IACP and Motorola Solutions Announce 2014 Webber Seavey Award Winners

October 27, 2014

Sarah Guy

Award Recognizes Outstanding Innovation and Development of Law Enforcement Programs

Alexandria, VA: The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and Motorola Solutions, Inc. are pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Webber Seavey Award: the Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Police Service; the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Police Department; and the Rialto, California Police Department. The award recognizes law enforcement agencies that have developed innovative programs within their community's to address a specific need.

"We're proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of the three winners of this year's IACP/Motorola Solutions Webber Seavey Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement," said IACP President and Woodway, Texas, Public Safety Department Director Yousry "Yost" Zakhary. "This award exemplifies the dedication of IACP's 1st President, Chief Webber S. Seavey, who sought to improve the quality of life in local communities through innovation and problem solving. Recipients of the award are held in high esteem as exemplarily models of effective law enforcement programs that can be mirrored by law enforcement agencies from around the globe."

"We extend our congratulations and are proud to recognize the 2014 Webber Seavey award winners for their dedication to law enforcement and creativity in problem-solving in our communities," said Jim Mears, Corporate Vice President, Motorola Solutions. "Motorola applauds their efforts and commends the men and women who daily meet the challenges of law enforcement head on with creativity and resolve."
All winners will be recognized at the 121st IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in Orlando, Florida on October 27th. A brief description of each awardee and their innovative program or initiative follows:

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Police Service – ACTION Strategy Initiative

- Several studies concluded this city had potential, but there was a need to restore safety and security in the downtown core, which had become a hot spot for violent crime. Analysis revealed that officers continued to encounter repeat offenders and at-risk individuals. To develop alternative options to arrest, an evaluation was conducted into internal and external factors and stakeholders. Provincial and federal government grants provided the revenue to implement a crime prevention strategy in a city with very tight budget restrictions. Highly visible officers on foot and bike addressed violent crime and disorder issues. Uniformed volunteer auxiliary officers were deployed in the core for over 1,400 hours. The police service also worked with several partners to develop a street-level proactive wrap-around
social service solution to help break the cycle of arrests. The strategy has led to a decrease in crime and an increase in the perception of safety and security. The downtown area is already in the process of revitalization.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin Police Department – Students Talking it Over with Police (STOP) Program

- This school-based program addresses the relationship between young leaders, ages 12-17, and police with the goal of decreasing an initial volatile interaction while cultivating sustainable positive relationships. For one hour per day, one day per week, for seven weeks, officers educate juveniles on not only the nature of police work, but also on how to appropriately communicate and interact with officers. A process and outcome evaluation assesses measurable effects of the training. Analysis results indicate that STOP is successful in improving general knowledge, proper behavior during a police stop and a better perception of the police. Officers are aware that juveniles have been informed of the appropriate ways in which police should act, thereby creating a two-way accountability mechanism. Approximately 94 percent of participants reported feeling better about the police after taking part in the program.

Rialto, California Police Department – Body-Worn Camera Program

- This partnership-based, yearlong study evaluated the effects of body-worn video cameras on police use-of-force and officer complaints. The randomized controlled trial represents the first experimental evaluation of body-worn video cameras used in police patrol practices. Frontline officers participated in the experiment and wore HD cameras. All data from the cameras were collated using a web-based computerized video management system. Comparing similar 12-month time frames, the study revealed significant reductions: Use of force incidents were reduced by 87.5 percent and complaints were reduced by 59 percent. Additionally, public contacts by officers increased by 3,200. Analysis of a second year of data showed little change to the experimental year results. This scientific approach to dealing with police misconduct introduces the concept of testing and evaluating new initiatives.

Agencies selected as finalists were: the Ashland, Oregon Police Department; the Canton Township, Michigan Police Department; the Dearborn, Michigan Police Department; the Flower Mound, Texas Police Department; the New Castle County, Delaware Division of Police; the New Zealand Police, and the Palm Beach Gardens, Florida Police Department. Project abstracts and 2015 application information can found on www.theiacp.org/webberseavey.

About the IACP
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is a dynamic organization that serves as the professional voice of law enforcement. Building on our past success, the IACP addresses cutting edge issues confronting law enforcement though advocacy, programs and research, as well as training and other professional services. IACP is a comprehensive professional organization that supports the law enforcement leaders of today and develops the leaders of tomorrow.

About Motorola Solutions
Motorola Solutions is a leading provider of mission-critical communication solutions and services for enterprise and government customers. Through leading-edge innovation and communications technology, it is a global leader that enables its customers to be their best in the moments that matter.

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