With 2020 behind us and the rollout of Covid-19 vaccinations underway, it's hard not to get excited at the prospect of traveling to our usual conferences to learn about the latest and greatest in law enforcement technology.
The good news is: We're seeing a few conferences already committing (at least tentatively) to holding their events in person. The so-so news is that anything can happen between now and then, so it wouldn't hurt to review all your options for staying in the know this year.
Here are some ideas and opportunities for you to consider:
1. In-person events
The International Association of Chiefs of Police puts on one of our favorite annual conferences, and while last year they had to go virtual, this year looks promising. Right now, IACP 2021 is scheduled to take place in New Orleans at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center from September 11-14. Mark your calendar and keep an eye out for the details.
The NSA Annual Conference and Exhibition
The National Sheriffs' Association plans to hold their annual conference in Phoenix, Arizona from June 22-24. In attendance: sheriffs, deputies, and other law enforcement officials looking to hear about new products, services, and solutions.
The Police Security Expo
Another big product tradeshow, the 35th Anniversary Police Security Expo also plans to hold their events in person in Atlantic City on August 24 and 25. Registration is open and attendance is free of charge for industry professionals.
2. VIrtual education & opportunities
If you're not already subscribed to the following sites' various newsletters, register today to continuously receive information on new technology and solutions, as well as opportunities for online seminars and workshops: Police1, PoliceMag, and Officer.com.
Online Training Courses
If there's a particular topic you're interested in learning more about or want your team to catch up on, we can almost guarantee there's an online course you can sign up for. Virtual Academy, for instance, offers dozens of courses with many of them in the technology sector.
3. Call us, seriously.
Whether you’re already a customer of ours or just want to know more about the latest in law enforcement technology and license plate recognition systems, our team at Leonardo is always happy to hop on the phone or a Zoom call to talk about what we’re up to, how we’re helping agencies in this unpredictable time, and what technology you need to know about to ensure you’re doing the most for your community.