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2009 IACP Awards "Part 4"

2009 Excellence in Police Aviation Award

This year, three awards were presented by the IACP Aviation Committee and Bell Helicopter Textron: one to recognize an individual who holds a management or leadership position in police aviation and two honoring aviation units that exemplify excellence in airborne law enforcement. These awards emphasize initiatives to enhance the general level and safety of operations, the accident prevention programs, and the efficiency and effectiveness of airborne law enforcement.

Left to right: Assistant Chief John Meza, Mesa Police
Department; Chief Pilot Steve Raether, Mesa Police
Aviation; Chief Donald L. Shinnamon Sr., chair, IACP
Aviation Committee; and Paul Pitts, Bell Helicopter

Large Unit—Mesa Police Department Aviation Unit, Mesa, AZ

Safety is an important issue for this unit. Members of the unit demonstrate their commitment to it through their leadership role in aviation safety. The year 2009 marked the tenth time they sponsored the Phoenix Metro Area annual safety fly-in; participants included over 100 aviators from EMS operations, law enforcement, the media, Federal Aviation Administration, control towers, training schools, and helicopter businesses.

In 2008, unit members accomplished the following:

  • Flew 3,500 hours in support of patrol operations, surveillances, and special missions

  • Played a primary role in effecting 480 arrests

  • Recovered over 1,000 stolen automobiles

  • Located 32 missing persons

  • Responded to 8,526 calls for service

  • Responded to 296 calls for service for police and fire from other agencies

Left to right: Chief James Johnson, Baltimore County,
Maryland, Police Department; Sergeant Ron Wines,
Aviation Unit supervisor; Chief Donald L. Shinnamon
Sr., chair, IACP Aviation Committee; and Paul
Pitts, Bell Helicopter

Small Unit—Baltimore County Police Aviation Unit, Baltimore, MD

Safety has been a significant core value for the Baltimore County, Maryland, Police Aviation Unit, and, since it began in 1983, it has not had a single aircraft accident. In 2008, the unit adopted the International Helicopter Safety Team’s Safety Management System (SMS) into its daily operations.

In 2008, the unit members accomplished the following:

  • Flew 1,913 missions

  • Logged 2,007 flight hours

  • Were instrumental in 441 arrest assists

  • Located 29 missing persons

  • Made 25 LOJACK recoveries

  • Flew 161 Homeland Security Missions for the Port of Baltimore

The unit has shared its services on a regional basis with other local, state, and federal agencies, further exemplifying a spirit of cooperation that adds value to all its mission activities.

Left to right: Chief John R. Batiste, Washington
State Patrol; Lieutenant Tristan Atkins; Police Chief
Donald L. Shinnamon Sr., Port St. Lucie, Florida,
Police Department, chair, IACP Aviation Committee;
and Paul Pitts, Bell Helicopter

Individual—Lieutenant Tristan Atkins, Washington State Patrol, Olympia, Washington

Lieutenant Atkins is a 23-year veteran of the Washington State Patrol, who has also served for 28 years as a U.S. Army aviator, with the current military rank of colonel. He has over 2,000 hours of flying experience, primarily in helicopters and turbine aircraft.

Lieutenant Atkins is an innovator in law enforcement aviation, who has pioneered new programs and partnerships throughout the state of Washington in the law enforcement community. His philosophy and convictions about law enforcement aviation safety and aircraft mishap prevention are based on his view that all aircraft mishaps can be prevented and that prevention is an inherent function of management. He has made this philosophy the core value of his agency’s aviation section.

2010 applications due: May 31, 2010

For more information about the 2010 IACP Excellence in Police Aviation Award, visit the awards section of the IACP Web site,, or contact Mike Fergus, staff liaison, at the IACP, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-2357; by phone at 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 811; or via e-mail at

The IACP Award for Excellence in Criminal Investigation

Sponsored by West Government Services, the award for Excellence in Criminal Investigations recognizes quality achievement and innovation in managing and conducting criminal investigations with the goal of sharing information to advance the art and science of criminal investigations. Evaluation criteria are based on (1) innovation in the development or enhancement of investigative techniques, (2) the significance of the contribution to the advancement of the art or science of criminal investigation, and (3) exceptional achievement in managing or conducting a criminal investigation.

