BPD communication projects wins Florida honor


BONITA SPRINGS -- The Bradenton Police Department won the "Rocky Pomerance Law Enforcement Excellence Award"  June 19 for its Neighborhood  Liaison Communication  Project. I am very proud of our Neighborhood Liaison Communication Project, and the rapport that  it has developed between the Bradenton police officers and the residents," said BPD Chief Michael Radzilowski.

"This has helped foster the ongoing respect and feeling of teamwork resulting in collateral changes in the target areas including, businesses increased by 17 percent, home sales increased by 41 percent,  and  the crime rate has dropped  by 28.8 percent. 

"The citizens expressed that  their  efforts  were  effective  in  reducing  crime,  thereby  reducing  fear,  and  increasing  the  feeling  of  safety, ownership and teamwork alongside the members of the Bradenton Police Department. This collaborative effort has saved the Bradenton Police Department in excess of 6,000 man-hours and $200,000 in taxpayer monies." 

Radzilowski and BPD Capt. William Fowler were accompanied by Tami Spyker, who serves as Neighborhood Watch liaison for West Bradenton.

The "Rocky  Pomerance Law  Enforcement  Excellence  Award" allows the  Florida  Police Chiefs Association  to  recognize  agencies  for  developing  and  implementing  innovative  approaches  to  policing. 

The  award  is   named  in  honor  of  retired Chief  of  Police Rocky  Pomerance, an innovative and visionary leader who furthered the mission of the Florida Police Chiefs Association. 

The  award  from the  Florida  Police  Chiefs  Association  and  Star  &  Shield  Group  Inc. recognized outstanding community policing initiatives by small, medium and large law enforcement agencies statewide. Annually, three awards are presented to each of the following sized agencies:

• Large (76 officers or more) Bradenton Police Department;  

• Medium (31-75 officers) -- Lighthouse Point Police Department;

• Small Agency (one-30 officers) -- Santa Fe  College Police Department, Gainesville. 

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