BECOME A RIPCA MEMBER

MEMBERSHIP TYPES DEFINITION
Active Member I Chief Executive Officer of a law enforcement agency
Active Member II Agent in charge of any federal law enforcement agency
Active Member III Directors of Security or Campus Police Chiefs at either Bryant Univ. NEIT, Prov. College, Roger Williams Univ. or Salve Regina Univ. 
Life Member Retired RIPCA Active I Member who has requested to become a life member. May attend meeting but has no voting privileges. 
Retired Retired Chief Executive Officer of a law enforcement agency
Associate Members Any person of good reputation may be eligible for Associate Membership provided he/she is sponsored by an Active Member (I).
Honorary Members Any person nominated by the current Active I RIPCA Members

Corporate Members                          

Any Corporation of good reputation may be eligible for Associate Membership provided he/she is sponsored by an Active Member (I).

 

If you are current or past law enforcement officer you can apply to be one of the following member types
 
If you are NOT a current or past law enforcement officer you can apply to be one of the following member types
Active I
Active II
Active III
Life Member
Retired
 
Associate Member
Honorary Member
Corporate Member
Application for Active Membership
 
Application for Associate Membership

 


Membership Definitions:

Active I, Active II & Active III – Any person qualifying for and seeking membership to the Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association as an Active member (I) or (II) or (III) must complete and submit a membership application to the Secretary of the Association/Membership Committee for review and approval. Election as an Active Member (I) or (II) or (III) requires recommendation for acceptance by the Membership Committee and a majority vote of Active Members (I) present at a business meeting.

Associate Membership – Any person seeking membership to the Rhode Island Police Chiefs’ Association must be sponsored by an active member of the association and must complete and submit a membership application to the Secretary of the Association/Membership Committee for review and approval. Election as an Associate Member requires a recommendation for acceptance by the Membership Committee and a majority vote of the Active Members (I) present at a business meeting.

Life Membership – All Active Members (I) are eligible for Life Membership upon retirement from service. Election as a Life Member requires a recommendation for acceptance by the Executive Committee and a majority vote of the Active Members (I) present at a business meeting.

 


MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION PROCESS

SECTION 2 ACTIVE MEMBERS I

Active Members I Shall consist of the Chief Executive Officer of any Municipal Police Department, the Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police, Chief Executive officer of the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Chief of the Airport Police, Chief of the Brown University Police, Chief of the University of Rhode Island Police, Chief of the Rhode Island College Police, Chief of the Community College of Rhode Island Police, Director of the Municipal Police Academy, Rhode Island High Sheriff, Rhode Island Attorney General , United States Federal Marshal for the State of Rhode Island, and Chief of the Rhode Island Capitol Police, and The Commissioner of Public Safety of any City or Town within the State of Rhode Island; provided that such individual is a graduate of a recognized police training academy and has experience as a law enforcement executive.

Only Active Members (I) shall have voting rights and be eligible to hold office.

In the event an Active Member (I) retires from service as a Municipal Police Chief or Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and immediately assumes a position as the Chief of the Department of Environmental Management, Chief of the Capitol Police, Federal Marshal for the State of Rhode Island, Executive High Sheriff for the State of Rhode Island, or the Executive Director of the Rhode Island Municipal Police Academy or Administrator/Registrar of the RI DMV, he/she shall maintain all rights and privileges afforded an Active Member (I).

To be considered a member in good standing of the Rhode Island Police Chiefs Association an Active Member (I) shall attend a minimum of four (4) meetings per calendar year.

SECTION 3 ACTIVE MEMBERS II

Active Members (II) shall consist of the Agent in Charge of any Federal Law Enforcement Agency based in the State of Rhode Island.

Active Members (II) shall not have voting rights and are not eligible to hold office.

