Congratulations to this year’s winners and finalists for the IACP/Cisco Community Policing Award!
The award recognizes outstanding community policing initiatives worldwide. Four agencies were selected as winners, six agencies were selected as finalists, one agency was given special recognition for the use of technology in a community policing effort, one agency was given special recognition for Homeland Security, and one agency was given special recognition for University and College Police. Law enforcement agencies were eligible to be nominated in five categories based on population. Winning entries demonstrate the meaningful change that can occurs when law enforcement officials and their communities utilize available resources for crime prevention and improvement of quality of life.
The 2016 winners are:
National Capital Park, Maryland, Police Department, Prince George’s County Division (Population under 20,000 residents)
Menlo Park, California, Police Department (Population of 20,001 to 50,000 residents)
Abington Township, Pennslyvania, Police Department (Population of 100,001 to 250,000 residents)
Office of Superintendent Police, Balod District, India (Population of 250,000+ residents)
The 2016 finalists are:
Brattleboro, Vermont, Police Department (Population fewer than 20,000)
Northhampton, Massachusetts, Police Department (Population fewer than 20,000)
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada, Police Service (Population of 50,001 to 100,000)
Sarasota, Florida, Police Department (Population of 50,001 to 100,000)
Hanover County, Virginia, Sheriff’s Office (Population of 100,001 to 250,000)
Seattle, Washington, Police Department (Population of more than 250,001)
Special Recognition – Use of Technology in Community Policing:
Dubai, United Arab Emirates Police Headquarters
Special Recognition – Homeland Security:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Special Recognition – University and College Police:
Santa Fe College, Florida, Police Department
Committee Chairman Ronal Serpas, Professor at Loyola University and former New Orleans Police Superintendent, points out, “Recent events have demonstrated that trust between law enforcement and the community it serves is essential. The agencies we are honoring today have demonstrated how incorporating the community policing philosophy into their mission has built a stronger agency and awarded them with strong and lasting relationships with their communities.”
“Cisco is proud to be a part of the IACP Community Policing Awards and all that it represents. The men and women and public safety organizations honored by this award are the embodiment of best in breed in law enforcement,” said Bob Stanberry, Senior Law Enforcement Advisor for Cisco. “I am honored to support these organizations and am in awe of their determination to make our communities and citizens safer.”
Award winners will be honored at the IACP’s 123rd Annual Conference and Exposition in San Diego, California.
Further information on community policing and how to apply for the 2017 award is available online at www.theIACP.org.