GREENVILLE - The Webber Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement is presented annually to agencies and departments worldwide in recognition for promoting a standard of excellence that exemplifies law enforcement's contribution and dedication to the quality of life in local communities.
The award, named for Webber S. Seavey, the first president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), is jointly sponsored by the IACP and Motorola. It was founded in 1893.
IACP’s many goals are intended to advance the science and art of police services, and to encourage adherence of all police officers to high professional standards of performance and conduct. For more than 100 years the IACP has been serving the needs of the law enforcement community and launches historically acclaimed programs, conducts groundbreaking research, and provides exemplary programs and services to membership across the globe.
Greenville PD joins the likes of the Houston Police Department and the Arizona Department of Public Safety as a top 25 semifinalist. See the complete list here.
A press release reads as follows:
The Greenville Police Department qualified for this award following the launch of the highly successful Inter-Organization Vehicle Burglary Task Force. Police Chief Dan Busken received the 2012 Innovation Award from the Texas Police Chiefs Association as a result of this investigation.
The investigation involved over 50 individual thefts and related offenses which took place over a 19-month period. Additionally, this investigation included the execution of four search warrants and the recovery of thousands of dollars of stolen property and almost 150 pieces of identifying information. The investigation closed with criminal indictments against 20 individuals, all of whom accepted plea arrangements, and who have been sentenced to jail (232 years so far). Significant factors have been observed following the arrests:
- A decrease in all Larceny/Thefts of over 23% (266 fewer thefts were reported in 2011).
- There were 109 indictments related to this investigation.
- Theft from Motor Vehicle offenses decreased over 55%.
- Fraud offenses decreased over 48%.
- Counterfeiting‐Forgery offenses decreased 42%.
Chief Busken said, “I was extremely pleased to learn the Greenville Police Department is a semifinalist for the prestigious Webber Seavey award. Law enforcement agencies from around the world are considered for this honor, recognizing Quality in Law Enforcement, and to be considered among the Top 25 is a tremendous accomplishment for our agency.”
The IACP/Motorola Webber Seavey Award annually honors achievements in one or more of the following goals:
- Continually improving services to the community;
- Strengthening police relations and promoting community participation;
- Effectively using resources;
- Enhancing communications within, and cooperation among agencies;
- Developing creative and innovative approaches that promote excellence in law enforcement.