Penn State conference focuses on future of law enforcement

International conference offers innovative and effective strategies for police and all their stakeholders

University Park, Pa. -- As the challenges for law enforcement become more significant and diverse, police officers and executives must find new and innovative ways to stay a step ahead. Whether constraints are technology, environment, people or other issues, police need new solutions to ensure efficiency and safety.

The 2011 International Conference on Innovative Solutions for Law Enforcement will offer new ways to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow for police departments of all sizes.

Leaders from the United States and Canada will present tactics on how to collaborate and access partnerships, resources and technology. The conference is scheduled for April 28-29, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing.

“If you keep doing things the same way, you’re going to get the same results, and those results won’t always suffice,” said Joe DeStefano, Penn State Justice and Safety Institute client and business development manager and conference organizer. “Law enforcement must constantly explore new and effective strategies and tactics to meet their stakeholder’s needs.”

Penn State, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the Atlantic Police Academy have continued their partnership after the success of the 2010 International Conference on Results-Driven Policing. This international partnership seeks to facilitate collaboration between police executives and command staff, government managers, community leaders, educators and researchers, through education and training.

Conference attendees will have the option to choose breakout sessions that will be most appropriate for their particular needs, creating a “custom fit” to the strategies. Topics include suggestions on how to create positive partnerships with the community, suggestions on how state and municipal organizations can best work together, and obtaining funding and resources.

“Each of the breakout sessions will have something for everyone,” said DeStefano. “Attendees will be able to take home useful strategies and tactics to meet the specific needs and challenges of their communities.”

All participants will receive digital copies of every presentation so they can further review and more effectively implement the strategies offered at the conference.

The conference features a variety of high-profile presenters, including Commissioner Charles Ramsey of the Philadelphia Police Department; Chief William Blair of the Toronto Police Service; David Weisburd, Department of Criminology, Law and Society at George Mason University; and Chief Constable Jim Chu of the Vancouver Police Department. Chief Chu received great acclaim for his highly effective to security during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit the Penn State Justice and Safety Institute website.

Penn State’s Justice and Safety Institute (JASI) helps thousands of law enforcement and justice system professionals improve their work skills -- something it has been doing for more than 35 years. JASI serves a broad clientele and its services extend to courts, child support enforcement and domestic relations issues, such as training for federal, state and international clients. JASI is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 114 countries worldwide.

The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police is dedicated to the support and promotion of efficient law enforcement and to the protection and security of the people of Canada. Much of the work in pursuit of these goals is done through the activities and special projects of a number of committees and through active liaison with various levels of government and departmental ministries having legislative and executive responsibility in law and policing.

The Atlantic Police Academy, a division of Holland College, is the preeminent law enforcement training institution in Canada. Offering both full-time and in-service programs, the academy trains men and women who want to enter the field of law enforcement, and offers advanced training to dedicated law enforcement professionals who need to upgrade their skills or acquire new skills in order to effectively apply new technology in their jurisdictions.

Penn State JASI is also partnering with the Police Chiefs Association of Southeastern PA, who will provide logistical support, and MAGLOCLEN, who will provide technical and equipment support.

Last Updated November 18, 2010