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Attorney General Lynch to Honor Rank-and-File Officers for Distinguished Community Policing

By Ron Davis, Director of the COPS Office

As part of the Department of Justice’s commitment to recognize local law enforcement for their exceptional work and service around the country, Attorney General Lynch announced a new award that honors those that exemplify distinguished service in community policing. The nomination process for this award is now available on www.justice.gov/ag/community-policing-award until April 29, 2016. Copied below is a letter from the Attorney General encouraging others to nominate rank-and-file officers who embody the principles of community policing and the spirit of this award. 

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

 

Letter from Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch

Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing

Dear Colleagues,

Building trust and mutual cooperation between law enforcement officers and the communities we serve is a top priority for the Department of Justice and the Obama Administration.  I believe that honoring the outstanding work of rank-and-file officers who exemplify the principles of community policing should be a significant part of that effort.  To that end, I recently announced the creation of the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing, which will recognize individual state, local or tribal sworn police officers and deputies for exceptional efforts in innovative community policing strategies, criminal investigations, and field operations.  I am pleased to announce that the nomination process for this award is now available on www.justice.gov/ag/community-policing-award.

Within and across the law enforcement agencies that make up the more than 18,000 units throughout the country, individual rank-and-file officers can have a transformational impact on their agencies and the communities they serve by embracing 21st century policing strategies that are impartial, effective, and procedurally just.  The Department of Justice is committed to supporting initiatives and opportunities that reflect the enormous strides that law enforcement officers have taken to improve police-community relations and keep communities safe. 

The Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing will be administered by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, and I will present it at a ceremony later this summer.  I invite you to nominate exceptional officers who embody the principles of community policing and the spirit of this award.  The deadline for nominations is April 29.

Please visit www.justice.gov/ag/community-policing-award to learn more about the award and submit your nominations.

 

Sincerely,

Loretta E. Lynch
Attorney General

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Updated March 3, 2017