A Message from OACP President Chris Skinner

Welcome to the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police (OACP) website! It is my privilege and honor to serve as the OACP President for the 2022-2023 term and look forward to representing our state and our profession both here in the State of Oregon, as well as around the nation. If you are a member of OACP, thank you for your service to Oregon and the communities you serve. If you are a visitor, please explore all the amazing programs and resources that OACP has to offer.

The OACP was formed in 1953 with a mission to “promote and enhance the highest ethical and professional standards in law enforcement at all levels throughout Oregon,” a mission that continues to this day. As an organization, we are dedicated to following our core values and the highest of ethical standards, all while being committed to improving the profession we love and are dedicated to.

The membership of the OACP consists not only of Chiefs of Police, but a broad-spectrum of police professionals, leaders within municipal police and criminal justice organizations statewide, as well as participation from many retired police chiefs. Together, we are committed to our mission and dedicated to keeping Oregon law enforcement as a nationwide leader. The OACP is also supported by an outstanding executive staff responsible for the administration of OACP.

The OACP has several endeavors that help us to accomplish our mission including:

  • Holding professional conferences and sponsoring training sessions several times per year for not only our membership, but other individuals as well.
  • Regularly testify at the Oregon legislature to work to secure the passage of laws that serve the interests of our Oregon communities.
  • Supporting the Oregon Accreditation Alliance which has established professional standards of accountability, management, and operations for Oregon’s public safety community.
  • Partnering with and supporting a variety of non-profit organizations who, along with OACP, are committed to making Oregon a great place to live, work, and visit.
  • Provide scholarships to students attending college to attain a degree in the Criminal Justice or related fields.

Public safety in the State of Oregon has been on a record pace toward police reform. The law enforcement professionals who serve Oregon communities are committed to working collaboratively with our legislature and community leaders to evolve and build trust and confidence in our public safety system. I want to thank the amazing public safety leaders for their unwavering commitment to our mission and I look forward to another great year.



Chief Chris Skinner
OACP President