Salinas PD is Named the Recipient of the James Q. Wilson for Excellence in Community Policing

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News Date: 
March 6, 2019

Salinas Police Department is Named the Recipient of the James Q. Wilson Award for Excellence in Community Policing

Salinas Police Department has been named the recipient of the James Q. Wilson award for excellence in community policing. The Community Policing Institute of California will present the award to Salinas PD at the annual California Police Chiefs Association Conference on March 7. The purpose of the award is to recognize California law enforcement agencies that have successfully institutionalized the Community Policing philosophy.

Judging for the Wilson award is based on the following criteria:

Problem Solving - The level of agency commitment to solving public safety and disorder issues.

Partnership with the Community - The level of agency collaboration with the community while addressing public safety and disorder issues.

Partnership with Public and Private Organizations/Agencies -The level of agency collaboration with other public and private organizations/ agencies while addressing public safety and disorder issues.

Institutionalization - The extent that the Community Policing philosophy has been integrated throughout the agency (e.g. percentage of personnel involved, training, relationship to promotional processes, etc.).

Results - What have been the positive outcomes that can be linked to the chosen Community Policing Strategy and how were they determined?

 The award is named after James Q. Wilson, a UCLA and Harvard University professor who introduced the Broken Window Theory back in 1982. Last year’s recipient of the award was Oxnard PD.