The Hanover Park Police department would like to announce that the department has been awarded a top ten finalist for the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)/Motorola Webber-Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement in 2011. The Webber-Seavey Award is the highest award bestowed on a police agency by the IACP. The Hanover Park Police Department is honored to have been a finalist in this international competition. Chief Webb, Deputy Chief Gatz and Deputy Chief Cortese accepted the award on behalf of the department at the conference. Chief Webb stated, “ It is great to see our department’s hard work recognized by the IACP. It is an honor to receive this award.”
The Hanover Park Police Department was a finalist based on implementing the Area Response Team (ART), initiative to supplement its current intelligence‐driven style of policing. The ART initiative is a community policing strategy geared to focus individual officers within specified areas. All the information gathered by officers is recorded on a web-based program by Microsoft called SharePoint and used deploy department resources . SharePoint was developed by our department as a communications tool to give officers in the field all the information possible via their laptop computer in the squad car. As a result of implementing the Area Response Team, and combining that with the other initiatives, the Hanover Park Police Department reported its lowest Part I crime rate ever in 2010. The police department believes that these reductions are due to the refocusing of existing resources to where they are needed the most in order to increase community involvement and information sharing to better identify problems.
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