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115th Annual IACP Conference Law Enforcement Education and Technology Exhibition

he 115th Annual Conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police will convene Saturday, November 8, 2008, through Wednesday, November 12, 2008, at the San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, California, USA. The annual conference provides unparalleled opportunities for law enforcement professionals to examine the latest technology and equipment, network with high-ranking officials, attend educational sessions, and meet with experts and peers from around the world. On-site registration opens Friday, November 7, at 1:00 p.m. and continues until 12:00 noon on Wednesday, November 12, at the San Diego Convention Center.

Conference Credentials

The conference and its activities are not open to the public. The conference is limited to IACP members and their guests; exhibitors; and credentialed law enforcement officers from the region to visit the exhibit hall. To enter the convention center, all persons must wear appropriate conference credentials as well as display acceptable government-issued photo identification. The following registration categories designate the activities available to attendees:

  • Full Conference registration provides admittance to all activities, including workshop tracks, general assemblies, the exhibit hall, the IACP Lounge, and Host Chief’s Night. Credentials should be worn when attending receptions and hospitality events.
  • Exhibitor Full Conference registration is identical to Full Conference registration except that it also provides early admittance to the exhibit hall for booth setup.
  • Exhibitor Only registration provides early admittance to the exhibit hall for setup purposes; this does not include any other conference activity.
  • One-day Pass registration provides admittance to activities from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and includes workshop tracks, general assemblies, and the exhibit hall. It does not include Host Chief’s Night.
  • Exhibits Pass for Law Enforcement Personnel provides admittance to the exhibit hall. This registration also includes admission to the solutions presentation theater. Visitors with this registration are not eligible for Host Chief’s Night.
  • Host Chief’s Night tickets are provided to full-conference registration attendees. You must have the ticket for admittance to Host Chief’s Night. A limited number are available for additional purchase by other registration categories in the registration area.

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Photograph identification must be displayed in a separate pouch in the conference badge holder. Conference participants can use their own government-issued photo identification. The size of the badge holder window is 2.5 inches by 4 inches. Acceptable government-issued identification includes the following:

  • Driver’s license
  • State-issued identification card
  • Work identification from local, state, or federal government

A commemorative/security photograph identification conference badge is also considered acceptable identification, and the photograph can be taken in the IACP Lounge. Plastic Card Systems, Inc., and Zebra Card Printer Solutions sponsor the commemorative photo identification.

Official Business of the IACP

Business Sessions: As directed by the IACP Board of Officers, the business meetings will be incorporated into the opening ceremony and the general assemblies. Business items for this year’s conference are as follows.

Opening Ceremony
Saturday, November 8
3:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
IACP Memorial Committee Report

First General Assembly
Monday, November 10
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
IACP Elections Commission Report

Second General Assembly
Tuesday, November 11
10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
IACP Resolutions Committee Report
IACP Vice President–Treasurer Report

Annual Banquet
Wednesday, November 12
7:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Installation of President
and Board of Officers


Voting for IACP offices will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, November 10, in Lobby E of the San Diego Convention Center. In addition, the IACP has also established four off-site voting locations, at the following hotels:

  • Marriott Marina
  • Manchester Grand Hyatt
  • Sheraton Hotel & Marina (Harbor Island)
  • Hilton Mission Valley

Active and life members of the association are eligible to vote in IACP elections.

Runoff election: If there is a need to hold a runoff election, voting will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 11. Runoff voting will take place only in Lobby E of the San Diego Convention Center.

Resolutions: Resolutions will be considered by the membership at the conclusion of the second general assembly, 10:00 a.m.– 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 11. The Resolution Committee meets on Monday, November 10, 12:00 noon–2:00 p.m. The membership will have an opportunity to consider and debate the resolutions prior to voting.

