• The 19th Annual Great Lakes Homeland Security Training Conference and Expo hosted by the Michigan State Police, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Detroit Division, brings over 1,200 stakeholders together for training, demonstrations, and networking relevant to existing homeland security issues and initiatives.  Participants include fire, law enforcement, health care and public health, schools, emergency management, private sector, and all levels of government (local, state, federal, tribal) from Michigan and surrounding states.  Vendors are on-site to demonstrate new products and services in various aspects of homeland security, safety, disaster recovery, and preparedness.  The primary objectives of the conference are to raise awareness with regard to terrorist threats, mitigation strategies, and response capabilities necessary to protect Michigan citizens.


    • Hotel blocks at the Holiday Inn have been sold out. Please visit Experience Grand Rapids for available hotel recommendations in the area.





    • Please click the following Link to register and view the exhibitor agreement (please be sure to check the box indicating you agree to the terms and conditions).  On the registration page you will find the floorplan to aid you in selecting your booth.  Also on the website, you will find hotel information to book your lodging if needed.

      Current GLHS 2018 Vendors

      Vendor Reception sponored by FirstNet Built with AT&T 



    This year’s theme, “Building Resiliency Against Emerging Threats,” will focus on the necessity of preparing our communities to face new, existing, and evolving threats to our homeland.  We cannot predict when or where disasters will strike, but we can be equipped with the knowledge and tools to bolster our capacity to respond to and recover from all hazards and all threats. 

    A dynamic lineup of speakers has been confirmed, including keynotes:

    Former Dallas Police Chief David Brown will speak about how his leadership during and after the tragic events of July 7, 2016 calmed the city of Dallas and the nation.  Chief Brown’s decision to use a robot to detonate C4 explosives in order to neutralize a suspect was a first in the history of American policing.  And the Chief’s call to protesters to become a part of the solution – by applying to join the police department – earned the chief accolades from across the nation and around the world.

    Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North USMC Ret., who is a combat decorated U.S. Marine, a #1 best-selling author, the founder of a small business, an inventor with three U.S. patents, a syndicated columnist, and the host of “War Stories” on Fox News Channel. 

    Assistant Sheriff Charles L. Hank III of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Deputy Fire Chief Jon Klassen of Clark County Fire Department, and Dr. Kevin Menes of Sunrise Hospital will share their experiences with the Las Vegas Shooting response.

    Nicholas “Nick” Rasmussen is a senior national security professional with twenty-seven years in U.S. government service, including in senior counterterrorism posts at the White House and in the U.S. Intelligence Community from 2001 to 2017. At the podium, Rasmussen shares vivid examples of his time in government, illustrating how to take imperfect information and use it to understand and minimize risk.

    Former Air Force Staff Sgt. Spencer Stone garnered international headlines in 2015 when he and his childhood friends, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos, thwarted a major terrorist attack on a Paris-bound train. An unarmed Stone rushed toward the danger, subduing and disarming a man wielding an assault rifle, pistol, box cutter and enough ammunition to kill everyone on board.

    In addition, we have a full roster of workshops that include topics such as: 

    • Multiple disciplines of Critical Infrastructure
    • Dark Web
    • Venue Security
    • Civil Unrest
    • Mass Shootings
    • Suspicious Activity Reporting

    With this year's thought-provoking topics, you don't want to miss the opportunity to learn, share, and interact with industry experts. Register now

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