The Major Cities Chiefs Association meets three times a year. Chiefs may bring staff members to attend them. Law enforcement staff members are allowed in all meeting segments with the exception of Executive Sessions. Official representatives of governmental agencies are normally invited to attend all sessions with the exception of the Executive Sessions. Sponsor partners and invited non-sworn guests can attend the meeting, with the exception of Executive Sessions. The Executive Board has the authority to determine meeting attendance policies at all times. New member Chiefs who wish to register for a conference meeting or conference hotel may do so by following the Conference/Event Registration Link.

Winter Meeting
The Winter Meeting is held for two days each January or February in the city of one of the MCCA members on even years; in Washington D.C. in odd years. The Washington, DC meeting is held in conjunction with the Major County Sheriffs of America and the focus in on policy and legislative issues. The host department Chief works with the Associate Director to determine the dates and hotel location for the meetings.

Summer Meeting

The Summer Meeting has historically been held in Sun Valley, ID with the National Executive Institute Associates (NEIA). Beginning in 2014, MCCA began a Joint Conference with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) and NEIA. The three day meeting is held in one of the member cities. The focus of the meeting is on training, current events and subcommittee work.

Fall Meeting

Each fall, normally in the month of October, the MCCA meets two days immediately prior to the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). Most, if not all, members of the Major Cities Chiefs are also members of the IACP and attend the annual conference.