The nomination window for the 2013 L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award is open!

L Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award bannerAwarded by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), the L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award is bestowed upon a collaborative team of law enforcement and community members whose innovative civic interactions have transformed public safety in their community.

The winning team of two or more individuals—at least one law enforcement officer and one community member—will have demonstrated active engagement with the community in a multifaceted manner that has been sustained over time and has resulted in positive, observable public safety outcomes.

The ideal team:

  • Creates sustainable collaborations that are innovative, creative, and transformative
  • Displays civic leadership through problem solving and collaborative partnerships
  • Institutionalizes sustainable, positive, observable public safety outcomes
  • Promotes public safety through dedication to the community policing philosophy

Past award-winners include former-Chief James Fealy, High Point (North Carolina) Police Department, and President Gretta Bush, High Point Community Against Violence, in 2012 for their outstanding collaboration and leadership in implementing the Drug Market Intervention model. And in 2011, Lieutenant Dean Richard Isabella, Providence (Rhode Island) Police Department, and Executive Director Frank Shea, Olneyville Housing Corporation, won for their work in engaging the community, revitalizing the quality of life, and improving safety in the Olneyville housing community.

The L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award is named in memory of Tony Sutin, who served as a founder and deputy director of the COPS Office from its creation in 1994 until 1996. A distinguished graduate from Harvard Law School and former partner of the law firm Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C., Tony was widely known and respected for his tremendous commitment to service and community. It is with great admiration and respect for Tony’s many contributions to the COPS Office and the principles of community policing that the COPS Office names this award in his memory.

Visit the COPS Office’s L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award website to learn more and nominate a team!

Nominations must be sent via e-mail to or via fax to 202-616-8658 (ATTN: Nazmia Alqadi) by Monday, June 24 at 5:00 PM EST.

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