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Free Identity Theft Awareness Training For Police and FBI

LifeLock : 20 May, 2010  (New Product)
LifeLock is putting on Identity Theft summits to benefit the law enforcement community in preventing cases of identity theft
Increased identity theft awareness is important not only for consumers but for law enforcement officials who are working daily to combat the crime and put thieves behind bars. In an effort to further educate law enforcement, LifeLock and the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI-LEEDA) are sponsoring two forthcoming identity theft summits in June. Each event will include a day-long training summit hosted in a different city, providing local and statewide law enforcement officials with the latest information on identity theft trends, new scams, and investigative methods. The host cities include Clearwater Beach, Florida, and Plymouth, Massachusetts.

As part of an ongoing nationwide series of free, interactive training sessions offered through a partnership between LifeLock and FBI-LEEDA, these summits will help to increase law enforcement's knowledge base on this crime. Since its inception in October 2008, the series has reached 21 different cities across the country—from Orlando to Detroit to Los Angeles—with more than 2,200 law enforcement officials from more than 700 different agencies in attendance.

"This unique identity theft training program helps law enforcement tremendously," said Sergeant Walter Bowling of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department, Financial Crimes Unit. "With the current state of the economy, we find that more identity thieves are preying on innocent victims and, in turn, our case load goes up. It's this type of free training that all law enforcement should be exposed to. It educates law enforcement on the latest trends of identity theft and new techniques for combating the crime. Not only that, but the training gave us the opportunity to share our field experiences with other officials in an open and comfortable forum, and learn from each other, which is exactly what should be happening."

According to Javelin Strategy & Research's "2010 Identity Fraud Survey Report," an estimated 11.1 million Americans were victims of identity fraud last year. This is up from an estimated 9.9 million victims in 2009. The same report states that the number of arrests made in 2009 doubled from the previous year, to 12 percent.

"As the leader in this field, and with identity theft on the rise, it would be an absolute disservice to consumers if we did not facilitate this identity theft training," said LifeLock Chairman and CEO Todd Davis. "By getting local and statewide law enforcement together in one room for a full day of thorough training, we are empowering officials to understand this crime better and work to help stop it. I strongly believe that, with time, this training will have an impact on the future of identity theft."

Details for the upcoming LifeLock and FBI-LEEDA Identity Theft Summits:

• The Clearwater Beach, FL, area summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 15, 2010, at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767.
• The Plymouth, MA, area summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17, 2010. Location to be determined.

If you are a law enforcement official interested in attending one of the Identity Theft Summits, register by visiting the FBI-LEEDA Web site. The summits are free and open to chiefs, sheriffs, investigative supervisors, fraud unit investigators, patrol officers and community policing personnel. Officials of all experience levels in investigating identity theft crimes are encouraged to attend.
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