IDTS Conference CFP FAQ

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IDTS Conference CFP FAQ

Additional information for the Call for Presentations process for the 2022 Impaired Driving and Traffic Safety Conference.

IACP conducts a Call for Presentations each year for its International Impaired Driving and Traffic Safety Conference (IDTS). The Call for Presentations for IDTS 2022 will open December 14, 2021, and close January 31, 2022. 

Below, please find frequently asked questions regarding the call for presentations: 

Q: When does the Call for Presentations open for IDTS 2022? 
A: The IDTS 2022 Call for Presentations will open December 14, 2021. 

Q: What is the deadline to complete a submission? 
A: The IDTS 2022 Call for Presentations closes on January 31, 2022. 

Q: What information is required within a proposal? 
A: The following information is required to submit a presentation proposal and to be considered for IDTS 2022: 

  • Title of Presentation 
  • Speaker/Presenter Information *
  • Presentation Description 
  • Learning Objectives 
  • Methodology 
  • Track/Topic/Audience 

*Speaker Information Required: Name, Agency/Organization, Title, and Email. A maximum of two (2) speakers, inclusive of a moderator should you choose to incorporate one, may be assigned to a proposal. 

Q: What should I provide for Learning Objectives? 
A: Well-developed learning objectives are participant-oriented, observable, and measurable. Describe the skills, knowledge, and/or learning outcomes participants will be able to demonstrate because of the proposed workshop. (For example: At the culmination of this session, participants will be able to…) You should describe your learning outcomes using action verbs. Learning objectives should be contained to one short sentence. 

Q: What is Methodology? 
A: Methodology refers to how you will present the information (i.e., single speaker, panel) and what the audience experience will be (will the workshop be interactive or not).  Use this area to explain how your information was formulated and your sources (i.e., case studies, interviews, research, etc.). 

Q: For what tracks can I submit a presentation proposal? 
A: Educational workshops are categorized into tracks to help attendees from various audiences locate workshops that are most applicable to them. Conference registrants may attend workshops in any track throughout the conference. Tracks do not have to be selected in advance. Some tracks coordinate with IACP Sections while others do not. The track listing is subject to change 

  • Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) 
  • Driving While Impaired (DWI Enforcement) 
  • Prosecution 
  • Toxicology 
  • Traffic Safety  

Q: What topics are appropriate for these tracks? 

A: Drug Recognition Experts – this track focuses on the more technical aspects and information that is essential to the Drug Evaluation and Classification Program and its protocols. Examples for this track include drug effects that are identifiable during the drug influence evaluationnew drugs and their symptomatology, innovations in DRE instructional techniques, and more. 

Driving While Impaired (DWI) Enforcement – this track focuses on general enforcement issues that are common to DWI enforcement cases and investigations. Examples for this track include innovative methods for DWI investigationsgeneral DWI enforcementroadside officer safety, and more. 

Prosecution – this track focuses on prosecutorial issues, both for prosecutors of impaired driving violations and for DRE and DWI officers who are seeking to improve their courtroom testimony skills. Examples for this track include courtroom preparationcourtroom challengescase law and implications, and more. 

Toxicology – this track focuses on the more technical aspects of drug and alcohol impaired driving from the perspective of toxicology testing. The audience could include toxicologists, prosecutors, DREs, and other impaired driving enforcement professionals, depending upon the nature of the topic. Examples for this track include novel drugs, current drug trends, specific drug testing methodologies, and more. 

Traffic Safety –this track focuses on additional aspects of traffic safety, including risky driving behaviors such as distracted driving, speeding, drug and impaired driving, crash investigation, reconstruction, global and road safety, traffic safety programs and community engagement, officer safety and wellness, stop stick deployment, pedestrian safety and more.

