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Strengthening Relationships “Across the Pond”: AUCSO 2017 Annual Conference

By Madison Gosser

IACLEA representatives were surrounded by some of the very best in the business at the 2017 Association of University
Chief Security Officers (AUCSO) Conference. Leaders in campus public safety
from 12 countries joined together April 4 – 6, 2017, at the University of Ghent in Belgium. President Randy Burba, President Elect Dave Bousquet, International Director Ray Wheatley, Immediate Past President Bill Taylor, and Executive Director Sue Riseling represented IACLEA. The delegation gained and shared insight from public safety leaders around the world on campus security, travel risks, cybersecurity, and more. Chief Burba presented his knowledge and insight on the Clery

President Elect Bousquet expanded on his experience:
“The AUCSO conference was an outstanding gathering of some of the finest security officials in the world. Top-notch professional workshops with world-renowned, quality speakers. The hospitality and networking opportunities coupled with a cultural twist made it one of the best experiences I’ve ever had in my career!

“Mark Sutton [AUCSO Chair] and the entire executive board know how to recruit the best in the business, from fellow colleagues to distinguished speakers. Ghent University provided an ideal venue for public safety officials to come together and develop professional skills and lifelong friendships. The partnership between AUCSO and IACLEA will only get stronger in years to come. This relationship is paramount to the mission of keeping our campuses as safe as they can be, at home and across the waters,” said Bousquet.

Beyond the AUCSO conference, the relationships continue to grow between AUCSO and IACLEA. Since 2013, IACLEA and AUCSO have held several successful International Exchange Programs, with the purpose of educating members on the operations of campus public safety agencies globally. Additionally, the organizations seek to foster understanding among members from various nations by furthering the relationship between institutions across the world. Under this program, one agency head or command-level staff member from each association will participate in an exchange program to observe the operations of the other agency. Keep an eye out for our Call for Applications. Read Georgetown University Police Department Chief Jay Gruber’s account of his visit to Queen’s University Belfast on page 40.

We look forward to welcoming AUCSO’s Mark Sutton, Vice- Chair Trevor Jones, and Chief Operating Officer Bernadette Duncan at the IACLEA Annual Conference in Milwaukee.


IACLEA's Annual Conference & Exposition 2020 takes place in The Big Easy--New Orleans--June 22-25. Imagine IACLEA's outstanding educational programming presented in a city with world-class entertainment and food! Registration is OPEN!