By Paul Santiago, Director, International Activities and Support Services, IACP
|IACP President Marshall welcomes|
attendees to the 9th IACP South American
Executive Policing Conference.
he IACP held its 9th South American Executive Policing conference in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 21–23, at the Rio Centro Convention Center. The host, Secretary of Public Safety for Rio de Janeiro Dr. José Mariano Beltrame, helped to open the conference with his remarks about the topic of the conference, Managing Security for Major Events. This was such an appropriate topic as Brazil will host several major sporting events in the near future, including the 2013 Confederation Cup, the 2014 World Cup, and the 2016 Olympic Games.
IACP President Mark Marshall also delivered opening remarks wherein he, too, discussed the need for such conferences that bring together subject matter experts in what has become a niche market in security and policing for major sporting events.
As a symbol of international and regional cooperation supported by our association, the IACP, during the opening ceremonies on Sunday, August 21, facilitated the signing of an agreement between the European Union and the regional police organization known as AMERIPOL. This agreement provides some 3.75 million euros to AMERIPOL to help stem the flow of drugs from South America to Europe by providing training needs assessments and subsequent training. Mr. Leandro Coimbra, director general of the Brazilian Federal Police and president of AMERIPOL signed the agreement, along with other senior law enforcement executives from throughout South America and EU representatives.
On Monday, August 22, prior to kicking off the first plenary session, President Marshall, under the auspices of the IACP/DuPont Kevlar Survivors Club and with the assistance of Ms. Fernanda Fugita of DuPont South America, recognized officers whose lives had been saved by the use of protective body armor. Colonel Alvaro Batista Camilo, commander of one of the inductees, gave an impassioned speech about the benefits of a mandatory wear policy and went on to cite an even more recent save from the Sao Paulo Military Police Brigade, which he is submitting for induction into the IACP/DuPont Kevlar Survivors' Club.
The conference began with the recently launched International Centre for Sport Security (ICSS) out of Doha, Qatar, making a presentation on the current status of sport security management. Present was Mr. Mohammed Hanzab, president of the ICSS, with a panel moderated by Ms. Kathleen O’Toole, chief inspector of the Garda Inspectorate, Garda Síochána, which featured Mr. Chris Eaton, security director for FIFA; Mr. Helmut Sphan, executive director of ICSS; and Mr. Mlungisi Ncame, head of security for the South African Football Association. Ms. O’Toole engaged each panelist using the Socratic method in order to flush out the topic’s intricacies and in turn provide for a better understanding by the audience. Mr. Wilbur Johnson, assistant chief of the Arlington, Texas, Police Department, offered an enlightening view of the preparations and challenges faced by being host to the 2011 Super Bowl. He was joined later by Mr. Charles Burns, director of security for the IZOD Indy Car Series, who also shared some of the challenges facing a major automobile race event. Indy car racing recently held a major race event in the streets of Sao Paulo, Brazil, making his presentation of particular interest to the primary audience.
Mr. Mark Ridley, deputy director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, talked about antiterrorist actions and how to cope with our vulnerabilities, while Mr. Eduardo Jany, director of public safety programs of Cambridge Intelligence Systems, spoke about preparing to use operating units in major events and the keys to success. The Ministry of Justice in Brazil recently established a new position—the Secretary of Public Security for Major Events—to manage the security for major events, considering the major events calendar scheduled in the coming years. The person picked to fill the position was IACP’s World Regional Chair for South America, Mr. José Ricardo Botelho, previously a senior Federal Police Delegado responsible for the international cooperation matters of the National Federal Police in Brazil. Secretary Botelho discussed the organizational structure required to fulfill his responsibilities and provided a peek at the strategic planning for some of the upcoming major sporting events.
Also at the conference, two speakers—Brigadier General Bala Naidoo of the South African Police Services (SAPS) and Mr. Shaun Harrison, a divisional chief with the Johannesburg Fire Department—provided a well-delivered presentation on the 2010 World Cup event in South Africa and some lessons learned and successes from the 2010 World Cup. Mr. Alberto Pinheiro Neto served as moderator for the panel. Colonel Mario Sergio de Brito Duarte, commander of the Military Police Brigade in Rio de Janeiro, and Dr. Martha Rocha, the director of the Civil Police in Rio, talked about how those two organizations teamed up to make crime suppression and reduction inroads into Rio’s poorest neighborhoods known as favelas, in preparation for upcoming major sporting events.
The National Secretary of Public Safety, Ms. Regina Miki, attended the conference and spoke to the various national councils who also met during the IACP conference—that is, the State Secretaries of Public Safety Council and the General Commanders of Military Police and Fire Brigade Council. Colonel Alavaro Batista Camilo, general commander of the Military Police Brigade in Sao Paulo and chairman of the General Commanders of Military Police and Fire Brigade Council, facilitated a meeting among Ms. Miki, Chief Marshall, and IACP Board members present, including IACP Vice President at Large Chief Patrick Foley; IACP International Vice President David Beer; IACP Parliamentarian Philip Broadfoot; IACP International Division Vice Chair Colonel Nelson Garcia; and IACP Director of the International Policing Division Mr. Paul Santiago.
|IACP representatives conclude their tour of the|
INTERSEG Expo, which accompanies the IACP conference. From left are Mr. Paul Santiago, director of the IACP’s International Policing Division; Chief Philip Broadfoot, IACP parliamentarian; Colonel Nelson Werlang Garcia, vice chair of the IACP’s International Policing Division; Chief Mark Marshall, IACP president; Chief Patrick Foley, IACP vice president at large; and Mr. David Beer, international vice president.
The conference also featured a robust exposition known as INTERSEG which touted 120 brands displayed. INTERSEG has been an integral part of IACP conferences in Brazil since the first conference in 2001 and was created jointly by the IACP and Fagga Eventos, a major events planning company. The 10th IACP South American Executive Policing Conference for 2012 is being planned for Bogotá, Colombia. ■