In addition to the above, Active Members (II) shall be recommended by a current Active I member, have law enforcement experience and/or be a Chief Executive Officer of a Police Department or Division within the State of Rhode Island, and have arrest powers as defined by State statute. Said member shall be subject to, but not limited to, criminal history investigation, background/character investigation, professional history review, etc., and upon review and recommendation of the membership committee, must be approved for membership by a majority vote of the Active (I) members present at a regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

SECTION 4 ACTIVE MEMBERS III

Active Members (III) shall consist of Directors of Security or Campus Police Chiefs or the highest ranking officer at Bryant University, New England Institute of Technology, Providence College, Roger Williams University, or Salve Regina University.

Active Members (III) shall not have voting rights and are not eligible to hold office.

In addition to the above, Active Members (III) shall be recommended by a current Active (I) member. Said member shall be subject to, but not limited to, criminal history review, etc., and upon review and recommendation of the membership committee, must be approved for membership by a majority vote of the Active (I) members present at a regularly scheduled monthly meeting.

SECTION 5 LIFE MEMBERSHIP

All Active Members (I) in good standing shall be eligible for Life Membership upon retirement from service. Election as a Life Member requires a recommendation by the Executive Committee and a majority vote of Active Members (I) present at a business meeting. The meeting attendance requirement for “member in good standing” status may be waived, for good cause, by a majority vote of the Executive Committee.

Life Members shall not have voting rights and are not eligible to hold office.

The President may appoint, annually, one retired Chief who is a Life Member to a position on the Executive Board to represent the interests of the Life Membership. This appointment will not have voting rights.

SECTION 6 ASSOCIATE MEMBERSHIP

Any person of good reputation may be eligible for Associate Membership provided he/she is sponsored by an Active Member (I). Dues for such membership shall be fifty dollars ($50.00) per calendar year payable upon application.

The application shall be submitted to the Membership Committee and shall set forth in detail all relevant personal data of the applicant. Election as an Associate Member requires a recommendation for acceptance by the Membership Committee and a majority vote of Active members (I) present at a business meeting.

To enhance the image of all members and to foster a better understanding of the interests of the private sector, the President may appoint, annually, an Associate Member to a position on the Executive Board. This appointment will not have voting rights.

SECTION 7 HONORARY MEMBERSHIP

Any person of good and sufficient moral character and/or of marked distinction, who has shown or displayed an unquestionable interest in the welfare of this Association, may be eligible for Honorary Membership. Election as an Honorary Member requires a recommendation by the Executive Committee and the Membership Committee and a majority vote of the Active Members (I) present at a business meeting. Honorary Members shall have the privilege of taking part in all discussions at general meetings, but shall not have voting rights or be eligible to hold office.

SECTION 8 CORPORATE MEMBERS:

Any firm or corporation having a valid interest in the advancement of the police profession and desires to aid in the attainment of the purpose and goals of this Association, may be eligible for membership as a Corporate Member under such rules as establish by the Executive Committee. All proposed applicants for Corporate Membership shall be investigated by the Membership Committee, be voted upon and approved by a majority vote of the Active Members at a regular meeting of the Association.

SECTION 9 MEMBERSHIP EXCEPTIONS

Active Members (I) who shall retire or become separated from active police service may retain their membership in the Association as a Life Member, except as provided in Article III, Section 2 of these by-laws. Active Members (I) holding office in the Association at the time of their retirement or separation shall be deemed to have resigned from said office as of the date of such retirement or separation. Said vacancies shall be filled in accordance with Article V, Section 3 through 6 of the by-laws.

SECTION 10 EXPULSION

An Association Member or Corporate Member may be expelled from membership, for cause, by a vote of three quarters (3/4) of Active members (I) present at a business meeting. The member being expelled shall be notified in writing, by the Secretary of the Association after such expulsion.

SECTION 11 DUES

Active Members (I) shall pay annual dues of one hundred dollars ($100.00). Active Members (II) shall pay annual dues of fifty dollars ($50.00).
Associate Members shall pay annual dues of fifty dollars ($50.00). Corporate Members shall pay annual dues as established by the Executive Committee. Dues are due and payable of the first day of each calendar year. Life members and Honorary Members shall not pay dues.