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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

Thomas Porto

LEAC Chairperson, Fort Lee Police Department, NJ

Sgt. Thomas Porto was hired in January 2002 and is a 17 years veteran of the Fort Lee Police Department located in New Jersey. Fort Lee is the host Borough to the George Washington Bridge, which is known as one of the world’s busiest bridges and connects New Jersey to New York City. He has been the Director of Information Technology for the past 10 years and holds a certificate from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill as a Certified Government Chief Information Officer. He sits on the board of the New Jersey Chapter of GMIS International as the liaison to Law Enforcement and serves as our department’s TAC Officer. The Division of Information Technology oversees a deployment of 40 Panasonic Toughbook CF-54's as well as many other assets. Sgt. Porto has been instrumental in many Law Enforcement Technology Projects as well as many infrastructure upgrades to ensure our systems are highly available. Some important projects include the migration of the Police Department's Infrastructure from a physical environment to a highly redundant virtual infrastructure with multiple hosts running VMWare as the hypervisor. He has led the implementation of Network, Firewall and Storage Upgrades. He led with the design, planning and implementation of redundant Generators for backup power. He led with the design, planning and implementation of the removal of wet sprinkler systems and installation of Pre-Action Dry Sprinkler Systems and FM-200 Systems in our MDF and IDF. He led with the design, planning and implementation of Committee and transitioned our Department to our new systems flawlessly. Our state-of- the-art Dispatch Center and E-911 Systems. He was an instrumental member of our recent CAD/RMS Upgrade are notable projects he has led include the implementation of Electronic Ticketing, City-Wide Fixed License Plate Readers, Electronic Police Officer Scheduling, IP CCTV Upgrades and Telephone System Upgrades. He manages our City owned and operated fiber WAN, which our active IP Traffic Camera System operates. He holds certifications in A+, Network+ and Security+.

Christian Dorton

LEAC Vice 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 Secretary, 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.

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].