The Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts hereby organizes to create a new sense of cooperation, communication and unified standards for improved education, training and awareness within the crime analysis field.
The name of our association shall henceforth be known as the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts (MACA).
Section 1. Purpose:
The mission of the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts is to provide guidance and assistance to local, state and federal agencies in an effort to ensure that the law enforcement field benefits from effectual training, progressive education and a high degree of sensibility. Toward this goal, MACA advocates the highest professional standards in fostering a cooperative, informed and communicative crime analysis network.
Section 2. Vision:
The future success of MACA is contingent on a shared vision, one that all interested parties believe and invest in. MACA has adopted an extensive process for advancing this vision, and we believe it represents the best interests of our law enforcement customers and our ultimate constituents: the citizens of the Commonwealth.
Our vision includes several long- term goals:
Section 3. Functions:
The functions of the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts are:
To create and maintain a comprehensive knowledge base which will provide, among other thing, points of contact for technical, legal, and crime analysis policy issues.
Pursuant to the goal of enhancing the field of crime analysis MACA will, with the majority approval of the Executive Board, be empowered to establish affiliations with other organizations espousing compatible goals and doctrines. There will also be a provision for the dissolution of any affiliations entered into by the executive Board of MACA if due cause is demonstrated.
Section 1. The Executive Board:
The Executive Board will shall be composed of a President, a Vice President of Administration, a Vice President of Membership, a Secretary, and a Treasurer, elected as under Article VI. The Pas President shall sit on the Executive Board in an advisory (non-voting) role.
Section 2. The President:
The President shall be the chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts. He shall preside at meetings of the Association and of the Executive Board. He shall call all special meetings of the Executive Board by notice to the Secretary.
The President will hold an ex-officio membership in all committees and boards of the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts. He will appoint all committee members, except those mandated by other provisions in these by-laws.
Section 3. The Vice President of Administration:
The Vice President of Administration shall assume the office and powers of the President in the event that the President is unable to perform. He shall preside at meetings of the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts in the absence of the President. He will perform all other duties assigned to him by the President.
The Vice President of Administration will chair the Training Committee, if formed, and preside at all Training Committee meetings.
Section 4. The Vice President of Membership:
The Vice President of Membership shall hold the primary responsibility for recruitment and maintenance of the membership of the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts. He shall Chair the Membership Committee, if formed. He shall perform all other duties assigned to him by the President.
Section 5. The Secretary:
The Secretary shall be responsible for all correspondence of the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts, and the transcription and distribution of the minutes of all meetings of the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts and the Executive Board.
Section 6. The Treasurer:
The Treasurer shall receive and process membership dues. The Treasurer shall distribute the Annual Financial Report for the organization. The Treasurer will chair the Financial Committee, if formed. He shall be responsible for the distribution of funds as approved by the executive board or the general membership.
Section 7. The Past President:
The Office of the Past President will be held by the most recent individual to hold the Office of the President, provided he or she left the Office of the President as a member in good standing. The Past President is an advisory member of the Executive Board and has no voting authority.
Section 8. Succession of Office:
In the event that the President is unable to perform the duties ascribed—whether permanently or for individual meetings or tasks—the office shall be assumed by the Vice President of Administration, followed by the Vice President of Membership. Vacancies in either of the Vice President positions shall be filled by appointment by the Executive Board for the remainder of the term of office.
Section 1. Non-discrimination:
MACA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, and non- disqualifying mental or physical handicap or veterans status.
Section 2. Membership Types:
MACA is provided the latitude to extend Corporate Sponsor status to any business or organization that is supportive of the goals and doctrines of MACA Sponsorship shall be conferred by majority vote of the Executive Board, based upon recommendation by the Membership Committee.
Section 3. Status of Membership:
Membership in the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts is a privilege, not a right. Membership will be restricted to those law enforcement professionals who demonstrate interest in crime and/or intelligence analysis and support the doctrines and goals of MACA.
To be considered a member in good standing of M.A.C.A, one must have all dues and fees paid and current by the testimony of the Treasurer. Members will remain in good standing for up to 3 months after their renewal date.
All membership status shall be determined on a preliminary basis by the Vice President of Membership, subsequent to affirmation by action of the Membership Committee.
Each Full member shall have one (1) vote, and must be present at the meeting to vote.
Section 4. Privileges of Membership:
All Full Members of MACA in good standing shall hold a right to cast ballots in the election of officers of MACA, to hold office in the organization and to sit on any committee of MACA.
All Associate and Sponsor/Corporate members of MACA in good standing hold the right of access to all general meetings of organization, publications produced by MACA and to information maintained by the organization which is in the public domain (pending payment of necessary dues).
