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Albuquerque Association, Police to Receive IACP-SIA Award

Shanahan Award Recognizes Excellence in Public-Private Cooperation

September 12, 2012

Rob Traister
Manager of Communications
Security Industry Association
(301) 804-4704

SILVER SPRING, MD — The Security Industry Association (SIA) and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) have announced that the Albuquerque Police Department and the Albuquerque Retail Assets Protection Association (ARAPA) are being awarded the IACP’s Michael Shanahan Award for Excellence in Public-Private Cooperation.

The award, which is sponsored by SIA, is to be presented in San Diego on Sept. 30 at an event being held in conjunction with the IACP’s annual conference.

Through ARAPA, law enforcement and businesses have expanded their ability to share information using Community Oriented Notification Network Enforcement Communication Technology (CONNECT). This has enabled police and retail loss prevention specialists to catch more perpetrators of property crime. In each full year since 2008, the first year CONNECT went online, the local district attorney’s office has prosecuted more than 400 felony cases that resulted from the program.

IACP President Walter McNeil, chief of the Quincy, FL, Police Department, said that the organization “salutes the winners of this year’s Shanahan Award and salutes their innovative practices.”

“The IACP is proud to showcase effective public-private partnerships which are mutually beneficial to law enforcement and the communities they serve,” McNeil said. “By working together with the private sector, law enforcement can continue to keep communities safe. And when communities are safe, they thrive.”

SIA CEO Don Erickson said that the Albuquerque program offers an example of how security technology can be used most effectively. “Technology can provide amazing solutions for law enforcement and security professionals, as the police department and businesses in Albuquerque are demonstrating,” Erickson said. “By combining the resources of the public and private sector, they are managing risk, increasing security and locking up criminals. SIA is proud to sponsor this award and to recognize the great things that Albuquerque’s police and retailers have accomplished.”

The Shanahan Award honors the late Chief Michael Shanahan, who served the University of Washington Police Department for 24 years before retiring in 1995. He made significant contributions to public safety not only as the UWPD chief but also as the co-chairman of the IACP’s Private Sector Liaison Committee from 1985 to 1999.

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