Ontario's Police Leaders Gather in Niagara Falls for the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police's 57th Annual Conference and Tradeshow

    NIAGARA FALLS, ON, June 16 /CNW/ - Police leaders representing federal,
provincial, municipal, and First Nations police services kicked off the
Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police's (OACP) 57th Annual Conference and
tradeshow today in Niagara Falls. Hosted by Niagara Regional Police Service,
the conference's theme - Engaging The Next Generation - emphasizes the need
for policing in Canada's largest province to look to the future by building on
the past.
    "As Ontario's police leaders, OACP members have a tremendous
responsibility to not only manage our police services effectively and
efficiently today, but to also ensure we plan to meet the future needs of the
communities we serve," said OACP President Chief William Blair (Toronto Police
Service). "Our 57th Annual Conference and Tradeshow offers us an opportunity
to gather together to plan how our services will meet the expectations and
challenges of policing our province."
    Hundreds of senior police leaders, government officials, and exhibitors
will have access to excellent keynote speakers, learning sessions, an
outstanding tradeshow, and networking opportunities June 16-18 in
Niagara Falls, one of Canada's top tourist destinations.
    The Hon. Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional
Services, opened the conference today followed by a keynote address by William
Elliott, Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Other notable
speakers at the conference include Geoff Gruson from the Police Sector Council
and Ontario Attorney General Chris Bentley.
    "The OACP is a valuable source of support information and networking for
key police leaders representing all levels of policing across Ontario. It also
serves as a strong and effective voice for the cause of policing, both
provincially and nationally," said Chief Wendy Southall of the Niagara
Regional Police Service. "We are delighted to welcome all of the participants
to what we expect to be a rewarding and informative 2008 OACP Conference, and
hope they will take the time to enjoy many of the outstanding and diverse
experiences that make the Niagara Region truly a remarkable place in which to
live and work."

    Members of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police serve their
communities as the senior police leaders in municipal, regional, provincial,
national, and First Nations police services across Ontario

                           2008 Conference Schedule
          Sunday,          Monday,          Tuesday,         Wednesday,
          June 15          June 16          June 17          June 18

    0700                   Registration/    Registration/    Registration/
                           Help Desk        Help Desk        Help Desk
                           (0700-1600 hrs)  (0700-1600 hrs)  (0700-1600 hrs)
    0800                   Breakfast &      Breakfast        AGM Breakfast
                           Opening          (0730 hrs)
                                            Keynote Address:
                                            Dr. Jack Enter
                                            (0830-1030 hrs)
    1000                   Keynote Address: Refreshment      Keynote Address:
                           ---------------- Break            ----------------
                           Commissioner     (1030 hrs)       Paul Ceyssens
                           William Elliot                    Risk Management
                           Royal Canadian
                           Mounted Police
    1100                   Tradeshow Opens  Keynote Address: Refreshment
                                            ---------------- Break
                           Refreshment      Geoff Gruson     (1100 hrs)
                           Break            Police Sector
                           (1130 hrs)       Council          Concurrent
                                            Future Human     Sessions
                                            Resources        (1115 hrs)
                                            Management       - UN
                                            Implications of    Peacekeeping
                                            the Human          (Room 1)
                                            Resources        - Discipline
                                            Diagnostic         Process
                                            Study              (Room 2)
                                            (1100-1145 hrs)
    1200  Registration     Lunch            Experience       Lifetime Member
          and Help Desk    Tradeshow        Niagara!         and Awards
          Opens            floor,           A Great          Luncheon
                           (1230 hrs)       Networking
    --------------------------------------- Experience      -----------------
    --------------------------------------- Take in the     -----------------
    1400  OACP Board       Refreshment      best that        Refreshment
    ----- Meeting          Break            Niagara Region   Break
    1500  (1445hrs)        (1400 hrs)       Has to Offer
                                                             Keynote Address:
                                            Two Great        ----------------
                                            Options:         Giselle Kovary
                                                             nGen Issues
                                            1. Legends       (1430-1600 hrs)
    -----                                      of Golf      -----------------
    1600                                       Experience
    ---------------------------------------                 -----------------
    1700  Welcome          Transport to     2. Wine Tour     Gala Reception
          Reception        Peller Estates      (Hillebrand   Sheraton on the
          Torch Run        (1700-1730 hrs)     Winery &      Falls (1730 hrs)
          Reception                            Jackson-
          Sheraton on                          Triggs
          the Falls                            Vintners)

    -----                 ---------------------------------------------------
    1800                   Host Chief's     Free Night       Gala and Closing
                           Night            Experience       Ceremonies
                           Peller Estates   "Gaming 101" at  Featuring
                           Featuring        Casino Niagara   The Mantini
                           The John                          Sisters
                           Sherwood Trio
    2200  Hospitality      Hospitality      Hospitality      Hospitality
          Suite            Suite            Suite            Suite
          Sheraton on      Sheraton on      Sheraton on      Sheraton on
          the Falls        the Falls        the Falls        the Falls

For further information:

For further information: Joe Couto, OACP Director of Government
Relations and Communications, T. (416) 926-0424 ext. 22, C. (416) 575-1731,
Evenings (416) 695-7096, E. jcouto@oacp.on.ca; Cst. Jacqueline Forgeron,
Niagara Regional Police Service, T. (905) 329-7021, E. 9693@nrps.on.ca

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