Anatomy of a convention

     Law enforcement conventions often are gatherings sponsored or convened by private businesses to benefit enforcement professionals. If they are successful, everyone leaves with something. If poorly planned, they look like an infomercial...

     Law enforcement officers can all read advertisements, download videos and look at catalogs. The "hands on" time with the products, institutional knowledge developed from usage and "lessons learned" are the reasons why officers need to attend conventions. They need to walk away with a handful of business cards from product representatives, who love to hear from them, and other officers whom they will reconnect with.

Lindsey Bertomen is a retired police officer who teaches Administration of Justice at Hartnell College in Salinas, California.

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