RPD receives organization award for police research project

RPD receives organization award for police research project
Posted on 10/25/2016

The Redlands Police Department was named the recipient of the 2016 International Association of Chiefs of Police Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement Research at the organization’s awards dinner Oct. 15.

RPD received the award for research designed to determine if crime could be reduced through direct neighborhood education in areas where a burglary had occurred. Members of the Redlands Citizen Volunteer Patrol and Park Rangers conducted the neighborhood contacts. The research project took place from September 2014 through December 2015 and was completed by Dr. Travis Tanaguchi, who worked for the Redlands Police Department under an agreement with the Police Foundation.

The Excellence in Law Enforcement Research Award recognizes law enforcement agencies that demonstrate excellence in conducting and using research to improve police operations and public safety. The goal of the award program is to promote the establishment of effective research, especially partnerships among law enforcement agencies and researchers.

The award program is overseen by IACP's Research Advisory Committee and is open to all federal, state, county, local, tribal, campus and other law enforcement agencies worldwide. Agencies compete for the award by submitting a description of their research and its impact on the agency, community, and the profession of law enforcement. Three awards (Gold, Silver, and Bronze) are given annually.