The Abington Township Police Department is pleased to announce that it has received, for the second time, The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Community Policing Award. Only five police departments around the world are honored annually for their commitment to community policing programs, and Abington Police Department is the only police department in Pennsylvania to have ever receive such a distinction, not to mention twice! According to the IACP, the award identifies the best practices in community policing by recognizing police organizations that use the power of collaboration and partnerships to make local, national, and global communities safer from crime and terrorism. The winners and finalists provide a model for improved police services on issues that are specific to individual communities but are valuable for all communities around the world.
This year, the award was given, in part, because of a new program called the HUB, which was a program first introduced to the Abington Community by Chief William Kelly in 2014. The Abington HUB is a community policing model in which a diverse group of social service providers from across the county meet to address community-based, multi-systemic risk scenarios by offering quick, multi-agency intervention and support.
Award winners will be honored at the IACP’s 123rd Annual Conference and Exposition in San Diego, California.
Lieutenant Kelley Warner