Press Release - IACP Announces Recipients of 2015 Shanahan Award

October 26, 2015                                                  

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IACP Announces Recipients of 2015 Shanahan Award

Chicago, IL – The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is pleased to announce the 2015 Michael Shanahan Award for Excellence in Public/Private Cooperations to the Houston Police Department and the Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD for their partnership to better serve members of the community diagnosed with serious and persistent mental illness.  This year, the committee also awarded honorable mention to the Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department and SyCom Technologies in recognition of their partnership to improve campus safety in an urban environment.  Winners of the Shanahan Award were presented with their award at a formal reception held at the 122nd IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in Chicago, Illinois on October 25, 2015.

The IACP Private Sector Liaison Committee began offering the Shanahan Award in 2007 and it is generously sponsored by the Security Industry Association.  The award is named after Chief Michael Shanahan who was known for his work in engaging the community to improve public safety during his time as Chief at the University of Washington.  The award not only recognizes outstanding initiatives between law enforcement and private partners to improve public safety, but also highlights the value and importance of such partnerships to address common community concerns. 

Applicants were required to submit joint applications with a law enforcement agency and a private sector partner.  The committee, comprised of both law enforcement leaders and members of the private sector, judged the applications based on the significance of the partnership program in improving public safety as well as the permanence of the program.  Award winning partnerships going back the last eight years, including the New York Police Department’s Shield program, are still in place today.  The Shanahan Award honors these partnerships which are crucial to public safety and creating strong communities.

About the International Association of Chiefs of Police
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s largest association of law enforcement executives. With over 25,000 members in more than 121 countries, the IACP serves as the professional voice of law enforcement. Building on their past success, the IACP addresses cutting edge issues confronting law enforcement through 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.



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