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President's Message

Your Goal in 2014: Recruit at Least One New Member to the IACP

By Yousry “Yost” Zakhary, Director, Woodway, Texas, Public Safety Department

What makes the IACP one of the world’s premier law enforcement organizations is the collective wisdom, experience, and expertise of our over 20,000 members. It is your voice and input that enables us to addresses cutting-edge issues confronting law enforcement through advocacy, programs, and research, as well as training and other professional services. You are the leaders who will shape the law enforcement profession and the IACP for years to come.

That is why I believe that in order for the IACP to continue its record of accomplishment, it is imperative that we also continue to grow our membership.

As many of you are aware, increasing and expanding the IACP membership is one of my top presidential priorities. I have established an ad hoc Committee on Membership that will, under the direction of Past President Craig Steckler, examine all aspects of membership, including membership recruitment, international membership, marketing to increase membership, membership benefits, and dues structure and tiers. I look forward to the committee’s report and recommendations.

However, I believe it is imperative that all IACP members play a role in growing our association and enhancing our profession. If each of you were to sponsor just one member to join the IACP, the increased size of our association would strengthen our voice and our ability to serve the leaders of today and develop the leaders of tomorrow.

To assist you in identifying potential new members and in your outreach efforts, here are some quick highlights about IACP offerings. In addition, new members can sign up at

What Is the IACP?

The IACP is the world’s largest association of law enforcement executives. It is a comprehensive professional organization that serves the leaders of today and develops the leaders of tomorrow.

Who Can Join?

Law enforcement professionals at every level qualify for membership in the IACP. Those in command-level positions qualify for active membership; others working in and associated with law enforcement are eligible for associate membership.

What Does the IACP Do?

For 120 years, we have been launching internationally acclaimed programs, speaking out on behalf of law enforcement, conducting groundbreaking research, and providing exemplary programs and services to our members around the globe.

How Does the IACP Do This?

The IACP serves the leaders of today through advocacy, training, research, and professional services. The IACP addresses the most pressing issues facing leaders today. From new technologies to emerging threats and trends, the IACP provides comprehensive and responsive service to its members throughout the world.

What Does the IACP Plan to Do in the Future?

The IACP is also focused on developing the law enforcement leaders of tomorrow. The IACP Center for Police Leadership, the New Police Chief Mentoring Project, and numerous other training and educational opportunities are designed to prepare tomorrow’s leaders for the challenges and opportunities they will face.


The IACP membership encompasses a diverse and exceptionally professional group from all aspects of the law enforcement profession. For only $120 a year, IACP members are able to participate in committees and sections of topical interest and readily share successes and challenges with law enforcement leaders from around the world. In addition, members are provided opportunities to participate in summits, project advisory boards, research endeavors, and more. These opportunities provide forums to strengthen professional development, increase leadership capacity, and enhance our collective relevancy on important policy issues.

Become an IACP Member

Interested in becoming an IACP member or know someone who might want to join the largest association of law enforcement executives? Visit: to apply online. Members and associate members receive a number of valuable benefits, including access to member-only information and resources, discounts on products and events, a subscription to Police Chief, and more.

If you have any questions about IACP membership or would like more information, please contact Christian Faulkner at or visit
All of our efforts, training, research, sample policies, smart policing strategies, best practices, and advocacy are directed at making our members successful and enhancing the role of the law enforcement professional worldwide. We hold the world’s largest annual conference of law enforcement professionals, which offers unique training and networking opportunities. It also provides attendees with access to the latest emerging technology through vendors.
Although the recruitment of new members is an integral part of this challenge I bestow upon you in 2014, it is not the only factor. Retention is also key. It is important that you, as members, become actively involved and renew your membership. Consider joining and being actively involved in committees and sections of interest to you. Make sure you review our model policy guides and research papers to help you enhance the capabilities of your law enforcement agency and your own work on the job.

By being a member, you not only enhance your career, but you also enrich the law enforcement profession as a whole through your direct involvement. Your participation provides a unified voice for the law enforcement community on a national and international level, as well as a platform for the exchange of ideas and best practices among law enforcement leaders.

I want to thank you for your participation in and support of the IACP. It is my hope that through your recruitment and retention efforts in 2014, you will empower the IACP to expand and grow in the coming years. Through your continued involvement, you can be proud to say that you are personally serving the leaders of today and developing the leaders of tomorrow. ♦

Please cite as:

Yousry Zakhary, “Your Goal in 2014: Recruit at Least One New Member to the IACP,” President’s Message, The Police Chief 81 (January 2014): 6–7.

Correction: In the December 2013 “President’s Message,” Police Chief mistakenly misspelled the town of Newtown, Connecticut, as Newton. The misspelling also occurred in the subject line of the December 31, 2013, edition of the IACP News. We sincerely apologize for the error and have corrected it in the online versions of both texts.



From The Police Chief, vol. 81, no. 1, January 2014. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.

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