APD Annual Reports - 2015 Annual Report - Page 28

Noteworthy Accomplishments 28 The Media Office hosted the IACP Mid-Year Public Information Officers Conference in June of 2015. PIO’s from around the country converged onto Arlington to hear from world-renowned speakers on media and public relations topics. Lt. Christopher Cook was elected to chair the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) – Public Information Officers Section with a term to expire in October 2017. During September 2015, the department hosted the International Association of Law Enforcement Planners Conference with representatives from police agencies across the U.S. and Canada. SWAT Officers Charles Crawford and Ryan Eastlick presented at the International Breachers Symposium in Mississippi in regards to a case study on an operation handled in Arlington. Officer Zhivonni McDonnell and Community Relations Coordinator Cheryel Carpenter were elected to positions on the North Texas Public Information Officers Group. Cheryel was elected to serve as Vice-Chair and Zhivonni was elected to a board position. Media Office team members Lt. Christopher Cook and Officer Zhivonni McDonnell were selected to teach at the National Information Officers Association Conference in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Police Chief Will Johnson was appointed to a second term to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) – Civil Rights Committee. During the annual conference held in Chicago, Chief Johnson was also appointed to the IACP Executive Board.