By Michel Buekens, Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), Fellow to the IACP; and Elena María Lower, Administrative Assistant, International Policing Division, IACP
n early June, law enforcement executives in the state of Santa Catarina, Brazil, welcomed the IACP to its 8th South American Executive Policing conference in Florianópolis, the state capital. The conference, one of a series of successful international conferences in that region, focused on Police and Society: Working Together for Public Safety. As in the past, the conference was well attended, attracting more than 500 police officials from various nations, including Brazil, Ecuador, several Caribbean countries, and the United States.
One major component to the conference is the accompanying trade fair. Together with trade fair and event organizer Fagga Eventos, the IACP creates a first-class exposition, known for the past 10 years as INTERSEG. This robust show usually features between 100 and 125 well-known companies that provide equipment and services to the law enforcement community. INTERSEG is now the largest trade fair of its kind in South America, attended this year by nearly 6,000 people.
The IACP has spent more than a decade improving relations not only in the conference host country, but also with the national police agencies of the region. Rio de Janiero, Brasilia, and Belo Horizonte are among the past conference locations in Brazil. Because of this strong history, the Brazilian Police unites its major councils under the auspices of the IACP conference, resulting in a central meeting place for senior law enforcement officials. Among the councils that were able to hold simultaneous meetings were the National College of Public Security Secretaries (CONSESP); the National Council of the General Commanders of Military Police Forces and Fire Departments (CONCPC); the Regional Superintendents of the Federal Highway Police Departments; the Brazilian Forensic Bodies Head Officers; and the Regional Leads of the Brazilian Federal Police.
The conference was hosted by the governor of the state of Santa Catarina, Leonel Arcângelo Pavan; and the secretary of public safety for Santa Catarina, André Mendes da Silveira. In support of the organization and its efforts, Governor Pavan visited the conference and delivered remarks during the opening ceremony, stressing the importance of law enforcement in Brazil and in the world. Secretary da Silveira further highlighted the importance of the conference in stating that “this conference has established itself as one of the most well-known events in public safety.”
It was also on this occasion that the IACP marked the official welcoming of the new World Regional Office (WRO) Chair for the South America region. After years of faithful and dedicated service, past WRO Chair Luiz Fernando Corrêa, currently director general of the Brazilian Federal Police, resigned effective May 1, 2010. Director General Corrêa is succeeded by José Ricardo Botelho, director of international cooperation for the Brazilian Federal Police.
Thanks to the hard work of conference organizers under the direction of organization committee chair César Amorim Krieger, special advisor to the Secretary for Public Safety in the state of Santa Catarina, the plenary sessions, panels, and workshops focused on the aforementioned theme and featured both domestic and international speakers. The conference included panels on Police, Society, and Public Safety; Intelligence Actions for Large Events; Citizenship and Safety; and Urban Criminality and Effective Combating Practices.
Two IACP sections also met at this conference. The International Managers of Police Academy and College Training (IMPACT) Section presented a workshop on Police Education in the Academies. The Law Enforcement Information Management (LEIM) Section presented a workshop on Information Technology and Public Security. All events received positive feedback from participants and allowed for constructive and productive exchanges between the speakers and their audiences. Events such as these serve the mission of the IACP and allow sharing best practices among police executives.
Along with other IACP board members, IACP President Michael Carroll attended the conference. In his speech at the opening of the plenary sessions, he stated that “the conference provides all with a unique opportunity to learn from each other and to gain new perspectives about protecting the public; but we must also be concerned about protecting our most important resource, which is our officers—the men and women who work with the citizenry every day.”
President Carroll and IACP DuPont representative Marcie E. Manique recognized two Brazilian police officers, Officer Luis Manoel da Silva and Officer Evandro Arent Borges, who by virtue of wearing their protective vests avoided disability or death. The IACP/DuPont™ Kevlar Survivors’ Club not only recognizes saves made by the wearing of vests, but also promotes leadership responsibility to protect its officers by establishing vest policies and making the lifesaving equipment available. As such, Military Police Brigade Commander Colonel Luis da Silva Maciel was also recognized for his leadership.
|Speakers at the 8th IACP South American Executive Policing Conference were, from left, Colonel João Carlos Trindade Lopes, commander of the Rio Grande do Sul Military Police Brigade; Michael Carroll, president of the IACP; Ricardo Balestreri, national secretary of public safety for Brazil; José Ricardo P. Botelho, IACP South American WRO chair and director of the International Cooperation Division; and César Amorim Kriger, special advisor to the secretary for public safety for the state of Santa Catarina and conference organizing committee chair.|
Each year, international conference hosts volunteer to help the IACP International Policing Division prepare for IACP international conferences and welcome attending IACP membership. These meetings are made possible by organization funding, supplemented by sponsorship fees, exhibitor fees, and registration fees. Interested chiefs or national police leaders who would like to explore the possibility of hosting an IACP international conference should contact IACP International Policing Division Director Paul E. Santiago at email@example.com.■
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Michel Buekens and Elena María Lower, "IACP Abroad: 8th IACP South American Executive Policing Conference," The Police Chief 77 (August 2010): 22, http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/naylor/CPIM0810/index.php#/22 (insert access date).