On October 26, 2019, police chiefs from around the world will gather for the 126th IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago. If you're one of the attendees, this list is for you.
As IACP Conference regulars—not to mention, huge fans of Chicago—our team put together a list of must-dos for newcomers and veterans alike.
Before, during, and after your time at the conference, consider these recommendations to make the most of your time at IACP.
1. GET ON TWITTER.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police's official Twitter account is @TheIACP, and it has a whopping 36.4K followers. If you're not already a Twitter fan, now's a good time to join and follow them, and the conversation. While you're at it, be sure to follow @LeonardoIACP, where we'll be tweeting before and during the conference.
In addition, search for the hashtag #IACP2019 to see what conference-goers are tweeting about. In fact, people are already posting about it...
IACP? I never miss it. It’s the one place I can learn best practices from experts from all over the world. For progressive police agencies, it’s a must! #IACP2019— Chief Doug Shoemaker (@DShoemakerGJPD) September 9, 2019
2. Download the conference mobile app.
Get up-to-the-minute information on speakers, exhibitors, and events. Find out where you're going with interactive maps. Make your own personalized schedule. Take notes. Connect with others. It's kind of a no-brainer to download the IACP Conference app, but we'd be remiss not to mention it here!
3. The Educational Sessions are 100% worth it—but plan ahead.
Of course, the banquet, the networking, the special events—they're all fantastic. But you're also at the IACP Conference to learn, and the educational sessions are consistently top-notch. Take a look at the agenda ahead of time to get a sense for what sessions you'd like to attend.
A few that we think look particularly interesting and important:
- Funding for the 21st Century Law Enforcement Officer
- Earn Commitment and Improve Moral by Building Trust
- Best Way to Engage Communities through Outreach
- Dark Matter: Exploring the Link Between Mass Shootings and Domestic Violence
- Innovations in Violent Crime Reduction Strategies
4. Swing by Booth 2623.
That's Leonardo's booth, where we'll be demonstrating our new ELSAG Virtual Plate Hunter 900, sharing feature enhancements to our EOC data storage and management software, and showcasing our Land Mobile Radio solutions.
We'll also have daily giveaways, and visitors lucky enough to learn the secret password will gain entry into “Scofflaws,” our prohibition-themed speakeasy!
Stumbled upon this blog post by accident and don't much about Leonardo? Here's the gist: Leonardo provides proprietary advanced ALPR technology to law enforcement agencies, parking authorities, toll operators and access control organizations through our ELSAG license plate reader product portfolio. Through innovative technology, advanced storage solutions, and thorough training, we aim to enhance patrol presence that significantly improves operational efficiencies.
5. Dine out in Chicago.
As tempting as it can be to order room service after a long day of attending workshops and networking, do yourself a favor and enjoy a really good dinner at one of Chicago's renowned restaurants. You really can't go wrong with TimeOut Chicago's picks for The 43 best restaurants in Chicago you have to try But just in case your tastes align with ours, some of our favorites include:
See you in Chicago!