Become a Member

Membership Requirements

The following are eligible for Active Membership: Any person serving as Chief of Police or City Marshall who is the chief administrative head of the police department, or whatever title they may be called, of any incorporated city or town, institution of secondary* or higher education, public junior college or the Texas State Technical Institute, airport police, transit police and retired Texas Police Chiefs may hold active membership in the association.

The following are eligible for Associate Membership: Any person who is licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement as a peace officer with command responsibilities and sponsored by the agency's Chief of Police, the Special Agent or Assistant Special Agent in charge of any office of any federal law enforcement agency, the head of any state law enforcement agency and their command staff, a director of public safety whose duties include the supervision of a law enforcement agency and who is a former Active or Associate Member, a person who serves as legal advisor, part time or full time, to a law enforcement agency, members of the academic community who are actively engaged in teaching or research in the areas of law enforcement, elected law enforcement officials to include sheriffs and constables, retired chiefs from other states that now reside in Texas and interim or acting chief administrative heads of a police department may be admitted as an Associate member upon approval of the Board of Directors and the payment of proper dues. Associate Members, however, shall not be eligible to hold elected office or vote, but shall have the privilege to attend and join in the discussion at official meetings and conferences. Associate Members are also eligible to serve on committees and chair certain committees as appointed by the President.

The following is eligible for Corporate Membership: Any company having an office or conducting business in the State of Texas may become a corporate member of the Association, after approval of the Executive Board and the payment of appropriate dues. Corporate Members, however, shall not be eligible to hold office or to vote, but shall have the privilege of having representatives attend and join in the discussion at the Annual Conference and Seminar.

*This includes independent school districts.