Florida police chiefs meet in Panama City Beach

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - A hundred and seventy police chiefs from around Florida are in Panama City Beach this week to get training and see the latest crimefighting technology.

The Florida Police Chief Association holds the conference every year.

We caught up with the Panama City and Panama City Beach Police Chiefs Monday. They said the biggest challenges in crime fighting in Florida today are cybersecurity issues, the opioid epidemic, and mental health issues. They said attending this conference gives them a chance to share experiences with other police chiefs from around the state.

"We go through training and training is ongoing, it never ends for our career and sometimes you don't know what you know until you've been through a scenario. The things that have done well to prepare you for that, the things that you didn't think about during those instances and all their chiefs get to sit here and listen to that," Panama City Police Chief Scott Ervin said.

This is the first time since 2004 that the conference has been held here in our area.