Past Training Conferences

Each year, the IACA selects a conference site based on a variety of factors. Here are the past conference sites and summaries.

2016 in Louisville, KY

The 2016 Annual Training Conference was held at the Marriott Downtown Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky from September 19-23, 2016. Nearly 400 attendees received training in 64 sessions across 6 different training tracks. 22 exhibitors participated in this year's conference, helping to make it a huge success! During the annual business meeting, the IACA Awards Committee had the honor of distributing several prestigious awards. View the 2016 award winners here.

2015 in Denver, CO

The 2015 Annual Training Conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center in Denver, Colorado from September 22-25, 2015. Preconference training was held on Monday, September 21st. The conference was a great success with nearly 500 attendees from all over the world coming together for a week-long immersion in crime analysis training.

2014 in Bellevue, Washington

The 2014 Annual Training Conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Bellevue in Bellevue, Washington from September 9-12, 2014. Preconference training was held on Monday, September 8th. The conference was a great success with nearly 500 attendees from all over the world in attendance.

2013 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The 2013 Annual Training Conference, held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida during the week of September 9-13, 2013, was a huge success! Nearly 450 attendees came together from a total of ten different countries, including 40 different U.S. states and the District of Columbia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Taiwan, Trinidad & Tobago and the United Kingdom.

The IACA was pleased to partner with the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) for this conference. The NIJ track featured a wide breadth of sessions aimed at bridging academia and law enforcement with research-focused sessions. Conference attendees also participated in a wide variety of training opportunities for all levels. These opportunities included a full day of pre-conference classes, interactive computer labs, specialty topics presentations, roundtable and panel discussions, hot topics such intelligence-led policing, social media and repeat offender analysis, and much more.

Jim Bueermann, the president of the Police Foundation, gave an inspiring keynote address during Opening Ceremonies. IACA was honored to have Chief William Bratton (The Bratton Group) present a keynote address on September 11th during the conference. Sgt. Doug Niemeier from Kansas City Police Department was this year’s luncheon speaker and he discussed his experience with a serial killer investigation and the crime analyst’s role in the investigation.

During the annual Business Meeting, awards were given out for bulletin contests in several categories. Locations were announced for the 2014 International Symposium (Toronto) and the 2014 Annual Training Conference (Seattle-Bellevue). Dr. Noah Fritz (Tempe Police Department) and Bryan Hill (Glendale Police Department) were given Lifetime Achievement Awards, Kyle Stoker (Raytown Police Department) was given the IACA Board Award, Mary Craige (LexisNexis Risk Solutions) was given the President’s Award and Joel Caplan and Les Kennedy were given the Membership Award.

There were 22 exhibitors who took part in this year’s conference. Attendees had the opportunity to visit their booths to learn about the latest software, tools and technologies. Finally, attendees had great networking opportunities including the International Networking Reception, the Welcome Reception, karaoke and trivia in the Hospitality Suite, Nights Out, and more!

2012 in Henderson, Nevada

The 2012 Annual Training Conference was held at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada during the week of September 10 – 14, 2012. With just over 370 attendees, it was a very successful conference! Attendees joined together from 34 states, the District of Columbia, Austria, Canada, Chile, Columbia, France, Hong Kong, Netherlands, South Korea, Trinidad & Tobago, and the United Kingdom.

Keynote speakers included Dr. John Eck (University of Cincinnati) and Dr. Cynthia Lum (George Mason University). Chief Harry Dolan (Raleigh PD) gave a great luncheon address and The Innocence Project shared a very moving story. In addition to these presentations, over 70 breakout sessions were featured and included a wide variety of topics. Two computer labs provided hands on technology experiences and a robust agenda provided training for all levels.

Conference attendees also had the chance visit the 17 exhibitors that joined us this year to learn about the latest in crime analysis software, tools and technologies. Several events in the evening gave attendees some great networking opportunities and a chance to enjoy some fun.

Several awards were also presented at the annual IACA business meeting. Trina Cook of Tukwila, Washington was given the President's Award, and Friedrich 'Sam' Steiner of the Austrian Federal Police was presented with the IACA Ambassador Award. David James of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office (CA) won the 2012 IACA Membership Award.

