Guest Blogger: D.C. (David) Beer, IACP International Vice President; International Policing Advisor, Pearson Peacekeeping Centre, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
As my term as International Vice President (IVP) comes to an end, I can claim a fuller appreciation for the IACP as an organization and for how it influences policing globally—especially as we approach IACP 2011 in Chicago, Illinois, October 22–26.
We know the IACP as an organization of extraordinary complexity. There is no aspect of modern policing not considered by the IACP on some level. This complexity is multidimensional, crosscutting policing issues at local, regional, national, and transnational levels. In that context, the International Division and the IVP have a particular responsibility.
On the one hand of course, the IACP is the world’s largest, most visible, and arguably most influential organization of policing executives. On the other hand, as an organization established to service the needs of a system of policing without national organization, the IACP has grown and evolved to address particular needs of public security with local accountability.
Despite specificity of origin, the IACP grew and its influence and impact expanded, reflecting universality in civilian policing that transcends cultures, borders, and political systems. Today, while a majority of IACP members come from America, this reflects the organization’s origins and the country’s model of civilian policing, not an isolated focus of the IACP.
A majority of countries in the world have some model of national policing service. Where such organizations logically limit the number of international representatives, it is more important to understand IACP influence and impact in terms of the countries and international organizations represented than by a mere headcount of members. Today, the IACP is represented in more than 100 countries and through partnerships with transnational organizations such as INTERPOL and the United Nations. This representation is expanding every year. In fact, IACP membership includes police executives who are leaders in some of the world’s largest police organizations. To that extent, the IACP touches millions of police officers around the world. This is where the real global influence and the impact of the IACP are found.
If the IVP has overriding responsibilities, then externally, these responsibilities center on representation, leadership, and global marketing of the IACP (its principles, practices, vision, and values); and internally, the individual serves as a principal voice of the global membership.
IACP 2011 has special areas and programs intended to cater specifically to international delegates. For information, to register, and to secure housing, visit http://www.theiacpconference.org.