Meet the Leadership Blog Series

The IACP Board of Directors is comprised of the IACP Executive Board as well as 33 law enforcement leaders appointed by the IACP President. The members of the Board of Directors represent agencies large and small around the globe and contribute to the governance of the IACP. In the IACP’s new Meet the Leadership Blog Series, the IACP will feature brief profiles of the 33 appointed members of the Board of Directors, in the months leading up to the 2017 IACP Annual Conference and Exposition.

Chief Johnson-Charger

 

Name: Will Johnson

Title: Police Chief

Agency: Arlington, Texas, Police Department

Year Joined the IACP: 2005

Reason for Going into Law Enforcement: I have always had a passion for serving others. Through shared relationships, I believe we can bring about positive changes to the communities we serve.

First Heard about IACP: As I progressed through the ranks, IACP became more visible to me as they focus on the critical issues facing law enforcement.

Becoming More Involved in IACP: My servant mindset coupled with a willingness to move the profession forward is what keeps me involved with the IACP. There are many ways to partner with the IACP and I felt a passion for human and civil rights. When I was nominated to chair the Human and Civil Rights Committee, I was honored and excited to be able to share some of the great things that we are doing in Arlington.

Favorite Part About Being in Law Enforcement: I love to tell the cops’ story and celebrate what they are doing to make our community better and stronger. By working side by-side with our community, we in the policing profession can make a real difference and bring about positive change in our community.

The Most Challenging Part of Law Enforcement: In the social media era that we are residing, a lot of misinformation can be spread quickly that can paint the profession in a negative light without a foundation in facts. Our job is to meet these challenges and respond to the virtual conversations that are taking place on social media just as we would in a neighborhood meeting style conversation.

One Piece of Advice for the Leaders of Tomorrow: Focus on doing what is right and do not waver in your commitment to safeguarding civil rights.  


Name: Delrish Moss Delrish

Title: Chief of Police

Agency: Ferguson, Missouri, Police Department

Year Joined the IACP: 2009

Reason for Going into Law Enforcement: I was drawn to law enforcement after two negative encounters with police officers. Those encounters changed my life and gave me a burning desire to join the police department to provide a better service than I thought my community was getting at the time. I knew then that there was a need for more African-Americans like myself in the profession.

First Heard about IACP: I first heard about the IACP from Chief John F. Timoney, when I was working for the Miami, Florida, Police Department. He told me that joining and becoming involved in the IACP was critical to my professional growth and that it would prove greatly beneficial to my development as a leader.

Becoming More Involved in IACP: I became more involved in the IACP this past year when Chief De Lucca took the helm as President. He urged me to become more involved and I did because of my great admiration for him as a leader.

Favorite and Most Challenging Part About Being in Law Enforcement: Being a law enforcement professional is both challenging and rewarding in that it offers you a great opportunity to serve people.

One Piece of Advice for the Leaders of Tomorrow: To serve with compassion and remember that only through the development of future leaders can you truly leave a lasting imprint.


Walker

Name: Ken Walker

Title: Chief of Police

Agency: City of West University Place, Texas, Police Department

Year Joined the IACP: 1983

Reason for Going into Law Enforcement: While attending college, I had a summer job working in the Dallas County Jail. While there, I became interested in law enforcement and began inquiring about the profession. During this time law enforcement was being criticized; we had just gone through the 60’s and early 70’s where the military and law enforcement were not popular. I thought that I could make a difference and change the image of police officers. I also loved being part of a team.

First Heard about IACP: I was very fortunate and had several area chiefs that served as my mentors. Those chiefs encouraged me to become involved in IACP.

Becoming More Involved in IACP: After being involved for several years, I realized that IACP was speaking in defense of law enforcement as well as trying to improve our profession and I wanted to do my part.

Favorite Part About Being in Law Enforcement: I have been very fortunate to work with great people.

The Most Challenging Part of Law Enforcement: Hiring and retaining high quality staff.

One Piece of Advice for the Leaders of Tomorrow: There has been and will always be problems associated with law enforcement. When dealing with these issues, remember that what you are facing is normal and will pass.

 

 

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