Guest Blogger, Craig T. Steckler, IACP President
On behalf of IACP’s Governing Body, welcome to the 120th Annual IACP Conference in historic Philadelphia. IACP and our host department, the Philadelphia Police Department, want you to feel at home here, enjoy your stay, and take full advantage of the event-filled conference program we have prepared for you.
I encourage you to join us for the IACP 2013 official Opening Ceremony tomorrow, Saturday, October 19, at 3:30 PM in the Terrace Ballroom, where we will pay tribute to IACP’s proud history and recent accomplishments and look forward to our future. Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey will address the audience on policing in the 21st century.
We, as an association, a profession, and a nation, have experienced major public safety incidents during the past year, including the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting and the Boston Marathon Bombing, that have affected each and every one of us. We are honored to have the law enforcement executives who responded to these and other incidents join us at the IACP 2013 General Assemblies, plenary sessions, and workshops to share their experiences and lessons learned, so that we can all be better prepared to respond to critical incidents. It is networking and information sharing opportunities like these that make the IACP conference such a dynamic and valuable experience for law enforcement leaders.
With 450 separate events, including 200 workshops that cover the full range of public safety issues and solutions, there are many opportunities for you to learn about contemporary issues in policing, expand your professional network, and return home with new ideas to meet your agency’s needs.
I would like to thank Commissioner Ramsey and the fine men and women of the Philadelphia Police Department and surrounding law enforcement agencies for all of the work that they have put in to coordinate many of the activities for this year’s conference. Thank you also to the IACP 2013 sponsors, exhibitors, and corporate partners whose contributions mean so much to this event. Finally, I would like to thank the IACP Board of Officers, Executive Committee, 2013 Conference Committee, and staff who contributed to the planning of this year’s conference.
I wish you all an enjoyable and informative conference.