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Star For Immediate Release
January 7, 2015

CONTACT: Nazmia E.A. Comrie
Nazmia.Comrie@usdoj.gov


Department of Justice Announces 2014 L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award Winners

Bayshore Triangle Project Team Wins 2014 L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) has announced the Bayshore Triangle Project team as the winner of the 2014 L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award. The team is composed of the East Naples COPS Unit, Collier County Sheriff's Office in Naples, Florida, which includes Corporal Michael Nelson, Corporal Robert Reu, Corporal Sylee Gibson, Corporal Angela Ison, Corporal James Spartz and Corporal William Pschigoda. The community partner for this team is the Bayshore/Gateway Triangle Community Redevelopment Area in Naples, Florida, under the direction of Interim Director Jean Jourdan.

The Sutin Civic Imagination Award recognizes the efforts of collaborative partnerships within the community. This honor is bestowed upon a team of law enforcement and community members whose innovative civic interactions have transformed public safety in their community. Nominees are those actively engaged with the community in a multifaceted manner that has been sustained over time and has resulted in positive, observable public safety outcomes. An ideal nominee creates sustainable collaborations that are innovative, creative and transformative; displays civic leadership through problem solving and collaborative partnerships; institutionalizes sustainable, positive and observable public safety outcomes; and promotes public safety through dedication to the community policing philosophy.

“The Bayshore Triangle project has truly optimized the community policing principles by improving the quality of life and increasing civic engagement through the creation of innovative partnerships and problem solving strategies,” said COPS Office Director Ronald L. Davis. “Congratulations to the Bayshore Triangle Project for their exemplary work and dedication to the community.”

The East Naples COPS Unit and the Bayshore/Gateway Triangle Community Redevelopment Area formed the Bayshore Triangle Project task force to target the problems that the community had identified in the Bayshore area, from trash in the streets to street light repairs and abandoned buildings. This task force was successful in taking a community riddled with crime and disorder and transforming it into a thriving, healthy community.

The partnership formed between the East Naples COPS deputies, Code Enforcement, the Community Redevelopment Area, and other government and community organizations has continued to grow and strengthen since its inception. In addition, the ideas and strategies that were utilized in this project have now been used in other areas of East Naples and Collier County in order to promote community growth, build partnerships, and break down the barriers between law enforcement and the public.

The COPS Office, headed by Director Davis, is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, COPS has awarded over $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of approximately 126,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training and technical assistance. For additional information about COPS, please visit www.cops.usdoj.gov.

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