Left to right: Russell Laine, IACP president; Lieutenant
Corporal James Whalen, Cincinnati, Ohio, Police
Department; Dr. Robin S. Engel, University of
Cincinnati; Chief Thomas H. Streicher, Cincinnati,
Ohio, Police Department; Steve Rubley, vice president
and general manager, West Government Services; and
Captain Daniel Gerard, Cincinnati, Ohio,
Police Department

1st Place Winner: Cincinnati, Ohio, Police Department

In May 2008, the Cincinnati, Ohio, Police Department initiated what became the largest criminal gang investigation and prosecution in its history and the history of Hamilton County, Ohio. Involved in the investigation were many specialized units of the Cincinnati, Ohio, Police Department; state and county parole and probation agencies; the ATF and the United States Attorney’s Office, and the support and research of the University of Cincinnati. What made this a different organized “gang” investigation was the methodology of this overall investigation.

A data driven approach, supported by University of Cincinnati research, was used to connect gang members, corroborate criminal activity, report intelligence information, and show a criminal conspiracy. New ways to obtain critical information to identify major players who were not involved in day-to-day activity were used.

With the help of academic partners, the department created a database to link all the information that was obtained. The database documents “gang admitted” activity across social Internet sites using social network analysis software. With this analysis, the gang members were systemically identified and empirically validated. These statistical analyses allowed investigators to determine the impact of individual players within the criminal network and provided an independent official source documenting the network for prosecution.

In other words, the investigative team “thought outside the box” looking at new ways to collect and document evidence that have not been integrated in similar major investigations of this type.

Left to right: Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Ed
Lowery, U.S. Secret Service; Sergeant Dawn Colon,
Miami-Dade Police Department, Assistant to the
Special Agent-in-Charge Brian Camerieri, U.S. Secret
Service; Special Agent Peter Gannon, U.S. Secret
Service; Assistant to the Special Agent-in-Charge
James Meehan, U.S. Secret Service; Special Agent
Ken Graf, U.S. Secret Service; Special Agent Richard
Latulip, U.S. Secret Service; and Director Bobby
Parker, Miami-Dade Police Department

2nd Place Winner: United States Secret Service

In April 2005, the Secret Service targeted a high-level Ukrainian national suspect only known by the name of “Maksik” who was believed to be the most prolific vendor of compromised credit card numbers in the world. Over the next year, through undercover meetings with Maksik in different locations around the world, extensive investigation, and forensic examination of data obtained from him, agents were able to link additional high-level targets to multiple network intrusions.

Based on the knowledge gained in the Maksik investigation and with the cooperation of the private sector, two other key suspects were identified as the primary architects behind these network cyber attacks. Additional information developed by an officer of the Miami-Dade Police Department led to the identity of the persons responsible for the actual intrusion on the TJX Corporation. Maksik and other associates were indicted and, subsequently, arrested in various countries in 2008.

When Maksik was arrested in Turkey, a computer seized from him had approximately 7 million stolen credit card numbers on it. In the TJX intrusion, over 100 million credit card accounts were compromised with a potential fraud loss of $50 billion. In another seizure, a computer was found that contained approximately 37 million credit card numbers.

The expanding use of computer technology to commit crimes around the world with co-conspirators that do not know the identity of each other and might cause the loss of billions of dollars to the general public and corporations makes this case significant.

Left to right: Sergeant Manse Sinkey, University of
California, Irvine Police Department; Sergeant Shaun
Devlin, University of California, Irvine Police Department;
Corporal Caroline Altamirano, University
of California, Irvine Police Department; Investigator
Patsy Williams, Dallas County, Texas, District
Attorney’s Office; Sergeant Tony Frisbee, University
of California, Irvine Police Department; Isaac Straley,
University of California, Irvine Information Technology
Manager; and Chief Paul Henisey, University of
California, Irvine Police Department

3rd Place Winner: University of California at Irvine Police Department

In March 2008, over 200 tax fraud refunds were reported to the University of California at Irvine administration by students who reported when they filed their income taxes for year 2007 someone had already fraudulently filed tax returns for them and received their refunds. The administration referred the incidents to the University of California at Irvine Police Department (UCI-PD). The UCI-PD has 31 sworn officers of which 3 are investigators. UCI-PD investigators interviewed all victims of the tax fraud and identity theft. The matter was then referred to the IRS Criminal Investigative Division with an offer by UCI-PD to assist in further investigation.

