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Update on TACUPA/IACLEA Southwest Regional Conference

By David Bousquet, IACLEA President

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend the Texas Association of College and University Police Administrators (TACUPA)/ IACLEA Southwest Regional Conference. The conference, held in McKinney, Texas, provided four exceptional days of professional development and networking opportunities for our colleagues in the Southwest Region. Workshops included intergenerational differences, threat assessment, Clery handbook changes, identifying organizational culture, hiring and recruiting, and student/exchange visitor programs (SEVP). In addition, there were breakout sessions on racial profiling, early college high schools, the impacts of fentanyl, and human trafficking.

IACLEA Southwest Regional Director and President of TACUPA Michael Ragan (police chief, Texas A&M University), along with the entire executive committee, did an outstanding job putting on the conference. I want to commend the entire organization for providing this opportunity for practitioners within the college and university public safety arena.

I was also fortunate to have the opportunity to provide a brief presentation and overview of the IACLEA organization and the progress that we have made over the past year. This is truly a great time to be part of and contribute to the leading authority for campus public safety.

It is imperative for leadership within the public safety profession to stay abreast of current issues and trends while training and learning together. To be the best at what we do, it is essential to attend conferences, such as this excellent program that was offered by the Southwest Region, and the upcoming IACLEA 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition being held June 29th - July 2nd at the Caribe Royale, Orlando, Florida. We will celebrate IACLEA’s 60th anniversary and recognize the past ten IACLEA Presidents. This celebration and professional development opportunity is one that you do not want to miss. Please join me and the entire board of directors, along with the IACLEA staff, in this extraordinary opportunity.

I want to wish everybody and their families a happy and safe holiday season. Please keep in your thoughts and prayers the United States Military personnel, who are protecting our country domestically and abroad. I would ask that we all take a moment during this season to reflect on and remember the law enforcement officers whom we have lost over the past year in state, municipal, and campus law enforcement. I wish you all the best in this upcoming year.

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