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Candidate for 2010 IACP Office: Richard Beary

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Richard Beary
Chief of Police
University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida
Candidate for IACP Fourth Vice President

n behalf of all the Florida police chiefs, sheriffs, and law enforcement executives, I say we look forward to seeing you at IACP 2010 in Orlando, Florida. The IACP and Chief Val Demings and her staff at the Orlando Police Department have a great program planned for all IACP members and guests. This conference will be a worldclass event.

After 33 years in law enforcement and 18 years as a police chief, I am seeking the position of IACP fourth vice president. I have served on the IACP Executive Committee since 2003 and the IACP Financial Review Committee since 2006. I have been the Florida State Association of Chiefs of Police (SACOP) representative for more than 4 years and served on the IACP Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Committee since 1995. I am a proud graduate of the FBI National Academy (143rd session) and hold a master of science degree. I also served as president of the Florida Police Chiefs Association from 1998 to 1999.

I began my law enforcement career in 1977 with the Altamonte Springs, Florida, Police Department. As the youngest sworn and commissioned officer in the state, I worked my way through the promotional ranks with numerous enforcement-related assignments, including working with local, state, and federal task forces targeting narcotics and organized crime groups.

In 1992, I was appointed chief of police for the city of Lake Mary, Florida. I served during a time of unprecedented growth. Utilizing a strong community-policing philosophy, the city and department prospered, and, in 2007, Lake Mary was named the fourth best place to live in America by CNN and Money Magazine. The city leadership encouraged the development of strong partnerships, which allowed me to devote time to IACP committees and issues. As a member of the IACP Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Committee, one of my proudest achievements was convincing Congress not to eliminate the civil forfeiture of drug traffickers’ illegal profits and property. Retired Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Thomas Constantine and every committee member will confirm this was a highly contentious issue. Had we failed, police agencies would have lost millions of dollars, and criminals would have reaped profit from their criminal acts. In June 2007, I announced my retirement after 30 years of municipal police service.

On June 29, 2007, I was appointed chief of police for the University of Central Florida (UCF). Our university is the largest in Florida and the third largest in the United States. We have a student population in excess of 56,000 and more than 9,000 faculty and staff members. We are a full-service police agency providing E9-1-1 service, uniform patrol, investigations, crime prevention, and tactical response. Our campus hosts numerous large-scale events at our Bright House Network Stadium, which seats 46,000, and the UCF Arena, which seats 10,000. These events require the delivery of professional service and multiagency incident command.

Following are issues important to the IACP that I am committed to address:

  • Financial stability. All of us are feeling the effects of a weakened global economy. Working with Vice President–Treasurer Carl Wolf and members of the IACP Financial Review Committee, I will closely monitor the expenditures, investments, and budget position. We must remain financially strong in order for us to provide services and a powerful voice for our members in critical national and international issues.
  • Unfunded mandates. These burdens continue to be placed on law enforcement agencies. The IACP must remain a vocal leader opposing legislation that requires police action without funding.
  • Immigration issues. We must continue to examine the role that state and local police agencies play.
  • Tort reform. We protect our agencies and personnel from proposed changes in the civil justice system.
  • Cooperation and collaboration. Working together is the key to our success. We need to build strong partnerships at all levels of law enforcement and with the private sector. We should collaborate with other organizations that share our vision.
  • Continued support of the mentorship programs. We have the power to educate and groom current and future police chiefs throughout our organization.
The professional importance of the IACP is embedded in my family. My father, Raymond Beary, earned life membership and served on the IACP Executive Committee until his retirement. My brother Kevin Beary holds life membership status. Combined, we share more than 70 years of IACP experience and more than 100 years of law enforcement service. The continued growth and success of the IACP is paramount to my candidacy. I thank you for your consideration and humbly ask for your vote. I look forward to seeing you in Orlando at IACP 2010! ■   



From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVII, no. 8, August 2010. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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