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Sponsored by:
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS)


Provided by:
SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics


Who Should Attend?

The COPS 2007 Technology Program Kickoff Conference is designed to provide training and instruction for agency representatives involved in managing, overseeing and making decisions about all facets of interagency data sharing or voice communications projects, including planning, procurement and implementation.

This training event will present proven strategies and best practices for public safety systems development and operations. For technology projects to be successful, agency leaders at the highest levels, and managers dedicated specifically to such projects, must be integrally involved every step of the way.

Recognizing the critical roles of these key players in successful technology system planning and implementation, agency representatives who will benefit the most from this training event, and those who we recommend you bring, include:

Senior Management Two or more
Senior management of sponsoring agencies, including police and fire chiefs, sheriffs and emergency management agency directors, will benefit from the top-down approach presented.

Because technology has the ability to radically enhance and change the way public safety agencies do business and work with one another, this conference is primarily geared to experienced public safety agency leaders and decision-makers.

Senior managers will learn how to establish a planning and decision-making structure that will complete the project plan and lead to dependable systems for data and communications systems interoperability. They will also learn how to:
  • Select key project personnel
  • Define critical elements of strong project charters and effective project plans
  • Create timelines and budgets
  • Conduct risk assessments
  • Craft solid procurement documents and tight vendor contracts

Project Manager
The Project Manager the individual directly responsible for overseeing daily activities regarding the interagency data or voice project will be a key beneficiary of the principles covered in this conference, including crafting a comprehensive project plan and working with system users, support staff, vendors and consultants.

Technical Manager
Managers of organizations or units that ensure the continuous availability of information and communications systems will benefit from both the project management and technology aspects of this conference. Functional requirements and operational pitfalls of various technologies will be detailed. Different approaches to meeting user requirements will be examined and practical information on implementing technologies will be provided.