Originally formed in 1926, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and Foundation, Inc. (DBA Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, or VACP) is an incorporated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Previously operating as separate entities, the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc. (501(c)6 entity) and the Virginia Police Chiefs Foundation (501(c)3 entity) merged operations in May 2016.
The VACP's more than 600 members are made up of active and retired federal, state, local and private law enforcement and criminal justice agency executives, administrators and managers. Members also include persons in law enforcement-related businesses, support industries or government agencies. The VACP has three classes of dues-paying membership — Active, Associate, and Senior. The VACP also has a small group of non-dues paying retired members (classified as "Honorary") who were grandfathered in following a 2004 Bylaws change when their membership class was eliminated. A ten-member Executive Board elected by the Active members governs the affairs of the VACP.
The purpose of the VACP is "to promote the professional development of all executive and management personnel within duly constituted law enforcement agencies in the Commonwealth of Virginia; to encourage close cooperation of all law enforcement agencies in the prevention of crime, detection of crime and the apprehension of those responsible for the commission of crimes; to promote the highest standards of the police profession through selection and training of law enforcement officers and generally pledge and strive for the highest degree of respect for law and order throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia."
To these ends, the VACP conducts two membership conferences each year to conduct the business of the Association, facilitates the work of VACP committees, provides professional training appropriate to the membership, and serves as a forum for public and private sector representatives to voice their concerns or share their efforts with Virginia law enforcement representatives. The VACP also serves as a coordinating body for Virginia law enforcement's annual support of Virginia Special Olympics through the Torch Run project. The VACP provides regular Association and criminal justice information of importance to its members through newsletters and periodic special advisories. The VACP provides representatives of police agencies to serve on behalf of the membership on government, legislative and private industry study and coordinating committees and councils. The VACP is active in monitoring the Virginia General Assembly to promote and protect the interests of Virginia's police agencies. The Association participates in several criminal justice projects with state and local agencies and associations, such as the Smart, Safe and Sober transportation safety project, the Virginia Community Policing Institute, the Virginia Bankers Association Armed Robbery Response Project and the Virginia Law Enforcement Challenge traffic safety awards program.
Annual Report Filings with State Corporation Commission (Corp ID: 04772091)
Federal Tax Identification Number (EIN) of the new merged entity "Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police and Foundation, Inc.": 31-1502529