As part of the run up to 2013 World Police and Fire Games, a two-day global leadership conference will take place in Titanic Belfast from 31 July to 1 August. 

The ‘Partnerships in Safety – Building Safe and Just Societies’ Conference will provide strategic leaders in business, local government, health, education, members of the voluntary sector along with law enforcement, fire and rescue an opportunity to come together and discuss best practice.

The conference and associated workshops will examine how integrated working, learning and training practices, from across the services and the globe, can bring shared benefits, experiences and opportunities. It will also demonstrate how, through problem solving in partnership, the unique characteristics of each service can be retained. It will examine how political, economic, social and cultural forces might convene to heighten current pressures and create further issues in the future.

Unique experience for Belfast
Speaking about the event Police Service of Northern Ireland Deputy Chief Constable Judith Gillespie said: “This is a unique experience for Belfast. The event is about community well-being and growth and will offer an ideal meeting point for senior personnel from many services and agencies responsible for or involved in developing and safeguarding communities.

“Northern Ireland is continually evolving and along with our colleagues throughout the criminal justice, community safety and business sectors we will continue develop links with our partner agencies and organisations to ensure we learn from each others’ experience.”

The conference will feature internationally renowned speakers such as Chief Fire Officer Henrick Hansen (Falck, Denmark), Dean Esserman, Chief of Police, New Haven and Clinical Visiting Lecture in Law, Yale Law School, Professor Richard English, Director of the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence, University of St. Andrews as well as local speakers including Professor Peter Shirlow from Queen’s University and Deputy Commissioner of An Garda Síochána, Nóirín O’Sullivan.

Ideal for Emegency Service personnel
As part of the conference there will also be a trade exhibition which will feature a preview of a newly developed Drug Testing Analyser optimised for use by the Emergency Services.

The new Randox Rapid Drug Detector aims to bring lab quality results to the point of application such as custody and detention centres. Ideal for Emergency Service personnel with no laboratory experience, new users can be trained to operate the analyser with minimal effort.

Other exhibitors taking part in the conference include, University of Ulster, Core Systems, Maralin Safety Systems, Ulster Supported Employment Ltd, Astrium Communications, Texthelp Ltd, NI-Co, Invest Northern Ireland, Donnelly Group, Gartan Technologies and Northern Ireland Policing Board.

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