IACP Fellow Program

IACP Fellow Program

The IACP Fellow Program encourages law enforcement professionals to engage in all areas of policing and the criminal justice spectrum while working at the IACP.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is the world’s largest and most influential professional association for police leaders. With more than 32,000 members in more than 170 countries, the IACP is a recognized leader in global policing. Since 1893, the association has been speaking out on behalf of law enforcement and advancing leadership and professionalism in policing worldwide. 

The IACP is known for its commitment to shaping the future of the police profession. Through timely research, programming, and unparalleled training opportunities, the IACP is preparing current and emerging police leaders—and the agencies and communities they serve—to succeed in addressing the most pressing issues, threats, and challenges of the day. 

Fellow Program Overview

The IACP Fellow Program encourages law enforcement professionals to engage in all areas of policing and the criminal justice spectrum while working at the IACP. The programs and services provided by the IACP for its members and the law enforcement profession include policy and program development, legislative support, management studies, training, technical assistance, and much more.

The programs and services provided by the IACP for its members and the law enforcement profession include policy and program development, legislative support, management studies, training, technical assistance, and much more.

Specific tasks the Fellow may participate in include:

  • Review and become familiar with current and emerging national and international law enforcement and justice policy issues.
  • Participate in developing and managing national and international level policy, programs, research, or evaluation efforts on emerging issues in law enforcement.
  • Attend internal and external executive level meetings that address national level policing issues.
  • Provide direct support to various national and international law enforcement policy or research projects currently underway at the IACP.
  • Participate in advisory panels and boards to address specific issues within policing
  • Attend and participate in IACP Division, Section and Committee meetings to develop an understanding of the methodology to address complex issues in policing.
  • Participate in multinational policing initiatives to broaden understanding of common problems and possible solutions in global policing.
  • Provide first hand law enforcement perspective to IACP produced material across the association.
  • Attend the IACP Conference and participate in multiple networking and information exchange events with global leaders in policing.
  • Participate on panel and educational programming at the IACP conference.
  • Research and write an article for publication in the Police Chief magazine.

Objectives

These tasks work to meet the following objectives of the Fellow program:

Objective 1: Enhance the fellows’ understanding of global policing issues and methods of influencing law enforcement on global scale. 

Objective 2: Evaluate and apply law enforcement knowledge in conjunction with IACP staff to create programs and services that speak effectively to the field. 

Objective 3: Exchange critical thinking, problem-solving, and leadership skills in the process of developing informed solutions to complex issues in policing. 

These objectives will help to ensure that law enforcement leaders return to their agencies well informed on best practices in policing and with a broader understanding of the global policing profession.  

Program Requirements

  • The sponsoring agency, candidate, and the IACP determine logistics, including the length of the fellowship (6 or 11 months) and work schedule.
  • The fellowship must be completed at the IACP Headquarters in Alexandria, VA.
  • Agency Executives and Chiefs may refer several candidates for consideration.
  • The IACP does not offer funding for this program; therefore, the expectation is that the home agency continues to pay the participant’s salary.

Application Process

IACP's Fellow Program is open to all sworn federal, state, local, tribal and international law enforcement officers, typically serving in mid-level management or professional position. Interested applicants are required to provide: 

  • A cover letter and must include the candidate’s area of interest as it relates to IACP’s specific offerings, the candidate’s reason for applying, and what the candidate is hoping to gain from the program.
  • A letter of support from the agency executive. 
  • All candidates must submit the IACP Fellows Program Application Packet to the IACP's Human Resources Department through the below link. 

IACP will make the final decision on all program admissions. Selected candidates will be contacted by the Human Resources Department for next steps. Selected fellows and their home agency manager must sign the Program Rules and Expectation prior to their start date.

Become an IACP Fellow

Contact Us

For more information about the program please email fellow@theIACP.org

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