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Membership Criteria 

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Admission to Membership and Resignation; Annual Meeting

Section 4.1 Membership

Section 4.1.1: General

The qualifications of the respective classes of members of the Association shall be as here after set forth.

A. No person may be a member and no member may retain their membership who has for any reason other than honorable retirement, changed his/her qualifying status voluntarily or involuntarily, except as below. Membership will not be granted by the Board of Directors to persons deemed to be involved in conduct off-duty which is unbecoming or contrary to the stated goals of the Association. This includes membership in motorcycle clubs which may mimic the structure or nature of an Outlaw motorcycle gang but not be limited to include: wearing three piece patches, requiring a probationary period to become a member, or having mandatory rides.

1. Any member in good standing who shall terminate his/her service in the classification of eligibility for membership in any manner other than honorable retirement as provided in Article IV, Section 4.1.8 of the By-Laws, may continue as an associate member of the Association but only so long as that person would otherwise qualify as an associate member and with approval of the Executive Board and upon payment of annual dues, otherwise, the membership of such person shall be terminated forthwith at the time when such termination of eligibility shall occur.

Section 4.1.2: Regular

Any regularly employed, full time law enforcement officer who is, employed by a Federal, State, County, city or tribal agency and who is classified as a Peace Officer under the laws of this state or under federal law of the U.S. Government and all others listed below may be a Regular Member of the Association. Any regular member may hold an elected office.

A. Regular members may also include:

1. Any member of the State Bar of Arizona and their staff who are employed by the office of the Attorney General, office of a County Attorney, or office of a City/Town Attorney, the United States Attorneys office or a tribal prosecution agency and whose duties include prosecuting gang members and other criminals.

2. A Criminal Investigator who is assigned to the office of the State Attorney Generals office or the office of a County Attorney or City Attorney, the United States Attorneys Office or a tribal prosecution agency.

3. Federal, State, and County Parole and Probation Officers.

4. Correction/Detention Officers employed by the State or Federal Prison System or by a County Sheriff on a full time basis, as well as the Directors and Administrative heads of such correctional facilities, if fully employed by the Federal, State, or County.

5. Criminal Investigators, Crime and/or Intelligence Analysts assigned to any Federal, State, County, City, or tribal law enforcement agency.

6. Directors or Administrative Heads of any Federal, State, County, City or tribal law enforcement agency that is empowered by statute with the investigation of criminal actions under their jurisdiction.

7. Certified Reserve Law Enforcement Officers, civilian and sworn reserve employees presently employed by Federal, State, County, Tribal or City agency.

8. Out of State Peace Officers who are nominated by other regular members.

9. Adult and Juvenile Probation and Parole Officers, their investigators and other appropriate staff in their organizations.

10. Investigative/Custodial/ Correctional staff currently working for organization(s) that are contracted by government (Federal, State, County, or City) agencies to house inmates/detainees in facilities operated by said organization(s). This includes Wardens, Associate Wardens, Chiefs of Security, and/or staff assigned to identify, document, and monitor Security Threat Groups, Disruptive or Deviant groups, and/or gangs at their facilities.

11. Any other person deemed appropriate by the AZGIA Board of Directors.

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