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Candidate for 2009 IACP Office: Patrick T. Foley


Patrick T. Foley

Chief of Police
Douglas, Massachusetts
Candidate for Vice President at Large


My name is Pat Foley, and I serve as the chief of police in Douglas, Massachusetts, a bedroom community of just under 10,000 people in central Massachusetts, located on the borders of Rhode Island and Connecticut.

I am in my 33rd year of law enforcement and my 23rd year as a chief.

My career began in the City of Burlington, Vermont, in January 1977, as a patrolman walking foot patrol. I spent time in patrol, juvenile, and detectives being promoted to the rank of detective corporal before returning to the patrol side as a sergeant. I left the Burlington Police Department in September 1983 when I became a special agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration and was assigned to their largest field office in Manhattan, New York. In April 1987, I was appointed as chief of police for the Town of Windsor, Vermont, and remained there until October 1995 when I was appointed the chief of police in Douglas, Massachusetts.

During my career, I have often looked for opportunities to improve my agency, my jurisdiction, and the profession of law enforcement. The leadership positions I have held include: president of the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police and president of the Central Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association and member of the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Central Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, and the New England Association of Chiefs of Police.

I began my active service to the IACP in 1987, and I’ve held leadership positions as the parliamentarian on the Board of Officers in 2004–2005, serving as a member of the Executive Committee in 2003–2004, and appointed again to represent Group 1, New England in 2006. I have been an active member of the Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Committee since 2002.

I am a graduate of Bryant College with a bachelor’s of science degree in law enforcement as well as a graduate of the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development program. I have been acknowledged for my service to law enforcement with a number of awards and recognitions.

My desire for seeking this office is simple. I wish to continue my service and dedication to the profession I have committed myself to for more than half my life in a leadership capacity with the single most effective executive law enforcement organization in the world.

There are many issues facing us as police chiefs; Homeland/Hometown Security dealing with terrorism, drugs, and violence. Since September 11, 2001, there has been over 100,000 people murdered in this country. We still need to develop affordable, effective, and accessible training for our officers taking advantage of technology and encouraging the utilization of Web-based training tracks. The recruitment and retention of competent staff and career development in the area of leadership education for our collective futures are important concerns to me. The lack of radio interoperability between agencies and immigration and its effects on local, state, and tribal law enforcement are issues that still need to be discussed and their solutions to be found. In this time of economic stress, we are struggling with necessary resources in the area of law enforcement grants, especially in maintaining our staffing levels and dealing with shrinking budgets; many states are facing serious lay-offs of personnel and reductions in community-based programs. Overall, federal funding is important to ensure successful law enforcement programs continue for everyone. This is a number one priority of mine and something that I would strongly advocate for.

We, as policing professionals, are facing many hurdles over the next several years, and I want to continue to represent you on the Board of Officers of the IACP. I am always willing to listen to your concerns and bring them forward to the governing body of the IACP. My election to the office of vice president at large will ensure a friendly voice in the deliberations of the largest law enforcement professional association in the world.

My career has included service in small, rural locations and major urban areas, giving me a unique set of qualifications that make me highly qualified to be your next vice president at large, who can tackle the new challenges facing the IACP in the 21st century. I am fortunate to have the support of my family, my department, and my community to continue to serve the IACP on the Board of Officers for the next several years. I look forward to an opportunity to honor the rich past, continue the legacy of this great association, and make a contribution to its future.

Please consider attending the 116th Annual IACP Conference in Denver and voting for Patrick T. Foley for vice president at large of the IACP. Thank you in advance for your support.


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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVI, no. 8, August 2009. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.








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