Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing

U.S. Attorney General's Award for Distinguised Service in Community Policing

The Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing recognizes individual state, local, or tribal sworn police officers and deputies for exceptional efforts in community policing.  The winning officer(s) or deputy and/or deputies will have demonstrated active engagement with the community in one of three areas:

  1. Innovations in Community Policing
  2. Criminal Investigations
  3. Field Operations

Within each of these categories, awards will be given to sworn police officers and deputies serving within small, medium, and large jurisdictions.

  • Small: Agencies serving populations fewer than 50,000
  • Medium: Agencies serving populations 50,000 to 250,000
  • Large: Agencies serving populations over 250,000


Below are examples of eligible activities for each award area. Nominations are not limited to these specific activities; however, the nominated activity should exemplify community policing and problem-solving principles. 

Innovations in Community Policing. Examples under this category include engaging in significant problem-solving activities, the creation of productive community partnerships, or the implementation of new community policing programs or initiatives that build and enhance trust and community satisfaction.

Criminal Investigations. Examples under this category include solving a particularly difficult case, such as a cold-case homicide investigation; conducting a comprehensive gang and/or drug investigation that results in the disruption and dismantling of a known gang responsible for significant violence in the community; using creative and collaborative investigation techniques to apprehend a prolific burglary or serial robbery suspect; working in collaboration with the community on an investigation; or developing an effective program or strategy  that increases the department’s criminal case clearance rates.

Field Operations. Examples under this category include working in partnership with the community to abate neighborhood blight and reduce crime; engaging at-risk youth to reduce crime and victimization and build trust; working with those returning from jail and/or prison to reduce recidivism; solving a particularly challenging crime through community partnerships and the use of stellar preliminary investigation techniques; or the successful use of de-escalation techniques to resolve a potentially violent situation, such as a suicide, a person in mental crisis, a hostage situation, or a barricaded suspect.  

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2016-2017 Recipients


Updated March 19, 2018

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