IACP/3M Leadership in Looking Beyond the License Plate Award

The International Association of Chiefs of Police and the 3M Traffic Safety & Security Division, Looking Beyond the License Plate Award 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. 



From Our Award Sponsor – 3M

For more than 20 years the Transportation Safety Division has been proud to sponsor IACP's Looking Beyond the License Plate award. More than 75 years ago, 3M invented retro reflective material that today is used on road signs, other roadway safety devices and license plates around the world. In 1996, and in consultation with the IACP, the Looking Beyond the License Plate Award was created to recognize the use of a consistent and effective law enforcement tools. In this age of advanced automation, technology, and systems, reflective license plates remain irreplaceable for identifying vehicles and their drivers.

2017 Winner – Sergeant R. Gregory Clee

On March 10, 2015, Sergeant Clee stopped a motor vehicle with an expired validation sticker on the plate, travelling in Toronto, Canada. Sergeant Clee ran a check of the driver based off the name provided. Sergeant Clee confirmed that the license plates were not registered to the vehicle but due to a technology malfunction, he was not able to view the driver’s license. Sergeant Clee determined that the driver was driving with a suspended license and issued a summons to appear in court. 

While preparing for court, Sergeant Clee performed another search on the driver. This time he was able to pull the driver’s license photo from the name provided during the traffic stop. It was at that point Sergeant Clee realized that the image on the license did not match the driver of the vehicle.  

Upon further investigation, Sergeant Clee realized that the driver was committing identity theft and impersonation. 

Sergeant Clee was also able to establish that the accused committed fraud against the Ministry of Transportation by fraudulently registering vehicles and obtaining drivers licenses in fake names.

Upon execution of a search warrant at the accused’s residence it was revealed:

  • The accused was impersonating a paralegal and over 30 victims were identified that had been taken advantage of
  • The accused had been selling fake motor vehicle insurance and over 15 victims had been identified that had been taken advantage of
  • The accused had numerous summonses to attend to court not in his name for offences that he had committed.
  • The accused was charged with 39 Criminal Code charges and numerous Highway Traffic Act charges. 


Past Winners

2016 - Trooper Pamela M. Neff of the Virginia State Police