Looking Back: IACP 2013 in Review

October 19th through 23rd found the Pennsylvania Convention Center alive and kicking, thanks to IACP 2013! Here’s a download of the event:

In total, we had 213 educational sessions in 12 tracks, 725 exhibiting companies, and 59 countries represented at IACP 2013. Our full attendance count was 13,668.

Some fun facts about the conference in Philadelphia:

  • Canada had the highest non-USA delegate attendance.
  • The most-viewed IACP TV segment on YouTube was 2013 IACP Police Officer of the Year – First Class Trooper Timothy Strohmeyer; Officer Strohmeyer was presented this award during the First General Assembly.
  • All 12 IACP Constitutional Amendments were passed, thanks to voters on Monday, October 21st.
  • Chief Don De Lucca of the Golden Beach, Florida, Police Department was elected as the newest IACP Fourth Vice President.

The five most attended workshops were:

  • Sandy Hook Elementary School: Tactics, Response and Lessons Learned
  • Gazing Into the Crystal Ball: What Is the Future for Policing?
  • How to Avoid Evaluating the Wrong Areas of Employee Performance and Instead Focus on Those That Drive High Performance
  • Newtown, Aurora, Oslo, Sanford, et. al: Strategies to Help Prevent, Deter, Respond and Recover from Critical Incidents and Threats in Your Community
  • The New Reality in Policing: High Crimes, Shrinking Budgets, Staff Reductions, Increased Public Safety Demands… Can We Still Deliver on Our Promise?

Here’s the scoop of the Opening Ceremony/General Assemblies:

  • Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Deputy Mayor Everett Gillison welcomed the audience to Philadelphia during the Opening Ceremony on Saturday, with a little help from the Philadelphia Police Fire Pipes and Drums!
  • The First General Assembly and Uniform Day on Monday featured Attorney General Eric Holder and FBI Director James Comey.
  • Second General Assembly:
    • Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis spoke about the public safety response to the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing. A special tribute was paid to honor the law enforcement leaders who led the multi-agency response and investigation of the attack.
    • IACP’s now-Immediate Past President Craig Steckler highlighted IACP’s new website, coming soon in December!
    • Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers addressed the audience to discuss the protection of cyber resources.
    • On Tuesday night at the 120th Annual Banquet, Chief Yost Zakhary of the Woodway, Texas, Department of Public Safety was sworn in as the IACP President.

That’s a wrap for IACP 2013, but we’re already looking forward to IACP 2014 in Orlando, Florida, from October 25-28! Registration and housing will open in spring 2014, so be sure to stay tuned to the website for more details on next year’s conference as they become available!

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One Response to Looking Back: IACP 2013 in Review

  1. John Letteney says:

    I think the conference was great, but I would like to make a couple of comments. Several of the presenters started their sessions early. With the distances to travel between sessions, I arrived at several sessions on time, but they were already started so I missed the introductions and openning parts of the session. Particularly for Wednesday sessions, it would be more efficient for attendees if they could be scheduled in the same general area of the conference center. I found myself walking great distances to get to sessions. The staff at teh convention center was helpful, but the design of the facility was not conducive to such a large conference. Finally, the shuttle operator was poor. Drivers did not know the route, were talking on the phone (in one case arguing with someone while trying to find a stop), missing stops and not following the schedule. After a few frustrating rides I found it much quicker and safer to walk.

    It was really a great conference and I appreciate all the work that IACP staff and others put into it.

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