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InterConnect Committee

The InterConnect Committee Members are responsible for working with DataWorks Plus to organize the annual users' conference. The committee roles and their responsibilities are below.

  • President: Shall have the lead duties of directing focus of the overall conference and venues provided.   Shall work with designee of DataWorks Plus to coordinate conference events, agenda, dates, times, etc. Term of President shall be one year.
  • Vice Presidents: Shall support President.  After two years as VP, shall inherit the office of President.  Shall be responsible for assisting in gathering users to the conference, assist in location planning, and working directly with host hotel.  Shall be responsible for implementing General Session Schedule.
  • Product Chairs: Shall be responsible for communicating the User Group’s suggestions for product improvement, enhancement, and bug fixes to a DataWorks Plus designee. Shall share product success stories from the User Group to help DataWorks Plus know how the product can be used in multiple applications with a focus of improving the product and develop new technology.
  • Secretary: Shall be responsible for acting as a secretary and documenting outcomes of meetings and decisions and reporting both to InterConnect officers and DataWorks Plus designee.  Term shall be for one year.
  • Activity Coordinator: Shall be responsible for the organization for activities and events.  Will work with a DataWorks Plus designee to assist in such events to include meals and banquets.  Shall be responsible for managing hospitality suite, social, and spouse/guest events.

2017 InterConnect Committee

The members of the InterConnect Committee responsible for the 2017 Conference are listed below.

 

President

East Coast Vice PresidentPete Langenfeld, Section Manager - Michigan State Police (MI)

Mr. Langenfeld is the Manager of the Digital Analysis and Identification Section (DAIS) within the Biometrics and Identification Division (BID) of the Michigan State Police (MSP), where he oversees the Audio/Video Analysis Unit, the Photo Lab Unit (including the Digital Crime Scene database), the SNAP Unit (Facial Recognition and digital line ups), and the Missing Persons Coordination Unit (AMBER Alert, Missing and Unidentified Persons investigation support, Forensic Art Unit).  Mr. Langenfeld was an original member of FISWG (Facial Identification Scientific Working Group), and he currently sits on the Identification Services Subcommittee of the Face Subject Matter Expert Working Group.  As the DAIS Manager, Mr. Langenfeld has directed the creation of best practices and standards documents, outreach and training to local and state level law enforcement, and MSP’s official policy regarding the acceptable use and dissemination of images and personally identifying information as they relate to the facial recognition process.  Under Mr. Langenfeld’s direction, the MSP was the first agency to submit a probe image to the FBI’s Interstate Photo System Facial Recognition Pilot (IPSFRP) and productions system.  Mr. Langenfeld holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University, and he has been employed with the State of Michigan for more than 23 years.

 

 

East Coast Vice President

PresidentMelissa Southern, Forensic Photographer - Wake CCBI (NC)

 

Melissa Southern, an award-winning photographer and presenter, is employed as a forensic photographer in Wake County, NC. Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology and an Associate’s Degree in Photography. She is the first and only International Association for Identification (IAI) certified forensic photographer in North Carolina. She was recently appointed to the Randolph Community College Technology Advisory Committee. Melissa’s photographs have appeared in the Smithsonian Institute’s Guide to the National Museum of Natural History, Nature Photographer Magazine and various other publications. She has photographed in countries around the globe, including Ireland, England, France and Mexico, and has presented at Recreational Equipment Inc., the City of Orlando and Grandfather Mountain in North Carolina.

 

 

West Coast Vice President

Product ChairBruce Wiley, Criminal Investigator - Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office (CA)

 

Bruce Marten Wiley has over 31 years in Law Enforcement and Criminal Investigations. Beginning as a police officer for the city of San Jose, CA. and retiring as a Sergeant after more than 29 years in 2009, he has worked in the field of crime scene investigations for much of his career. From investigating theft, robbery, and burglary cases as a patrol officer, he developed the department’s first specialized evidence units for patrol. These specially trained officers handled major crime scenes and serious vehicle accidents. It is likely that his background in photography was one of the reasons he was selected to work as a Homicide/Crime Scene Investigator, and was later made the Sergeant in charge of the Unit. He spent more than a decade riding the crest of developments in this field: DNA, digital imaging, forensic light sources, RUVIS, etc.

 

He has led investigations ranging from sex crimes and thefts, to robbery and multiple murders. He was the principle instructor for Crime Scene Investigation at Evergreen Valley College and for the San Jose Police Academy. As a lead instructor of the statewide Field Evidence Technician course, he has taught for agencies throughout the western US. He has provided advanced training courses to Law Enforcement agencies from Washington DC to Juneau, Alaska. He is often called as an expert witness in the areas of Crime Scene Investigation, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis, Wound Identification, Photography, and Crime Scene Reconstruction. In his current assignment as a Criminal Investigator for the Santa Clara County District Attorney, he continues to work on new and ‘cold’ cases for agencies throughout Northern California.

