The U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (the COPS Office) has recently awarded the 2011 L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award to Lieutenant Dean Richard Isabella of the Providence (Rhode Island) Police Department and Executive Director Frank Shea of Olneyville Housing Corporation. Lieutenant Isabella and Executive Director Shea have approached foreclosures in Olneyville with a sustainable problem solving strategy that delivers transformative results. This team is a fine example of working in an innovative and impactful manner to transform their communities’ quality of life and improve safety, which embodies all of the principles of the L. Anthony Sutin Civic Imagination Award.
The COPS Office has also recognized the teams of Stanley Cook and Fred Dodson, Jr. from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Housing Partnership, Inc. and Lori Luhnow of San Diego Police Department and Casey Gwinn of the National Family Justice Center Alliance as runner-ups for the Sutin Civic Imagination Award.
The Sutin Civic Imagination Award recognizes the efforts of a law enforcement officer and a community member whose innovative civic interactions have transformed public safety in their community. Nominees are those actively involved in community collaborations while harnessing the problem-solving philosophy, and are engaged with the community in a multifaceted manner that has been sustained over time and has resulted in positive observable public safety outcomes.
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, when he became the Principal Deputy to the Associate Attorney General of the United States. He then served as Acting Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs before joining the faculty of the Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Virginia, in 1999. He quickly became Dean of the school and served in this capacity until his untimely death on January 16, 2002. A distinguished graduate of Harvard Law School and former partner of the law firm Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C., Sutin was widely known and respected for his brilliant intellect, quiet wit, and tremendous commitment to service and community. It is with great admiration and respect for Sutin’s many contributions to the COPS Office and the principles of community policing that the COPS Office names this award in his memory.
Congratulations again to all the awardees, who are greatly deserving of this award! A forthcoming publication will be honoring each of the awardees in more detail.