2002 IACP Civil Rights Award Winners

Education/Prevention

City of Kent, WA, Police Department—for establishing the "Game of Life: Attitudes and Choices" youth wellness conference. The conference involves teams of junior and senior high-school students, law enforcement, educators, parents, and the community in a year-long skill-building series that promotes community bonding, mentoring, and diversity. The implementation of activities supporting positive decision making, healthy beliefs, and positive life styles, to include workshops focusing on racism and diversity, was a major feature. One of the many positive outcomes resulted in youth board members' being exposed to several new experiences and opportunities to learn, i.e., one served as a youth ambassador to the City of Kent’s Chinese sister city Yangzhou, while another youth board member attended the FBI’s National Academy Youth Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C.

Accepting for the department will be Chief Ed Crawford.

Education/Prevention

Chief Julian Fantino, Toronto Police Service—for the participation and leadership shown by the police department in "The Alternatives to Lethal Force by Police" conference, with the sub-theme of "Building Bridges." In response to public reaction to police use-of-force incidents, in late 1999, members of the Toronto Police Service met with members of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations and the Queen Street Patients Council (Mental Health Advocacy Group) to discuss doing something about the problems and the perceived problems regarding police. The meeting was pivotal since some involved with these groups, as leaders, were very outspoken critics of the police and trust was lacking. It was proposed that the police take part with the community in a conference to look at this issue. The process leading up to the conference established the police as sensitive and caring to the community’s needs, and allowed the police to provide a supportive, secondary role in the conference. The rapport, respect, goodwill and communication that were started at the conference have continued. Dialogue between leaders in the minority communities and the police no longer takes place on the front page of the newspaper. Relations have so greatly improved that one community civil rights activist was prompted to say publicly, "This Chief is my Chief," referring to Chief Fantino. This conference was a major step in police race and mental health relations in the City of Toronto.

Prevention/Investigation

SAC John E. Bell, Jr., FBI Detroit Field Office—for commitment and dedication in promoting proactive initiatives to address the concerns and issues facing a vulnerable Arab-American Muslim community in the wake of the horrific events of September 11, 2001. Under his leadership and personal participation, these meetings served to create dialogue and played an integral role in addressing the concerns and issues of the Muslim and Arab-American community, as well as other communities throughout the Detroit Metropolitan area. As a result of this effort and the commitment of law enforcement, approximately 14 civil rights investigations were initiated, resulting in a federal and local prosecution.

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