ALEXANDRIA, VA—The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) today announced that four agencies have been selected to receive the 2013 IACP and Cisco Systems Community Policing Award. The award recognizes outstanding community policing initiatives by law enforcement agencies worldwide. In addition to the four winners, seven agencies were selected as finalists and one agency was given special recognition for efforts involving homeland security.

"Community policing is central to the success of the police mission as we provide cost effective services to our diverse communities," said IACP President Craig T. Steckler. "I applaud those recognized with this prestigious award and know that what they have created in their communities will positively impact the law enforcement community worldwide."

Law enforcement agencies were eligible to be nominated in five categories based on population. This year’s four winners, seven finalists, and the homeland security recognizes are examples of community policing best practices. Their entries demonstrate the meaningful change that can occur when law enforcement officials and their communities are empowered to utilize all available resources for crime prevention and improvement of quality of life.