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Thank you to all attendees for a GREAT conference!

2019 International Training Conference

Orlando, Florida

October 9-12, 2019





Conference Hotel: The Rosen Shingle Creek Resort


Be prepared to be dazzled by the beautiful Rosen Shingle Creek Resort and the GREAT conference rate we have received (conference room rate is posted on our registration page- we think you will like it!).  This is a "4-diamond" hotel. The hotel is surrounded by a beautiful golf course, has 5 restaurants, and is located 10 minutes from Orlando International Airport, and near the Orange County Convention Center. The hotel also has four swimming pools and has free shuttle service (at pre-arranged times) to Universal Studios and Sea World. Travel drive time to and from Walt Disney World is about 15 minutes. We've stayed in some nice places as an organization, but this place is REALLY nice. Their nightly rate in October is normally $289 per night or higher.  Make your reservation as quickly as possible after April 1, 2019 to get our VLEOA rate. 

****Please NOTE: there are three (3) ROSEN Hotels and (1) ROSEN INN, three of the ROSENs are located on International Drive.  This conference is being held at ROSEN SHINGLE CREEK on Universal Boulevard.***

Some notes about our stay at this beautiful resort:

  1. To get the breakfast buffet for $13.40 (half price) at the main restaurant (Cafe Osceola), or $8 for a simple breakfast sandwich with coffee or juice and hash browns (at 18 Monroe Street Market) simply tell your server that you are with the VLEOA.

  2. Complimentary parking for hotel overnight guests and all conference guests (normally $18 per car).

  3. Complimentary basic Wi-Fi in guestrooms and public areas, excludes meeting/convention area.

  4. Guestroom rates are good three (3) days pre- and post- the program dates of Monday, October 7, 2019 to Monday, October 14, 2019, and are based on availability.

  5. The hotel will not charge resort fees. All ancillary items are charged upon usage (for example, use of the gym/wellness center will be $10 per day, or $20 for duration of stay/per person)


Reservations can be made directly with the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel by calling the toll-free number 1-866-996-6338 or locally at 407-996-6338, to make your reservation.  Please request the GROUP rate for Volunteer Law Enforcement Officer Alliance International Training Conference.  Or, use this link to make your reservation on line: Click here to make hotel reservation

​WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you do not make your air reservations until your hotel booking is confirmed.


Hosted by the
Orange County Sheriff's Office
and co-hosted by the
Florida Highway Patrol

Conference Gold Sponsor:
Conference Silver Sponsors:
Additional Sponsors:
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To get the breakfast buffet for $13.40 (half price) at the main restaurant (Cafe Osceola), or $8 for a simple breakfast sandwich with coffee or juice and hash browns (at 18 Monroe Street Market) simply tell your server that you are with the VLEOA.


The following is a draft of the itinerary, and will be updated with specific information upon arrival.*

​​Wednesday, October 9- conference attendees begin to arrive at hotel.  Conference registration begins. At approximately 4pm we will host a volunteer leadership roundtable.  This event will be hosted by VLEOA leaders and will focus on our organization, volunteer policing trends, and other items of interest to leaders in volunteer policing.

  • 1pm-8pm Registration available in the Rosen Shingle Creek VLEOA Hospitality Room (#3305)

  • 4-6pm [OPTIONAL] Reserve Roundtable, Rosen Shingle Creek St. Johns 30 Room

  • 6pm- 11pm Hospitality Room open (Rosen Shingle Creek, room 3305)

Thursday, October 10- UNIFORM DAY.  All attendees will participate in an opening ceremony with VIPs, training will be held throughout the day.  THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN PREVIOUS YEARS, and will allow participants to wear their uniform for the entire first day of the conference.

  • 7am-9am Breakfast (on your own- be sure to pick up vouchers for reduced price meal at Rosen)

  • 8am-9am Registration will be open in the Rosen Shingle Creek Sandlake Room

  • 9am- 10:30am:  Welcoming Ceremony at Rosen Hotel with VIP Guests Sheriff John Mina, Colonel Gene Spaulding, and Congresswoman Val Demings (Sandlake Room at Rosen Shingle Creek)

  • 10:30am-11:30am: Group Photographs/Ice Breaker Sessions

  • 11:30am Lunch provided for registered attendees (Conway Room).


  • Classroom sessions presented by FHP including: 'Stop the Bleed,' and 'Star Chase'

  • Outside training, demonstrations and static displays by FHP

Friday, October 11- training continues with site visits available in and around the Orlando area for specialized training.

