Police Department Accepts International Community Policing Award
CHPD Accepts Community Policing Award from IACP Tuesday
Representatives from the Columbia Heights Police Department accepted the Leadership in Community Policing Award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) at its annual conference in Orlando Tuesday.
The CHPD won in the "under 20,000" population category for its work in community policing strategies, and more specifically for its work involving the building of the City of Peace Neighborhood Center at Bruce Nawrocki Park.
"This award is much more than a police department award. This is a community award. It is a great example of what can occur when community partners work together to advance the common good," said Police Chief Lenny Austin. "This award reminds us of the importance of the core meaning of community policing, which is using partnerships to address crime and disorder to create long-term positive change."
The department also won the IACP award in 2012 for pioneering several community policing initiatives that it still uses today. The CHPD was also a finalist for the award in 2015.
Chief Lenny Austin, Capt. Erik Johnston, and Sgt. Justin Pletcher accepted the award at a Tuesday ceremony in Orlando.