Membership in this Association shall consist of four classes;
Active Membership shall consist of municipal police officers and separate county police department officers who hold supervisory or a higher position; supervisory and command officers of the state law enforcement agencies and of accredited colleges and universities who are certified as law enforcement officers by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the Directors of those law enforcement agencies; chief enforcement officers of the alcoholic control boards; and executive officers of federal agencies engaged in the enforcement of criminal laws in North Carolina. Candidates for membership shall be approved by the Executive Committee.
Associate Membership shall have all the privileges of Active Membership, to be a dues paying membership and shall be a non-voting membership. It shall include members as follows: Members of the military service at the executive or command level assigned to the Judge Advocate’s office or the Provost Marshal’s Office and investigative officers; executive officers of railroad police agencies assigned to North Carolina; full-time police attorneys with the North Carolina Department of Justice with primary responsibilities for providing legal advice to local and state law enforcement agencies; Director, Deputy and Assistant Directors of the North Carolina Justice Academy; Director and Assistant Director of the North Carolina Criminal Justice Standards Division; North Carolina State Medical Examiners; Directors of Law Enforcement Programs, Department of Community Colleges; law enforcement area coordinators and community college law enforcement coordinators; non-sworn, full-time, civilian executive or command level members within a law enforcement agency who have personnel supervisory responsibility; non-sworn full-time law enforcement training directors; airport police chief executives; former active members retired from law enforcement; security officers of industrial organizations or public utilities and state or federally chartered FDIC member banking institutions who are actively engaged in security and investigative activities to such a degree that it requires the coordination and cooperation of law enforcement agencies in North Carolina. This category does not include personnel engaged in for-hire services such as merchant patrols, private detectives, security guards and similar services. Associate membership shall be approved by the Executive Committee.
Honorary Membership shall consist of those persons who have contributed to the improvement and advancement of the Association or the law enforcement profession. Nomination of persons for Honorary Membership shall be submitted by an Active or Associate Member to the Executive Committee for review and approval. The list of Honorary Members shall be reviewed annually by the Executive Committee for the purpose of determining continuation of membership.
Life Membership shall consist of those persons who have retired from law enforcement and were Active Members of the Association for a minimum of five years immediately preceding retirement and who have made a significant contribution to the Association. Significant contribution shall include but is not limited to serving as Association President, as a member of the Executive Committee or any other Association member, who, in the opinion of the Executive Committee, has contributed significantly to the benefit and growth of the Association. Life Members shall have all the rights and privileges of Active Members except that of voting and holding office. Life Members shall be exempt from payment of dues. Consideration of persons for life membership shall be submitted by an Active Member to the Executive Committee for review and, if approved, for nomination. The Association, by two-thirds vote of Active Members present at an Annual Meeting, may elect such persons as are nominated by the Executive Committee for life Membership.