Civil Rights Award



IACP’s Civil Rights Committee recognizes that protection of civil and constitutional rights is among the foremost responsibilities of police in democratic societies. As a result, the committee seeks to recognize programs and law enforcement efforts that exemplify the protection and promotion of civil and human rights.

IACP members may nominate programs that successfully promote civil and human rights run by their own agency or other law enforcement agencies. They may also nominate individuals whose actions demonstrate extraordinary commitment the civil rights. Individuals, for instance, may be nominated based on their successful investigation of hate crime or for other individual achievements that champion civil rights.

IACP Civil Rights Awards are presented in the following categories

  • Single-Agency Program or Project Award
  • Multi-Agency Team Award
  • Individual Achievement Award
  • International Human Rights Award

The review and evaluation process will be conducted by the members of the IACP Civil Rights Committee's Award Subcommittee in the spring.

The nomination form can be downloaded through the application link above. This is a MS Word document and can be completed and e-mailed back to IACP as an attachment or printed and mailed to IACP according to the instructions of the form. Category descriptions and detailed eligibility information is provided on the application form.

The deadline for 2013 submission is April 15.

Award Notification and Presentation to Winners

The nominations will be reviewed and award recipients selected by members of the IACP Civil Rights Committee. Winners will be notified in June 30 of 2013. Award winners will be honored at two events that will occur in conjunction with IACP Annual Conference, scheduled for October 19- October 23, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The first event is the Civil Rights Award Reception, tentatively scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, October 22. The second event is the IACP Annual Banquet, scheduled for Wednesday, October 23, marking the conclusion of the conference. Part of the banquet program will include formal presentation of the IACP Civil Rights Award. Representatives from agencies receiving an Award will receive complimentary conference registration and complimentary banquet tickets (the specific number of complimentary tickets provided to recipients will be determined by IACP).

To request additional nomination forms or more information, please contact the following:

  • Brandon Gardner, Staff Liaison to IACP Civil Rights Committee
    The International Association of Chiefs of Police
    515 North Washington Street
    Alexandria, VA 22314
    (703) 836-6767 ext. 815 or (800)-843-4227
    Fax (703) 684-5728
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