Philadelphia Police Prepare to Awe International Association of Police Chiefs

This weekend is the International Association of Chiefs of Police 2013 Conference and Expo, held this year at Philadelphia’s Convention Center.

Chief Ramsey is excited

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With senior local law enforcement clearly pumped for the event, and with Philadelphia’s police fleet as a feature of the conference, the Declaration decided to get a look at preparations to see what was in store.

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The decor is extensive in the lobby and concourse areas – we sneaked a peek into one of the expo rooms which was crowded and busy with vendors and departments erecting displays.

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You can see the variety of law enforcement and security firms, like Taser, that will be touting their wares at the IACP at

You can see the variety of law enforcement and security firms, like Taser, that will be touting their wares at the IACP here

And we're very interested in the talk on fusion centers

And we’re very interested in the talk on fusion centers

Most impressive of all are the “Welcome” decorations in the Grand Room (click the image for full panoramic size).


From our photographic investigation, we’ve determined to our satisfaction that this year’s surprise keynote speaker will either be: 1) King Kong OR 2) The Wizard of Oz.

The Wizard of Oz?

The Wizard of Oz?

Maybe King Kong.

Maybe King Kong.

The Declaration will be paying a visit to the conference this weekend, in hopes of obtaining comments from police executives regarding how a department can restore the public’s trust in the face of egregious abuses.

About Kenneth Lipp

Kenneth is a writer and researcher. He’s from Alabama, and will not apologize for it. He moved to Pennsylvania in 2012, but has been in love with Philadelphia since a late-night stroll down Ben Franklin Parkway to the Art Museum in July of 2011 with the love of his life. He is interested in telling Philadelphia’s dynamic and absolutely unique stories with the zeal of a constantly enamored newcomer. Kenneth is also passionate about government transparency and protection of whistleblowers, most notably PFC Chelsea Manning. His research and reporting on law enforcement and surveillance have been featured in various publications, including Rolling Stone (Meet the Private Companies Helping Cops Spy on Protesters) and Popular Science (Boston Tested Crowd-Watching Software That Catalogues People's Skin Color). His training is in both genetics and history and he likes the joke about being a helicase and unzipping your “genes.” He’s driven to know, and thinks you can handle, the truth. Follow him on Twitter @kennethlipp.

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