The Future of Law Enforcement
The IALG programme facilitates the strategic, professional and personal development of 20 selected senior officials of law enforcement organisations from around the world. During the course of nine months the IALG participants gather three times in different places in the world to work on their assignment. They use future-oriented, innovative thinking to explore an emerging strategic issue relevant to the future of policing. The programme concludes when the IALG presents its findings to the Pearls participants at the start of the Pearls conference in June. The IALG programme has a few key components:
1. The IALG assignment
The starting point of the IALG is an assignment provided by the participants of the previous Pearls in Policing conference. This assignment is always based on a complex, practical and strategic issue of concern to the future of policing. The exercise is designed to encourage big-picture and future-oriented thinking and the IALG participants are asked to present ideas, strategies, concrete approaches and practices that police leaders can use in their own organisations, individually or collectively, to help them overcome these challenges.
The IALG programme has a unique design where the participants meet three times over the course of nine months in different locations around the world to work on their collective assignment. During these three one-week seminars they meet with a variety of subject matter experts and they engage in discussions, debates, networking opportunities, field visits and group work relevant to the topic of their assignment. In between seminars the IALG group continues their work on a virtual platform and/or via teleconferences.
3. Essentials of Action Learning
With the IALG programme participants work together as reflective practitioners on an assignment of strategic importance in a worldwide law enforcement setting. This process involves research, learning, international collaboration and creativity. With this method the participants develop a behaviour of asking questions and taking action and reflecting upon the results, to solve complex problems and to develop their own leadership qualities.
4. Personal development and international collaboration
During the IALG programme participants are given the opportunity to focus on their personal development while experiencing the challenges of working in an international environment. This setting improves their competence to work across (policing) cultures and different organisational structures and supports the importance of international law enforcement cooperation.
5. Subject matter experts
IALG participants are supported and guided by a team of experts and professionals throughout their journey. The IALG Programme Management Team (consisting of a representative of each hosting organisation) focus mainly on the personal development of the participants, where educational specialists, academics and a wide range of national and international experts provide valuable input and guidance on the content of the assignment.
6. Focus on the future
During their programme the IALG participants are introduced to futures methodology and techniques that help them systematically explore, create and test both possible and desirable futures. This process allows the participants to discuss and debate possible futures and become actively involved in creating their preferred future, rather than being subjected to the current approaches and concepts that shape the present and future of law enforcement.
The four components of the IALG programme
The IALG Participants
The IALG assignment
Essentials of Action Learning
Focus on Personal Development
By participating in this programme, IALG participants will:
Previous IALG Seminars
The IALG is the learning link between Pearls in Policing conferences. The programme facilitates the strategic, professional and personal develop of 20 hand-picked senior law enforcement officials from around the world. Three times a year the participants gather in different locations around the world to work on an emerging strategic issue relevant to the future of policing. The programme concludes when the IALG presents its findings to the Pearls delegates at the start of the Pearls in Policing conference in June.
2019 - 2020/21Sydney, New York, VirtuallyThe 14th IALG group started their work in November 2019 in Sydney, Australia. After the second seminar in New York City, USA, preparations for the …
2018-2019Ottawa, Oslo, New York CityThe 13th IALG group came together three times over the course of nine months to work on their assignment related to Policing within the Context of a …
2017-2018Brussels, New York City, BogotáThe 12th IALG group came together three times over the course of nine months to work on their assignment related to Policing Fractured Communities. …
2016-2017Brussels, Hong Kong, TorontoThe 11th IALG group came together three times over the course of nine months to work on their assignment related to Creating the Shock-Resistant …
2015-2016The Hague, Hong Kong, SydneyThe 10th IALG group came together three times over the course of nine months to work on their assignment related to Combating Radicalisation. The …
2014-2015Melbourne, Hong Kong, CopenhagenThe 9th IALG group came together three times over the course of nine months to work on their assignment related to Shaping Innovation through …