ACC Liverpool scoops police conference

Arena and Convention Centre (ACC) Liverpool has secured the high profile annual joint conference of the Association of Chief Police Officers and Association of Police Authorities. Next year’s three-day conference will attract more than 400 chief constables and chairs from the 43 police forces and authorities in England and Wales, senior government officials and politicians. An exhibition of security and law enforcement products including surveillance vehicles and body armour will take place in addition to the conference, being held in summer. It will be the first time that the conference has been held in Liverpool. This year, it was held in Manchester and addressed by the then chancellor Gordon Brown. Association of Police Authorities chairman Bob Jones said: “We very much look forward to bringing the conference to Liverpool and are excited that ACC Liverpool has the potential to ensure the conference and international policing exhibition provide an excellent experience for all visitors.” Merseyside chief constable Bernard Hogan-Howe said the conference would provide an opportunity to show the police force and politicians that Liverpool was a great host city. “We are encouraging all national police events to Liverpool in 2008 and we hope this will be the first of many others.” ACC Liverpool convention centre general manager Jacquie Rogers anticipates that the conference will make a significant contribution to the city’s economy. “We are proud to have tempted such a high profile event away from Manchester,” she said. “We have won the deal because of the excellence of the facilities here and because Liverpool is increasingly recognised as an attractive city for delegates to visit.” ACC Liverpool comprises the 10,600 Liverpool Echo Arena, a 1,350-seat convention centre, and more than 7,000m sq of exhibition space.

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