IACP and Cisco Recognize Agencies for Community Policing
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Sept. 21, 2010) – Director Todd A. Miller, chair of the Community Policing Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is proud to formally announce that four agencies have been selected to receive the 2010 Community Policing Award from IACP and Cisco. Five additional agencies were selected as finalists, and for the fifth year, agency submissions also were reviewed for their homeland security relevance, with one agency selected for special recognition.
“The philosophy of community policing is more relevant and necessary today than ever before,” stated Miller. “With resources limited by current economic conditions, the force multiplication agencies receive by implementing the community policing philosophy and partnering with citizens is the most effective means of making our communities safer.” Law enforcement agencies were eligible to nominate in five categories based on population. This year’s four winners are examples of community policing best practices. Their entries demonstrate the meaningful change that can occur when law enforcement officials and their communities are empowered to utilize all available resources for crime prevention and improvement of quality of life.
The Winners are:
Population fewer than 20,000 residents
Gulf Breeze Police Department – Gulf Breeze, Fla.
Population of 20,001 to 50,000 residents
Mundelein Police Department – Mundelein, Ill.
Population of 50,001 to 100,000 residents
Evanston Police Department – Evanston, Ill.
Population of 100,001 to 250,000 residents
No Winner Selected
Population of 250,001+ residents
Houston Police Department – Houston, Tex.
Finalists selected by the committee are:
Population fewer than 20,000
No Finalists Selected
Population of 20,001 to 50,000
Monrovia Police Department – Monrovia, Calif
Madison City Police Department – Madison, Ala.
Population of 50,001 to 100,000
Fort Meyers Police Department – Fort Myers, Fla.
Population of 100,001 to 250,000
No Finalists Selected
Population of over 250,001
Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Prince George’s County Div - Riverdale, Md.
Chicago Police Department – Chicago, Ill.
The agency recognized this year for its community policing initiatives aimed at improving homeland security was the Miami, Fla., Police Department. This agency demonstrated how community policing philosophy and practices are integral in terrorism prevention and response. Through involvement, awareness and action, agencies and communities moved another step closer to winning the war on terror.
“In these difficult and challenging times, law enforcement must work smarter to be successful.” said Michael J. Carroll, chief of the West Goshen Township, Penn., Police Department and current IACP President. “Adopting the Community Policing philosophy of partnerships and problem solving positions law enforcement agencies to successfully work together with their citizens to create a safer environment while combating crime, supporting homeland security and providing quality cost effective services to our diverse communities.”
Award winners will be honored at the IACP’s Annual Conference Banquet in Orlando on Oct. 27. The committee also will honor the winners, finalists and specially recognized agencies at a private reception on Oct. 24. Additionally, "Fort Hood Attack: Don’t Endanger Your Communities by Failing to Act," the IACP Community Policing Workshop, will be held on Sunday, Oct. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. All 10 agencies selected for the 2010 Community Policing Awards from IACP and Cisco will be recognized at this workshop, will provide information on their initiatives to workshop attendees and will be present to answer questions about their efforts to partner with community. The workshop will be broadcast live via the Internet using the Cisco WebEx technology so others in the police and military community can participate.
The IACP’s Community Policing committee developed the Community Policing Award in 1998 to recognize outstanding community policing initiatives by law enforcement agencies worldwide.
“As a sponsor, Cisco is once again proud to be associated with the extraordinary efforts of these agencies who have distinguished themselves globally for their achievements in community policing.” said Bob Stanberry, Public Safety Channel Solutions for Cisco, for the Community Policing Awards. “The power of collaboration in public-private partnerships is essential to solving community issues, and we’re proud to be part of this outstanding awards program.”
The IACP Community Policing Committee is also proud to announce the launch of a new Community Policing Web site. The site, www.iacpcommunitypolicing.org continues to grow since it went live at the IACP Annual Conference in Denver. The site will be the community policing resource for law enforcement practitioners and allows agencies to submit applications online for the annual Community Policing Award from IACP and Cisco.
About The IACP
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world's oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization of police executives, with more than 20,000 members in more than 140 different countries. IACP's leadership consists of the operating chief executives of international, federal, state and local agencies of all sizes.
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