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Top 25 Public Safety Conferences of 2019

Kellie D'Amico  | 26 April 2019  |  6 minute read


With so much social and technological change impacting the law enforcement sector, the importance of annual law enforcement conferences has never been greater. These gatherings offer the chance to learn from colleagues, discuss best practices, and preview the latest technological innovation in public safety.

In this post, you’ll  find the top 25 law enforcement conferences of 2019 with top notch speakers covering a wide range of topics from law enforcement software to the latest crime-fighting strategies.

1) Harvard Public Safety Summit: Sustaining Transformation – April 12-14, 2019 (Cambridge, MA)

This fifth annual Summit will bring together innovative and progressive public safety and justice leaders along with leading academics and industry experts to share best practices on how police chiefs, sheriffs, commissioners and other officials can not only start, but also sustain transformational initiatives.

2) TPCA Annual Conference 2019 – April 15-18, 2019 (Galveston, TX)

The conference features outstanding speakers and will help you stay ahead of the trends with informative topics for both large and small agencies. There are multiple break-out training sessions on a variety of subjects with TCOLE hours available. In addition, there is a separate training course for those interested in the Best Practices Recognition Training Program.

3) Measure Austin Big Data & Community Policing Conference – April 27, 2019 (Houston, TX)

MEASURE’s primary objective is to leverage quantitative information, in the form of research and education, as a tool to bridge divisions and empower communities to solve complex social problems. The Big Data & Community Policing Conference is a three-day event focused on exploring current and emerging efforts to improving the relationship between citizens and police through uses of data that increase transparency, build community trust, and strengthen accountability.

4) National Cyber Crime Conference 2019 – April 29 – May 1, 2019 (Norwood, MA)

The 2019 National Cyber Crime Conference promises three days of extensive training full of instructions and conversations on the most recent and challenging cyber concerns for law enforcement.

5) Florida APCO Training Conference – April 29-May 3, 2019 (Daytona Beach, FL)

APCO International is the world’s oldest and largest not-for-profit professional organization dedicated to the enhancement of public safety communications, with more than 15,000 members worldwide. The Florida APCO Training Conference promises a full week of vendor presentations, classes, and networking events and more. The conference also features two exciting Super Sessions this year: “PTSD- Who Me? Yes You” and “Las Vegas Shooting Review.”

6) MACA Training Conference 2019 – May 13-17, 2019 (Hyannis, MA)

The 22nd Annual MACA Training Conference will feature a hands-on computer lab, offering instructor-led classes, more than a dozen breakout sessions, as well as keynotes by Dr Peter Langman, international expert on school shootings, and M Berger, an author, analyst and consultant on extremism.

7) International CAD Consortium Conference – May 19-23, 2019 (Virginia Beach, VA)

The five-day event will feature insightful sessions and exhibits for police, fire, and EMS professionals. The program includes numerous breakout sessions focused on topics like Computer Aided Dispatch, NG911, and PSAP Consolidation vs. Co-Location, and many more.

8) ASEBP Conference 2019 – May 20-21, 2019 (Cincinnati, OH)

This two-day boutique conference by the American Society of Evidence-Based Policing is designed to allow intimate access for police practitioners, leading criminology researchers, crime analysts, criminal justice policy advocates, and vendors to learn and grow their understanding of evidence-based policing, network with police professionals from around the world and receive expert insights on the evolution of policing from prominent and decorated keynote speakers.

9) IACP Technology Conference 2019 – May 20-22, 2019 (Jacksonville, FL)

The IACP Technology Conference is aimed at law enforcement executives, IT managers, crime analysts, investigators, patrol officers, and state and local CIOs and CTOs seeking to obtain training, professional development, and a forum to share best practices and lessons learned on a broad array of current and emerging technologies.

10) WASPC Spring Exposition & Training Conference – May 20-23, 2019 (Spokane, WA)

WASPC Conferences are the premier events for Washington’s law enforcement executives.  The Spring Exhibition and Training Conference brings together 300+ leaders in law enforcement and industry partners to learn about the latest developments in public safety products and services, networking opportunities, educational sessions, awards ceremonies and a marketplace showcasing the products and services with 120 exhibit booths.

11) APCO Public Safety Broadband Summit – May 21-22, 2019 (Arlington, VA)

APCO’s 2019 Public Safety Broadband Summit is the premier annual, DC-based opportunity to discuss the latest technology advancements impacting public safety communications networks. It will be of interest to anyone wanting insight into the minds of policymakers in Washington, DC regarding the future of emergency communications.

12) Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) Annual Meeting – May 28-31, 2019 (Miami Beach, FL)

PERF strives to advance professionalism in policing and to improve the delivery of police services through the exercise of strong national leadership; public debate of police and criminal justice issues; and research and policy development. PERF will once again hold its Annual Meeting in conjunction with the conferences of the Major Cities Chiefs Association and the FBI National Executive Institute Associates, with registrants having access to all sessions.

13) Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference – June 2-5, 2019 (Myrtle Beach, SC)

Techno Security & Digital Forensics Conference provides a unique education experience that blends together the digital forensics and cybersecurity industries for collaboration between government and private sectors. Conference sessions cover a wide range of topics that are vendor neutral, hands on, current and relevant to industry professionals.

14) NENA 2019 – June 14-19, 2019 (Orlando, FL)

At NENA 2019, hear about the public safety issues of today and tomorrow, and gain practical, real-world know-how to take home and put into action immediately. Featuring inspiring keynote speakers, more than ninety hours of breakout sessions that inform and empower, career-building courses and workshops with real-world applications, and nightly networking events.

15) National Sheriffs’ Association Education & Technology Expo 2019 – June 15-19, 2019 (Louisville, KY)

The NSA Education & Technology Expo includes over 60 seminars and workshops covering all aspects of the duties and responsibilities for sheriffs’ offices, including Law Enforcement, Jail Operations, Service of Process, Transportation of Prisoners, and Court & Judicial Security.

16)  FPCA Annual Summer Training Conference & Exposition – June 22-26, 2019 (Wesley Chapel, FL)

The Florida Police Chiefs Association is the third largest state police chiefs association in the United States, composed of more than 900 of the state’s top law enforcement executives. Through conferences, seminars, and special training courses, the FPCA provides a forum for sharing information on the latest crime-fighting strategies, tools and techniques, and ensures the highest degree of preparedness and responsiveness among the state’s many agencies and officers.

17) International Public Safety Association June 2019 Symposium – June 26-27, 2019 (Mesa, AZ)

This special educational training event is for all first responders (law enforcement, corrections personnel, firefighters, EMS, 911 dispatchers) and allied emergency responders, and is focused on the theme of safeguarding first responders mental health.

18) ACA 149th Congress of Correction – August 1-6, 2019 (Boston, MA)

ACA’s annual Congress of Correction is one of the most attended corrections events in the industry. There are hundreds of workshops, meetings and events, that allow attendees to educate themselves and network. Attendees can work towards professional certification and will learn information that will help them learn, grow and network with their peers.

19) Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) Annual Conference –  August 11–14, 2019 (Calgary, Alberta, Canada)

The 114th annual CACP Conference is an opportunity for police leaders, officers, and public safety partners to support their operational and professional development objectives. This year’s theme is From the Top: A Strategic HR Approach—an invitation to focus on HR practices, challenges and trends and how approaching them within a strategic human resource framework can create an environment to improve the health and safety of staff, allowing them to focus on the health and safety of the communities they serve.

20) APCO International’s Annual Conference & Expo – August 11-14, 2019 (Baltimore, MD)

APCO 2019 is a premier event for public safety communications officials, with attendees from emergency communications centers, law enforcement, fire service, emergency medical services, and government agencies, along with service providers and commercial vendors. The conference offers four days of educational sessions, committee meetings and special events, paired with two full days of exhibits.

21) CPOA Advance – August 20-22, 2019 (Long Beach, CA)

Focusing on conversations that matter, ADVANCE 2019 is about advancing public safety through unconventional dialog on topics ranging from leadership, strategic partnerships, succession planning, and tactical and technological advantage. Do you want to make a difference either for yourself, your department, or for your community? Interested in experiencing cross-functional, cross-generational collaboration at its best? Then you belong at ADVANCE 2019.

22) MCPA /MSA Professional Development Training Seminar – September 8-12, 2019 (Ocean City, MD)

MCPA & MSA are recognized as the voice of law enforcement advocacy on behalf of local law enforcement in Maryland. Their three-day conference brings together more than 350 leaders in law enforcement with industry partners for amazing networking opportunities, educational sessions, awards

23) International Public Safety Association September 2019 Symposium – September 18-19, 2019 (Washington, DC)

This special educational training event is for all first responders (law enforcement, corrections personnel, firefighters, EMS, 911 dispatchers), allied emergency responders, government officials and communities of practice, and is focused on recovery from and response to natural and man-made disasters.

24) International Association of Women Police (IAWP) Conference – September 23-27, 2019 (Anchorage,  AK)

The International Association of Women Police is the oldest organization established for women in policing. With members in more than 60 countries, the IAWP provides a unique network for women in policing internationally. This year’s theme is Mentoring the Next Generation, which has both broad appeal across the continents and matches one of the missions of the organization.ceremonies and a marketplace showcasing the products and services of over 70 exhibitors.

25) IACP Annual Conference and Exposition –  October 26-29, 2019 (Chicago, IL)

The IACP Annual Conference and Exposition has been the foundation of the IACP since 1893. More than 16,000 public safety professionals from around the world come to learn new techniques, advance their knowledge and careers, and equip their department for ongoing success. 200+ education workshops will address key topics that are relevant for every rank and position in a department.

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