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That’s a wrap: Electronic surveillance symposium captured the very image of success!

Hundreds of law enforcement professionals from around Ohio and the U.S. gathered on April 17 in Columbus for the Electronic Surveillance and Equipment Symposium (ESES14). Investigators, special agents, officers and deputies discussed the latest electronic surveillance tools and trends.eses14

Subsequently, dozens of the attendees furnished useful feedback pertaining to this first-ever event, co-sponsored by BWC’s Special Investigations Department (SID) and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Attendees specified the following as their favorite part of the event:

  • An aviation surveillance seminar presented by Sgt. Justin Cromer, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Aviation Unit;
  • A seminar about concealing cameras in everyday items presented by Jonathan Banks, special agent supervisor, Ohio Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit;
  • Legal issues regarding electronic surveillance presented by Mary Beth Young, assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of Ohio;
  • A drone surveillance seminar and demonstration presented by five SIERRA Project team members from the University of Cincinnati and University of Toledo;
  • Equipment exhibits and demonstrations by more than two dozen vendors during the afternoon’s trade fair.

Most importantly, more than 90 percent of attendees who completed a post-event survey indicated they would attend a similar symposium again. In fact, several respondents proposed topics for us to consider for a potential ESES15.

All agreed that effective surveillance plays an important role in law enforcement and criminal investigations. Accordingly, they appreciate a secure environment in which law enforcement professionals share best practices and advice in hopes of strengthening our efforts to contribute to safer communities.

Thank you to all who participated in and made ESES14 a success!

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