Trade Associations

SpeakWrite supports several professional trade associations that serve legal, law enforcement and protective services organizations and their professionals.


The Alabama Sheriffs’ Association (ASA) is an executive level professional association comprised of the 67 elected sheriffs in Alabama, one from each county. The Association provides educational, legislative and legal assistance to the sheriffs. Conferences are held twice a year and are attended by the sheriffs, their support staff, members of various law enforcement agencies and state agencies, and vendors. The induction of new officers is conducted at the winter conference.


The American Bar Association (ABA) is one of the world’s largest voluntary professional organizations, with nearly 400,000 members and more than 3,500 entities. It is committed to doing what only a national association of attorneys can do: serving our members, improving the legal profession, eliminating bias and enhancing diversity, and advancing the rule of law throughout the US and around the world.


The Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) was founded in 1971 to provide support to professionals involved in the management of law firms, corporate legal departments and government legal agencies.


The American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) is a bipartisan, nonprofit organization representing state and local human service agencies through their top-level leadership. APHSA has been working to improve public health and human services for over 80 years by collaborating with state and local agencies, partners and national policymakers to promote effective policies and innovative strategies.


The Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies (ASCIA) is a professional association consisting of the senior executives of the state wide criminal investigative agencies in the United States whether they are independent bureau within the state or a state police agency with both criminal and other enforcement responsibilities.


The purpose of the Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police (AACOP) is to promote and enhance cooperation and coordination between the public and private entities and individuals in the interests of law enforcement.


The Association of Inspectors General (AIG) seeks to foster and promote public accountability and integrity in the general areas of prevention, examination, investigation, audit, detection, elimination and prosecution of fraud, waste and abuse, through policy research and analysis; standardization of practices, policies, conduct and ethics.


The California Homicide Investigators Association (CHIA) is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1968 when homicide detectives from Los Angeles and San Francisco met to discuss the Zodiac Killer investigation. This simple dinner gathering grew into what is now the largest organization of homicide and death investigation professionals in the US. Since its inception, the CHIA membership has grown to over 3,000 members that include law enforcement representatives from all over the US and Canada.


The California Narcotic Officers’ Association (CNOA) is a non-profit, corporation dedicated to providing high quality training for law enforcement professionals. Since 1964, CNOA has grown to become the largest non-profit Training Association in California, with over 7,000 members. Our members include: local, state, and federal peace officers, prosecutors, law enforcement personnel, and other national and international associates.


The California Peace Officers’ Association (COPA) was established in 1921 and serves the needs of professional law enforcement through issue exploration, resource development, educational opportunities, and legislative advocacy. CPOA has over 3,000 members of all ranks from municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies from throughout the state of California. CPOA is committed to developing progressive leadership for California law enforcement community.


Established in 1966, the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA) is an organization that represents municipal law enforcement agencies in California. CPCA is an influential participant in the State of California’s legislative process. The Association stretches throughout the state and its membership is comprised of many well respected and nationally recognized Police Chiefs.


California State Sheriffs’ Association (CSSA) is a nonprofit professional organization comprised of the sheriffs along with thousands of law-abiding citizens throughout the state. The association was formed in 1894 for the purpose of giving California sheriffs a single effective voice. It was also formed for the purpose of sharing information and providing assistance to sheriffs and departmental personnel, thus enabling them to improve the delivery of law enforcement services to the citizens of this State.


FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Association (FBI – LEEDA) is a 501(c)(3) corporation.  The majority of members of FBI – LEEDA are Chief Executive Officers of law enforcement agencies, Directors and Commissioners of public safety, and elected Sheriffs throughout the US and numerous foreign countries. Members of the Association consist mostly of decision-makers from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.


The FBI National Academy Associates, Inc. (FBI NAA) is a non-profit, internation organization of nearly 18,000 senior law enforcement professionals dedicated to providing our communities, states, countries, and profession with the highest degree of law enforcement expertise, training, education and information. From its inception in 1935, the FBI National Academy has long been a vital element in the continuing improvement of law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation throughout the world.


The FBI National Academy Associates, Inc. (FBI NAA) – California Chapter is a professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement leaders that serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide.


