2000 IACP Civil Rights Award Winners

For 2000, IACP has four winning applications, which involve five agencies and/or institution recipients

  • Since the human rights of alien migrants are often violated by alien smugglers and border bandits, the San Diego Border Patrol Sector has designed and initiated a far-reaching, multi-faceted safety campaign to curtail border violence, reduce injuries, and prevent fatalities of migrants in the border area. These initiatives have served as a model for implementation of the U.S. Border Patrol National Border Safety Initiative.
  • Mr. Rinus Visser from the Rotterdam Police in the Netherlands was nominated to receive the IACP's Civil Rights Award for his outstanding and long-lasting work in the field of integration and cooperation between the police and ethnic minorities. As a result of his work, the relationship between the police in general and the ethnic minorities showed an enormous improvement. In addition, during the same period the number of ethnic minorities entering into policing improved significantly as well to his credit. Mr. Visser has established several extremely successful programs related to integration of ethnic minorities in the mainstream to include the Dutch Coalition Training. The Award is being presented to him in the area of Education/Training for developing creative and innovative approaches that promote human rights within the community and/or the department.
  • The National Church Arson Task Force—One of the more significant and far-reaching investigations undertaken by the Task Force to date is the investigation regarding Jay Scott Ballinger, who is believed to be responsible for as many as 75 church arsons across the southern United States. Clearly, the dedication, effort, and devotion to duty exhibited by the National Church Arson Task Force and its principle agencies, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, resulted in not only justice, but also a genuine sense of healing across the nation. The actions of the Task Force serve as a textbook example of effective federal, state, and local cooperation and as a benchmark for civil rights and hate crime investigations.
  • Detective John Maloof, Boston, Massachusetts, Police Department—A Hispanic female was severely beaten outside her residence in South Boston by several males yelling racial slurs. Resulting from the investigation of this incident and several other similar incidents and the arrest of the subjects, the Boston Police Department saw a dramatic decrease in the number of incidents being reported as bias motivated in three housing developments in South Boston. Further, with the removal of the perpetrators and their families from this housing site, the people living not only within the development sites, but all the residents of South Boston, were spared the image that all people living in South Boston are prejudiced against nonwhite families. Det. Maloof's investigation into these matters has had a positive effect on the city of Boston, its citizens, and the agencies that are empowered to protect the rights of every individual. Det. Maloof has been extremely diligent, thorough, and committed to the successful resolution of hate/bias crimes.