IACP 2014 Opening Ceremony
Hundreds of attendees filed in for the opening ceremonies of the 121st annual IACP Conference and Expo in Orlando, Fla. at the Orange County Convention Center Saturday afternoon, where Reveal are exhibiting at booth #2572.
Current President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police Yost Zakhary, Police Chief of the Woodway Police Department in Texas, thanked those in attendance for traveling from around the country for the conference that runs Oct. 25-28.
"Orlando is a tough place to visit," joked Zakhary. "The weather has just been perfect since we arrived."
He then thanked the hospitality of Mayor John "Buddy" Dyer and the leadership of Police Chief John Mina.
"Our conference is a big event, and the Orlando Police Department has helped shoulder the efforts to organize it."
A 23-year veteran of the force, Mina was sworn in as police chief of the more than 1,000-officer on April 1.
He spoke about the department's various programs, including a body camera study and community outreach involving the city's youth.
The body camera study -- held in conjunction with the University of South Florida -- compared 50 officers equipment with body cameras to 50 officers not wearing body cameras. To determine if people the officers come in contact with behave differently when they know they are being filmed.
Ultimately, the goal is to "start a pilot program where a select group of officers will test the camera models and video retention," police spokeswoman Andrea Davis wrote in an email to the Tampa Bay Times.
"We think body cams are a good tool," Davis said, "and we are in the research stage to determine how they can be incorporated in the future."
See coverage from the expo here