Would you like to win a trip to the 121st Annual IACP Conference in Orlando, Florida? Has your agency implemented an innovative program that demonstrates a dedication to improving the quality of life within your community?
If you answered yes to both of these questions, consider applying for the IACP/Motorola Webber Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement. Two representatives from each of the top three winning agencies will be recognized at the IACP Conference for their efforts. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, June 20, 2014. Application guidelines can be obtained at http://www.theiacp.org/webberseavey.
Last year’s winners from the Denver Police Department, Edmonton Police Service, and the Houston Police Department showcased programs on domestic violence and gang reduction, and a law enforcement advocate program.
Denver, Colorado Police Department – Law Enforcement Advocate Program
- When a developmentally delayed youth was involved in a police shooting, the incident escalated the public distrust of law enforcement. Citizen feedback indicated that police needed more effective ways to develop positive relationships with residents in lower socioeconomic areas of the city while also supporting public safety. Using a team approach, this program integrates communication and service among the judiciary, probation, law enforcement, treatment, and the community at large. Over ten years, this simple, yet highly effective concept has improved public perception of police, promoted youth and family advocacy, increased offender accountability, and maintained public safety. Great progress has been made in positively impacting families and communities, reducing police contact, improving officer morale and job satisfaction, decreasing recidivism and substance abuse, and increasing multi-systems collaborations.
Edmonton, Canada Police Service – Domestic Violence Reduction Strategy Program
- An analysis of domestic violence reports revealed a disturbing trend: 39 percent of identified high risk files had not been assigned to the Domestic Violence Intervention Team for follow-up investigation and victim-based intervention and advocacy. This gap in service delivery, due to resource and workload issues, left many domestic violence victims vulnerable to re-victimization. This was particularly true in the Southeast Division, home to the majority of the city’s South Asian community. To bridge the gap, the Southeast Division developed a multi-pronged program to identify the most vulnerable victims, create a Victim Support Team, publish a domestic violence resource, collaborate with South Asian community leaders, and educate patrol officers about cultural issues. The initiative is so successful and received such buy-in from front-line patrol officers that it has been implemented throughout the other four patrol divisions.
Houston, Texas Police Department – StopHoustonGangs.org Initiative
- After conducting a strategic analysis of the gang problem, this department sought a proactive solution to unify law enforcement and get the community involved in the fight against the rising level of gang activity. In collaboration with 13 other local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, the http://www.stophoustongangs.org web site was developed. Using innovative technology to fight old-fashioned crime, the law enforcement partners share information, educate the public about gang crime, and enlist community support by offering a safe, anonymous way to provide tips to the police. The collaborative effort requires few resources from each agency and serves as a force multiplier. The agencies take turns monitoring the web site to vet and disseminate all actionable tips. Since implementation, more than 1,700 tips have been received, over 600 arrests have been made, and the site has been visited nearly 250,000 times.
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