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Tallahassee Police Officer Recognized By The Department Of Justice For The Attorney General’s Award For Distinguished Service In Community Policing

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Florida

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced the recipients of the Sixth Annual Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing, recognizing the exceptional work of 19 law enforcement officers and deputies from 15 jurisdictions across the country.

The Attorney General’s Award recognizes individual state, local, and Tribal sworn rank-and-file officers, deputies, and troopers for exceptional efforts in community policing. The awarded individuals have demonstrated active engagement with the community in one of three areas: criminal investigations, field operations, or innovations in community policing. This year, the Department received nominations for almost 200 individual officers, deputies, and troopers. Nominations came from 49 states, representing state, local, campus, sheriff, and other agency types.

Tallahassee Police Department Officer Henni Hamby received an award for Community Policing. Officer Hamby is devoted to public safety for people of all ages. She operates programs including a personal safety and empowerment program for elementary school children, as well as a car seat check program for parents. Officer Hamby is also an advocate of senior programs – she rec­ognizes that older adults are more vulnerable than most when it comes to theft, abuse, neglect, financial exploitation, and other crimes. Officer Hamby is the department’s Citizen Police Academy Coordinator and has devel­oped an outstanding partnership with the Mothers Against Drunk Driving organization.  Officer Hamby works tirelessly to serve her community.

I couldn’t be prouder of Officer Henni Hamby and our partners at the Tallahassee Police Department,” said U.S. Attorney Jason R. Coody, United States Attorney for the Northern of Florida. “Community policing is more than just walking the beat – law enforcement and communities’ working together can cultivate creative solutions to all manner of challenges, thereby furthering public safety.”

A list of award winners can be found here. Complete information on the Sixth Annual Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing can be found here.

The Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing is made possible through the Department’s work with national law enforcement stakeholder groups, who play a vital role in the review process. The various components throughout the Department also play a critical role, providing the review process with a depth of knowledge and experience that is inherent across the Department. The result is this annual awards program, which allows the Department to highlight a group of officers whose commitment to their communities is obvious through their exceptional efforts.   

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Updated June 6, 2023