Happening Now: Conference Education Selection

Today’s guest post is authored by Chief Ed Flynn of the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Police Department.

Happening Now: members of IACP’s Education and Training Committee are currently meeting in Tempe, Arizona in order to discuss the educational workshop submissions for IACP’s Annual Conference and Expo.

As the Chairman of the Education and Training Committee of IACP, I’m happy to announce that today and tomorrow members will be reviewing and deliberating the submissions for the IACP 2013 educational program, debuting October 19-23, 2013 in Philadelphia, PA. With hundreds of education proposals submitted, we’re both excited and overwhelmed by the response.

Our goal during our meeting is really to examine the submissions and competitively select ones that best reflect a number of criteria. Typically, we look for proposals with concise and practical methodology and matching professionalism to the high standard of IACP.  Proposals that also characteristically catch our attention are the ones that discuss unique topics that are relevant to the issues law enforcement faces today. Many of us come from diverse backgrounds including, university, state, local, and federal law enforcement, so submissions addressing a range of issues, whether management or technology, are ideal.

Competition for slots in the Chief Executive Track, Innovation Theatre, Poster Sessions, and the Learning Lab Track is tough. Our members are careful to select submissions of the best caliber so only 20% to 25% of proposals will be selected to present at conference. Selected presentations will be notified by our conference staff in early June. If your presentation is not selected, apply again for IACP 2014 with conference evaluation standards in mind. Don’t be discouraged and consider focusing on issues unique to chief executives, but still contemporary. Proposals should present a clear picture of the overall presentation and attend to complex ideas that are not addressed in other forums.

Bringing the best education to conference members is our job and we’re currently working hard to not disappoint. For more live updates on our committee meeting, stop by the IACP twitter feed and we’ll see you in Philly. Registration and Housing for IACP 2013 open May 8, visit www.theIACPconference.org for more information about the conference.

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