Facing lawsuits and compromise of student identity issues the administration requested updates in the investigation through UCI-PD, however UCI-PD was told federal privacy laws were involved and they could not share information. A decision was made by the UCI-PD to continue its investigation and report any information developed to the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division (IRS CID). After analyzing all the data from interviews and investigation, the investigators decided to focus on tax preparers in Dallas, Texas. The UCI-PD investigators contacted the Dallas District Attorney’s Office and requested assistance in their investigation. The Dallas District Attorney’s Office agreed to support the investigation with their investigator. UCI-PD investigators traveled to Dallas and worked in a joint investigation under the Dallas District Attorney’s Office. The investigative team identified key suspects including a United Healthcare employee who was responsible for accessing 193 of the UCI students’ personal information online. All of their investigative effort was reported on a continuing basis to the IRS CID. A warrant was issued by the Dallas District Attorney’s Office for the arrest of the United Healthcare employee, and, after that arrest, a subsequent federal indictment for him and five other people was returned by a federal grand jury. Prosecution is continuing by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Dallas.

The UCI-PD investigation was commended for conducting a significant investigation for the university with limited resources and cited as best practices for small police agencies and as an example of excellence in investigation.

2010 applications due: June 1, 2010

For more information about the IACP Award for Excellence in Criminal Investigation, visit the awards section of the IACP Web site,, or contact Phil Lynn at the IACP, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-2357; by phone at 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 324: or via e-mail at

2009 IACP/Cisco Community Policing Awards

Since 1998, the IACP’s Community Policing Committee has recognized outstanding community policing initiatives undertaken by law enforcement agencies worldwide through the annual IACP/Cisco Community Policing Award sponsored by Cisco Systems. The award identifies and rewards best practices in community policing by recognizing police organizations who utilize the power of community policing, through collaboration and partnerships, to make local, national and global communities safer from crime and terrorism. The winners and finalists provide a framework for improved police services on issues that are specific to individual communities but are also pertinent to communities around the world.

The Community Policing Award is presented in five categories for law enforcement agencies that serve populations of varying sizes. Additionally, agencies that use community policing philosophies in the furtherance of homeland security initiatives are eligible for special homeland security recognition.

Left to right: Russell B. Laine, IACP president; and
Bill Brydon, Canso district commander, RCMP

Agency Serving a Population of Fewer than 20,000: Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Guysborough County District, Canso Office, Nova Scotia, Canada

In the early 1990’s, the Town of Canso, population 1,000, was devastated by the collapse of the Atlantic Ground Fishery, which was its major industry. Youth began disengaging from a pro-social life and began to utilize crime, substance abuse, and violence to escape their existence. The Canso RCMP organized a working group of community agencies and citizens to problem solve the issues facing their youth, thus creating the Eastern Communities Youth Association (ECYA).

The association started a youth center that offered educational programs addressing the alcohol and drug issues as well as creating positive activities and alternatives for youth. The Canso Academy donated space in its building for the youth center. Through ECYA and Canso RCMP’s tenacity, time, and creativity, they have sustained this program that started initially from grant funding and created a self-sustaining, community-supported effort through an annual citywide fundraiser. Results from follow-up surveys in 2004, 2006, and 2009, compared to data from the initial 1999 youth survey, show that while youth still identify drugs, alcohol use, and boredom as problems, the youth center and the Canso RCMP have successfully impacted the juvenile crime rate to achieve a 70 percent crime reduction from 2008 to June 2009 and an overall crime reduction of 75 percent since 1999.

