Shakopee Police earn community policing award
Department recognized for its community partnerships for second time in five years
The department was recognized for its initiative, innovation and excellence in law enforcement practices in the areas of community safety, emerging issues, investigations, leadership, national security, transnational crime and transportation safety. This is the second time in five years the department has earned this prestigious award.
“We are honored to be recognized among much larger agencies for the work our officers do on a daily basis,” said Shakopee Police Chief Jeff Tate. “Community policing is not just a program here but an integral part of our culture. There is nothing we value more than our relationships with this community, and it’s great to have our efforts recognized at such a high level.”
The Shakopee Police Department was recognized for its strong partnerships with the community in addressing some its most pressing crimes. These partnerships include the department’s award-winning gift card ordinance to reduce fraud, Sober Ride Home initiative to curb impaired driving and Lock It Shakopee campaign to reduce thefts and burglaries.
The award also highlights the department’s numerous community outreach initiatives that go beyond traditional police programs (Night to Unite, Coffee with a Cop, etc.) and engage the community in caring for its neighbors. These programs include diaper drives, winter coat drives, Loaves and Fishes meal service, blood drives and more. In 2019, 86 percent of department staff volunteered in the community.
“We take great pride in working in partnership with the Shakopee community to address our residents and businesses’ needs,” Tate said. “Our officers have built tremendous social capital among our community, and every time we have an event, this community shows up and supports the cause.”
The Shakopee Police Department was recognized at the virtual 2020 IACP Annual Conference and Expo earlier this month. The department also received the IACP Community Policing Award in 2015 and the IACP’s Leadership in Victim Services Award in 2018.