2018 Annual IACP Conference: Celebrating, Honoring, and Unifying
American Police Officers Alliance attended the IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) Annual Conference and Expo this past week in Orlando. Celebrating its 125th anniversary at the conference, IACP is the world’s largest professional association for police leaders. IACP currently has more than 30,000 members in 150 countries, and is one of the most influential associations and is recognized worldwide as a leader in global policing. For more information about IACP, you can visit their website. President Trump addressed IACP conference attendees on Monday, October 8th and spoke to a large audience.
There were over 15,000 attendees and 650 exhibitors at the conference this year. Every state was represented, as well as delegates from over 90 countries. At our booth, we spoke to police officers from all over the country, including Idaho, Michigan, California, New Jersey, and more, as well as law enforcement officials from Brazil, Bahamas, Armenia, Nigeria, and the UK.
Throughout the conference, we spoke with chiefs of police, international attendees, families of law enforcement, retired police officers, and government officials. We heard about many issues currently facing law enforcement, the upcoming midterms, and how government officials can better support police officers and law enforcement officials.
One of the highlights of the IACP conference was passing out our recent “We Ask America” National Brushfire poll. Attendees were interested in the results from our poll, and many found the results positive and inspiring. We appreciated the feedback we received and had the opportunity to hear many different perspectives.
This conference was a unique and unifying experience. There were so many different stakeholders and perspectives, but we were all there with a common purpose. This was a community; we were all there to learn, grow, and share with each other. We were honored to be part of this event and share our mission with like-minded people.
We appreciate the work of the IACP and look forward to attending next year’s conference in Chicago!