IACP/Target Police Officer of the Year

announcing 2016 iacp/target police officer of the year:

Captain william villanova 

Prefecture de Police de Paris, Police Nationale, France

 

On Saturday, October 15, 2016, Captain William Villanova of the Prefecture de Police de Paris was named the 2016 IACP/Target Police Officer of the Year for 2016 during the 10th Annual IACP Foundation Gala in San Diego. His heroic actions during the Bataclan nightclub shooting in Paris on November 13, 2015 saved countless lives and helped end the massacre.   

Three other finalists were announced and celebrated that evening:  

  • Officer Daniel Colwell, Chandler, AZ, Police Department for his quick actions despite being shot twice in his ballistic vest by a suspect who had critically injured a fellow officer in a local store during the morning breakfast rush.  
  • Officer Timothy Jones, Park Forest, IL, Police Department who came to the aid of his fellow officers trying to capture a suspect and was critically wounded during a fight that led to a shootout with the suspect. 
  • Captain Brian R. Nanavaty, Indianapolis, IN, Metropolitan Police Department for his tireless efforts with the Office of Professional Development and Wellness which has helped more than 800 officers get the support they need to succeed on the job. 

 

 
   
Captain William Villanova 
Prefecture de Police de Paris
Police Nationale, France
Police Officer of the Year 2016    
Officer Daniel Colwell
Chandler, Arizona,
Police Department 
Police Officer of the Year Finalist 2016
 Officer Timothy Jones
Park Forest, Illinois,
Police Department
Police Officer of the Year Finalist 2016
Captain Brian R. Nanavaty 
Indianapolis, Indiana,
Metropolitan Police Department
Police Officer of the Year Finalist 2016

 

This year, we celebrated 50 years of the Police Officer of the Year Award. From the first recipient - Sergeant Philip T. Dwyer of the St. Louis (Missouri) Police Department who’s Chief, Curtis Brostron said at the time “If you had a couple of thousand Phil Dwyer’s, you’d have quite a force,” – to last year’s recipient – Officer Scott Angulo of the Tallahassee (Florida) Police Department who was off-duty when he engaged and killed a suspect in his neighborhood who had set a house on fire in order to draw out and kill as many first responders – the men and women who have earned this award are just a few examples of the exceptional work law enforcement officers do around the world every day.  

Learn more about these heroes on our Police Officer of the Year Winners Page.

This year, the IACP is proud to partner with Target to recognize exemplary performance by police officers from across the globe.


Learn about our four outstanding finalists who were selected for the IACP/Target Police Officer of the Year Award: Officer Daniel Colwell, Chandler, Arizona, Police Department; Officer Timothy Jones, Park Forest, Illinois, Police Department; Captain Brian R. Nanavay, Indianapolis, Indiana, Metropolitan Police Department; Captain William Villanova, Prefecture de Police de Paris, Police Nationale, France. For his bravery during an attack in Paris, the IACP/Target Police Officer of the Year Award for 2016 was presented to Captain William Villanova of the
Prefecture de Police de Paris, Police Nationale, France, at the
10th Annual IACP Foundation Gala in San Diego on October 15, 2016.
   

 

 

 


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