Sure, Chicago is one of America’s premier cities and a leading conference location, but these aren’t the primary reasons why the IACP is holding its 118th Annual Conference and Exposition in the famed Windy City. Chicago was the home of the first annual IACP conference in 1893, and our return in 2011 gives us the perfect opportunity to reflect on the association’s storied past and promising future.
In 1893, with the backdrop of Chicago’s World’s Fair, 51 police chiefs met to discuss the challenges they faced in their departments and organized the National Chiefs of Police Union, which became the International Association of Chiefs of Police in 1902. Then, Chicago attractions included the original and gigantic Ferris wheel and the invention and introduction of Quaker Oats, Aunt Jemima pancake mix, Juicy Fruit gum, and Cracker Jacks. In October this year, the IACP will honor its roots by holding Host Chief’s Night at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry—originally the Palace of Fine arts, constructed in 1893 for the World’s Fair.
So Chicago is certainly the place to be this October. Network with peers, attend world-class education sessions, and witness the latest and greatest advances in law enforcement products and services in the exposition hall. For information, to register, and to secure housing, visit http://www.theiacpconference.org.