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Clearwater Police wins 2012 Community Policing Award

9/21/2012 11:05:37 AM

Contact: Elizabeth Watts, Public Safety PIO

Clearwater, Fla. – The Clearwater Police Department has been named the 2012 IACP/Cisco Systems Community Policing Award recipient in the population division of 100,001 to 250,000 residents. The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) made the announcement last week. Clearwater Police Chief Anthony Holloway will accept the award at an awards banquet on October 3.

Operation Graduate supports the community policing philosophy and aims to reduce crime by targeting our youth. National studies and statistics show there is a direct correlation between graduation rates and crime rates. In an effort to reduce crime, the Clearwater Police Department recognizes education plays a key role. CPD partnered with several academic and community-based organizations to support this program.

“We are honored to be recognized for our efforts. However, the greatest reward is seeing how this program can truly change the course of a troubled teen. A young lady, who had been in and out of the juvenile system, told us Operation Graduate opened her eyes to what’s important and saved her life,” said Chief Holloway.

Operation Graduate includes two tracks – one for credit recovery and one that provides at-risk youth in good academic standing the opportunity to get an early start on college courses.

For more information about the award and the IACP, visit http://tinyurl.com/cwxf3u9.