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Jim Craige

Jim Craige

Sergeant, Alexandria, Virginia Police Department

Jim Craige is a sergeant with the Alexandria, Virginia Police Department. He manages the Tactical Computer System, deploying the latest in mobile technology in an award winning program. He has over 24 years of law enforcement experience with roles in patrol and narcotics investigation before taking on his current assignment. He also serves on the Alexandria Police Special Operations Team specializing in deployment of tactical technology such as robots and wireless video systems. Most recently, Craige was instrumental in the upgrade and replacement of computer aided dispatch and report management systems for Alexandria public safety agencies. He was at the forefront of designing e-learning systems for law enforcement and continues to take advantage of various technologies for training and communications. He has served on several federal data and technology initiatives, including the National Institute of Justice Advanced Generation Interoperability for Law Enforcement (AGILE) program and Advance Law Enforcement Response Technology (ALERT) program. Craige holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science degree in Law Enforcement from George Mason University.

Mark Dobbs

Mark Dobbs

Pattern Analyst, BAIR Analytics

Mark Dobbs is a Pattern Analyst with BAIR Analytics, a LexisNexis Company, and is currently embedded with the Stockton, CA Police Department. His current assignment involves helping the agency build out and develop their crime analysis program. In this role, he supervises their Crime Information Center and trains their analysts on a variety of crime analysis methodologies and software applications, including ATACRAIDS and ATAC Workstation. Moreover, he is actively working with police executives within the department to implement both predictive and intelligence-led policing methodologies.

Mark, a California Department of Justice Certified Crime and Intelligence Analyst, has training and expertise in predictive analysis, geospatial crime mapping, temporal analysis, tactical and strategic deployment analysis, crime series, trend and pattern identification, intelligence analysis, criminal investigative analysis, cold case / homicide analysis and more. His years of analyzing homicides and other major crimes have led him to develop an expertise in telephone toll analysis. He has conducted analyses on cell phone data in scores of major crimes investigations for law enforcement agencies throughout California, and has testified as an expert witness in many of them. Currently, Mark’s passion lies in tactical and strategic crime analysis, namely crime predictions and forecasts.

In addition to his work in crime analysis, Mark consults as a Forensic Anthropologist, with an expertise in human identification, for coroners and law enforcement agencies throughout Northern California. He also spent ten years as an adjunct professor of biological anthropology at the City College of San Francisco.

Mark frequently speaks at professional conferences on such wide-ranging topics as crime predictions and forecasting, homicide analysis, telephone toll analysis and forensic science. Follow Mark on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/pub/mark-dobbs/43/540/471/.

Dale Ferranto

Dale Ferranto

Law Enforcement Business Development Specialist, LexisNexis Risk Solutions

Dale A. Ferranto is a Law Enforcement Business Development Specialist, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this position, he supports the sales team and solutions consultants, serving as a liaison with the law enforcement community as well as assisting with developing and discovering new business opportunities. Additionally, Ferranto provides his expertise and insight to better navigate the law enforcement market, particularly with product developments that serve the needs of the investigative community.

Ferranto recently retired as an Assistant Chief from the California Department of Justice (DOJ) after serving as a peace officer for 35 years. While at the California DOJ, he worked for the Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement (BNE), Firearms Division, and as Assistant Chief Investigator for the California Attorney General’s Equal Employment Rights and Resolutions Office. There he supervised both criminal and administrative investigations of sworn and non-sworn personnel that involved perjury, fraud, theft, sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation.

In joint operation assignments while at the California DOJ, Ferranto served as a Deputy U.S. Marshal on the Equal Justice Fugitive Task Force in Los Angeles and Orange Counties and a Deputy DEA Agent in Sacramento. He is also a retired Navy Reserve Captain with command experience in Inshore/Undersea Warfare, Air/Naval Gunfire (USMC), and Merchant Marine operations.

