Message from the IACP President

Message from the IACP President
Chief William R. Whelan
Sellersburg Police Department


Welcome to the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police website. The IACP represents over 180 police agencies in the State of Indiana and is dedicated to the pursuit of achieving Excellence in Police Leadership for our members. As an Association, we strive to further the professionalism of Law Enforcement in Indiana. Our strength begins with our members and extends to our State, our cities, and our communities.


The Association, coupled with the IACP Foundation and the respective Boards of Directors, serves all law enforcement in the State with training, information, professional opportunities and networking. The interest of all law enforcement has changed since the inception of the IACP in 1925. As such, our interests for current law enforcement trends, ideas, and focuses are ever changing as the time progresses. While our focus is on the present needs of our membership, we will keep an eye towards the future and what it will bring. 


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 the beginning supervisors to provide new supervisors with the tools needed to successfully transition from officer to sergeant. Our Police Leadership Academy, a three-week program, 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. 


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 both our Mid-Winter Conference and Summer Conference each year. In addition to networking, IACP 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 indeed an honor and privilege to serve as the President of the IACP in 2020. I look forward to collaborating with all our law enforcement executives and partners, as we strive to meet our commitment to excellence in enhancing the safety of the communities that we honorably serve.