Herzlich Wilkommen to GAPA Chicago

Established in Chicago, Illinois in 1975, the German American Police Association (GAPA) is a fraternal organization comprised of duly sworn law enforcement officers of German heritage. As a social organization, we are also a charitable one, committed to supporting honorable causes within the German American Community and those of law enforcement.

Current charities include but are not limited to the GAPA Scholarship Fund, the DANK Spatzen Children’s Chorus, DANK Schule Nord, St. Alphonsus Restoration Fund, the Chicago Police Department’s Gold Star Families which provides support to the families of officers killed in the line of duty, the Police Chaplains Ministries, the Chicago Police Memorial Fund and the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The majority of our members are Chicago Police officers, Cook County Sheriffs officers, Illinois State Police officers as well as police officers of various suburban departments within the Chicago metro area. Associate Membership is allowed to non law enforcement officers who also wish to promote the ideals and goals of the German American Police Association. In addition, our Association is a member of the German American National Congress (DANK).

We also have established and maintained contacts with other German American law enforcement associations such as the GERMAN AMERICAN POLICE ASSOCIATION OF GREATER MILWAUKEE, the INTERNATIONAL GERMAN AMERICAN POLICE ASSOCIATION of Philadelphia, the NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT’S VON STEUBEN SOCIETY as well as POLIZEI MUENCHEN (Munich Police Department).

Let us stand fast in what is right and prepare our souls for trial. Let us be neither dogs that do not bark nor silent onlookers nor paid servants who run away before the wolf.

St. Boniface

Apostle to the Germans, 675 - 755 A.D.

Our Mission

Pflicht, Kameradschaft und Freundschaft

To preserve and uphold the Constitution of the United States of America. To uphold the laws of the Federal, State and Municipal governments in which we serve.

To establish friendship and camaraderie between sworn law enforcement officers of German heritage within the communities in which we live and serve, other German American Police organizations within the United States as well as law enforcement officers from the German-speaking lands of our forefathers. To display pride in and preserve our German American heritage.

To work to better police and community relations within the German American community and the communities in which we serve.

To extend the assistance of our Association within the German American community via volunteered service or charitable donations.


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