No plan survives prolonged contact with the enemy — so the axiom goes — and I’ve been to enough conferences and trade shows to know that no plan survives prolonged contact with the convention center either. Nevertheless, the editorial team at PoliceOne has several objectives to hit at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual conference in Denver, and now that I’m comfortably seated in an eastbound aircraft, I’m eagerly awaiting the opportunity to engage those targets.
I — along with PoliceOne Senior Contributor Chuck Remsberg — will be attending as many conference sessions as possible in the next couple of days. In fact, we both have fairly big swaths of time in which we’re each somehow going to be in two places at once. Not quite sure how we’re going to accomplish that feat, but hey, we’ll do our best.
When the conference agenda was unveiled a couple of weeks ago, several sessions seemed to merit attention:
• Supreme Court Update
• Overview of International and Domestic Terrorism
• Digital and Electronic Evidence Scenes: The Future is Here
• Homicide Investigation for Smaller Agencies
• The Lying Police Officer; Is Any Deception Acceptable?
But that’s just a small sampling of what will be discussed at IACP. I want to be your eyes and ears on the ground here in Denver, so if you see anything on the conference schedule you want me to report on, just let me know. Check out the schedule and post a comment below or send me an e-mail.
For example, one of the comments to the recently posted article NOBLE to BART PD said, in part, “Now we know what NOBLE thinks, let’s see what IACP has to say.”
Well, that’s one of the things I’ll try to find out while I’m in Denver.
Meanwhile, PoliceOne Junior Editor Hannah Simon will be visiting with various vendors on the trade show floor. I’ll be spending time some vendors also of course, but Hannah will be doing most of our product reports, so look for her coverage on the latest in police gear. And be sure to send her an e-mail if you have specific things you’d like to see her look into.
I’d be remiss if I began our IACP Digest without mentioning that the team at PoliceOne is celebrating our 10th anniversary this year. Tomorrow night we’re going to have a heck of a party (co-sponsored by our friends at Panasonic Computer Solutions Company), so if you’re in Denver, you really ought to come by to celebrate. Drinks, food, music, and the whole nine yards — good times I’m sure will be had by all.
As we celebrate this milestone it should be said that we’re deeply proud to serve the men and women of law enforcement. You serve the citizens in the biggest cities and the smallest towns in our great nation, and it’s an honor to be a partner to you in your mission.