The name of this association shall be the “MISSOURI
CRIME PREVENTION ASSOCIATION"; hereinafter called “THE
ARTICLE II: PURPOSE, GOAL AND OBJECTIVES
Section 1. The purpose of THE ASSOCIATION
is to promote and encourage crime prevention efforts in the State
of Missouri by serving as a functional and constitutive resource
to law enforcement and community groups for program development
and training in crime prevention activities and techniques.
Section 2. The goal of THE ASSOCIATION is to substantially
reduce criminal activity in Missouri through professional crime
prevention action with citizen involvement.
Section 3. The objectives of THE ASSOCIATION are:
a. To provide a vehicle for the communication of information of
crime prevention activities, programs, projects and techniques between
participating agencies and groups
b. To develop or assist in the development of crime prevention programs
and projects that have statewide and local applicability and impact
c. To recommend or provide crime prevention instruction upon request
d. To establish meetings to share information as it relates to crime
e. To develop a working rapport with professional law enforcement
f. To recommend uniformity in program implementation
g. To obtain funding to accomplish these objectives
Section 4. Statements made by officers or members
shall not purport to be by or on behalf of, THE ASSOCIATION, its
Executive Board, or any committee unless in accordance with authority
given and procedures determined in each instance by the Executive
Section 5. THE ASSOCIATION shall be incorporated in the
State of Missouri as a not-for-profit professional organization.
ARTICLE III: MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. The membership
of the ASSOCIATION shall consist of four classes, namely: Active,
Associate, Honorary and Sponsoring.
Section 2. Active Membership shall be defined as
a. Persons who are active crime prevention practitioners, who initiate
activities to establish volunteer neighborhood crime prevention
programs which encourage citizen involvement, and who are not engaged
in the business of selling, distributing or promoting for sale crime
prevention-related products or services are eligible for active
b. Active members in good standing shall have full voting privileges,
may hold office and may serve on committees.
c. Paid membership constitutes good standing.
d. Active membership is renewable annually.
Section 3. Associate Membership shall be defined
a. Persons involved or interested in the field of crime prevention
who do not meet the criteria for active membership are eligible
for associate membership.
b. Associate members may serve on committees with full committee
c. Associate membership is renewable annually.
Section 4. Honorary Membership shall be defined
a. An honorary membership may be conferred upon any person who has
performed outstanding service in the field of crime prevention or
for THE ASSOCIATION, upon recommendation of the membership committee
and approval of the Executive Board.
b. Honorary members shall have the same privileges as associate
members, unless qualifying as an active member, when those privileges
c. Honorary membership is conferred for life. The member is exempt
from paying dues.
Section 5. Sponsoring
Membership shall be defined as
a. Any Organization or individual that makes an annual financial contribution
or provides personal direct service of comparable value to the advancement
of the purposes of THE ASSOCIATION is eligible for sponsoring membership.
b. Sponsoring membership is divided into two categories
1) Gold: annual financial contribution of $500 or more.
2) Silver: annual financial contribution of $250 or more.
c. Sponsoring members shall have the same privileges as associate
d. Sponsoring memberships are renewable annually.
ARTICLE IV: OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. The officers
of THE ASSOCIATION shall be the Executive Director, President, First
Vice-President, Second Vice-President for Membership, Secretary, Treasurer
and five Regional Directors.
Section 2. There shall be one Regional Director for
each region as defined in the by-laws.
Section 3. The members of the Executive Board shall
a. The officers, including the Regional Directors
b. The immediate Past President
Section 4. Eligibility
a. To be eligible to be nominated for President a person shall have
served at least one year as an elected officer.
b. No person shall serve in more than one office capacity at a time.
Section 5. Vacancies occurring for any reason among
officers may be filled for the balance of the unexpired term by a
majority vote of the Executive Board in executive session ordinarily
President: The First Vice-President shall succeed to office when a
All other elected officers:
Vacancies in all other offices shall be filled by a majority vote
of the Executive Board.
ARTICLE V: ELECTION OF OFFICERS
Section 1. At an annual meeting the current First
Vice President shall automatically succeed to the office of President
to serve for two years or until a successor is elected.
Section 2. At an annual meeting the First Vice-President,
the Second Vice-President for Membership and the Secretary shall be
elected by ballot by the membership to serve for two years or until
their successors are elected. The Treasurer and Regional Directors
shall be elected by ballot by the membership to serve for two years
or until their successors are elected.
Section 3. The term of office for all officers shall
begin at the close of the annual meeting at which they are elected.
Section 4. Succession in office
a. The President and First Vice-President shall not be eligible to
succeed themselves in the same office.
b. The Regional Directors, 2nd Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary
are eligible to serve more than one term.
