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.

Since the award’s inception, more than 100 Agency Winners and more than 200 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.

“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.”