Colorado and Texas Police Departments Honored for Outstanding Police Volunteer Programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
October 24, 2014

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Colorado and Texas Police Departments Honored for
Outstanding Police Volunteer Programs

Alexandria, VA: An International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) award that honors exceptional police volunteer programs will be presented this month to the police departments of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and North Richland Hills, Texas.

The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs recognizes police volunteer programs that demonstrate innovative and effective practices for augmenting sworn or civilian staff and improving service delivery to their communities.

Members of the IACP Police Administration Committee (PAC) meet annually to judge the award applications and select winning agencies.

Honorable Mention was awarded to the following agencies: Alexandria, VA, Police Department; California Highway Patrol; Greater Manchester Police, UK; Newport Beach, CA, Police Department; Port St. Lucie, FL, Police Department; Surprise Police, AZ, Department; Elk Grove Police, CA, Department.

The Colorado Springs PD volunteer program, which began in 1971, has since grown to include over 600 volunteers who have become an integral part of the police department. They serve the department and community in a variety of activities, including viewing real-time surveillance cameras, assisting with crime victims; serving as role players for training exercises and serving in the Strategic Information Center where volunteers assisted the Tip Processing Center in reviewing, assigning, and distributing tips for follow-up investigation.

The North Richland Hills PD volunteers began in 2007 and has grown to include 37 volunteers. In the short history of the program, it has demonstrated that even a small number of volunteers can have a dramatic positive influence on the police services provided to a community. They serve in every section of the police department: answering non-911 phone calls, monitoring surveillance cameras, fingerprinting, managing the community resource program, assisting with crime victims, and providing numerous important patrol functions.

 “Volunteers in police service provide many hours of valuable service for their agencies and the communities in which they live,” said IACP President and Woodway, Texas, Public Safety Department Director Yousry “Yost” Zakhary. “The dedicated service of police volunteers provides clear evidence of how community members through volunteerism contribute to the law enforcement effort of their communities to make it a safer and better place to live, work, and visit. The IACP Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs Award provides the law enforcement community an opportunity to celebrate and honor the service volunteers provide, and to acknowledge the wisdom of police leaders who provide the opportunity for community members to serve in the valued effort.”

“Often when traveling, I see police volunteers working at special events, and I talk with them about their police volunteer programs,” said Dr. Jeffrey Magers, chair of the Police Administration Committee. “They all tell me about the services they provide, the pride they have in their law enforcement agencies, why they enjoy serving as police volunteers, and the support they receive from law enforcement leaders in their organizations.  It takes committed leaders within a law enforcement agency to achieve the organizational culture that allows police volunteer programs to thrive, but the value of such programs is directly attributable to the many police volunteers who commit time, energy, and effort in dedicating themselves to give of their varied talents to assist their police agencies and communities in providing effective law enforcement support services.”
The sponsors for this year’s award are the Reserve Police Officer Association and the Master’s Degree in Homeland Security at Pace University in New York. The sponsors and the PAC members will honor the winning agencies at an award reception during the upcoming IACP annual conference in Orlando, Florida.

“The graduate Masters in Homeland Security program at Pace University would like to congratulate the award winning volunteers that continue to make our neighborhoods safer,” said Professor Joe Ryan of Pace University.

“The Reserve Police Officers Association is honored to be selected as co-sponsor of the Volunteers in Police Service Award, being presented by the International Association of the Chiefs of Police at its annual conference to two of the nation’s top reserve police units, in recognition of the significant contribution of dedicated trained citizens to law enforcement,” said RPOA President Brooke Webster.

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