updated 4/21/2011 9:47:06 AM ET 2011-04-21T13:47:06

TEMPE, Ariz., April 21, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Identity theft has topped the list of consumer complaints to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the 11th consecutive year, according to the agency's annual Consumer Sentinel Network report. In support of local law enforcement and continued consumer education, Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman has declared the week of April 24 as "Identity Theft Awareness Week."

During this week, law enforcement officials from throughout Nebraska will have the opportunity to attend a free identity theft summit on Thursday, April 28 hosted by Chief Mark Powell and the Ashland Police Department. The Governor is also calling for consumers to take time to educate themselves about the crime of identity theft and the various tools and techniques available to help protect their personally identifiable information.

The award winning Identity Theft Summit, presented by the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association ( FBI-LEEDA ) and LifeLock, Inc will provide law enforcement officials with the latest information on identity theft trends, new techniques and investigative methods to better work cases. As part of an ongoing nationwide series of free, interactive training sessions offered through a partnership between LifeLock and FBI-LEEDA, the summit has increased law enforcement's knowledge base on this crime. Since October 2008, the series has reached more than 4,000 law enforcement officials representing more than 1,300 different agencies.

"This one-day training was significant for the law enforcement in our communities not only because of the relevant material presented but also that it was delivered at no charge to local agencies," said Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich of the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. "With the current state of the economy and budget cutbacks, it is this type of free training that all law enforcement should take advantage of. The issue of identity theft is pertinent in all areas of the country and this program educated law enforcement participants on the latest trends of identity theft and techniques to combat the crime. FBI-LEEDA has a history of providing strong training programs throughout the law enforcement community and this training is one of the most powerful classes I've seen yet."

Details for the Identity Theft Summit in Louisville, NE:

  • The Louisville summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 28 at the Platte River State Park – Mallet Lodge, 14421 346th Street, Louisville, NE  68037.

In addition to the law enforcement summits, LifeLock aims to further educate consumers on identity theft and empower them to start protecting themselves from one of the nation's fastest growing crimes by hosting numerous free educational presentations around the country. The LifeLock Speakers Series program provides attendees with a better understanding of the various risks associated with identity theft, current trends of the crime, and the diverse ways identity theft can happen.

Cortney Lanik
Media Relations Manager

About LifeLock

LifeLock, Inc. is an industry leader in identity theft protection. Since 2005, LifeLock has been relentlessly protecting identities by providing consumers with the tools and confidence they need to help protect themselves from identity theft and manage their credit. The company has a strong focus on educating consumers and working with law enforcement and elected officials to better understand the increasing threats of identity theft. A multiple award-winning organization, LifeLock has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as the eighth fastest growing private company (2010), by Arizona Corporate Excellence as Arizona's Fastest Growing Company, and by the American Business Awards as having the Best New Product or Service of the Year for the LifeLock Identity Alert® system.

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