The 11th IACP South American Executive Policing Conference program began Sunday August 18 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The opening ceremony featured the National Secretary of Public Safety Regina Miki and the conference host, State Secretary of Public Safety for the State of Rio de Janeiro, Jose Mariano Beltrame. President Steckler also had opening remarks, wherein he highlighted the importance of such conferences and IACP successes in the region. The IACP conference and seminar series has been presented annually in Brazil since 2001, and some years the Association has even held two regional meetings, such as in 2012 with one in Brazil and one in Colombia.
The first panel featured Dr. Wantuir Jacini , State Secretary of Public Safety for the State of Mato Grossodo Sul, speaking on the use of intelligence and technology in the support of police operations in the 21st century. He was followed by Brigadier General Miguel Angel Bojaca from the Colombian National Police who spoke on a unique community policing model in Bogota, Colombia, called “Plan Cuadrantes” or Plan by Quadrants. The panel closed with Lieutenant General Laurent Demolins, Deputy Director for International Cooperation from the French Gendarmerie, who presented on how the organization of his agency influences how they provide community policing, including a program wherein officers are encouraged to both live and work in small rural communities for which they have enforcement responsibility.
Alongside the educational panels, the conference boasts a robust exhibition of police products and services, known as INTERSEG, which is a definite benefit to the senior decision makers that attend the conference. Additionally, the conference provides meeting space for all of the various national councils of police, including the National Secretaries of Public Safety from each of the 27 states, Military Police commanders, Forensic council, the Civil Police Council, and the National Highway Patrol.
Because of the combination of the consistent nature of this conference series, high-level speakers presenting, national council meetings, and exceptional expo, the meeting attracts almost all of the Brazilian senior police leadership at both the state and national level, as well as several leaders from the region and beyond. In reaching out, connecting, and educating these distinguished collection of attendees, the conference strives to contribute toward the IACP vision of “Serving the leaders of today, and developing the leaders of tomorrow.”