will host the 117th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference at the Orange County Convention Center this Oct. 23-27.
The Orlando Police Department is fully accredited by the Commission for Florida Law Enforcement Accreditation. The Police Headquarters is located at 100 South Hughey Avenue. Mayor Dyer and the City Council have made public safety a top priority. The Orlando Police Patrol Services Bureau includes more than 700 sworn men and women proudly serving the citizens of Orlando. Val Demings, a native of Orlando, is the city’s first female Chief of Police. Her husband, Jerry Demings, was the police chief from 1998 until 2002.
The Orlando Police Department is proud of its award-winning, Neighborhood Watch Program, which has earned high honors for its outstanding efforts in “National Night Out.” The Citizen’s Observer Program involves numerous citizen volunteers equipped with police radios patrolling neighborhoods in specially marked cars. Although the Citizen Observers take no law enforcement action, they have proven to be a valuable asset in spotting suspicious activity and various code violations.
The population of Greater Orlando is approximately 1.9 million. One of the area’s biggest attractions is its mild weather. At the heart of the “Sunshine State,” Orlando’s average annual temperature is a comfortable 72.4 degrees. Whether you want to shop, dine or play, it can all be done outside year-round.
With 176 golf courses in the area—many designed by legendary course architects and pro golfers like Jack Nicklaus, Greg Norman, Arnold Palmer—those who love the game will have no problem finding a challenging and enjoyable course.
Water sports are always popular in Orlando’s warm and sunny climate. Visitors can water ski or wakeboard, charter a boat for skiing or wakeboarding, rent personal watercraft, or ride the tubes. And don’t forget the many ocean beaches within easy driving distance.
The Greater Orlando area’s 300 named lakes, rivers and springs offer some of the best freshwater fishing in the world. Those who prefer saltwater fishing can cast their lines from piers, from the shore, or from deep-sea fishing boats on the East and West coasts. Favorite indoor/outdoor shopping areas include Prime Outlets Orlando, Orlando Premium Outlets, Winter Park’s idyllic Park Avenue shops and Winter Park Village.
Visitors and citizens alike can dine alfresco all year-round in Orlando. During the past decade, Orlando has matured into a culinary destination. From high-end steak, supper clubs and locally grown ingredients, to Mediterranean, Asian and American influences, these establishments will delight visitors seeking something new and adventurous.
Big Fin Seafood Kitchen serves fresh global seafood, steaks, pasta, as well as a sushi and raw bar in a classy, casual restaurant at Pointe Orlando. Crave-Orlando has quality, locally sourced food with Mediterranean and Asian influences in a trendy atmosphere, located at The Mall at Millenia. Visit Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse for world-famous steak. For seafood lovers, Fat Fish Blue serves up creative Louisiana-French cuisine and traditional American favorites in a relaxed atmosphere at Pointe Orlando. Oceanaire Seafood Room is a chic atmosphere reminiscent of 1930s and 1940s supper clubs, with more than 25 types of seafood and shellfish flown in daily.
Go to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar for classic steakhouse offerings and tempting wine in a contemporary setting, on Orlando’s famous “Restaurant Row.” Funky Monkey Wine Company offers eclectic, modern American fare and famous wine dinners in an upscale, yet relaxed environment in Pointe Orlando. Kouzzina by Cat Cora has Mediterranean fare from celebrity and Iron Chef Cora, at Disney’s BoardWalk Entertainment District in the Walt DisneyWorld Resort. Try La Luce by Donna Scala for rustic Italian cuisine, Mediterranean-inspired drinks and a Trattoria-style wine program at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek. Treasure Tavern is a new adult dining experience; a Caribbean outpost-themed three-course meal and two-hour show featuring comedians, acrobats and dancers.
If you have some free time while in town for the IACP conference, enjoy all that Orlando offers, from sports to shopping to dining. And don’t forget Orlando is also world famous for its themeparks: SeaWorld Orlando, Universal Orlando Resort, and of course, Walt Disney World Resort. Enjoy your stay in Orlando! Jennifer Gavigan is the editor of Public Safety IT and a frequent contributor to LAW and ORDER. She can be reached at jgavigan@ hendonpub.com
Photos courtesy of the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc.