It’s award season, and no I am not talking about the Hollywood elite, I’m talking about something much more important, an award where there is no red carpet or pre-show, no one cares what you’re wearing. This award recognizes the true heroes in our society, heroes who, most of the time, are unrecognized and unappreciated. I am speaking of our law enforcement officials and this year’s IACP/Cisco Community Policing awards.
2012’s Finalists and Award Recipients:
- Columbia Heights, MN Police Department (Population fewer than 20,000 residents)
- Duluth, MN Police Department (Population of 50,001 to 100,000 residents)
- Clearwater, FL Police Department (Population of 100,001 to 250,000 residents)
- San Diego Police Department, San Diego, CA (Population of 250,001+ residents)
- Hopkins, MN Police Department (Population fewer than 20,000)
- Population of 20,001 to 50,000 (4 finalists):
- Bradenton, FL Police Department
- Burlington, VT Police Department
- Grapevine, TX Police Department
- Hanover Park, IL Police Department
- Greater Sudbury Police Service, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada (Population of 100,001 to 250,000)
- Rishon Leziyon Police Station INP – Rishon Leziyon, Israel (Population of more than 250,001)
- Riverside, CA Police Department (Population of more than 250,001)
Twenty-nine cities submitted their best practices in community policing. The nominees detailed how they launched and maintained programs that involved collaboration with law enforcement and citizens to create safer communities. Some partnered more closely with schools (City of Hopkins), others leveraged their law enforcement liaison (Bradenton Police Department) and another integrated technology as a way to collaborate with citizens (Clearwater Police Department). While there are only 4 award recipients, one for each population category, all the achievements should be honored.
So, tonight, on this beautiful evening in San Diego, on a boat in the quiet harbor, IACP leaders, Cisco global and local government leads and the award recipients and nominees gather to honor the community policing achievements from this past year. Tomorrow we will all go back to attending the IACP conference, learning best practices and seeing the very latest in law enforcement technology, but for this one night, we take pause to honor the tremendous work and sacrifice of law enforcement officials who are creating new ways to keep their communities safe.
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And now back to your regularly scheduled awards programming….