On October 1, Salt River Police Department (SRPD) Chief Patrick R. Melvin and Assistant Chief Karl Auerbach represented the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community at the 119th Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Conference and Law Enforcement and Technology Exposition in San Diego, California.
During the awards ceremony at the conference, the Salt River Police Department was presented with the 2012 IACP/Motorola Webber Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement. The annual award is presented to agencies worldwide in recognition for promoting a standard of excellence that exemplifies law enforcement’s contribution and dedication to the quality of life in local communities.
“I am quite honored that someone is recognizing the professionalism of our department,” said Chief Melvin. “This particular excellence that is [recognized by] this award is only one small part of the professionalism of this department.”
The award was given to the SRPD in recognition of its Project Safe Roads initiative and the positive effect it has had on vehicle safety in the Community.
Over the last five years, the number of traffic collisions and accidents has decreased by 40 percent. That was recently acknowledged by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, who also recognized the high-quality law-enforcement services that the department has been providing in the Community.
The SRPD continues to make the Community safer and increase the perception of safety in the Community.
“One of the [ways] we do that is by slowing [traffic offenders] down and creating and producing opportunities for education so that our Community members can be safer on the streets of the Community,” said Patrick. “Whenever the police department has the opportunity to increase the perception in safety in this area by traffic enforcement and traffic education, we try to do that.”
The SRPD was recognized along with 25 other police agencies from around the country, who were honored for various projects such as the Smart Policing Initiative, Lock It or Lose It, Information Management Approval and more.
“We are just glad that the IACP acknowledged us for our efforts in trying to create a safer Community for the Community members,” said Melvin.