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Friday, July 1, 2011

ALEA Returns to New Orleans

By Ernie Stephens, Editor-at-Large

The Airborne Law Enforcement Association (ALEA) and its partner, the Louisiana State Police, will host its 41st annual conference and exposition at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in the city known as “The Big Easy,” New Orleans, La. The event, from July 20–23, will include discussion groups, workshops, and a 133,000-square-foot exhibit hall featuring helicopters on static display, as well as equipment and support service providers.

“We were the second convention to hold a conference in New Orleans after [Hurricane Katrina],” said ALEA executive director Steve Ingley. “And, we couldn’t be more pleased to be returning in 2011.” ALEA’s membership roster boasts 3,500 members from around the world, of which, 1,800 have already registered to attend. Some will arrive on July 18 to participate in preconference certification courses, such as thermal imaging, aviation unit management, and emergency water egress.

The association has added several new award categories. This year’s additions will recognize the fixed-wing operator and tactical flight officer of the year, and the aviator that made the best use of night vision goggles in a law enforcement operation. Registration information is available at the association’s website, www.alea.org.

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