By Daniel J. DeSimone, Thomson Reuters
In 1991, a group of law enforcement executives formed an association to provide their peers educational and networking opportunities. FBI-LEEDA, Inc., also known as the Law Enforcement Executive Development Association, a non-profit corporation, was formed. Today, FBI-LEEDA’s membership includes law enforcement executives throughout the United States, U.S. territories, and foreign countries. FBI-LEEDA is under the direction of Charles “Skip” Robb, a 2013 retired FBI executive.
Shelly Bouchard of Thomson Reuters with Greg Hamilton, President of FBI-LEEDA & Sheriff of Travis County, Austin, Texas
The Association holds its annual training conference in the spring of each year to provide members with up-to-date information and education. As part of an emerging public/private partnership agenda, FBI-LEEDA invites a limited number of companies to display the latest in technology and product lines for its attendees and Thomson Reuters was honored to participate. Representing Thomson Reuters at this event were Michael Sulkin and Shelly Bouchard.
Sulkin is a member of Thomson Reuters’ elite Law Enforcement and Investigative team, and Bouchard serves as chief analyst to law enforcement agencies in the nation’s Northeast. Thomson Reuters’ Vice President of Government Affairs and Community Relations, Sharon Sayles-Belton addressed a morning session of FBI-LEEDA showcasing the global capabilities of Thomson Reuters. 2014 marked the 23rd annual FBI-LEEDA training conference and it was held in Tampa, Florida.
Several Florida law enforcement agencies, including the Tampa Police Department, Hillsborough County Sheriffs, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement were part of opening remarks, joining Travis County, Texas Greg Hamilton, FBI-LEEDA’s President in welcoming the attendees. James B. Comey, the Director of the FBI was a keynote speaker on FBI-LEEDA’s opening day. Watertown, Massachusetts Police Chief, Ed Deveau led a gripping presentation about the Watertown perspective of the Boston Marathon bombing. Other topics including cyberbullying, media and the police executive, and leadership in the law enforcement ranks were presented.
Two notable presentations included BAE’s Vice President and Chief Security Executive, Thomas J. Langer on the importance of public/private partnerships and a tandem presentation by New York City Police Department’s Commissioner, William J. Bratton and Deputy Commissioner, John Miller, discussing the importance of collaboration.