Article II - Membership

Article II - Membership
  • 2.01 Classes of Membership
    This Association shall have 4 classes of membership: Regular, Associate, Business, and Honorary. The designation of such classes and the qualifications of such membership shall be as follows:
    • 2.01.01 Regular Membership
      Regular Members shall be graduates of the Decatur Citizens Police Academy who have applied and been accepted for membership and are in good standing. (Refer to 2.04) Membership will be effective immediately upon payment of dues. Regular members will have all privileges of the Alumni Association, including voting rights, committee membership and election to office.
    • 2.01.02 Associate Membership
      Available to any person currently enrolled in the Decatur Citizens Police Academy Classes. These members shall have all privileges except eligibility to hold office or vote. Upon graduating from the Academy, an Associate Member must pay dues to be granted Regular Membership status.
    • 2.01.03 Business Membership
      Available to any registered business that participates in the Alumni Association’s activities. Business Members shall be recognized upon payment of dues. Business Members shall not be eligible to hold office or vote.
    • 2.01.04 Honorary Members
      Any person nominated by the Executive Board and approved by majority vote of the Regular Members present at a general meeting. Persons may be considered for Honorary Membership on the basis of outstanding community service or other special consideration by this Association. Honorary members do not pay dues and shall not be eligible to hold office or vote.
  • 2.02 Conduct of Members
    No member shall promote or represent themselves on behalf of this Association for personal, political, or financial gain. Inappropriate behavior toward officers and/or citizens will not be tolerated and may result in termination of membership.
  • 2.03 Eligibility
    Regular members shall be graduates of the Decatur Citizen Police Academy, who live or work in Wise County at the time of application for membership and are in good standing.
  • 2.04 Members in Good Standing
    In order for members to be in good standing, they must:
    • Have their dues paid for the current year and
    • Have no criminal charges pending.
  • 2.05 Voting Rights
    Each Regular Member shall be entitled to 1 vote on each matter submitted to a vote of the members. Member must be present to vote and in good standing.
  • 2.06 Termination of Membership
    Membership may be terminated for just cause after a hearing before the Executive Board, and a majority vote by the Board. Just cause is defined as any violation of the DCPAAA Bylaws.
  • 2.07 Resignation of Membership
    Any member may resign by filing a written resignation with the Secretary.
  • 2.08 Property
    Upon the resignation or termination of any member, all property belonging to DCPAAA or the Decatur Police Department, including name badge, shall be returned.
  • 2.09 Reinstatement
    A former member who has resigned may apply for reinstatement by submitting a written request to the Secretary. The Executive Board, by majority vote, may reinstate such former member.
  • 2.10 Transfer of Membership
    Membership in this Association is not transferable or assignable.
  • 2.11 Appeals
    Any member who wishes to appeal a decision of the Executive Board may do so before the general membership by submitting a written request to the Secretary. Such appeals shall be presented to the Regular Members at the next general meeting. Appeals will be decided by a majority vote of the members present. (Refer to article 3.04)

    Any former member may appeal their revoked membership to the general membership by submitting a written request to the Secretary. This request will be submitted at the next regularly scheduled general meeting. After discussion before the Regular Members, such matter shall be resolved by majority vote of Regular Members present. (Refer to article 3.04)