I was there for a police writers’ conference. Any of us pursuing a career after policing can benefit from going to a conference in the field of our choice. Think about it. You can get all the great police contacts and none of the police bureaucracy!
Sometimes in our police department we were lucky enough to be sent to a conference. When we got back to work we had to produce a report for the sergeant, or the superintendent, or even the chief. Or we had to give a presentation on what we had learned.
It’s all different when you’re going just for you. I found it a lot more enjoyable to attend the conference of my choice and go to the workshops I was really interested in. Don’t forget, this is all about your second career. Go to the workshops you like and make the contacts just for you.
Attending conferences is a great way to learn about a second career. For example, are you interested in a second career in the security industry? Take a look at ASIS, the giant security organization with the slogan “Advancing Security Worldwide.” ASIS has conferences all over the world. Here’s a link to the current list https://www.asisonline.org/Education-Events/Global-Conferences/Pages/default.aspx This year there’s even one in Anaheim so you could take in Disneyland at the same time.
How about you fraud investigators? The Association of Certified Fraud Investigators has several conferences each year. Here’s a link http://www.acfe.com/conferences.aspx Want to make good contacts in the world of fraud investigations that will advance your career after policing? This is the place to do it.
A few more that might interest those looking for a career after policing:
- Private investigators http://www.nciss.org/news-and-events/latest-events.php
- Crime scene investigators http://www.icsia.org/
- Auto theft investigators http://eb-iaati.org/events
- World Association of Detectives http://www.wad.net/
There are many more. Maybe, like me, you want to write about law enforcement issues. The Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA) is the place for police/crime/mystery writers. You can find it at http://policewriter.com/wordpress/ The PSWA conference takes place in July each year in Las Vegas. They’re a great group, very supportive for all levels of writers.
Just do yourself a favor and don’t try to fly out of Las Vegas on a Sunday night. Everyone goes there for the weekend and they all leave at once. I was on the party plane, many of whom appeared hung-over and tired. Including the guy wearing a tutu.
(Las Vegas photo courtesy of shutterstock www.pachd.com)