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2011 IACP Community Policing Award Winners, Finalists Announced

October 25, 2011 | National News

News Image IACP and Cisco Recognize Agencies for Outstanding Community Policing; Purcellville, Va. Police Selected As Winner

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Sept. 16, 2011) – Director Todd A. Miller, chairman of the Community Policing Committee for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) is proud to formally announce that five agencies have been selected to receive the 2011 Community Policing Award from IACP and Cisco. Additionally, seven agencies were selected as finalists.

“The philosophy of community policing is more relevant and necessary today than ever before,” said Miller. “With resources limited by current economic conditions, the force multiplication agencies receive by implementing the community policing philosophy and partnering with citizens is the most effective means of making our communities safer, whether it be from crime or from terrorism.” 

Law enforcement agencies were eligible to nominate in five categories based on population. This year’s five winners and seven finalists are examples of community policing best practices. Their entries demonstrate the meaningful change that can occur when law enforcement officials and their communities are empowered to utilize all available resources for crime prevention and improvement of quality of life.

The Winners are:

  • Population fewer than 20,000 residents
    Purcellville Police Department – Purcellville, VA
  • Population of 20,001 to 50,000 residents
    New Brighton Dept. of Public Safety – New Brighton, MN
  • Population of 50,001 to 100,000 residents
    New Rochelle Police Department – New Rochelle, NY
  • Population of 100,001 to 250,000 residents
    Dayton Police Department – Dayton, OH
  • Population of 250,001+ residents
    Waterloo Regional Police Service – Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Finalists selected by the committee are:

  • Population fewer than 20,000
    Lincoln Police Department – Lincoln, NH
    Sandwich Police Department – Sandwich, NH
  • Population of 20,001 to 50,000
    Madison City Police Department – Madison, AL
    Hurst Police Department – Hurst, TX
  • Population of 50,001 to 100,000
    Rowlett Police Department – Rowlett, TX
  • Population of 100,001 to 250,000
    No Finalists Selected 
  • Population of over 250,001
    Albuquerque Police Department – Albuquerque, NM
    Boston Police Department – Boston, MA

The committee also recognizes agencies that demonstrate its community policing initiatives aimed at improving homeland security. The recognition highlights how the community policing philosophy and practices are integral in terrorism prevention and response. Through involvement, awareness and action, agencies and communities move another step closer to winning the war on terror. This year the committee did not recognize an agency within this category.

“Community policing is vitally important to the international policing community and to the state, local and tribal communities we serve,” said Mark A. Marshall, chief of the Smithfield, VA, Police Department and President of the IACP. “Adopting the Community Policing philosophy of partnerships and problem solving positions law enforcement agencies to successfully work together with their citizens to create a safer environment while combating crime and supporting homeland security. Community policing is central to the success of the police mission as we provide cost effective services to our diverse communities.”

Award winners will be honored at the IACP’s Annual Conference Banquet in Chicago on Oct. 26. The committee also honored the winners and finalists at a private reception on Oct. 23.

The IACP’s Community Policing committee developed the Community Policing Award in 1998 to recognize outstanding community policing initiatives by law enforcement agencies worldwide.

“Cisco is honored to support public safety organizations around the world and recognize the contributions of community policing agencies represented by the IACP Community Policing Awards.” said Bob Stanberry, former Chief of Police and current Public Safety Channel Solutions for Cisco, for the Community Policing Awards. “We’re proud to support this outstanding awards program and collaborate with agencies in local communities.”

Further information on Community Policing and how to submit for the 2012 Award is available online at the IACP Community Policing Committee website at The site is a community policing resource for law enforcement practitioners.

About The IACP
The International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization of police executives, with more than 20,000 members in more than 140 different countries. IACP's leadership consists of the operating chief executives of international, federal, state and local agencies of all sizes.


Director Todd Miller, Comm. Chair 
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