Last week, Aftermath Services had the pleasure of attending the biggest law enforcement event of the year. The 2015 IACP Conference, hosted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, is the world’s largest gathering of law enforcement leaders, drawing more than 14,000 public safety professionals from around the world, according to the organization’s website.
Aftermath is a regular attendee of the IACP Conference, but because this year’s event was hosted at McCormick Place in Chicago, right near our company’s home office, Aftermath had a larger-than-usual presence. We even brought out one of our trucks for the show! The Aftermath staff was out in full force to man the booth, provide information, and greet attendees. Numerous employees took turns spreading the word, passing out mugs, water bottles, magnets, and other materials while demonstrating the importance of crime scene cleanup.
The response from attendees was overwhelmingly positive. “We had a lot of Chiefs come by thanking us for our work and our professionalism,” said Tina Bao, Aftermath’s VP of Marketing. “They were very complimentary!” There was also considerable interest from those who had never heard of us. Common questions included the basics about what we do, how we do it, and the value of biohazard cleaning.
President Obama Visits IACP
No conference is complete without a Keynote Speaker to address the attendees. This year’s event featured none other than President Obama himself. The speech was part of Obama’s cross-country travel to meet with people working to fix the criminal justice system, from law enforcement officials endeavoring to lower crime and incarceration rates, to former prisoners themselves. The details of his speech can be found on the White House website here. Attorney General Loretta Lynch also addressed the conference.
Panels, talks, and other educational opportunities were featured throughout the week. There was also a chiefs’ night banquet. In addition to seeing the President speak, Kristen McKenna from the Massachusetts office also got to meet FBI Director James Comey. Many who stopped by the Aftermath booth also entered our K9 contest, including the winners, the Lake County Sheriff’s Department.
Additional information on the 2015 event will be posted soon on the IACP Conference page. If you’re looking to attend the next big IACP event, it will be hosted in San Diego October 15-18, 2016. More information is located on the registration page.
As always, Aftermath is a proud supporter of law enforcement nationwide. We regularly sponsor contests like the Gear Up Sweepstakes and K9 Contest, to show our appreciation of the hard work performed by police officers every day. We also regularly attend events and conferences to showcase how our services aid the community. If you are a member of law enforcement, check out our page for professionals to discover how we can assist you further.