Q: What topic should I submit for consideration for the IDTS 2022 Annual Conference? 
A: The IACP is looking for a wide array of topics that are innovative, engaging, inspiring, and informative for police officers, Drug Recognition Experts, police leaders, crash investigators and reconstructionist, prosecutors, toxicologists, and others that have an interest in developing their knowledge in traffic safety efforts and the Drug Evaluation and Classification (DEC) Program. The IACP’s goal is to offer relevant, timely education and training to help attendees do their jobs more effectively and make their agencies more successful. If interested in submitting a workshop proposal, things to consider should be contemporary or emerging issues confronting law enforcement and other disciplines involved in traffic safety. Some topic examples include: 

  • DRE technical knowledge 
  • Innovative DWI Techniques
  • Innovative Traffic Enforcement Strategies 
  • Advances in transportation and technology
  • Enhanced knowledge on new and contemporary drugs 
  • Drug Trends 
  • Case preparation and courtroom testimony
  • Risky Driving Behaviors
  • Constitutional/Case Law for DWI or Traffic Enforcement
  • Managing a DRE program at the agency or state level 
  • Using a DRE for purposes other than DUI enforcement
  • Policy/Legislation and Enforcement 
  • Grant Funding Ideas and Best Use of Grant funds
  • DREs on Crash Teams 
  • Abuse of Over-the-Counter drugs
  • Traffic Data Collection and Analysis
  • Using DREs at vehicle checkpoints/saturation patrols 
  • Designer drugs 
  • Medical conditions seen by the DRE
  •  International/Global Road Safety
  • Prosecutor support for a DRE program
  • Leadership of a DWI unit 
  • Judicial education opportunities by DREs
  • Traffic Incident Management 
  • DRE Equipment: Equipping the DRE as an Expert 
  • Enhancing corroboration between DREs 
  • DREs and Commercial Vehicle Enforcement 
  • Officer Safety and Wellness
  • DREs working with the private sector to reduce impaired driving
  • Non-conventional uses of a DRE 
  • DREs in Schools: SROs 
  • Crash Investigation and Reconstruction
  • DREs as a Resource for Drug Treatment, Mental Health, and Prevention Programs 
  • Older Drivers: What is causing the impairment? 
  • DREs and Prosecutors: Addressing Brady Lists
  • Officer Safety and Wellness
  • Use of Enhanced Standards 
  • DRE Recognition Programs 
  • Retaining DREs in Today's Law Enforcement Climate
  • Pedestrian Safety 
  • Agency Benefits of a DRE Program 

Q: Can I submit my presentation for more than one track? 
A: Presentations may only fall under one track. Please select the track that best categorizes your presentation. If you submit multiple proposals, you may submit different proposals under different tracks. 

Q: What happens if I do not have all the required information to complete my proposal? 
A: You will have the ability to change, edit, or withdraw your presentation proposal until the submission deadline. If you are missing any required information, you can save your work and log back in later to finish prior to the deadline. Please note: all proposals must be complete to be considered. Any uncompleted proposals will not be considered for IDTS 2022. A proposal that has all the required information completed, but the submitter did not press the “submit” button, is not considered complete for review. You will know your workshop is complete by both the status within the submission site as well as receiving a confirmation email. 

Q: How can I be sure the information I type will not be lost? 
A: The submission site is designed to save tasks as they are completed. The submission is broken into multiple tasks. If you complete one task during a work session, you may save that completed task and return later to complete the submission. Please note that the site cannot save a partially completed task. You may always further edit a completed task prior to the deadline. Click the ‘Continue’ button at the bottom of each step to ensure the information is not lost. The speaker step saves automatically as you add speakers. You may also use the “Save Submission” button located on the “Tasks” page to save your progress. 

If you wish, you may create your proposal information first in a word processing document (such as Microsoft Word) prior to completing the online form, then paste the details into the appropriate fields on the submission site. 

Q: Do I have to submit my presentation proposal online? 
A: Online submission of proposals is required. Email submissions will not be accepted or reviewed. 

Q: Do I have to have an email address to submit online? 
A: Yes, your submission account requires an email address. All communications from IACP regarding your proposal, and session if it is selected, will be done via email. Please use an email address you check regularly. 

Q: How will I know if my proposal was submitted successfully? 
A: Once you have finalized your submission, an email confirmation will be sent to you confirming receipt of the presentation proposal. Before you submit your proposal, please make sure all steps have been completed, including the last step by checking the box to finalize your presentation proposal. 

Q: Do I have to be an IACP member to submit a proposal? 
A: No, any individual eligible to attend IDTS 2022 may submit a proposal for an IDTS Conference 2022 workshop. 