 

 

Secretary

SecretaryAmanda Noxon, Digital Image Analyst - Michigan State Police (MI)

 

Amanda holds a BA and a MS in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University. She began working for the Michigan State Police in the Violent Crimes Unit in 2007 and has since worked in areas including the 9-1-1 Administration, the MiCJIN (Michigan Criminal Justice Information Network) Service Center and the Automated Print Identification Section. Her current position is a Digital Image Analyst in the SNAP (Statewide Network of Agency Photos) Unit.

Amanda is the project manager for the Image Analysis Team, which is responsible for detection and prevention of errant and fraudulently issued driver licenses and personal identification cards. She established training materials and provides training to law enforcement agencies throughout Michigan, and serves as a liaison for the FBI FACE Services Unit. Amanda is involved in testing and expanding the use of facial recognition technology, including mobile devices and live stream cameras. Her work also includes development and refinement of policy and procedural standards for the SNAP application, and she was a 2014 recipient of the State of Michigan Good Government Coin.

 

 

Product Chair - Digital CrimeScene

product chair - dcsKim Dowling, Photographer - Michigan State Police (MI)

Kim Dowling holds a Bachelor of Science from Michigan State University and an Associate in Applied Science from Lansing Community College in Photographic Imaging. She has worked for the Michigan State Police as the departmental Photographer since 2010, and is currently working under the Biometrics and Identification Division. Kim maintains the Digital Crime Scene Repository for MSP, all historical crime scene and department photographs. Aside from the repository, she also photographs portraits and events for MSP. She has been working as a freelance landscape and portrait photographer for over 12 years. Her photographs have appeared in local print media as well as nationally in publications such as American Police Beat, Law Officer, and The Knot magazines.

 

Product Chair: LiveScan Plus / Digital PhotoManager / Inmate Tracking

product chair lspGordon Brussow, ABIS ID Manager - San Francisco Police Department (CA)

 

Gordon Brussow was raised in Colombia South America and moved to the United States when he was 16 to finish high school in Turlock, California. He then continued his education at California State University Stanislaus where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Geography and a Minor in Biology in 1991. In 1993 he began his law enforcement career with the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department as a Community Service Officer and CSI Technician. In 1996 Gordon was promoted to Systems Engineer in charge of all computers and phones for the Sheriff's Department and continued developing new technology in that position for 16 years.   


In 2010, San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) recruited Gordon to be the ABIS and Identification manager. For the past 4.5 years Gordon has:

  1. Designed, implemented and deployed the SFPD Automatic Biometric Identification System.  The system includes: Facial recognition, Livescans, Latent workstations and Mobile ID.
  2. Upgraded and expanded the SFPD Mug Shot system to mobile systems.   
  3. Implemented and deployed a Digital Crime Scene Photography and Video system.
  4. Managed a 24 hour Identification Unit of 19 staff members.

Gordon represents the San Francisco Police Department on many different technology committees at the State and County levels.  So often, new technology projects become silos of information that are limited by their ability to interface to other systems.  Gordon has constantly worked at ensuring interface connections for all projects that encourage better use of the information with multiple data entry and exit points while maintaining security and auditing of each system. Throughout Gordon’s career he has focused on developing a strong infrastructure and with each new project he uses the existing infrastructure to expand the capabilities of the system in order to provide tools that are effective and simple to use.

 

Product Chair: NIST Manager Plus , Biometrics, Facial Recognition

Product ChairJohn Holtzer, Police Identification Services Manager - Philadelphia Police Department (PA)

John Holtzer holds a BFA in Photography from Penn State University. He has over 19 years experience working in law enforcement with the Philadelphia Police Department. He began his career in law enforcement as a Police Photographer, and in the years which followed, expanded his knowledge to become the Civilian administrator of the photographic, ten-print, and latent fingerprints sections. He has been involved in Facial Recognition for over ten years and helped run the initial pilot site for Pennsylvania’s JNET facial recognition system.

 

 

 

Product Chair: Mobile ID

Product ChairMurray Shaw, Systems Administrator - Escambia County Sheriff's Office (FL)

Murray Shaw is from Dundee, Scotland, and graduated from Dundee College with degrees in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Electronic Servicing and Business Information Technology. He worked for the National Health Service, before starting his I.T. career with Compaq, Scotland, and has worked in the I.T. industry for over 17 years.

 

He moved to the USA in 2002 and became a US citizen. He was a senior field engineer with Agilysys for 9 years before joining the Sheriff’s Office in 2013, and was promoted to Systems Administrator.

 

His current duties include evaluating, testing and implementing new technologies to assist Sheriff’s office operations. He has been directly involved with improving, gathering and enhancing surveillance video footage. He has also worked on updating in car printing, implementing a new alpr system and Rapid ID. He works closely with Deputies, Investigators, Crime Scene personnel, and other departments to help with any I.T. related questions or issues, to resolve problems they may have, or to determine if a new technology could assist or improve safety for the staff and citizens.

 

Activity Coordinator

To Be Determined