IACP President, Chief Terrence M. Cunningham, Wellesley, Massachusetts, Police Department
Welcome to San Diego! I am thrilled to be here for the 2016 IACP Annual Conference and Exposition. I would like to thank everyone who is is joining us.
The conference officially kicks off today. In addition to over the more than 200 workshops in 12 targeted tracks, I want to be sure to highlight a few of the key events that you won’t want to miss.
Saturday, October 15
Is this your first time at an IACP Annual Conference? If so, I encourage you to grab a coffee and attend the First-Timers’ Orientation this morning. This is a great session to help you get the most out of your conference experience.
The first of our three cutting-edge Global Perspective Series sessions begins today. Join me at this morning’s session on Use of Force Revisited: Approaches From Around the Globe.
You also won’t want to miss the Opening Ceremony where you will hear from our inspirational keynote speaker Simon Sinek. IACP members who are unable to attend can watch the Opening Ceremony via live steam.
Sunday, October 16
The 2016 Exposition Hall opens and you will want to be sure to walk through the show floor at least once. This year we have more than 700 exhibitors, interactive zones, and cutting-edge education in the Solutions Presentation Theatre.
Monday, October 17
The First General Assembly will take place on Monday morning and will feature INTERPOL Secretary General Jurgen Stock and U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Be sure to get there early and get a seat!
Our second Global Perspective Series, The Unexpected Challenge: Law Enforcement and Mental Health, will take place on Monday afternoon. This session will examine the large impact that individuals affected by mental illness or in crisis play in the daily operations of law enforcement agencies.
Tuesday, October 18
Join us on Tuesday morning for the Critical Issues Forum to learn from police executives who have led their agencies through a wide array of critical incidents ranging from targeted violence and mass casualty attacks, civil disturbances and attacks targeting police. They will discuss the lessons they learned during these events including the leadership challenges they confronted, the real time critical operational decisions that had to be made and the impact these events have had on their officers, their agencies, and their communities.
The impact of narcotics on our communities is a growing global challenge for law enforcement. Make sure you attend the final Global Perspective Series session, A Shared Plague: The Impact of Narcotics Around the World, to learn more.