Each year since 1998 the International Association of Chiefs of Police Community Policing Committee has recognized the best practices of agencies around the world. Entries are categorized by population, featuring innovative ideas utilizing the power of community policing, through collaboration and partnerships, to make local, national and global communities safer from crime and terrorism. This recognition comes in the form of the IACP/Cisco Community Policing Award.

According to Chief Todd A. Miller, former Chairperson of the IACP Community Policing Committee, “The philosophy of community policing is more relevant and needed more today than ever before. 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. That is why we undertake this tremendous effort each year to recognize the best of the best.”

Since the award’s inception, more than 50 Agency Winners and close to 100 Agency Finalists, from all over the world, have been recognized for their commitment to community policing and innovation. In addition, since 2005, agencies have also received special mention for their utilization of community policing philosophies in the furtherance of homeland security initiatives. Beginning in 2015, the Committee added to the Special Recognition category by recognizing the best use of technology in support of a community policing initiative utilizing the philosophy and principles of community policing.

“In these difficult and challenging times, law enforcement must work smarter to be successful,” said Russell Laine, Chief of the Algonquin IL, Police Department and past IACP President. “Adopting the Community Policing philosophy allows law enforcement agencies to develop a partnership with their community to create a safer environment while combating traditional crimes, supporting homeland security and providing services to our community.”