Election of 2008 Officers: There are three candidates for the office of fourth vice president this year: Scott Knight, chief of police, Chaska, Minnesota; Craig T. Steckler, chief of police, Fremont, California; and Gary L. Vest, chief of police, Powell, Ohio. The candidates’ statements were published in the September issue of the Police Chief and can be viewed online at

Running unopposed for vice president– treasurer is Carl R. Wolf, chief of police, Hazelwood, Missouri.

Candidates for 2009 Office: Any active member who is planning to run for office at the 116th Annual IACP Conference in Denver, Colorado, will have the opportunity to announce his or her candidacy at the conclusion of this year’s second general assembly, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m., Tuesday, November 11.

Annual IACP Banquet

The annual banquet will be held at the San Diego Convention Center in Ballroom 20 on Wednesday, November 12. The banquet starts with a reception at 6:00 p.m. All persons should be seated by 7:00 p.m. The annual banquet is a black-tie-optional event featuring the formal swearing-in ceremony of the 2008 IACP president and board of officers. The evening’s entertainment will feature Haute Chili, a well-known local band.

Companions and Guests

Companions, spouses, and guests are an important and welcome part of the annual conference. For the conference experience to be pleasant and valuable for companions, registering for the conference is important. The most important reason for registering is to help with participation in as much of the conference as they choose. The companion badge allows access to the following:

  • All areas in the convention center open to delegates
  • Host Chief’s Night
  • Opening ceremony
  • General assemblies
  • Exhibit hall
  • Workshops
  • Receptions and hospitality events
  • Shuttle bus service
  • IACP Lounge

Companions will find that the convention center and the centrally located IACP Lounge are convenient spots to pick up a special gift, use the Internet café to stay in touch with home and work, meet and network with new and old friends, relax between events and activities, and enjoy a free massage.

IACP Programs and Services Booth: Resources Providing Solutions for the New World of Policing

All year long, police executives can turn to the IACP for the resources they need to run their agencies and manage their careers effectively. Visit the IACP Programs and Services Booth in the IACP Lounge to find out more about the IACP’s unique resources, which include the following:


  • Center for Police Leadership
  • Mentoring
  • Police Chiefs Desk Reference
  • National Research Agenda
  • Protecting Civil Rights Leadership Guide

Recruitment and Retention

  • Discover Policing
  • Minority Recruitment Toolkit
  • Returning Veterans
  • Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS)


  • Digital Imaging for Safe Schools
  • In-car camera digital system specifications
  • Electro-Muscular Disruption Technology: A Nine-Step Strategy for Effective Deployment
  • Police pursuits in the age of innovation and reform
  • SMART mapping
  • IACP Technology Center services
  • Technology Desk Reference
  • Tracking Sex Offenders with Electronic Monitoring Technology

CompStat for Smaller Agencies

  • Saturday, November 8, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m
  • .
  • Sunday, November 9, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.

During the 2004 Annual IACP Conference in Los Angeles, Chief William Bratton demonstrated the Los Angeles Police Department’s model for CompStat. Chief Bratton was chief architect of the CompStat process in New York City and then institutionalized the process in Los Angeles.

At the 2005 conference in Miami, Chief John Timoney conducted a CompStat meeting for the conference attendees. Chief Timoney placed his imprint on the CompStat process when he served with Chief Bratton in New York before moving on to institute it in Philadelphia and then in Miami.

IACP members attending these sessions were impressed and became well versed in the CompStat process. Many members asked if there was a way to scale the presentation to smaller agencies.

For this year’s conference in San Diego, Phyllis McDonald, Ed.D., director of research and associate professor for the Division of Public Safety Leadership, Johns Hopkins University, has organized a session titled “CompStat for Smaller Agencies.” Dr. McDonald has 18 years of command experience with local police departments and has served as a sworn commander at the rank of major and as a civilian manager at the rank of three-star command executive. She is the author of several publications, including Managing Police Operations: Implementing the New York Crime Control Model—CompStat, published in 2001 by Wadsworth Publishing.

