2012 Community Policing Award Winners, Finalists Announced

Meredith Ward

2012 Community Policing Award Winners, Finalists Announced
IACP and Cisco Recognize Agencies for Outstanding Community Policing

ALEXANDRIA, VA— The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) today announced that four agencies have been selected to receive the 2012 IACP/Cisco Systems Community Policing Award. The award recognizes outstanding community policing initiatives by law enforcement agencies worldwide. In addition to the four winners, eight agencies were selected as finalists and two agencies were given special recognition.

“Community policing is central to the success of the police mission as we provide cost effective services to our diverse communities,” said Walter A. McNeil, chief of the Quincy, FL, Police Department and President of the IACP. “I applaud those recognized with this prestigious award and know that what they have created in their communities will positively impact the law enforcement community worldwide.”

Law enforcement agencies were eligible to nominate in five categories based on population. This year’s four winners and eight finalists are examples of community policing best practices. Their entries demonstrate the meaningful change that can occur when law enforcement officials and their communities are empowered to utilize all available resources for crime prevention and improvement of quality of life.

Columbia Heights, MN Police Department (Population fewer than 20,000 residents)
Duluth, MN Police Department (Population of 50,001 to 100,000 residents)
Clearwater, FL Police Department (Population of 100,001 to 250,000 residents)
San Diego Police Department, San Diego, CA (Population of 250,001+ residents)

Hopkins, MN Police Department (Population fewer than 20,000)

Population of 20,001 to 50,000 (4 finalists):
Bradenton, FL Police Department
Burlington, VT Police Department
Grapevine, TX Police Department
Hanover Park, IL Police Department

Greater Sudbury Police Service, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada (Population of 100,001 to 250,000)
Rishon Leziyon Police Station INP – Rishon Leziyon, Israel (Population of more than 250,001)
Riverside, CA Police Department (Population of more than 250,001)

Special Recognition
Community Oriented Government: PhillyRising Collaborative, City of Philadelphia, PA

Award winners will be honored at the IACP’s Annual Conference Banquet in San Diego on Oct. 3.  Finalists and Special Recognition Selectees will receive their awards at a private reception on Sunday, September 30, 2012.  Further information on Community Policing and how to submit for the 2013 award is available online at the IACP Community Policing Committee website at www.iacpcommunitypolicing.org. The site is a community policing resource for law enforcement practitioners.

About The IACP
The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is a dynamic organization that serves as the professional voice of law enforcement. Building on our past success, the IACP addresses cutting edge issues confronting law enforcement though advocacy, programs and research, as well as training and other professional services. IACP is a comprehensive professional organization that supports the law enforcement leaders of today and develops the leaders of tomorrow.”

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