Message from the IACP President

Message from the IACP President
Chief Jason Dombkowski
West Lafayette Police Department


Thank you for your interest in the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police. As the professional association for Indiana’s law enforcement leaders we welcome you to our website and hope it provides you with useful information.


Policing in a free society is a complex and challenging undertaking which demands that law enforcement leaders be knowledgeable and skilled in a variety of areas. One of the primary focus areas of the IACP is developing and delivering the highest quality professional training programs for first line supervisors, middle managers, and executive leaders in our profession.


Professionalism, standards and accountability are key tenants of the IACP’s progressive leadership training programs. We conduct the one week Basic Police Leadership (BPL) course for beginning supervisors at multiple times and locations in the state to provide new supervisors with the tools needed to successfully transition from officer to sergeant. Our Police Leadership Academy, a three-week session, is the next step for supervisors to acquire additional management skills as they advance in their organizations. The Police Executive Leadership Symposium is an annual seminar for agency chief executives to interact with law enforcement leaders, researchers, and university professors from across the United States regarding current and emerging issues in policing and to discuss best practices in dealing with those issues. All of our progressive leadership training programs focus on professionalism and accountability.


Another focus for the association is in government relations. The IACP’s Government Relations Committee works with legislators, criminal justice agencies, and other groups to propose, advise, and support legislation which impacts public safety efforts and agencies. IACP members have served in key roles advising study committees, assisting in the drafting of bills, and providing committee testimony as subject matter experts or representatives of law enforcement leadership.


The IACP also provides members with invaluable opportunities to network and be resources to one another. Law enforcement agencies small and large have very similar issues and concerns. The ability of Chiefs to connect with one another to discuss issues and share solutions to problems is an asset to our members and the communities we serve. This networking is enhanced during our Fall Conference and Mid-Winter Conference each year. In addition to networking, the conferences provide training opportunities, exposure to the latest products and technology at the trade show, and discussions about matters of interest to the members.


It is a privilege to serve as the President of the IACP in 2018. On behalf of the Board of Directors, the IACP Foundation, the Association staff, and the dedicated law enforcement executives who are the members of the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police, I thank you for your interest and renew our commitment to providing professional law enforcement leadership to the communities we serve.