Training event expands reach

     Millions of people rely on law enforcement for results each day. For a few days a year, professionals can turn to Enforcement Expo events for the resources needed to produce results for their communities.

     Enforcement Expo, now in three locations across the United States, provides free solutions to law enforcement professionals who are feeling the demand to deliver stellar results on a less than ideal budget.

     In its fifth year, the Great Lakes Enforcement Expo is set to return to the Columbus Convention Center September 1 to 2, and will expand to two new law enforcement markets in the Southwest and Southeast.

Location, location, location

     The first event of its kind in the area, Southwest Enforcement Expo will head to the Phoenix Convention Center in Arizona from August 4 to 5.

     "Moving into our fifth year in the Great Lakes region, it has become apparent that other regional markets are in need of a similar event in their backyard," explains Bob Luikens, Enforcement Expo show manager. "Expanding to the Southwest and Southeast regions after four successful years in the Great Lakes has become the next logical step."

     An unprecedented co-location between Southeast Enforcement Expo and national EMS Expo and Firehouse Central events will take place October 28 to 30 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Encompassing multiple areas of public safety, the event promises the unique opportunity to participate in crossover classes and network with peers like never before.

An all-inclusive resource

     Free educational conference sessions and hands-on training have quickly become the forefront of Enforcement Expo's programming. Officers benefit from the insight gained in classroom sessions and interactive hands-on training events, as well as exploring the exhibit hall for the products and services that put such knowledge to use.

     The Enforcement Expo exhibit hall provides all the basic products needed to equip the officer, as well as more extensive technology and services to meet the growing agency needs. Departments looking for the latest information technology products and services, including wireless Internet solutions, will be able to evaluate several different options under one roof. A strategic mix of national and local companies gives departments the versatility they need in their purchasing options.

One size doesn't fit all

     Issues facing law enforcement professionals vary as widely as the different cities and counties that they serve. Although certain training topics can be beneficial for all, Enforcement Expo is working to create a tailor fit conference program for each market.

     Border security, home invasions, kidnappings and human trafficking continue to plague Southwest law enforcement professionals each day, while the Great Lakes and Southeast regions have a whole different set of challenges to tackle. Taking care to recognize these differences has been a top priority in planning for each of the three events.

     "Being able to tailor the conference content to each individual market is one of the advantages of regional events," says Luikens. "We are able to specifically address the needs of each distinct market."

Special events & keynotes

     Beyond the classroom sessions, hands-on training and exhibit hall, Enforcement Expo gives attendees a chance to participate in exciting special events with their peers. Last year's Great Lakes Enforcement Expo drew large crowds as the Ohio Department of Public Safety gave away two police cruisers on the exhibit floor. This giveaway will be back by popular demand at the Great Lakes expo this year, and events of similar magnitude are in the works for the Southwest and Southeast markets.

     This year, the addition of evening receptions to all three venues will give attendees an opportunity to unwind and connect with colleagues that they may not interact with otherwise. At the Southeast event, a combined party for law enforcement, EMS and fire professionals is planned.

     "Time away from the job or personal life is extremely valuable — we know that a good balance of work and play is essential to attract law enforcement professionals to our expo," Luikens explains.

Industry strength

     Along with sponsorship from Law Enforcement Technology, Law Enforcement Product News and Officer.com, Enforcement Expo continues to gather the support from other vital law enforcement organizations. The national Fraternal Order of Police and numerous local and national trade organizations have already given their endorsement to the events.

     For additional information about attending or exhibiting at Southwest, Great Lakes or Southeast Enforcement Expo, visit www.enforcementexpo.com or call 800-827-8009.

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