The 14th Pearls in Policing Conference will be held in The Netherlands in June 2021. The theme of the conference is Leading Transformation: Creating the Police Workforce of the Future. Our aspirations to deliver the final IALG seminar and the Pearls in Policing conference in 2020 have unavoidably been affected by COVID-19 and the uncertainty of the future that lies ahead. To ensure that the excellent work the IALG group has done over the past seven months is not lost, the final IALG seminar and the Pearls in Policing conference have been postponed to June 2021. It is our aim to organise the conference in its ‘original’ form, so the IALG can complete their learning journey together and present their work to the police chiefs in person.
During the Pearls conference discussions will be based on the research conducted by the members of the International Action Learning Group (IALG), inspiring interactive sessions and peer to peer consultations. The annual conference is the culmination of continuous learning undertaken by the IALG. This learning group will present its findings at the start of the conference. During last year’s Pearls in Policing conference in New York City, United States of America, the assignment has been formulated for the 2019-2020 IALG: In order to be relevant and adaptive in response to an increasingly changing environment, police agencies must focus on the future and identify a strategy that will move their organizations forward. As part of that process, it is critical that police organizations focus on how to transform the police workforce of the future. Globally there are many changes that will impact the nature of policing and there will be a need to match the workforce of the future with the challenges that lay ahead of us. The challenges will include the introduction of new forms of crime, climate change and polarization related to inequality, poverty and economic instability – all of which will have an impact on the safety, security and well-being of our communities. In addition, police services will see the exponential development of disruptive technologies such as artificial intelligence and biometrics. These global changes will require a police workforce enabled by visionary leadership, enhanced training, new forms of attracting expertise and the ability to adapt continuously. Notwithstanding the anticipated changes in police culture, will the values at the heart of policing endure?
The organisation of this Pearls conference is a co-production between the Netherlands Police and the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee.