TEMPE, Ariz., June 15, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Law enforcement officials working identity theft cases often find themselves with little to no information to start building a case. Understanding that in order to better protect consumers from the threats posed by identity thieves, helping law enforcement officials better understand the crime needs to be the starting point. In October 2008, LifeLock, Inc., an industry leader in proactive identity theft protection, and FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA) aligned to provide free training to law enforcement throughout the United States. On June 26, the partnering agencies will celebrate the 100th training in Galt, CA.
The FBI-LEEDA/LifeLock Identity Theft Summits are one and two-day trainings offered exclusively to the law enforcement community. In just three and a half years, the award-winning program has reached more than 7,000 law enforcement officials representing over 2,500 agencies around the United States. Spanning 32 states, summits have been hosted by police chiefs, sheriff's offices, universities and state attorneys general.
"What FBI-LEEDA and LifeLock have created is breaking ground within the law enforcement community," said Justin Feffer, one of three course instructors and 23-year law enforcement veteran. "As we travel around the country with this program, not only are we seeing the technologies thieves are using evolve, we are seeing an increased demand for the information we present."
To lead the identity theft summits, FBI-LEEDA engaged seasoned law enforcement experts in the field of identity theft investigations. The trainings are interactive sessions where participants are encouraged to contribute their experiences and strategies in identity theft investigations, sharing both investigative barriers as well as success stories.
"We believe that this free training program is playing a significant role in how law enforcement is approaching this crime and dealing with victims," said Tom Stone, Executive Director of FBI-LEEDA. "This milestone is very significant for the program because we know it's making a difference across the United States."
The veteran instructors focus on a range of identity theft issues including relevant identity theft laws, high technology identity theft, identity theft awareness and protection strategies and databases to assist in identity theft investigations.
"Increases in identity theft are a common occurrence in the reports I read every day," said one police commander that elected to protect his identity. "From medical identity theft to the stolen identities of children, this crime is growing at an uncontrollable pace. We need to take what we learn in the classroom today and go back into our communities and keep the dialogue going to keep everyone informed."
18 trainings remain in 2012 including summits in Anchorage, Houston, New Orleans, Baltimore, Omaha and Atlantic City. To learn more information on the FBI-LEEDA/LifeLock Identity Theft trainings visit LifeLock In the Community or like LifeLock on Facebook.
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LifeLock, Inc. is an industry leader in identity theft protection and presents identity theft summits that bring together local, regional and federal law enforcement officials to better understand the crime of identity theft. Since October, 2008 LifeLock has reached over 7,000 law enforcement representing over 2,500 agencies across the nation. The LifeLock Identity Theft Summits have been awarded from the American Business Awards and Communitas Awards, each for Corporate Social Responsibility.
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