CALEA 2020 Spring Conference in Orlando, FL Canceled
Gainesville, VA – Since yesterday’s communication, CALEA Commissioners and Staff have met nearly on the hour to monitor and discuss next week’s CALEA Conference. We stated the health and welfare of public safety professionals and the safety of our communities has always been a top priority for CALEA. In light of continued concerns surrounding the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19), CALEA’s Executive Board has made the decision to cancel the upcoming March 17-21, 2020 CALEA Conference, in Orlando, Florida.
CALEA Commissioners and Staff have been following all news and issues related to COVID-19. At this time it has been determined that the safety of our clients, their families and communities made it necessary to cancel the conference and look at alternate methods for conducting agency committee review hearings. We understand the impact is tremendous for some agencies; however, at this time, as a public safety organization we have a responsibility to do what is best for everyone.
We understand the value and importance of CALEA Conferences and review committee hearings. The event provides a venue for speaking directly with the CALEA Commissioners and Staff, attending training workshops, and the critically important networking with peers. For those agencies originally scheduled for hearings in Orlando, you will receive, in the next few days, information regarding your assigned review committee webinar for Thursday, March 19 or Friday, March 20, where the Commission will conduct the review committee hearings within a virtual environment.
We also understand that agencies have worked extremely hard to achieve and/or maintain a CALEA Accredited status and an important part of that achievement is to be recognized during the CALEA Celebration Awards Banquet. For that reason, we would like to invite all agencies to attend the CALEA Conference and celebration awards banquet in either Oklahoma City, July 29 – August 1, 2020 or Little Rock, AR, November 11-14, 2020. Using fees already paid for the Orlando conference, you will be able to apply that credit to a future conference in 2020.