The Menlo Park Police Department was recognized on March 14 as one of the top three finalists for the 2016 James Q Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing, presented at the California Police Chiefs Association Training Symposium.
The award recognizes California law enforcement agencies that incorporate proactive policing, public cooperation and crime prevention, and is presented by the Regional Community Policing Institute - California.
The application for the award that the Menlo Park police department submitted last fall outlined the police department's actions in Belle Haven, such building the new neighborhood service site on Hamilton Avenue, receiving funding from Facebook for a safety police officer to work in schools, setting up an advisory group to identify crime and community issues, and organizing events and workshops with the community.
"I am proud of this honor for our city," said Mayor Rich Cline. "This award showcases our programs and people who work every day to keep Menlo Park safe and make it a great place to live."
One member of the police advisory group, Maya Sewald, said the committee members come from each neighborhood of the city and work to understand the police department's challenges, make recommendations to the City Council, spread information about police matters to their neighbors and and advise the police chief, Robert Jonsen.
Rose Bickerstaff, a member of the advisory group, said, "We have made great strides in improving community relationships with the police department."
Ultimately, the award went to the Livingston Police Department for its "Mental Health and Police in Schools." The Long Beach Police Department also received recognition as one of the top three finalists.
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