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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Ohio

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Columbus Division of Police Officers to Receive U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing

WASHINGTON – Lawrence E. Geis and Scott B. Clinger with the Columbus Division of Police in Ohio will receive the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing for innovations in community policing.  

 

Community Liaison Officers Clinger and Geis are being recognized for their work in innovations in community policing. The officers have worked diligently to address residents’ and business owners’ concerns regarding a rash of criminal activity and their success has led to an examination of several problem hotels and businesses in Columbus. The officers were instrumental in the adoption of a new city ordinance establishing safety rules for hotels and motels. As a result, crime and calls for service at hotels and motels have decreased significantly.

 

“The work by these two Columbus Police officers demonstrates the impact effective community policing can have on a community,” Acting U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman said. “These officers are two of only 12 officers nationwide to receive this recognition from Attorney General Lynch.”

 

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 have demonstrated active engagement with the community in one of three areas: 1) Innovations in Community Policing; 2) Criminal Investigations; or 3) Field Operations. The ceremony will be livestreamed through the Department of Justice website at www.justice.gov.

 

WHAT:​           U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in Community Policing Awards Ceremony

 

WHO:             ​Attorney General Loretta Lynch

 

WHEN:​           Thursday, October 6, 2016

                        2:00 p.m. EDT

 

WHERE:​​         United States Department of Justice

Great Hall

950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

                        Washington, DC 20530

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Updated October 5, 2016