The trusted event for police personnel across the country will return for its 13th edition in Las Vegas February 20-22. Here’s an inside look at the session topics, preconference workshop, perks, and more you won’t want to miss.

Year after year, hundreds of law enforcement professionals come together at The Police Recruitment and Retention Summit to learn new tactics to recruit and retain qualified officers. The February program will combine the longstanding favorite features attendees continue to return for each year with the latest and greatest strategies to foster success in a competitive market.

Here’s everything you need to know about the three-day conference:

Food & beverage included in registration

Of course, the five-star conference experience will provide complimentary gourmet meals so attendees can enjoy top-notch food and beverage throughout their conference experience. Registration for the conference includes all meals listed on the agenda, including breakfast, lunch, and hors d'oeuvres and cocktails during networking receptions.

Preconference workshop

The first day of the conference, Tuesday, February 20, will be a two-part preconference workshop. The first part will focus on standing out in a crowded room and maximizing your in-person recruitment efforts for success. Sergeant Nikki Woodrow, law enforcement training center, Wichita Police Department, and Sergeant Erin Wannow, Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, will lead the workshop. The training will explore a range of details, including the best visual look for your department’s booth color schemes and branding; opportunities through video presentations, attractive give away items and printed materials; and which events are best-suited for your department.

The second part of the workshop will explore first impressions: Are your FTO's helping or hampering your recruiting and retention efforts? Throughout the session, Graham Tinius, INCI, master field training officer, NAFTO, who will lead the workshop, will discuss the impact your Field Training Unit has on new officer's perceptions of your agency, the importance in preparing new officers to provide quality service to their community, the steps needed to utilize the FTO Program to instill and promote positive organizational culture, strategies for agencies to be proactive in developing a positive organizational culture, and how to evaluate your own agency's FTO Program against national best practices.

The preconference workshop requires an additional registration. There will also be a cocktail reception following the workshop, allowing participants to enjoy drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and networking with peers.

Hot-button session topics

The two main conference days, Wednesday the 21st and Thursday the 22nd, will feature 14 sessions related to three key themes: successful recruiting tactics, methods for retention improvement, and omni-channel recruitment techniques.

A few of the hot-button session topics include:

  • Capitalize on cutting-edge technology for success
  • Prescreening efficiency to improve hiring process
  • Best practices when hiring lateral candidates
  • Marketing excellence: A case study featuring the Mesa Police Department and Epic Recruiting
  • A step-by-step guide to creating dynamic recruitment videos with a phone
  • Achieve promotional success through enhancing your education
  • Prioritize women in law enforcement to improve retention

To view the full agenda, click here.

Ample networking opportunities

The conference will feature more than seven hours of scheduled networking opportunities for attendees to make new connections, idea exchange, and benchmark best practices. The networking opportunities will take place over breakfasts, lunches, scheduled breaks, and cocktail receptions.

A world-famous venue

The conference will be held at the world-famous Horseshoe Las Vegas. Located in the heart of the Las Vegas strip, attendees will have three days to enjoy the venue, which offers a lively casino, breathtaking shows, and delicious food.

The 13th Police Recruitment and Retention Summit will be held February 20-22 at the Horseshoe Las Vegas. For more information, including the full agenda, list of speakers, and registration information, click here.