Finally, the results of the Executive Board election were announced. The 2013-2016 IACA Executive Board is Susan Smith (President), Carolyn Cassidy (Vice President of Administration), Ericka Jackson (Vice President of Membership), Tamara Otley (Treasurer) and Dawn Clausius (Secretary).

2011 in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

During the week of September 19 through September 23, 2011, The International Association of Crime Analysts partnered with The Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts for the 2011 Joint Training Conference in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

This was a very successful conference, with just over 270 in attendance from all over the world, including Austria, Netherlands, Chile, Hong Kong, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Forty-two states were represented by hundreds of analysts.

Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey of the Philadelphia Police Department and Dr. Jerry Ratcliffe, Professor of Criminal Justice at Temple University, Philadelphia, were our two Keynote Speakers during the week. Commissioner Ramsey is highlighted in the attached article and is currently working in conjunction with Dr. Ratcliffe.

There were approximately 63 different speakers who presented on topics including Crime Mapping, Time Series Analysis, Cell Phone Forensics, Gangs, Drugs and Gun Violence Issues, and many more topics involving crime analysis.

All attendees had the opportunity to visit thirteen different vendors set up to share information about their product and answer any questions. There were several opportunities for networking each evening after the conference. IACA members showcased their own talents on Karaoke night, which followed the networking reception and dinner on Tuesday night. Many conference attendees enjoyed a boat cruise at sunset through Cape Cod Harbor. The tour included photo opportunities of the Kennedy Family residences and historical information about the Cape. On Thursday night, attendees enjoyed dinner at a local Brazilian barbeque and then participated in a rousing game of trivia, both MACA traditions.

IACA President Christopher Bruce commented to the attendees that this was the most successful conference to date. Local media attended and wrote articles about the International Conference, including the Barnstable Patriot.

2010 in Arlington, Texas

In 2010, the IACA joined with the Center for Problem-Oriented Policing to deliver the largest conference in IACA or POP history. Over 800 people attended the conference and enjoyed their stay in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Mark Stallo was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the IACA.

2009 - Scottsdale, AZ

The International Association of Crime Analysts (IACA) and the Arizona Association of Crime Analysts (AACA) teamed up to present the 2009 IACA & AACA Joint Training Conference at the beautiful DoubleTree Scottsdale Resort.Thanks to all for a spectacular conference!

2008 - St. Petersburg, FL

The 2008 conference at the Tradewinds Resort was by far one of the most memorable conferences. Beautiful location, awesome training and more vendors than ever before, the 2008 conference was awesome.

2007 - Pasadena, CA

The 2007 IACA / CCIAA Conference held in Pasadena was a huge success! For the second time in 7 years the two associations teamed up to provide training.  This year, over 340 people were in attendance, and analysts from 8 countries around the world were present.

Keynote speaker Marcus Felson taught several classes that were both educational and thought provoking.  Other classes ranged from software use to addressing the changes in the world of law enforcement.

Nights out included a visit to the Universal City Walk, and an awesome game between the Rockies and the Dodgers.

Three analysts tested for Certification, and all passed, making this conference an all around success.  Thanks to all who participated!

2006 - New Orleans, La

The 16th Annual IACA Conference was held on September 11-14 at the New Orleans Marriott at the Convention Center.  Over 150 attendees from 9 different countries helped to make the conference successful in many ways.  Over forty speakers presented on topics ranging from fundamental skills to advanced techniques.  Each presenter received superior evaluations, and attendees left the conference with more tools for their analyst toolbox.  IACA was proud to have David M. Kennedy, the Director of the Center for Crime Prevention Strategies and professor of anthropology at John Jay College, as the keynote speaker. 

The IACA decided early last year that the conference would remain in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina, primarily so that it could help the city in its revitalization efforts.  The conference attendance was smaller than years past, but seemed to have a warm, welcoming feeling among not only the members, but locals from the area.  Superintendent Warren Riley of the New Orleans Police Department discussed his Katrina experience and how the city came back.  Captain April Overman, the Crime Analysis Supervisor in New Orleans, portrayed the unit’s experiences of trying to analyze new crime, different crime, displacement and disaster in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  The IACA received many heart felt thanks that it decided to stay in the Big Easy, and provide the city with much needed economic revenue. 

