The Arlington Police Department was selected as a Finalist for the 2015 International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Cisco Community Policing Award. APD was one of three agencies selected serving populations over 200,000 residents that received recognition and awards at the IACP Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois on Sunday, October 25, 2015.Organizations selected demonstrated the importance and effectiveness of the community policing philosophy in building partnerships, solving community problems, and keeping cities afe. Arlington PD was selected as a Finalist in this award category.The department highlighted its commitment to Procedural Justice. The application of this philosophy supports the overall mission of the department and elevates the public’s trust within the community. APD embraces a set of core values within Procedural Justice to include fairness, voice, transparency and impartiality in decision making. This framework promotes positive change, partnership building and problem solving.Some of the items highlighted included:
- Partnerships with community groups
- Internal and external communication efforts
- Community conversations on a variety of topics including use of force applications
- Hosting community forums to educate public on equipment, tactics and policing procedures
- Examples of compassion exhibited from employees throughout the community
“Procedural justice is not a program. It is a set of core values that helps create a culture of excellence,” according to Police Chief Will Johnson. “Everything we do centers around the fundamental notion of fairness. How individuals regard our interactions with them and the perceived fairness of the process is much more important than the outcome.”Selected agencies had to prepare an executive summary, identify framework questions and evaluation criteria and outline lessons learned.“On behalf of all the professional men and women that make up the Arlington Police Department, we are truly honored that we were selected as a finalist for this award,” said Chief Johnson.To learn more about the Cisco Community Policing Award, you can click www.iacpcommunitypolicing.org.