Current IACP President Ronald Ruecker, Sherwood, Oregon, welcomed the membership.
Ballroom 20 of the San Diego Convention Center was filled with law enforcement leadership from across the country and worldwide as the 115th annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference was declared open.
The Star Spangled Banner led off the opening ceremonies.
Current IACP president Ronald Ruecker, Sherwood, Oregon introduced the San Diego city dignitaries for welcoming messages. Ironically, they included the police chief, William Lansdowne, the mayor Jerry Sanders who was the city police chief 1993-99, and the San Diego County Sheriff William Kolender who also was city chief serving 13 years through 1988. Current Chief Lansdowne said it looked like jobs after his get better and easier.
It was former chief and Mayor Sanders who challenged the conference attendees to discover how to think differently about policing as the world faces the global crisis of terrorism and failing economies. There must be some innovation he said "when we face depleting resources yet ever increasing need for response."
Sheriff Kolender pointed out that it is the networking at this conference that is the most important thing. "It is what has made us successful," he said.
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