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Best 2020 Law Enforcement Conferences in North America

Posted by Gina Cristiano on December 4, 2019
Gina Cristiano

2020 LEConferences Blog Post Banner (1)While many of these events may be postponed or rescheduled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), annual conferences are great events for networking with thought leaders and your peers.  In addition, these law enforcement conferences can provide you with the opportunity to get timely, objective, relevant education from a variety of subject matter experts.  You can benefit from training, knowledge sharing, and from the camaraderie and time spent with professionals like you that have dedicated their careers to protect and serve. 

Virginia CIIFER Conference

When: March 5-6, 2020

Where: Harrisonburg, Virginia

Why Attend: This first conference of its kind in Virginia focuses on Cyber-Attacks, Internet Investigations, Forensic Analysis, and Electronic Records, making it a perfect fit for law enforcement and prosecutors alike. Expect training from subject matter experts from the FBI, DHS, and more. 

Margins Logo - Mid-Atlantic Regional Gang Investigators Network14th Annual Gang Training / Mid-Atlantic Regional Gang Investigators Network

When: March 29- April 1, 2020

Where: Hanover, Maryland

Why Attend: This annual training conference is restricted to sworn law enforcement officers, corrections officers and criminal justice professionals and is organized in partnership with the US Attorney's Office - District of Maryland, the American Military University and the Middle Atlantic-Great Lakes Organized Crime Enforcement Network (MAGLOCLEN).  

Website_PK9_2020_Conference_Banner-1024x5476th Annual International Police K-9 Conference & Vendor Show

When: March 3-5, 2020

Where: Las Vegas, NV

Why Attend: If you're a K-9 officer, this is the must attend conference for police and military professionals who work with dogs. Meet K-9 Handlers from around the world, shop over 60 vendors, and learn from diverse training topics. 

Kansas-City-Skyline-SavetheDateFBI-LEEDA 29th Annual Executive Education Conference

When: April 27- 29, 2020

Where: Kansas City, MO

Why Attend:  This education-based event brings some of the top law enforcement thought-leaders in the profession and is open to law enforcement – sworn and civilian professional staff

2020 National Interdiction Conference

When: April 26 - May 1, 2020shield1

Where: Baltimore, MD

Why Attend: This event focuses on training and influencing a pro-active “All Crimes” approach to criminal interdiction and is coordinated by the National Criminal Enforcement Association. 

hapcoa-logoHispanic American Police Command Officers Association 46th Annual Symposium

When: April 27 - 30, 2020

Where: San Antonio, TX

Why Attend: The HAPCOA is the oldest and largest association in the U.S. of Hispanic American command officers from law enforcement and criminal justice agencies at the municipal, county, state and federal levels. This year's national training symposium will also feature a career fair.

ialeia-logoInternational Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts 

When: May 4 - 8, 2020

Where: Dallas, TX

Why Attend: The IALEIA annual training event is designed to help set high standards for professionalism in law enforcement intelligence analysis at the local, state/provincial, national, and international levels and this is perhaps, the best event for those working in the analytical side of law enforcement.

unknown-1593088489996IACP Technology Conference

When: June 24 - 25, 2020

Where: Online / Virtual Conference

The IACP Technology Conference is a professional law enforcement information technology event bringing together leaders in law enforcement to discuss the best ways to adopt and apply new technologies in policing to keep pace with sophisticated cyber-crimes. The event hosts up to 750+ attendees, roughly 50 education sessions, and 75 industry exhibitors. 

NCPTF logo2020 National Child Protection Task Force Conference

When: June 22 - 26, 2020

Where: Virtual Conference

This three day event, is geared toward teaching law enforcement professionals to enhance and expand their ability to identify and track suspects involved in child exploitation and child sexual abuse material featuring speakers from industry and law enforcement.

smile conference for law enforcmenet16th Annual SMILE CONFERENCE 2020

When: June 15 - 19, 2020

Where: Scottsdale, AZ

Why You Should Go: The SMILE annual conference is the leading event devoted to Social Media, the Internet and Law Enforcement initiatives.  The organization pioneered the adoption of social media by law enforcement agencies across the world for public outreach, crime prevention, and forensics. 

NSA 2020 Logo sample 2rev1_web_1National Sheriff's Association Annual Education & Technology Conference 2020

When: June 22 - 25, 2020

Where: Tampa, FL

Why You Should Go: The NSA Annual Conference and Exhibition features vendor displays of products and equipment relevant to every aspect of law enforcement including; jails, prisoner transport, courtroom security, and police work.

AC20_Logo_StackedInternational Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators

When: June 22 - 25, 2020

Where: New Orleans, LA

Why You Should Go: The IACLEA 2020 annual conference will provide campus law enforcement professionals with the best educational programming for university police, a vendor showcase and training and tools to positively impact their jobs.  

National Law Enforcement Exploring Leadership Conference

When: July 13 - 17, 2020

Where: Summit Bechtel Reserve: Glen Jean, West Virginia

Why Attend: This conference is designed to inspire and educate law enforcement explorers who will be the future law enforcement professionals and leaders. 

National Cyber Crime Conference - Norwood MA

2020 National Cyber Crime Conference

When:  July 13 - 17, 2020 (Virtual Conference)
In-Person Conference rescheduled to April  26-28, 2021

Where: Norwood, MA

The NCCC event will feature "three days of extensive training full of instructions and conversations on the most recent and challenging cyber crime concerns for law enforcement.  To learn more about the types of training, conference sessions, or to learn more about who typically attends, take a look our 2019 NCCC Highlights post

IACP Virtual Technology Conference 2020

FBINAA-2020-ConferenceLogoFBI National Academy Associates Annual 2020 Conference

When: July 18 - 21, 2020

Where: New Orleans, LA

Why Attend: FBINAA is one of the best networking events with more than 17,000 members from 170 countries.  Training and learning sessions have been led by experts from the likes of: FBI, NYPD, Philadelphia Police Department, Department of Defense, Homeland Security, US Army War College, Ontario Provincial Police, leading technology companies such as Microsoft, and major retailers.  

NACOLE logoNational Association for Civilian Oversight in Law Enforcement 2020 Conference

When: August 30 - September 3, 2020

Where: Tuscon, AZ

Why Attend: NACOLE started with its first event in 1995, and continuously works to put together comprehensive, informative, and inclusive programs that address skills training and current or emerging tiopics. This conference is best suited for civilian oversight practicioners, law enforcement officials, journalists, elected officials, students, community members, and others. 

International Association of Chiefs of Police 2020 Conference 

When:  October 17 - 20, 2020

Where: New Orleans, LA

Why You Should Go: The IACP annual conference provides law enforcement leaders with the new strategies, techniques, and resources they need to successfully navigate the ever evolving policing environment.

International Public Safety Association logoInternational Public Safety Association Annual Conference

When: February 27-28, 2020

Where: Tempe, AZ

Why You Should Go: The IPSA hosts an annual conference that brings together law enforcement, fire, EMS, telecommunications, emergency management and allied emergency responders from around the world and provides excellent networking and learning opportunities for the latest public safety best practices.


High Technology Crime Investigation Association (HTCIA)

When: September 28- October 2, 2020

Where: VirtualHTCIA-2020-Banner

Why You Should Go: In this year's virtual conference, HTCIA features some of the world's top industry leaders and is one of the most respected high technology investigation conferences in the world. Current practitioners who engage in high technology daily serve as both presenters and attendees. 

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