Jan 28, 2019
Dear Public Safety Colleagues,
While it may seem early to plan to attend #IACLEA2019, the IACLEA Annual Conference & Exposition in Vancouver later this year (June 25–28), I encourage you to devote some of your professional development budgets to join us. As many of you who attended the Orlando conference in 2018 know, we had record attendance, outstanding educational programs, top-notch plenary speakers, as well as many opportunities to informally connect with other public safety leaders to compare challenges. There are three aspects of the conference that I believe will be worthwhile for our members in 2019, in addition to the great city of Vancouver, British Columbia, as our gathering’s backdrop.
First and foremost, the Annual Conference Education Committee is lining up a great program that will include presentations on emergency management, gender-based violence, leadership, and hate speech on campus, for example. As department leaders, it’s critical that we understand the national and international landscape of campus issues, and also are cognizant about solutions, good procedures, and pitfalls that can occur in any incident. Attending the Annual Conference will give you the latest information about current campus challenges we all may experience or expect. This year’s program notably has some new workshops focused on the needs of non-sworn agencies, but that universally apply to all of us.
The 2019 conference also will have outstanding featured international and national speakers including Bill Bratton, former police chief of Los Angeles, Boston, and New York City. Where else will you have the opportunity in one place to hear from longtime leaders and innovators in our profession? Other featured speakers will provide context for the changes evolving in societies across the globe and their impact on public safety.
Another invaluable aspect of the conference is the connections we each make with our peers. The conference program purposely schedules sessions for similar schools to start conversations and allow for follow up. I, personally, have used these moments to obtain or exchange ideas and improve my understanding of the issues I face regularly. I find interesting the similarity of campus public safety issues, whether they involve incidents or personnel.
In Vancouver, we have also added some travel and sightseeing opportunities for your stay before or after the conference. One of the after-conference trips that I am excited about is an Alaska Cruise. I’ve always wanted to visit Alaska and what better way than as part of an IACLEA group? Perhaps you will have an opportunity to join me?
Please see the conference preview section for additional information.
As always, I look forward to hearing your thoughts and ideas for making IACLEA more responsive to your needs. We have a great team that works hard every day representing the interests of our campus public safety profession. The Association’s new First-Line Supervisor Institute convenes in January; the Executive Development Institute takes place in February; in March, the Board of Directors will be in Washington, DC, meeting with Members of Congress to advance our legislative agenda; and IACLEA offers ongoing, low-cost training opportunities throughout the year.
Yours in campus public safety,
Director of Public Safety, Princeton University