Philadelphia Police Department, Center City District recognized by IACP

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) announced this week that the Philadelphia Police Department and the Center City District have been named as the winner of the 2010 Michael Shanahan Award for excellence in public/private cooperation.

According to a statement, the Center City District uses 42 uniformed safety ambassadors and 60 uniformed sidewalk sweepers in conjunction with up to 70 Philadelphia police officers patrolling on foot and on bicycle to help "enhance the sense of safety in the downtown area." The joint efforts of the police department and the Center City District have helped reduce serious crime in the area by 45 percent over the past 19 years.

"This award, sponsored by the Security Industry Association, recognizes public/private partnerships in public safety that demonstrate problem solving efforts resulting in increased safety and security to the public," said Award Committee Chair Mike Gambrill. "It is unique because it requires that public law enforcement and private security work together to solve real problems within a specific community."

The IACP is currently accepting nominations for the 2011 Shanahan Award and the Security Executive Council is urging security professionals to nominate businesses and agencies that have demonstrated exceptional levels of public/private cooperation. Click here to learn more about the award or to download an application form. The deadline to apply for the award is June 1.