“CompStat for Smaller Agencies” is designed to provide information on how to implement a CompStat process in smaller law enforcement agencies. Dr. McDonald is joined by Jesse Bane, sheriff, Harford County, Maryland; Teresa Chambers, chief of police, Riverdale, Maryland; and Tim Cameron, sheriff, St. Mary’s County, Maryland, to demonstrate the Maryland model.

The representatives from the Maryland agencies will describe their experiences in implementing CompStat, the issues encountered as well as the successes they achieved. For example, they will describe effective implementation techniques used to convince personnel that CompStat will be effective and supportive of staff rather than harsh and denigrating.

Presenters will discuss essential functions and the impact of the CompStat strategy on crime in their jurisdictions. For example, one agency has had such success in combating serious issues that it is now able to focus on quality-of-life crimes for the first time.

These law enforcement executives will describe the issues they encountered, providing real data, and how they solved these problems. In addition, they will describe the impact of a consistent law enforcement strategy for the state of Maryland—for example, the spread of regional communications systems and other interagency processes that smaller agencies are developing as a result of implementing the CompStat process.

Crime and Victimization

  • Identity crime toolkits
  • The Crime of Human Trafficking: A Law Enforcement Guide to Identification and Investigation
  • Juvenile justice programs and services
  • Law enforcement response to victims: strategy and toolkit
  • Building an Offender Reentry Program: A Guide for Law Enforcement
  • IACP Sexual Assault Supplemental Form and Investigative Guidelines
  • Sex offender management publications

Homeland Security

  • IACP Intelligence Summit report
  • The Role of State & Provincial Law Enforcement Agencies in a Post–9/11 Era


  • Executive search
  • Model Policies
  • Promotional testing
  • Training Keys


  • Cohost training
  • Leadership in Police Organizations course
  • No-cost training

IACP History

IACP Foundation

Shuttle Bus Service

The most convenient means of transportation between hotels and the conference venues is the shuttle bus service. Complimentary shuttle bus service begins Saturday, November 8, running daily from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and ends Wednesday, November 12. Shuttle bus service will be provided also for Host Chief’s Night at PETCO Park on Monday night, November 10, as well as for the annual banquet on Wednesday night, November 12. Times for the shuttle bus service are posted in the official conference hotels.

Handicap Van Service: Wheelchair-accessible transportation is available during the same hours as the shuttle bus service. To schedule the van, please call 1-866-923-8002. This number goes into effect November 6, and calls are not accepted before that date.

Uniform Day

Monday, November 10, is Uniform Day. All police officials attending the first general assembly, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. in Ballroom 20, are asked to wear their department’s dress uniforms. Wearing a cap or hat is optional. Uniform Day celebrates the association’s diversity and internationalism by creating a spectacular visual display of uniforms from around the world. Even uniformed officers must wear their conference photograph identification badges for admission to the convention center. The IACP discourages the wearing of weapons and firearms to this event.

Helpful Tips

The Annual IACP Conference is a working conference with a focus on education, networking, and the educational and technology exposition. To benefit the most from your conference experience, plan ahead; allow time to stop and chat with fellow members and exhibitors; and seek out the solutions to questions, ideas, and problems.

“My Planner”: Review the information on the conference Web site at Schedule meetings, educational sessions, and your time in the exhibit hall in advance. Use the “My Planner” feature found on the conference Web site to create a personal conference and exposition itinerary. With My Planner, attendees can build their daily schedule for the meetings, educational sessions, networking events, and exhibitors they wish to visit. Add conference events and information by logging on to My Planner several times prior to the conference to put your time to best use and to create your personalized itinerary.

Meetings: With very rare exceptions, committee, section, and division meetings are open to all IACP members. All conference delegates are encouraged and welcome to attend any of the committee, section, and division meetings of the association. These sessions provide excellent networking opportunities and are forums for sharing new ideas and information. Conference delegates attending these meetings should identify themselves to the relevant IACP staff member or committee chair so that they can be registered as guests.

