The VACP, formed in 1926, is an unincorporated 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association. Its 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. A ten-member Executive Board elected by the active members governs the affairs of the VACP.
Membership in the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police consists of three classes: Active, Associate and Senior.
Active memberships consist only of those persons who are actively engaged as appointive heads of certified law enforcement agencies which operate in the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as executive and/or administrative officers with responsibility of at least bureau or division commanders or similar status as designated by the heads of such agencies.
Associate memberships include those persons involved in law enforcement or law enforcement related occupations, or individuals sincerely interested in the advancement of the law enforcement profession, but who are not eligible for Active membership. Associate members, who are employed through a law enforcement agency, are permitted to attend the Midyear and Annual Meetings as Delegates and participate in discussions, but shall have no vote, shall not be eligible to hold office in the association, and shall not be counted at any time in determining a quorum or majority for any purpose.
Senior memberships consist of those persons who, upon retirement from the law enforcement profession, wish to remain active in the Association. Upon regular payments of dues of an amount to be determined by the Executive Board, such members shall be entitled to all privileges and benefits of the Association including retention on the Association mailing list. They shall not be entitled to vote, nor hold any active office and shall not be counted at any time in determining a quorum or majority for any purpose.
The dues of the Association are determined by the Executive Board and are paid annually. Current dues amounts for the July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019 fiscal year are as follows:
- Active: $175
- Associate: $125
- Senior: $20
A member of the Association shall be considered suspended from membership for failure to pay annual dues in a timely manner. Upon the elimination of the cause of suspension, the suspended member may be reinstated by the Executive Board.
Dues paying members receive the following benefits from the VACP:
- Membership pin
- Discounted registration fees for VACP conferences and trainings
- Access to online Member Area
- Services of paid association staff
- Discounted job listings on the VACP website