A new feature added to the conference agenda this year was the volunteer opportunity.  Conference attendees were able to volunteer their time and efforts to help build homes in Musician’s Village, a Habitat for Humanity Project.  Twenty-three members hammered, sawed and painted in the brightly colored homes.  Not only was the project helpful to the home recipients, it was a rewarding experience for the attendees. This volunteer opportunity is slated to become a staple at future IACA conferences.

The IACA also recognized several members at this year's conference. The Board gave its annual Meritorious Service Award to Sgt. Mark Stallo of the Dallas (TX) Police Department, the outgoing Past President. Mark has served on the Board of the IACA since the organization was founded 16 years ago. From Vice President of Membership (1991-1994) to President (1994-2000) to Past President (2000-2006), Mark has put an incredible amount of time and effort into the IACA and the crime analysis community. We thank Mark for his leadership and service, and we hope he remains close by.

Noah Fritz delivered the President's Award to Richard Sevieri (MA) of the Cambridge Police Department. With 30 years as a crime analyst, Rich may have the longest service record of anyone in the profession. Several current IACA members began their careers working with Rich, and his fundamental, street-level approach to crime analysis has been an inspiration to many of us. In addition to the usual award, Noah unveiled a three-foot statue of Merlin during his presentation to recognize the "wizardry" Rich has shown in his long career.

Julie Wartell received the 2006 IACA Membership Award. Over the past year, Julie has been an outstanding contributor to the growth of the crime analysis profession in the San Diego area. As Vice-President of the San Diego Crime and Intelligence Analysis Association, Julie has coordinated a wide range of training opportunities for San Diego County analysts. At monthly meetings, SDCIAA members have been provided with specialized instruction through presentations and workshops. This training program has included presentations on topics such as auto theft and identity theft, overviews and instruction on newly accessible investigative software such as “Coplink”, and hands-on training in the use of ArcGIS for crime mapping. In a law enforcement environment where training specific to crime analysis is not easily accessible, Julie has done great work to ensure that local analysts are afforded the opportunity to grow in their profession.

2005 - Arlington, Va

The 15th Annual IACA Training Conference, held in Arlington, Virginia from September 21st to 24th, was full of milestones and firsts. The 2005 conference was the first to give problem analysis its own track, with sessions devoted to problem identification, strategies and implementation. It was also the first conference in which the IACA Certification Exam was offered. Sally Olterman and Michele Kennedy both took and successfully completed the certification exam, making them the first and only IACA certified crime analysts. In addition, the IACA gave conference scholarships to three participants. Lastly, we had a record number of participants and the largest international contingency of any conference. Participants came from as far away as Norway, Australia and Ecuador.

This year's diverse speakers and topics covered tactical, strategic and problem analysis. These three tracks offered something for everyone - from the seasoned veteran analyst to the 'newbie', these three tracks focused on all the skill sets needed to become a certified crime analyst. The fourth track focused on computer skills and current technologies used by crime analysts. Participants were able to go 'hands on' in a computer lab donated by ESRI. These sessions showcased several types of software, including mapping and crime analysis programs. Instructors guided students through various topics, such as spatial statistics, density mapping and webpage design. In addition to these four tracks, three panel discussions addressed issues with managing a crime analysis unit, the future of the crime analysis profession and the international approach to crime analysis.

Three keynote speakers addressed various concepts and issues in crime analysis. Two of the keynote speakers, Gloria Laycock of the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science and Rana Sampson, international crime consultant, both focused on problem analysis and the application of academic research in crime analysis. Dr. John Jarvis of the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit also gave a keynote address on the progression of the crime analysis field and its impact on local, state and federal law enforcement. These three speakers gave participants new insight and ideas to take back and implement in their agencies.

The IACA also recognized several members at this year's conference. Jim Mallard was given the IACA's Executive Board award for his work on the IACA's website. ViCAP also gave Jim Mallard an award for his work in posting alerts to the IACA webpage. Dr. Rachel Boba also received the 2005 IACA Membership Award. Steve Walter from Oceanside, CA Police Department won the Best Overall Bulletin Award.

2004 - Seattle, Wa

Problem-solving was the major theme of our 2004 conference, held from September 8-11 in Seattle. Herman Goldstein, the conceptualist behind problem-oriented policing, gave the keynote. We had a computer lab with hands-on training, training for the IACA’s research and statistics skill sets, and the track that gave the conference it’s “official” theme, “Analyze This!,” which offered analysis techniques for specific problems. Winners of the member, Board, and President’s awards were Sean Bair (NLECTC Crime Mapping & Analysis Program), Debra Piehl (Newton, MA Police), and Rana Sampson (Community Policing Associates).