Ferranto holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from the California Maritime Academy, a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology from California State University, Long Beach, and a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento. He is a recipient of the California Attorney General’s Medal of Valor and the Medal of Distinguished Service for his work during Hurricane Katrina, as well as the Meritorious Service Medal from the Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Navy.

Bailey Gearhart

Bailey Gearhart

Data Analyst for LexisNexis

Bailey Gearhart is a Data Analyst for LexisNexis, serving as a contracted analyst for Metro Transit Police Department in Minneapolis, MN. She graduated from the University of Denver in 2014 with BA Spanish and BA International Security, and has worked extensively with ATAC Workstation and ATACRAIDS.

Joseph L. Giacalone

Joseph L. Giacalone

NYPD Detective Sergeant (Ret)

Joe Giacalone is a retired NYPD Detective Sergeant with an extensive background in criminal investigations. He has held many prestigious positions in the NYPD, but his favorite was the Commanding Officer of the Bronx Cold Case Homicide Squad. Joe has personally works on hundreds of murders, suicides and missing persons cases.

Joe has trained investigators from all over the country and the world. He has recently returned from a law enforcement training mission to Jordan.

Joe is the best selling author of the Criminal Investigative Function: A Guide for New Investigators published by Looseleaf Law, Inc. and now in its Second Edition.

Joe obtained a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice with a Specialty in Crime and Deviance from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2005. He has been an Adjunct Professor at John Jay since 2005, where he teaches criminal investigation and other related topics.

He was a highly decorated member of the NYPD including the Department Medal for Valor.

Rick Graham

Rick Graham

Law Enforcement Business Development Specialist, LexisNexis Risk Solutions

Rick Graham is a Law Enforcement Business Development Specialist, LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this position, he supports the product development team, the law enforcement marketing team, the sales team and the company’s solutions consultants. He serves as a liaison with the law enforcement community as well as assisting with developing and discovering new business opportunities. Additionally, Graham assists the LexisNexis law enforcement team by providing his expertise and insight to better navigate the law enforcement market, particularly with product developments that serve the needs of the investigative community. Most recently, Graham was instrumental in the creation of a revolutionary new eLearning program designed specifically for law enforcement investigators and analysts, enabling them to gain proficiency in the use of public records and proprietary data. Graham is also heavily engaged with the LexisNexis Social Media Monitoring investigative solution.

Graham joined LexisNexis after serving 34 years as an active duty law enforcement officer. He retired as Chief of Detectives for the Jacksonville (FL) Sheriff’s Office after working his way up through the ranks. Previously, he held a variety of different positions at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, including Narcotics Detective, Burglary Detective, Intelligence Unit Investigator, Patrol Sergeant, Narcotics Sergeant, Field Training Sergeant, Narcotics Task Force Supervisor, Patrol Lieutenant, Homicide Unit Commander and Assistant Chief of Detectives. 75 percent of Graham’s career was spent in the criminal investigation arena.

Graham holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College of Missouri. He also has a State of Florida Criminal Justice Instructor Certificate as well as a variety of specialized law enforcement related certificates.

Susan C. Hammen

Susan C. Hammen

Past-President, International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA)

Susan C. Hammen is the Past-President of the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) and a Past-President for the Mid-America Regional Crime Analysis Network (MARCAN). She is recently retired from law enforcement, following a 22-year-career, mostly as a crime analyst for the Overland Park and Shawnee, Kansas Police Departments. She is currently a Data Solutions Analyst with LexisNexis Special Services Inc (LNSSI).

Susan is an adjunct professor at Johnson County Community College, Regis University, Tiffin University, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City and an Adjunct Policy Analyst for RAND, Corporation under the NIJ Center of Excellence. Susan holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Services/Criminal Justice and a Master of Science in Management, both from University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas. She is pursuing a PhD in Philosophy – Public Policy and Administration, specializing in Criminal Justice and is currently finishing her dissertation.

