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NKY hosting prestigious law enforcement conference; will bring impact of $1.2 million to region

More than 700 members of law enforcement from across North America will be in Northern Kentucky next week as the region plays host to the prestigious Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) conference.

“We are very proud to be hosting the CALEA Conference,” said Capt. Greg Jones of the Covington Police Department. “We actually started working on this under former Chief Bryan Carter, who had us partner with the Northern Kentucky Convention and Visitors Bureau to really show what our area has to offer.”

CALEA was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement’s major executive associations.

Since its founding, CALEA’s overall mission has been to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily through voluntary public safety agency accreditation programs, organized and maintained in the public interest.

Once implemented, these programs function as a management model by offering an agency’s Chief Executive Officer, on a continuing basis, a blueprint that promotes the efficient use of resources, improves service delivery, and strengthens existing procedures; all while creating a solid foundation for the agency’s future.

Officials with meetNKY estimated the conference- which will run Nov. 13 -16 – will have an impact of $1.2 million on Northern Kentucky’s economy.

“It is a tremendous honor for our region to host law enforcement officers and officials from across North America,” said Eric Summe,  President & CEO of meetNKY/Northern Kentucky Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We are honored to welcome these men and women who put their lives on the line and serve their communities. We will do our best to make sure their experience in Northern Kentucky is unforgettable.”

Considered the gold standard in public safety, the CALEA Accreditation program seals are reserved for use by those public safety agencies that have demonstrated compliance with CALEA Standards and have been awarded CALEA Accreditation by the Commission. In Northern Kentucky, the Covington and Taylor Mill police departments are CALEA-accredited.

The CALEA conference offers the opportunity for public safety professionals from a variety of backgrounds the opportunity to grow and work towards the continued enhancement in the field of public safety. 

Throughout the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in interactive discussions, attend training sessions, and discuss standards and agency business methods with CALEA Commissioners during agency reviews. The conference will close with the recognition of agencies who have recently achieved accreditation through CALEA.

Capt. Jones said CALEA accreditation is a four-year process that includes departments proving they have met standards set by CALEA.

“It really is a tremendous honor and achievement to be CALEA-accredited,” Capt. Jones said. “So it means even more this year that we can host the conference in our own community.”

The mission of meetNKY is to serve as an aggressive destination sales, marketing, and service organization whose primary responsibility is to positively impact the Northern Kentucky economy through conventions, meetings, and visitor expenditures.

The tourism industry in NKY is a vibrant part of the economy in the Cincinnati region that generates more than $5 billion of economic impact and supports over 77,000 jobs.  For more information, click here.


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