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President's Message

James Wardwell

James Wardwell

It is so hard to believe our 40th Annual Conference in Houston Texas has come and gone. It was worth the wait. We had a great week with terrific training and abundant fun. Texas was so hospitable for this week of celebration and learning. No location could have been better AAPP's 40th annual conference. Thank you to all our members who attended our conference - it was YOU who made the conference such a success.

You have reelected me to serve you as your president to a third term. I am truly humbled. This is a position I do take very seriously and fully commit to throughout the year. There is no finer professional association than the AAPP. Serving the AAPP members in this capacity often has its challenges, but the reward of seeing our profession and association advance is worth every effort given. The last two years as your president we have moved the AAPP forward in so many ways. Some have been apparent, while other work has been behind the scenes. We have reestablished a new National Office with updated bookkeeping, billing, budget planning, and terrific record keeping. We have been finding ways to spend more on our members to bring them the most any training dollar can furnish. The website has taken on a new life, in a very large part due to the efforts of our Chairwoman, Karen Clark. It has been our hope that the website would become a functional resource for you as our members. After a great deal of hard work we are nearly there.

I promise to continue to work hard for you, our association and for polygraph. I will share with you that I do feel truly blessed to have the opportunity to serve you with the assistance of such a terrific team. Your Board of Directors and National Office Manager is a team of amazingly hardworking individuals who are dedicated to continuously bettering the AAPP and moving our training to even higher levels.

In Houston our friend and AAPP Editor, Roger Butler, decided to step down from the position after so many years of hard work and service to the AAPP. I appointed Maria Soupley from CBI as our new AAPP Editor. Roger has very graciously offered to stay on for a few months to guide Maria as she learns her new position. God bless you Roger and thank you for all you have done for the AAPP and for me personally in your time on the Board.

I want to specifically thank Ron Hilley who stepped down from his position as Vice President in Houston. Ron took the VP position a year ago after our former VP, Tracey Hilton, had a sudden change in employment which prevented Tracey from staying on as VP. Just before all this happened Ron Hilley had announced retirement but stepped up to take on the responsibility of this important position at the last minute. Ron worked hard throughout a year that was supposed to be his first year of relaxation. Ron demonstrated an unselfish attitude. I am so grateful for all Ron has contributed to the AAPP. Thank you Ron and God bless you and best wishes always.

All of us in polygraph have been following recent claims and developments in other technologies in the field of Credibility Assessment. Your AAPP Board is deeply involved in all claims of technological advances is addressing this in the most appropriate manner possible. We are working closely with the APA in our evaluation of all available data, facts, and circumstances pertaining to these claims. The AAPP has assigned a liaison to the APA committee studying these technologies and I personally stay in contact with the APA President on these important issues. A Position Paper will likely be forthcoming in the near future. You will be informed of everything as soon as it is possible to do so. This message equates to optimism. I am optimistic about the AAPP and Polygraph. We are up to any challenge and have the best team possible in place to continue to move our association and discipline forward.

Mark the 1st week of June 2018 on your calendars! Our 41st Annual Training Conference will be in the beautiful city of Louisville, Kentucky. We will be staying at the beautiful Galt House hotel on the Ohio River. We are planning a week of great training and schedule surprises to maximize the education opportunities as well as the best chances to experience this great city. This will be a conference not to miss, so see you all in Louisville!

James Wardwell
American Association of Police Polygraphists

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