Fellowship Program Description

The IACP is the largest law enforcement leadership association in the world, numbering over 23,000 members in 100 countries. Membership includes principally chiefs, commissioners, directors, sheriffs, command and mid-rank officers from federal, state, county, local, tribal, and all other types of law enforcement agencies.  Programs and services provided by the IACP to its membership include policy development, legislative support, management studies, training, technical assistance, program development, and research.

The fellowship program focuses on all aspects of law enforcement and related criminal justice issues including leadership, strategic planning, policies, training, operational programs, research and evaluation. A typical fellowship is one year in length however the program is flexible and allows both shorter and longer assignments when appropriate. Visiting fellows rotate through assignments to all IACP programmatic divisions to both leverage their existing skills and interests and provide them new learning experiences. Under the supervision division directors, fellows:

  1. Review and become familiar with current and emerging national and international law enforcement and justice policy issues,
  2. Participate in the development and management of national and international level policy, research or evaluation efforts on emerging issues in law enforcement,
  3. Attend various high level law enforcement and justice policy meetings, and
  4. Provide direct support to various national and international law enforcement policy or research projects currently underway at the IACP.

IACP policy areas of interest include, for example: violence, police leadership models, ethics, community policing, performance standards, training, and information technology.

The benefits of the fellowship program are three fold. 1) The fellow returns to his/her agency with greatly expanded skills in the areas of leadership, agency administration, policy development, long-range planning, program implementation, and evaluation-based research, 2) the fellow’s agency benefits from the fellow’s continuing access (during and after the fellowship concludes) to IACP resources and his/her experience with cutting edge policing and justice innovation, and 3) IACP gains insight from a practicing law enforcement professional, thus improving the quality of IACP policy and research efforts.

Position Availability: Applications are taken on a rolling basis
Contact: John R. Firman, Director of Development, 703-647-7207,