January is IACP Membership Month and to celebrate we will be highlighting some of our members and membership opportunities. The following post features two IACP members and their experience at the most recent IACP Annual Conference and Exposition.
The IACP 2016 Annual Conference and Exposition in San Diego, California was a special one for Jim and Steve Fetterman, a father and son who are both law enforcement professionals. It was Steve’s first conference as an IACP member and Jim’s last.
Jim, a retired assistant chief from the Canton, Ohio, Police Department, has been an IACP member since 1977. He attended his first conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1994 and has attended 11 conferences over the years. Steve is currently a Lieutenant with the Louisville, Ohio, Police Department and has been an IACP member since 2014.
When asked why he attended this year’s conference, Steve replied, “I attended the conference this year mainly because my dad, Jim, had asked me to attend with him as it would most likely be the last one he was going to. He’s 76 now and has gone to the conferences for many years. This was my first time as a member of IACP.”
Both father and son greatly enjoyed attending the education sessions at conference in order to further their professional development. They also enjoyed the opportunities to network with fellow law enforcement from all over the world as well as those from their home state of Ohio.
The best moment of this past conference for Jim? “Being there with our son on his first attendance as a police lieutenant. His mother and I are so very proud of him and look forward to the day he may become chief of police.”
Steven echoed his father’s statement. “I have always been very proud of my father and his career. For us to be together at a conference was pretty special. Kind of a passing of the torch.”
Learn more about the IACP Annual Conference and Exposition, which will be held October 21-24, 2017, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.