Judges selected one finalist in this category, the Suwanee, Georgia, Police Department for its Police and Citizens Together Initiative that assigned a personal officer to every neighborhood in its fast-growing community.

Left to right: Captain Craig Smith, Wilson, North
Carolina, Police Department; Russell B. Laine, IACP
president; Police Chaplain Michael Clanton, Wilson,
North Carolina, Police Department; Chief Harry
Tyson, Wilson, North Carolina, Police Department;
and Captain Scott Biddle, Wilson, North Carolina,
Police Department

Agency Serving a Population of 20,001 to 50,000: Wilson, North Carolina, Police Department

The Wilson Police Department began its successful Snowden Drive Initiative that focused not only on addressing crime problems, but also on rebuilding strained relationships by mobilizing this community through the assistance of My Brother’s Keepers, a group comprised of clergy members from local churches. This group played a significant role building a partnership between the community and the police to work jointly on crime problems and enhancing relationships and communication. Police worked with rental property owners and managers to encourage lease reviews and hold renters accountable for their actions. The clergy group and other local law enforcement and service partners concentrated on youth truancy and drug violations, as well as on educating the community on the signs of gang recruitment.

Results of this initiative showed a 90 percent approval rating for the police, with a 38 percent reduction in calls for service from 2007 to present.

Judges selected one finalist in this category, the Herndon, Virginia, Police Department for its innovative program of working with banks, homeowners associations, realtors, and other city departments to reduce the incidents of illegal activities in foreclosed properties.

Left to right: Russell B. Laine, IACP president; and
Superintendent Jim Begley, Kamloops Royal Canadian
Mounted Police

Agency Serving a Population of 50,001 to 100,000: Kamloops Royal Canadian Mounted Police, British Columbia, Canada

After years of increased law enforcement in an area filled with high crime, violent criminal activity, and gang members, police found no improvement. The Kamloops Detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) decided to take a more comprehensive community policing–based approach to addressing this problem and created the Prolific Offender Initiative. This successful initiative utilizes interdiction and prevention strategies to manage habitual offenders, whom they found were creating the majority of crime problems. The RCMP worked with prosecutors, corrections, parole and other enforcement agencies to be more proactive in enforcing court imposed and enforceable actions. They also developed the program called Prolific Offender Management, which was created to transition the offender to a healthier and more productive lifestyle.

These strategies resulted in a 64 percent reduction in its top five property crime benchmarks and a consistent 30 percent decline in calls for service, within a 24-month period. In addition, there was an 80 percent increase in offender custody time, with 32 percent receiving counseling or rehabilitation, 20 percent working full-time, and 4 percent attending school for upgrading and trades training for the prolific offender.

Left to right: Assistant Director John Alexander,
Reichart House; Russell B. Laine, IACP president;
and Captain Ed Posey, Gainesville, Florida, Police

Agency Serving a Population of 100,001 to 250,000: Gainesville, Florida Police Department

In 1987, the Gainesville Police Department (GPD) took notice of the disproportionate number of arrests among young African American males, who were often lost in the cycle of recidivism. Realizing that increasing enforcement and arrests were not the solution, GPD decided it must address the underlying conditions that give rise to this issue in order to make a difference. Starting out with its own out-of-pocket funding, over the past 20 years GPD has built the successful Reichart House Youth Academy.

Through the mobilization of partners from numerous state and local government agencies, schools, clubs, and community members, GPD was able to raise and construct a $700,000 facility that provides opportunities for these youth, including tutoring, life skills, vocational skills, leadership training, mentoring, performing arts, music and video production, and educational field trips. To date there are over 600 graduates from the Reichart House. By their own estimates, the successful transition of Reichart House graduates has saved the criminal justice system $11,520,000 per year by helping these young men find a more meaningful purpose than a life of crime. The Reichart House enjoys a 100 percent graduation rate for students involved in the program and a 90 percent success rate in job attainment after graduation.

Judges selected one finalist in this category, the Garland, Texas, Police Department for its UNIDOS Program that improves relationships and reduces crime among the limited-English speaking minority population.

