The Wisconsin Association of Community Oriented Police has developed an award to recognize outstanding problem solving efforts in Wisconsin. This award is modeled after the Herman Goldstein Award, which is presented annually by the police executive research forum. The Peel Award shares many of the same criteria but focuses on community policing efforts occurring in the State of Wisconsin.
We are seeking projects that have made a significant impact on the community they were implemented in. A successful project may include the elimination of a neighborhood problem or it may have a broader scope such as the implementation of a landlord notification program. Submissions should include some element of community partnership to be considered. The Peel Award is named for Sir Robert Peel, who is considered the father of modern community policing.
Born in England in 1788, Peel obtained a parliamentary seat in 1809. Rising crime statistics convinced him that more should be done to prevent crime. So, in 1829 he implemented the Metropolitan Police Act. With it emerged the first disciplined police force for London.
This police force soon became known as “Bobby’s boys” or “bobbies”. Peel authored what are known as Peel’s Principles. One of Peel’s most famous quotes sums up what the Peel Award represents;
“The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence” – Sir Robert Peel 1839
The Peel award will be presented at the Annual WACOP conference in January. The entry deadline is November 1, no exceptions. One winner and two finalists will be named.
Submissions should be made in electronic format such as Microsoft Word.
All employees of governmental agencies in Wisconsin who directly deliver police services to the public are eligible for the award. Agencies may submit as many nominations as they wish.
The Peel award exists to recognize problem-oriented approaches to specific crime and disorder problems. Submissions must address all four phases of the SARA problem-solving model.
Direct Inquiries to:
Paul Van Handel
c/o Green Bay PD
307 S. Adams St.
Green Bay, WI 54301
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