In their off-hours, conference-goers enjoyed the great sites of Seattle, with drinks at the Space Needle, boat tours of Puget Sound, a walking tour of Seattle’s “underground,” and a little relaxation and reading at Seattle’s many coffee shops.

The members of the Northwest Regional Crime Analysis Network (NORCAN) were instrumental in helping to plan and execute this very successful conference.

2003 in Kansas City, Missouri

The IACA met October 27 - 30, 2003, in the home of jazz and barbecue for its 13th annual training conference, in which we were fortunate to team up with the Mid-American Regional Crime Analysis Network (MARCAN). The training—with a theme of “Certification”—focused on the 20 skill sets identified by the IACA’s certification process. Classes included fundamentals of crime analysis, research and statistics training, crime mapping, data integrity, demographic analysis, temporal analysis, and a hands-on computer lab. Featured presenters were District Attorney Paul Morrison, and Kent Kloster, a reformed bank robber.

There was plenty to do in the evenings, with visits to barbecue and jazz joints, and… Well, barbecue and jazz sums it up pretty good. But it was enough.

In the 2003 elections, IACA President Noah Fritz, Vice Presidents Gerry Tallman and Christopher Bruce, and Secretary Susan Wernicke were all re-elected to their posts. Samantha Gwinn joined the Board as Treasurer. Lincoln (NE) Police Chief Tom Casady and Buffalo (NY) crime analyst Deborah Osborne were given the member and Board awards for their contributions to the profession.

2002 in Orlando, Florida

In 2002, we had the pleasure of working with the Florida Crime and Intelligence Analysts’ Association (FCIAA) to bring “The Crime Analyst and Homeland Security” to our members. A keynote from former FBI agent Oliver “Buck” Revell kicked of the proceedings, which included a computer lab and a panel on the relationship between crime analysis and intelligence analysis. Member, Board, and President’s awards went to Austin (TX) crime analyst Tess Sherman, CMAP program manager Sean Bair, and IACA Secretary Susan Wernicke.

When we weren’t working, there was plenty to do in the home of Disney World. Many members brought their families to spend the preceding or following weekend enjoying the attractions. An organized night out took conference-goers to Disney’s Pleasure Island.

2001 - Los Angeles, California

For the second time, we joined forces with the California Crime and Intelligence Analysts’ Association (CCIAA)—specifically, the Southern California chapter—to present our conference “For Analysts, By Analysts.” Working analysts instructed their colleagues on topics ranging from public speaking to criminology theory to Visual Basic. Overland Park (KS) Chief John Douglas gave a featured presentation in which he outlined his plan to merge crime analysis and intelligence analysis in his agency. The members and Board of the IACA honored Worcester (MA) crime analyst Donald Chamberlayne and Phoenix (AZ) crime analyst Bryan Hill for their contributions to the profession.

Conference-goers enjoyed trips to Los Angeles, the Queen Mary, and Santa Catalina in their free time.

2000 in Denver, Colorado

For its 10th annual conference (“Dedication to Analysis”), the IACA returned to the location of its first conference: Denver, Colorado. Lincoln (NE) Police Chief Tom Casady kicked off the conference with a keynote on “What Police Chiefs Need from Crime Analysis.” Classes included pattern recognition, creating a hands-on crime bulletin, Microsoft Access queries, and crime analysis on the web.

In the tri-annual elections, Cambridge (MA) analyst Christopher Bruce, Overland Park (KS) analysis supervisor Gerry Tallman, and Overland Park (KS) analyst Susan Wernicke joined the Board as Vice President of Administration, Vice President of Membership, and Secretary. Fort Collins (CO) analyst Lori Frank retained her seat as Treasurer. A runoff election was necessary to decide the President—CMAP director Noah Fritz ultimately won.

Outgoing president Mark Stallo presented the member and President’s awards to SEARCH trainer Christopher Gebhardt and outgoing IACA Vice President Judy Kimminau.

Conferences

The IACA conference brings together professionals from around the world interested in crime analysis and combines training, networking and comraderie in one exciting week.