We are pleased to invite you to the 116th Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) Virtual Annual Conference set to take place on August 23 – 24, 2021.
This is the theme for this year's conference and it all begins with adopting a new event format. Not only will you be able to benefit from the wisdom and experience of our guest speakers during online plenary sessions and seminars (program to be announced soon), but we will also be hosting a virtual policing trade show (exhibitor list to be available soon.) That’s right! The new online event platform will allow you to enter virtual rooms to listen to conference sessions and, during the breaks, to visit virtual exhibit booths and engage in online chats with many public and private sector industry experts in the policing and public safety sector in Canada.
As police leaders, we must constantly reflect on what we do, how we do it, and who is doing it. The ‘role of policing’ is an age-old question with responses that have evolved and changed over time to align with the social, political, economic, and cultural contexts of the moment. This conference will challenge participants to tackle this question once again, in an era that is marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and the demands of policing in a state of emergency, as well as by public protests and demands to reform and/or defund the police.
We must consider the public perspective but, more importantly, we must lead the narrative and define our vision for the future of policing. Failing to do so would allow others to dictate how our profession is to evolve. The time is now for us as police leaders to define a proposed new policing structure that responds to the current challenges we are facing and that acknowledges and seizes an environment that is very conducive to change.
We realize that nothing can replace the benefits of personal interactions with subject matter experts and colleagues. However, we are doing the next best thing … bringing everyone together in one “virtual” place where you can still achieve a number of the key event objectives that are not dependent on the conference format: