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About Us



Founded in 1967, the mission of the National Association of Chiefs of Police is to support and promote the law enforcement profession. The organization has a multifaceted program service effort including the following:

To maintain and perpetuate the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum for the purpose of honoring those officers who have died in the line of duty in the United States of America and its territories and possessions and to house a museum of law enforcement artifacts for public display to promote the law enforcement profession and help develop the public’s understanding of the day to day challenges faced by law enforcement professionals.

To educate and promote the annual observance of Peace Officers’ Week and May 15th, Peace Officers’ Memorial Day, to the general public through activities and sponsored programs.

To offer assistance to officers and their families who have been disabled in the line of duty.

To encourage through the leadership of persons who hold a command law enforcement or security position within the United States and its territories and possessions educational activities and services to upgrade law enforcement and security on a professional level.

To publish, distribute and print materials that are relative to law enforcement history, training and services and research material based on studies which may be funded by the organization.

To hold meetings and sponsor seminars and conferences for the purpose of education and upgrading those who may supervise agencies in law enforcement at the federal, state, county and local levels as well as private security, as needed.

To encourage citizen support for law enforcement, for the establishment of a law enforcement memorial and museum and for honoring those men and women who serve and protect in the community in all levels of government.

To help fund or provide resources to law enforcement agencies for crime prevention and/or crime deterrent programs or services for which funds or resources are not readily available to the agency.

Every gift makes a difference.

Mission Statement

The mission of the National Association of Chiefs of Police is to promote and support the law enforcement profession.


This mission is accomplished through the following:

  1. Provide relevant programs to law enforcement agencies that will enable them to better serve their communities;

  2. Offer assistance to law enforcement officers paralyzed or injured in the line of duty and meaningful programs for their families;

  3. Recognize the noteworthy contributions and actions of law enforcement professionals and civilians through an award program;

  4. Enrich the public’s awareness, understanding and appreciation for contributions made by the law enforcement sector;

  5. Support the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum (APHF) and its programs in a manner that produces a meaningful experience and aspires to the highest standards.

Direct Mail Policy
Since 1967, the National Association of Chiefs of Police has utilized direct mail as a means to recruit, maintain and educate our significant national membership. In addition to our membership and solicitation activities, direct mail is used to maintain our subscriber base for our trade publication. This communication and education is a key aspect of our mission. We are expanding our digital communications but we still rely heavily on postal mail not only to generate the income that makes our many service programs possible, but also to maintain our membership, to educate the public, to implement our service programs (many of which involve mailing items to the families of disabled officers throughout the year) and to operate our American Police Hall of Fame & Museum, and the annual national Memorial Day observances, which are key aspects of our mission. As a result, in accordance with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) guidelines, we allocate a portion of our direct mail costs to program services and to fundraising.
Compensation Policy

The Executive Director of The National Association of Chiefs of Police (“NACOP”) is the principal representative of the organization, and the person responsible for the efficient operation of NACOP. Therefore, it is the desire of NACOP to provide a fair, yet reasonable and not excessive, compensation for the Executive Director and any other key compensated employees. The complete policy can be found here.

Financial Information

The National Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc. is a Florida not-for-profit corporation incorporated in 1967. The Organization’s revenues consist principally of contributions from the general public and dues and other income obtained from its membership.

The Organization has been granted tax-exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service under code Section 501(c)(3). The Organization does pay tax on any unrelated business income. The organization is registered in every state where it conducts fund raising activities as required by the state.

All contributions are considered to be available for unrestricted use unless specifically restricted by the donor. The financial records of the Organization are audited annually by Robbins and Moroney, P.A., Certified Public Accountants. Copies of audited financial statements are available here. To download the IRS Form 990 click here.


Barry Shepherd

Executive Director

Kim Connolly

Vice President

Jamie Maynard

Chief Technology Officer

Brent Shepherd

Executive Secretary

Peter Connolly

Executive Editor

National Advisory Board

Chief Thomas L. Booker

Capt. Andrew W. Carrano

Chief Romanino Colandrea

Off. Ronny Eller

Chief of Public Safety John J. Harty

Col. Richard E. Howard

Director Steven L. Labov

Chief Steve Newton (Ret)

Deputy Director of Investigation Jeanne C. Suarez-Campanaro

Investigator Steve Wayne - FWC

Kenneth E. Wilkinson

Advisory Board

National President/National Chaplain

Jack L. Rinchich

West Virginia

Outreach Chairman

Tpr. John Kucan (Ret.)

North Carolina


Vice President

Brian Smith


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