He’s a police chief in Delaware. He’s vying to be the IACP 5th Vice President. And he’s a man who loves America.


Chief Patrick Ogden is a candidate running for the position of International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) 5th Vice President.

Ogden, who has over 30 years of law enforcement experience in Delaware, explained why he is seeking the nomination:

“My motivation for seeking this esteemed position is fairly simple. I have been blessed with amazing opportunities to serve in various leadership roles over the past three decades, and I want to use my experience and enthusiasm to give back to our great association.”

Ogden began his career as a trooper with the Delaware State Police. He received numerous awards while he was with the agency for 22 years.

Ogden moved up in the ranks. Upon being promoted to the rank of sergeant, he was assigned to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as a full-time Task Force Officer.

As a patrol lieutenant, Ogden had the opportunity to develop strong partnerships with retail merchants and created the first Delaware State Police Retail Theft Unit.

As a lieutenant with the Criminal Investigative Unit (CIU), Ogden assisted with a major reorganization plan to consolidate all criminal investigative units for New Castle County under one command.

Finally, as a captain and Troop Commander, Ogden spearheaded a collaborative effort to address citizen concerns about declining quality-of-life issues in the troop area that were caused by drug abuse.

He also served as the Division’s primary liaison to the U.S. Secret Service for all of Vice President Biden’s motorcades within the state.

After serving with the Delaware State Police, Ogden became the Chief of Police at the University of Delaware Police Department (UDPD).

While at UDPD, Ogden created the first UDPD Critical Incident Response Team, Crisis Negotiation Team, Community Resource Unit, K-9 Unit, police EMT program, patrol rifle program, less-lethal program, and career development programs for police, dispatch and security, as well as a multiyear succession plan.

Ogden implemented technology, community policing initiatives as well as crime reduction strategies to enhance safety and decrease crime on campus.

He also led the department through its reaccreditation processes with the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA).

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Ogden currently serves the IACP as its North Atlantic regional vice chair for the University and College Police Section and is also an appointed member of the firearms committee.

He also serves as president-elect of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA) and as chairman of the Delaware Police Chief’s Council (DPCC).

As chairman for the DPCC, Ogden is actively involved in police reform issues and is currently working to develop a statewide body-worn camera program and video evidence repository.

Ogden noted:

“One of the things that I enjoy most at this point in my career is association work to enhance the law enforcement profession.”

He also said that despite unprecedented complications related to COVID-19,  “serving in a leadership capacity for two law enforcement associations during this past year has been challenging, educational and motivationally rewarding.”

Utilizing his extensive experience and cooperative spirit, Ogden said that if he succeeds in receiving the nomination, he will be able to help the IACP advance its agenda to fulfill the organization’s diverse membership needs.

He also noted that his proximity to Washington, DC will help cultivate strong relationships with the IACP’s executive director, headquarters staff, corporate partners and government officials.

The IACP’s annual conference and expo is scheduled from Sept. 11-14 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

To learn more about Ogden, visit www.OgdenForIACP.com.

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