Orlando, Fla. (IACP, Motorola Solutions, Booth #2201) – Oct. 27, 2014 – Motorola Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: MSI), in conjunction with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), announced today the recipients of the 22nd annual IACP/Motorola Solutions Webber Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement. The top three programs, based in the United States and Canada are being recognized for initiatives that include an anti-violence volunteer police initiative, a student and police relationship-building campaign, and lastly, a first responder body-worn camera initiative.
- Hamilton Police Service in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, is being recognized for the “ACTION Strategy Initiative.” Studies showed an immediate need to restore safety and security in the city’s downtown core, which had become a hot spot for violent crime. Analysis revealed that officers were encountering repeat offenders and at-risk individuals. The ACTION Strategy Initiative involved deploying uniformed volunteer auxiliary officers downtown for over 1,400 hours in a successful effort to help break the cycle of arrests. This strategy helped lead to a decrease in crime as well as increased safety and security, and the downtown area is already in the process of revitalization.
- Milwaukee Police Department has been selected for its “Students Talking it Over with Police (STOP) Program,” that addresses the relationship between police and young leaders, ages 12 to 17, with the goal of fostering positive relationships and decreasing negative initial interactions between the two. Analysis indicates that STOP has been successful in improving general knowledge of first responders’ responsibility and proper behavior during a police stop, as well as fostering a better perception of the police for 94 percent of participants.
- Rialto Police Department in Rialto, California, was honored for its “Body-Worn Camera Program,” which evaluated the impact of body-worn video cameras used by front-line officers on police use-of-force and officer complaints. Use-of-force incidents declined by 87.5 percent and officer complaints were reduced by 59 percent. Additionally, public contacts by officers increased by 3,200 showing that this scientific approach to dealing with police misconduct introduces a new concept of testing and evaluating new police officer initiatives.
Yost Zakhary, IACP president, Alexandria, Virginia
Inspector W. Scott Rastin, Hamilton Police Department, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
“We encourage our officers to take a team approach in collaborative problem-solving, along with partnering with our community. The police service is continuing to work with several partners to develop a street-level proactive wrap-around social service solution to help break the cycle of arrests. We are now in a restorative phase and look forward to the future as we continue to keep our cities and communities safe from violent crime.”
Police Sergeant Denmark Morrison, Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
“The goal of this project was to improve the relationships between today’s youth and the police department, resulting in further cooperation and collaboration surrounding their knowledge, behavior and perception of law enforcement. We have taken great strides by creating a two-way accountability mechanism that will not only help youth today, but also shape them for the future.”
Chief Tony Farrar, Rialto Police Department, Rialto, California
“The Body-Worn Camera Program was created after an increasing number of reports of police violence were recorded. The results of the experiment showed significant reductions in the number of use-of-force incidents, as well as officer complaints, thus not only protecting the first responders but also creating an evidence-based approach that generates better police response.”
Jim Mears, corporate vice president, Motorola Solutions
“We extend our congratulations and are proud to recognize the 2014 Webber Seavey award winners for their dedication to law enforcement and creativity in problem-solving in our communities. Motorola Solutions applauds their efforts and commends the men and women who daily meet the challenges of law enforcement head on with creativity and resolve.”
About the IACP
Founded in 1893, the International Association of Chiefs of Police is the world’s oldest and largest association of law enforcement executives with more than 22,000 members in nearly 100 countries.