 Review process 

Q: What are the review criteria for presentations? 
A: All presentations are peer-reviewed by subject matter experts. Reviewers will consider the following: 

  • Does the topic address a contemporary law enforcement issue? 
  • Can the presented information apply to different-sized agencies and a diverse audience? 
  • Is the topic unique and information not available through other sources? 
  • Is the course description clear and concise? Can attendees easily tell what to expect by reading it? 
  • Are the learning objectives clear and feasible in the allotted time? 
  • Does the presentation support IACP’s high standards and reputation for the best conference workshops? 
  • Are the proposed speakers qualified to instruct the workshop topic? 
  • If the presentation is focused on a specific audience, is there a proposed speaker from that audience? The audience prefers to learn from its peers and gain first-hand knowledge from those who have experienced the material or information presented. 

Q: How is the review process conducted? 
A: Peer reviewers are assigned based on the track and/or topic that they are comfortable and qualified to review. Reviewers evaluate the submissions based upon quality and criteria noted above. Top recommendations are then evaluated by IACP leadership to ensure the entire educational program is well-balanced. The educational program will be announced in Spring 2022. All submitters will be notified via email whether their presentation has been accepted or declined. Speakers will not be directly notified unless they are the same individual as the submitter. It is the submitter’s responsibility to share the decision notification with the proposal speakers. Submitters should also inform IACP of any speaker changes should they occur after the submission deadline. 

Speaking at IDTS 2022 

Q: When do presentations take place? 
A: Educational programming is conducted each day, Sunday-Tuesday (August 21-23) of IDTS 2022. While the conference schedule has not been confirmed at this time, workshops may begin as early as 8:00 a.m. and run throughout the day, ending as late as 5:00 p.m. 

Submission of a proposal is a commitment that the speakers will be available to speak on any conference day and time as assigned by IACP staffThe IACP has limited opportunities to accommodate speaker conflicts. 

Q: If accepted, how much time will I be given to present? 
A: Workshops may range from 60 minutes to up to 90 minutes. IACP will determine the length of sessions when a conference schedule is confirmed. 

Q: Can I promote any products or services during my presentation? 
A: No, IACP does not allow the promotion of products and services during educational sessions. Speakers may talk about products and services that have been used to solve a problem or address the presentation topic. Whenever possible, presenters should suggest alternative products and services as well.  

Q: When will I know if my presentation has been accepted for IDTS 2022? 
A: The submitter will receive notification from the Conference Program Manager by March 31, 2022. 

Q: If my proposal is accepted, will I receive any compensation for presenting at IDTS 2022? 
A: IACP does not pay speakers or reimburse for travel or hotel expenses. 

Q: If my proposal is accepted, will I receive complimentary registration for IDTS 2022? 
A: IACP will waive registration fees for presenters. 

Q: How are workshop rooms set up? What audio-visual equipment will be available for my presentation? 
A: All workshop rooms will be set theater style. A podium and head table are standard in each room for presenters. Audio/visual equipment will be provided in each room to include projector, screen, laptop, and microphone(s). Any additional requests will be considered at the discretion of the Conference Program Manager and the availability of such resources. 

Q: I have never presented at an IACP IDTS Conference before. What is expected of me? 
A: IDTS registrants invest a considerable amount of time and expense to attend the conference. For these reasons, IACP works hard to ensure each event at the conference realizes its full potential. Our attendees expect: 

  • Presenters will prepare for their event prior to arrival. 
  • Presenters have a significant knowledge and expertise of the subject area and have sufficient presentation skills to effectively communicate such knowledge. 
  • Presenters will engage the audience. The greatest success that a presenter can have is to inspire your audience, so they come out of the presentation buzzing with thoughts and ideas. You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Engage your audience as quickly as possible. 
  • Presenters will not engage in commercial presentations of their organization. 
  • Presenters will be conscious of the time limitation of their presentation. 
  • Presenters will not simply read directly from written statements. 
  • Presenters understand that materials provided for an IACP event become the property of the IACP (for placement on,, or use in other educational activities of the association). 

If you do not see your question answered above, please contact Kyle Clark, Conference Program Manager. 

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