The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the 3M Traffic Safety & Security Division, in partnership with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), are proud to announce the recipients and honorees of the 2016 Looking Beyond the License Plate Award. This award program recognizes the dedication and initiative of officers whose daily efforts ensure the effectiveness of our nation's law enforcement system.
Since its inception in 1998, the Looking Beyond the License Plate award program has attracted more than 2,000 entries from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Canadian provinces. Approximately 70 percent of all serious crime involves a motor vehicle, and law enforcement agencies nationwide acknowledge license plates are critical crime-fighting tools used to track and identify these offenders. The program is designed to substantiate and document the importance of license plates as law enforcement tools. Case histories submitted to the program's panel of evaluators provide valuable support to agencies involved in maintaining and advancing front and rear vehicle registration systems.
The 2016 Top Honor is awarded to Trooper Pamela M. Neff of the Virginia State Police for her initiative and decisive action to use her vehicle’s license plate reader (LPR) to locate the suspect in the double homicide of a television reporter and photographer in August, 2015. (A summary of the case can be found below.)
“The Virginia State Police is most proud of Trooper Neff and her fellow troopers’ quick actions and dedicated efforts demonstrated the afternoon of August 26 on Interstate 66,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “This incident not only affirms Trooper Neff’s initiative and skill as a public safety professional, but also highlights the value of license plate readers as a significant investigative tool for law enforcement.”
The 2016 Honorable Mentions are awarded to Officer Carlos Gastelum of the Oro Valley, Arizona, Police Department; Trooper Michael Borski of the Michigan State Police; and Officer Todd Newman of the California Highway Patrol.
The awards were presented at the IACP Highway Safety Awards Breakfast on October 18, 2016, in conjunction with the IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in San Diego, California.
Left to right: Chief Robert Maynard, California Highway Patrol; David Pointon, 3M;
Trooper Pamela Neff, Virginia State Police, with daughter Madalynn; Amber Soule, 3M.