IACP Leadership in Civilian Law Enforcement – Military Cooperation Award
The IACP Leadership in Civilian Law Enforcement/Military Cooperation Award recognizes excellence in cooperation between civilian and military law enforcement agencies.
This award highlights the development of innovative joint efforts to improve public safety for both military and civilian communities.
For further information, contact awards@theIACP.org.
The United States Capitol Police & The District of Columbia National Guard
On January 6, 2021, the United States Capitol was stormed by rioters. The United States Capitol Police (USCP), along with the District of Columbia National Guard forces and other metropolitan police forces, responded and assisted in restoring order. Anticipating possible further disturbance actions, the DC National Guard and the U.S. Capitol Police secured the Capitol Grounds days prior to the Inauguration. A Joint Task Force was created for the entire National Capital Region (NCR), and specifically Task Force Capitol Grounds were created between the DC Guard and the USCP. The results of this collaboration included streamlined requests for National Guard forces within the U.S. Capitol, enhanced interagency coordination and information sharing, enhanced threat and intelligence sharing, and joint security assessments and recommendations addressing current and future security concerns. The strategic value of this operation and lessons learned will have a positive impact on future joint civilian and military law enforcement operations for the protection of our homeland.
The Fujairah Police General Headquarters and the Fujairah Crisis and Emergency Team
Because of its proximity to the Indian Ocean, the Emirate of Fujairah is no stranger to natural disasters and crises such as seasonal cyclones, seismic activity, and severe flooding. This has led the Fujairah Police General Head Quarters (FPGHQ) to be continuously prepared in disasters and crises operational procedures. In 2018, heavy rainfall and flooding led the FPGHQ to partner with the Fujairah Crisis and Emergency Management Team (FCET) to coordinate and implement the United Nations created My City Getting Ready program. To effectively implement the program, the FPGHQ and the FCET have worked closely to create a communications plan, develop innovative solutions, and create focus sessions for strategic planning and evaluating. From their partnership and program, both agencies have learned how to more effectively deal with large scale crises, coordinate with each other, increase both community and staff satisfaction, improve their society’s overall sense of security, and minimize the financial impact and loss of life in their community.
St. Louis, Missouri, Police Department and Missouri National Guard
In 2017, St. Louis City experienced a period of civil unrest after a not-guilty verdict in a police-involved shooting was announced. During the demonstrations and the subsequent after-action reviews, the Missouri National Guard recognized how beneficial the SLMPD’s Real Time Crime Center was for the entire St. Louis region. The two agencies met to discuss a potential partnership between the organizations. As a result, a decision was made that the Missouri National Guard would place a full-time analyst in the SLMPD’s Real Time Crime Center. This would provide the SLMPD with access to the broader intelligence community, as well as new training and educational resources. Additionally, the SLMPD would contribute to the Missouri National Guard’s Counter Drug Program; a mutually beneficial partnership. When cooperation with other military entities is necessary, access to the Missouri National Guard contacts has proven to be invaluable to the SLMPD. The Missouri National Guard analyst and the Real Time Crime Center has led to 1,756 arrests; 4,294 charges resulting from the arrest and 1,043 stolen vehicles, 243 firearms, and vast amounts of stolen property and narcotics recovered.
Texas Department of Public Safety
First conducted in 2015, the Texas Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX) is a joint initiative developed by the Texas Department of Public Safety, Air Operations Division with support from the Texas Army National Guard and Texas Task Force 1 to address collaborative challenges in border security operations and natural disaster response. By pooling resources, the state of Texas can better respond to natural disasters and border security issues. SAREX serves as an effective and successful model of civilian-military integration, which can make a difference and save lives, which was evident in the successful deployment of Federal, Military, and local assets during the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in 2017. Forming and maintaining relationships have proven to be a key to success, and annual exercises are critical to ensuring that inter-agency coordination takes place efficiently and that communications plans are viable. This is only possible by planning, coordinating and conducting exercises such as SAREX.
Fort Campbell Provost Marshal Office, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and Clarksville Police Department
The Fort Campbell Provost Marshal’s Office developed the Healthy Relationships, Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative by working with their civilian law enforcement partners, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Clarksville Police Department. The goals of this initiative are to install family support agencies, enforce DUI awareness training, and conduct joint DUI campaigns. The result was the education of 1,000 soldiers.