Today, October 22 is the last day for those public safety professionals who wish to attend the International Association of Chief's of Police conference held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. There were classes and round table discussions. Subjects ranged from Public Relations to social media. Many police departments such asPhiladelphia have a large presence in the social media world, such as their Youtube.page,or their Twitter account.
Their was a consortium on railroad safety. The biggest draw was the exhibition floor which cannot be seen in a day. There is every thing remotely related to law enforcement on display. From wipes to clean up police vehicles to helicopters. Most vendors brought show vehicles and some departments brought their newest vehicle to show it off. Lighting packages show how far emergency lighting has come from the days of lollipop lights and a single rotating light.
Colleges and universities were on hand to give information on criminal justice classes. Many of the people that had booths there had trinkets to give away, such as tablets and pens. Others did it right such as Taser, which gave you an opportunity to taze an alien, then the person gets a stuffed alien to take home. You also get a souvenir photo.The downside to that is a very confusing website that locks out out of it ,so a lot of people could not get their photos.
Their were firing ranges and simulators. Those needed to be in a darkened room as the light made it hard to see as it reflected off the screen. One company, Virtua missed the mark entirely by setting up an elaborate simulator and then turning away prospective customers telling them they needed an appointment. Here is a clue.People don't purchase by watching others, They spend their money when they participate
There was a competition involving shooting, knowledge of the law , and identification of a suspect. There was a booth by the Office of Diplomatic Security Service. They had valuable information on who is entitled to diplomatic immunity. Did you know that a diplomat can be issued a traffic ticket?
Cops from other countries were on hand. Some were in full uniform. That caused their American counterparts to stop and take a photo with them . Officers from China, Nigeria, Belgium were just a few of those in attendance.
Opening the show was Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey. During his speech he cautioned against using some technology. For example license plate readers.One North Jersey town put them at a mall entrance and sends drivers of expired tags tickets. This has cause people across the internet to refer to that department as scum and other names. It takes community support away from that department. "Just because we can does not mean we should", Ramsey said. He then likened the facial recognition in patrol cars as an example of what might not be a good idea. even though the intentions were there. You can see his remarks in full on the police You Tube link elsewhere in this article.