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2012 Public Safety Technology Summits

Featured Keynote

David Roberts
Senior Program Manager, Technology Center, International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)

Technology Convergence--Key Trends & Operational Priorities in Public Safety Technology
Technology is transforming justice and public safety operations in fundamental ways. New and emerging technologies are playing an increasingly crucial role in the daily work of frontline police officers, equipping them with enforcement and investigative tools that have the potential of making them significantly better informed, safer and more effective. Technology is also changing the structure and operation of agencies, enabling administrators to more efficiently manage and deploy resources, monitor crime trends with greater precision, and target intervention and investigative assets with greater effectiveness. Technology is facilitating closer and more collaborative relationships between public safety agencies and the community, empowering the general public and raising their expectations regarding the transparency of government agencies. This keynote presentation will examine key trends in technology, policy and practice, and will explore operational priorities facing justice and public safety agencies throughout the nation and around the world.

David Roberts is Senior Program Manager of the Technology Center at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), Alexandria, Virginia. He previously served as Principal of Global Justice Consulting, Director of the Global Justice & Public Safety Practice for Unisys Corporation, and for 17 years as Deputy Executive Director of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics. He has directed numerous national conferences and symposia, and provided technical assistance in local, state, and national jurisdictions throughout the United States in justice information technology, research, planning and implementation.  Mr. Roberts has served as director of a variety of federally-funded justice IT projects and is a frequent speaker on justice information technology both in the United States and abroad. He holds graduate degrees in criminal justice from the State University of New York at Albany and Oklahoma City University.