By Trevor Busch
Preparations are being finalized in anticipation of the 2016 Alberta Association of Police Governance Conference, which is set to be hosted in Taber April 22-23 at the Heritage Inn.
Commission representatives Harry Prummel and Wanda Osburne-Campbell are the Taber Municipal Police Commission’s appointed sub-committee representatives.
A decision on the host community was made by the AAPG in March 2015 for the two-day April 2016 conference.
As part of a verbal report to the commission at their March 10 meeting, Prummel detailed some of the preparations that are ongoing for the conference attendees, including plans for a group of delegates to tour the new Municipal District of Taber Shooting Complex located a short distance north of the community.
“The gun range is a go. We just don’t know how many people we have yet,” said Prummel.
Chief Graham Abela commented that planning for this part of the conference itinerary is in the final stages of preparation.
“(Cst.) Tim Johnson is taking care of that. The ammunition is ordered, and it’s approved by the shooting range board society.”
Conference entertainment has also been secured and booked, consisting of a performance drumming group from Lethbridge.
Traditionally, the AAPG conference alternates on an annual basis between Calgary, Edmonton and smaller centres in the province, and usually attracts between 65 and 95 participants each year.
The AAPG conference provides training sessions, panel discussions, and plenary presentations to further the professional development and networking opportunities of its members.
“I got an email a few days ago, that the Heritage (Inn) is just about fully booked,” continued Prummel. “So that means there’s a lot of people coming. So that’s pretty good.”
The AAPG conference requires a meeting room that can accommodate 100 people, other meeting rooms for 30 or 40 people, and one or more hotels available in close proximity to the conference venue that can accommodate no fewer than 75 rooms for conference participants.
“They’ve added a class Sunday morning, and it’s really targeted at commission members,” said chair Ken Holst. “I’m not really excited that they’ve added it on a Sunday, but it is specific for a lot of things that we have dealt with in the past, and going forward.”
At their Jan. 14, 2015 meeting, the commission had voted unanimously to prepare a bid for the 2016 conference, based on information provided by commission representative Harry Prummel, who had led an investigative team to determine the suitability of the community and its facilities for hosting the conference.
The 2016 AAPG Conference is being hosted in Taber at the Heritage Inn on April 22-23.