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Department of Justice Announces New Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing

For Immediate Release
Office of Public Affairs

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch announced a new Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing at a roundtable during her Community Policing Tour stop in Portland, Oregon.

The Attorney General’s Award 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: criminal investigations, field operations or innovations in community policing.

“I have made building trust between law enforcement officers and the communities we serve a top priority for the Department of Justice,” said Attorney General Lynch.  “Honoring the outstanding work of our rank and file is a significant part of that effort.  This award will represent and uplift the often unsung work being done every day by law enforcement officers throughout the nation.”

Within each category an award will be given to law enforcement agencies serving small, medium and large jurisdictions including:

  • Agencies serving populations fewer than 50,000
  • Agencies serving populations 50,000 to 250,000
  • Agencies serving populations over 250,000

By distinguishing and rewarding these efforts, the Department of Justice strives to promote and sustain its national commitment to community policing and to advance policing practices that are fair, impartial and procedurally just.

With the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing, the Office of the Attorney General recognizes that within and across the various law enforcement agencies that make up the more than 18,000 units across the country, individual officers can have a transformational impact on their agencies and the communities they serve by embracing the philosophy of community policing and incorporating it into their daily work.  

The application for nominees will be posted next week at

Updated August 10, 2016

Community Outreach
Press Release Number: 16-249