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A Summer Abroad: The IACP International Policing Division International Conferences and Symposiums 2012

By Colonel Nelson Werlang Garcia, Policia Militar do Distrito Federal, Brasilia, Brazil; and International Vice President, IACP

he IACP was founded 119 years ago by police chiefs who realized that fulfilling their duties required that they work together, share information, and consistently communicate. Today, the IACP has seven world regional offices that serve more than 1,900 international members who represent more than 109 countries across the globe.

From left, Rob Wainwright, Director, EUROPOL;
Božidar Vuksanovi?, Director General,
Montenegro National Police; IACP President
Walter A. McNeil, Chief of Police, Quincy, Florida,
Police Department; and Ronald Noble,
Secretary General, INTERPOL

Budva, Montenegro

IACP leadership was in Budva, Montenegro, April 23–25 to conduct a joint meeting with the Southeast Europe Police Chiefs Association (SEPCA) on the subject of cybercrime. More than any other issue law enforcement faces today, cybercrime crosses borders that are unseen and sometimes unknown to law enforcement.

This is an issue of utmost importance to the international law enforcement community as IACP international members continue to fight terrorists who are increasingly using this method of terrorism.

Also during the Montenegro conference, IACP President Walter McNeil signed a memorandum of understanding with SEPCA President Božidar Vuksanovi? to build partnerships and exchange ideas on such topics as cybercrime. Each committed to collaborating on programs, training, and conferences and to enhance the partnership of the two organizations, strengthen cooperation, and exchange ideas and expertise.

The IACP remains committed to broadening its international partnerships. The expansion of the IACP’s international program and membership is critically important because the exchange of ideas, investigative techniques, and specific crime-related information among agencies from different nations is the only way that anticrime and antiterrorism efforts will succeed. To that end, we continue to plan global policing summits and hold regional conferences in all areas of the world.

IACP President Walter A. McNeil delivers
welcoming remarks at the 10th IACP
South American Executive Policing
Conference in Medellin, Colombia
Medellin, Colombia

The IACP held the 10th South American Executive Policing Conference in Medellin, Colombia. The primary partner was the Police Community of the Americas (AMERIPOL). The event was hosted by the Colombian National Police (CNP), whose director, General Oscar Naranjo Trujillo, was formerly the president of AMERIPOL. General Trujillo delivered an emotional and detailed presentation on the Colombian efforts to overcome internal strife. He emphasized the fact that these efforts would not have been successful without international partnership.

The conference included other organizations such as INTERPOL and the Caribbean and Latin America Intelligence Community (CLACIP). CNP, AMERIPOL, CLACIP, and INTERPOL composed the group of organizations meeting under the IACP umbrella. Governor of the State of Antioquia Sergio Fajardo and Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzon Bueno praised the IACP for coordinating this multiagency event together for the first time.

Each organization held its own business meetings for its members, but all joined during the morning plenary sessions for presentations on the subject of information sharing. John Morton, director of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, delivered the keynote address. INTERPOL President Khoo Boon Hui addressed the delegates and spoke about the new INTERPOL Global Complex for Innovation, under construction in Singapore, which will facilitate information sharing among the world’s police forces. U.S. INTERPOL National Central Bureau Director Tim Williams spoke of cooperation in terms of information sharing for the Western Hemisphere. The Carribean Community and Common Market (CARICOM) Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) Executive Director Francis Forbes delivered a presentation on information sharing efforts in the Caribbean. Forbes was a police commissioner in Jamaica for many years and now leads IMPACS in the Caribbean. Rounding out the second day was the Director General Vladimir Caceres of the El Salvador Tourist Police, with a presentation on the Law Enforcement Torch Run at the Special Olympics. At its most fully developed state, the Torch Run initiative encompasses a variety of fundraising vehicles. The Torch Run is a running event where police officers and athletes carry the Flame of Hope to the Opening Ceremony of local Special Olympics competitions, state and provincial games, and the national summer or winter games.

IACP President Walter A. McNeil with
Regina Miki, National Secretary
of Public Safety for Brazil
Sao Paulo, Brazil

The Brazil conference series held in Sao Paulo from July 22 to 24 was a full conference with a robust exhibition floor and an educational component. One of the many reasons for the success of this conference series is that it invites all of the Brazilian National Councils—specifically, the Military Police and Fire Brigade Commanders Council, Civil Police Directors Council, State Secretaries of Public Safety Council, Forensics Council, and the National Highway Patrol Council—to meet under the auspices of the conference. The National Secretary of Public Safety in Brazil, Regina Miki, gave opening remarks on July 22 to the assembled delegates and praised the IACP for bringing together the various law enforcement agencies in Brazil to meet and exchange best practices.

The conference included a half day of presentations by the International Centre for Sports Security (ICSS) from Doha, Qatar. The ICSS was represented by Executive Director Helmut Spahn and other subject matter experts in the field of major events security.

The IACP continues to expand its international presence through partnered conferences and symposiums throughout the world. For information, visit ♦

Please cite as:

Colonel Nelson Werlang Garcia, "A Summer Abroad: The IACP International Policing Division International Conferences and Symposiums 2012," The Police Chief 79 (October 2012): 108–109.



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXIX, no. 10, October 2012. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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