Year in Review – Top Columbia Heights stories, #1: International award for CHPD

A highlight for the Columbia Heights Police Department in 2012 was receiving an international award for community policing.

Community Policing Officer Terry Nightingale, Capt. Lenny Austin and Police Chief Scott Nadeau are pictured at the IACP Annual Conference in California this past fall with the award. (Submitted photo)

Community Policing Officer Terry Nightingale, Capt. Lenny Austin and Police Chief Scott Nadeau are pictured at the IACP Annual Conference in California this past fall with the award. (Submitted photo)

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Community Policing Award recognizes outstanding community policing initiatives by law enforcement agencies worldwide.

The award goes to one agency each year in one of five categories, based on population. The Columbia Heights Police Department won the award in the category for a population of fewer than 20,000 residents.

“We’re extremely honored to have received this award from the IACP,” said Police Chief Scott Nadeau. “One thing that distinguishes our award from some others is that our award recognizes achievements made by the entire agency, and not just the efforts of a few.

Through community partnerships, initiatives were strengthened and created, and the department was recognized for several of those initiatives.

Sgt. John Rogers wrote most of the narrative for the award application, with assistance from Capt. Lenny Austin and Office Manager Karen Olson.

“This award could not have been achieved without collaboration with all city departments, our school district and our citizens,” Mayor Gary Peterson said. “This shows that anything can be accomplished when we work together.”

The Columbia Heights Police Department was honored at the IACP Annual Conference in San Diego, Calif., this past October.

The IACP is the world’s oldest and largest nonprofit membership organization of police executives, with more than 20,000 members in more than 100 countries.

One of the police department’s newer initiatives is a partnership with Highland Elementary and Big Brothers Big Sisters. Throughout this school year, mentors within the police department are paired with at-risk children who attend Highland.

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