Oregon Association Chiefs of Police Inaugural Meeting in Salem, Oregon – February 27th, 1953
On February 27th, 1953, thirty-nine police chiefs from throughout the State of Oregon gathered in the capitol city at the invitation of Salem Police Chief Clyde Warren to form a new organization called the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police. During the inaugural meeting, Chief Ted D. Brown of Eugene was elected the first OACP president, Chief Clyde Warren of Salem was elected vice president and Chief Carl M. Dalles from Grants Pass was elected secretary-treasurer.
Over the years, the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police has grown in scope and membership, but our commitment to our core values and to the law enforcement code of ethics has remained steady and sure. As we enter our sixth decade, the OACP continues to grow in image and stature within the state. Membership in the OACP has grown to over 200 law enforcement executives along with a significant number of law enforcement and private sector partners.
The OACP accomplishes its mission by hosting conferences and trainings, distributing college scholarship money to second year (or later) students in criminal justice programs, managing grants for safety belt and DUII overtime, and developing and running community outreach programs geared for municipal police agencies. The OACP also maintains a strong presence in Salem, regularly testifies on legislative issues, and works to secure the passage of laws that help police departments better protect our citizens.
The membership of the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police is committed to support and maintain the highest standards of public safety and police protection for the people who live, work and play in the State of Oregon.