Josh Levin

Josh Levin

Manager of Data Reporting & Analytics for LexisNexis

Josh Levin began his career as a Crime Analysis Technician with the Scottsdale Police Department and later worked as a Crime Analyst II for the Colorado Springs Police Department. Josh is currently the Manager of Data Reporting & Analytics for LexisNexis, having previously worked in this role with BAIR Analytics, where his responsibilities include the management of a 15 person analytical team that is deployed to various law enforcement customer sites throughout the country. Josh has a B.S. in Justice Studies from Arizona State University and an MBA from the American Military University.

Joe Ryan

Joe Ryan

Government Account Executive for LexisNexis

Joe Ryan is a Government Account Executive for LexisNexis. Formerly, Joe worked as the Business Development Specialist for BAIR Analytics. He previously held the positions of CIO and Crime Analysis Administrator for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office in Jacksonville, Florida and Crime Analysis Supervisor at the Alexandria, Virginia Police Department. Joe began his career as an analyst and the Crime Mapping and Evaluation Program Manager at the Washington/Baltimore HIDTA. Joe has a B.S. in Geography and Environmental Systems and a Cartography Certification from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Jamie L. Roush

Jamie L. Roush

Product Evangelist, DigitalStakeout / Fmr Crime Analysis Unit Manager

Jamie L. Roush is Product Evangelist for LexisNexis’ Channel Partner DigitalStakeout. In this role Jamie is responsible for linking and promoting the DigitalStakeout platform with law enforcement operations. Jamie joined DigitalStakeout after a plus ten year career with the Jacksonville (FL) Sheriff’s Office starting as an analyst and commencing as the Crime Analysis Unit Manager commanding a unit of twenty public safety/crime analysts and supervisors. Jamie is a consultant for the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Crime Analysis portfolio where she advises on numerous aspects of crime and intelligence analysis, including integration of social media with law enforcement data for operational decision-making. She is a frequent speaker at law enforcement conferences on crime analysis and social media. Jamie is a member of the George Mason University Evidence-Based Policing Hall of Fame for her commitment to using research and data analysis to improve police operations while in Jacksonville. She is an associate member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and member of the International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA). Jamie holds a Master of Science in Social Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from The Florida State University. Follow Jamie on Twitter: @jlroush.

Lauri Stevens

Lauri Stevens

Principal Consultant and Founder, LAwS Communications

Lauri Stevens is the principal consultant and founder of LAwS Communications. Lauri is also the creator and producer of the SMILE Conference® and the creator of the award winning ConnectedCOPS blog. She is an interactive media professional with over 25 years of media experience, including 12 years in higher education as a Department Chair of Interactive Media.

She is most well known for having worked with the Toronto Police Department in 2010 in the development of a service-wide social media strategy integrating every operational unit. Clients also include the Dallas Police, The USDOJ COPS Office and the Massachusetts State Police.

Lauri serves as an advisor to Project Athena, a three-year project funded under the European Commission 7th Framework Programme. The mission of Project Athena is to develop a set of best practice guideline for first responder and citizens for the use of new media, supporting tools and technologies in crisis situations. Athena is a global multi-disciplinary consortium and advisory board representing 18 countries and is led by the West Yorkshire Police.

She is a social media columnist for PoliceOne.Com and LawOfficer.com. She has also been published in Police Chief, FBINAA magazine, the NSA’s Sheriffs Magazine, California Peace Officer, American Police Beat, Police and Security News and has been quoted in dozens of main stream publications including the Boston Globe, Washington Post, CNN, CBC and NPR.

Lauri is passionate about the Internet, the web, social media and helping law enforcement leverage these technologies to help them do their jobs, connect with their communities, promote their departments and investigate and solve crime.

She holds an MBA in eBusiness from Bentley University, an MS in Mass Communication/Communication Technology from Boston University, and a BA in Political Science from Clemson University.

Her professional memberships include:
PERF – Police Executive Research Forum
IACP – The International Association of Chiefs of Police
NSA – National Sheriffs Association
PFI – Police Futurists International
MITX – Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange