The annual IACP 40 Under 40 Award recognizes 40 law enforcement professionals under the age of 40 from around the world who demonstrate leadership and exemplify commitment to their profession. The dedicated law enforcement professionals selected for the 2017 IACP 40 Under 40 award are current and up-and-coming leaders. They serve every day as crime analysts, special agents, troopers, chiefs, commissioners, lieutenants, and captains, among other roles, and they represent all types and sizes of law enforcement agencies, including state, local, federal, and military. These extraordinary leaders are driven by their commitment to improve their agencies and the personnel they work with. Regardless of rank, these law enforcement professionals have dedicated their careers to raising the bar for their communities and for those who serve their communities. These role models improve themselves by focusing outwardly on advancing those around them. They make sacrifices to ensure that their agencies and their peers are serving at their very best. Despite the numerous awards and accolades many of these individuals have already received, all of the 40 Under 40 awardees have emphasized that they are only one part of a team that is responsible for those accomplishments. The 40 Under 40 award winners know that, in order to truly improve the world that they live in and serve, they have to strive to improve their departments and those they work alongside. They understand that, especially in the law enforcement field, collaboration is vital for improved services.
Each winner was chosen for his or her demonstration of strong values and commitment to the law enforcement field. The winners began a career in law enforcement to protect people, especially those who cannot protect themselves. They emit positivity, genuine concern, and compassion, despite the many traumatic experiences that all law enforcement personnel face. They lead by example by providing training and mentorship for others, serving as role models, developing more effective methodologies for their departments, and taking advantage of every opportunity to build up those around them. The awardees have capitalized on their successes to improve their communities through community service, philanthropic programs, outreach, and education. They go beyond their roles in the law enforcement field to improve their communities in an effort to make the world a better place for their loved ones, the public, and future generations.