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The 24th IACP European Executive Policing Conference: Amsterdam, the Netherlands

By Daniel Cabrera Jr., Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) Fellow to the IACP

Carter, Cohen, van Zunderd
Joseph Carter, IACP president (left),
is greeted by Job Cohen, mayor of
Amsterdam, the Netherlands (middle),
and Peter van Zunderd, chief constable,
Netherlands Police Agency (right).
Photo courtesy of the author.
From left to right: Dan Rosenblatt,
IACP executive director; Chief
Constable van Zunderd; Oguz Kagan
Koksal, director general, Turkish
National Police; President Carter; and
Dr. Adnan Al-Asadi, deputy minister
of internal affairs, Iraq. Photo courtesy
of the author.

he 24th IACP European Executive Policing Conference was held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, April 22–24, 2007. The conference, well received by all delegates, was hosted by Peter van Zunderd, chief constable of the Netherlands Police Agency, with cohosts Frans Heeres, chief of police, Midden en West Brabant, and Ineke Stam, chair of the Board of Governors of the Police Academy of the Netherlands. The conference was well attended, with 201 registered participants accompanied by 51 partners, representing 25 countries. The attendees assembled for three days to hear presentations and discuss issues germane to the theme of the conference, “Future Challenges in Policing.”

The conference opened with welcoming addresses from Chief Constable van Zunderd; Guusje ter Horst, the Dutch minister of the interior; and Joseph Carter, IACP president. European and North American presenters gave informative briefings following the opening ceremonies.

The following list includes a small sample of the presentations given at the conference:

  • “High Tech Crime,” presented by Jan Wester, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs

  • “Virtual Crime Scenes,” presented by Jurrien Bijold, Netherlands Forensic Institute

  • “Connected Public Safety and Security: Probabilities, Possibilities and Ideas for the Future,” presented by Jeff Frazier, Cisco Systems

A welcome reception for conference participants was hosted by Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen at City Hall. Mayor Cohen welcomed all of the delegates to Amsterdam and promised them a wonderful time and beautiful weather during their stay in the city.

The IACP board and staff were represented by President Carter; Ron Ruecker, first vice president; Russell Laine, second vice president; Tom Driessen, international vice president; Susan Riseling, vice president at large; Dan Rosenblatt, executive director; Paul Santiago, director of international activities and support services; and Daniel Cabrera Jr., U.S. Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) fellow to the IACP.■

Interested national commissioners/chiefs who would like to explore the possibility of hosting an IACP international conference should contact Paul Santiago via e-mail at or the respective world regional office chair for their region, which can be found on the IACP Web site,



From The Police Chief, vol. 74, no. 8, August 2007. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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