The Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police was formed over 50 years ago by Chiefs Joe Casey, Joe Fowler, and Bobby Williamson in order to improve the professionalism and communication among police chiefs and other officials locally and statewide. During those fifty plus years, our association has become a leader in the law enforcement profession by providing professional training, management development, legislative updates, grant information, partnerships with state and federal agencies and addressing issues that affect law enforcement on a daily basis. We are an association based on leadership that promotes integrity, commitment, and service to mankind. The TACP meets every other month in the Nashville area except for our annual conference which is held in July/August in a location to be determined by the incoming president. During these meetings members have the opportunity to:
- Earn more than 40 hours of POST approved training
- Hear quality speakers from all over the country present relevant information on management, integrity and leadership
- Network with chief executive law enforcement and government officials
- Study and discuss current events and the latest in law enforcement best practices
- Learn and share information about safety programs, grant opportunities, technology, legislative matters, and homeland security including statewide threats and concerns
Oath of Honor
On my honor, I will never betray my badge, my integrity, my character or the public trust.
I will always have the courage to hold myself and others accountable for our actions.
I will always uphold the Constitution and the community I serve.
TACP will be a leader in setting law enforcement standards on ethics, service, integrity, and leadership; while providing services to its membership to promote and practice professionalism in our departments, communities and state.
Provide law enforcement agencies the opportunity to fulfill professional training, ethical leadership, management development and legislative representation; while promoting cooperation, communication, and the exchange of information to better serve the members of the TACP.
A. TACP is committed to the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and professionalism.
B. Respect the rights of all individuals under the law and Constitution of both the United States and the State of Tennessee.
C. Dedicated to the promotion of preserving life, social order, protection of property and prevention of crime statewide.
D. Dedicated to improving personal knowledge and abilities through advanced professional law enforcement training and networking with law enforcement executives and agencies.
E. Promote progressive, innovative and responsible management of law enforcement agencies.
F. Commitment to open communication with the public, government officials, and our departments.
G. Commitment to the respect and consideration of all employees.
H. Commitment to protect and serve each public sector we are sworn.
I. Mutual respect and support for all members and the citizens we sworn to protect and to serve.
Code of Ethics
We, members of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police, recognizing our responsibilities to the communities we serve and our obligations to society in general, and with the knowledge that our profession requires the highest ideals and rules of conduct, hereby adopt the following code of ethics for police executives, and commend them to all persons in the police profession for their guidance:
A. We will put honesty, truth and justice above all other considerations, and we will not allow friendship, enmity, social position, political influence, nor personal motives to swerve us from the impartial performance of duty.
B. We will neither solicit, nor accept, any gift, privilege, favor or advantage from any persons which will place us under any obligation to overlook any violation of a law, or will violate the ethics of our profession.
C. We will observe all the provisions of the Constitution of the United States and the State of Tennessee and will not deprive any person of any right guaranteed by these great documents. We will, at all times, endeavor to carry out the desires of the majority of the citizens as legally expressed through proper legislature, judicial or executive channels of government.
D. Having efficient police leadership as our objective, we recognize the need for professional fitness on the part of police executives and subordinates. We pledge ourselves to advance the science of police service through training courses and other methods adequate to meet the many requirements of our profession.
E. We will be fair with subordinates, showing only that favor which has been honestly earned by meritorious service to the public; demanding that all police officers perform their duties and enforce the laws with impartiality, judgment and courtesy.
F. Recognizing the mutual dependence of all law enforcement and other public agencies, we pledge our cooperation to all officials and agencies interested in the promotion of justice and the improvement of the general welfare. We will not allow envy, jealousy, or any other motive to interfere with such cooperation.
G. We recognize our responsibility to the press of Tennessee as a medium through which the public we serve can be kept informed of our activities and we solicit its support of all honest police endeavors and its condemnation of any act or policy detrimental to the best interests of society.
H. We desire training for the professional development of each department as a means of improving law enforcement for professional recognition.
I. We further subscribe to the IACP (International Association of Chiefs of Police) Code of Ethics.