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IACP South American Executive Public Safety Seminar: Fortaleza, Brazil

By Paul Santiago, Director, International Activities and Support Services, IACP

n June 18, the governor of the Brazilian state of Ceara, Lucio Gonçalo de Alcantara, opened the IACP's sixth major South American event hosted in Brazil in the past six years. The IACP South American Executive Public Safety Seminar was organized by the secretary of public safety for the state of Ceara, headed by General Theo Espindola Basto. IACP President Mary Ann Viverette was represented by one of the IACP's executive board members, Mark Whitman, chairman of the IACP Division of State Associations of Chiefs of Police and commissioner of the police department in York, Pennsylvania. Joining Governor Lucio Alcantara on the dais was the Brazilian national secretary of public safety from the Ministry of Justice, Luiz Fernando Correa, the most senior federal government representative, whose support was instrumental to the success of the seminar.

Mr. Luiz Fernando Correa sponsored the attendance of approximately 160 key public safety executives from each of the 26 Brazilian states and the federal district, just as he had done last year for the Fifth IACP South American Executive Policing Conference in Foz do Iguassu, Brazil.

Under the auspices of the IACP, the seminar featured simultaneous meetings by major Brazilian law enforcement councils, such as the Council of State Secretaries of Public Safety, the Council of State Military Police and Fire Brigade Commanders, the Council of Civil Police Chiefs, the Federal Highway Police Regional Commanders, and the Council of State Forensic Investigators, State Intelligence Coordinators and State Public Safety IT Coordinators. The public safety seminar is perhaps the only event in Brazil that draws together so many Brazilian law enforcement executives under one roof. This concept began three years ago in Belo Horizonte under the leadership or the IACP's world regional chair for South America, General Athos Costa de Faria, secretary of public safety for the Federal District of Brazil. He has been the IACP's lead contact in the South America for four years.

At the seminar, National Secretary for Public Safety Luis Fernando Correa talked about the security plan for the Pan American Games, to be held in Rio de Janeiro next year, a plan that, according to Correa, demonstrates solidarity among the various police agencies involved. Detective Superintendent Thomas Ekman from Sweden gave a superb presentation on the current state of trafficking in women and children in Sweden and in Europe in general. Ekman returns to Sweden in a prominent new position on the Swedish Police Board, where his expertise will be put to use on a national basis.

Mr. Meir Gershuni, director of the Foreign Service Security Bureau in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, provided a presentation called "Main Threats and Security Principles: The Israeli Perspective." Mr. Gershuni's presentation included an interesting analysis of terrorist methods of attack and countermeasures developed by the Israeli Security Agency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Security Bureau, through research and development. Dr. Peter Collins, forensic psychiatrist in the Behavioral Science Section of the Ontario Provincial Police, presented on behavioral sciences in policing, concentrating on criminal profiling, threat assessment, computerized linkage analysis, geographic profiling, and forensic psychiatry. Mr. Darci Escobar Rodriguez, with the counter drug unit of the Peruvian National Police, spoke about drug-related kidnappings and police countermeasures.

The exhibition at the seminar featured 67 exhibitors, including platinum-level sponsors Engesig, Motorola, Rontan, and Volkswagen, and gold-level sponsors Agora, EADS, Helibras, and Tyco Electronics M/A-COM. The exhibition took place at the Ceara Convention Center and was an integral part of the IACP South American Executive Public Safety Seminar. Assisting the host with organization and promotion was longtime IACP partner FAGGA EVENTOS, an events planning firm whose president, Arthur Repsold, was recently named GL events president for Brazil. The firm will oversee of the largest convention center in South America, Riocentro, in Rio de Janeiro, among others.

It seems that delegates, exhibitors, the seminar hosts, and all involved were exceptionally pleased with the outcome of the seminar. Attendees came from as far away as Canada, Colombia, Israel, Peru, Portugal, Sweden, and the United States, to mention a few. The exhibition was visited by more than 5,000, of which approximately 2,000 were registered seminar attendees.

This was the first IACP regional event that was almost completely self-sustained without IACP funding. Therefore, special tribute must be paid to the government of Ceara. Governor Lucio Alcantara, who played an exceptional role with his personal engagement and support, helped make the event possible in Ceara. With General Theo Espindola Basto's great leadership, the organizing committee, along with the public safety organizations under his command, performed exceptionally well while at the same time demonstrating great hospitality. To IACP World Regional Office Chair Athos Costa de Faria, our great thanks for his oversight and leadership. Congratulations to all who helped achieve the great success of this seminar. ■



From The Police Chief, vol. 73, no. 10, October 2006. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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