On Thursday, Nov. 1, the Hanover Park Police Department received the International Association of Chiefs of Police-Cisco Finalist Community Policing Award, at the village board meeting.
Police Chief David Webb accepted the award, on behalf of the police department, from representatives of the association and Cisco. Itasca Police Chief Scott Heher represented the IACP's Community Policing Committee and vice president Kim Majerus, represented Cisco.
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The Hanover Park Police Department received the IACP-Cisco Finalist Community Policing Award for its Area Response Team (ART) Community Policing Program implemented in 2010. Due to a number of high-profile crimes in Hanover Park in 2009, the Hanover Park Police Department determined that it needed a better relationship with the community and implemented the Area Response Team Program.
The ART Program incorporates a community policing and intelligence driven style of policing in its day-to-day operations. The ART Program is a combination of community policing and intelligence gathering to reduce crime and resolve the underlying issues that produce it.
The police department's ART Program is dedicated to partnering with the entire community to make Hanover Park a great place to live and work. The police department has also combined the use of technology to enhance the ART program and uses information sharing software to supplement its personnel's ability to receive the latest intelligence information.
The ART Program was accepted by the residents of Hanover Park and the results of the community policing strategy has helped reduce the crime rate to record levels in the last two years. In 2010, the crime rate decreased 11 percent from 2009 and in 2011, the crime rate decreased by 13 percent from 2010.
There were several Hanover Park police officers attending the board meeting when the award was accepted by Webb and when he spoke, he credited the officers of the department for their efforts in making the ART program a success.
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