Educational Sessions: Review the sessions online and record on your master schedule the workshops you plan to attend. There are 12 educational tracks, and delegates are welcome to attend any of the sessions. Bear in mind that workshops of interest may be found in any of the tracks; for example, you might be interested in workshops from the Smaller Agency Track, the San Diego Police Department Track, the Legal Officers Track, and the Chief Executive track. Even if you do not belong to the group associated with these tracks, you can still attend the educational sessions and will be warmly welcomed by the track organizers.

Your badge and bar code will record and verify your attendance at the conference workshops. Simply scan the card or insert it into the bar code reader located in the workshop room. To obtain your workshop certificates, go to the workshop training verification station at the delegate registration area.

Networking: Although networking may seem to be part of the fun side of a conference, it is also hard work. Attendees should plan to attend receptions, hospitality rooms, breakfast and lunch meetings, and of course Host Chief’s Night.

Many of the networking opportunities are listed as “by invitation only”; however, that means only that the sponsor needs to provide a count of persons coming to the event. To obtain an invitation, simply visit the sponsor’s exhibit. An invitation will be happily provided.

Bring plenty of business cards, step forward, and introduce yourself to others. Write down contact information for every new acquaintance; after returning home, be sure to send a note with an agency patch or pin to cement the new contact.

Exhibit Hall: With over 700 companies represented in the exhibit hall, you should plan to spend several hours there. A good time to start is 10:00 a.m. on Sunday morning since the conference activities are limited. It is always a good idea to bring the agency’s purchasing agent and other officers from the agency to help examine the new products and technology. While they are examining the products, the chief can attend educational sessions.

Don’t miss your opportunity to win prizes within the exhibit hall, including prize packages for the 2009 Annual IACP Conference in Denver. While in the exhibit hall, you can do the following:

  • Check your e-mail and stay connected in our Internet café, sponsored by Motorola
  • Experience a free chair massage at our Relaxation Station, sponsored by LexisNexis
  • Recharge with our daily coffee breaks from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., sponsored by Teijin Aramid USA, Inc.
  • Win a free lunch by being one of the first 1,500 people at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, who will receive a voucher good for up to five dollars at exhibit hall concessions
  • Enter the daily drawings at 3:00 p.m. to win a free iPod or a free trip to Denver for the 2009 IACP conference
  • Thirsty for more? Pick up your IACP 2009 save-the-date sports bottle in the exhibit hall (including valuable discount opportunities)

Wear comfortable walking shoes. Plan to take two trips through the exhibit hall. Using your floor plan on your first walk-through, locate the vendors you have identified in advance and identify new exhibitors that you want to spend time visiting. To avoid missing anything, allow time to discover new products and services that are not on your list of must-see exhibitors.

After getting the “lay of the land,” take the second trip, meet with exhibitors, and collect product information. If you need to leave the exhibit hall before completing the circuit, be sure to mark the spot where you stopped on your map so you will know where to start again.

Allow the exhibitors to scan your badge and bar code for their lead retrieval database, or be ready to provide a business card to expedite information gathering. Let the exhibitors know your needs, be frank, and discuss the real application of the product to your need. Plan to carry a lot of product literature home.

After the Conference

When you return home to your agency, you will want to implement ideas and share what you learned at the conference with your staff and colleagues. Pass along the information you received from the educational sessions. Many sessions will reference materials on Web sites, so be sure to record the addresses of these sites, even if you have to ask the speaker again after the session.

Pass along the exhibit information and have your staff evaluate the products. Schedule a follow-up with exhibitors that have products you need. Exhibitors are happy to demonstrate their products and provide more information.

Share with others how the conference helps you as a law enforcement executive. Be sure to keep in touch with old friends as well as new friends you make in San Diego and begin planning to attend next year’s conference in Denver, Colorado, October 3–7, 2009. ■



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXV, no. 10, October 2008. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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