jan. 13 at 8:30 a.m.: Director Mike Sena of the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center will discuss “Regional Information Sharing & Technology”

There will also be various panel discussions throughout the symposium. On Monday, Oakland Deputy Chief of Police Danielle Outlaw will moderate a discussion on video recording in policing. Tuesday features a discussion on the utilization of technology by police chiefs will be moderated by Citrus Heights Chief of Police Chris Boyd, former president of the California Police Chiefs’ Association. Police chiefs Susan Manheimer of San Mateo and Jennifer Tejada of Sausalito will facilitate a collaborative discussion with George Grotz of Data911 on tech applications that are working well and those that are problematic.

With today’s social media climate, the goal of the symposium is to explore how law enforcement priorities of service, prevention, and crime control can be enhanced with the help of technology. From patrol car computers to smart phones, attendees will have the opportunity to examine the impact that these tools have on law enforcement, and the importance of leadership strategies to facilitate the evolving technologies.

“We are expecting more than 200 law enforcement professionals to attend,” said Anthony Ribera, director of USF’s International Institute of Criminal Justice Leadership. “Our goal is that attendees will leave with a better understanding of what technology is working, why, and how can we take these key learnings to ultimately improve the safety of our communities.”

USF’s International Institute of Criminal Justice Leadership is dedicated to ethical leadership training in the various disciplines of the criminal justice system. Proceeds from the symposium go to the Lieutenant Barbara Hammerman Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to Law Enforcement Leadership students who exemplify positive leadership in their profession and within the USF learning community.

The symposium will take place in the McLaren Conference Center on USF’s main campus Mon. and Tues., Jan. 12-13, beginning at 8:30 a.m.

For the complete schedule of speakers, or to request media interviews, please contact Anne-Marie Devine Tasto, senior director of media relations at USF, at 415.422.2697 or

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