The Florida Police Chiefs Association (FPCA) is the fourth largest state police chiefs association in the US. It is composed of more than 750 of the state’s top law enforcement executives. FPCA serves municipal police departments, airport police, college and university police, private business and security firms, as well as federal, state and county law enforcement agencies. The FPCA has members representing every region of the state.


The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is a dynamic organization that serves as the professional voice of law enforcement. Building on our past success, the IACP addresses cutting edge issues confronting law enforcement though advocacy, programs and research, as well as training and other professional services. IACP is a comprehensive professional organization that supports the law enforcement leaders of today and develops the leaders of tomorrow.


The National Internal Affairs Investigators Association (NIAIA) aims to develop and establish professional standards of performance and integrity for Internal Affairs investigators; to provide training; foster professional growth and development; present a forum for discussion of common problems and current court decisions; to gather and disseminate information regarding improved administrative and technical practices; to assist law enforcement agencies in the founding and continued development of Internal Affairs Investigative units; to encourage law enforcement cooperation and an exchange of information and experience among Internal Affairs investigators.


The primary goal of the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA) is to preserve and protect the Office of Sheriff, so that the Sheriffs of this country can provide quality service to their constituents. They aim to achieve that goal by being a voice for the Sheriffs of this nation, and by providing resources to Sheriffs all over the country.


The Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, Inc. (OACP) is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to cultivating professionalism and innovation among police executives in order to assure the continued success of the law enforcement community. Established in 1928, the Association is a fully staffed organization offering a broad range of professional, educational and informational services.


The Sheriffs’ Association of Texas (SAT) is one of the oldest law enforcement associations in the nation.  The Sheriffs’ Association of Texas met for the first time on August 14, 1874, in the courthouse in Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas.  The meeting was called to order by Sul Ross, Sheriff of McLennan County, who later became a notable part of Texas history.


The State Law Enforcement Chiefs’ Association (SLECA), represents the interests of law enforcement managers and supervisors employed by the State of Florida. SLECA welcomes state law enforcement officers, both active and retired, of the rank of lieutenant or higher to apply for membership to their association.


The objective of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP) is to advance the science and art of police services; to develop and disseminate improved administrative, technical and operational practices and promote their use in police work; to foster police cooperation and the exchange of information and experience among police administrators throughout the world; to bring about recruitment and training in the police profession of qualified persons; and to encourage adherence of all police officers to high professional standards of performance and conduct.


The Texas Chief Deputies Association (TCDA) was officially formed on October 24, 1985 when by-laws were adopted and elections of officers held.  The TCDA held quarterly meetings of the Board of Directors and the state was also divided into sixteen “districts” that  held monthly or quarterly meetings at their discretion.


The Texas Narcotic Officers’ Association (TNOA) is dedicated to providing high quality training for law enforcement professionals. Membership in TNOA is not exclusive to narcotic officers. Members include: local, state, and federal peace officers, reserve officers, prosecutors, law enforcement personnel, and other national and international associates.


The Texas Police Association (TPA), organized in Fort Worth on March 6, 1895, is the oldest law enforcement organization of its type in the state. Represented in its membership are officers from municipal police departments, sheriff’s departments, constable’s offices, the Department of Public Safety, federal agencies, and others.


The Texas Police Chiefs Association (TPCA) is a statewide law enforcement administrator’s organization for Texas and, as such, it is concerned on a statewide basis with all issues involving the criminal justice system. We believe that local chiefs of police possess a thorough knowledge of the law enforcement needs within the state.


The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s (TPPF) mission is to promote and defend liberty, personal responsibility, and free enterprise in Texas and the nation by educating and affecting policymakers and the Texas public policy debate with academically sound research and outreach.


The Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC) was founded in 1963 and consists of executive and top management personnel from law enforcement agencies statewide. Members include sheriffs, police chiefs, the Washington State Patrol, the Washington Department of Corrections, and representatives of a number of federal agencies. WASPC is governed by its executive board.


The mission of the Washington Homicide Investigators Associaition (WHIA) is to provide investigative support, training and networking opportunities to homicide investigators and responders as well as prosecutors and other death investigation professionals throughout the State of Washington, and the Pacific Northwest.


The Western State Sheriffs’ Association (WSSA) was established in 1993 and has been pursuing public safety issues that impact western sheriffs on a continuing basis. The Board of Directors of the Western States Sheriffs’ Association is comprised of sheriffs from each of the member states.