History records that some fifty police chiefs accepted a meeting invitation from Omaha, Nebraska Police Chief Webber Seavey in 1892 to explore ways in which they could join together to fight crime and improve police services. The following year these same police officials formally created an organization to foster those goals. The organization is known today as the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
The IACP is an association of police leaders committed to advancing the policing profession by promoting leading practices, cooperative efforts, and the exchange of information among police administrators and other institutions and organizations. The IACP is governed by its members – who are represented by both elected and appointed leadership on the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors, who meet four times a year, has the authority to take all appropriate measures and perform all duties required to accomplish the objectives of the Association.
Governed by this Constitution and its Rules, the IACP is led by an Board of Directors that encompasses an Executive Board representing the full spectrum of police executives from across the United States and around the globe. The IACP maintains a professional staff at its international headquarters who implement the plans and programs approved by the IACP leadership.
Membership in the association is designed for individual police professionals worldwide and the IACP refrains from engaging in political disputes between and among nations.
These documents present both the general philosophies of the IACP and the specific rules that govern its operations. Though it is left to the Board of Directors to adjust the Rules, all changes to the Articles of the Constitution can be made only with the support of IACP's ultimate authority, the membership.
Those members with specific questions or concerns related to the IACP Constitution should contact Gene Voegtlin, Director of Outreach and Strategic Communications at Voegtlin@theiacp.org.
The materials and information are intended to provide those IACP members interested in running for elective office with an overview of the various rules, regulations, and deadlines of the IACP Election Process.
There are eight elective positions on the IACP Executive Board. These are:
- President (1 year term)
- 1st Vice President (1 year term)
- 2nd Vice President (1 year term)
- 3rd Vice President (1 year term)
- 4th Vice President (1 year term)
- Vice President at Large #1 (3 year term)
- Vice President at Large #2 (3 year term)
- Vice President-Treasurer (3 year term)
Elections are held each year at the IACP Annual Conference. The conduct of IACP elections is governed by the IACP Constitution and Rules and overseen by the IACP Elections Commission.
Candidate Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for service on the IACP Executive Board an individual must:
- Be an active member of the IACP in good standing for at least three years;
- Be regularly engaged in active police service as the appointed operating chief executive of their public police agency; or
- Be serving as the elected operating chief executive officer of a municipal law enforcement agency.
Candidate Filing Information:
Campaign Financial Information:
Candidates for IACP office are required to file reports detailing the contributions received and expenditures made by their campaigns.
To assist candidates in filing this information, the following forms are provided:
Financial Report Filing Deadlines
Candidates are required to file financial reports on three separate occasions
- A preliminary financial statement must be filed 120 days prior to the Annual Conference.
- An up-to-date financial statement must be filed before Noon on the day the Annual Conference begins.
- A final financial statement must be filed within 60 days after the election.
For further information please contact Vincent Talucci, IACP Executive Director/ Chief Executive Officer.
This committee shall have the duty and responsibility to enforce rules, regulations and constitutional provisions regulating elections. This committee shall be composed of five (5) active members of the Association. The five members shall not be members of the Nominating Committee. See Article 2; Article 4, Sections 5 and 9; Rule 17, Section 1.