Midsize Agencies Section

Dedicated to providing a voice within the IACP for chiefs of jurisdictions with a population between 50,000 and 500,000, as well as a forum for these leaders to share the unique challenges and opportunities in policing that emerge from departments of this size. The section is further committed to embracing and leveraging the special capacity and flexibility of these agencies to innovate and drive progressive change within our profession with the goal of better policing our communities.

Read more in the Section Brochure




All IACP members who represent jurisdictions with populations of 50,000 to 500,000 are welcome and encouraged to join. IACP membership is a prerequisite. Section dues are $50.

Join the Section: download application or apply online


Section Leadership

General Officers

General Chair - Chief Paul Williams, Springfield, MO

First Vice Chair - Chief Steve Menke, Olathe, KS

Second Vice Chair - Chief David Rausch, Knoxville, TN

Secretary – Chief Frank Straub, Spokane, WA


Regional Chairs

West Coast – Chief Sandra Spagnoli, San Leandro, CA

Mountain SW – Chief Tom Ryff, Tempe AZ

Midwest – Chief Ken Burton, Columbia, MO

Southeast – Chief Michael Goldsmith, Norfolk, VA

Northeast – Chief Ed Walsh, Taunton, MA

(see Section Charter, below, if definition of regions)



2015 Annual Meeting, October 24, 2015, Chicago, IL

2015 Midyear, February 26-28, 2015, San Antonio, TX

2014 Annual Meeting, October 25, 2014, Orlando, FL

2014 Midyear, March 2014, New Orleans, LA

2012 Annual Meeting, October 1, 2012, San Diego, CA

2012 Midyear, May 2012, Alexandria, VA

2011 Annual Meeting, October 22, 2011, Chicago, IL

2011 Midyear, March 24, 2011, Alexandria, VA




Section Brochure

Section Charter

Midsize Cover

Midsize Police Agencies: Surviving, Thriving, and Forging a New Business Model for Law Enforcement in a Post-Recession Economy




Policing Mid-Size Cities—A Call for Research and Advocacy

Out of the Shadows – Policy Research for Midsize Law Enforcement Agencies – A Call for Action





 "Policing Mid-Size Cities—A Call for Research and Advocacy," Community Policing Dispatch, Office of Community Policing Services, December 2009




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