The e-newsletter of the COPS Office | Volume 3 | Issue 5 | May 2010

Planner’s Conference Heads West to Scottsdale, Arizona

Arizona Landscape Behind the scenes, in almost every law enforcement agency is one of the most undetected functions in law enforcement: research and analysis. Often hidden within the Office of the Chief, the group responsible for this task, the Research and Planning Unit, provides information enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of department operations. Police agencies and sheriff’s offices as well as the Department of Public Safety depend on planners to analyze current practices of the department, research best practices, and generate key information driving major decisions.

Many of these planners will emerge from behind the scenes this fall when they descend upon Scottsdale, Arizona, for the 2010 International Association of Law Enforcement Planners (IALEP) annual conference from September 26–October 1.

One of the strongest points of IALEP is the networking, through which members can bounce ideas off one another. This is accomplished both electronically via the list server, and in person through the annual gathering at the conference. After a year of dynamic conversations over the list server, the conference provides an exciting level of face-to- face interaction.

Projected topics at this year’s conference include research, data-driven policing, generational differences in the workplace, staffing, racial profiling, and much more. There are also two, half-day advanced level sessions planned, one to focus on the criminal investigations function and the other on data-driven approaches to crime and traffic safety. Speakers include university professors as well as law enforcement practitioners.

Conference registration has already begun. Visit and click on the Western Justice logo for more information about the conference, to download the registration form, and to reserve your hotel room online at the Scottsdale Hilton.

While the conference is full of great information and sessions, having fun is a “must” as well, so several excursions are included in the $450 registration package. First is an authentic Western barbeque with music, entertainment, and lots of networking. Also included in the conference fee is a semiformal Awards Banquet, where members will be recognized for achievements in the planning profession. Awards include Planner of the Year, Project of the Year, and the Annual Report Contest. New members also will be recognized as will those who have achieved their Planner’s Certification and Advanced Planner’s Certification.

There will also be time to explore the distinctive qualities that make Scottsdale and the surrounding area so popular. The hotel has extended the special conference rate for 3 days before and after the event for visitors who would like to stay longer to explore the area.

For more information about the 2010 IALEP Conference, please contact Ilona Guzman at or 480.312.1976.

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