Fellow Law Enforcement Professionals,
The benefits and resources available through active participation in the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the FBI National Academy Association have never been more relevant, more important, or more valuable than they are today. The past year was a significant challenge for all of us, whether you were enjoying retirement or you were still in the fight: navigating your agencies and citizens through the turmoil of the last year. Past President Rick McNair and the Chapter Board agonized over every possible opportunity to maintain normalcy during a very abnormal year marked by national division and hampered by an international epidemic. Despite our best efforts, many of our traditional gatherings and events fell victim to travel restrictions and the attendance limits placed upon such gatherings.
Today, there is much to be done– locally, regionally, and nationally. As we move forward with hope toward the challenges we face in 2021, I am grateful for my association with the amazing professionals who comprise the membership of the FBINAA Rocky Mountain Chapter. Our association, with its cadre of gifted leaders, and talented visionaries, is better situated than any other to rise to the challenge during a time when the value and integrity of law enforcement is being called into question like never before.
If we do not lead the way, who will?
I urge each of us to answer this calling. Together, through our commitment to professionalism, we can move our neighborhoods, communities, counties, and states toward a greater degree of overall public safety. We can develop, encourage, and facilitate respect for the proud men and women who serve in this difficult profession. We can help ensure and preserve the overall health, vitality, and longevity of those who still bravely don the uniform on a daily basis and serve, despite the challenges and naysayers.
As the chapter’s president, my primary focus will be on regaining the momentum the pandemic stole from our great chapter. The restoration of our regular luncheons and the planning of an amazing Fall Conference and Retrainer are both high priorities for the Board. I encourage all of us to make sure that we take advantage of these upcoming opportunities to restore and rejuvenate the relationships and networking that our face-to-face association with each other brings, (even with the long travel distances across our two states that many of our members face).
Help us restore the momentum.
Throughout the year, the 2023 National Conference Committee members will be continuing to prepare for a memorable national conference by which our Chapter will be long remembered. There are many committee assignments yet to be filled if we are to be successful in setting the new standard by which future conferences will be measured. We will need each of you to add your strengths to the formidable committee planning that is, even now, well under way.
May each of us renew our personal passion and commitment to our profession, to each other, to our chapter, and to our nation.
We are needed.
President, FBINAA Rocky Mountain Chapter
Chief of Police, Casper Police Department