For Immediate Release
May 20, 2016
CONTACT: Najla Haywood
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) announced today that it is now accepting nominations for the 2016 L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award. This annual 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 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 to 1996.
“It was with great admiration and respect for Tony’s many contributions to the COPS Office and the principles of community policing that the COPS Office established this award in 2011 and named it in his memory,” said COPS Office Director Ronald L. Davis. “We’re proud to honor his legacy by recognizing individuals who demonstrate a passion for the safety and well-being of their community, civic leadership, and dedication to the community policing philosophy.”
The winning team of two or more individuals – to include 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; and promotes public safety through dedication to the community policing philosophy.
The nomination window for the 2016 L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award will remain open until June 20, 2016. Visit the COPS Office L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award webpage to learn more and to nominate a team.
The COPS Office is the federal component of the Department of Justice responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, the COPS Office has invested more than $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 more than 127,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training and technical assistance. For additional information about the COPS Office, please visit www.cops.usdoj.gov.