The Asian American Law Enforcement Association (AALEA), is a not-for-profit
organization which represents Asian Americans in law enforcement in Chicago and
the Midwest - Great Lakes area.
Since being chartered in 1983, our
purpose has been to develop and promote a greater degree of understanding and
cooperation between the Asian American community and our respective law
enforcement agencies. We encourage the recruitment, hiring, and promotion of
Asians in all areas of law enforcement, as well as provide networking and
training for our members.
Our objectives are to assist in the civic
advancement and cultural development of the Asian American communities through
means consistent with the policies of the various law enforcement agencies we
Currently, we have approximately 200+ members from the
Chicago Police Department, Cook County Sheriff’s Department, Illinois State
Police, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and various other law enforcement
agencies at the federal, state and local levels.
Members must be at
least one quarter (1/4) of Asian descent and a member in good standing of a
recognized law enforcement agency. Associate memberships are available to others
who wish to support our organization, but are not members of a law enforcement
agency or are not of Asian descent.
AALEA is a member of the National
Asian Peace Officers Association (NAPOA) and therefore members by proxy, are
also members of NAPOA.
Asian Americans in law enforcement agencies are
an “invisible minority”, where too often, we are blended in and unrecognized.
AALEA hopes that through our involvement with the community, our high degree of
professionalism will be acknowledged and the advancement of Asian Americans in
law enforcement will be realized.