  • Tours of Orange County Sheriff's Office Operations Center

  • Training excursions (sign up will be available for registrants) including: Law Enforcement Vehicle Operations, Force Simulator and/or Simunitons, Communication Center Tour, Aviation Hanger Tour

  • Outdoor static displays including: K9, Mounted Unit, Marine Unit, Aviation, and OCSO Recruiting Section

  • Classroom sessions including VLEOA leadership presentations

Saturday, October 12- more training in the morning, followed by a break in the early afternoon.

  • Meet the VLEOA Board of Directors and attendee-only "lessons learned" session and tour (8:00am-12:30pm)

  • Break (12:30pm-6:00pm)

  • Closing Ceremonies and Diner (6:00pm-9:00pm) with VIP Guest Mayor Jerry L. Demings

*THIS IS A DRAFT SCHEDULE- items are subject to change.

Additional information will be communicated in advance of the conference. YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER EXTENDING YOUR HOTEL STAY if you are interested in visiting Orlando or any of the theme parks.

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Conference Special Guests:

Sheriff John W. Mina has dedicated his life to public safety.  He spent nearly 28 years with the Orlando Police Department, where he rose through the ranks and was appointed Chief of Police in 2014. For more than four years, he commanded 1,000 sworn and civilian OPD personnel and 100 volunteers. In November 2018, Orange County voters chose Mina as the 29th elected Sheriff. The Orange County Sheriff's Office is one of the nation's largest sheriff's offices, and has a budget of more than $300 million and over 2,700 sworn and civilian employees.

Colonel Gene S. Spaulding was appointed as the 14th Director of the Florida Highway Patrol on August 21, 2015.  Colonel Spaulding brings over 26 years of Florida Highway Patrol knowledge and experience in serving the great state of Florida.  He holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice Administration from Columbia College and completed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement third session of their Executive Leadership Seminar and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Leadership in Police Organizations program.  He serves as a member of the Florida Criminal Justice Standards and Training Commission, the Statewide Drug Policy Advisory Council, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police Highway Safety Committee.

Congresswoman Val Demings represents Florida's 10th District. The first in her family to graduate college, she became a social worker, then a police officer. In 2007, she made history by becoming Orlando’s first female Chief of Police. Chief Demings shepherded the department through the financial crisis, championed policing strategies that put the community first, and oversaw a 40% reduction in violent crime. She serves as a member of the United States House Homeland Security and Judiciary Committees.

Mayor Jerry L. Demings was sworn in on Dec. 4, 2018 as the 5th elected Mayor of Orange County and is the first African-American to serve in the role. He oversees more than 8,000 Orange County employees and a $4.4 billion budget as the County’s chief executive officer. Always a trailblazer, Mayor Demings became the city of Orlando’s first African-American police chief in 1998 and was elected the first African-American Orange County Sheriff in 2008, a position to which he was re-elected in 2012 and again in 2016. Prior to his election to the position of sheriff, Mayor Demings served as an active volunteer reserve deputy with the Orange County Sheriff's Office.



-Taxis, Uber, Lyft, and other transportation options are available from the Orlando International Airport (MCO).  There are NO hotel shuttles from the airport, but it is only about a 10-minute drive (depending on your arrival time).

-On site parking is available for free for registered conference attendees.


VLEOA Conference Registration 

All conference attendees must be registered for the conference. A preliminary conference schedule will be posted soon, however, travelers should be aware that events will begin informally the evening of Wednesday, October 9, and with an opening ceremony (attendees are encouraged to wear agency uniforms to opening events) on October 10 early in the morning.  The conference will conclude with our dinner event on Saturday, October 12, 2019.



Non-Member Regular Conference Registration (after August 1, 2019): $209 (includes a one-year membership to the VLEOA),

​Conference participants must be approved members to participate in conference activities. 


(you will be asked to log in if you are a member)

Conference Corporate Sponsor:

Interested in being a sponsor for this year's conference in Orlando? 
Learn more about our sponsorship packages with this document>>

Thanks to our attendees, sponsors, and our Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department hosts for a very successful conference in 2018!

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Conference Sponsors
Partnering Organizations/Corporations

Past Conferences

2017: Dallas, TX   |  2016: Toronto, Ontario  |  2015: Tampa, FL  | 2014: Lafayette, LA  |  2013: Orlando , FL

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