Who we are: 

Established in 1966, the California Police Chiefs Association represents municipal police chiefs and their agencies in California. Association members provide public safety for more than 26 million Californians.

Serving as the voice of and resource of choice for California’s municipal police chiefs, the association’s objectives are to promote and advance the science and art of police administration and crime prevention; to develop and disseminate professional administrative practices and to promote their use in the police profession; to foster police cooperation and the exchange of information and experience throughout the state; to bring about recruitment and training of qualified persons in the police profession; and to encourage the adherence of all police officers to high professional standards of conduct in strict compliance with the Law Enforcement Officer’s Code of Ethics.

Cal Chiefs advocates for sound policy on public safety issues at the state capitol and has an active government relations program. In addition to its committees that focus on emerging issues and provide resources and sample policies to its members, Cal Chiefs provides professional development and training to police chiefs and seconds in command throughout the state. 

Your Board of Directors:

Your Committee Chairs:

Your Team:

How to Join:

Membership in Cal Chiefs is limited to municipal police chiefs only and their sworn command staff, as well as California Police Chiefs and seconds in command in good standing who have retired. Dues are calculated based on to the total number of full time department personnel. The dues schedule for 2020/21 is below.

Total Personnel
(Sworn & Nonsworn)
Dues Amount
1 - 12 $200.00
13 – 25   $348.00
26 – 50   $440.00
51 – 75   $695.00
76 – 100   $1621.00
101 – 150   $1852.00
151 – 200   $2084.00
Over 200   $2315.00
Associate   $145.00
Retired Chief/Associate   $50.00


Associate Membership

Associate membership may be granted to individuals based upon the following criteria:

  1. An Associate member must be a sworn municipal police officer meeting all the qualifications of applicable California statutes and POST criteria.
  2. The Chief of Police or Director of Public Safety must nominate the Associate and the Chief, or Director of Public Safety, must be a member in good standing in the Association. The Associate member must hold a rank that is considered at management or command staff level, unless the agency’s second in command is a sergeant, and then the sergeant would be eligible to join.

    2020/21 Associate Member Application

    Retired Membership

    Retired members shall include those members who, by reason of years of service or medical condition, have honorably retired as peace officers and were an active or associate member of the Association.

    Strategic Plan 2021 - 2024:

    Additional Information

    If you have questions or concerns you would like answered prior to submitting your application, please feel free to contact us by phone or email.

    Shannon  Mahoney
    Voice: 916/800-8440
    Fax: 916/481-8008
    Email: smahoney@californiapolicechiefs.org