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Awards Presented during IACP 2010 in Orlando, Florida


The National Law Enforcement Challenge


Supported through a Cooperative Agreement with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the IACP, and the National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), the National Law Enforcement Challenge is designed to strengthen and support traffic safety initiatives nationwide. The program targets three major traffic safety priorities: occupant protection, impaired driving, and speeding.

The program recognizes those law enforcement agencies that have made a significant difference in the communities they serve. The program allows for agencies to learn from one another and establish future goals in traffic safety enforcement and education. Ultimately, the National Law Enforcement Challenge is about saving lives and reducing injuries.

Click here to view a list of winners from this year’s Challenge.

Agencies are evaluated on their efforts and effectiveness in the areas of policy, officer training, public information and education, officer and citizen recognition, and traffic enforcement to reduce crashes and injuries. Winners are selected based on the best overall traffic safety program in each category.

2010 Challenge applications due: May 4, 2011

For more information about the National Law Enforcement Challenge, visit http://www.theiacp.org/NLEC, or contact Sarah Horn at the IACP, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-2357; 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 215; or horn@theiacp.org.


2010 Outstanding Practice Award in Police Psychology

This award is presented by the IACP Police Psychological Services Section to a member who has made a significant contribution to the application of police psychology through his or her commitment to advancing the active practice of the field.

Michael D. Roberts, PhD, ABPP
Michael D. Roberts, PhD, ABPP
Award Recipient: Michael D. Roberts, PhD, ABPP

Michael D. Roberts achieved his bachelor’s degree in 1964 from the University of California at Berkeley, his master’s degree in 1967 from the University of Connecticut, and a PhD in 1971 from the University of Connecticut. He is a licensed psychologist in his home state of California and in three other states. He is a fellow in clinical psychology for the American Psychological Association and is board certified in clinical psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).

Dr. Roberts was one of the first two full-time police psychologists at the San Jose, California, Police Department (SJPD) in 1971. Since then, he has provided continuous psychological services to the SJPD. In addition, he and his firm have provided preemployment psychological services to the San Francisco, California, Police Department; the Chicago, Illinois, Police Department; the Seattle, Washington, Police Department; and dozens of others. His curriculum vitae lists services provided to departments in Alaska, Virginia, Oregon, Wyoming, Texas, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, North Carolina, New Mexico, Florida, Delaware, Colorado, Missouri, Nevada, Minnesota, Michigan, Kansas, Kentucky, Illinois, and Hawaii, in addition to California. He also has provided expert consultation to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other federal agencies.

Dr. Roberts developed the first field training officer program, which remains intact today. He was the first police psychologist to conduct debriefings following officer-involved shootings, starting in the early 1970s. He has developed public safety norms and has become one of the most successful police psychology entrepreneurs.

Awards will next be presented in 2012.

For more information about the Outstanding Practice Award in Police Psychology, contact Kim Kohlhepp, staff liaison, Police Psychological Services Section, at the IACP, 515 North Washington St., Alexandria, VA, 22314; by telephone at 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 237; or by e-mail at kohlheppk@theiacp.org.


2010 Outstanding Scholarship Award in Police Psychology

This award is presented by the IACP Police Psychological Services Section to a member who has contributed outstanding creative, scholarly work, advancing the field of police psychology and adding to the knowledge base of the field by culminating in the creation of scholarly products that are shared with, evaluated, and used by other professionals in their practice or their own scholarly work.

Yossef S. Ben-Porath, PhD
Yossef S. Ben-Porath, PhD
Award Recipient: Yossef S. Ben-Porath, PhD

Yossef S. Ben-Porath achieved his bachelor’s degree in 1984 from the University of Haifa, Israel, with majors in psychology and political science. He received his PhD in clinical psychology in 1989 from the University of Minnesota. He has been a licensed psychologist in Ohio since 1990.

Dr. Ben-Porath is now president-elect of the American Psychological Association’s Division 12 Section IX Assessment Psychology. Since 2001, he has been a full professor at Kent State University (KSU) in Ohio and is a KSU Distinguished Scholar. He also has been editor, associate editor, editorial board member, or ad hoc reviewer of 12 peer-reviewed journals. He has been author or coauthor of 109 journal articles, according to his curriculum vitae. He has contributed to 6 monographs and has coauthored 7 test manuals, 6 books, and 19 book chapters.

Dr. Ben-Porath is a codeveloper and coauthor of test manuals and numerous books, book chapters, and articles on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI) test. His clinical practice involves consulting to agencies that screen candidates for public safety positions and conducting criminal court-ordered forensic psychological evaluations.

Awards will next be presented in 2012.

For more information about the Outstanding Scholarship Award in Police Psychology, contact Kim Kohlhepp, staff liaison, Police Psychological Services Section, at the IACP, 515 North Washington St., Alexandria, VA, 22314; by telephone at 1-800-THE-IACP, extension 237; or by e-mail at kohlheppk@theiacp.org.


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From The Police Chief, vol. LXXVIII, no. 1, January 2011. Copyright held by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, 515 North Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 USA.








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