“FIT TO LEAD”

Welcome to the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police.  On behalf of the Board and the entire membership, thank you for visiting.

Founded in February 1953, the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police was the product of thirty-nine chiefs who gathered together wanting to create an organization that would be able to promote training and information sharing in order to facilitate the professional growth of Police Chiefs and Officers statewide.  Today, we continue to hold steadfast to our core mission: To promote and enhance the highest ethical and professional standards in law enforcement at all levels throughout Oregon.

The strength of OACP, like many organizations, comes from its members who give tirelessly of themselves to help attain the goals of the Association in our efforts to serve fellow Oregonians.  We strive to make a difference within our own communities and our State as a whole.  Whether speaking to a Local Service Club, representing OACP in a myriad of Local, State and Federal Committees and Commissions, or testifying before the State and Federal Legislative Bodies; our members contribute selflessly.  Thank you all.

As we go about our daily work, I ask you consider this year’s theme “Fit to Lead.”  Being leaders within our noble profession, we frequently get wrapped up in the concerns and responsibilities that we have to the communities we serve, our departments, and life in general.   At times, this takes its toll on us.  We must take care of ourselves, because no one else will.

To this end, I would like to shift part of our focus this year to personal fitness.  I am speaking of fitness in the holistic sense: not just physical, but mental and emotional too.  Our profession is a very demanding one.  If we do not tend to our fitness, we put our careers, families and potentially our lives in peril.

I put forth this challenge.  During the course of this year, participate in at least one new activity that appeals to you in order to improve your fitness.  Be it a walk with a loved one or hiking around Crater Lake; running a 5k to cycling a century; a golf outing or practicing yoga, you are only limited by your imagination.  Our fitness has a direct correlation with our ability to effectively lead.  We owe it to ourselves, our families and ultimately the public we serve to maintain a level of fitness sufficient to be able to perform that which is required of us.

I am honored and feel very privileged to be able to serve as the President of OACP this year.  I am humbled by the trust given me by my peers and mentors to lead this august group of Law Enforcement Professionals.

Rock Rakosi
Myrtle Point Police Department

President Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police 2015-16

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