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TOUGHBOOK Law Enforcement Advisory Council

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TOUGHBOOK Law Enforcement Advisory Council

Advancing officer efficiency and situational awareness through collaboration and innovative law enforcement technology.

Law Enforcement Innovation and Expertise

The council represents public safety agencies across the country, providing a source of education for law enforcement IT professionals to share best practices and engage in an open forum on leveraging tech to improve department and officer efficiencies. The primary function of LEAC is to preempt the needs of law enforcement of tomorrow to meet the demands of tomorrow.

TOUGHBOOK Law Enforcement Advisory Council Membership

Christian Dorton

LEAC Chairperson, Houston Police Department, TX

Sergeant Christian Dorton was born and raised in Texas. Dorton graduated from Sam Houston State University with a BA in Criminal Justice. In 2008, Dorton graduated from the Houston Police Department’s Academy Class 198 and started his career working night shift at the Northeast Division patrol station. After approximately four years on patrol and a rotation with Homicide Division, Dorton transferred to the Northeast Division’s Gang Unit. Dorton then moved to the Northeast Division’s Tactical Unit. In this role, Dorton and his colleagues primarily focused on serial robbery, burglary, and organized crime investigations. After a rotation with the Narcotics Division in 2020, Dorton took a special assignment with the Houston Police Officers’ Union and later promoted to Sergeant out of that position. In 2021, after a short period as a patrol supervisor, Sergeant Dorton was given an opportunity to build and lead a new unit within the Crime Analysis and Command Center Division where he is currently assigned. The new position is technology focused, with a goal of facilitating public safety for law enforcement officers in the Houston area. Sergeant Dorton is a TCOLE Certified Master Peace Officer and Instructor; teaching courses involving complex gang and career criminal investigations throughout the state. Dorton is a member of the Texas Gang Investigators’ Association, National Technical Investigators’ Association, Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Panasonic’s Law Enforcement Advisory Council and a Lifetime Member of The 100 Club. Dorton has also served as a Director for the Houston Police Officer’s Union one of the largest police unions in the United States. When not working, Dorton enjoys spending time with his family, hunting and fishing.

Aleksander Lazic

LEAC Vice Chairperson, Sandy Springs Police Department, GA

Sergeant A. Lazic is currently assigned as the Technology and Innovation Sergeant. The Sandy Springs Police Technology Innovation position plans, directs, and guides technology decisions for the department to ensure current technologies continue to work properly while at the same time looking forward to identify technologies on the horizon that can help front line officers and the department to carry out its mission. Sgt. Lazic assists with technology needs in the department and acts as a liaison between the police department, the I.T. Department, and technology vendors. In addition, Sgt. Lazic oversees technical projects to include body cameras, dash cameras, license plate readers, RMS, laptops, mobile and portable radios. Sgt. Lazic began his law enforcement career with the Fulton County Police Department in 2009. He started with the Sandy Springs Police Department in 2015. He was promoted to the rank of Sergeant in 2018 and was assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division. The department created a Technology Innovation position in 2019 and Sgt. Lazic was assigned to this newly created position. Sgt. Lazic received a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Saint Leo University.

Curtis Pion

LEAC Secretary, Polk County Sheriff's Office, IA

Curtis is currently a Senior Project Manager for the Polk County Sheriff’s Office (Iowa) where he is responsible for managing the Office operating budget & financial staff. He also manages the implementation of all large scale projects for the Office and have been focused on identifying new technologies to expand the use and impact of information to meet operational needs. He successfully guided the upgrade of the Sheriff’s Office radio communications system, which involved working with over 30 public safety and public service partners in central Iowa. His work in this area continues as opportunities for agency interoperability are still evolving. He believes that his life and career have been guided and supported by these words: “On my honor, I will do my best, to do my duty to God and my county”, to be “trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent”. He is blessed to be married to Cindy Pion, and they have three daughters they could not be more proud of. He plays the guitar and sings for The Highway 44 Revelers, enjoys live music events, cycling and generally being outdoors with friends and family. A lifelong Iowan, he likes to travel but loves coming back home. He stood in line for coffee once with Huey Lewis after what was clearly a long night for both of us, but am still waiting for my own Bill Murray story.

The strength of the council is derived from our members who are actively addressing the technology needs for their respective agencies. The collective expertise of the council brings a better and holistic understanding of how to best improve officer safety and efficiency.

For more information about the Law Enforcement Advisory Council, or to join, please contact [email protected].