Section 5. Recall procedures
a. If, for valid reasons an active member feels an officer should
no longer serve in the capacity to which he/she was elected, that
member may initiate a recall.
b. First, a petition of signatures of a majority of active members
should be submitted to the chair of the nominating committee at any
time during the year, or in the case of the First Vice-President,
no later than ninety (90) days prior to the annual meeting. The petition
should also clearly state the reasons for the petition.
c. If the nominating committee determines the request for recall is
valid, a vote of confidence of the entire active membership will be
required by mail. A vote of three-fourths (3/4) of the active membership
in favor of the recall is required.
d. Vacancies shall be filled as set forth in Constitution Article
IV, Section 5. In the case of a vacancy for First Vice-President,
that opening shall be filled in accordance with the Constitution,
but an election will be held at the following annual meeting to fill
Section 6. Nominations at annual and special elections
of officers shall consist of those made by the nominating committee,
as provided for in the by-laws, and may include those made from the
ARTICLE VI: DUTIES OF OFFICERS
AND THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
Section 1. All officers
shall perform the duties prescribed by the parliamentary authority
adopted by THE ASSOCIATION those duties outlined in this Constitution
and its by-laws and those duties that may be delegated to the officers
by THE ASSOCIATION membership.
Section 2. Each officer and chairman shall deliver
to his/her successor, before the next meeting of the newly elected
Executive Board or upon termination of office or chairmanship, all
books, records and documents pertaining to that office or committee.
Section 3. The Executive Board shall have all powers
and authority over the affairs of THE ASSOCIATION during the interim
between annual meetings, shall perform such duties as specified in
the by-laws, and shall determine all questions arising with respect
to interpretation or administration of this Constitution and its by-laws.
ARTICLE VII: MEETINGS
Section 1. An annual
meeting of THE ASSOCIATION shall be held in the second quarter of
each calendar year at a time, date and place designated by the Executive
Section 2. The membership shall be notified of the
annual meeting at least sixty (60) days prior to its convening.
Section 3. Special membership meetings may be called
by the President, upon approval of the Executive Board within thirty
(30) days prior notice given to the active members. Only business
listed in the call to the special meeting shall be transacted at the
Section 4. In extraordinary circumstances, business
of THE ASSOCIATION requiring a vote of the membership may be conducted
a. Notice of the business to be transacted shall be provided to the
active members thirty (30) days prior to any deadline date for receipt
of returned ballots.
b. A majority vote shall constitute legal action by mail.
Section 5. The Executive Board
a. The Executive Board shall meet at least once per quarter. The President
shall designate the exact time and place for these meetings. Notice
of the meetings shall be sent to members of the Executive Board at
least thirty (30) days before the meeting. A tentative agenda of business
to be considered shall accompany such notification.
b. Special meetings of the Executive Board may be called by the President
and shall be called upon written request of a majority of the Executive
Board. The purpose of such meetings shall he stated in the notice.
Twenty-one (21) days notice of special meetings shall be given except
in cases where, in the opinion of the President, an emergency exists
and immediate action is necessary to maintain the standards and further
the policies of THE ASSOCIATION. In such cases, a meeting may be held
at the earliest possible time, not precluding a telephone conference
call and only such business shall be transacted as specified in the
notice of such meeting A majority vote of those present shall be sufficient
for the transaction of business.
ARTICLE VIII: PARLIAMENTARY AUTHORITY
Robert's Rules of Order, current edition, shall govern THE ASSOCIATION
in all cases in which they are applicable and in which they are not
in conflict with this Constitution and its by-laws or any special
rules of order that THE ASSOCIATION may adopt. The Secretary shall
serve as parliamentarian for THE ASSOCIATION.
ARTICLE IX: QUORUMS
Section 1. A quorum
for the annual meeting and special membership meetings shall be twenty
(20) active members. Members of the Executive Board shall be counted
for the purpose of determining the quorum.
Section 2. A quorum for an Executive Board meeting
shall he seven (7) board members.
Section 3. A quorum for action on business transacted
by mall shall be twenty (20) returned ballots Members of the Board
shall not be counted for the purpose of determining the quorum.
ARTICLE X: DISSOLUTION OF THE ASSOCIATION
Upon dissolution of THE ASSOCIATION,
the Executive Board shall, after making provision for the payment
of all of the liabilities of THE ASSOCIATION, dispose of all the assets
of THE ASSOCIATION in such a manner, or to such organization or organizations
organized and operated exclusively for charitable, educational, religious
or scientific purposes shall, at the time, qualify as an exempt organization
or organizations under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue
Code of 1954 (or the corresponding provision of any future United
States Internal Revenue Law) and similar organizations as the Executive
Board shall determine.
ARTICLE XI: AMENDMENTS
This Constitution may be amended by
a two-thirds (2/3) vote at any annual meeting provided the following
requirements have been met:
a. The proposed amendment shall have been presented through the Constitution,
By-laws and Resolutions Committee to the Executive Board for consideration
and recommendation to the annual meeting.
b. Active members of THE ASSOCIATION shall be notified of all proposed
amendments at least thirty (90) days prior to the convening of the