The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Target have partnered to create the IACP/Target International Police Officer of the Year Award. The purpose of the award is to recognize law enforcement officers from federal, state, local, tribal and international agencies and highlight the achievements and sacrifices made daily by law enforcement officers throughout the world.
IACP President Chief Walter A. McNeil, of the Quincy, Fla., Police Department, praised the partnership, saying that “The IACP is proud to partner with Target on this prestigious award. We are grateful for the support of Target and look forward to working with them in the years to come.”
Nominations are open to officers from any country in the world and may be made for exceptional achievement in any police endeavor, either on-duty or off-duty, including cold cases, community policing, criminal investigation, extraordinary valor, forensic science, policing technology, terrorism prevention and traffic safety. Nominees may come from virtually any area of law enforcement, from sheriffs’ departments to border and park patrols to standard municipal police agencies.
Brad Brekke, vice president, Corporate Security, Target, said of the announcement, “Target is committed to the safety of the communities where our guests and team members live and work. We are proud to stand with the IACP to recognize hometown heroes who make the goal of safer communities a reality.”
The law enforcement officer(s) who are honored will receive one week of executive level law enforcement training on topics such as terrorism prevention, working with the media, combating organized crime, community policing, countering violent extremism, combating illegal narcotics, improving officer safety, preventing community homicide, etc.
Winners will also be recognized at the IACP’s 119th annual conference, to be held in San Diego, Calif., from Sept. 29 to Oct. 3, 2012.
For more information on the award, visit the IACP website: http://www.theiacp.org/ipoy. For more information on the IACP conference, visit www.theiacpconference.org. For information about Target community outreach, visit, Target.com/HereForGood.