One of the best things about law enforcement is that methodologies and technology are constantly being reevaluated to ensure that officers can best serve and protect their communities. Law enforcement conferences offer unprecedented opportunities to network with colleagues, learn from leaders and explore the latest and greatest technological innovations that are reshaping law enforcement. Sometimes, you even get star power. At IACP 2018, for example, guest speakers included FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and President Donald Trump!
Since we offer the preeminent face recognition system for police, we had the opportunity to attend several law enforcement conferences in 2018. 2019 is shaping up to be the best year ever for law enforcement conferences, including conferences designed for police, federal agencies, top brass, sheriffs, female police officers and even K-9 units.
We look forward to presenting our security face recognition system to more law enforcement agencies this year. And if you’re looking to do more networking and get better technology this year, here are some of the best law enforcement conferences to check out.
2019 National Interdiction Conference
When: 4/28/19 – 5/3/19
Where: Kansas City, KS
Why You Should Go: Get ready for the nation’s most prominent conference on criminal interdiction. The conference will take an “All Crimes” approach to interdiction and offer an opportunity for the nation’s top networking and training programs to come together.
When: 4/29/19 – 5/1/19
Where: Virginia Beach, VA
Why You Should Go: FBI-LEEDA’s mission is to advance the art and science of law enforcement leadership and continue to provide excellent networking opportunities for its members. Each year FBI-LEEDA hosts an education-based conference with some of the top thought-leaders in the law enforcement profession.
When: 4/29/19 – 5/2/19
Where: Baltimore, MD
Why You Should Go: The Hispanic American Police Command Officer’s Association (HAPCOA) is the oldest and largest association in the U.S. of Hispanic American command officers from law enforcement and criminal justice agencies at the municipal, county, state and federal levels. Each year the organization hosts a National Training Symposium.
LEIU/IALEI 2019 Training Event
When: 4/29/19 – 5/3/19
Where: Orlando, FL
Why You Should Go: The purpose of International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts (IALEIA) is to advance high standards of professionalism in law enforcement intelligence analysis at the local, state/provincial, national, and international levels. In 2019, they’re paring with the Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Units (LEIU), whose mission is to provide leadership and promote professionalism in the criminal intelligence community, for their annual training event in Orlando; the conference is a fantastic way to stay up to date with the latest international analysis standards, in addition to being a great networking opportunity for those on the analytical side of law enforcement.
SMILE Conference 2019
When: 5/20/19 – 5/22/19
Where: Houston, TX
Why You Should Go: Social media has completely changed the way that we communicate, and it has therefore never been more important for law enforcement to effectively use social technology. The SMILE Conference is the world’s premiere source for training for police in the use of social media for community outreach, event management and investigations.
NSA Education & Technology Expo 2019
When: 6/15/19 – 6/18/19
Where: Louisville, KY
Why You Should Go: The National Sheriff’s Association (NSA) Annual Conference and Exhibition is one of the largest of its kind and displays products and equipment relevant to every facet of police work, jails, prisoner transport, and courtroom security.
When: 6/25/19 – 6/28/19
Where: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
Why You Should Go: The International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators hosts this conference to provide campus law enforcement professionals with an unparalleled opportunity to network and share knowledge with each other.
FBINAA Annual Training Conference and Exhibition
When: 7/20/19 – 7/23/19
Where: Phoenix, AZ
Why You Should Go: With a global membership of nearly 17,000, representing 170 countries, this conference hosted by the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA) is always one of the best networking events and learning opportunities of the year.
ASIS Global Security Exchange
When: 9/8/19 – 9/12/19
Where: Chicago, IL
Why You Should Go: Security professionals from across the entire supply chain throughout the globe come to GSX for some of the most comprehensive security education and innovative technology in the world, put on by ASIS International.
2019 K-9 Cop Conference & Vendor Show
When: 9/10/19 – 9/12/19
Where: Nashville, TN
Why You Should Go: Man’s best friend has, for years, played an integral role in law enforcement. This conference is a must for police and military professionals who work with dogs.
IPSA Fall 2019 Symposium
When: 9/18/19 – 9/19/19
Where: Washington, D.C.
Why You Should Go: The International Public Safety Association (IPSA) is hosting their second conference of the year in Washington D.C., bringing together law enforcement, fire, EMS, telecommunications, emergency management and allied emergency responders from around the United States and internationally. This symposium will focus on natural and man-made disaster recovery, making it an excellent learning and networking opportunity for all those who attend.
When: 9/22/19 – 9/26/19
Where: Detroit, MI
Why You Should Go: The National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE) is a non-profit organization that brings together individuals and agencies working to establish or improve oversight of police officers in the United States. NACOLE’s annual conference provides a forum where the growing community of civilian oversight practitioners, law enforcement officials, journalists, elected officials, students, community members, and others can meet to exchange information and ideas about issues facing civilian oversight and law enforcement.
When: 9/23/19 – 9/27/19
Where: Anchorage, AK
Why You Should Go: The International Association of Women Police (IAWP) is the premier global organization for women in the law enforcement profession. IAWP’s 2019 conference will focus on “Mentoring the Next Generation” in leadership, organizational culture, and subculture within policing. World renowned speakers will discuss a variety of issues ranging from recruiting, employment, and retention of employees from diverse backgrounds concentrating on race, culture, gender, religion, sexuality, and family status.
When: 10/26/19 – 10/29/19
Where: Chicago, IL
Why You Should Go: The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) annually hosts one of the most prominent law enforcement conferences in the world. Not only for top brass, this event features technology exhibitions, presentations, world-renowned speakers and more.
When: February/March 2020 (TBD)
Where: Phoenix, AZ
Why You Should Go: The International Public Safety Association (IPSA) hosts an annual conference that brings together law enforcement, fire, EMS, telecommunications, emergency management and allied emergency responders from around the United States and internationally. It offers an excellent chance to network and learn the latest best practices for public safety.