IACP 1893, at the Chicago World’s Fair and on Twitter

It’s 1893, and America is celebrating the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s 1492 arrival in the New World.
Chicago, Illinois, beats out frontrunners New York City, New York; Washington, D.C.; and Saint Louis, Missouri, to host the celebration.

The 1889 World’s Fair in Paris, France, leaves a tough act for the Americans to follow, although architects and inventors are determined to construct a bigger, better, and more impressive answer to the recently unveiled Eiffel Tower.

They succeed, with the gargantuan Ferris wheel, 264 feet high with 36 cars, each of which can accommodate 60 people. A live band rides in one of the cars to entertain guests of the fair. The fair’s full vista inspires L. Frank Baum’s Emerald City in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Walt Disney’s theme parks.
But in addition to the fun, there is business to be done. Amid the roughly 27.5 million people who visited the fair during its nearly six-month run, 51 police chiefs meet to share their best practices for challenges they faced in their local departments. These chiefs organize to form what eventually becomes the International Association of Chiefs of Police and leave the association with a permanent link to the historic fair and Illinois city.

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In recognition of its Chicago roots, the IACP has been hosting Twitter contests through which “followers” of @IACPOfficial can compete to win iPod Shuffles.

Through IACP 2011 (October 22-26), the IACP will be using Twitter to post trivia questions about Chicago and the IACP. When @IACPOfficial tweets the question, the first person to respond with the correct answer wins!

Official rules:

1. Follow @IACPOfficial on Twitter.

2. Put @IACPOfficial in your response.

3. Correctly respond to the contest inquiry posted on IACP’s Twitter feed (@IACPOfficial) and follow the instructions provided.

4. Submit your name, address, and other information, as requested if you win, so the IACP can send you your iPod Shuffle.

5. Must be at least 18 years old.

6. IACP employees are not eligible.

Click here for more information.

So far, the IACP has given away seven iPod Shuffles and will continue to do so once a week until IACP 2011. In addition, one iPod Shuffle will be given away each day during the conference (October 22-26).

Following are some trivia questions previously answered on Twitter:

Q. In what city was the first IACP conference held? #IACP2011
A. Chicago, Illinois

Q. When was the first IACP conference held? #IACP2011
A. 1893

Q. Which famous serial killer became active in Chicago in 1893? #IACP2011
A. H.H. Holmes

Q. In what year was the Chicago Police Department founded? #IACP2011
A. 1835 (January 31)

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In October 2011, the IACP looks forward to paying tribute to the past and focusing on opportunities in the future of policing at the annual IACP conference. For information, to register, and to secure housing, visit http://www.theiacpconference.org.

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