News Release

Laurie E. Bick-Jensen
Director, Public Relations
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Wilmington University Hosts International Law Enforcement Volunteer Awards Selection

University remains premier sponsor of the IACP Awards in October.

Serve, protect, and volunteer. 

A key component of any community’s success is the strength of its volunteer force. Individuals who give their time, resources, energy and, at times, money to assisting with law enforcement as volunteers can have a lasting impact on the strength of the community they serve. 

Wilmington University plays a major role in helping to publicly recognize those volunteers through a special partnership with, and as a sponsor of,  the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). 

The IACP/Wilmington University Award for Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs recognizes top law enforcement agencies that have developed and implemented creative and effective volunteer programs. These agencies exemplify the goals, concepts and spirit of volunteerism in action. 

The IACP selection committee met on Wilmington University's New Castle campus on June 13 to review and discuss the 20 finalists chosen from dozens of application packages. The committee, chaired by Dr. Jeff Magers, selected this year's award winners in preparation for the association's annual conference in Philadelphia in October. Up to three winners can be selected to receive an award. Program quality, not size or agency, is the key factor in determining who receives these awards. Past winners include police departments in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, North Carolina, and Grapevine, Texas. 

Wilmington University has been involved with the IACP since Kirk Trate, Director of Criminal Justice Programs, joined the association. Trate is a former police chief of Reading, Pennsylvania. For the past five years, the University has played host to mid-year association meetings that attract current and former police chiefs from as far away as Charleston, South Carolina, and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. 

The IACP Annual Conference and Exposition will be held October 19-23, 2013, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. On Sunday, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., the association will hold its awards reception at the Hyatt at the Bellevue where winners of the IACP/Wilmington University Award for Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs will be announced. Dr. Jack Varsalona, President of Wilmington University, will be a featured speaker at the reception. Attendance at this event will be by invitation only. 

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Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 - New Castle, DE