IACP’s Leadership in Human and Civil Rights award recognizes that protection of civil and constitutional rights is among the foremost responsibilities of police in democratic societies. As a result, the Human and Civil Rights 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 to civil rights. Individuals, for instance, may be nominated based on their successful investigation of a hate crime or for other individual achievements that champion civil rights.
The IACP Leadership in Human and Civil Rights Awards are presented in the following categories:
- Single-Agency Program or Project Award: The nominated program or project must have been initiated, developed, and/or managed with a significant law enforcement nexus. At least one executive (e.g. chief, sheriff, director of public safety, or other senior official with administrative oversight) within that agency must be an IACP member in good standing.
- Multi-Agency Team Award: it must consist of members from different law enforcement agencies that have worked together to address a civil rights crime or a civil rights related community problem. This category includes multi-agency law enforcement task forces or inter-agency task forces with a significant law enforcement nexus. A law enforcement executive within at least one of these agencies must be an IACP member in good standing.
- Individual Achievement Award: The nominated individual must be an IACP member or a sworn (active or retired) law enforcement officer of a federal, state, local, or tribal law enforcement agency recognized by the IACP. An agency recognized by IACP is defined as one led by a law enforcement executive who is an IACP member in good standing.
Programs, projects, and individuals nominated for the IACP Leadership in Human and Civil Rights Award must be submitted under the name of an IACP member in good standing. That person may nominate a program, project, or an individual in his or her own agency, but may also recognize programs in other agencies. This award is intended for agencies with IACP membership representation among their executive officers. Persons nominated for an individual achievement award need not be members of IACP, but should be sworn law enforcement personnel who are employed by agencies with IACP representation.
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