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Leesburg Police Win International Police Excellence Award

October 28, 2015 | Virginia News

Motorola Solutions and The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) announced the recipients of the 2015 Webber Seavey Award for Policing Excellence at the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference in Chicago on Monday, October 26, 2015.

Jointly sponsored by IACP and Motorola, the Webber Seavey Award is presented annually to agencies and departments worldwide in recognition for promoting a standard of excellence that exemplifies law enforcement's contribution and dedication to the quality of life in local communities. This program helps law enforcement agencies worldwide and the communities they serve by redefining the concept of law enforcement and how it is routinely performed. The award is named for Webber S. Seavey, the IACP's first president. The program annually honors achievements in one or more of the following goals:

  • Continually improving services to the community;
  • Strengthening police relations and promoting community participation;
  • Effectively using resources;
  • Enhancing communications within and cooperation among agencies;
  • Developing creative and innovative approaches that promote excellence in law enforcement.

The 2015 IACP-Motorola Solutions Webber Seavey Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement was presented during the IACP Annual Conference first general assembly to the Leesburg Police Department; Vancouver, British Columbia Police Department; and the Waterloo, Ontario Regional Police Service.

“These three law enforcement agencies have gone the extra mile to improve the quality of life in each of their communities,” said John Zidar, vice president, Motorola Solutions. “Recipients of this award are held in high esteem as exemplary models of effective law enforcement programs that can be mirrored by agencies from around the globe.”

Leesburg, Virginia Police Department: Organized Retail Crime
Using evidence-based policing, the department identified an increase in organized shoplifting and losses exceeding those reported to law enforcement. To address these issues Leesburg used a three-prong approach including high-visibility patrols, education and theft prevention operations, Leesburg has experienced a sustained reduction in organized retail crime.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada Police Department: Assertive Outreach Team
In part of the city’s downtown area, 3 percent of the population accounted for 25 percent of all reported mental health calls to the department. To address these issues, police officers teamed up with nurses and other healthcare professionals to transition residents from local emergency departments to appropriate community services. As a result of their efforts, there has been a 77 percent reduction in violent offences by these residents.

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Regional Police Service: Connectivity Waterloo Region
More than 80 percent of calls for service in Waterloo are non-criminal in nature and are about residents impacted by poverty, addiction and mental health issues. To address these calls, the Waterloo Police Service created an early-intervention program with multiple agencies to connect high-risk individuals and families to services and support within 24 to 48 hours.

"We're proud to recognize the outstanding achievements of the three winners of this year's IACP/Motorola Solutions Webber Seavey Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement," said IACP’s President, University of Central Florida Police Chief Richard Beary. "The IACP/Motorola Solutions Webber Seavey Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement exemplifies the best qualities of public servants – identifying a need in the community and taking action to address it.”

A local presentation of the award will be made by IACP and Motorola officials at the November 10, 2015 Leesburg Town Council meeting.


About the IACP
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.

About Motorola Solutions
Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) creates innovative, mission-critical communication solutions and services that help public safety and commercial customers build safer cities and thriving communities.