Left to right: Downtown Minneapolis Community
Prosecutor Lois Conroy; Russell B. Laine, IACP
president; Deputy Chief Janee Harteau, Minneapolis,
Minnesota, Police Department

Agency Serving a Population over 250,000: Minneapolis, Minnesota, Police Department

The Minneapolis Police Department formed its first Court Watch group when it found an increased homicide and violent crime rate in an urban Native American community called the Little Earth of United Tribes. Through an analysis, they found that a small number of chronic offenders were committing the majority of these crimes, and, if released without conditions, they would continue to prey on victims and commit more crime. The Court Watch group comprises county and city prosecutors, probation officers, homeless outreach workers, mental health workers, community activists, security officers, shelter representatives, and business representatives, who have built a highly successful approach to monitoring and adjudicating habitual offenders, as well as rehabilitating the offenders. Court Watch group members focus their efforts on holding the court system accountable.

The Court Watch group makes recommendations to the judge, which includes mandated counseling and treatment, geographical restrictions or longer prison sentences. After a 69 percent reduction in crime in the Little Earth Court Watch area, it has successfully expanded the Court Watch Program to eight other areas throughout the city plagued by high crime and chronic offenders. The program overall has resulted in reduced recidivism, reduced crime in the targeted areas, and an increased sense of safety in all participating communities. Judges selected one finalist in this category, the Santa Ana, California, Police Department for its efforts of community mobilization to reduce crime and improve the quality of life in the Townsend-Raitt neighborhood.

Special Homeland Security Recognition

In addition to the Community Policing Award winners and finalists, the judges selected one agency, the Kochi City Police Department, Kerala, India, for its extensive efforts in working with its community to identify suspicious activity and prevent terrorism.

2010 applications due: June 4, 2010

For more information about the IACP/CISCO Community Policing Award, visit the award submission Web site,, to view the award submission videos, visit the awards section of the IACP Web site,, or contact Jerry Needle at the IACP, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-2357; by phone at 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 322; or via e-mail at

IACP/DynCorp International Civilian Law Enforcement-Military Cooperation Award

The IACP/DynCorp International Civilian Law Enforcement-Military Cooperation Award is presented annually to recognize significant cooperative ventures between civilian and military law enforcement agencies worldwide. The award focuses on those agencies whose civilian and military leadership complement each other’s mission to protect and serve their communities. Those agencies or departments that demonstrate outstanding leadership and innovative policies that result in the improvement of public safety will be considered for this award.

Major General Don Ryder, U.S. Army (retired), vice
president, DynCorp International; Larry Lehman, N3
Operations director, U.S. Navy Region Northwest;
Lieutenant Commander Robert Walls, U.S. Coast
Guard Sector Seattle; Lieutenant Tristan K. Atkins,
Washington State Patrol; Russell B. Laine, IACP

Washington State Patrol; U.S. Navy Region Northwest; U.S. Coast Guard Sector Seattle, Washington

The Washington State Patrol, the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Seattle, and the U.S. Navy Region Northwest were selected as the first winners for this award because they developed the nation’s first known civilian law enforcement-military partnership, which supported a critical Department of Homeland Defense project involving aviation assets, force protection, and public safety. The program took full advantage of each agency’s skills, knowledge, and resources to support this federally funded benchmark project involving aircraft and personnel from all three agencies. This was the first known instance of a successful Navy/Coast Guard/State Police collaboration in the Northwest that involved aerial security and real-time video transmissions to critical operation centers during naval nuclear submarine operations. Ongoing since 2004, this innovative Aerial Homeland Security Initiative project is an excellent example of a highly successful joint project that addresses the public safety concerns of law enforcement and force protection concerns of the military. Since its inception, this effort has resulted in the protection of over 90 nuclear submarine escort missions and supported dozens of joint readiness exercises and over 1,750 law enforcement and public safety missions.

2010 applications due: May 17, 2010

For more information about the IACP/DynCorp International Civilian Law Enforcement-Military Cooperation Award, visit the awards section of the IACP Web site,, or contact Arnie Daxe at the IACP, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-2357; by phone at 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 817; or via e-mail at



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