Section 5. Application for Membership:
Application for membership in MACA can be made by submitting the application paperwork to the office of the Second Vice President along with all applicable dues and fees. Upon receipt of the documents and fees, the Second Vice President will review the application and, if finding the applicant in compliance with the germane regulations and by- laws of MACA, he/she will approve the membership. The Secretary will be responsible for updating the membership list and sending the dues to the Treasurer.
Section 6. Dues and Fees:
Membership fees will be set on an annual basis by a vote of MACA members. Subject to approval by the Executive Board, corporate members may offer an equivalent value in goods or services in lieu of membership fees.
Section 7. Suspension/Expulsion:
Suspension or Expulsion will be a result of non-payment of dues, following the expiration of the three (3) month grace period.
Section 1. Qualifications:
Officers of the Massachusetts Association of Crime Analysts must be full members in good standing.
Section 2. Terms of Office:
Executive Board members will be elected for two-year terms. Elections for the offices of President, Vice President of Administration, and Secretary will take place in even-numbered years. Elections for the offices of Vice President of Membership and Treasurer will take place in odd-numbered years.
Section 3. Electoral Process:
Nominations and elections will take place between April 1 and June 30, with the elected officers taking office on July 1 of the same year. Voting for Executive Board members will be made by written ballot. Elections will be supervised by the Secretary during odd-numbered years and by the Vice President of Membership during even-numbered years.
Section 4. Vacant Executive Board Positions:
Should any Executive Board position, other than the position of President, become vacant because of resignation, expulsion, or lack of candidates during a general election, the remaining members of the Executive Board will have the authority to appoint a full member in good standing to that position for the remainder of that term of office.
Section 1. Meetings:
The Executive Board will determine the dates of any general meeting. There will be no more than one general meeting during any calendar month, and there will be at least one general meeting every three months.
Section 2. Executive Board Meetings:
The President of MACA may call a meeting of the Executive Board at any time. There will be, at the least, one Executive Board meeting per year. Such notice will be given not less then 72 hours in advance.
Section 3. Special Meetings:
Special meetings may be held to discuss or disperse sensitive law enforcement issues and information, on these occasions, attendance will be restricted to members with Full Membership status. Such meetings may be held before or after a general meeting, or may be held on a different date. Attendance may be conditional upon C.O.R.I. clearance.
Section 4. Quorum:
A quorum of not less than 25% of the full members of the association will be necessary to conduct business at general, annual, and special meetings.
Section 1. Committee Membership:
Appointed members of all committees must be members in good standing of MACA The President will appoint all committee members, except those mandated by other provisions of these by- laws, contingent with the approval of a 2/3 vote of the Executive Board.
Section 2. Finance/Budget Committee:
The Executive Board may establish the Finance Committee, to audit and publish the Annual Financial report for MACA The committee will be chaired by the Treasurer and shall consist of two other appointed members. If no Finance Committee exists, the Treasurer will assume these responsibilities.
Section 3. Membership Committee:
The Executive Board shall establish a Membership Committee to hear the grievances of the membership and to recruit and promote membership in MACA The committee will be chaired by the 2nd Vice President (Membership) and shall consist of two other appointed members.
Section 4. Training Committee:
The Training Committee may exist to establish a training agenda, based upon needs and requests of the membership. This committee will be presided by the 1st Vice President, (Administration) and shall consist of 5 additional members.
Section 5. Ad Hoc Committees:
The Executive Board has the authority to establish, compose, and dissolve committees with specific agendas, as the need is perceived. The composition and authority of these committees will be duly reported and recorded in the minutes of the Executive Board. The ad hoc committees shall be considered chartered and in force with a 2/3 vote of the Executive Board, or by a majority vote of the membership.
The rules and provisions of these by- laws, and any applicable and approved committee regulations will govern MACA. Where the standards and provisions of these by- laws are insufficient to resolve disputes the most current edition of Robert's Rules of Order shall be consulted. The conduct of all meetings and actionable votes of any component of this organization must be held in compliance with MACA Bylaws.
Amendments of these by- laws must be submitted in writing, to the membership prior to or at the next scheduled meeting of the general membership of MACA.
The proposed amendment(s) will be distributed to the voting membership with the registration materials for the next meeting. Members will discuss the proposed change and make amendments before submitting them to the membership for approval.
For approval and amendment of the by- laws the proposed amendment(s) must receive 2/3 of the voting membership in attendance. Each amendment will stand for approval as a single measure. This approval will occur by official ballot. An official ballot will consist of a paper ballot or a show of hands.