Lauri Stevens is an interactive media professional with over 25 years of media experience and is the founder and principal consultant with LAwS Communications. She founded LAwS Communications in 2005 to assist the law enforcement profession with the implementation of interactive media technologies.
Lauri is a columnist for PoliceOne.com, LawOfficer.com, and the Social Media Monthly Magazine. She has also been published in the FBI-NAA magazine, Police Chief Magazine, Sheriff’s Magazine, California Peace Officer, American Police Beat, Police Security and News and Subject to Debate, among others. She authored the law enforcement chapter in “The Big Book of Social Media”.
Previously, she was the Department Chair of Web Design & Interactive Media at The New England Institute of Art (NEiA) in Boston, a position she held for eleven years. During her tenure at NEiA she wrote several bachelor’s programs, served on NEASC accreditation review committees and visiting teams, and chaired several groups to further the college’s mission.
Prior to that, Lauri worked in high-tech market research as a project manager and trainer after having spent 14 years as a television journalist.
Lauri has been using the Internet since before the web existed. She is passionate about the Internet, the web, social media and helping law enforcement leverage these tools to help them do their jobs, connect with their communities, promote their departments and prevent and solve crime.
Lauri’s professional memberships include:
LAwS Communications has been providing interactive media advice to law enforcement since 2005.
Open Source communication technologies available today allow organizations to efficiently gather and distribute information like never before. LAwS Communications works with law enforcement professionals to help make sense of the tools available, help agencies craft a plan and social media policy as well as provide the training needed.
LAwS Communications can help law enforcement organizations not only understand why an agency should take advantage of social media technologies, but also how to leverage these vast resources.
The agencies that are effectively using these tools are shrinking their communities, improving communication with citizens and enhancing their reputations through the transparency and accountability. Other agencies are developing sophisticated methods for investigation, crime solving and prevention. Police departments, in particular, have an opportunity to better educate their communities about who they are and what they do and to therefore increase and improve communication with the public they serve.
LAwS Communications properties include The SMILE (Social Media the Internet and Law Enforcement) Conference, the internationally known blog – ConnectedCOPS.net, and the C.O.P.P.S. Social Media Method.
LAwS Communications is located in Newbury, Massachusetts. It is a subsidiary of Stevens & Associates Inc.
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