IPMBA Conference Archives
2001 IPMBA Conference
The 11th Annual Police on Bikes Conference is now history, and what a fantastic event it was! Hundreds of police officers and EMS professionals on bikes, all gathered in one place for the purposes of increasing their knowledge and honing their skills. O.K., there might be a few other reasons, like camaraderie and fun! For those of you who have not yet attended an IPMBA conference and wonder what they are like, and for those of you who have fond memories of the conference in Cincinnati, we’re offering you a glimpse. . .
Thanks to Our Hosts
IPMBA thanks the Cincinnati Police Division for hosting the 11th Annual Police on Bikes Conference & Product Exhibition. The event was both planned and executed with the utmost professionalism and attention to detail. Conference participants and instructors alike were impressed not only with the level of organization, but also with the hospitality and service exhibited by the members of the Cincinnati Police Division. The comments recorded on the conference evaluation forms were overwhelmingly positive; many even stated that this IPMBA conference was the “best yet.”
We would like to commend the members of the Cincinnati Police Division Bike Unit for their roles in ensuring the success of this event. We would especially like to recognize the efforts of Lieutenant Dennis Meyer, Sergeant David Simpson, Sergeant Doug Wiesman, Police Specialist Nate Young, and the other members of the Command Staff, Police Specialist Michael Drexelius and Police Officer Tim Bley. Hosting a conference of this nature is a difficult task, but these individuals made it look almost easy.
Representing other agencies as key members of the conference staff were Roger Nelms, Doug Becker, and Eric Jeffries of the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Airport Police and Rob Duncan of the Florence Police Department.
We also appreciate the presence of Lieutenant Michael Washington and Firefighter Edward Woodward of the Cincinnati Fire Department at the mountain bike competition on Saturday, May 5. Fortunately, their services were not required, but knowing they were available to handle any injuries afforded us much peace of mind.
Other support was provided by Forest Park Police Department, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission, the Flying Pig Marathon, and the Tri-State Regional Community Policing Institute, especially Al Jones and Greg Fiebig, who provided AV support and equipment as well as blocks of instruction.