In 1953 a group of forward thinking Oregon police chiefs got together with express intent of promoting training and information sharing to facilitate the professional growth of Oregon Chiefs of Police. Our mission remains to promote and enhance the highest ethical and professional standards in law enforcement at all levels throughout Oregon. Today some 60 years later our members include not only Chiefs of Police but also police commanders, supervisors, and support staff from all over Oregon.
Throughout our rich history OACP members have worked together to respond to public safety issues that have faced our state. Our members have worked to help shape public policy and keep Oregonians safe, care for victims of crime, and to hold offenders accountable for their conduct.
In recent years the OACP was instrumental in bringing the Oregon Accreditation Alliance (OAA) into existence and in promoting its work of identifying and enacting best practices for police agencies all over the state. Today many progressive agencies are OAA members and are providing their citizens with the best service possible through uniform policies and practices.
OACP also provides enhanced public service though our Parent Aid program, Executive Resource programs, Police Officer Testing programs, and scholarships.
This year we look forward to continuing our tradition of service and in preparing for the future by:
- Continuing our collaborative work with the OSSA and ODAA on Oregon public safety policy
- Upgrading and modernization of our bylaws
- Seeking best practices in the area of labor relations
- Reviewing how Oregon’s Line of Duty Death Benefits compare to our neighboring states
- Training and dialogue on the topic of resiliency for our officers and ourselves
I am honored to serve as president of an organization whose members have provided so much leadership, mentoring, and service to me over the course of my career.
Scott D. Russell, Chief of Police City of Woodburn Oregon
President Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police 2014-15