National police convention wraps up in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Thousands of law enforcement officers from across the country visited Cincinnati for the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) national convention this week.

The convention at Duke Energy Center wrapped up on Thursday.

The National Fraternal Order of Police holds its national conference every two years to set the goals and agenda for the organization.

More than 4,000 law enforcement officials were able to meet and greet with their peers, including police chiefs, administrators, sheriffs, training officers, fleet managers, federal officers, correction officers, and procurement staff.

One of the headline speakers of the conference included Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. Ohio Senator Rob Portman spoke to police on Thursday regarding his stance on gun control and other safety issues faced by police.

"My concern is that we are, for political reasons, pushing an agenda that's not going to help deal with the underlying problem here in Cincinnati on the streets every day, or in terms of these horrific mass shootings. I support legislation to deal with these problems," said Sen. Portman. "One is to change the background system and strengthen it so that you get the mental health records."

This was the 61st annual FOP National Biennial Conference and Expo. The event brought an estimated $4.5 million to the Greater Cincinnati area during its run.

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