Message from the Chairman
History of the Delaware Police Chiefs' Council, Inc.
The Delaware Police Chiefs’ Council, Inc. was established in 1971 following the IACP Conference in 1970. At that time, the president of the Delaware Association of Chiefs of Police, a quasi law enforcement association, was a civilian employee of the Department of Corrections. Three forward looking municipal chiefs put together a set of by-laws establishing the current Delaware Police Chiefs’ Council. Those by-laws proposed a membership limited to municipal chiefs of police, the New Castle County Police Department, and the Delaware State Police, making the Council, truly a statewide Chiefs Association. Those by-laws have evolved to where the rank of Captains and above and the 2nd in command of police departments are eligible for voting membership. Membership is also offered to certain other State Law Enforcement agencies having full police powers. Federal Law Enforcement Agencies are offered non-voting memberships. Key here is that membership consists only of command police personnel. We have no doctors, lawyers, and Indian chiefs.
The Delaware Police Chiefs’ Council is the recognized State Association of Chiefs of Police (SACOP) representative for the State of Delaware to the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP).
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization of police executives, with over 20,000 members in over 100 different countries. IACP’s leadership consists of the operating chief executives of international, federal, state, and local agencies of all
The Delaware Police Chiefs’ Council priorities and ideals closely mirror those of the IACP which is to advance the science and art of police services; to develop and disseminate improved administrative, technical, and operational practices, and promote their use in police work; to foster police cooperation and the exchange of information and experience among police administrators throughout the world; to bring about recruitment and training in the police profession of qualified persons; and to encourage adherence of all police officers to high professional standards of performance and conduct.
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