The International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards Training (IADLEST) 2015 Conference wrapped up June 3 with over 500 attendees, sponsors and exhibitors converging on San Antonio, Texas.

The conference offered presentations in IADLEST mission-critical areas such as law enforcement standards and training, executive level skills, training best practices, and technology innovation.

On Monday following the opening ceremony, keynote Gordon Graham gave a brilliant presentation on law enforcement risk management. Graham is a 33-year veteran of California Law Enforcement and now works as a researcher, speaker, trainer and consultant.

Also on Monday, IADLEST announced the National Certification Program (NCP), a broadly supported national training standard for law enforcement continuing education programs.

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“These training standards will make sure the training is dynamic, engaging, current, safe and legally defensible,” said Peggy Schaefer, NCP Director at IADLEST.

NCP will also simplify access to quality training by aggregating certified courses in a national training catalog. Departments will be able to easily search for certified training from providers from around the nation that have met the quality standard. IADLEST hosted a panel discussion with industry experts to discuss the new program and the benefits to police departments, training coordinators and vendors.

“It’s the same universal problems with the same universal solutions: people, policy, training, supervision and discipline,” said Graham about the challenges motivating NCP.

IADLEST Executive Director Mike Becar presented this year’s coveted Excellence in Training and Innovation Award to Reg Welles of Driving Safety Training for his work developing an online EVOC course. Designed to improve driver decision-making, EVOC 101 is empirically proven to improve driver safety for police, ambulance, fire and other emergency vehicle drivers.

The final two days of the conference were filled with a variety of law enforcement courses covering topics from drones to crime analysis standards and training. Next year’s event will be hosted by Michigan.

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